K-5 Social Studies Newsletter

March 2018

Office of Teaching and Learning 614-365-5727

Sandee Donald, Executive Director

Leslie Kelly, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Christine Weatherholtz, K-5 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, cweatherholtz3151@columbus.k12.oh.us

Matthew Doran, 6-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, mdoran2067@columbus.k12.oh.us

CCS Professional Development Opportunities

March 6th , 2018

4:30 - 6:30

Teacher Open House for J A Biztown

5th Grade

J A Biztown

68 E 2nd Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43201

This 5th grade teacher open house, hosted by Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, will give the teachers a first hand look at the amazing facilities that our CCS children have been given the opportunity to attend through generous donations of community partners. These interactive experiential learning activities meet and cover all of the fifth grade economic and financial literacy standards in a such an engaging way that children can remember and apply what they have learned in a real world setting. This link below has a VERY QUICK VERY EASY sign in which includes important parking information.


March 27th , 2018

4:30 - 6:30

Bringing Vocabulary to Life


Spruce Run Environmental Study Center

4175 Sunbury Rd.

Galena, Ohio 43021

CIMS #: 1000030833

This K-5 interactive workshop will provide participants with social studies vocabulary experiential learning strategies and activities that are research based and lead to higher student engagement in the classroom. Dinner will be served.

April 10th , 2018

4:30 - 6:30

Garden Community Event Planning

Berwick Alternative K-8 School

2655 Scottwood Rd.

Columbus, Ohio 43209

CIMS #: 1000030934

The agenda will include information about sustaining the garden project, expanding the garden project and planning for the end of year harvest celebration. We will hear from some of our experienced teachers about community celebration ideas and ways to expand your garden learning lab.

J A Biztown: Financial Literacy Education That Works!

This year, through generous donations and the hard working team at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, more than 60 of our schools have had the opportunity to visit Biztown and put their learning into practice! This is an increase of 25 schools from last year and J A Biztown educators plan to offer it to all 75 elementary schools next year. The students who have made the trip have only good things to say, and write, about their experiences here. Below are some pictures from Scottwood Elementary School trip and their class bulletin board writing responses after the trip. Thank you Mr. Morris for sharing these. If you have pictures from your trip, please be sure to share them. Send them to cweatherholtz3151@columbus.k12.oh.us.

For more information about J A Biztown and Junior Achievement of Central Ohio visit: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh/

Spruce Run Open House!

Signs of Spring

March 10

4175 Sunbury Rd.

Galena, Ohio 43021

This program begins indoors at 10:00 a.m. in the house conference center with a LIVE ANIMAL presentation from our friends at the Ohio Wildlife Center.

This same program will be repeated at: 11:00,12:00 and 1:00.

Make sure you stop by the classroom for other activities and crafts. Learn about "Artisto" a camera filter app that can be added to your phone to enhance your photos. Use the app as you go on a "Wonder Walk" through Spruce Run taking pictures to record all of the "signs of spring" you encounter.

Why March is Women's National History Month

"As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978." This quote is from the attached link that gives the background and history of the creation of Women's National History Month. It is an easy read and lays the foundation for teaching about the contribution of women in history.


Knowing that research reveals that reading informational texts and learning social studies vocabulary leads to success on reading tests, a great site that has many articles at a variety of grade levels is ReadWorks. You do need an account to access materials, however, it is free. The articles can be printed or assigned and students can have it read aloud. The vocabulary is included as well as questions and teaching tips. To set up an account go to www.readworks.org

Below is a sample of some of the articles that support Women's History Month. Click on the link under the photo to access.

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Another helpful resource is the NEA site:

Women’s History Month, Grades K-5 Lessons, Activities, Background Reading, and More


Curriculum Support for the End of Third Quarter

Be sure to check your grade level curriculum map and standards for the 3rd quarter.

For many of the grade levels the focus is heritage and culture. Also, there are a variety of lessons available for these topics.


I have heard of, and been invited to, a few schools' multicultural fairs or events. If your school is having an event to celebrate cultural heritage, please let me know or send pictures to share. Just a reminder about the BookFlix featured in last month's newsletter. There are several resources and readings that support the heritage and multicultural themes.


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