K-5 Social Studies Newsletter

May 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

Summer Reimagine Me Conference

June 11, 12, 13 at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Center

Ask your principal about the 10 person school team.

There are over 30 sessions to choose from each day.

Social Studies supported sessions Include:

Informational Writing Across the Content Areas

This session will address how to incorporate science and social studies standards into your ELA block while focusing on writing. There will be a focus on content vocabulary and using leveled texts to teach science and social studies. Learn strategies and best practices you can take back to school with you.

Improving Engagement and Motivation Through Experiential Learing Opportunities

This session will provide concrete strategies to incorporate experiential learning opportunities across the content areas within the classroom, as well as, outside of the classroom. Participants will receive resources to support implementing the strategies back at the classroom.

Planting the Seeds of Inquiry, Community and Growth: A School Garden Story

Follow multiple garden journeys and learn how students answer many questions about the world around them while they learn to problem solve, work together and overcome obstacles through building an amazing school garden. Watch how the students grow as individuals, independent thinkers, and into a classroom community that supports one another. Learn how it all started from a simple question and evolved into multiple garden projects where students thrived and community members joined to foster the curiosity of our young gardeners.

Join Us at Spruce Run

History Alive: A Walk Through the Civil War and Underground Railroad Era

Staff, students, families and friends, join us for a fun filled day at Spruce Run Nature Center!

What: An Interactive Drama Reenactment with hands-on activities for the young and young at heart!

When: Saturday, May 19th, 10:00-2:00

Where: Spruce Run Nature and Education Center

4175 Sunbury Rd., Galena, Ohio 43021

Description: Go back in time and visit with famous people from the Civil War Era. There will be presentations, crafts and activities. Join us at the beautiful Spruce Run Nature Center and take a walk through history. Below are some of the historical figures that will be attending the event.

Free shuttle service from Ecole Kenwood , 3770 Shattuck Ave. Columbus, 43220, at 9:30 and 12:00.

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Ohio History Day Competition

This year Columbus City Schools were well represented at the Ohio History Day Competition at Ohio Wesleyan University. This year the theme was "Conflict and Compromise". Columbus Gifted Academy, Stewart Elementary and Ecole Kenwood students did an amazing job representing us and brought home several awards!

Thank you to all of the students and teachers at these schools! This event is a lot of work, but the learning benefits are many and amazing!ng, npot to mention the fun!

Gardens Are Sprouting Now!

This year our garden initiative helped 23 schools and Spruce Run put in community gardens. Now the time has come to harvest and enjoy the fruits of their labors! This has definitely been a learning curve for all of us. At our last garden PD, participants shared successes, struggles, expansion plans and, most importantly, changes for next year's garden. We are so appreciative to all of our teachers who took on this project for the experiential learning opportunity it provided for their children. It is this kind of dedication to children and learning that we see every day in our school houses at CCS! Thank you!

Garden Celebrations!

Celebrate!! As celebrations are sent to me, I will share them in the newsletter! Thank you so much for sharing Indianola!!
USGBC Ohio Green Apple: Day of Service - 360


As teachers we are devoted to helping others grow every day, and there are many in the public sector that see this dedication and appreciate our hard work! Below is some information on freebies and giveaways starting May 8th. Enjoy! You've earned it!

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Budget Days Are Here! (School budgets that is).

Hard to believe it's time to think about next year already. After becoming aware of Marzano's research that points out that 55.4% of the vocabulary on reading assessments falls into one of the four strands of social studies, many teachers and principals are looking for resources that support informational reading in social studies. One resource that many of our schools have used, and given me positive feedback concerning, is Studies Weekly. The teachers and principals report that the students really enjoy the weekly newspapers which are aligned to Ohio SS standards. They shared that the online piece, that is included with the purchase of the weekly paper, provides motivation for learning and computer assessment practice. For more information, use the contact below.

Justin Godfrey

Regional Sales Manager

Cell: 801-860-8791