K-5 Social Studies Newsletter

November 2017

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

November 9, 2017


K-5 Social Studies Vocabulary

Why is it important?

Ecole Kenwood French Immersion

3770 Shattuck Ave, Columbus, OH 43220

Cims # 1000028868

Explore the supporting research/ create resources and plan implementation:

Participants at this PD will have time to explore and plan! There are so many websites and resources available to support social studies vocabulary. Come and explore some resources together and receive a flash drive to save and share resources with colleagues.

November 11 and December 2, 2017


Garden Initiative Schools ONLY

Garden Tunnel Build Workshop

Westerville North HS

950 County Line Rd.

Westerville, Oh 43081

If we build it they will come!:

Participants at this PD will create the garden low tunnel bed. The PD will be led by garden experts, Cynthia Walters from Slow Foods Columbus, and Jeff Bracken educator and experienced school gardner. Only sign up for one of the dates.

The CIMS #s:

11/11/17 - 1000029139

12/2/17 - 1000029140

December 5, 2017

4:30 - 6:30

Ohio History Day for Grades 4 - 5

Ecole Kenwood French Immersion

3770 Shattuck Ave, Columbus, OH 43220

CIMS #: 1000030196

An exciting learning opportunity for your students!:

Participants at this PD will get information about the Ohio History Day competition. This experience for our children is an excellent learning opportunity that provides them with experiences in research, presentations and cooperative learning in an interactive student led learning environment. Experts form the Ohio History Center and our own Technology Coordinator will be presenting and helping participants prepare. You will have time to discuss, plan and get materials/technology ready to start your team in January. I will be sending CIMS sign in information as it becomes available.

Turkey Trot Open House at Spruce Run

Saturday, November 11


4175 Sunbury Rd

Galena, Oh.

Stop by the classroom and sign out a pair of binoculars. Then go on a walk to see if you can find any of our famous turkeys. Volunteers will be located in the house on the observation porch to help you locate other birds that live at Spruce Run. They will also discuss the citizen science project we will be involved in called: Feederwatch.

The Turkey Trot Fun Run will begin at noon.


Inside the Social Studies Website

Just a reminder, the best way to access your grade level materials and resources is to go to the CCS Social Studies Instructional Resource Portal:



There is a lesson that supports Veteran's Day on the Kindergarten course site called, Our Heroes. All primary grades could use the student sheets included in this lesson to introduce or review the foundational understanding of celebrating Veteran's Day.



Check out the curated lessons included in the 4th and 5th grade course sites that support American Indian studies.



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For other information and lessons that support Veteran's Day use the following social studies website link.


Also, there will be more curated lessons coming to your email soon!

Some Websites to Support Your Good Work

Worldbook Timelines:


Infohio has so many resources that we could do a whole newsletter on just it. Explore and be sure to check out the timeline resource.

World Book Kids:


Student friendly research; learn about people, sports, animals, and more. Includes videos, images, maps and games. Hear text read aloud.

Recognizing One of Our Own

Mary Katie Young, a 3rd grade teacher at Devonshire was the keynote speaker at the OSU Garden Conference October 13th. Katie implemented a successful community garden at East Linden with her students that she looped with from 1st to 5th grade. Each year they expanded their garden and community contacts. Her students benefited from these learning experiences, and when I visited their community event last year, the students could clearly and professionally explain their learning as it connected to science, ELA and community. Katie is now at Devonshire and has already connected her new students to these experiential learning opportunities by starting a garden there.

Please make sure to inform me of other teachers' achievements as I would love to showcase one of our teachers monthly!