K-5 Social Studies Newsletter

October 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

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.

Pups and Pumpkins Open House at Spruce Run

Spruce Run October 14, 2017

4175 Sunbury Rd, Galena, OH 43021

Pumpkin crafts for the kids and off- trail walking for you and your four legged friend.

All dogs must be on a leash.

Inside the Social Studies Website

If you haven't been to the Social Studies web site, be sure to visit your grade level using the web address below. There will be a resource focus for both intermediate and primary levels each month.

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


Once there, click on your grade level. Be sure to check out the "I Can Checklist" for your grade level. These are perfect for posting or creating student notebooks.


Using the web address above, click on one of the intermediate grade levels. Here you will find a link to the vocabulary lists for that grade, as well as, vocabulary cards ready to print for your word walls. Click on the link

Intermediate Social Studies Vocabulary


Be sure to check out some of the videos that support the nonfiction reading and lessons for each quarter.


Some Websites to Support Your Good Work:

World Mapper - A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest


Wordnik: This site gives definitions and uses for words, synonyms, rhyming words and other word associations.


Social Studies for the Nonfiction Reading Block:

Integrating social studies with the nonfiction reading block can be an effective time saving approach to covering that important social studies vocabulary that recent research reveals is necessary to achieve success on formal reading tests (ie. AIR Reading Assessment)

Resources are easier to access than you may think. Here are some articles from ReadWorks.org

K-2: Jon Follows School Rules


3-5: School Life and Community, Article-A- Day Set