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  • DESK Lesson Resources - select the DESK Standards Resources tab to access grade level lessons and materials
  • Social Studies Connections Newsletter

Available District  Social Studies Trainings

DBQ Trainings (3-6 Grades): Purchase your own materials - Nov 19
Registration Form

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Women's Suffrage: Voting Rights Celebration - set up for your school teams


Davis Students along with other Utah competitors at National History Day 2019

Monica Flint
Elem Social Studies
K-12 Library Supervisor


Amy Lueckler
Administrative Assistant


What are the adopted social studies materials for elementary schools?

Each elementary grade level, K-6, uses the Hands On/Exploring Where & Why social studies program developed by Nystrom: Herff-Jones Education. Classroom sets of materials are located in every classroom grades K-3 and one per grade level in grades 4-6. The specific programs are as follows.

Kindergarten, "New Friends & New Places"
1st Grade, "Neighborhoods Near & Far"
2nd Grade,"Communities Here & There"
3rd Grade, "People & Places Everywhere"
4th Grade, "Map & Globe Skills"
5th Grade, "Our Country's History"
6th Grade, "Mapping World History"

Additional materials are used in grades 4-6. There is one complete set of materials per grade level.

DESK Standards Resources


Geography is for Kids

Standard Resources


Develop a sense of self in relation to family and classroom.
1.  Recognize and describe how individuals and families are both similar and different.
2. Recognize the roles and responsibilities of being a good citizen.
3. Use geographic terms and tools.
4. Explain how humans meet their needs in many ways.

Kinder DESK Lesson Resources

First Grade

Develop a sense of self in relation to family, school, and neighborhood.
1.  Recognize and describe how schools and neighborhoods are both similar and different.
2. Recognize their roles and responsibilities in the school and in the neighborhood.
3. Use geographic tools to demonstrate how symbols and models are used to represent features of the   school, the neighborhood, and the real world.
4. Describe the economic choices people make to meet their basic economic needs.

1st DESK Lesson Resources

Second Grade

Develop a sense of self in relation to family, school, and community.
1.  Recognize and describe how people within their community, state, and nation are both similar and different.
2. Recognize and practice civic responsibility in the community, state, and nation.
3. Use geographic tools and skills to locate and describe places on earth.
4. Explain how the economy meets human needs though the interaction of producers and consumers.

2nd DESK Lesson Resources

Third Grade

Explore the concepts of community and culture.
1.  Understand how geography influences community location and development.
2. Understandculturalfactorsthatshapeacommunity.
3. Understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.

3rd DESK Lesson Resources

Fourth Grade

Explore Utah’s past and connections to the present.
1.  Understand the relationship between the physical geography in Utah and human life.
2. Understand how Utah's history has been shaped by many diverse people, events, and ideas.
3. Understand the roles of civic life, politics, and government in the lives of Utah citizens.

4th DESK Lesson Resources

Fifth Grade

Explore the United States’ past and connections to the present.
1.  Understand how the exploration and colonization of North America transformed human history.
2. Understand the chronology and significance of key events leading to self-government.
3. Understand the rights and responsibilities guaranteed in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
4. Understand that the 19th century was a time of incredible change for the United States, including geographic expansion, constitutional crisis, and economic growth.
5. Address the causes, consequences and implications of the emergence of the United States as a world power.

5th DESK Lesson Resources

Sixth Grade

Study the world’s past and connections to the present.
1.  Understand how ancient civilizations developed and how they contributed to the current state of the world.
2. Understand the transformation of cultures during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the impact of this transformation on modern times.
3. Understand how revolutions have had an impact on the modern world.
4. Understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world.

6th DESK Lesson Resources

Davis History Day

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The Utah History Day is the annual event which represents Utah's participation in the National History Day Competition. Davis History Day is the first contest level for students to share their project before going to Region contest.

Important Dates for 2019-2020

  • March 4, 2020: Davis District History Day, Kendell Building, Farmington
  • March 18, 2020Weber Regional - Weber State University
  • April 16-17, 2020: Utah History Day - Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City
  • June 14-18, 2020 : National History Fair. Washington, DC.

Important Note about Davis District Fair: Participating schools may send 10 entries to the Davis History Day.  These should be the overall best from the school - all grades and all categories.  School submissions should be complete by 10:00 pm,  February 14, 2020.  Historical papers need to be submitted by February 21 into the district office.  Websites will also be locked on February 21  as entries from these categories are evaluated ahead of time.  Please plan accordingly to have you school history events completed and students ready to register before the deadline.  

Davis History Day Registration (Teachers, students and Judges register here)
Registration Steps:

1)       Teacher Registration: link will open January 1, 2020  
This step must be completed before students can register and parents can complete the permission section. So please do this before the last day so your students have time to complete their part before registration is closed!

2)       Student Registration: link will open January 1, 2020

  There are no participation fees. Teachers will not need to attend the Davis History Day with their students as they are not allowed in the judging room with them.

Judges Registration
Judges are needed for this event.  If you have any recommendations, please submit them to mmurdock@dsdmail.net.   Schools may submit judges as long as they are not participating teachers or relatives of students.   

                                  History Day Division Categories 

Primary Division
Grades 4-5

Junior Division
Grades 6-8 

Senior Division
Grades 9-12 

Rule Summaries and Judging Forms

Use these summaries to guide you as you prepare your entry. More detailed descriptions of your specific rules can be found in the official NHD Contest Rule Book. The judging forms are used to evaluate the entries. Use them as a guideline for preparation of your history fair project.  See a quick summary of rule changes made this year.

All entries must follow certain general rules: General Rules Summary.

Annual Theme

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Research Resources in Utah

Contact Information

Educator Resources

Educator Resources


Field Trip Ideas

Preservation Tours - Take a tour of historical Utah buildings including the  Governor's Mansion. 
American West Heritage Center - Historic and Baby Animal Field Trips; Summer Camps
This Is the Place Heritage Park - Educational Resources, Field trips and virtual tour.
Garr Ranch @ Antelope Island - Developers of Utah, Utah Geography
State Capitol - Utah and US Government, Utah History
Railroad Depots - Transportation, Westward Development, 
Church History Museum - Utah History

UTA Education Program - ride UTA transportation for FREE one day each year.


Social Studies Programs

Utah History School Presentation - includes music, program and video to use.
Classroom Classics - (Utah Program, We are the People, Heros, History through the 20th Century)