Elementary Social Studies
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Elem Social Studies
K-12 Library Supervisor
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.
4th Grade: The Utah Adventure: History of a Centennial Stateby John McCormick, 1997, Gibbs-Smith, Publisher.
6th Grade: "World History"(National Geographic Reading Expeditions)
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.
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.
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.
Explore the concepts of community and culture.
1. Understand how geography influences community location and development.
3. Understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.
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.
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.
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.
DAVIS HISTORY DAY
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, 2020: Weber 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)
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 are needed for this event. If you have any recommendations, please submit them to email@example.com. Schools may submit judges as long as they are not participating teachers or relatives of students.
History Day Division Categories
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.
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- NHD Hangouts - webinars for project ideas
- National History Day website
- Utah History Day website
- Creating A Successful Project
- Organizing Your School History Fair
- Davis School District, Elementary Schools: Monica Flint - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Davis School District, Secondary Schools: Chris Hall - email@example.com
- Weber/Davis Region: Tracey Saxey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Utah State: Wendy Rex-Atzet - email@example.com
ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES for TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES
Great Websites for Kids
Great Social Studies Apps & Websites
Spike 150 - Transcontinental Railroad 150 years celebration events and ideas
Utah Women's History
PICTURE & TRADE BOOKS for TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES
NCSS 2019 Trade Book List by Grade Level
NCSS Yearly Trade Book Lists
Nonfiction Picture Books for SS
Trade Books for Social Studies K-5
Scholastic K-3 SS Picture Books
Social Emotional Skills Picture Books
SS Picture Books by Topic
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.