Elementary Social Studies
- Elementary Social Studies Home
- DESK Standards
- History Day
- Instructional Materials
- Educator Resources
- About Us/Contact
DESK Standards are Davis School District's focused and prioritized learning standards. They are based on the Core Standards developed by the Utah State Board of Education.
- Kindergarten (based on current USBE draft standards)
- First Grade (based on current USBE draft standards)
- Second Grade (based on current USBE draft standards)
To see learning standards for all content areas by grade level, visit the Learning Standards page.
The Utah History Day is the annual event which represents Utah's participation in the National History Day Competition.
Davis School District will now be consolidating contests with other districts into one regional contest. Students will register from their school to compete in the Weber Region History Day Competition.
HISTORY DAY CONTEST
This year the Davis District History Day contest will be combining with the Weber Region History Day which will be held virtually. Teachers will need to begin the registration process on the Weber Regional NHD website.
2021 Key Dates
- Registration Deadline: February 14
- Completed Projects Due: February 26, 10:00 pm
- Judging Begins: March 5
- Awards Announced: March 18
Registration & Submission Instructions:
Remember - teachers must register before their students.
- NHD Utah Virtual 2021: How to Register, Format, and Upload Your Project
- Students: Gather This Info Before You Register.pdf
Contact Tracey Saxey, contest coordinator, with any questions.
History Day Information
Annual Theme - 2021 Communication in History: The Key to Understanding
Divisions and Categories
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.
|Historical Paper||Rules Summary||Judging Form|
|Exhibit||Rules Summary||Judging Form|
|Performance||Rules Summary||Judging Form|
|Website||Rules Summary||Judging Form|
|Documentary||Rules Summary||Judging Form|
NHD Theme Book - (Theme description, ideas and Lesson plans)
Communication in History Theme Video - created to inspire students about the theme
Theme Graphic Organizer - students use to map out components of project
- NHD Hangouts - webinars for project ideas
- Utah History Day website
- National History Day website
- Creating A Successful Project
- Organizing Your School History Fair
Important Dates for 2021
History Day Registration
1) Teacher Registration: link will open January 1, 2021
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, 2021
- Davis School District, Elementary Schools: Monica Flint - email@example.com
- Davis School District, Secondary Schools: Chris Hall - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weber/Davis Region: Tracey Saxey email@example.com
- Utah State: Wendy Rex-Atzet - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 State by John McCormick, 1997, Gibbs-Smith, Publisher.
6th Grade: "World History" (National Geographic Reading Expeditions)
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
Multi Cultural Children's Literature
Local Field Trip Locations
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.
When presenting any program about people, be sensitive and politically correct when representing any group or culture in the program especially in any scripts, costumes, and actions you might add to the program.
Social Studies Supervisor
Chris is a former Social Studies teacher and received a B.S in geography from Weber State University and then attended Syracuse University for graduate studies. He has wide experience in teacher training, having worked as a consultant for the College Board since 2001. He was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year by Davis School District in 2006 and received the national Distinguished Geography Teacher in Secondary Education by the National Council of Geographic Education in 2007. His passion is the promotion of effective instruction for all students.