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Elementary Social Studies


Dawn Harper
Elementary Social Studies Specialist

State Standards

What materials we use now:

Adoption process and timeline

  • Elementary Social Studies curriculum parent input survey responses - November 2016
    All comments are displayed that do not violate the district's civility policy and/or personally name individuals.
  • Teacher adoption committee: October 19, 2016
  • Teacher adoption committee meeting dates
    Each meeting date includes its planned main agenda item(s), then links to the specific meeting summary when available
    • December 15, 2016 - share goals and timeline/schedule, establish norms and consensus process, review research and parent survey results, share district vision and best practice, review of standards, creation of Big Ideas and compelling questions.
    • March 2, 2017 - review district vision and best practice, review standards, completion of Big Ideas, Compelling and Supporting Questions.
    • May 8, 2017 - review district vision, material review and alignment
    • June - August 2017 - make field testing decisions
    • November 21, 2017
    • January 2018 - Field Test Review
    • February 27, 2018
    • May 17, 2018
  • IMC review and decision, December 2017, April 2018, September 2018
  • ISD Board Review, February 2018, May 2018, November 2018
  • Community review and input (TBD, contingent on IMC recommendation)


December 14, 2017
The Elementary Social Studies Committee reconvened to review each lesson in Unit 1, K-5. The review was prompted by field testing comments and feedback from teachers who implemented the lessons in classrooms. Final revisions will be made before presentation to Instructional Materials Committee on December 14th.

The committee was encouraged by the positive feedback, high level of student engagement, and the quality of inquiry-based learning teachers reported. They are looking forward to moving forward with Unit 2.

May 8, 2017
The Elementary Social Studies Adoption Committee  reconvened to continue their work. The committee reviewed Big Ideas, Compelling and Supporting questions K-5. After discussion the committee came to consensus to move forward with field testing and catalogue concerns during this process. A wide variety of instructional materials were introduced and reviewed by each grade level.

The materials were viewed considering the alignment with state standards, the amount of instructional minutes and alignment  with an inquiry based approach to learning. Resources/materials were sorted by grade levels and will be listed in One Note, and screened using both a Materials Screener and a Bias Screener prior to field testing.
Dawn Harper will be soliciting K-5 field testers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Details about field testing will be sent to the Social Studies Adoption Committee members to share with their building staff. 

March 2, 2017
The Elementary Social Studies Adoption Committee reconvened to continue their work. They reviewed the C3 framework (College, Career and Civic Ready) which emphasizes common language and inquiry-based learning. Big Ideas K-5 were established and consensus was reached. The committee began their work on developing compelling and supporting questions for each Big Idea. Next steps will involve reviewing and confirming compelling and supporting questions and evaluating materials that support this work.

December 15, 2016
The Elementary Social Studies Adoption Committee met for the first time on December 15, 2016.  This committee will be recommending curriculum for implementation in 2018-19. Norms were established, the charter was shared and the "most" for consensus decision-making was agreed upon. The group reviewed input from parent and teacher surveys, identifying trends and perspectives. The idea of using an equity lens and culturally responsive instruction was shared, discussed, and validated by the group. State standards and the C3 framework (college, career and civics) were explored and research was used to provide guidance for future decisions. We began the work of identifying "Big Ideas", K - 5.