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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Social Studies

Elementary Online Resources for Students

General Resources

This link will take you to the Virginia Department of Education page where you will be able to access the following documents in pdf or word format.         
* History and Social Sciences Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework- This document provides the 2008
 version of the state standards. - This document provides teachers with sample lesson
*History and Social Sciences Enhanced Scope and Sequence
 plans and instructional resources that are aligned with the essential knowledge and skills in the Curriculum Framework.  Web sites, 
 graphic organizers, and sample multiple choice assessment items are provided for all SOL social studies courses.
*History and Social Sciences SOL Test Blueprints - The blueprints serve as a guide to teachers, parents and students in that they show the    Standards of Learning covered by the test, reporting categories of test items, number of test items, and general inforation about how the test  questions are constructed.
 
APS Blackboard Social Studies Online Organization- Arlington Social Studies is an online professional community of practice for Arlington's Social Studies Teachers. Here you will find instructional resources, contribute resources, engage in collaborative discussions, and engage in a variety of other professional development activities.  Teachers can contact the social studies office to join this social studies organization.
 
History Alive!/Social Studies Alive!   http://teachtci.com    This link brings you to the home page of Teachers' Curriculum Institute. The site provides information about all the History Alive! and Social Studies Alive! programs, allows teachers to share tips with each other, preview activities, and access Internet tutorials, enrichment essays, and enrichment activities for selected programs.
 
Primary Source Learning  http://tpsnva.org   This links to a project funded by the Library of Congress to support the use of primary sources in the classroom.  In addition to access to primary sources, there are numerous strategy ideas as well as lessons developed by Arlington teachers using primary sources.  Additionally, teachers can access this link (http://tpsnva.org/posters/ at the site to locate posters that align with SOL objectives and enduring understandings for all social studies subjects.
 
Everyday Civics http://civics.pwnet.org/ - Civics education in Virginia emphasizes the importance of citizen involvement in all levels of government and promotes the study of state and local government among the Commonwealth's citizens. This Web site will enhance teachers’ content knowledge and support the development of instructional strategies for teaching civics in k-12 history and social science classrooms. Ready resources for the classroom include lesson plans, discussion boards, primary documents, Internet links, and media.
 
Virginia's Site for Educators http://pwnet.org/   This website is intended to be a Teacher Resource Guide for Virginia's teachers to find lesson plans and other resources that will help them teach the SOLs. A search engine is provide so that you may search by key word. This page will have links to the Blue Prints for the SOL test when they become available.
 
Global Learning Virginia Standards of Learning http://globallearning.pwnet.org/
The increased interdependency of nations and people requires that our K-12 instructional program reinforce and augment international knowledge. Global Learning combines links to many international organizations, information about international education, and lesson plans designed to enhance student learning.
 
Documents of American History  http://www.ourdocuments.gov/index.php?flash=true&State law requires that the Documents of American History shall be taught to all students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This file includes the Virginina Declaration of Rights, Constitution of Virginia, Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, and U.S. Constitution.
 
National Council for the Social Studies http://ncss.org/  NCSS site contains teaching resources, information on awards and grants programs, and an executive summary of the NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Included is a list of links which are categorized by the 10 thematic strands of the Standards. Virginia Council for the Social Studies   
 
The Virginia Council for the Social Studies http://vcss.org/ engages and supports Virginia educators in advocating and strengthening social studies. Goals include fostering professional growth, developing communication, and promoting the teaching of social studies. Information about the annual Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators can be found here.
 
Elementary

Elementary Primary Source Site on Blackboard:   

Log onto Blackboard/For Staff/Library Online

Link to the elementary resource tab

Look at the GALE Cengage databases

Link to Kids Info Bits

Type in the topic to be searched

Once the listing of items is identified, there are tabs that list charts, graphs, images, and documents.  Additionally, documents are leveled (green dot- easier reading selection, red triangle- more difficult selection).

 Other Great Resources for Elementary Students:

http://www.dulcineamedia.com/ This page lists a variety of search engines for different grade levels.  Sites that link through these search engines are approved sites.

Moneynewsforkids.com- This site contains an innovative enrichment resource designed to promote financial literacy among children via kid-friendly case studies.  The topics used to introduce the concepts are of interest to students.

http://www.kids.gov– This site provides a portal for K-8 students to access information about the United States government.  Students link to different categories to find out about all the government sites available for their use.  Students can learn about contests and play review games also.

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com– From ancient world to the present, this site tells the story of history from the people who lived it.  Included are journal entries, audio clips, videos, and pictures that allow students a glimpse of the people that experienced big events in history and recorded information about these events.

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/- This free resource from the Library of Congress provides access to teachers of thousands of audio clips and songs throughout American history.

 http://www.nps.gov/learn/trunks.htm- The  National Park Service offers a variety of traveling trunks containing historical evidence for a nominal fee.  

This Web page contains links to one or more Web sites that are outside of the Arlington Public Schools network. APS does not control the content or relevancy of these links.