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Instructional Resources K - Grade 5

Students in grades K-5 use the Scott Foresman Social Studies curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the following grade level themes:

Kindergarten - Learning How People Live and Work in a Community
Grade 1 - A Child's Place in Time and Space
Grade 2 - People Who Make a Difference
Grade 3 - Continuity and Change in Communities
Grade 4 - Regions of the United States
Grade 5 - United States History and Geography: Making a Nation

Other Student Resources

Constitution Center
Constitution Day
National History Day
United Nations Cyberschoolbus
US Senate Youth Program

Web Resources

Click on IP ACCESS USERS and LOG IN HERE to access data-bases without a name or password. Passwords available through your District Social Studies ISS
Atomic Learning
This site offers on-demand solutions for 21st Century skills for professional development, technology integration and software training.  Passwords available through school media specialists.
Beyond the Bubble
Developed by the Stanford History Education Group to unlock the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create 21st Century history assessments.<br />
Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies
Links to lesson plans for K-12 social studies, history, and government.
Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly
Online publication created by the Library of Congress Educational Outreach Division.
Web Quests
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web. By pointing to excellent examples and collecting materials developed to communicate the idea, all of us experimenting with WebQuests will be able to learn from each other. A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Professional Organizations

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Each year, the Institute honors the best history teachers in America. Nominate a history teacher from your school.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
NCSS is devoted solely to social studies education and engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.

Contact Information

DoDEA Social Studies Instructional Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400