Core Standards


Core Document

Elementary Social Studies Word/Concept List

1. National Standards

National Standards from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

2. Material and Resources

The following are materials and resources that can be used to support the core curriculum.

Elementary Core Resource:
A one-stop link for enduring understandings and essential questions, lesson ideas, web sites, books, and assessments directly linked to the elementary social studies core.

Lesson Ideas

UEN Core Resources
Lesson plans and web resources that are aligned to the core standards.


Mouse Views, What the Class Pet Saw
by Bruce McMillan, ISBN: 082341132X, Holiday House
This is a concept story about visual perception and the classroom. It's also the tale of a wandering mouse and what he encounters as he wanders around the classroom. Elementary students can look at each "school tool" with a new visual perspective. At the end of the story children can sharpen their map skills.

Lily and Trooper's Winter
by Jung-Hee Spetter, ISBN: 1886910391, Lemniscaat USA
Share the delight of a winter day with Lily and her dog, Trooper. Snow falls in the morning and Lily bundles up in warm clothes. Together she and Trooper create a snow friend, slip and slide in skates on a frozen pon, and zoom downhill on skis. At day's end, the crystal-clear sky draws them to the window for star-gazing, and soon the cozy bed feels extra nice.

Friends at School
by Rochelle Bunnett, ISBN: 0590973134, Scholastic, Inc.
Through photographs and smiles this book shows and tells in few words how to get along in kindergarten. Friendship is very important and the book also shows how to act as a friend.

Teacher Resources

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 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.

Polar Regions
by Lorraine Hopping Egan, ISBN: 0590762486, Scholastic Professional Book
Bundle up! This book contains everything you need for a successful cross-curricular unit about the polar regions. You will find accessible background about major polar concepts, exciting activities, reproducible pages, book links, quick facts, and even some polar jokes to share with children!

Pole to Pole
by Barbara Taylor, ISBN: 0764106392, Barrons Juveniles
This is a wonderful book to gain information about Antarctica. Climate, animals, plants and how to survive the climate are a few of the topics discussed in this book. The pictures are wonderful.

Destination Antarctica
by Robert Swan, ISBN: 0439087775, Scholastic
This is the true life photographic essay of Robert Swan's expedition to Antarctica. He survived extreme cold, isolation and personal injury to tell his story.

Internet Resources

Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Pioneer is Utah’s Online Library of electronic resources. It provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

Utah Education Network
The Utah Education Network website provides education tools, activities, lesson plans, curriculum guides and professional development for teachers and educators in the state of Utah. You can also find other UEN resources like KULC channel 9, EDNET, and distance learning resources here.