Elementary Social Studies Core Introduction
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.
UEN Core Resources
Lesson plans and web resources that are aligned to the core standards.
Notable Trade Books for Young People
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).
Rome and China
Dark Ages/Middle Ages/Renaissance
European Influence/Industrial Revolution/WWI and WWII
The Learning Page
Designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.
Utah State Office of Education Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS)
Find instructional materials that have been adopted by the Utah State Office of Education.
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.
Ancient History Simulations
by Max W. Fischer, ISBN: 1576901025, Scholastic
Although cultures and circumstances may change over the centuries, Ancient History Simulations is predicated upon the concept that basic human nature is a constant, which binds us together. The activities place students in meaningful classroom learning situations that replicate circumstances of significant events and/or cultures of antiquity. The students of today are ask to reflect upon the struggles and ambitions of people from several millennia ago and compare those struggles and ambitions to the frustrations and aspirations of the world today ie. The Black Land (Egypt), Ancient Democracy (Greece), and Hail to the Chief Dilemma (Rome).
by Fiona Watt and Anna Rowley, ISBN: 059063156X, Scholastic
This book gives the user the ins and outs of writing calligraphy. It also adds projects as it teaches a craft; i.e., a sun clock, gift wrap and tags, and calligraphy alphabets.
Greek Gods and Heroes
by Robert Graves, ISBN: 0440932211, Laurel-Leaf
Everything you ever wanted to know, anything that you need to find out, and every Greek personage is found in this teacher resource book Battles and intrigues of the Olympian gods are retold here by a famous poet, novelist, and classicist of today.
by Diana Granat and Stanlee Brimberg, ISBN: 0590769871, Scholastic
A complete resource filled with background information, primary sources, hands-on activities, art projects, maps, reproducables, and much, much more ranging from ancient China to modern day China.
The Middle Ages
by Rebecca Stark, ISBN: 1566449715, Educational Impressions
The principal objective of this book is to give students an overview of the fascinating times of the Middle Ages. Another important objective of this study unit is the development of the higher thinking skills. They may be adjusted to suit your particular teaching style, time limitations, and/or the ability level of the children.
Teaching Shakespeare-Yes you Can!
by Lorraine Hopping Egan, ISBN: 059037401X, Scholastic
This book offers creative, highly motivating activities that work for almost any Shakespeare play. It provides examples and models from a variety of plays, including the often-overlooked comedies, along with ideas for independent or small-group projects across the curriculum. Many of the activities also include a ready-to-use reproducible.
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
by Jack Prelutsky with pictures by Peter Sis, ISBN: 0688161626, Mulberry Books
Dragons fierce and dragons friendly; dragons lurking outside castles and dragons bought at the mall; dragons' lairs and dragons' eggs; even a menacing dragon that lives inside a computer-all spring to life in these enchanting poems and paintings.
The Usborne Book of World History Dates
by Jane Chisholm, ISBN: 0590631411, Scholastic
This densely illustrated reference book covers the span of world history, from the earliest settlements of about 9000B.C. right up to the present. Illustrated date charts provide quick and easy reference, backed up by fascinating features on important themes in history. This book has over 3,500 dates. World History Dates is an incredibly comprehensive guide to what happened when and where.
We Remember the Holocaust
by David A. Adler, ISBN: 0590763512, Trumpet Club
These are the true stories of living people who endured the Holocaust. Most of the people quoted in this book were children or teenagers when the events they described occurred. Remembering these events and talking about them was difficult, but they spoke so we would remember the sufferings of an entire people. The book is filled with pictures of the writers or pictures about them to help you look at the whole person.
National Geographic Picture Show (CD-ROM)
- Ancient Civilizations Egypt and the Fertile Crescent
- Greece and Rome
- India and China
- The Renaissance The Middle Ages
National Geographics Transparencies
- Ancient India
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- Ancient China
This virtual tour takes you through the Feudal system.
Ancient Civilizations: Architectural Contributions
Explore the architectural features of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. Participate in some activities. Learn about and appreciate the architecture of these civilizations. Find examples of ancient architectural elements in your own community.
Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.
Utah Education Network
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.
Zions Bank and KidsOnline.com have created the Bank Jr website as the biggest and most comprehensive kid-friendly resource on the web for learning about finances.