Curriculum Leaders gathered to learn more about the Evidence Guides and social studies units for grades 4th through 6th. The units focus on important grade level outcomes from mining to Colonial America to Ancient Egypt. CLs reviewed one unit, Colonial America, and learned the rest of the units will be posted by the end of the school year for implementation this fall. The units emphasize important instructional shifts (e.g. text-dependent questions and academic vocabulary) as well as incorporating the close reading strategy.
Following the introduction to the SS units, CLs reviewed the Evidence Guides. The guides work backwards from the instructional shifts and enable teachers to monitor their daily and yearly planning. As noted several times in the documents, the guides are not for evaluative purposes but instead are “designed as a developmental tool for teachers and those who support teachers.”
SS Unit PowerPoint Presentation
Colonial Life Unit
CL Introduction to Evidence Guides PowerPoint
Evidence Guides are posted here