Elementary Lessons (K-5)

RCOE is committed to providing resources to help History Social Science teachers follow the recommendations of the California History Social Science Framework. The framework provides guidance for teaching California’s History Social Science standards and the literacy standards in History Social Science. Each resource below provides a brief introduction followed by links to grade-level resources provided by the external site.

The Porter Room

Dr. Priscilla Porter, a distinguished teacher in the K-6 classroom whose many accolades include being a professor emeritus of CSU Dominguez Hills and a historian of the Coachella Valley, is one of the principle architects of The Porter Room at the Palm Desert Campus of CSU San Bernardino. The Porter Room operates in part as a research lab for developing, field testing and modifying elementary History Social Science curricular units. These curricular units have been developed and field-tested by classroom teachers in conjunction with Dr. Priscilla Porter.

While available to purchase, these grade level curriculum guides are being generously offered for free on the Porter Room site.

Kindergarten Curriculum Units

Grade 1 Curriculum Units

  • Standard 1: Rules and Responsibilities
  • Standard 2: Expanding Children’s Geographic World
  • Standard 4: Changes Now and Long Ago
  • Standard 4: Schools Now and Long Ago
  • Standard 6: Expanding Children’s Economic World

Grade 2 Curriculum Units

  • Standard 1: Exploring Family History Guide
  • Standard 2: Exploring Map Skills
  • Standard 3: A Kid’s Guide to Laws and Government
  • Standard 4: From Farm to Table

Grade 3 Curriculum Units (Coachella Valley)

  • Standard 1: Geography of the Coachella Valley
  • Standard 2: Cahuilla Indian Curriculum Guide
  • Standard 2: Cahuilla Indian Student Reader
  • Standard 3: History of the Coachella Valley
  • Standard 3: Timeline and Bio-sketches of Coachella Valley
  • Standard 4: Election Mania

Grade 3 Jr. Historians Tackle Their Local History.

This is  a step-by-step series of project-based activities that can serve as a template for any community to develop their own history curriculum

Grade 4 Curriculum Units

  • Standard 1: Geographic Features of California
  • Standard 3: The Road to Statehood
  • Standard 4: California Becoming an Agricultural and Industrial Power
  • Standard 5: Californians  and Government

Grade 5 Curriculum Units

Vignettes by Grade Level

These Vignettes are model lessons taken straight out of the CA HSS Framework. Each grade level is hyperlinked to the grade level chapter of the framework to provide context in addition to further reading opportunities. Each vignette has the traditional hSS framework coversheet, followed by the essential questions to be answered via grade level disciplinary ventures into History Social Science. The following pages contain the vignette. You’ll be able to see the title for the vignette in a blue box as well as the rest of the vignette with a blue line surrounding it.

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Teaching California

The California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) partnered with the California Historical Society (CHS) to furnish grade level appropriate sources to help students understand the Compelling Questions that are posed in the California’s History-Social Science Framework. This site provides “the what” to teachers who are looking to improve student reading, writing and critical thinking while inspiring them to discover the past.

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5