Social Studies

  • Putnam-Boces Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum

    Introduction The Integrated Social Studies/English Language Arts Curriculum for the Grades K-7 project received its impetus from the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Council, and was developed by teachers during curriculum development workshops over the last twelve years. The decision was made to use the methodology of Understanding by Design developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and to create a web-based curriculum that would be available to all teachers. The New York State Social Studies Framework is the basis of unit development. The model of continuous improvement shapes the revision and enhancement of the curriculum yearly.

    Based on the following design principles to ensure the development of high quality units, the curriculum is:

    • teacher friendly – The lessons include specific procedures, clearly spell out the materials needed, and provide the appropriate student worksheets, informational texts, and rubrics
    • standards based
    • aligned to the key ideas, conceptual understandings, content specifications, and social studies practices found in the Framework
    • incorporates Reading Informational Text, Writing, and Speaking and Listening found in the Common Core Learning Standards
    • open to integration of already developed units done in individual districts
    • integrated with best practices in instructional technology and 21st Century Skills which include:
      • encouraging higher order thinking
      • involving collaborative learning
      • using informational sources that cannot be found elsewhere or are not as rich
      • engaging the research spirit
      • infusing video clips
      • utilizing real-time data
      • utilizing interactive whiteboards effectively
      • having real world connections
      • allowing for online publishing or input from others


    Social Studies Standards