Social Studies

  •  Content Integrated Units (Fourth and Fifth grades): requires LAUSD SSO
  • The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:


  • Edsitement: Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment features lesson plans and additional classroom resources about art and culture, literature and language arts, foreign language, history and social studies. It also serves as a gateway to the best humanities sites on the Web and features a monthly theme-based teaching resource calendar.
  • National Geographic Education:  Developed by the National Geographic Society, the NG Education site brings geography,social studies, and science to life for educators, learners, and their families—in and out of the classroom. The free education resources at harness National Geographic’s iconic media, research, and exploration to support high quality, standards-based instruction and student-centered learning. The site features multimedia activities,photo and video galleries, a growing reference library, and interactive mapping and collaboration tools. This next-generation site replaces Xpeditions, which is now an archive.
  • Pearson Social Studies
  • Pearson Social Studies (requires a username and password)
  • Smithsonian’s History Explorer: Designed and developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian’s History Explorer is a gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site brings history to life through artifacts, primary sources and online tools for the classroom, afterschool activities and home.
  • Preparing students for College, Career, and Citizenship
  • National history education Clearinghouse


Scott Foresman Resources for California Teachers
Harcourt Reflections 
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 

Oakland Museum of California
Pony Express: Primary Source Documents
Voices of the Generations
The Genocide Education Project
My Mother’s Voice 
For more information, please visit
Untold Civil Rights Stories

Los Angeles Unified California Common Core Standards
Los Angeles County Office of History Education
The Gilder Leherman Institute of American History
Stanford History Education Group
Women’s History Month
Center for Civic Education
Library of Congress: American Memory
The National Archives
The Historical Society of Southern California
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
The Autry National Center
The California History Social Science Project
Teaching History
Constitutional Rights Foundation




Integrated Units

The 4th and 5th grade Content Integrated Unit Performance Tasks are grounded in the principles of project based learning and incorporate the opportunity for teachers to evaluate the summative growth of a student in the strands of ELA-speaking and listening, reading, writing, language standards, content standards in History/Social Science, and Science. The instructional Units:
  • Are based on an inquiry model.
  • Students to actively collaborate
  • Culminate with a final group project and presentation
  • Incorporate the ELA, Science, and History/Social Science Standards
  • Take approximately 4 weeks of instruction


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