Woodburn School District to adopt new Social Studies curriculum
The Woodburn School District was in midst of adopting new social studies material at the elementary school level when the COVID-19 pandemic brought the state to a screeching halt in the spring.
As part of the adoption process, district faculty had set up a display at the district office with material from the curriculum available for public view by parents, visitors and community members.
But with visitation to the district office curtailed due to social distancing guidelines, the district is directing community members online to see the material and leave feedback.
The material is available to view at www.woodburnsd.org/wsd-curriculum and provides tri-lingual descriptions in English, Spanish and Russian of the material that is scheduled to be adopted, such curated Scholastic book titles and teacher created materials, along with links to submit feedback and questions.
"WSD is working with Scholastic to generate hand picked text set collections that integrate with Language Arts standards and units at a variety of reading levels," the district website reads. "This allows us maximum flexibility to ensure that texts are authentic, culturally responsive, and aligned to our state standards."
The website provides a list of book titles that will be adopted at each grade level from kindergarten through fifth grade, along with preview version of books for select available titles.
The material touches on a variety of subjects, starting with entry-level material for kindergarten students that ranges from conflict and fairness to the importance of family and places, fiscal responsibility, helping the community and recent historical figures such as Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhart.
The subject material explores these topics in more complex detail at later grade levels, with fifth grade students learning about the colonial roots of the United States, taxes, immigration and women's suffrage through current material such as career possibilities, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, along with wind, solar and geothermal power.
The website also features teacher-created material for viewing at K-5 grade levels in English and Spanish, with material through third grade translated into Russian.
"Our goal is to provide an aligned, rigorous, K-12 curriculum across the district," the district's curriculum mission states. "We believe that providing a proficiency-based approach to instruction and assessment is critical to ensuring high levels of academic achievement that is equitable for all students."
Woodburn School District curriculum
To see the elementary-level social studies curriculum scheduled to be adopted, go to http://www.woodburnsd.org/wsd-curriculum/.
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