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A Few Districts Purchased Elementary Social Studies Materials from American Legacy, Claims Simba Information

17 Jan 2013 • by Natalie Aster

A few districts purchased elementary social studies materials from American Legacy. A number of districts that chose not to buy elementary social studies, or bought only for grades 3-5 or grades 4-5, plan to use literacy resources for social studies, according to the new report "Simba Information's 2012 National Textbook Adoption Scorecard and 2013 Outlook" by Simba Information.

Pinellas, which did not buy K-5 in 2012, will look at the social studies reading materials available in the reading programs the district expects to purchase in 2013. Lee schools purchased social studies for grades 3-5, but will use reading resources aligned with social studies in grades K-2.

Report Details:

Simba Information's 2012 National Textbook Adoption Scorecard and 2013 Outlook
Published: December, 2012
Pages: 48
Price: US$ 1,425.00

“We did not participant in the elementary social studies adoption process due to district priorities,” said Julie Noel, Polk County schools senior coordinator of elementary curriculum. “We will continue to use our current series with the addition of complex text as we move into Common Core.” Noel said that as new curriculum maps are being written, Polk is embedding more and more social studies and science content into the instructional literacy block. “The use of leveled texts related to both subjects is also highly encouraged in our elementary classrooms,” she said.

The Washington school district purchased new social studies textbooks from McGraw-Hill for grades 4-5, based on the selection by district teachers.

“The priority of the teachers was alignment with the Common Core standards,” said Gail Riley, director of curriculum and instruction. “They were not looking for technology or interactivity, they were looking for writing and the Common Core.” Washington did not purchase for other elementary grades because of budget constraints. Weekly Reader subscriptions were purchased for some grades 2-3 classrooms to address social studies.

More information can be found in the report “Simba Information's 2012 National Textbook Adoption Scorecard and 2013 Outlook” by Simba Information.

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