K-12 HGSS Resources & Links

Standards and Implementation

KSDE HGSS Standards Page

3 year Implementation Plan

New - KS History, Government Social Studies Standards

High School Psychology Standards Document

Best Practices and Litaracy Expectations in new standards

C3 Framework for Social Studies

 The C4 framework −collect collaborate create communicate - classroom resources based on new common core and SS standards

Unit of Study Template for Social Studies

HGSS KSDE Standards Update Powerpoint 5-2014


KSDE Social Studies Website

Follow Kansas Social Studies Education at the following links

Kansas Council for the Social Studies                        http://www.kcss.info/

Kansas Council for History Education                       https://sites.google.com/a/usd260.com/kche/

Kansas Geographic Alliance                                        http://www.k-state.edu/kga/

Kansas Council for Economic Education                  http://kansas.councilforeconed.org/

Kansas Bar Association Law Related Education      http://www.ksbar.org/?educator_resources


Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.- Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them.

ArcGIS systems Website -  Comprehensive system that allows people to collect, organize, manage, analyze, communicate and distribute geographic informaiton.

Kansas Geographical Alliance - Organization of teachers and professional geographers dedicated to advancing geographic literacy in Kansas.

Geography Awareness Week - official website for Geography Awareness Week (GAW)

Kansas Historical Society - Resources for Kansas History and social studies classrooms as well as guided tours available

Social Studies School Service - resources for the classroom

Social Studies Central Website - Social Studies Central provides resources with a focus on the Social Studies, supports teachers as they improve their instruction and helps educators engage kids in learning. You will find lesson plans, new web sites, links to standards and assessment advice, technology integration resources and information about workshops and staff development

National Museum of Natural History -

Colonial Williamsburg Website - classroom resources for a variety of topics

Google Lit. trips - Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. I like to say Google Lit Trips “3-dimensionalize” the reading experience by placing readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters; looking through the windshield of that old jalopy in The Grapes of Wrath or waddling alongside Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s duckling family in Make Way for Ducklings

Assessment Information

KSDE HGSS Assessment Website Page

CETE KAP HGSS Page - this is the content area page in the kansas assessment program website

CETE KAP HGSS Formative Assessment Tools page - this is formative tools in KAP website for HGSS

January 2016 HGSS Update from Don Gifford

December 2015 HGSS Update from Don Gifford

Assessment Update from October 20th, 2014 KSDE meeting - instructs you how to access formative practice questions in the KITE system as well as the MDPT infomation

April HGSS Update from Don Gifford

February HGSS Update form Don Gifford

January Assessment Update from Don Gifford

January Update from Don Gifford

December 4th update from Don Gifford

November update from Don Gifford

October update Don Gifford

Early October update Don Gifford

Updated Information  about the Multidisciplinary Performance Assessment Tasks (MDPT)

Links to Sample Performance Tasks & Exemplary Lessons (all content areas)

HGSS mdpt examples

Preparing Students for Writing on Demand

KSDE Rubric for MDPT Grade 3-5 - Opinion

KSDE Rubric for MDPT Grades 6-8 - Argument

KSDE Rubric for MDPT High School - Argument