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Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education


Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support

Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team

Room 320 EB, Albany, New York 12234

JoAnn Larson & Lawrence Paska,

Social Studies Associates

Phone: (518) 474-5922, Fax: (518) 473-4884, Email:



Call for Content: Grade 3—Communities Around the World


Dear Social Studies Colleague,


The State Education Department (SED), in partnership with the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) and the New York State Social Studies Supervisors Association (NYS4A), is seeking standards-based learning experiences created by New York State teachers of the grade 3 social studies core curriculum. Learning experiences can include individual lesson plans, teaching strategies, and resources (such as books, internet sites, multimedia), and will be featured in the new Web-based World Communities: What Is a Culture? professional development guide for grade 3 teachers.


Submissions will be juried using criteria similar to those established by the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning (NYSATL) for its Statewide Peer Review process.  A learning experience should identify specific New York State Learning Standards, list key ideas and performance indicators for each standard addressed, and be linked to the existing NYS core curriculum.  It should require students to demonstrate the use of the content, skills, and methodologies that are central to the learning standard.  It should also directly use and refer to the Web-based World Communities: What Is a Culture? professional development guide for grade 3 teachers as a basis for planning.  Learning experiences accepted according to pre-established criteria will be shared through the NYSED Virtual Learning System ( and the Curriculum, Instruction & Instructional Technology Team’s social studies Web site (


Please note that you will be contacted only if your work is accepted.  You will be able to have one final review of your work prior to its posting online.  No work will be returned to you.  The deadline for submitting work is Sunday, December 31, 2006.  Please e-mail all submissions to Jo Ann Larson ( and Lawrence Paska (, SED Associates.


Thank you for taking the time to submit your work.  We appreciate your desire to share your instructional practice with us and other colleagues in the state.  We look forward to collaborating with you on future efforts! 




JoAnn Larson and Lawrence Paska

Associates, Social Studies Education

New York State Education Department

Room 320 EB

Albany, NY 12234

Phone: (518) 474-5922



Call for Content: Personal & Contact Information

Please complete all fields

You must give credit to the school and district where you created the lesson

*  indicates a field that may be made public


*Name:  _______________________________________________________


*School District/BOCES/Charter School:  _____________________________


School Type:     ____ Public                        ____ Non-Public


*District Type:  ____ New York City                        ____ Large City        ____ Small City                                    ____ Suburban                                 ____ Rural                 ____ BOCES


School/Business/BOCES/Charter School:

            *Name:  ____________________________________________________

            Address:  ___________________________________________________

            *City:  __________________________  County:  ____________________

            State:  _________________________    Zip Code:  __________________


Telephone: (indicate preference)

            Work:  _________________________    Home:  _____________________


*E-mail Address: (most frequently used)  ___________________________________



            Address:  ____________________________________________________

            City:  ___________________________

            State:  __________________________ Zip Code:  ___________________


New York State Certification Area(s):  ___________________________________

NYS Certification Level (grades):  ______________________________________


*What is your current or last employment position?  ________________________

*What grade(s) do you currently teach?  _________________________________

If you are not currently a classroom teacher,

            In what year did you last teach?  __________________________________

            What grade(s)/subject(s) did you teach?  ___________________________










Call for Content: Criteria for Submission







1. Relates to the NYS Learning Standards


2. Challenges the learner intellectually


3. Engagement


4. Contains an assessment plan


5. Adaptability


6. Technology integration (where appropriate)






Call for Content: Cover Sheet


NOTE:  Please copy this form onto a Microsoft Word document, complete it, and attach it with your learning experience and all work you submit electronically. Thank you!



Grade Level:  _________       Lesson Title:  _____________________________


Objective(s):  ______________________________________________________




Social Studies Standard

Standard Key Idea(s)

Performance Indicator(s)

by Standard






















Classroom Activity: (describe student skills, the procedure for implementing the lesson, and assessment tools separately; or submit an electronic lesson plan which includes this information)













Teacher:  ________________________   School:  _______________________

                                                                                                                (where lesson was created and implemented – include full name/address)