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National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is the
nation’s leading association of social studies educators at all K-12 grade

NCSS is strongly committed to excellent instruction in
social studies in elementary schools. NCSS publications offer elementary
teachers lesson plans and class activities in social studies, and focus
regularly on children’s literature that is of special value for teaching social
studies in the elementary grades. Every year, in cooperation with the
Children’s Book Council, NCSS publishes an annual list of Notable Social
Studies Trade Books for Young People, which identifies and annotates
outstanding children’s books published the previous year. All NCSS individual
and institutional members receive the issue of the NCSS journal, Social Education, in which this list is

The NCSS periodical, Social Studies and the Young Learner, is a benefit of NCSS membership for K-6
elementary educators. This colorful, peer-reviewed journal features teaching
ideas, lesson plans, and handouts that enhance social studies teaching in K-6

Click on these links to read two sample articles from past
issues of Social Studies and the Young Learner.

‘“Sometimes I Just Crave Information!’ Teaching and Learning
with Informational Text,” by Linda B. Gambrell and Barbara A. Marinak.

“Designing Classroom Spaces to Maximize Social Studies
Learning,” by Carolyn O’Mahony and Suzanne Siegel

A special category of NCSS membership is “comprehensive
membership.” NCSS comprehensive members automatically receive books in the NCSS
Bulletin series (free of charge.

Information about membership in NCSS is available at

In 2010, NCSS developed and published the National Curriculum Standards for Social
Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
. These national
standards establish learning expectations for the elementary, middle, and high
school levels. The standards place a special emphasis on the purposes of social
studies, questions for exploration, expectations for the development of the
knowledge and abilities of students, and products through which learners
demonstrate understanding. Further information about the standards is available


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