History and Social Science grants by SRP 2021-22 recipients
This year, 7 schools were selected through evaluators and the committee to receive an SRP History and Social Science grant. SRP will fund the following projects for a total of $32,527.
Elementary school recipients
- Alta Vista Elementary School (Phoenix) – $2,500
Project: Mirror Mirror, What's the History of Us All?
Grant money will be used to purchase 157 current and updated historical fiction titles to directly support and align with social and historical studies and state standards across all grade levels and readability levels K-6. Staff and students will use these materials regularly to develop and enhance concepts, prompt discussion and writing, encourage research and investigation, enable comparison and debate, and deepen their sense of understanding and empathy for their world. These books will also be available to the community who also utilize the library. The grant funds will bring to life, through narrative, the stories of the world's history in a way all students can enjoy and relate to while enhancing their learning.
- Campo Bello Elementary School (Phoenix) – $2,500
Project: Building a Community
These grant dollars will be used to fund the project “Building a Community” which is a multi-faceted project in which 2nd grade students will first choose and research a community helper or occupation within the community. They will plan and build the building in which their community member works. Students will combine their buildings to create their community, a three-dimensional town created from building bricks. Students will then create a map of their town, and prepare a presentation of their project, to include the research on their community member and the map they created of their community.
- Tonalea K-8 School(Scottsdale) – $2500.00
Project: Rigorous Resources for new Arizona Social Studies Standards
Funding for this project will support social studies standards for grades 6-8 by purchasing materials to develop critical thinking skills for 6-8th grade students as well as essential college and career skills. Grant funding would support purchasing primary source documents, online lessons for distant learners, and rigorous supplemental materials to support the new standards including primary sources for U.S. History and World History, Project Based Learning Projects, and Document Based Question Activities. These supplemental materials will support rigor for social studies and the writing component for English.
Middle School Recipients
- Arizona Charter Academy (Surprise) – $2500.00
Project: Historic Connections - Immersive Learning Project
The Historic Connections Project, is an immersion learning experience that intentionally supports curriculum aimed at reinforcing Social Studies by simultaneously connecting it to course work in Science, Music and Art. Grant funds will be utilized so that over 500 5-8th graders will participate in the program. Teachers will use videos, art supplies, journals, and sheet music to provide authentic project-based curriculum.
- Queen Creek Unified School District (Queen Creek) – $2100.00
Project: Westward Expansion
By purchasing Ozobots for the Westward Expansion Unit, 5th grade ELP students at multiple schools, will have an opportunity to engage in a social studies-based project. Students will use their knowledge of Westward Expansion to research important people and events related to the topic and create a 3D map of the Oregon Trail. This will allow them to gain a better understanding of the important historic and economic factors/events which shaped early American life. Ozobots are a unique way to engage and captivate students utilizing social studies standards. Grant funds will assist gifted fifth graders to bring the Oregon Trail to life by researching, designing, and creating a map with coded robot trails, during the Westward Expansion Unit.
- St. Johns Middle School (St. Johns) – $2500.00
Project: Classroom Curriculum Materials
Grant funds will be utilized to purchase a class set of World History textbooks and Laminated Desk Maps to be used by the 6th grade class. The activities the textbooks will be used for will facilitate learning the curriculum, teach the students how to use a textbook as a reference source, and provide opportunities to practice reading comprehension. The laminated desk maps would assist students in identifying geographical locations and allow them to mark/draw on the maps and erase their work so the maps can be used throughout the academic year to teach various other social studies concepts.
- Vista Del Sur Accelerate Academy (Laveen) – $2200.00
Project: Learning about the Past through Archeology
Grant Funds will provide 6th grade students will use real tools, and VR, to immerse themselves in the lives of archeologists. Students will have "bins" of dirt filled with "artifacts" related to different ancient cultures. They will use Google Maps, tools and graphing resources to plan the excavation of different cultures such as China, Greece, Rome, India and Mesopotamia. It allows students to incorporate various subjects into one classroom. They will use math with measurements and gridding; science with how to chemically clean artifacts and make inferences and observations. They will also use literacy as they record and analyze their artifact findings. For each unit, the students will work in groups excavating a bin of artifacts related to that culture. In the end, students will learn about how artifacts are observed, examined and analyzed in the real world.