Students identify possible social studies themes that can come from the video, "Voyage of Discovery". They list the five themes of geography. They develop elementary-level interdisciplinary unit plans for social study content. They identify elementary level social studies themes.
Students complete the Know and Want to Know columns of a K-W-L worksheet about elementary aged children. They develop instructional methods for use in elementary social studies classroom that would increase content knowledge. They modify game strategies for use in reviewing social studies content.
Students explore numerous instructional materials that may be used in an elementary social studies classroom. After analyzing each type of material, they discuss and make informed decisions concerning the quality and use of the material. Finally, students design learning centers for elementary social studies classrooms.
Students identify activities that promote social studies education and enjoy an international food tasting session. On food item sheets, they write the origins of the various food items. On a laminated world map, each cook circles the country where their recipe originated. Students discuss when holding such activities might be appropriate and what factors must be considered.
How do all the lessons and activities you have planned for your class align to Common Core State Standards? This can feel like a very daunting question. Help ease the process by referencing a template that not only lists and organizes both the writing and reading standards associated with your subject, but that also unpacks each of the standards into more manageable and direct objectives.
Students explore communities. For this community social studies lesson, students compare and contrast urban, suburban, and rural communities. Students listen to fiction and non-fiction books, complete Venn Diagrams, and complete worksheets. Students construct tabletop communities using milk cartons and other household items.
Students compare lifestyles of the United States to another foreign country. In this social studies lesson, students use the information they previously researched on the Internet and publish a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their findings.
This is an integrated lesson plan that incorporates Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. In Social Studies, 7th graders complete an online interview and complete an online worksheet about latitude of sites on the Anza trail. In Science they measure angles of elevation and have a Moon Party. Mathematics lessons involve students with geometric concepts involved in the definition of latitude.
Students explore how water conservation is influenced by the four sectors of economy. In this social studies economics lesson, students brainstorm problems and solutions related to water conservation. Collages are created to represent how government, industry and business, non-profit organizations, and family units affect water use.
Eleventh graders explore the roles of civic participants.  In this Social Studies lesson, 11th graders discover the level of what he/she has access to and/or possess.  Students create pie charts on their goals.
Third graders explore U.S. geography by creating a written document in class. In this travel brochure lesson, 3rd graders identify interesting locations within a specific state and discuss in which city they would prefer to live. Students utilize a map to visualize their location and create a travel brochure to share their research with the class.
Students explore South America. In this geography skills lesson plan, students watch a video about the geographical features of the continent. Students complete worksheets on the topic.
Students investigate how legislation works.  In the Social Studies lesson, the students will explore vocabularies that are essential to the lesson.  Then the students will be broken up into groups of 4-8.  They will be given 4 different tasks that must be completed, online and with the TI calculator.    
Students create playground maps and identify means of using these maps to enhance social studies learning of elementary students. They develop elementary-level interdisciplinary unit plans using social studies content for the primary unit theme.
Pupils discuss physical and human characteristics and list examples. After identifying government goods and services provided to the community, they locate examples of each located near their school. Based on their discoveries, students chart them on a map drawing icons or pictures to identify those characteristics and government-provided goods and services.
Have your high schoolers learn about Canada with this resource. Learners design an activity booklet, including a map, for use with second graders learning about Canada. They become mentors for the younger learners and explore the topic as a group.
High school social studies teachers addressing the crisis in Darfur could use elements of this plan to increase social studies vocabulary and research skills. It includes a page of lecture/discussion notes, instructions for creating higher-level questions, and a DBQ essay assignment.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the steps needed to put together a teaching portfolio. They collect artifacts to accompany the portfolio and then present them as a part of a cumulative project grade. Some students may choose to review the portfolio before final presentation.
You don't need to be a museum curator to bring artifacts into the classroom; part two of a series on approaching social studies as a group of historians.
Eighth graders research statistical data regarding their current social studies unit. They write questions about the measures of central tendency, collect and analyze the data, insert the data into a spreadsheet, and generate graphs.