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In this social studies activity, 3rd graders answer multiple choice questions about crops, supply and demand, bartering, and more. Students complete 15 questions.
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about World War II, the transcontinental railroad, slavery, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
In this social studies activity, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and African Americans. Students complete 4 questions.
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. For this service learning lesson, students examine private property land use practices in order to study their impact on the environment.
Young scholars explore the environment by completing science worksheets in class. In this water conservation lesson, students identify ways water is used in our society and how we abuse the privilege. Young scholars discuss methods to reduce water waste while reading resources on the Internet and answering study questions.
Learners compare lifestyles of the United States to another foreign country. In this social studies instructional activity, students use the information they previously researched on the Internet and publish a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their findings.
Students explore communities. In 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 understand the idea of a nonprofit organization, the service donated by others, and how it helps a community. In this philanthropic lesson, students explore the types of nonprofits that would be beneficial to a school and what that organization needs to run. Students complete a worksheet on grant writing questions for the organization they have researched.
Students report on the activism of corporate philanthropists. In this service learning lesson plan, students research companies that operate as philanthropists and identify their recipients.
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 instructional activity, 11th graders discover the level of what he/she has access to and/or possess.  Students create pie charts on their goals.
Learners examine the meaning of philanthropy. They look at specific needs and determine the process of requesting grants from various foundations. They determine a need within the school community and write a grant application or foundation request.
Learners create timeline to trace the history and development of the selected organization, and compare the history of the selected organization to actual historical events.
Students play a game. For this cooperation lesson, students are introduced to a game where they each take turns drawing a piece of a picture. They discuss how we can do different things when we work together and what the terms group, cooperation and contribution mean.
Students participate in a service learning activity regarding universal human rights. In this service learning lesson, students craft posters that illustrate guaranteed rights that all people should possess.
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 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 synthesize science information on fibers, social studies background on colonial times, and language skills to write a book that provides concrete information and models an authentic purpose for writing.
Third graders describe factors that cause conflict. For this social studies lesson students identify the causes of conflict as well as contributions to cooperation among groups. The students recognize that Montana Indigenous tribes make decisions based upon cultures, traditions, and language.
Students define and give an example of community capital. They draw illustrations of community capital to show throughout the room. They analyze pictures and determine which groups are more trustworthy.