Social Studies Teacher Resources

Learning more about the world around you is the first step in becoming a global citizen. Whether it’s a lesson on world history, geography, or international cultures, social studies is an important way to engage students with the stories and experiences of others.

For young learners, a lesson connects the themes of their everyday lives with common concepts from social studies. Use a presentation on American history, symbols, and leaders to teach class members about the basics of American culture.

An American history lesson compares the treatment of women in American society today with the Salem Witch Trials of the seventeenth century. Couple the resource with a complete American history curriculum, perfect for middle schoolers.

Want to connect social studies to the arts? Use an innovative resource to discuss social conflict and political protest with abstract art and song lyrics. Language arts students can write diary entries from the perspective of a historical figure with a thought-provoking writing activity.

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Service Learning in the Social Studies

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Active Citizenship Today (ACT) is a "unique social studies service learning program" that requires students to learn about the public policy associated with community issues they identify in their local community. This web site provides...
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Social Studies: Essay Outline

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Here is a resource intended for a social studies class, but great no matter the subject. It's a complete outline for an essay. It includes space to write ideas related to the thesis, supporting details, transition sentences and words,...
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Third Grade Social Studies Review

For Students 3rd
In this interactive JeopardyLab game, with the assistance of a teacher, students can play against each other or in teams to review the content of Third Grade Social Studies. Allow the first team to choose a topic and a point value for a...
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Great Picture Books to Teach Social Studies for Grade K-3

For Teachers K - 3rd
Every class enjoys reading new books at the beginning of a unit. Use this resource to identify a variety of books for kindergarten to third grade that can be used to complement social studies standards. The books can kindle learners'...
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Writing a Social Studies Essay

For Students 8th - 12th
In this social studies essay worksheet, students follow the provided steps listed in the graphic organizer to write their own social studies essays. Students also read a sample essay about the U.S. government.
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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 6-8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The common core literacy standards for social studies revolve around helping students closely read and understand primary and secondary sources. Browse these resources and find ones relevant to the social studies topics you're teaching!
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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Social studies and literacy skills go hand in hand, as one of the core components of history, philosophy, political science and the other social studies is the written word. The RH.9-10 CCSS standards place an emphasis on primary...
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Baseball Challenge: Social Studies TCAP

For Teachers 6th
Using a baseball theme, this presentation provides a review of social studies topics covered in sixth grade. Students play a game in which they score based on the answers to various questions involving Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, map...
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Native American Literature

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Celebrate and honor Native American culture with this set of graphic organizers that showcases literature like The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and A Boy Called Slow as well as three other Native American literature books. Learners compare...
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What Are the Social Studies?

For Teachers Higher Ed
Identify core social studies subjects with adult learners. They will discuss key issues from twentieth century American history and identify key social studies concepts taught at elementary grade levels. They then modify this activity to...
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Technology Resources for the Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers Higher Ed
Looking for ways to increase engagement by bringing technology into your elementary social studies class? Teachers are introduced to the technology resources available for social studies and then they show their students specific...
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Third Grade Social Studies- Quiz

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this social studies worksheet, students complete a 25 question multiple choice quiz about early American colonial life and the Cherokee and other Native American tribes.
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The Texas Social Studies Controversy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Examine the Texas social studies curriculum controversy with your class. Using a current events lesson, learners read the article "A Christian Land Governed by Christian Principles," respond to the discussion questions, and participate...
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Social Studies Wonders: An Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Help middle schoolers conduct Internet research and develop a working definition for the discipline of social studies. From a list of websites, they develop classification skills and differentiate between primary and secondary sources....
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Social Studies: Looking at Regions

For Teachers 3rd
Quiz your 3rd graders on why we have regions. This regions quiz includes 16 questions on why and how we group areas into regions based on physical features, culture, politics or religion. A class discussion on technology completes this...
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Fable Writing - Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Sciences

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Before writing their own fables, class members select an animal or insect to use in their story and research its character, habits, movements, etc. After reading a wide variety of fables and identifying the elements of a fable, writers...
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Using the Landscape Picture Map to Develop Social Studies Skills

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Enhance your class' geography skills using this resource. Explore a variety of concepts including production and distribution, and people and the environment. Learners make predictions and identify locations on maps. This is a creative...
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Fifth Grade Social Studies

For Students 5th
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and African Americans. Students complete 4 questions.
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Social Studies Lesson Plans With Science Connections

For Teachers 6th - 9th
There are great social studies lesson plans that can help students make historical connections to science.
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Log Canoes: A Chesapeake Bay Tradition

For Students 6th - 8th
This activity uses a question and answer format to scaffold students comprehension of a short dialogue about the Chesapeake Bay and its tradition of log canoes. After reading the short passage, students are prompted to find three facts...
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Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers Higher Ed
Engage your class in a lesson that is concerned with the development of skills in the realm of teaching strategies needed for Social Studies. They will participate in delivering content using several strategies that are demonstrated by...
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Philosophy of Social Studies Education

For Teachers Higher Ed
Learn how to distinguish between curriculum and instruction. Utilize concept mapping strategies to organize a philosophy of elementary social studies education. Your class will be able to explain the process they underwent to organize...
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Teaching Social Studies in English

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Case studies, an examination of images, and readings of passages from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are used to spark conversations in ESL/ELD social studies classes about this highly-charged topic. Using a variety of...
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Math and Social Studies Real- World Investigation- Comparisons

For Students 6th
In this real-world investigation math and social studies activity, 6th graders use the internet to research world records such as the world's largest pumpkin or smallest insect. They write a description of three interesting facts about...
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Third Grade Social Studies

For Students 3rd
In this social studies learning exercise, 3rd graders complete multiple choice questions about laws, government, states, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
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Third Grade Social Studies

For Students 3rd
In this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders answer multiple choice questions about crops, supply and demand, bartering, and more. Students complete 15 questions.
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Fifth Grade Social Studies

For Students 5th
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.
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Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
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Lessons for Social Studies Educators

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Point of view, purpose, and tone: three concepts readers of primary and secondary source materials must take into account when examining documents. Class members view a PowerPoint presentation and use the SOAPS strategy to identify an...
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Should We Eat Bugs?

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Cricket cookies? Mealworm mac and cheese? Bugs are super nutritious! Why don't we eat them? Viewers discover the history of entomophagy, that is, the practice of eating insects and spiders, by viewing a fascinating video that explores...
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Heroes Who Made a Difference: Memorializing a Distinguished Service Cross Award Recipient

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ever wonder how to memorialize World War I heroes in the classroom? Activities in a high-quality social studies resource prompt middle schoolers to research Internet sources, complete a graphic organizer, and write an editorial feature...
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Eighth Grade Social Studies Quiz

For Students 8th
For this Georgia social studies assessment worksheet, 8th graders respond to fifteen multiple choice questions based on eighth grade social studies skills.
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Third Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 3rd
In this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders complete multiple choice questions on the Pilgrims, government, economics, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
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Fifth Grade Social Studies Multiple Choice Practice

For Teachers 5th
In this grade 5 social studies worksheet, 5th graders complete a set of 17 multiple choice questions about a variety of topics. An answer key is included.
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Fifth Grade Social Studies Practice-Multiple Choice

For Students 5th
In this grade 5 social studies instructional activity, 5th graders complete a set of 11 questions about a variety of 5th grade concepts. An answer key is included.
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8th Grade Social Studies: Cumulative Scrapbook/Comic Book

For Students 8th
While making a scrapbook or comic book may seem like a super fun project, kids will need to follow all the rules to get an A. Project focus, guidelines, and expectations are totally laid out. All the necessary project instructions,...
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Social Studies: Church and State

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Discuss the separation of church and state as it relates to government entities. This is a great way to launch a discussion on the relationship between these groups. Learners analyze this relationship in governments throughout the world,...
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Using Social Studies in Five Shared Reading Lessons: Geography

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
After several short 15-minute mini-lessons, your learners will gain an understanding of the characteristics of a non-fiction text. Using the book Map It by Elspeth Leacock, your class will become acquainted with non-fiction terms such as...
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News Literacy Model Curriculum in Social Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate news literacy in the twenty-first century. They use technology, legal decisions, writings, and digital privacy to analyze the topic. Using what they learned, a group assignment looks into both the challenges and...
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Third Grade Social Studies-Multiple Choice Activity

For Students 3rd
In this grade 3 social studies worksheet, 3rd graders complete a set of 25 questions about a variety of topics including geography, types of communities, map and questions about the environment.
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What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Introduce young historians to the US Constitution with this upper-elementary social studies lesson plan. Beginning with a general discussion about the role of government in society, students go on to work in small groups identifying and...
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Eastern Woodland Natives

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Supplement your social studies instruction with a reading passage about the Eastern Woodlands. After reading the passage, learners respond to five related questions.
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Social Studies Lesson Plan 9

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore a map of Canada while developing graphic skills and recognizing pictorial symbols. In this social studies lesson, 2nd graders use a compass rose to locate specific locations on a map. Students also construct and...
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Social Studies and Reading Integration

For Students 5th - 6th
Kids take a quiz on the concepts that define community and culture. They answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding family traditions, immigration, Hispanic culture, and community. 
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2nd Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 2nd
Having a basic understanding to how our economy works is a great way to help students understand the world around them. This Social Studies presentation focuses on defining the concepts of trade, goods, service, wants, needs, and...
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An Introduction to Modern Economics

For Students 10th - 12th
Practice reading comprehension with this informational economics worksheet. Learners read a 2-page explanation of the beginnings of modern economics and how it plays a role in society. This reading discusses natural, human and capital...
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The Social Sciences

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Pupils search for examples of social science in and around their school. They create a Social Science scrapbook of the eight social sciences, that includes news articles and summaries that focus on each social science area.
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Social Studies - Guessing Game

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Focus on a particular geographic location with this resource. Learners use their social studies textbook to look up information about a specific place. They write down a list of facts and read them to the class. Classmates guess which...
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A Social Studies Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Providing background information on a topic is key to building a deep understanding. This resource is less of a presentation and more of a complete lesson which will use images, bio information, and activities to build your students...
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Chalkboard Challenge: Social Studies Online

For Teachers 5th
If used as an independent review, this presentation could be a quick way for students to study U.S. History facts. Since it only presents a few simple facts, it would not be adequate for a comprehensive review, but a teacher could...
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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Analyzing primary and secondary source materials requires a special set of skills. Readers must be able to identify the central ideas in a text, to cite evidence to support their analysis, and to evaluate the arguments put forth in a...
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Christopher Reeve Talks About his Wheelchair

For Teachers Pre-K - K
How should your class react when they meet a person in a wheel chair? Is it OK to ask questions? Christopher Reeve says it is. Mr. Reeve answers the questions Big Bird and Zoe have about his wheel chair and the things he needs to get...
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Teaching Perspective in the Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
New ReviewHow would the story of the discovery of America be different if indigenous people told it through their eyes? Individuals compare the conventional account of this moment in history to an account given by one of the native peoples. After...
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Social Studies Current Event Worksheet

For Students 7th - 12th
Who, what, when, where, why, and how. This current events worksheet uses the traditional news article format and asks reviewers to record information included in a self-selected, current events article. Class members then use the...
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Mapping It Out: Social Studies Online

For Teachers 2nd
A great way to introduce 2nd graders to map skills would be to use this presentation. The visuals are inviting and the layout is easy to understand. This would be a terrific way to cover the basics on how to read a map. There is also a...
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Integrating Literature and Social Studies with Fever 1793

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
To generate interest in post‐Revolutionary Philadelphia and colonial times, class members read and discuss Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Fever, 1793. A simulation helps them grasp the magnitude of the yellow fever epidenic.
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Social Studies: Area and Population Density

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Math scholars of many ages examine the concept of population density and then discuss the significance of the population densities of Minnesota and China. They figure the population density of their school.
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Cumulative Review Social Studies

For Students 8th - 11th
This review of US history from the 1700s through the 1800s is intended to accompany a specific textbook; however, you may find it useful for its 50+ questions that include matching and short answer. It will require reformatting and some...
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This Week's Social Studies Journal

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
This worksheet is ideal for a bell-ringer/writing warm-up in your class to review what was learned in a previous lesson, and includes identifying important terms and facts associated with a historical topic. Encourage learners to...
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Crisis in Darfur

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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...
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Social Studies Strategies: Concept of a Definition Map

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Model for your class members how to use a definition map to make connections between new words and prior knowledge. Although the strategy is designed for social studies classes, the approach can be use at any grade level and in any...
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Get Out, Get Active: Three Social Studies Activities Your Students Will Love

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Three recommendations to help keep your students engaged via outdoors social studies activities.
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Social Studies- Guessing Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research a place of interest.  In this guessing game lesson, students look up information on a place they want to learn more about from their social studies text.   Students write down facts and present findings to the class to...
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Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature: The Desert Alphabet Book

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students explore the geography of the United States. In this social studies lesson, students identify the major deserts on a map of the United States.
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Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Lesson Presentations

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students demonstrate the cumulative knowledge while practicing the skills of lesson delivery for Elementary Social Studies. They set up for the lesson and then teach it to professional peers. They are assessed by the professor for the...
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Lesson Planning For The Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students engage in a activity that is concerned with the concepts related to writing lesson plans for the elementary Social Studies class. They are introduced to the lesson planning template and create an initial activity. Then students...
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General Social Studies Concepts

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 12 multiple choice questions regarding general social studies concepts. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Growing National Crisis: The 1850s (1)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies learning exercise, students answer 12 multiple choice questions regarding 1850s America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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World War I (1)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 12 multiple choice questions regarding World War I. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Geography of the Middle East

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies activity, students answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding the geography of the Middle East. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Islam (1)

For Students 8th - 12th
For this online interactive social studies worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions regarding the origins of Islam. Students may check their answers immediately.
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Islam (2)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding Islam. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Decline of the Roman Republic

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies instructional activity, students answer 12 multiple choice questions regarding the decline of the Roman Republic. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Age of Absolutism (3)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding the Age of Absolutism. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Social Studies Worksheet

For Students 7th - 9th
Uncover facts about major achievements, economy, and the Zhou Dynasty. Use this worksheet to guide class reading and track comprehension and concept understanding.
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Social Studies Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Build a content-specific vocabulary or introduce new concepts prior to teaching a lesson on Westward Expansion. Each slide provides a term, concept, or person along with a simplistic definition. John Quincy Adams, the Trail of Tears, the...
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Social Studies: The Ideology of Slavery

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the development of racial stereotyping beginning with the antebellum years. They research how blackface minstrel songs reinforced the antebellum mindset of African-Americans. Secondly, students investigate "Uncle Tom's...
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Social Studies: Dating Behaviors

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders discuss the importance of responsible dating. In addition to a discussion period, the instructional activity includes Powerpoint presentations, poster designs, and related role-playing activities. In one scenario, high...
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Reading a Timeline

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Sometimes the most important details of an informational text aren't within the text at all. Teach your class how to read timeline with a set of activities that prompts them to find specific dates and events on the timelines, as well as...
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Social Studies: Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the beginning of Communism.  In this World History instructional activity, students exhibit their knowledge of Communism and the Marshall Plan through completion of a map activity.
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History Through the Spyglass: Developing Research Skills for Social Studies

For Teachers 8th
Research everyday life of people living in British North America in the mid 1800s. Use this British North America history lesson to have students discuss resources to use for researching history. They will read about the Hensley Horror,...
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Social Studies: Martin Luther King Jr.

For Teachers 5th
Wow! Contained within this PowerPoint is not just one great activity or lesson, but five. Each lesson relates to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King and covers a different writing or research skill. Students will determine fact...
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Understanding Tiananmen Square

For Teachers 7th - 12th
William Bell's Forbidden City is used as the basis of a study of China, Chinese culture and government, and especially of the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Class members select a topic for Internet research and then prepare a...
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How Do We Honor Our Country?

For Students 1st - 2nd Standards
With this 85-slide presentation, you can offer pupils a broad overview of the history of the United States, as well as key vocabulary words and concepts for celebrating and honoring the country. An excellent supplement to any social...
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Roman Numerals

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Combine basic mathematics skills with your next social studies lesson. This presentation answers the question, "Where did the Roman Numeral system come from?" It provides a brief history of the Roman Numeric System, demonstrates how to...
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Biome Travel Guide

For Teachers 5th - 12th
In a perfect marriage of social studies and science, groups work together to research and create a travel guide presentation to share with the class. Not only do kids learn about the climate and geography of a biome, but also the...
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My Own Private Idaho; Using Social Studies to Explore Idaho

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students engage in several activities to explore Idaho and Social Studies themes. Using an variety of media, students become familiar with Idaho's geography and geology.
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Fourth Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 4th
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the climate, landforms, regions, government, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
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Fourth Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 4th
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders answer multiple choice questions about George Washington, early America, natural resources, and more. Students complete 8 questions.
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Fourth Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 4th
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the Constitution, natural resources, economics, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
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The French Revolution (2)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the French Revolution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Geomnemonics: Facilitating the Teaching of Social Studies Content with Geography Skills

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore how to draw a world map by hand and how to locate countries.
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Becoming a Professional Social Studies Leader

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the development of skills needed for the teaching of Social Studies. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used to solidify the importance of...
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First Amendment Guarantee of Free Speech (Senior, Social Studies)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students receive a list of banned books from which they choose one to read. They read their chosen book and write a paper that includes a discussion of the First Amendment and its guarantees and the reason(s) why they believe their book...
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Guest-Worker Program

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The U.S. Guest-Worker Program and the H-2A visa are the focus of a social studies activity. First, class members assume the role of advisors who must present the president with four proposals that would amend the visas given to...
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World History and Geography: The Mayan Civilization

For Teachers 7th Standards
Do you want to implement technological skills along with social studies concepts but don't know how? Then this plan was made for you! Sixth graders storyboard and present a multimedia presentation to their class while also learning...
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Solar Energy in New York

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine a variety of information for New York State including insolation data, and economic or political data, thus incorporating both science and social studies. Encouraging learners to become concerned citizens as they...
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The Infection Game: The Shape of Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Encourage the spread of knowledge in your class with this cross-curricular epidemic simulation. Pulling together science, social studies, and math, this lesson engages students in modeling the spread of infectious diseases, collecting...
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The Neolithic Revolution

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
With the abundance of food products we can easily access in our society today, it is easy to forget the toll this can take on our global environment. Young learners will discover how the transition to agriculture and domesticated living...
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Pendemonium: The Italian Job

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Discover how to use prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. The group views a jovial video on the topic, and then they create a chart of prefix and suffix meanings to identify the meanings of words in a social...
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Beginner Level Thanksgiving ESL Lesson Plan

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Thanksgiving is a cherished tradition in the United States and Canada. Introduce the beginnings of the Thanksgiving celebration with a resource that features reading comprehension activities, vocabulary exercises, and a short writing...
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Fable Writing--Inter-disciplinary Approach To Social Sciences

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students recognize the elements of a fable and write an original fable. They make connections with morals and other law-related concepts.
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Social Studies Lesson: Apartheid

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the Apartheid system of South Africa through a role-play activity. The role-play activity ends with a class discussion on how the events affected each individual. A class discussion continues after reading an article...
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Social Studies: Devastating Diseases

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are able to critically read literature addressing historical data and answer relevant questions. They are able to formulate an opinion and support it using all knowledge documented and learned in this and previous lessons.
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Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often...
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A Global Culture to Fight Extremism

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
"Have you ever wondered why extremism seems to have been on the rise in Muslim-majority countries over the course of the last decade? Have you ever wondered how such a situation can be turned around?" This is a fantastic resource to...
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The First Thanksgiving (Grades 6-8)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Take your middle schoolers back to the first Thanksgiving with an engaging cross-curricular unit that ties together topics in social studies and ELA. While learning about he settlement at Plymouth young scholars participate in a series...
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Grow a Musical Instrument

For Teachers K - 6th
Music, culture, social studies, and plant growth all in one! Kids explore the various type of traditional African instruments that are made out of gourds. They then grow their own gourds and use them to create a wide variety of African...
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Nationalism in North Africa and the Middle East

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Africa and the Middle East are the focus of this Social Studies PowerPoint. After viewing many slides that are packed with historical facts, viewers answer questions such as, "How was the struggle for independence in Algeria different...
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Fairy Tales Today: Food Strike

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Prairie Dawn interviews fairy tale characters on her show, "Fairy Tales Today." She interviews the pumpkin from Cinderella, the beans from Jack and the Bean Stalk, and the apple from Snow White. The fairy tale vegetables are very unhappy...
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Big Sad Wolf

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Prairie Dawn interviews Big Bad Wolf. Through the interview, we find out that his Social Studies were hurt because Little Red was making fun of him. Prairie Dawn offers some good advice and gets Big Bad Wolf to tell Little Red how she...
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Reading Literature: Introduction to Eagle Song

For Teachers 4th Standards
What are two effective visible thinking strategies for connecting prior knowledge to a great story? Chalk talks and answering text-dependent questions are used to introduce learners to the book, Eagle Song. These strategies provide 4th...
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Close Reading and Charting, Part II: The Iroquois People in Modern Times

For Teachers 4th Standards
Close reading skills are celebrated when fourth graders demonstrate their learning of the Iroquois people in modern times on T-charts, timelines, vote with their feet, and thumbs up/thumbs down. The informational text, The Iroquois: The...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment: Evidence-Based Paragraph Writing

For Teachers 4th Standards
What is life like for an Iroquois boy living in modern times? The book, Eagle Song, is the vehicle for learners to explore the development of the main character, Danny Bigtree. This is the final assessment for a larger unit in which...
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Analyzing Data: Conflict in Schools

For Teachers 4th Standards
While reading charts and statistics can sometimes be puzzling, this introductory lesson plan uses a jigsaw strategy to help students understand data about bullying in school. Four colorful charts of school survey data serve as the...
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Change Over Time

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
An in-depth look at population change and its effect on the surrounding environment, the activities included here are an excellent connection between science and social studies. Although the worksheets and data are centered around...
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JFK Challenge

For Students 4th - 11th Standards
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. And so begins your invigorating, innovative learning experience in the JFK Challenge app! Learners choose from two "missions" and...
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On the Verge of Displacement

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
By having scholars tackle this interdisciplinary lesson, they'll see how social studies and environmental science are related as they explore the impact that the construction of a dam will have on the population and ecosystem of the Omo...
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Social Studies Strategies: Terquain

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this learning exercise on writing a terquain, students draw a picture of a subject matter and follow the directions to write a three-line poem about the topic. Students complete four activities.
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Science - Social Studies Vocabulary (2) Printing Practice

For Students 1st - 2nd
For this printing practice worksheet, learners trace the dots and add letters to 10 words and abbreviations as they print them on elementary lines. They see the words, trace them, and write them independently.
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The Geography of China

For Students 7th - 11th
In this online interactive social studies learning exercise, students respond to 9 multiple choice questions regarding the geography of China. Students may check their answers immediately.
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The Renaissance (2)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 13 multiple choice questions regarding the Renaissance. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Ratios Through Social Studies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze and integrate mathematical concepts within the context of social studies. They gather, present and analyze information on a bar graph, pie chart, etc. Students compute ratios. They demonstrate that ratios have real-world...
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My Top Interdisciplinary Social Studies Lesson Plans

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Here are some top social studies lesson plans and activities which present concepts in a memorable fashion.
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The ABCs of Canada: Social Studies 16 Students Teach Grade 2

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
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...
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Social Studies: Highway Accidents

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the crash of a bus carrying an Ohio baseball team to a tournament at a site where 82 other accidents had occured previously. They interview local police and insurance agents about sites in their own locales where...
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Dance Integration With Social Studies

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Have your class learn through movement. Learners study patriotic symbols through dance. They listen to spoken words and portray the story. They practice using space, and arm and leg movements to tell the story. What a creative way to...
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CCSS Unpacked Learning Targets for Reading and Writing History/Social Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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...
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Social Studies Review Third Grade

For Students 3rd - 4th
For this review of various skills worksheet, students answer multiple choice questions about Georgia history, references, fiction and nonfiction, and U.S. history. Students answer 12 questions.
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United Farm Workers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What do primary sources tell people about important events in history? The assessment geared toward high school social studies focuses on primary sources. Learners analyze a poster and a blueprint to determine how the documents show the...
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7th Grade Social Studies: Chapter 10, Greek City-States

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Doubling as a lecture and series of class activities, this presentation takes your students through many important aspects of ancient Greek culture. In addition to great information about ancient Greece, the presentation intersperses...
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Presidential endorsements: Newspapers decide

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources in order to draw logical conclusions. They communicate this information using appropriate social studies terminology in oral, written or...
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Mapping Out the Story

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Discuss the reading comprehension strategy of summarization with your elementary schoolers! They read a chapter from their social studies textbook, Regions Near and Far, and create a map, or word web, for the chapter. They identify...
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Getting In Is Half the Battle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read and discuss "Defending Affirmative Action With Social Science," examining the admissions policies in public universities and colleges. They write persuasive essays either for or against the admissions policies in their state.
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Social Studies: Who Burned Down Barnum's Museum?

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners examine the social conflict of the 19th century and the destruction of the American Museum. In pairs, they conduct Internet research and attempt to solve the mystery of who burned down the museum. Clues to the mystery are found...
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Social Studies: Segregation, Jim Crow Laws, Plessy vs. Ferguson

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students examine the concept of segregation. In this civil rights lesson plan, students discuss the separate but equal theory as well as the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. Students also research women of the Civil Rights Movement and Jim...
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Making Sense in Social Studies

For Students 5th - 8th
In this graphic organizer worksheet, students respond to 2 questions by writing in the thesis and proof as well as completing a summary paragraph.
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Connection to Social Studies-The Pyramids

For Students 7th - 10th
For this simple machines worksheet, students read about the pyramids and the simple machines used to build them. They answer three critical thinking questions about the building of the pyramids.
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Social Studies - Concentration Camps - 1

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students compare and contrast concentration camps. In this World War II lesson, students examine photographs and documents from Jewish concentration camps in an effort to understand their function. Students complete worksheets that...
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W.8.2 - Expository Writing: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Help your students explain, inform, and examine with these resources tied to the W.8.2 expository writing standard. I've put four resources at the end of the collection that are interdisciplinary in nature, a few having to do with...
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Cross-Curricular Reading Comprehension Worksheets

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
This series of cross-curricular resources covers just about every subject, ranging from social studies to geometry to physical science. Each worksheet includes a reading passage and five questions that require learners to apply reading...
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Middle School Fall Resources

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Seasons come, and seasons go—but why? And how? Middle schoolers learn more about the fall season with a collection of earth science resources, social studies lessons, and writing assignments. Start the school year off with a rigorous...
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American Minority Groups

For Teachers 12th
Explore the contributions individuals have made in the lives of American minority groups. Twelfth graders write a five-page expository piece providing a social history, examples of discrimination, and patterns of assimilation for an...
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Compare and Contrast

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Encourage readers to compare and contrast the information that they find in informational text with a variety of reading passages and worksheets. Learners read all about subjects in science, social studies, and literature before...
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Identity and Place

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Build scholars' ability to understand their own values and learn about World War II at the same time. Scholars write poetry and discuss identity and place in depth with an in-depth social studies resource. 
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Civil War Final Assessment

For Students 7th Standards
Pupils discover the true nature and purpose of the Civil War in the eighth and final installment of an informative series. Using primary and secondary documents, history buffs merge social study knowledge with English skills to create a...
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The American Revolution Introduction

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young historians create a replica of Jamestown Virginia, analyze the Mayflower Compact, practice penmanship by copying a famous quote by William Bradford, and read a great informational text on the beginnings of colonial America with a...
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Primary and Secondary Sources - 7th

For Teachers 7th - 9th
A link to a beautiful Animoto presentation is included, giving examples of primary sources that a student might want to contact when doing research. Using the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah as a sample topic, middle schoolers view a slide...
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"Trains meeting in the night" Activity: 4-1 -- China Reunites

For Students 7th - 10th
A simple exercise in close reading of informational text that may be useful in a variety of classes including social studies, religion, and ELD. It includes 12 short passages about Chinese history, with a question immediately following...
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Kids Voting USA: K-2 Classroom Activities

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Address both social studies and critical reading skills with a resource dedicated to the voting process, the American democracy, and the ability to evaluate information in order to develop a stance on an issue. Each themed activity set...
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Analyzing Presidential Campaign Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Campaign propaganda has evolved from 1952 through the presidential election of 2008. A social studies activity prompts class members to analyze the devices used in ads and political cartoons, noting strategies they believe would work to...
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Game Management

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Many factors that lead to conserving wildlife are covered on these slides.  The meanings and definitions are clear, and the specific topics covered are relevant and complete. This slideshow would be very useful to include in a science,...
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Latin Roots Cern, Jur, Leg: Fill in the Blanks Quiz

For Students 4th - 8th
MyVocabulary.com features three levels of words for each root; this fill-in-the-blanks quiz contains a word bank of beginner vocabulary containing the roots cern/cer/cre, jur/jus, and leg. You can print it out, or your learners can take...
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The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Pay tribute to the sixteenth president of the United States with this fun song and activity. From his birth in a Kentucky log cabin and childhood in Indiana, to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and his eventual assassination,...
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Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Engage young historians in learning about America's sixteenth president with this fun Reader's Theater script. The second play in this series puts a modern spin on learning about history, involving a game show where three contestants try...
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Lesson 2: The Constitution: Our Guiding Document

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Explore the structure and content of the US Constitution in the second lesson of this five-part social studies series. A collection of activities, games, and videos complement a class reading of a document summarizing the US...
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Teach the Vote

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why is voting important? A social studies unit presents a non-partisan approach to the importance of voting, to voting laws and procedures, and to resources that voters need to become informed voters.
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Electoral College Pros/Cons and Alternatives

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
If every vote counts, why do we need the electoral college? Middle and high schoolers study the Constitutional precedent of the electoral college, as well as its place in historical and modern elections, with an engaging social studies...
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Slavery and Free Negroes, 1800 to 1860

For Teachers 4th - 11th Standards
What was life like for enslaved and free black people before the American Civil War? Explore the building tension between states and the freedom of individuals with a thorough social studies lesson. Learners of all ages explore primary...
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The Nazis in Power: Propaganda and Conformity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Nazis used the power of propaganda to encourage confirmative views and the discrimination of Jews. A social studies resource illustrates these issues through discussion, image analysis, and a writing exercise.
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Hispanic Heritage Month

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th Standards
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this fall by learning more about the culture of a Hispanic country! A social studies resource focuses on the geography, culture, and traditions of Hispanic countries.
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Arkansas and NAFTA

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Build literacy through social studies and reading strategies. This instructional activity focuses on using pre-reading, vocabulary building, and comprehension questions to boost literacy while educating learners on international trade,...
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Consumerism Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this social studies worksheet, students discover how to be an informed consumer by first reading 10 questions pertaining to marketing, advertising and purchasing choices. Students use Internet searches to find the answers. There are...
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Lessons from the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Connect global examples of attempted genocide with a well-designed social studies lesson. It includes an excellent informational text with background information on the Holocaust, as well as worksheets, book report guidelines, and...
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Outstanding Women

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Research the lives of famous women in this social studies lesson. Middle schoolers use various sources to research a famous woman and create a presentation about the accomplishments of the woman. They can find the central idea throughout...
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Orb and Effy Learn About Authority

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Simplify the teaching of the US Constitution with this primary grade social studies lesson plan. While reading a fun story about an imaginary place called Bubble Land, children learn about the concept of authority and the importance of...
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What Is Authority?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young scholars examine the concepts of power and authority as they begin learning about government in this elementary social studies lesson. Through a series of readings, discussions, and problem solving activities, children learn about...
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What Basic Ideas About Government Are Included in the Preamble to the Constitution?

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Young historians explore the meaning of the Preamble to the US Constitution in this upper-elementary social studies lesson. Working with partners or in small groups, children discuss the purpose of government before reading and analyzing...
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Executive Government: Executive Decision Making

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars make executive decisions. In this Social Studies activity, students explore the concept of executive decisions through a game of chess. Young scholars role play a year-level formal plan and implementation.
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A Brief History of Life: How Did Everything Begin?

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Addressing the idea of intelligent design, as well as a number of creation myths, this presentation gives a measured and scientific perspective to the beginning of the world.  It includes a graphic on the Big Bang Theory, evolution, and...
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Mapping

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Introduce middle or high schoolers to topographic maps with this PowerPoint. After a review of longitude and latitude, display and describe contour lines and intervals. Also explain map scale. This is a useful presentation for a social...
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Writing Exercise: Collapse of European Imperialism #2

For Students 10th - 11th
Three excellent writing prompts await your social studies class. They'll consider the reasons for the collapse of European imperialism. They'll use the five W's to answer each question in paragraph form.
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What is a Skyscraper?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Skyscrapers are amazing feats of architectural design that create the iconic skylines of the world's biggest cities. Young architects explore the defining characteristics of these monstrous towers with the first lesson in this four-part...
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Exploring Downstream: Water Resources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The lack of clean water is a life-threatening plight for millions of people around the world. Through an extensive WebQuest, young environment or social studies classes compare our water availability to that of the cxitizens of Ethiopia,...
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Taking Notes Using a Graphic Organizer, Part 1: The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders tackle the close reading skill of learning how to find the main idea and details within informational text. A graphic organizer is provided to help learners navigate taking note-taking skills with the book, The Iroquois: A...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Reading, Note-Taking and Paragraph Writing

For Teachers 4th Standards
For this mid-unit assessment, fourth graders should be able to read, take notes and write a well-constructed paragraph. This plan is a halfway point for a larger unit that utilizes close reading skills and visible thinking strategies to...
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Fresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Freshwater is not as plentiful as one might think! Explore how limited this fundamental resource is, how it is being used, and how shortages can be addressed. When you are teaching upper-elementary or middle school earth scientists about...
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Presidents Song

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Memorize all of the US Presidents from Washington to Obama with this catchy song. Photos, names, and dates of presidency are shown for each president. What a fantastic video to show to your students during your social studies unit!
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Same-Sex Marriage

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The battle over same-sex marriage is a prevalent issue in the United States, and a valuable topic to be discussed in your social studies classroom. Here is a basic outline of introductory questions, focus questions, vocabulary, and media...
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The Timeline Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This is a great idea for any social studies classroom to incorporate throughout the year as an ongoing project! Line your walls with a continuous strip of butcher paper to design a large timeline that you can add to as you cover...
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World Cup Math: Equal Opportunity?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Exactly how fair is the World Cup? Even though all teams have the same number of players and follow the same rules, there are other factors that come into play. This series of three lessons explores the impact that income inequality,...
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Cross (Curricular) Fit

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Get up and move with a set of cross-curricular activities designed for math, social studies, or science classes. Each physical education exercise is paired with a concept from a different discipline, including the geography of the Mali...
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The Great Electoral Race Kickoff

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do young people care about elections? Host a discussion about the role of young citizens in the electoral process with an engaging social studies lesson. As high schoolers read and respond to four statements about youth interest in...
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Presidential Candidate Research

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Don't let the young citizens in your social studies class get all their election information from inflammatory commercials and arguing pundits. Use a lesson plan from C-SPAN to guide class members through an election season with a...
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Star Wars Geography Unit

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What kind of animals live on an ice planet like Hoth? How would the habitat on Tatooine allow different organisms to thrive? Connect social studies, science, and Star Wars in one engaging activity that focuses on the ecosystems of the...
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Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Know your rights! A social studies resource features lecture notes and review questions that focus on rights guaranteed to American citizens by Constitutional amendments. Additionally, it connects modern-day issues and court cases to the...
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Yesterday: Our Energy Needs Over Time

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How has our relationship to energy changed over time? An engaging exploration challenges learners to create a timeline showing human energy needs and uses over time. Scholars review what timelines are, choose a 50-year period in history...
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Problem Solvers: Challenge Activities (Theme 4)

For Teachers 4th Standards
Creative activities help bring literature alive. The first of a set of lessons designed to accompany selections from Theme 4: Problem Solvers uses activities such as skits, responses to music, and social studies projects. These...
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Washington’s Closed: 2013 Government Shutdown

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Remember when the entire United States government shut down in 2013? Teach scholars about the causes and effects of such an event with a social studies resource. Learners participate in classroom discussion, view a presentation, fill out...
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Poetry from the Trenches of World War I

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Often, the real-life experiences of soldiers gets lost back home when the war seems so far away. Scholars investigate the personal side of World War I in the trenches of Europe to complete a collaborative social studies activity. When...
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Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Human rights became a global focus after decades of war, recovery from war, and uncountable war crimes committed throughout. Social studies class members discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before completing an interactive...
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The Berlin Crisis of 1948

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
President Harry Truman faced limited options when Joseph Stalin implemented the Berlin Blockade in 1948. American forces could either evacuate from West Berlin, negotiate with the USSR with UN support, airlift vital supplied into the...
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How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Benjamin Franklin was never an American president, but he is considered a Founding Father because of his innovative contributions to American politics, science, and economics. Learn more about the way Ben Franklin influenced historical...
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Childhood Development and the Social Studies

For Teachers Higher Ed
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...
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Teaching Elementary School Social Studies

For Teachers Higher Ed
Pupils 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....
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Teaching Elementary School Social Studies

For Teachers Higher Ed
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...
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Incorporating Literature into Social Studies Teaching and Learning

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students engage in a study of incorporating literature into the Social Studies classroom. They review a variety of literature sources and then create a bulletin board with the information. Then students practice using the Reader's...
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Social Studies: International Food Fair

For Teachers Higher Ed
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...
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Social Studies Word Search

For Students 8th - 9th
In this social studies word search, students identify twenty five words related to the Constitution in a word search. Examples include: preside, Anti-Federalist, and senate.
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India 1500 BCE-600 BC and Southeast Asia 50-1025 CE

For Teachers 9th - 11th
This is one of those well-done resources that a high school social studies or history teacher can't be without. This PowerPoint covers both ancient Indian and Chinese history and civilization beginning in the year 1500 BCE. The caste...

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