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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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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Identity & Community: An Introduction to 6th Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 6th Standards
Begin the school year with a collection of lessons that asks sixth-graders to consider who they are, their new role in middle school, and their role in their community. They study examples of peoples of the past dealing with issues of...
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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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Becoming Us

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
The mission statement of the National Museum of American History’s Becoming US: Teaching Immigration and Migration History in the 21st Century series is to provide “educational resources for high school teachers and students to learn...
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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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Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Designed for social studies classes, this collection of lessons examine both the history and the current state of US government institutions, policies, and economic programs.
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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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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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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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The Texas Social Studies Controversy

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

For Teachers Higher Ed
Engage your class in a instructional activity 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...
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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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Third Grade Social Studies

For Students 3rd
In this social studies worksheet, 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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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Log Canoes: A Chesapeake Bay Tradition

For Students 6th - 8th
This activity uses a question and answer format to scaffold middle schoolers 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...
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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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Grade 5 Literacy in Social Studies: What Are Your Rights?

For Teachers 5th Standards
What are rights and why are they important? An informative unit designed for fifth graders explains what rights are and how they have evolved over time in the United States. Young academics review primary sources such as the Bill of...
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Eighth Grade Social Studies Quiz

For Students 8th
For this Georgia social studies assessment learning exercise, 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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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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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 worksheet, 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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Teaching Perspective in the Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
How 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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Holiday Tradition: Which Christmas Tree Will You Choose?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Different varieties of Christmas trees provide an interesting way to combine social studies, science, math, and technology. Class members not only research the history of the Christmas tree holiday tradition, they compare and contrast...
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Reformers versus Residents in Five Points: A Role Play

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Social Studies and role-playing can go hand in hand. Learners use supporting evidence found in primary and secondary source material to develop a character from the Five Points neighborhood in the 1850s. Each student takes on the role of...
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Cumulative Review: Chapters 11-15

For Students 7th - 8th
If you've just covered a lot of territory in your social studies class and need a great cumulative review, look no further. Here is a hand out that includes 71 questions on 10 pages all related to slavery, the Civil War, Westward...
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Baseball: The Tenth Inning - Bases Divided

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Baseball is a relatively high-interest topic through which social studies classes can explore racial prejudice in the US. Video clips provide much of the background information that groups record on their handout and then share with the...
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Apple Macintosh, 1984

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Wow! Here is a historically important video which shows a very young Steve Jobs introducing the first Macintosh computer. It's amazing to see the little machine, and what it can do is quite impressive. A fantastic video for any course on...
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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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Social Studies: The Book of Exodus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Intended for a Christian audience, bible study, or home-school setting, this lesson has learners analyzing the significance of the ten commandments in today's world. They consider the commandments themselves, discuss their historical and...
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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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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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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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Grade 9-10 Literacy in Social Studies: Imperialism

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Why was imperialism so common in Europe? Young historians research reasons for European imperialism, and the consequences. Scholars demonstrate their findings in essays and also participate in group discussions, and weekly reflections to...
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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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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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My Dad's Racing

For Teachers Pre-K - K
With a focus on Social Studies , this video shows a young girl helping her father, who is in a wheelchair, while he races at a track. This would be a great way to begin an exploration of the topic of Social Studies . It focuses on what...
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Introduction To The European Union

For Teachers 9th - 11th
A lot happened to European economics, policy, and social systems after WWII. This 24 page social studies packet provides images, reading passages, comprehension questions, and critical thinking questions regarding all things Europe from...
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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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BPS Civil Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Include moments of heroism in a social studies module that includes three units. Focusing on the murder of Emmett Till, the movement of nonviolent resistance, and segregating schools in Boston, the units explore key events of the civil...
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Thanksgiving Lessons 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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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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Mother And Child Draw Love

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Social Studies are explored in elementary school classrooms. This video of a mother and child drawing pictures on a foggy window could be used as an introductory activity.
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Rocco Fiorentino Sings

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Rocco Fiortentino, a boy who is blind, sings a song to bring everyone together. This film provides a way to explore the topic of Social Studies . It is a fun song.
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Emotions In The Park

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Being able to identify their Social Studies is an important part of young children learning how to deal with their emotions. Elmo asks his friends if they are sad, his friends very clearly explain how they feel. Zoe is proud, Elmo is...
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Happy / Sad Balloons

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Big Bird explores Social Studies in this video. While he is happy about his beautiful balloon, Telly is sad because his deflated. Big Bird shares his balloon and they both are happy.
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Happy Thoughts Song

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Elmo shares the secret to feeling happy. He uses his imagination to think happy thoughts, and dispel negative Social Studies. A good lesson for us all.
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From Umayyad to Abbasid Empires

For Teachers 10th - 12th
You can't truly understand the present until you understand the past. Bring a historical context to you next social studies class with an exceptional presentation on the ancient Arab and Islamic empires of Umayyad and Abbasid. Slides...
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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: Bathroom Vandalism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research vandalism of bathrooms in various schools. they survey students, janitors, and school administrators about their views on vandalism and how to prevent it. Students then develop a plan to solve the graffiti problem and...
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Social Studies: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students review the U.S. military's policy concerning gay and lesbian soldiers. They research the "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" approach and determine its meaning. Students interview military personnel and present their findings...
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Social Studies: Bullying Prevention Program

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners, after researching bullying, develop plans to help younger students combat it. They organize programs to present to learners in lower grades. Students create brochures about bullying to hand out during their presentations.
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Social Studies: MySpace as Crime solver

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars research how police use MySpace to apprehend criminals. They debate the pros and cons of this method and decide if the local policy needs to be changed. Students create a better policy for using the Internet and present it...
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Multicultural Social Studies

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read and discuss the book "Jalapeno Bagels" in order to explain the Mexican American culture.
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Events Reactions Feeling _ Social Studies Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this instructional activity, Events Reactions Feelings, students analyze different events and how they feel. Students compare their feelings or reactions to a particular event with those of their classmates. Students consider why...
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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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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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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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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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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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Let Me Tell You About My State

For Teachers 5th - 7th
State reports can be a lot of fun, especially when the learners get to choose the state they study. This research and writing-focused social studies lesson plan engages learners in collecting information, essay structure, research, and...
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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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Ancient Greece

For Students 6th - 7th
For this social studies learning exercise, students research 8 topics about everyday life in Ancient Greece. Students also answer 5 questions about women in Ancient Greece.
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Melting Pot or Salad Bowl? Cultural Diversity

For Students 9th - 12th
Melting pot, salad bowl, or mixed salad? Those are the questions asked by a lesson on cultural diversity designed for high school social studies classes. Pupils watch a short video, gather in groups to answer questions posed by a...
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Global Environmental Issues: Air and Water Pollution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Thinking about designing a project for your social studies or environmental science classes? Use an overview of a project that prompts class groups to research an environmental issue.
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Spy Search-The Pacific Rim

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research facts and features of a Pacific rim country assigned to them. In this social studies lesson, 6th graders create a multimedia presentation about the research. They present their findings in class.
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The Future of Food - Introduction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A highly informative, and thought-provoking video on the history of the growing and selling of food awaits your students. It's a topic not often covered in social studies classes, so this video could be a good addition to a unit on...
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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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Oklahoma Land Run: A Story of Relocation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was the true cost of the new state of America? A social studies instructional activity uses maps and other historical data to explore what happened to the Native American tribes during the forging of the state of Oklahoma. Learners...
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Childhood Development and the Social Studies

For Teachers Higher Ed
Pupils 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
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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Becoming a Professional Social Studies Leader

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students engage in a instructional activity 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...
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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 lesson 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 lesson. Then students...
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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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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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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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The Social Sciences

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students 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 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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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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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 lesson includes Powerpoint presentations, poster designs, and related role-playing activities. In one scenario, students act as parents...
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Social Studies 7th Grade: American Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A basic overview of the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, this presentation provides students with key terms and facts about life in the thirteen original colonies. The final slide includes an assignment for students...
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Helton Social Studies Vocabulary R Word Search Puzzle

For Students 7th - 10th
In this social studies worksheet, students define, review and discuss twenty-five key terms from a social studies vocabulary list of terms. Students circle each term in a word search puzzle.
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Social Studies Crossword Puzzle

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this online interactive social studies crossword puzzle learning exercise, students use the 3 clues to find the appropriate answers to complete the word puzzle.
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Social Studies Activity Sheets

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this social studies worksheet, students complete social studies activity sheets including changing the world, historical women, travel, and more. Students complete 52 sheets.
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Ancient Mesopotamia, social studies, literacy

For Students 6th - 8th
In this social studies worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are associated with ancient Mesopotamia and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Social Studies Graphic Organizer

For Students 5th - 8th
In this social studies graphic organizer worksheet, students respond after a lesson by noting things they found out, interesting things, and questions they still have in the appropriate boxes.
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5th Grade Social Studies Canada Unit: Lesson 3

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders look at the characteristics of British Columbia. In this Canadian social studies activity, 5th graders create a fact sheet about British Columbia. They do the project on a person, event, or tourist attractions. 
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Revolution '67, Lesson 1: Protest: Why and How

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
To some people, protesting is as American as apple pie, but the factors that lead to protests can be as confusing to veteran activists as to today's youth. Revolution '67 explores the riots in Newark, New Jersey as a case study.  Using...
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The Game of Life

For Teachers 12th Standards
Academics use their research skills to create a financial guidebook for young adults. They also learn about the skills needed to be successful as an adult, including how to use credit cards and how to buy a car. Hands-on activities and...
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Five Activities to Help Bystanders to Bullying Know What to Do

For Teachers 1st - 8th Standards
Five activities covering ELA, social studies, and social and emotional learning offer bystanders tips and the courage to help individuals being bullied. Activities include writing an acrostic poem, creating a pamphlet, reading current...
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Susan B. Anthony Day

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
The history of women's suffrage and Susan B. Anthony are examined in this social studies lesson plan. Third and fourth graders participate in a simulation of a vote, develop slogans for women's suffrage, complete a KWL chart, write a...
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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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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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The 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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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Grab the popcorn and take a seat for a Hollywood premier! Eighth graders grasp the concepts behind Westward Expansion and create engaging videos by working through a set of 18 engaging tasks. They also hone their technology, social...
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Just an Ordinary Day

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young sociologists identify how technology has impacted the traditional culture of Romania as they read and discuss "Just an Ordinary Day'" by Nina Porzucki. A lesson encourages learners to study Romania's history and present, including...
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What's Mongolia Really Like?

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students discover the people of Mongolia. In this social studies activity, students look at the Mongolian nomadic culture by reading a letter written by a member of the Peace Corps. They describe the different types of communities found...
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What was School Like 100 Years Ago?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Focussing on the Edwardian Era culture, students view photographs of students at school in the past and compare and contrast them to their school now. Students describe the differences in dress, classrooms, and classes.  This could start...
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Writing Exercises: Early Peoples

For Students 7th - 9th
Human prehistory is an exciting topic for many learners! Engage your social studies class in critical thinking by having them answer the three short essay questions on this worksheet. They need to know why prehistoric people migrate, how...
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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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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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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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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 plan. Learners of all ages explore...
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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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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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Travel Diary

For Teachers 10th
Darwin kept a travel diary as he voyaged to South America, noting the politics, geography, cultures, animals, and interesting facts he encountered. Your class will do the same. Each student chooses a country to research and keep a five...
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Aztec Food

For Students 8th - 12th
Combining social studies and geography, pupils identify the various foods eaten by the Aztecs. They create a recipe for an Aztec evening meal, including preparation instructions. Next, they explain why the Aztecs ate foods commonly found...
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Make a Washington Monument

For Students 5th - 6th
In this social studies activity, students create a model Washington Monument. Students use a pattern to cut, fold, tuck in the tabs, and tape together to create the model.
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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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Constitution Day Rap

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Engage your class while learning about the US Constitution with this fun primary grade social studies activity. After viewing a picture of the US Constitution, young learners piece together a US flag using stars and stripes with facts...
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Matariki

For Students 7th - 8th
Learn about the lunar calendar as it is used by the Maori people of New Zealand. Kids read the five paragraph passage then complete five matching, eight true/false, one vocabulary, seven fill-in-the-blank, and three discussion questions....
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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. While reading a fun story about an imaginary place called Bubble Land, children learn about the concept of authority and the importance of rules...
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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 plan. Through a series of readings, discussions, and problem solving activities, children...
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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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The Geography & Peoples of Europe

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Extremely throrough and informative, this presentation details many aspects of European geography and demographics, including natural resources, climate, topography, and population distribution. This slideshow would be an excellent...
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Executive Government: Executive Decision Making

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students make executive decisions. In this Social Studies lesson, students explore the concept of executive decisions through a game of chess. Students role play a year-level formal plan and implementation.
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World War II - The Holocaust

For Teachers 5th - 6th
The Holocaust is the focus of this world history PowerPoint. Viewers are presented with important facts regarding the Holocaust, and the rise of Nazi Germany. They must answer questions such as: "Describe Nazi anti-Semitism in the...
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War News

For Teachers 6th
The pros and cons of war are discussed in this social studies lesson. First, your class will listen to protest music from the 1960's, then they are given copies of a double-Venn diagram. Divided into groups, they must collect information...
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Cartoons in the Classroom: Stagflation

For Students 10th - 12th
What is stagflation? Have your social studies class examine this political cartoon to define stagflation and understand recession as its defined in a political context. This worksheet would be a great warm up activity, perfect for extra...
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Writing Exercises: Global Absolutism II

For Students 11th - 12th
Explore absolutism and monarchy throughout the globe. This social studies worksheet includes three short-answer questions for learners to ponder. In order to answer these questions, they must have previously read material related to the...
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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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Music of the Middle East

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Explore the cultural and religious influences that have shaped music in the Middle East. Classical and traditional music styles are covered in terms of instrumentation and music theory. This slide show would be appropriate for a music...
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How RFID Works

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Tiny silicon computer chips and antennae make up radio frequency identification, a technology being used to track objects all over the world. Civil liberties groups are demanding a public assessment and limitations on this technology. Is...
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Considering Communism

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Introduce your social studies lesson about communism with this four-minute video. A student narrates facts about communism and how it works in a society. Tip: After watching this video, have your students write a reflection paragraph...
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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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Determine the Meaning of Words and Phrases

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Work on using context clues in your social studies class. Pupils read a brief selection about the terrain in Senegal and define each of the underlined words in the space provided. They also list the context clues that helped them...
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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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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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Election in the News

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young people are the future voices of the country. In order to be knowledgeable about local and federal elections, future voters must first become aware. Bring an informative lesson plan to your social studies class, in which middle and...
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Genealogy

For Teachers 6th - 9th
The Civil War is undoubtedly a part of America's history, but could it be part of your pupils' history as well? Middle schoolers conduct research to discover a connection between their ancestors and the American Civil War. Whether they...
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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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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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The Five Themes of Geography

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Use an explanation of the five themes of geography, relative and absolute location, and human characteristics in your social studies class. The presentation works as a helpful aid while engaging middle schoolers in a lecture about...
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Chicago: Choices and Changes

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Chicago, a city that is ever changing. A thought-provoking lesson, geared toward third-grade social studies, explains how the city of Chicago has changed over time. It discusses important leaders to the founding of the city, like Daniel...
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Plyler v. Doe: Can States Deny Public Benefits to Illegal Immigrants?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Illegal immigration is an ever-changing source of consistent controversy. A reading passage about the rights of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants—and the lack thereof—guides high schoolers into a mock trial activity. Three...
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Refugees From Vietnam and Cambodia

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States may have pulled its troops from the Vietnam War in 1973, but the conflict was far from over for the citizens living in Asia at the time. An informative resource lets learners know about the wave of over 220,000...
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HEALTH & SOCIAL SCIENCE

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students create a three part poster entitled, "Learning Disabilities". The first two parts are two paragraph reports on any two of the learning disabilities featured in the discussion. The final part of the poster is a two paragraph essay.
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Social Studies: Locate the Adventure Team

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use a process of elimination to locate the adventure team. They begin with a list of countries and research provided clues to eliminate places from the list, eventually narrowing it down to the Federated States of Micronesia. ...
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Community Social Studies Unit

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the concept of communities.  In this community activity, 3rd graders discover the meanings of community and opportunity.  Students work in collaborative groups to create sentences using these terms. 
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Social Studies: Civil Rights Unit: Grade 1

For Teachers 1st
First graders discuss civil rights. In this civil rights unit, the student analyzes the roles of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges in the African American Civil Rights movement. They discuss which activist they feel...
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Social Studies - State Riddle Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students make distinctions between the states, their cities, and capitals, and create riddles for classmates to solve.
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Social Studies: The Birth of Olympism

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars complete maps of Ancient Greece identifying key sites of the ancient Olympic games. After watching a video, they complete worksheets about the games and the athletes. Students discuss how the spirit of Ekecheiria, the...
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Integrated Social Studies and Cooking Lesson

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study the Civil War and discuss what soldiers ate during that time period. In groups, representing Union and Confederate soldiers, they follow recipes, prepare, eat, and share Union hardtack and Confederate Johnnie Cakes.
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Social Studies: Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the beginning of Communism.  In this World History lesson, students exhibit their knowledge of Communism and the Marshall Plan through completion of a map activity.
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Database in Social Studies

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders search a database for information on North Carolina lighthouses and Old Mills. Using their research, 4th graders generate further questions on these subjects and then research the answers.
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Social Studies: Czech Republic Nature Journals

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create nature journals of imaginary trips to the Czech Republic. Included in their reports are information and descriptions of the landscape, climate, animals, plants, and elements to create a realistic impression. From the...
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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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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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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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Colonial Jobs Pictionary

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Pictionary is a fun and effective way to add a visual element to lessons that encourage critical thinking. Colonial trades had specific tools and dress that make this game a perfect way to have students illustrate their understanding of...
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Britain2

For Teachers 6th
Britain2 is a desktop publishing tool that one can use to introduce basic computer skills. In this lesson, 6th graders are walked through the step needed to create and publish a document on their computer. This is basically a computer...

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