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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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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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, learners 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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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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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 plan, 2nd graders use a compass rose to locate specific locations on a map. Students also construct...
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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 activity. 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
Learners 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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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 - 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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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
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 Current Event Worksheet

For Students 7th - 12th
Who, what, when, where, why, and how. This current events instructional activity uses the traditional news article format and asks reviewers to record information included in a self-selected, current events article. Class members then...
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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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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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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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