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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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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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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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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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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Lesson Planning For The Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students engage in a lesson plan 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 plan. Then...
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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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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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