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The New England Colonies: Economy
The New England Colonies: Economy
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The New England Colonies: Economy
Use this lesson to teach your students how people survived in the New England colonies when they were first created.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Law of the Land
Law of the Land
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Law of the Land
In this lesson, your students will use their imaginations to picture why all communities need laws. Help them brainstorm the important role that laws and rules play in a variety of communities through these engaging activities.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Four Types Of Regions
Four Types Of Regions
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Four Types Of Regions
Use this lesson to show your students the differences and similarities between the various countries in terms of political, economic, cultural, and population regions.
5th grade
Social studies
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One, Two, Three Resources!
One, Two, Three Resources!
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One, Two, Three Resources!
What do you use to make what you need? Resources! Students will explore the three kinds of resources producers use to create the products the use and sell.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Getting Around: Transportation
Getting Around: Transportation
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Getting Around: Transportation
Although they may need to wait before driving the real things, preschool students will love engaging with boats, trains, and buses as they learn more about different ways to get around. Honk, honk, choo-choo, and off to learn they’ll go!
Preschool
Social studies
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Division of Labor: Good or Bad?
Division of Labor: Good or Bad?
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Division of Labor: Good or Bad?
In this cooperative economics activity, students learn about the division of labor in a real way. Students will be able to see first hand the advantages and disadvantages of the division of labor.
4th grade
Social studies
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Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin
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Ben Franklin
Benjamin Franklin wasn't just a Founding Father of the United States of America—he was so much more. In this lesson, students will learn how Ben Franklin changed the shape of Philadelphia.
5th grade
Social studies
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Do First Grade Opinions Matter?
Do First Grade Opinions Matter?
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Do First Grade Opinions Matter?
Do your students respect their peers' opinions? This lesson teaches first graders that their opinions matter by encouraging them to write out opinions and back them up with reasons.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About the Dentist
Learning About the Dentist
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Learning About the Dentist
In this lesson, students will learn about why dentists are community helpers. They will also get a chance to see why it is so important to keep their teeth clean!
Preschool
Social studies
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Plan That Trip
Plan That Trip
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Plan That Trip
Students will use their artistic and directional skills as they practice drawing maps and giving directions. By the time it’s done, everyone will know which way is the right way to go!
1st grade
Social studies
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Make a Model of Your Community
Make a Model of Your Community
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Make a Model of Your Community
Your students will be mesmerized with models after this engaging and hands on lesson that gets students up and moving as they explore their community!
1st grade
Social studies
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Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
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Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
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Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
This lesson plan teaches kids about W.E.B. Du Bois through video and a short informational text. Students will compare/contrast their findings and create a poster in small groups showing what they learned.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Build a Bug!
Build a Bug!
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Build a Bug!
In this hands on activity students will explore the advantages and disadvantages of specialization and interdependence through their creation of paper bugs.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Systems with a Classroom Systems Hunt
Exploring Systems with a Classroom Systems Hunt
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Exploring Systems with a Classroom Systems Hunt
Teach your students to recognize systems in the world around them by identifying systems that exist in their classroom.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Creating a Behavior Contract in Your Classroom
Creating a Behavior Contract in Your Classroom
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Creating a Behavior Contract in Your Classroom
In this lesson, students collaborate to create a class-wide behavior contract. With your guidance, your class will develop and implement their own set of classroom rules.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Learning About Black Visionaries
Learning About Black Visionaries
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Learning About Black Visionaries
Use this lesson plan as an introductory activity to kick-off a short, project-based learning unit where students will research black visionaries and share what they learned.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Lost in Native American Lore
Lost in Native American Lore
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Lost in Native American Lore
Explore a Native American legend with your students to discover the ways of life and beliefs of the Algonquin people.
5th grade
Social studies
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Ask Me How
Ask Me How
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Ask Me How
How? In this lesson, your students will become familiar with using this question word to investigate how things work.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Pop-Up Communities
Pop-Up Communities
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Pop-Up Communities
From teachers to farmers, many people and things together comprise a community. In this social studies lesson, students will identify and illustrate their dream community by making a pop-up card.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Learning About Maria Tallchief
Learning About Maria Tallchief
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Learning About Maria Tallchief
This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about America's prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Career Math
Career Math
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Career Math
Help your students make the connection between what they're learning in school and how adults use math in everyday life with this art lesson. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills and share their ideas for the future.
1st grade
Math
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century writer and philosopher who today is considered one of the first documented feminists and advocates for women’s education. In this lesson, students will read two nonfiction texts about Sor Juana and discuss her life and accomplishments before writing an opinion piece about her.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Influentual Women Worldwide
Learning About Influentual Women Worldwide
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Learning About Influentual Women Worldwide
Rad (awesome, brave, radical, cool) women have been around since the beginning of time, but so often their stories are overlooked. Take your students on a journey through history with this lesson that uses the book *Rad Women Worldwide* by Kate Schatz. The lesson exposes students to the stories of 40 rad women from around the world and throughout various time periods, who challenged and changed the world. Students will read the profiles of a few of the women before analyzing their journeys and accomplishments using graphic organizers.
Reading & Writing
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Social Studies Lesson Plans

History helps define the present and dictates what may happen in the future. The below social studies lesson plans will use history and common everyday examples to prepare young children into becoming responsible and active members of society. Kickstart your students' growth while learning about the past and present with education.com's social studies lesson plans!