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Travel the Time Zones
Travel the Time Zones
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Travel the Time Zones
Help your third grader learn time zones with this fun map activity!
3rd grade
Social studies
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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
What could be more fun than doing sidewalk art? How about making your own colored sidewalk chalk!
3rd grade
Social studies
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Make a Traditional Mexican Alebrije
Make a Traditional Mexican Alebrije
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Make a Traditional Mexican Alebrije
Ignite your child's creativity by having them design their own clay version of an alebrije, a traditional fanciful creature like the ones made in Oaxaca, Mexico.
4th grade
Social studies
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Make an Aztec Inspired Mosaic Plate
Make an Aztec Inspired Mosaic Plate
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Make an Aztec Inspired Mosaic Plate
To pay tribute to the ancient Mexican art of mosaics, your child can craft a colorful mosaic using old magazines, a paper plate and lots of imagination.
5th grade
Social studies
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Get your Teen Excited About Politics!
Get your Teen Excited About Politics!
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Get your Teen Excited About Politics!
Teenagers across the country are getting involved in the issues they care about, and your child shouldn't be the exception to the rule.
Social studies
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Roving Reporter
Roving Reporter
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Roving Reporter
Here's how teens can produce an audio guide of an exhibit, field trip, or ballgame, confess their thoughts in an audio diary or record a letter to a friend.
Social studies
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Play the Bill of Rights Drawing Game
Play the Bill of Rights Drawing Game
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Play the Bill of Rights Drawing Game
Learn about the Bill of Rights this Presidents Day by playing a Pictionary-inspired drawing game. Players draw a right as others try to guess what it is.
5th grade
Social studies
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Make Your Own Campaign Poster
Make Your Own Campaign Poster
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Make Your Own Campaign Poster
Let your child find her place among the politicians, the flyers, the debates and the countless television ads with a slogan and poster of her very own.
5th grade
Social studies
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Map Craft
Map Craft
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Map Craft
Car cluttered with old maps now that you've adopted GPS technology? Upcycle them in this fun geography craft.
4th grade
Social studies
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DIY Zen Garden
DIY Zen Garden
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DIY Zen Garden
Being a kid is hard work. Soothe stresses and calm fears with this DIY Zen garden -- all you need is sand, stones and a shoebox.
3rd grade
Social studies
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Martin Luther King Stamp
Martin Luther King Stamp
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Martin Luther King Stamp
Help your fourth grader design a first class postage stamp for a hero who stood up for the dignity of people from all walks of life.
4th grade
Social studies
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Create an Animal Folk Tale
Create an Animal Folk Tale
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Create an Animal Folk Tale
Children tap into their own imaginative storytelling skills by creating and writing a richly embellished folk tale about their favorite member of the animal kingdom.
1st grade
Social studies
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Geography Challenge
Geography Challenge
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Geography Challenge
Liven up your sixth grader's study of world geography with these three fun challenges.
5th grade
Social studies
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Design a Sarcophagus
Design a Sarcophagus
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Design a Sarcophagus
This project, focused on the burial practices of ancient Egyptians, is a great addition to a social studies curriculum.
4th grade
Social studies
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Mae Jemison Mini Book
Mae Jemison Mini Book
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Mae Jemison Mini Book
Young learners will enjoy tracing, coloring, and assembling this mini book about astronaut and scientist Mae Jemison.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Star Collage
Star Collage
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Star Collage
Learners can hone their cutting skills while making this patriotically festive star collage!
3rd grade
Social studies
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Read and Respond: A Civil War Letter
Read and Respond: A Civil War Letter
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Read and Respond: A Civil War Letter
Students read a now famous wartime letter, then respond from the perspective of one of its recipients.
5th grade
Social studies
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Read and Respond: A Civil War Letter
Read and Respond: A Civil War Letter
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Read and Respond: A Civil War Letter
Children read a famous letter from the American Civil War, then write a response, in this thoughtful history activity.
5th grade
Social studies
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Why Do Citizens Vote?
Why Do Citizens Vote?
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Why Do Citizens Vote?
Students will read about the role of elections in civics and government, answer questions, and complete a short research project.
4th grade
Social studies
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Map My Ancestors
Map My Ancestors
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Map My Ancestors
This family project is a fun way to teach your child about her heritage and practice her geography.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Social Studies Resources

Social studies is the study of the social sciences, humanities and history, and has the primary purpose of helping young people make informed decisions as citizens of a democratic society. It teaches young kids how our society functions by studying its history and applying those lessons to current events. With our resources and tools, make history come alive for students and spark their interest in civic issues.

Social Studies 101

Social Studies covers a broad area of study, drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology. It is defined by the American National Council for Social Studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence."

The goal is to give students knowledge about the world, nation and society around them so they can make informed decisions about civic issues that affect them and their families, especially as they grow older. Ultimately, Social Studies is the study of people, from members of our family to people who live on the other side of world. It includes people living now, those who lived in the past and those who will live in the future.

Since people are a complex subject, an integrated study is necessary to give children as full a picture of humanity as possible. History and geography serve as the anchor, supported by other social sciences (psychology, philosophy, sociology, etc.) and the humanities (literature, the performing arts, and the visual arts).

There are approximately 10 fields of study that students learn in elementary and high school.
  • Time, Continuity and Change
  • People, Places and Environments
  • Individual Development and Identity
  • Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Production, Distribution, and Consumption
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Global Connections
  • Civic Ideals and Practices
Children are naturally attracted to Social Studies because they are curious about themselves and others. Give them a head start with our tools and resources and they’ll be on their way to becoming informed citizens.