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World Map Activity
World Map Activity
Worksheet
World Map Activity
Get to know your world map! Here's a great introduction to world geography, where your child can color and label important locations in the world.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Learn About Your State
Learn About Your State
Worksheet
Learn About Your State
Do you know your state? Challenge yourself with this worksheet, and try to answer the 13 trivia questions about your state.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Geography: Color the States!
Geography: Color the States!
Worksheet
Geography: Color the States!
Kids use a U.S. map to locate and color their home state and show where they've been and where they'd like to go on this third grade social studies worksheet.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
This independent study packet for fifth graders has everything they need to stay on track.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Latitude and Longitude
Latitude and Longitude
Worksheet
Latitude and Longitude
Learn about latitude and Longitude in this map skills sheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Lesson Plan
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Use this lesson to show your students that dreams can become reality with dedication and determination. This lesson will teach them about a man who made his dream come true by standing firm in front of the most challenging obstacles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The History of Chocolate
The History of Chocolate
Worksheet
The History of Chocolate
This Hispanic Heritage Month, learn the history of chocolate and try your hand at a historical recipe.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Position and Direction
Position and Direction
Worksheet
Position and Direction
Help your first grader learn basic terms for position and direction. He'll practice identifying left or right, as well as the cardinal directions, and more!
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
What is Culture?
What is Culture?
Lesson Plan
What is Culture?
Help your students become global citizens with this lesson that teaches the about culture. Students will explore their culture and the cultures of their classmates in this engaging, hands-on activity.
1st grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Learning Directions
Learning Directions
Worksheet
Learning Directions
Here's a fun exercise with directions, north, south, east and west! Using the town map, she'll practice determining the directions of locations.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Use this reading passage to practice reading comprehension with your learners.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
What is a Good Citizen?
What is a Good Citizen?
Lesson Plan
What is a Good Citizen?
Aid your students in becoming the best citizens they can be with this lesson that teaches students how to be, and what makes, a good citizen.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Lesson Plan
3 Types of Resources
3 Types of Resources
Worksheet
3 Types of Resources
Help your child understand a basic concept of economics with a worksheet on resources! He'll review three types of resources: human, natural and capital.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Name All 50 States
Name All 50 States
Worksheet
Name All 50 States
Here's a mnemonic device to remember all 50 U.S. States. With the map as a cue, first see how many of the United States you can remember.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
50 States Quiz
50 States Quiz
Worksheet
50 States Quiz
Looking for a way to help your child study for his upcoming geography test? This printable 50 states quiz makes a great at-home study guide.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Understanding Feelings
Understanding Feelings
Worksheet
Understanding Feelings
What does happy look like? Help your kindergartener understand feelings with this fun and creative drawing exercise.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Worksheet
50 State Capitals
50 State Capitals
Worksheet
50 State Capitals
Help your 5th grader ace her state geography test with this review sheet of all 50 U.S. state capitals!
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
History of the American Flag
History of the American Flag
Worksheet
History of the American Flag
How well do you know your country's flag? Now your child can learn about the history of the American flag with this great printable.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Directions: North, South, East or West?
Directions: North, South, East or West?
Worksheet
Directions: North, South, East or West?
Give your beginning geography student some practice finding north, south, east and west on a map of the U.S.!
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Using a Map Key
Using a Map Key
Worksheet
Using a Map Key
Help your child learn the basics of reading a map with this simplified county map. He'll color and circle the different items that appear in the map key.
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Treasure Map Grid
Treasure Map Grid
Worksheet
Treasure Map Grid
To be a proper pirate, every child must learn to read a map. With this basic treasure map grid, help your child identify and locate sites!
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
History of Hip Hop Music
History of Hip Hop Music
Worksheet
History of Hip Hop Music
Celebrate Black History Month by learning about soul music and the history of African-Americans in pop music, all in this Hip-Hop Music worksheet!
4th grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Alphabetize the United States
Alphabetize the United States
Worksheet
Alphabetize the United States
Challenge your third grader to put all 50 states in alphabetical order, and brush up on U.S. geography while he's at it!
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Community Helpers
Community Helpers
Worksheet
Community Helpers
Quiz your child on just a few of the types of community helpers in this quick matching worksheet.
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
Name Game: The 13 Original Colonies
Name Game: The 13 Original Colonies
Worksheet
Name Game: The 13 Original Colonies
Boost your fifth grader's social studies savvy with a lesson on the 13 original colonies.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet

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.