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Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Activity
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Children research and make a timeline of an inspiring woman in this biography activity.
2nd grade
Social studies
Activity
Here Are Our Homes
Here Are Our Homes
Lesson Plan
Here Are Our Homes
What kinds of homes do we live in? In this lesson, students will explore and describe different types of homes. By the end of this lesson, students will have created a visual of their own homes and write about them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Branches of Government
The Branches of Government
Lesson Plan
The Branches of Government
Teach your students about the people who decide which laws to pass. Activate the critical thinking skills of your students by having them decide the laws that they would like to modify!
5th 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
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
Landmarks Scavenger Hunt
Landmarks Scavenger Hunt
Lesson Plan
Landmarks Scavenger Hunt
Help your kids learn about landmarks with this lesson that takes them on a field trip around the school and has them record their findings in writing.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Goods and Services: On Market Street
Goods and Services: On Market Street
Lesson Plan
Goods and Services: On Market Street
Kids will enjoy hearing the story On Market Street as they become familiar with goods and services. From apples to zippers, students will understand how people buy goods, and how others provide services in our lives.
1st grade
Math
Lesson Plan
All About Katherine Johnson
All About Katherine Johnson
Worksheet
All About Katherine Johnson
Introduce your second and third graders to the inspiring mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson. After reading a short biography, children will use what they've learned to answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Stars and Stripes
Stars and Stripes
Worksheet
Stars and Stripes
Bring out your inner patriot with a fun tracing worksheet with stars and stripes! Your little writer will build fine motor skills and letter recognition.
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
Community Helpers: Health and Safety
Community Helpers: Health and Safety
Workbook
Community Helpers: Health and Safety
Learn about workers who serve the neighborhood. With coloring, cut-and-paste, and I-spy pages kids will be busy having fun while exploring social studies topics of community, jobs and needs.
Preschool
Social studies
Workbook
Learn About the Declaration of Independence
Learn About the Declaration of Independence
Worksheet
Learn About the Declaration of Independence
On this worksheet, kids read about this important historical document and complete the sentences using what they learned.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
How to be a Good Citizen
How to be a Good Citizen
Worksheet
How to be a Good Citizen
From voting to cleaning up to just plain common courtesy, this social studies worksheet gives a few examples of how to be a good citizen.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
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
Do You Know Your Rights?
Do You Know Your Rights?
Lesson Plan
Do You Know Your Rights?
Introduce your students to the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution, and have them come up with the rights that they wish they would have!
5th grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
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
One Tree, Three Branches
One Tree, Three Branches
Lesson Plan
One Tree, Three Branches
Get your kids excited about social studies with this comprehensive lesson, which will allow them to make their own visual comparisons of the three branches of the United States government.
2nd grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
All About the Thirteen Colonies
All About the Thirteen Colonies
Lesson Plan
All About the Thirteen Colonies
Teach your students about the location of the first thirteen states on the United States map. Use this lesson plan to let them sing and move their bodies to learn about the thirteen colonies.
2nd grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
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
Going on a Bear Hunt with Landforms
Going on a Bear Hunt with Landforms
Lesson Plan
Going on a Bear Hunt with Landforms
Going on a bear hunt...through, over, and across landforms! Your students will learn about landforms as they participate in a story and play a game.
Preschool
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Bodies Of Water
Bodies Of Water
Lesson Plan
Bodies Of Water
Use this lesson to teach your students about the major bodies of water by letting them create miniature versions of their own!
5th grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Different Communities
Different Communities
Lesson Plan
Different Communities
What's the difference? In this lesson, your students will learn to describe what living in an urban, rural, and a suburban area is like.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
My Neighborhood
My Neighborhood
Workbook
My Neighborhood
Build spatial and directional skills, practice directional words, and create maps of common places in the neighborhood with cut-and-paste activities.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Workbook
Celebrate the Seasons: Life Skills
Celebrate the Seasons: Life Skills
Workbook
Celebrate the Seasons: Life Skills
Your child will have a blast familiarizing herself with months and dates in this workbook. Fill-in calendar pages make it perfect for anytime of the year; rain or shine.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Workbook
Goods and Services: Let's Make a Deal!
Goods and Services: Let's Make a Deal!
Lesson Plan
Goods and Services: Let's Make a Deal!
Have your students experience the act of trading goods and services with bartering. In this activity, students will have the opportunity to make a deal, in order to get what they want. Better yet, make a deal without spending a cent!
2nd grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan

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.