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A Classroom of Flags
A Classroom of Flags
Lesson Plan
A Classroom of Flags
Patriotism will abound as students learn more about the United States. After learning about its history, students will soon be seeing American flags everywhere with this lesson!
Kindergarten
Social studies
Lesson Plan
What is a Compass Rose?
What is a Compass Rose?
Worksheet
What is a Compass Rose?
Teach your budding geographer to navigate the directions with this fun compass rose activity. He'll learn about the cardinal directions and more!
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Who Is Mae Jemison?
Who Is Mae Jemison?
Lesson Plan
Who Is Mae Jemison?
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space! Use the Who Is Mae Jemison? lesson plan to get to know this prominent scientist and entrepreneur. Students will read about Mae and then answer questions about her.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Resource: Water
Resource: Water
Worksheet
Resource: Water
Water isn't just for drinking! What else do we use water for? Kids practice their reasoning skills as they fill out this social studies worksheet.
Preschool
Science
Worksheet
Map Grid
Map Grid
Worksheet
Map Grid
This map grid worksheet will help kids learn their way around an old-fashioned map!
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Skywatchers
Skywatchers
Workbook
Skywatchers
This workbook explores the myths, science, and history of our efforts to understand the skies with light reading. Introduce kids to gravity, moon phases and stars with basic activities and stories.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Read the Star Spangled Banner
Read the Star Spangled Banner
Worksheet
Read the Star Spangled Banner
Jump into the lyrics of the U.S. national anthem with a reading comprehension worksheet. Kids read the song, and then draw a picture to illustrate it.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Stone Age
Stone Age
Lesson Plan
Stone Age
Excite your students with knowledge of the past by showing them a film and pretending to live in the past! In this lesson, your students will learn about the Stone Age.
1st grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
In the 'Hood
In the 'Hood
Workbook
In the 'Hood
How well do you know your community? Give your child the tools she needs to learn about her local government, community helpers and how she can have a voice in her community.
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Bald Eagle: The USA's National Bird
Bald Eagle: The USA's National Bird
Lesson Plan
Bald Eagle: The USA's National Bird
Your students will love learning about America's national bird as they watch a video, listen to a story, and play a fun game! Get your students excited to learn social studies with this lesson.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Scouting Out the States
Scouting Out the States
Lesson Plan
Scouting Out the States
Let's scout out the states in the United States! In this jigsaw lesson, students will explore individual states, create a state collage, and share their knowledge with other students in the class.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Transitioning to Intermediate Directions
Transitioning to Intermediate Directions
Lesson Plan
Transitioning to Intermediate Directions
This lesson will introduce students to intermediate map directions northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast. It also offers practice writing functional texts using transitional words as well as both cardinal and intermediate directions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Bubbles and Boxes: Branches of the U.S. Government
Bubbles and Boxes: Branches of the U.S. Government
Lesson Plan
Bubbles and Boxes: Branches of the U.S. Government
Students will be given information on the three branches of the US government. This is an introduction where students fill out information.
5th grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Regions of the United States
Regions of the United States
Worksheet
Regions of the United States
Children learn about the eight regions of the United States in this hands-on mapping worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other? (Part One)
Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other? (Part One)
Worksheet
Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other? (Part One)
Children use their critical thinking skills and knowledge of community helpers to select the odd picture out.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Worksheet
Spanish Alphabet: "A"
Spanish Alphabet: "A"
Worksheet
Spanish Alphabet: "A"
A good introduction to every new language is the alphabet! With this colorful Spanish alphabet sheet, your child will learn the letter "A".
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
American Heroes: Biography Writing
American Heroes: Biography Writing
Workbook
American Heroes: Biography Writing
Everything a kid needs to read and write a biography. Learn about some inspirational Americans, try your hand at writing someone else's story, and consider what makes heroes so compelling.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Presidential Puzzler
Presidential Puzzler
Workbook
Presidential Puzzler
Learn presidential history, the functions of government and how elections work while having a blast. Read, write, color, cut and paste the way to knowledge of the past and present!
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
What is a Region?
What is a Region?
Lesson Plan
What is a Region?
Through examples and non-examples, students will learn what qualifies as a region. Creativity and problem solving skills will be put to the test as students determine the necessary elements that make up a region.
4th grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Read Me, U.S. History
Read Me, U.S. History
Workbook
Read Me, U.S. History
Reading informational texts is a crucial part of education. This series can help your child think critically about U.S. history. He'll respond to passages, analyze events and learn new vocabulary.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
The New England Colonies: Economy
The New England Colonies: Economy
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
National Symbols: The Declaration of Independence
National Symbols: The Declaration of Independence
Worksheet
National Symbols: The Declaration of Independence
Help your child learn more about her American heritage with these coloring pages that are chock-full of history featuring the Declaration of Independence.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
National Symbols: The Statue of Liberty
National Symbols: The Statue of Liberty
Worksheet
National Symbols: The Statue of Liberty
Read the text to this page aloud to your child as she colors, and talk about your family's heritage. Did her ancestors sail past The Statue of Liberty?
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Global Traveler
Global Traveler
Workbook
Global Traveler
Get acquainted with the original GPS...maps! This geography workbook goes over all the fundamentals of finding your way, from cardinal directions to map scale, landforms and more.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Community Helpers: Neighborhood
Community Helpers: Neighborhood
Workbook
Community Helpers: Neighborhood
Learning is as close as a look around the neighborhood. Practice observation and sorting skills among the faces and places that keep a town going.
Preschool
Social studies
Workbook

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.