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Land, Air, Water
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Land, Air, Water
Help your preschooler understand that the surrounding world is made up of a varied combination of land, air and water with this simple activity.
Preschool
Social studies
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Red Poppy Wreath
Red Poppy Wreath
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Red Poppy Wreath
This Veterans Day, teach your kid about Remembrance Day and create a wreath of red poppies to honor the brave soldiers who died serving their countries.
1st grade
Social studies
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Veterans Day Card
Veterans Day Card
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Veterans Day Card
Celebrate Veterans Day with your child by helping them create and send a well-deserving veteran a "thank you" card via the U.S. Veteran's Affairs Department.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Paper Chain American Flag
Paper Chain American Flag
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Paper Chain American Flag
Help your child observe Veterans Day by having him create a paper chain American flag; it's a fun and crafty way to show your patriotism.
1st grade
Social studies
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Silhouette Portraits
Silhouette Portraits
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Silhouette Portraits
Here's a fun family activity: have your child make a cameo appearance by creating and drawing on their own silhouettes!
3rd grade
Social studies
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Hopped Up Hide and Seek
Hopped Up Hide and Seek
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Hopped Up Hide and Seek
This slightly tweaked version of "Hide and Go Seek" hones listening: a key skill for kindergarten.
Preschool
Social studies
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Make a Travel Journal
Make a Travel Journal
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Make a Travel Journal
Help your kids put together a travel journal for your family's next vacation to get them reading, writing, and thinking about what's happening on the trip.
4th grade
Social studies
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Hand Print Family Treasure
Hand Print Family Treasure
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Hand Print Family Treasure
With this activity, you'll create a family treasure...and reinforce social studies basics while you're at it!
2nd grade
Social studies
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Geography Travel Game
Geography Travel Game
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Geography Travel Game
Next time you're headed out on the road with your fourth grader, try this alphabet-geography game that the whole family can play.
4th grade
Social studies
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Create a "Wants and Needs" Poster
Create a "Wants and Needs" Poster
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Create a "Wants and Needs" Poster
Help your child discover the difference between his wants and needs using this poster.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Make a "Today Is" Poster
Make a "Today Is" Poster
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Make a "Today Is" Poster
In this activity, your first grader will practice calendar skills, observe the weather and learns to read calendar words. Here's how to get started:
1st grade
Social studies
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Write Mythological Mad Libs
Write Mythological Mad Libs
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Write Mythological Mad Libs
Help your child put a new spin on her favorite myth by turning it into a mad lib! Guaranteed to bring the giggles, this fun activity also packs in the learning.
5th grade
Social studies
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Preschool Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Preschool Independent Study Packet - Week 6
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Preschool Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Here are 5 more days of independent study packet material for preschoolers. Week 6 features storytelling cards, a weather mobile craft, a fish for numbers game, community helper paper dolls, and more.
Preschool
Science
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Week 6 of this independent study packet for kindergarten students offers at-home learning opportunities designed by curriculum specialists.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Workbook
History Scavenger Hunt
History Scavenger Hunt
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History Scavenger Hunt
Send your child on an online hunt where he will practice working with search engines and use his reading comprehension skills to find specific information.
5th grade
Social studies
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Let Your Kids Campaign!
Let Your Kids Campaign!
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Let Your Kids Campaign!
Kids are acutely aware of what's "fair" and what's not. Here's a quirky way to teach your first grader the importance of voting and democracy.
1st grade
Social studies
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Going to the Park? Make a Map!
Going to the Park? Make a Map!
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Going to the Park? Make a Map!
Build your child's social studies skills by making a map together.
1st grade
Social studies
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Paper Cup Maracas
Paper Cup Maracas
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Paper Cup Maracas
Maracas are most commonly found in music around the world. Introduce your child to percussion and rhythm with this easy-to-make instrument.
Preschool
Social studies
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Make Popsicle Puppets...and Practice Communication
Make Popsicle Puppets...and Practice Communication
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Make Popsicle Puppets...and Practice Communication
Puppets can help preschoolers practice communication and conflict resolution.
Preschool
Social studies
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Who Were the Founding Fathers?
Who Were the Founding Fathers?
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Who Were the Founding Fathers?
Bring historical figures alive with this fun family activity! Your child will plan a founding fathers feast by researching historical figures.
4th grade
Social studies
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Using a Compass
Using a Compass
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Using a Compass
Here is a hands-on activity to help third graders understand the four points of a compass...and how we use them to get around.
3rd grade
Science
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Sandpainting
Sandpainting
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Sandpainting
Whether you're teaching your kid about this important cultural art form or simply looking for a fun project, sandpainting is a fun activity you'll both enjoy.
1st grade
Social studies
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Tin Can Lantern
Tin Can Lantern
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Tin Can Lantern
Help your child comprehend the past by using hands-on activities like this homemade lantern project.
3rd grade
Social studies
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Understanding Cultural Differences
Understanding Cultural Differences
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Understanding Cultural Differences
Explore the world from your own home by conducting research about other cultures with your 4th grade child.
4th grade
Social studies
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How to Start Recycling
How to Start Recycling
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How to Start Recycling
Help your child make a recycling poster for your household and teach them how to take care of the environment!
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.