Elementary Social Studies

Social studies can be closely allied with science in areas such as environmental studies education.

Particularly in grades K-8, social studies teachers are comfortable with integrated studies. It is hard to imagine separating geography, economics and science in environmental studies.

Given all the responsibilities teachers bear, an integrated unit is efficient, authentic, and fun!

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9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme below.  learn more

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Ben's Guide to Govenment

Learning Adventures Ben’s Guide provides opportunities to learn about themes related to our Government. These themes, called Learning Adventures, are divided into three school-age categories. The Learning Adventures are designed for specific age and grade groups: Apprentice level is designed for ages 4-8 (grades K-3), Journeyperson is designed for ages 9-13 (grades 4-8), and Master…  learn more

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Best History Websites - Lesson Plans

Best History Sites, in addition to the above features, is frequently updated so that historical resources, not typically accessible, are handy. For instance, background resources about Iraq, a topic not often taught in school, have been posted. BestHistorySites is comprehensive in that it covers all eras of Western civilization, maps, and research links and some…  learn more

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Celebration, Conflict & Contemplation: Digital Thanksgiving Activities & Lesson Plans for Students

Take students on a historical journey with our free pre-K12 Thanksgiving activities and resources for use in distance or hybrid learning classrooms.  learn more

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Commanding Heights

Commanding Heights, a PBS series about the future of the world economy, has been webified so that the 150 interview with major world leaders has been segmented for retrieval by theme, country, etc. Students can work at their own pace, also.  learn more

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Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans

The American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson is a free, award-winning community-based site that brings together educators, parents and caregivers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, union and nonunion members, educational partners, and higher education professionals who have the common goal of finding and sharing the best educational resources available. Share My…  learn more

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EDSITEment: Lesson Plans

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture. All websites linked to EDSITEment have…  learn more

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Global Game Changes

MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!™ That’s the message that our students start with and hear every day.  At Global Game Changers, we believe that rich social emotional skills, leadership skills, and character development come from empowering students to look around and consider what they can do to make this world a better…  learn more

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History Matters

History Matters , first developed at City University in NYC and George Mason near Washington, contains teaching materials, primary source documents and threaded discussions with leading U.S. history historians. Like this site, it serves as a gateway to pre-screened, quality websites – about 400 now, divided into ten chronological and twenty-two thematic categories. The quality…  learn more

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iCivics & History’s Mysteries

iCivics is partnering with History’s Mysteries to integrate its K-5 learning offerings into the iCivics suite of educational materials. Similarly, History’s Mysteries places young learners in grades K-5 in the center of the action by challenging them to act as history detectives. Its curriculum asks students a “Big Question” such as “What does it mean to…  learn more

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iCivics Elementary Resources: Private i History Detective

We are thrilled to release a new inquiry-based civics and history curriculum just for K–5 learners.  learn more

Izzit: Elementary Focus

This collection of video-centered educational materials focuses on resources for the elementary grades of K-5. (However, we recommend that every grade level check out our Pups of Liberty animated U.S. History pieces! Everyone loves a great cartoon!)  learn more

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KidCitizen

IN KIDCITIZEN EPISODES, CHILDREN INTERACTIVELY EXPLORE CONGRESS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT THROUGH HISTORICAL PRIMARY SOURCES, AND CONNECT WHAT THEY FIND WITH THEIR DAILY LIVES. ACTIVITIES EXPLORING CONGRESS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FOR GRADES K-5 KidCitizen provides a growing set of interactive episodes where K-5 students work with primary source photographs to explore Congress and Civic Engagement. KidCitizen…  learn more

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Law Day

Every May is Law Day. Review the planning guide.  learn more

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National Council for the Social Studies

NCSS is the umbrella professional organization for social studies teachers, including all the academic disciplines associated with history and social science. The site has been re-designed to include grant opportunities and conferences and courseware. Resources are listed with connections to the NCSS themes--handy for alignment of content and standards.  learn more

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Our Story

Smithsonian's History Explorere. American History stories and activities you can do together.  learn more

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Presidents' Day Lessons

Teach your high school students about the constitutional legacy of George Washington, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan this Presidents' Day. These free, ready-to-use lessons will engage your students in learning about these important presidents and how they shaped the history and Constitution of our nation. Each lesson was written and reviewed by scholars…  learn more

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Smithsonian's History Explorer: Lessons & Activities

Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning. History Explorer's…  learn more

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Social Studies: Elementary Games

The tables below share some great resources we've found for using games to teach social study skills to elementary age students.  learn more

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Stanford History Education Group

Our lessons and assessments are available for free download once you've created an account.  learn more

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SUPER CIVICS MIDTERM ELECTION LESSONS GRADES K-6

The Super Civics K – 6 Team from Learning Law and Democracy has prepared easy to follow lessons with coordinating slides and anchor texts that are designed to help children better understand the midterm elections and also strengthen both their social studies and literacy skills.  learn more

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Teaching Economics and Personal Finance

In December of 2012, Nebraska adopted state social studies standards requiring districts to incorporate economics instructions for K-12. Resources for Teaching Economics & Personal Finance in Nebraska. The University of Nebraska created this resource to provide information and classroom lessons to help teach these economics-related social studies standards. These lessons can be adapted to your…  learn more

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Teaching Elementary Economics

This category includes elementary economic material for primary education, kindergarten through 6th grade.  These lessons, lesson plans, and worksheets will introduce your students to consumer economics and very basic economic principles while reinforcing other basic skills such as money recognition and basic math. This introduction to economics for early learners includes topics such as: what…  learn more

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Teaching History in Elementary

Allow students to see that history as we know it is interpretation and perspective. Evaluated key elements of effective teaching. Explore new teaching methods and approaches. Teachers demonstrate how to use digital tools. Instructional strategies and resources for ELL are also included.      learn more

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Teaching History in Middle School

Allow students to see that history as we know it is interpretation and perspective. Evaluated key elements of effective teaching. Explore new teaching methods and approaches. Teachers demonstrate how to use digital tools. Instructional strategies and resources for ELL are also included.  learn more

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Teaching Social Studies

In elementary school, students take social studies every year, beginning with the most basic elements of geography and history, and gradually progressing to more specific and detailed subjects as years go on. In middle school, students take a specific social studies class each year, usually revolving around world history and U.S. history, and in high…  learn more

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The BEST Novels for Social Studies: Historical fiction and nonfiction for upper elementary!

In this video, I'm sharing the best novels for social studies! Historical fiction and nonfiction novels are a great way to integrate history into your classroom, especially if you are given only a small amount of time to teach your social studies lessons each week. Your students will love learning more about social studies as…  learn more

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The Constitution for Kids

The Constitution was written in 1787. Yes, it is over 200 years old. This website has old copies of what was created. We have pictures of the Constitution on this site.  learn more

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The History Place

History Place functions as an independent resource center for teachers. It includes everything from personal histories to photographs, all available on-line.  learn more

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USA.gov Web Portal

USA.gov is the federal government's online guide to government information and services. Pick the topic and you can get information on it here. USA.gov provides a portal to a wide range of resources, organized by topic. U.S. Government Information demonstrates the transformation of the roles and functions of government offices in the electronic age. These…  learn more

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Virtual Stock Exchange Game

The Virtual Stock Exchange simulation takes advantage of new technologies and contains excellent content. Both consumer and business perspectives are included. The data is updated as trends actually change on the real stock exchange.  learn more

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Washington State Council for the Social Studies

Washington State Council for the Social Studies provides a number of links to history and social studies units.  learn more