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Social Studies

Our social studies printables, lessons, and quizzes will enhance your curriculum in all areas of study. Use these literature guides, maps, and technology resources to teach students about geography, government, diversity, families, and religion. You'll find biographies of famous mathematicians, scientists, athletes, civil rights leaders, and more!

Our holiday-themed activities will help students will enjoy celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, and more, with educational games, crossword puzzles, art projects, and music activities.

Educational Videos

George Washington – Videos & Activities
Abraham Lincoln – Videos & Activities
Halloween Videos & Activities
Chinese New Year – Videos & Activities
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Day of the Dead Videos & Activities
Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
More Videos

Worksheets & Activities (K-2)

U.S. Map with State Capitals
People Who Keep Us Safe Bulletin Board
Getting to Know You Bingo
Make Your Own Totem Pole
World Map (Black and White)
More Social Studies Printables

Worksheets & Activities (3-5)

The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
Find the Continents and Oceans
Political Map of Europe
Outline Map of Asia
Same Name Word Puzzle
More Social Studies Printables

Worksheets & Activities (6-8)

Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Feeling Words Chart
Celebrating Diversity Through Young People's Literature
List of Inventions and Discoveries
Be a Journalist!
More Social Studies Printables

Worksheets & Activities (9-12)

United States Map (Outline)
Africa Mapping Activity
Geography Quiz: True or False
An Immigrant's Story
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
More Social Studies Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

Conflict Resolution Activities
Self-Portrait
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Latitude and Longitude
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
More Popular Social Studies Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans (6-12)

Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
An Immigrant's Story
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Mexico's Day of the Dead
More Popular Social Studies Lesson Plans

Galleries

Top 10 Friendship Printables
Leaders in U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement
Top 10 Social Studies Bulletin Boards
World Maps Gallery
A Tour of U.S. National Parks
More Social Studies Slideshows

Games & Puzzles (K-5)

School Jobs Crossword Puzzle
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades K-2
Three Branches, One Government
State Word Search
Fire Department Word Search
More Social Studies Games & Puzzles

Games & Puzzles (6-8)

Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
State Capital Word Search
Name That State
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mystery Train Island
More Social Studies Games & Puzzles

Bulletin Boards

Career Bulletin Board
Friends Are Fun! Bulletin Board
Who's in the News Bulletin Board
United States Flag Bulletin Board
Boy Pattern
More Social Studies Bulletin Boards

Educational Technology Resources

Wonders of the World Questions
Parts of an Email Message
PowerPoint Postcards Presentation
History of Communication
PowerPoint Library
More Technology Resources for Social Studies

Art Connections

Tipi Pattern
Choose an Occupation
Educational Clip Art Images from DK
Native American Picture Writing
Native American Musical Instruments
More Art Activities

Music Connections

Introduction to Mariachi Music
Chinese Music
The Story of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Traditional Circle Game from Puerto Rico
More Music Activities

Mathematics Connections

Weather Graph
Family Tree: Student Planning Page
Latitude and Longitude
The Middle Ages: Medieval Towns Activity Packet
Triple Venn Diagram
More Math Resources

Science Connections

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Double Entry Journal Template
Digital Book Library
Create Your Own Invention
Tissue Flower Craft
More Science Activities

Literature Connections

African Folk Tales: Background Information
Common Core Guide to Ordinary People Change the World Series
O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
1984
"Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories
More Literature Resources

Language Arts Connections

Lesson Planning Center
My Friend Writing Printable
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
The Middle Ages: The Feudal System Activity Packet
More Language Arts Activities

Physical Education Connections

Winter Olympics 2014: Sochi Preview
Several New Sports Debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Russia's Anti-Gay Bill Ignites International Protests
Sochi: the Host City of the 2014 Winter Olympics
Security a Big Concern in Sochi
More Physical Education Activities

Health & Nutrition Connections

We Are All the Same: The Life and Death of Nkosi Johnson
Nutrition: Family Activity
Ryan White, My Own Story
We Beat the Street Discussion Guide
The Omnivore's Dilemma Teacher's Guide
More Health & Nutrition Activities

Religion

The Story of Hanukkah – Videos & Activities
Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons Educator's Guide
Nectar in a Sieve
Day of the Dead
Joan of Arc Biography
More Religion Resources

Middle Ages

Creative Writing with Photo Inspiration
The Middle Ages: Knights and Knighthood Activity Packet
Medieval Period Quiz
King Lear
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table Activities
More Middle Ages – Teacher Resources

World History

Veterans Day Videos & Activities
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
The House on Mango Street
More World History

Geography

Map of Southeast United States
Latitude and Longitude Map
Map of Northeast United States
Geography Quiz: The World
Map of U.S. Regions
Map Library
More Geography Teacher Resources

States Resources

Map Library
Map of Midwest United States
Map of North America
American Flag (in color)
Map of Southwest United States
More States – Teacher Resources

Government Resources

Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Chronology of Conscription in the U.S. -- Colonial Era to 1999
Bastille Day
Fourteen Points Writing Exercise
More U.S. Government Resources for Teachers

U.S. Constitution

Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Class Constitution and U.S. Constitution: Background and Preamble
All About the Boston Tea Party
USA PATRIOT Act – Security vs. Privacy
Articles of Confederation
Three Branches of Government Summary
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
More U.S. Constitution Resources for Teachers

Elections: Classroom & U.S. Government

Mock Election Ideas for the Classroom
Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
Election of U.S. Senators
Informal Debates
Election Day
More Elections – Teacher Resources

Immigration

Citizenship Test
Multicultural Statue of Liberty
Citizenship Test I
Immigration Picture Prompts
Immigrants' Experiences Worksheet
More Immigration Teacher Resources

Civil Rights

Nelson Mandela Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Families

Helping Hand
All About My Family
My Family Tree
My Family
Following Directions
More Families - Teacher Resources

Jobs & Careers

People Who Keep Us Safe Bulletin Board
Be a Journalist!
Suggested Author Interview Questions
Choose an Occupation
Community Helpers: Matching
More Jobs & Careers Teacher Resources

Biographies

Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Getting to Know Me
Common Core Guide to Ordinary People Change the World Series
Sunflowers, Van Gogh, and You
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
More Biography Activities

Explorers

All About Early Explorers
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
The Tempest
Christopher Columbus Facts
Wonders of the World Questions
More Explorers – Teacher Resources

Heroes Theme

Firefighter's Hat
An Autobiographical Poem
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
We Beat the Street Discussion Guide
Top 10 Heroes of Greek Mythology
More Heroes – Resources for Teachers

Colonial America

Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Native American Indian Crafts
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
More Pilgrims – Teacher Resources

Diversity

Self-Portrait
Celebrating Diversity Through Young People's Literature
Same Name Word Puzzle
The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
An Immigrant's Story
More Diversity Resources for Teachers

Black History

African Folk Tales: Background Information
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets (K-5)
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
More Black History Month – Teacher Resources

Asian-American History

A Step from Heaven
Chinese Symbols
Chinatowns and Other Asian-American Enclaves
All About Chinese New Year
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz
More Asian-Pacific-American History – Teacher Resources

Hispanic Heritage

Puerto Rican Folk Tale
Spanish and Latino Influence on Music and Dance
The Biggest Tortilla
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Famous Figures with Hispanic Heritage
More Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers

Native American & American Indian Heritage

Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Native American Picture Writing
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Women's History

Leaders in U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement
Women's History Videos & Activities
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Multicultural Statue of Liberty
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
More Women's History – Teacher Resources

World War I

Veterans Day Videos & Activities
Chronology of Conscription in the U.S. -- Colonial Era to 1999
Fourteen Points Writing Exercise
Memorial Day Videos & Activities
World War I: People, Places, and Events
More World War I Teacher Resources

World War II

Once Discussion Guide
World War II Student Project
Number the Stars
Hiroshima
WWII Printables Slideshow
More World War II Teacher Resources

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World War I Began (7/28/1914) and Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!