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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)

Make Your Own Totem Pole
U.S. Map with State Capitals
Tipi Pattern
Find the Continents and Oceans
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
More Social Studies Printables

Worksheets & Activities (3-5)

Native American Picture Writing
The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
The Story of Hanukkah
Indian Symbols and Meanings
The Pilgrim Story
More Social Studies Printables

Worksheets & Activities (6-8)

World Map (Black and White)
Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
United States Map (Outline)
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Map of Southeast United States
More Social Studies Printables

Worksheets & Activities (9-12)

Outline Map of Asia
Africa Mapping Activity
Political Map of Europe
List of Inventions and Discoveries
An Immigrant's Story
More Social Studies Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Conflict Resolution Activities
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Thanksgiving Placemats
More Popular Social Studies Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans (6-12)

Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
More Popular Social Studies Lesson Plans


Top 10 Friendship Printables
Leaders in U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement
Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas
Favorite Christmas Art Activities
Hanukkah Classroom Activities Gallery
More Social Studies Slideshows

Games & Puzzles (K-5)

Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades K-2
Make and Play the Dreidel Game
Three Branches, One Government
Holiday Memory Game
More Social Studies Games & Puzzles

Games & Puzzles (6-8)

Getting to Know You Bingo
Same Name Word Puzzle
State Word Search
Presidential Trivia Crossword Puzzle I
State Capital Word Search
More Social Studies Games & Puzzles

Bulletin Boards

Career Bulletin Board
Friends Are Fun! Bulletin Board
Top 10 Social Studies Bulletin Boards
United States Flag Bulletin Board Example
People Who Keep Us Safe Bulletin Board
More Social Studies Bulletin Boards

Educational Technology Resources

Parts of an Email Message
History of Communication
What Is Kwanzaa?
PowerPoint Postcards Presentation
Family Tree PowerPoint Presentation
More Technology Resources for Social Studies

Art Connections

Celebrations Around the World
Native American Indian Crafts
Make a Corn Necklace
A Thanksgiving Quilt
My Family and Me!
More Art Activities

Music Connections

Introduction to Mariachi Music
Jingle Bells
Native American Musical Instruments
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
More Music Activities

Mathematics Connections

My Christmas Wish List
Weather Graph
Family Tree: Student Planning Page
Add 'Em Up for Santa
The Middle Ages: Medieval Towns Activity Packet
More Math Resources

Science Connections

Winter Holidays
Animal Farm Literature Guide
Create Your Own Invention
Triple Venn Diagram
Digital Book Library
More Science Activities

Literature Connections

"Twas the Night Before Christmas": Full Text
O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Indian Sign Language Chart
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
More Literature Resources

Language Arts Connections

Lesson Planning Center
My Friend Writing Printable
Nelson Mandela Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
A Holiday from Another Culture
African Folk Tales: Background Information
More Language Arts Activities

Physical Education Connections

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

Health & Nutrition Connections

Ryan White, My Own Story
Indian Pudding
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Cranberry-Nut Bread
We Are All the Same: The Life and Death of Nkosi Johnson
More Health & Nutrition Activities


The Story of Hanukkah – Videos & Activities
Making a Hanukkah Card
Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the Jewish Festival of Lights
Dreidel Games
Day of the Dead
More Religion Resources

Middle Ages

Creative Writing with Photo Inspiration
The Middle Ages: The Feudal System Activity Packet
Medieval Period Quiz
The Middle Ages: Knights and Knighthood Activity Packet
The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
More Middle Ages – Teacher Resources

World History

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


Practicing Map Skills
Map of Northeast United States
Latitude and Longitude Map
Christopher Columbus Facts
Quiz: Northeast U.S. State Capitals
Map Library
More Geography Teacher Resources

States Resources

Map of U.S. Regions
Map of North America
Quiz: Southeast United States
Map of Midwest United States
Quiz: Southeast U.S. State Capitals
More States – Teacher Resources

Government Resources

Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Chronology of Conscription in the U.S. -- Colonial Era to 1999
All About the Boston Tea Party
Citizenship Test I
More U.S. Government Resources for Teachers

U.S. Constitution

"The Great Compromise" & The Constitutional Convention
Class Constitution and U.S. Constitution: Background and Preamble
The Bill of Rights
Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Articles of Confederation
The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
More U.S. Constitution Resources for Teachers

Elections: Classroom & U.S. Government

Mock Election Ideas for the Classroom
Informal Debates
The Presidential Election Process
Presidential Elections
More Elections – Teacher Resources


Immigrants' Experiences Worksheet
Ellis Island
Citizenship Test
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
The Keeping Quilt
More Immigration Teacher Resources

Civil Rights

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
I Have a Dream
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
More Popular Civil Rights Resources


All About My Family
My Family Tree
My Family and Me!
My Family
Helping Hand
More Families - Teacher Resources

Jobs & Careers

Suggested Author Interview Questions
Community Helpers: Matching
Choose an Occupation
Brainstorming About Jobs
Be a Journalist!
More Jobs & Careers Teacher Resources


Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
Nelson Mandela Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Day Parade Educator's Guide
Helen Keller Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
More Biography Activities


Pilgrim Fact Cards
Native American Indian Crafts
Christopher Columbus Facts
All About Early Explorers
Pilgrims Meet the New World
More Explorers – Teacher Resources

Heroes Theme

An Autobiographical Poem
Postage Stamps for Heroes
American Patriotic Pencil Wrap
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
People in Space: The Pioneers
More Heroes – Resources for Teachers

Colonial America

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
The Pilgrim Story
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
More Pilgrims – Teacher Resources


Celebrations Around the World
A Holiday from Another Culture
Thanks Around the World
Same Name Word Puzzle
Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas
More Diversity Resources for Teachers

Black History

African Folk Tales: Background Information
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Kwanzaa Candles
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
More Black History Month – Teacher Resources

Asian-American History

All About Chinese New Year
A Step from Heaven
Happy New Year Lion
Margaret's Chinese New Year
Asian-American History
More Asian-Pacific-American History – Teacher Resources

Hispanic Heritage

Puerto Rican Discovery Day
Making a Piñata
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
The Biggest Tortilla
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
More Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers

Native American & American Indian Heritage

Native American Picture Writing
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Women's History

Leaders in U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement
Learn About Pocahontas
The Keeping Quilt
Learn About Susan B. Anthony
Paper Quilts
More Women's History – Teacher Resources

World War I

Veterans Day Videos & Activities
Chronology of Conscription in the U.S. -- Colonial Era to 1999
Veterans Day Comprehension Questions
What Is Veterans Day?
Fourteen Points Writing Exercise
More World War I Teacher Resources

World War II

Number the Stars
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl Discussion Guide
World War II Student Project
The Holocaust
World War II Printable Book (5-12)
More World War II Teacher Resources

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's (Thursday) November 26, this year. Use videos, lessons, and worksheets to teach the history and cultural significance of the holiday. Then, enjoy our crafts to celebrate and decorate!

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.