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Do I Need It? Wants vs. Needs
Do I Need It? Wants vs. Needs
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Do I Need It? Wants vs. Needs
If you ask your students if they need ice cream, the answer may surprise you! In this lesson, your students will be able differentiate between wants and needs.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Use this lesson to show your students that dreams can become reality with dedication and determination. This lesson will teach them about a man who made his dream come true by standing firm in front of the most challenging obstacles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What is Culture?
What is Culture?
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What is Culture?
Help your students become global citizens with this lesson that teaches the about culture. Students will explore their culture and the cultures of their classmates in this engaging, hands-on activity.
1st grade
Social studies
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What is a Good Citizen?
What is a Good Citizen?
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What is a Good Citizen?
Aid your students in becoming the best citizens they can be with this lesson that teaches students how to be, and what makes, a good citizen.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Community Helpers: Their Roles and Tools
Community Helpers: Their Roles and Tools
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Community Helpers: Their Roles and Tools
An interesting lesson about our very special community helpers. Teach your students how important each job is for our safety and health. Encourage them to think about what they would like to be when they grow up.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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All About Landforms
All About Landforms
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All About Landforms
Through creative and engaging activities, your students will explore and learn about landforms. In this lesson, they will make their own mini dictionary of landforms.
2nd grade
Social studies
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The Branches of Government
The Branches of Government
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The Branches of Government
Teach your students about the people who decide which laws to pass. Activate the critical thinking skills of your students by having them decide the laws that they would like to modify!
5th grade
Social studies
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The Language of Landforms
The Language of Landforms
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The Language of Landforms
Kinesthetic and visual learners will greatly enjoy this playful lesson. Using symbols and gestures, students explore the characteristics of various United States landforms.
3rd grade
Social studies
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Classroom Map
Classroom Map
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Classroom Map
Have you ever had to explain to someone where something is? Learning to create a map is a fun way to show where objects and places are.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Kindergarten Economics: Goods and Services
Kindergarten Economics: Goods and Services
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Kindergarten Economics: Goods and Services
Children need to understand the differences between goods and services and why both of them are important. Children will learn that and more with this lesson that teaches them about everyone's roles in the economy.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Houses and Homes Around the World
Houses and Homes Around the World
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Houses and Homes Around the World
Students will learn about the different kinds of houses people live in around the world and how they relate to a culture, environment, and country.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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How to Be a Good Friend
How to Be a Good Friend
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How to Be a Good Friend
We all want to be good friends. But what does this look like? Help students to understand what it means to be a good friend by reading a story, acting out a skit, and creating a friendship picture.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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3 Types Of Resources
3 Types Of Resources
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3 Types Of Resources
Our community relies on different kinds of resources to operate successfully. In this lesson, your students will learn how capital, human, and natural resources are all important for the functioning of a productive society.
2nd grade
Social studies
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American Symbols
American Symbols
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American Symbols
Would you like your students to understand some of the most iconic symbols in American culture? Well, you are in luck! This lesson will allow your students to explore important American symbols and their meanings.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Are You a Producer or a Consumer?
Are You a Producer or a Consumer?
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Are You a Producer or a Consumer?
In this lesson, your students will learn about their roles as consumers and producers in a community through engaging activities and discussion.
2nd grade
Social studies
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People in the Community
People in the Community
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People in the Community
Building a sense of community fosters dependability and citizenship. Help students become aware of people in the community who assist them daily.
Preschool
Social studies
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My Community and I
My Community and I
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My Community and I
In this lesson, students will develop an understanding of communities and will learn how to locate their communities on a map.
2nd grade
Social studies
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It's A Small World: Different Cultures
It's A Small World: Different Cultures
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It's A Small World: Different Cultures
Make your students global citizens with this lesson that has them learn about the different cultures of the world.
1st grade
Social studies
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Calling All Continents!
Calling All Continents!
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Calling All Continents!
Can your students call out the names of the continents? In this exciting lesson, students will learn the names of the major continents through an interactive process of word and map identification.
1st grade
Social studies
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Here Are Our Homes
Here Are Our Homes
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Here Are Our Homes
What kinds of homes do we live in? In this lesson, students will explore and describe different types of homes. By the end of this lesson, students will have created a visual of their own homes and write about them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Landmarks Scavenger Hunt
Landmarks Scavenger Hunt
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Landmarks Scavenger Hunt
Help your kids learn about landmarks with this lesson that takes them on a field trip around the school and has them record their findings in writing.
Kindergarten
Social studies
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Goods and Services: On Market Street
Goods and Services: On Market Street
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Goods and Services: On Market Street
Kids will enjoy hearing the story On Market Street as they become familiar with goods and services. From apples to zippers, students will understand how people buy goods, and how others provide services in our lives.
1st grade
Math
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Do You Know Your Rights?
Do You Know Your Rights?
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Do You Know Your Rights?
Introduce your students to the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution, and have them come up with the rights that they wish they would have!
5th grade
Social studies
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One Tree, Three Branches
One Tree, Three Branches
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One Tree, Three Branches
Get your kids excited about social studies with this comprehensive lesson, which will allow them to make their own visual comparisons of the three branches of the United States government.
2nd grade
Social studies
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All About the Thirteen Colonies
All About the Thirteen Colonies
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All About the Thirteen Colonies
Teach your students about the location of the first thirteen states on the United States map. Use this lesson plan to let them sing and move their bodies to learn about the thirteen colonies.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Social Studies Lesson Plans

History helps define the present and dictates what may happen in the future. The below social studies lesson plans will use history and common everyday examples to prepare young children into becoming responsible and active members of society. Kickstart your students' growth while learning about the past and present with education.com's social studies lesson plans!