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Chocolate: A Short and Sweet History
Chocolate: A Short and Sweet History
Worksheet
Chocolate: A Short and Sweet History
In this fascinating worksheet, children learn about the history of chocolate, from its ancient ceremonial use to the invention of the chocolate candy bar.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Community Helpers: Their Roles and Tools
Community Helpers: Their Roles and Tools
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Native American Foods
Native American Foods
Worksheet
Native American Foods
Serve up some authenticity this Thanksgiving with the easy recipes in this worksheet on famous Native American foods.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The Continents
The Continents
Worksheet
The Continents
Confused about continents? Get better acquainted with all the continents on earth with this word scramble.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
World Map Activity
World Map Activity
Worksheet
World Map Activity
Get to know your world map! Here's a great introduction to world geography, where your child can color and label important locations in the world.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Do I Need It? Wants vs. Needs
Do I Need It? Wants vs. Needs
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Different Landforms
Different Landforms
Worksheet
Different Landforms
Quiz your kid on different landforms in this quick match-up geography drill.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of this independent study packet for fourth graders features five more days of targeted practice with reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
What is a Good Citizen?
What is a Good Citizen?
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Using a Map Key
Using a Map Key
Worksheet
Using a Map Key
Help your child learn the basics of reading a map with this simplified county map. He'll color and circle the different items that appear in the map key.
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
How to be a Good Citizen
How to be a Good Citizen
Worksheet
How to be a Good Citizen
From voting to cleaning up to just plain common courtesy, this social studies worksheet gives a few examples of how to be a good citizen.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Get 5 more days of targeted practice with Week 3 of this independent study packet for second graders.
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Kindergarten Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Kindergarten Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Kindergarten Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Kindergarten Fall Review Packet offers five more days of learning activities for new kindergarteners in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
Kindergarten
Science
Workbook
Position and Direction
Position and Direction
Worksheet
Position and Direction
Help your first grader learn basic terms for position and direction. He'll practice identifying left or right, as well as the cardinal directions, and more!
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
What is an Election?
What is an Election?
Worksheet
What is an Election?
This civics and government worksheet helps second and third graders learn facts about elections and practice identifying key vocabulary terms.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with Week 2 of this independent study packet for fifth graders.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
What is a Compass Rose?
What is a Compass Rose?
Worksheet
What is a Compass Rose?
Teach your budding geographer to navigate the directions with this fun compass rose activity. He'll learn about the cardinal directions and more!
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Week 4 of this independent study packet for third graders brings on new challenges in various subjects.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Regions of the United States
Regions of the United States
Worksheet
Regions of the United States
Children learn about the eight regions of the United States in this hands-on mapping worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
This third grade independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies activities.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Learn About the Declaration of Independence
Learn About the Declaration of Independence
Worksheet
Learn About the Declaration of Independence
On this worksheet, kids read about this important historical document and complete the sentences using what they learned.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
3 Types Of Resources
3 Types Of Resources
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Rocket Like Mae Jemison
Rocket Like Mae Jemison
Activity
Rocket Like Mae Jemison
Craft a paper rocket in this hands-on activity inspired by the life of Mae Jemison!
Preschool
Social studies
Activity
50 States and Capitals Quiz
50 States and Capitals Quiz
Worksheet
50 States and Capitals Quiz
America the beautiful! Can your fifth grader name all 50 state capitals in the U.S.? Challenge him to match each capital to the correct state.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of our Second Grade Fall Review Packet features five days of engaging learning activities designed to help learners prepare for their second grade debut.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook

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.