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First Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
First Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Workbook
First Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
In Week 6 of this independent study packet, first graders are provided with an array of remote learning opportunities.
1st grade
Social studies
Workbook
Thanksgiving Creative Writing #1
Thanksgiving Creative Writing #1
Worksheet
Thanksgiving Creative Writing #1
Children use their creative writing skills with this Thanksgiving prompt.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Find Your Way Around a Map
Find Your Way Around a Map
Worksheet
Find Your Way Around a Map
In this inventive map-reading worksheet, children will practice using a map and a legend to uncover information.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Who is Katherine Johnson?
Who is Katherine Johnson?
Worksheet
Who is Katherine Johnson?
Katherine Johnson was an African American physicist and mathematician who worked to create the first calculations to send humans into space. Learn more about this inspiring woman with this nonfiction reading comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Alphabetize the United States
Alphabetize the United States
Worksheet
Alphabetize the United States
Challenge your third grader to put all 50 states in alphabetical order, and brush up on U.S. geography while they're at it!
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Native American Supporters
Native American Supporters
Worksheet
Native American Supporters
When reading up on Native American history, take some time to check out a few Native American activists throughout history.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Treasure Map Grid
Treasure Map Grid
Worksheet
Treasure Map Grid
To be a proper pirate, every child must learn to read a map. With this basic treasure map grid, help your child identify and locate sites!
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Community Helpers
Community Helpers
Worksheet
Community Helpers
Quiz your child on just a few of the types of community helpers in this quick matching worksheet.
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
Understanding Feelings
Understanding Feelings
Worksheet
Understanding Feelings
What does happy look like? Help your kindergartener understand feelings with this fun and creative drawing exercise.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Worksheet
The Branches of Government
The Branches of Government
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
People in the Community
People in the Community
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
3 Types of Resources
3 Types of Resources
Worksheet
3 Types of Resources
Help your child understand a basic concept of economics with a worksheet on resources! He'll review three types of resources: human, natural and capital.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Name Game: The 13 Original Colonies
Name Game: The 13 Original Colonies
Worksheet
Name Game: The 13 Original Colonies
Boost your fifth grader's social studies savvy with a lesson on the 13 original colonies.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Electoral Vote Tracker
Electoral Vote Tracker
Worksheet
Electoral Vote Tracker
Use Election Night to teach your child about politics and government, and have them add up the electoral votes each presidential candidate earns throughout the night.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Week 6 of this independent study packet for kindergarten students offers at-home learning opportunities designed by curriculum specialists.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Workbook
Directions: North, South, East or West?
Directions: North, South, East or West?
Worksheet
Directions: North, South, East or West?
Give your beginning geography student some practice finding north, south, east and west on a map of the U.S.!
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Use this reading passage to practice reading comprehension with your learners.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Houses and Homes Around the World
Houses and Homes Around the World
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
This independent study packet for fifth graders has everything they need to stay on track.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
50 State Capitals
50 State Capitals
Worksheet
50 State Capitals
Help your 5th grader ace her state geography test with this review sheet of all 50 U.S. state capitals!
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Designed by teachers, this independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, social studies and science activities for fourth graders.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Help budding fourth graders prepare for a new year of learning with the help of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Community Helpers
Community Helpers
Worksheet
Community Helpers
What is a service job? This worksheet helps your students think critically about the different jobs people have and what they do in those jobs.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Worksheet
Here Are Our Homes
Here Are Our Homes
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Text Features: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nonfiction Text Features: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students learn what text features are, along with examples, then practice identifying and using them to enhance their understanding of nonfiction texts as they learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet

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.