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Local Government for Kids
Local Government for Kids
Worksheet
Local Government for Kids
Children use their investigative skills and powers of deduction to complete a series of questions and prompts about their local government.  
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Resource: Water
Resource: Water
Worksheet
Resource: Water
Water isn't just for drinking! What else do we use water for? Kids practice their reasoning skills as they fill out this social studies worksheet.
Preschool
Science
Worksheet
It's A Small World: Different Cultures
It's A Small World: Different Cultures
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Learning About Maps!
Learning About Maps!
Worksheet
Learning About Maps!
Use this fun and interesting worksheets about maps to help your students use sentence level context clues, examples, and logic to decode text and become more fluent in reading informational text.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Community Helpers: Health and Safety
Community Helpers: Health and Safety
Workbook
Community Helpers: Health and Safety
Learn about workers who serve the neighborhood. With coloring, cut-and-paste, and I-spy pages kids will be busy having fun while exploring social studies topics of community, jobs and needs.
Preschool
Social studies
Workbook
Celebrate the Seasons: Life Skills
Celebrate the Seasons: Life Skills
Workbook
Celebrate the Seasons: Life Skills
Your child will have a blast familiarizing herself with months and dates in this workbook. Fill-in calendar pages make it perfect for anytime of the year; rain or shine.
Kindergarten
Social studies
Workbook
Kindergarten Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Kindergarten Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Kindergarten Fall Review Packet - Week 4
In this final installment of our Kindergarten Fall Review Packet, learners are provided five more days of engaging activities in math, literacy, and other fun topics.
Kindergarten
Science
Workbook
Local Government
Local Government
Worksheet
Local Government
Your young learner will discover the basics of local government with this worksheet all about municipalities.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The North Pole
The North Pole
Worksheet
The North Pole
Use this worksheet to help your child learn a little bit about the North Pole!
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Map Your Neighborhood
Map Your Neighborhood
Worksheet
Map Your Neighborhood
Have some outdoor fun with your preschooler, and use these colorful cut-outs to map your neighborhood!
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
Learn the 50 States
Learn the 50 States
Workbook
Learn the 50 States
Take a trip across the United States to learn geography! This guide is full of trivia, fill-in-the-blank maps, and very basic latitude/longitude practice.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Wants vs. Needs
Wants vs. Needs
Worksheet
Wants vs. Needs
Kids may think they need candy and video games, but parents know better. Help your child learn the difference between a want and a need with this worksheet.
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
Different Communities
Different Communities
Lesson Plan
Different Communities
What's the difference? In this lesson, your students will learn to describe what living in an urban, rural, and a suburban area is like.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Kindergarten Economics: Goods and Services
Kindergarten Economics: Goods and Services
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Goods and Services: On Market Street
Goods and Services: On Market Street
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Why Do We Vote?
Why Do We Vote?
Worksheet
Why Do We Vote?
This social studies worksheet is a great way to encourage the next generation to understand the value and impact of voting while helping learners practice reading comprehension strategies.
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Second Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of engaging activities that will prepare incoming second graders for a new year of learning.
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Election Vocabulary
Election Vocabulary
Worksheet
Election Vocabulary
Does your fifth grader know a primary from a platform? Help him sort out the buzz-worthy election words with this matching activity.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Road Rules
Road Rules
Lesson Plan
Road Rules
On the road again! In this transportation-centered lesson, your class will learn how to identify common road signs.
Preschool
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Classroom Directions
Classroom Directions
Lesson Plan
Classroom Directions
In this lesson, your students will learn how to identify what direction they are going when they move from one place to another. They'll be able to visually see directions in the classroom.
2nd grade
Social studies
Lesson Plan
Story of Hanukkah for Children
Story of Hanukkah for Children
Worksheet
Story of Hanukkah for Children
This one page printable features the Hanukkah story for kids in a very short version.
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
All About the Thirteen Colonies
All About the Thirteen Colonies
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
History of Jazz
History of Jazz
Worksheet
History of Jazz
Celebrate Black History Month by learning about the birth of jazz music, and the history of African-Americans in pop music.
4th grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Plymouth Colony
Plymouth Colony
Worksheet
Plymouth Colony
Get ready for Thanksgiving with this worksheet about Plymouth Colony, the Pilgrims' first home in America.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Activity
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Children research and make a timeline of an inspiring woman in this biography activity.
2nd grade
Social studies
Activity

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.