Social Studies: Resources for Teaching

Great Social Studies resources for teaching.

Top Resources for Social Studies

I regularly attend Team Trivia Nights with friends at a local restaurant. The weekly event entices about 100 players to answer questions on a variety of subjects. Each night the winning teams are awarded gift cards to the restaurant. I’m proud to say we have won our share of gift cards. 

However, our team struggles with the History/Geography categories. I’ve often wondered whether we could do better if we studied these topics. However the topic is so broad, it seems next to impossible to even make a dent in the information.  Perhaps, we could do better in an area or two. A little more information about maps and flags might be helpful. However, what really gets us to attend each week is the laughs and great fun we have playing the game.  Go Wizards!

Social Studies teaches kids about culture, economics, history and geography.  Knowing about the world will help kids become better citizens.  Take a look at the K-12 Social Studies resources listed below and share with others.

  • EdHelperResources in different subjects, grades and age groups. Membership is available but there are many FREE resources.
  • Education World – Contains high quality in all subject areas.
  • EDSITEment – Includes hundreds of resources that are sorted by subject, theme and grade level.  The site is updated regularly.
  • History.com – The site includes many interactive activities.
  • History Matters is an annotated guide to best U.S. history websites.
  • Learner.org – Good all-around website for classroom resources in all subject areas. The site is updated by the Annenberg Foundation.
  • National Council for the Social Studies – Membership gives access to the entire site but offers excellent FREE teaching resources.   
  • PBS Learning Media – FREE standards-based videos and lesson plans.  The link is for New York teachers, but many resources can be used outside NYS.
  • The Learning Network – Teaching resources to support the news published in the New York Times.  Great site for Current Events.
  • The Library of Congress – Offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers use primary resources from the Library’s digital collections.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab – Lesson plans for teachers, students and families in many subjects.
  • Teachinghistory.org –Funded by the U.S. Department of Education it has a large collection of K-12 resources.
  • Teach-nology – Includes lesson plans, rubrics, teaching tips, and general resources for the classroom.
Isn’t education ALL about reaching the kids?

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