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Instructional Materials in Social Studies

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Social Studies. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Ancient Civilizations Theme Page

Biomes Theme Pages

Countries Theme Page

Current Events Theme Page

Holocaust Theme Page

Hunger Theme Page

Mapping Theme Page

Over Population Theme Page

Sustainable Development Theme Page

General Social Studies Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Social Studies. Please read our disclaimer.

Academy Curricular Exchange: Social Studies
Mini lesson plans from Academy One/Columbia Education Center.

Activity Search: Social Studies
Houghton Mifflin's Education Place Activity Search gives teachers access to a wide number of K-12 traditional (i.e., not Internet) activities. It is possible to search for activities by curriculum areas and/or grade levels, or browse the activities by themes.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Social Studies
Numerous lesson plans in Anthropology, Civics, Current events, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Sociology, World history and cultures covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Cardboard Cognition
A collection of card and board games organized by subject and grade levels (K-College).

Chilliwack Senior Secondary School Social Studies Department
Teachers of CSSS have put their lesson resources online, including strategies for conducting debates, mock trials, group presentations, journals and collages. Their web site also has links to other social studies lesson plan sites on the web.

The site has support for economics education of all forms, including curricular resources, data, and links to other sites. Instructional materials and lesson ideas are also included.

Economics and Geography Lessons for 32 Children's Books
Lesson plans for teaching grade 1-5 students geography and economics concepts within the study of popular children's books.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Social Studies
Select "Social Studies" on their Lesson Collection Page to find several hundred lesson plans. These are organized into over a dozen subcategories.

FGA Lesson Plans
The Florida Geographic Alliance offers free lesson plans. Unfortunately, they're organized by the year of contribution rather than by title and so you'll face additional time finding what you want.

Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography's Five Themes
Education World presents 25 geography learning activities for students across the grades.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including copies of previous exams and their keys (e.g., History, Geography), exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information.

Information Technology Lesson Plans Database
This database contains over a hundred lesson plans designed and tested by BC educators for teachers in gradesK-10. The lesson plans integrate Information Technology concepts within traditional subject areas. Use the search engine to find the lessons for a particular subject area. The engine will also allow you to search by grade level, setting (e.g., classroom, lab), time to complete the level, and expertise level.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Social Studies curricula in K-12.

Kodak Lesson Plans: Community Studies
More than a dozen lesson plans on Community Studies, all of which use photography in some respect.

Learning Space (LS) Social Studies: WWW Research Lessons
One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to research. This site contains over 25 examples of Social Studies research questions (organized by grade levels) which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended real life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found (some of which are US content-based). In addition, there is a step-by-step guide to creating your own research questions.

Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies
Over 75 annotated and alphabetized links to Social Studies lesson collections.

Lesson Plans for Technology
This site has a database of over 200 technology-based lesson plans developed by Florida educators. Known as T'NT (Technology 'Nformation for Teachers), the site can be searched by grade level, subject, or key word. Lessons allow subject area teachers to incorporate technology within business, computing, fine arts, guidance/health (including safety), language arts, math, science, and social studies subject areas.

The National Geographic Society has over a hundred free, downloadable lesson plans for teachers. They're organized by subject (see Geography or Social Studies) or searchable by subject, grade level or keyword.

Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Framework
This site contains social studies lessons plans organized along the themes of civic ideals and practices; culture, global connections; individual development and identity; individuals, groups and institutions; people, places and environments; power, authority and governance; production, distribution and consumption; science, technology and society; and time, continuity, and change.

New York Times Learning Network
These lesson plans use New York Times articles as a starting point.
  • Expressing Your Views to the Letter Grade 6-12 students "examine the role of the Letters to the Editor section of the newspaper as an outlet for the expression of opinions and ideas." While the examples and references within this lesson plan may be dated by the time you use it, more current references could be substituted.
  • From Printed Page to Home Page Grade 6-12 students compare and contrast, in small groups, the print and the on-line versions of local newspapers, and in the process, determine the similarities and differences between these two versions of the same paper.

Our World, My Own Island: How Are They Connected?
This teaching unit for grade six students employs a simulation game and project to challenge students to learn about some problems facing developing countries. This is a multi-disciplinary unit integrating science, social studies, arts, math, and language arts.

Social Science Lesson Plans
A variety of lesson plans on Social Sciences from Georgia College.

Social Studies
This is a meta-list of links to other sites which contain lessons plans, classroom projects, and interactive activities for elementary teachers of Social Studies.

Social Studies Lesson Plans
This link will take you directly to a sub-list of links to about 100 social studies lesson plans. The sector is part of a larger list called "The Lesson Plans Page." The lessons aren't particularly well described, there are a lot of US content lessons, and the ads can be a nuisance; however the sheer quantity of direct links to actual lesson plans is probably worth it.

Social Studies Units
LETSNet (Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students through the Internet) is designed to help teachers understand the web and find ways to make effective use of web resources in the classroom. This link is to their Social Studies lesson plans section containing about 20 teaching units or student activities.

Teachers Helping Teachers: Social Studies
The Teachers Helping Teachers web site is a collection of lesson plans submitted by practicing teachers. New lessons are added to a cumulative Social Studies file throughout the school year so be prepared for some long downloads.

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers
Looking for social studies ideas, activities or worksheets for elementary students? You'll find a variety at this site organized under the subject heading of Geography and History. You'll also find a feature titled "Time-Fillers". This is a collection of short activities which can be used within a number of subject areas to fill a few spare moments during the day.

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