George Lucas Educational Foundation

Social Studies

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the social sciences.

  • Finding Reputable Online Resources for Distance Learning

    There’s so much information available online that the challenge becomes sorting through it to find accurate, objective materials.
    Howard Rosenberg
  • Using Creative Projects to Help Students Engage With History

    When students work with primary source materials, they produce authentic work that both drives and demonstrates their learning.
  • Teaching Young Students How to Use Multiple Sources

    Two literacy experts offer strategies for helping elementary and middle school students understand how to use and synthesize different sources for research.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Preparing Social Studies Students to Think Critically in the Modern World

    Vetting primary resources isn’t easy—but doing it well is crucial for fostering engagement and deeper learning in a rapidly changing world.
  • Using Comics to Teach the 4 Cs

    When students read comics or create their own, they have an opportunity to develop their creativity, critical thinking, and communication and collaboration skills.
  • The Bill of Rights Through the Lens of Dystopian Tales

    One teacher offers a guide to help students compare the freedoms lost in dystopian novels with the freedoms secured by the Bill of Rights.
  • Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • An Engaging Word Game Helps Students Grasp Implicit Bias

    A simple fill-in-the-blank exercise helped students understand the power of words and the way they might convey unspoken beliefs.
  • Connecting Lessons to the Pandemic

    Incorporating the coronavirus crisis in course content can leverage students’ curiosity while showing them the real-world applicability of what they’re learning.
  • Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

    Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.
  • Connecting Math and Science to Reading and Writing

    Educators in K-12 classrooms are exploring unique ways to bridge the gap between math, science, and literacy.
  • 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
    Trisha Riche
  • When Middle School Students Think Like Historians

    Students can learn about implicit bias by investigating the cultural assumptions underlying their history textbooks.
  • Scaffolding Complex Topics in Middle School Social Studies

    Children’s books and movies can help introduce topics like economic systems and make new material accessible for students.