Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the social sciences.
- Hollywood can portray historical events with mistakes or omissions, but critical analysis turns these moments into teaching tools.
- Teaching students about the contributions of people who have been overlooked in textbooks gives them a fuller sense of history.
- A high school history teacher demonstrates the writing process for students by composing and editing an article while they observe.
- Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
- Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
- Women have often been omitted from histories, but the work of female poets can give students a needed perspective.
- Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.
- 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.
- Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.
- Teach the 2016 U.S. presidential election with this curated collection, featuring lesson plans, multimedia, and interactive games for K-12 students.
- Popular movies can be an entry point for students to dig deeper into historical studies.
- Researchers in Michigan showed that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading—see how they did it in this video.
- Minecraft is no longer a new tool in the field of game-based learning. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, teachers have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom for a while now to teach math concepts like ratios and proportions, while others use it to support student creativity and collaboration.
- Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures.
- The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. Primary source documents are artifacts created by individuals during a particular period in history. This could be a letter, speech, photograph or journal entry. If you're looking to integrate social studies into your literacy block, try out one of these resources for primary source documents.