George Lucas Educational Foundation

Social Studies

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

  • When Middle School Students Think Like Historians

    Students can learn about implicit bias by investigating the cultural assumptions underlying their history textbooks.
    Carl Cooper
  • Using Scientific Pedagogy to Teach History

    Employing the scientific method in history instruction can improve comprehension and engagement.
  • Why Students Plagiarize

    One teacher addresses plagiarism by examining the underlying causes such as a lack of confidence or time management skills.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • 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.
  • Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

    Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.
  • 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
  • Studying Female Poets to Understand History

    Women have often been omitted from histories, but the work of female poets can give students a needed perspective.
  • New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

    Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.
  • Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators

    Teach the 2016 U.S. presidential election with this curated collection, featuring lesson plans, multimedia, and interactive games for K-12 students.
  • Modeling Writing and Revising for Students

    A high school history teacher demonstrates the writing process for students by composing and editing an article while they observe.
  • Project-Based Learning Using Disney Movies

    Popular movies can be an entry point for students to dig deeper into historical studies.
  • Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners

    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.
  • Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

    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.
  • 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

    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.