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Social Studies/History

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

  • Middle school student participates in presentation during National History Day

    A Beginner’s Guide to National History Day

    National History Day—which, despite the name, runs through the school year—is powerful project-based learning for middle and high school students.
    Matt Weyers, Taylor Hamblin
  • Two high school students work on science project designing wind turbine

    Climate Justice Projects Combine Science and Citizenship

    Schools and districts can help students make connections between course content, environmental issues, and public policy.
    103
  • Middle school students write at their desks

    How to Promote Strong Writing Skills in Social Studies

    Learning how to write well is essential for effective communication, and students benefit from getting a lot of practice in classes beyond English.
    492
  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
    4.7k
  • Colorful found kitchen objects

    How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.
    3k
  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
    1.8k
  • A google slide with multimedia about the ancient pyramids

    Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
    3.4k
  • Silhouette of young teen girl sitting on floor

    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
    2.6k
  • Teacher speaking to middle school classs using touch screen

    7 Books That Give Students an Inclusive Look at United States History

    These books explore history from the perspective of marginalized groups such as BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ community.
    2.4k
  • Map showing distribution of Native American tribes before colonization

    Providing Deeper Context in Lessons on Indigenous Peoples

    Teachers planning lessons on Native Americans can paint a fuller and more accurate picture with carefully curated resources.
    3k
  • High school girl working with teacher and white board

    A Social and Emotional Learning Framework for Addressing Tough Topics in Social Studies

    Combining a news-writing approach and an SEL problem-solving framework gives students a way to start discussing events like the insurrection in January.
    461
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
    11.9k
  • Board game pieces

    Does Our Natural Affinity for Games Have a Place in the Classroom?

    When one teacher organized his students into teams of competing barbarians, they embraced learning about ancient Rome.
    1.4k
  • Student illustration depicting justice for Ahmaud Arbery

    Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
    3.5k
  • Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    Daily discussions and team-building activities meet the physical, social and emotional, and spiritual needs of students.
    12.9k

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