Social Studies Ideas!

This toolkit includes collections of digital content tools to use; examples and tips from experts in the field; and links to proven lesson plans. We hope that you will dig into the ideas and examples shared by educators like you!

Tools to Use

Greg Kulowiec's The History 2.0 Classroom. This information provides extensive information, instructional strategies, examples, and videos for teaching history with technology.

Mission US, PBS. Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?,” puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a fourteen-year-old printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, he encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston Massacre.

National Archives DocsTeach is an online document-based teaching tool. Teachers can browse or search for digitized documents and online activities, customize activities to fit their students' needs, create new activities using one of seven distinctive tools, and save and organize activities in an account. Students can engage in activities and turn in answers online.

National History Clearinghouse. provides teaching materials, history content, and best practices.

Power, Prejudice and Preventing Ethnic Conflict. This interactive tool allows students to explore their own experiences with power and prejudice. That includes understanding the relationship between power, prejudice and ethnic conflict and how stereotypes can work as the justifying rationale for social injustice.

Smithsonian’s History Explorer offers hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K–12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning. Check out some of these resources: Civics and Citizenship.Object of History, and Oral History.




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