Free Social Studies Lessons

Foundations of Social Studies

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Need a lesson to kick off the year? Check out these free lessons and primary source activities in Foundations of Social Studies to set the stage for the rest of the school year.

  • What Are the Social Sciences?: Find and share artifacts from home that represent economics, geography, civics, and history.
  • Investigating the Past: Act as a “history detective”! Learn about the past by asking questions and conducting inquiries.
  • America’s Founding Ideals: Examine primary sources to study the influence of the ideals in the Declaration of Independence.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 – October 15. Learn about notable Hispanic American figures, history, and culture with our free biographies and additional resources.

  • Biography Videos: Dolores Huerta, Bob Martinez, Mario Molina
  • Additional Biographies: César Chávez, Jaime Escalante, Ellen Ochoa, and more
  • Other Resources: Primary and secondary sources, free lessons

Fall Resources

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Changing leaves, crunchy apples, and spooky season—fall is upon us. Embrace the season in your classroom with free lessons and investigations.

  • Science Investigations: Munchy Crunchy Apples. Ooey Gooey Oobleck, Building a Human Body, Body Snatchers and Zombies
  • Social Studies Lessons: Batty’s Friends, Salem Witch Trials Dot Game

TCI’s ready-to-teach civics lessons prepare your students to become informed, civically-engaged members of their communities. Resources in this collection include:

  • Earth Day and Civics
  • Sea Turtle Season
  • The Constitutional Convention

Current Events Toolkit

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The Current Events Toolkit provides a structure for bringing current events into the curriculum. It includes strategies for navigating current events with your students. Resources include:

  • Strategies: Guide students through identifying perspectives, analyzing new stories, and discussing current events.
  • Graphic organizers: Main Idea /Detail, 5W’s, Evaluation Web
  • Class discussions: Sentence starters, speaking and listening checklists, and more
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