State-Specific Elementary Social Studies
TCI’s online Social Studies Alive! programs teach students about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn every day. Activities like the Revolutionary War tug-of-war capture their imagination and help them long remember key content. With TCI’s elementary programs, students don’t just learn social studies. They learn to love social studies.
Social Studies Alive! Me and My World explores the relationships in students’ lives with their families, friends, teachers, and neighbors. Students learn that people live differently in different places and that they can help care for the world.
- Who Am I?
Reading Further: The Story of Our Flag
- What is a Family?
Reading Further: Our Country’s Birthday
- How Do I Get Along with Others?
Reading Further: Rules Help Us
- How Do I Make Friends?
Reading Further: The First Thanksgiving
- How Do I Solve Problems with Others?
Reading Further: Who Can Help?
- How Can I Be a Good Helper at School?
Reading Further: Who Works at My School?
- What Is in My Neighborhood?
Reading Further: How Can We Improve Our Neighborhood?
- Where Am I in the World?
Reading Further: Symbols of Our Country
- How Do People Live Around the World?
Reading Further: Birthdays Then and Now
- What Do People Need and Want?
Reading Further: I Make Choices When I Shop
- How Can I Help Take Care of the World?
Reading Further: Saving Money
Social Studies Alive! My School and Family introduces the structures of schools and families. Students learn how to get along with classmates, follow school rules, and identify people who work at a school.
- How Do We Get Along in School?
Reading Further: A Place to Share
- Why Is It Important to Learn from Each Other?
Reading Further: The Grasshopper’s Choice
- Why Do Schools Have Rules?
Reading Further: Who Makes the Rules?
- Who Works at Your School?
Reading Further: Ms. Johnson Has Many Jobs
- How Are We Good Helpers at School?
Reading Further: Clara Barton Helped Others
- What Is a Map?
Reading Further: The Right Kind of Map
- What Was School Like Long Ago?
Reading Further: From Buggies to Blastoff!
- What Groups Do We Belong To?
Reading Further: My Groups
- How Are Families Special?
Reading Further: Families Live in Different Places
- What Do Families Need and Want?
Reading Further: From Farm to Table
- How Do Family Members Care for Each Other?
Reading Further: Taking Care of Earth
- How Do Families Change?
Reading Further: Old Family Pictures
- What Are Family Traditions?
Reading Further: U.S. Symbols and Traditions
- What Do Good Neighbors Do?
Reading Further: Trading for Apples
Social Studies Alive! My Community teaches students the basics of geography, economics, and citizenship in the context of learning about their local community.
- What Is a Community?
Reading Further: One Community’s History
- How Are Communities Different?
Reading Further: Instant Suburbs
- What Is a Map?
Reading Further: Mapping a Trip
- What Is Geography?
Reading Further: Riding for Climate
- How Do People Use Our Environment?
Reading Further: Using Plants in New Ways
- How Are Goods Made and Brought to Us?
Reading Further: Food from the Desert
- Who Provides Services in a Community?
Reading Further: Working in Central Park
- How Can I Be a Smart Consumer?
Reading Further: Shopping for School
- How Do Communities Change?
Reading Further: Los Angeles Grows
- How Did One Community Change?
Reading Further: Family Stories
- How Can One Person Make a Difference in a Community?
Reading Further: Homework Help
- How Do Leaders Help Their Communities?
Reading Further: Leaders Vote for the Dogs
- What Does a Good Citizen Do?
Reading Further: Good Citizen Lincoln
- What Do Communities Share?
Reading Further: Happy Birthday, USA!
Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond broadens students’ awareness about the local and global communities in which they live. Students learn the fundamentals of geography and explore different cultures and public service roles.
- Understanding the Geography of the World
Reading Further: Explorers Find New Lands
- Finding Places in the United States
Reading Further: Eagles, Flags, and Midnight Parades
- Geography and the Way We Live
Reading Further: Telling Stories with Maps
- Settling in the United States
Reading Further: One Immigrant’s Story
- Diversity in the United States
Reading Further: Many People, Many Ways of Life
- Making Communities Better
Reading Further: Helping a Community in Need
- Cultures Around the World
Reading Further: The Story of Mexico City
- Understanding Our Economy
Reading Further: Making Mail Faster
- Choices in a Free Market
Reading Further: Becoming an Entrepreneur
- Using Money Wisely
Reading Further: Creating a Budget
- The United States and Global Trade
Reading Further: How Trade Is Changing Bengaluru
- Providing Public Services
Reading Further: Benjamin Franklin, Public Servant
- Government in the United States
Reading Further: The Constitution Protects Our Rights
- Citizenship and Participation
Reading Further: Making Your Voice Count
- Protecting the Environment
Reading Further: Finding New Sources of Energy
- Making a Difference in the World
Reading Further: Learning About Others Through Art
Social Studies Alive! Regions of Our Country (Minnesota Edition) presents five regions of the United States as well as Canada and Latin America. Students study these regions through the lens of four social sciences – economics, geography, political science, and history.
- Discovering the Social Sciences
Reading Further: Clues from Cahokia
- Exploring Regions of the United States
Reading Further: The Mighty Mississippi
- The Peopling of the United States
Reading Further: New York City: Layers of the Past
- A Train Tour of the Northeast
Reading Further: Lowell, Massachusetts: Factory Life
- Population Density and Life in the Northeast
Reading Further: Inventing New Ways of Living
- A Boat and Bus Tour of the Southeast
Reading Further: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend
- The Effects of Geography on Life in the Southeast
Reading Further: Hurricane Andrew
- A Crop Duster Tour of the Midwest
Reading Further: Detroit During World War II
- Agricultural Changes in the Midwest
Reading Further: Corn: Corn: Key Crop of the Midwest
- A Big Rig Tour of the Southwest
Reading Further: Freedom–or Death
- A Case Study in Water Use: The Colorado River
Reading Further: At Home in the Grand Canyon
- A Van and Airplane Tour of the West
Reading Further: Exploring the Pacific Crest Trail
- Cities of the West
Reading Further: Portland, Oregon: Green and Clean
- The Geography of Your State
Reading Further: Uncovering the Secrets of Ozette
- The History of Your State
Reading Further: Lost and Found
- Researching Your State’s Economy
Reading Further: Doing Real Work in the Real World
- Researching Your State’s Government
Reading Further: Student Citizens Help Make Laws
- Mexico City Bus Tour
- Ways of Life in Canada
Social Studies Alive! America’s Past covers American history from the first migrations into the Americas through the 20th century. Intense interaction with the personalities, places, and events that structured our nation leads students to be both keen observers of and informed participants in U.S. history.
- Geography of the United States
Reading Further: Where Geography Meets History
- American Indians and Their Land
Reading Further: Recording Lakota History
- American Indian Cultural Regions
Reading Further: Four Young American Indians
- How and Why Europeans Came to the New World
Reading Further: Changes in Europe Spur Exploration
- Routes of Exploration to the New World
Reading Further: Who Wins Florida?
- Early English Settlements
Reading Further: King Philip Decides on War
- Comparing the Colonies
Reading Further: Choosing a Career in the Colonies
- Slavery in the Americas
Reading Further: How Slaves Kept Hope Alive
- Life in Colonial Williamsburg
Reading Further: Corn: A Religious Revival in the Colonies
- Tensions Grow Between the Colonies and Great Britain
Reading Further: King George III and His Colonies
- To Declare Independence or Not
Reading Further: Patrick Henry, Radical Revolutionary
- The Declaration of Independence
Reading Further: Jefferson’s Conflict: Ideas vs. Reality
- The American Revolution
Reading Further: The Revolution’s Home Front
- The Constitution
Reading Further: Inside the Constitutional Convention
- The Bill of Rights
Reading Further: Individual Rights vs. Society’s Needs
- Our Role in Government
Reading Further: How Students Make a Difference
- Shaping America’s Economy
Reading Further: The Rise of Cotton in the South
- Manifest Destiny and Settling the West
Reading Further: The Cherokee Trail of Tears
- The Diverse Peoples of the West
Reading Further: Laura Ingalls Wilder on the Prairie
- The Causes of the Civil War
Reading Further: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Book
- The Civil War
Reading Further: Life After Slavery in the South
- The American Industrial Revolution
Reading Further: Buying Goods: Then and Now
- The Modern United States
Reading Further: Challenges and Hope for Immigrants