Elementary Social Studies: Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents
The Internet offers a wealth of social studies resources for elementary school students. Whether you're a student looking for a few hints in remembering all 50 U.S. states and their capitals, or an elementary school teacher interested in social studies lesson plans and activities that will inspire your class, the Elementary Social Studies Web Guide is a great place to find what you're looking for.Educators: Sign up for our education newsletter.
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Whether you’re presenting geography or the history of the cultures of the world, you’ll find great resources for teaching elementary social studies with the sites listed below.
- Some popular periodicals, such as Time For Kids, offer lesson plans and activities as a supplement to their articles.
- Although findingDulcinea usually weeds out sites for especially poor design, we've made some exceptions here to help bring you as much useful information on teaching social studies in elementary school as possible.
- We also usually avoid recommending sites that are mere directories of links to outside sources. In our education guides we make exceptions to this rule to provide teachers with more options for lesson plans and student activities. Teachers should approach each directory with caution and evaluate each outside link before using it in the classroom.
- Museum Web sites often have history information, and some even have lesson plans or online activities you can use in the classroom. Also try browsing the Web sites of television channels or programs related to the subject you teach, for example, The History Channel. These Web sites often provide videos, interactive activities or games, and even specific teaching resources.
- The “Elementary School Social Studies Resources at Home” section of this Web guide has more online activities and suggestions for supplemental work.