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.
On the Web, students can explore faraway countries, discover the history of the world, learn about the U.S. government and even find ways to become more familiar with their own city or state. This collection of elementary social studies help resources includes some of the best sites for social studies students.
- Many sites cover more than just one grade level worth of social studies information, so parents or teachers should look them over to determine if they are age-appropriate before letting students explore on their own.
- BrainPOP is available by subscription only and has some simple and entertaining animated shorts explaining many concepts within social studies.
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.
Parents can play an active role in the social studies education of their children with just a little help from the Web. Get inspiration for finding social studies resources at home that can enhance your child's life outside of the classroom.
- Taking trips to museums, discussing the news with your child, helping them explore their city and state—these are all beneficial to a child’s development as a student of social studies.
- Ask your child’s teacher what the class is studying and supplement those subjects at home. The “Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School” section of this guide will be of particular interest to many parents and can provide inspiration for ways to get your child interested in social studies.
- Take a look at some of the sites in our findingDulcinea Homeschooling Web Guide for social studies resources you can use at home.