Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plans Number 51 to 100

  • Explore with Pumpkins- Have a classroom discussion about longitute and latitude. Have students locate examples using their social studies book or a world map.
  • Explorer Interviews- One student is the interviewer and one is the explorer.
  1. Exploring Landforms- This unit investigates several types of landforms. Students will explore and choose a famous landform to investigate and create a presentation on.
  2. Exploring the Cuban Plane Crash- Web Quest like.
  3. Fake Diary Entries: A Window to the Past- Each student in the class will research and write a diary entry of 3-5 pages for a fictional child of their age, living in a different time and location.
  4. Family Time Line- In this activity, children will interview family members to learn about important events that have happened in their families. Then use that information to create a time line showing changes and growth in their families.
  5. Famine looms in Africa- Students will analyze the role of countries assisting other countries during a potential humanitarian problem, and how the political situations in countries affect aid given and received.
  6. Famous Historical People- Students are put into groups. They pick a famous person from history. It may be an explorer, president, scientist, etc. They have one week to put together a script of the life of the famous person.
  7. Fantastic Flying Journey- Teacher will read the book -Fantastic Flying Journey aloud to the class. As the characters reach each country/continent, students will use the Internet to find out more information about that place.
  8. Firefighters: Community Helper- The following is a list of various activites the teacher can choose from when teaching a unit on firefighters.
  9. First Amendment Guarantee of Free Speech- Students receive a list of banned books from which they choose one to read. As a class we study the concepts that incite people to demand that certain books be banned: violence, language, racial discrimination, homosexuality, abortion, sex, etc.
  10. Flag Song- I use this after the pledge of allegiance has been recited with my kinders. It would be fine alone for younger pre-schoolers. Discuss the words. Have someone hold the flag!
  11. Freedom Unit- While exploring and comparing a variety of historical periods, students will learn about oppression, human rights, and freedom.
  12. Fun At the Farm- A great unit for learning common farming activities.
  13. Fun with Proverbs- Having been shown several Japanese proverbs, the students will guess the meaning of each proverb and say the English version of the proverb if possible.
  14. Geography & World War II- The 30-11th & 12th graders will know the geography of World War II Europe and discuss the various pacts, political ideologies, and military strategies involved in the years preceding the war and the initial confrontations that began the war.
  15. George Washington in Pennsylvania #1- In recognition of the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington's death, the Pennsylvania Cable Network has created a special television series on the nation's first President and his many activities in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  16. Geroge Washington Scavenger Hunt- Have 2 children go to the computer. One will be the pilot and navigate the site, and the other will be the secretary that will answer questions on paper.
  17. Highs / Lows of States- You will be going on a scavenger hunt on the computer to find information about a region that your group will choose.
  18. Hiking the Appalachian Trail- There can be endless variation to this lesson, geared to your grade level and the materials and time on hand.
  19. History Hall of Fame- Prepare your students that they will create an American History Hall of Fame for various cultures that have been forgotten in American History.
  20. How Do You Know You Won't Like It?- The learner will identify various ethnic groups found in regions of America, Europe, and Oceania and their impact on the development of the selected region.
  21. How to Build a Slave Ship- Without telling the students what they are doing (building a slave ship) divide your class into groups of from 2-3 people in each group.
  22. How to travel across the country without leaving your class- What you do is you get a stuffed animal and name him. You will be sending this animal in the mail, so don't make him too big. The size of a beanie baby is perfect.
  23. How women's status affects economic conditions- Defend a position on issues raised by the U.N. report "State of the World Population 2000."
  24. Human rights violations- Students will examine and evaluate the state of human rights in China and the United States.
  25. I Can Choose- You, as teacher, decides how much discussion is needed to explain all the different emotions.
  26. 'I Love You' virus- Students will create an operational definition for the term "computer virus." Students will compare the "I Love You" computer virus to another prominent computer virus.
  27. Internet Social Studies Treasure Hunt- Students gain a tremendous amount of knowledge and learn new diverce resoursces and homework sites.
  28. Internet Social Studies Treasure Hunt- Students gain a tremendous amount of knowledge and learn new diverce resoursces and homework sites.
  29. Introduction to Sexism- This individual lesson is meant to be part of a larger attack on sexism and other linked oppressions which will ideally discussed over the course of the term in a Secondary III?V M.R.E. or English class.
  30. Iowa Census Project- The state of Iowa is appropriating 340 million dollars for local developmental projects. The students will research and evaluate Iowa counties recent census data.
  31. Iowa Leaders- To begin to learn to use the internet and compare characteristics of famous Iowa leaders.
  32. Island of Hope, Island of Tears- Students will be able to express understanding of immigation unit.
  33. Leading Economic Indicators- Students will be able to identify/define/explain what the leading economic indicators are.
  34. Learning about the School with the Gingerbread Boy- Learning about the School and the people who work in it.
  35. Learning about war through personal stories- Learning about history through personal stories and role playing.
  36. Let's Study Explorers- Here are a few tips and helpful hints to get you started!
  37. Looking at the 1960's via Rock n' Roll- To think about and then write down current knowledge/perceptions about the 1960�s.
  38. Love bytes- Students will explain the process by which the Love Letter virus spread, as well as how the source of the virus was traced.
  39. Make a Farm- Download the software and print out the buildings, etc. Have the students color and cut out their buildings (barn, silo, chicken coop, etc.)
  40. Making a Multicultural Brochure- Pick a theme- for example, mystudents made brichures on Countries in the Caribbean when we were studying Columbus Exploration to the new world.
  41. Making Culture Concrete- Give each co-operative group some of the following items from one of the basic elements of culture.
  42. Mapping Food in Our Community- Many children are not aware of where the food they eat comes from.
  43. Marco Polo- Pretend you are young Marco Polo and have just been told you get to go with you uncle and father. Write a letter to a friend telling what you think.