Social Studies Lesson Plans

  • 7 Wonders- This activity involving the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World will ignite the interest of children in history and the beauty of the world around us. It also uses technology and teaches the students  to  use the computer as a research and presentation tool.
  • Animals and their Habitats - Students learn how to classify animal traits and habitat and build these into a chart.
  1. 44 Presidents - The goal of this lesson is to give students a fun and creative way to remember the 44 Presidents of the United States.
  2. All About Oregon - Students will get a better understanding of the state of Oregon by learning about the facts about each topic and why these particular objects were picked for these positions.
  3. Cesar Chavez - Help students understand the importance of individualism, individual action and character.
  4. Checks and Balances - The students will have an understanding of what checks and balances is and how it works within the three branches of government.
  5. Classroom Bill of Rights - The students will be able to describe their rights as human beings that live in the United States.
  6. Climate Search - Hot, cold, wet, dry... The weather is always changing. How do we know where and when to go on vacation? Climate Zones can help with that!
  7. Code Talker - What's it like to speak in code? What's it like to have a "Top Secret" job? Students will learn about the Navajo code talkers and their contributions to World War II, while using the Navajo dictionary to decipher secret messages.
  8. Cultural Feast - Dust off your chef's hat - it's time to get cooking! We have all seen those cooking shows on T.V. and wondered if those exotic dishes tasted as good as they looked.
  9. Christmas in Sweden - Students will use the computer to explore Christmas in Sweden and apply what they have learned to answer questions.
  10. Cross-cultural winter Celebrations - Students will discover that Christmas is just one of many winter celebrations.
  11. Do you know Native Americans? - After this activity students will understand the stereotypes placed on Native American peoples and they will be ready to research Native Americans past and present.
  12. Doughnut Discrimination - Let's face it. We may be uncomfortable discussing it, but discrimination is everywhere, in one way or another. Students will have a chance to open up about what they have seen and maybe even experienced firsthand.
  13. Hanukkah - We will talk about the Jewish holiday-Hanukkah and the similarities and differences affects of the Nazis.
  14. Imagination Country - Students will make a physical map for an imaginary country they create.
  15. Indigenous Residents of Michigan - Students will correctly identify and color on a map of Michigan the home location of indigenous persons by Native Nation.
  16. Interpreting Cartoons - The students will answer questions about cartoons presented via a teacher prepared Power Point of cartoons.
  17. Intro to Native American Housing - This lesson draws attention to the most prominant types of housing that Native Americans lived in prior to colonization and narrows scope to the Plains Tepee.
  18. It's a Small World After All - I want students to be able to find out more information about their individual cultures, be able to locate them on the map, research the cultures and present them in front of the class.
  19. Job Interests - This time will help them develop and explore any ideas or questions they may have about a particular job they are interested in.
  20. Learning about Native Americans - Students should be able to name the important characteristics of each tribe, differentiating between their cultures and method of living/means of survival.
  21. Legislative Branch: - The students will have an understanding on what the legislative branch is.
  22. Let's Do Business - The goal of this lesson is for the students understand how a business works, being an owner/manager of a business, and running a business.
  23. Life in the 20's-WW2 - The lessons are on what life might have been like in the roaring 20's, through The Great Depression, and in WW2.
  24. Lifestyles of American Indians - Students will be able to understand the concept of how important rain was for the Native American.
  25. Map Details - Students will understand that although maps are used for different applications, all maps use the same components.
  26. Middle Ages - To learn events and facts in the past. To learn cultural differences between people today and people in the past.
  27. Making a Mummy - Is that you, "Mummy"? Students will learn about the history and science of mummification by creating a mummy with an apple.
  28. Media Culture - We will be teaching you at a level 3 standard about media culture.
  29. National Geographic Explorer - To have the students be able to organize the information they gained in a tree graph. To have the students give an oral report of their findings.
  30. Native Americans and the Home - When children realize the differences in the measurement system they will be able to understand theh differentiation between sizes of measurments and amounts.
  31. Natural Dyes - This is a lesson to DYE for! Students will learn about the history of natural dyes used to color fabric during the Colonial era.
  32. Needs and Wants - How does money affect people?
  33. North Carolina - Native Americans and their many roles in the development of North Carolina past and present.
  34. President Bingo - This lesson is great to use as a review game of the presidents. Students have to match the facts you name to the correct president.
  35. Putting It Back Together - Students will "dig" this. They will learn about how archeologists are similar to detectives when it comes to finding out the origin and use of various artifacts that are uncovered during archeological digs.
  36. Summative History Review - The purpose of the activity is to review what the students learned throughout the year in history class and to relate it to the students lives.
  37. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - My goal for this language arts reading/activities is for my students to complete a chapter book at an appropriate grade level and to participate in team/group setting activities related to the book.
  38. The Algonquian Way of Life - Students will identify the role that nature played in the lives of these Native Americans.
  39. The California Gold Rush - Students will be able to develop an historical perspective on why settlers moved west.
  40. The First Americans - Students will understand cause and effect, and the effects the end of the ice age had on the first Americans.
  41. The Melting Pot - "One of these things is not like the other..." Imagine how boring life in America would be if everyone were alike? Students can learn to celebrate the differences in each other, as well as the different cultures that make up America.
  42. The Price is Right! - To guide students' thinking in determining the price of their products That students will gain an understanding of what a profit is and how to make a profit rather than loose money.
  43. The Revolutionary War - The purpose is to assist students in gaining a better understanding of this crucial period in our country's history.
  44. The Seven Wonders of the World - The students will be able to identify, locate and explain the 7 wonders of the world.
  45. The Thirteen Colonies - Students will be able to locate the originally thirteen colonies on a map.
  46. Timeline of the United States Flag - Students will complete a timeline of the United States flag.
  47. Using a Lock to Move a Boat - How do large, heavy water vessels pass through the shallow parts of a river? Locks! The following experiment will give students a better understanding of how this happens.
  48. Who Needs Government?... We All Do. - Explain the consequences of having a lack of government and rules and laws for a society.

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