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Social Studies Lesson Plans

Christopher Columbus Unit Study
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
This page is an attempt to help parents see all sides of the controversy so that they can better evaluate material they present to their children regarding Columbus and his times, according to the age and maturity of their children.

Homeschoolers for Kerry and Edwards
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
Activities and lesson plans for children and teens to learn more about the election process by participating in the Kerry-Edwards Campaign.

All Hands on Deck
Lessons include core knowledge about a subject such as the USS Constitution’s construction, her crew, and her victories in battle, plus related classroom activities.

Home School Scripted Lessons
A website that is intended for home school teachers to teach our children about the histories of the major nationalities that make up the American population. Scripted, so you know just what to say. All materials included, and entirely free. For children ages 6 – 8.

Joy Hakim: Finding the Stories in Science and History
By Joy Hakim. History dull? The very idea is absurd. History is a story, it’s our story, it’s not dull; it’s just been made so by a chopped up narrow approach.

California Foundation For Agriculture in the Classroom
Resources and activities available to heighten agricultural awareness. Great for rural homeschoolers anywhere.

Eighth Grade American History
Today, whenever I start to worry that we’re spending too much time learning about the Civil War (we’re going on six months now,) I think about my eighth grade history class and then head to the internet to find some more information on the Civil War.

Geocaching for Kids
This a terrific activity to do as part of your homeschool geography. As well as map reading, this is great for local geography and also often includes some history.

Helping Your Child Learn Geography
Activities for children from 5 to 10 years of age. The contents of this online booklet were prepared by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education.

Helping Your Child Learn History
With activities for children aged 4 through 11. You don’t have to know all the facts or fully understand history to help your children learn. By Elaine Wrisley Reed

Lessons in American History
A series of lessons on various topic in American history, broken down by topics, date range, and place.

Love History
This is a wiki for those who are interested in teaching K-12 history in small co-op groups, with mixed ages and abilities. Jean Weller has been doing this for 8 years, covering all sorts of topics and themes, and she has been fairly successful in getting all the kids to love history–and value it.


Newspaper Activities
You probably already subscribe, so use this ‘free’ source to help your children’s comprehension while reading about current events. [KidBibs]

National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA
US and World History unit study materials for sale. History Standards listed and explained.

National Online Youth Summit
A free, national web-based program that encourages youth to learn about and critically evaluate a timely, law-related topic. Topic in 2010 is: “It’s Nothing to LOL About: How the First Amendment Affects You in the 21st Century.” Small groups of high school-aged homeschoolers working with adult supervision are welcomed.

National Postal Museum Curriculum Guides
Enrichment ideas and materials using letters and stamps.

Our Documents
The National Archives and Records Administration provides a linked list of important documents in US history and ideas for related lessons.

Pioneer Life With Laura
This teaching unit was prepared with a grant from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. It is designed as a literature unit that can be used in conjunction with the study of the Westward Movement of the United States.

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial
Students will better understand the logistics of the Japanese attack, the Arizona ‘s destruction, and the significance of the Memorial to the people of the United States.


A River Ran Wild
Children brought jars of dirty river water to the politicians. They told their parents, “we just want this river the way it was when you were kids. You could swim in it. You could fish in it.”

SchoolHistory.co.uk
World history for all ages from a British perspective. Huge site. Tons of resources from interactive websites to worksheets.

Smithsonian Institution Social Studies Lesson Plans
Japanese American Internment, Lewis and Clark, Westward Expansion, Work of Archaeologists, The Changing America Office, Japan, Eskimos, What is Currency, and Winning the Vote.


Virtue of the Week
VOW classes are based on the belief that each one of us is born with potential and can develop our positive natural qualities by “Nurturing the Gems Within.” Free to download and is very flexible so it can be utilized by individuals or groups.

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