Online Instructional Resources - Social Studies Resources

  • iCivics (Grades6-12) offers free game-based learning for middle and high school social studies curricula. When you create a new class, you receive a unique code to distribute to students. Each class has Assignments, Announcements, and Discussions areas, and you can easily add new content or create polls. You can print out a detailed report of how students are doing on games. You also can access prepared material from the iCivics curriculum, including lesson plans (with step-by-step teaching instructions and handouts), games, and Web quests.

  • Junior Achievement USA has new e-learning tools that can be accessed for free by educators, students, and families. This curriculum teaches financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness skills. Normally these are delivered in classrooms by volunteers with experience in different areas of industry. These online tools have been created to support educators and students during this time of school closure.

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab: Because of its flexible design, teachers can use the Smithsonian Learning Lab in many ways. At its most basic level, teachers can create collections aligned with their classroom content. The collections could be projected for full-class discussion or viewed by individual students. Teachers and students can share collections with embed codes, on social media, or with a link.

  • Statistics in Schools offers lessons plans and resources that use census data to connect the importance of the census to classroom learning.

  • Teaching History - The National History Education Clearinghouse (Grades K-12): Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. It is funded through the Office of Innovation and Improvement's Teaching American History (TAH) program, builds on and disseminates the valuable lessons learned by more than 1,000 TAH projects designed to raises student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and understanding of traditional U.S. history.

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has created a comprehensive list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure.

​For English Learners (ELs)

  • EL Civic offers civics lessons with photos and fun activities for teachers and ESL students. Learn English, U.S. history, and government for citizenship.

  • Voice of America is a website focused on supporting secondary (grades-12) ELs to understand current events while developing their English language proficiency.