High School Social Studies/Civics

Engagement Activities

Activities and resources available in this tab are all designed to engage students with quick, fun, and/or interesting activities. The types of activities you may see are games, apps, flash cards, etc.

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Civics 101 PodcastLearn at home lessons include videos, activities, quizzes, inquiry questions, graphic organizers,. Current lessons are being added to the queue each day. Lessons include podcasts and videos as text to deliver content. Activities support learning and quizzes check for understanding. Social Studies
C-SPAN ClassroomC-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for social studies teachers. Their mission is to enhance the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN's primary source programming and websites. Bell ringer activities and classroom deliberations are included in the available content. Social Studies
Center on Representative GovernmentThe Center on Representative Government is a non-partisan educational institution that develops and provides materials on civics and government at no-cost to students and educators. The website includes student and teacher specific components. Students may engage with democracy by: exploring interactives, challenging yourself with our games and apps; reflecting upon our thought-provoking videos; and making your voice heard by contacting your representatives at one of our web links. Designed by Indiana University, which may be limiting to state specific content in some areas. Social Studies
iCivicsThis website has many self-guided games designed to facilitate students' understanding of U.S. government structures and levels as well as how citizens operate within them. (Requires users to create a free account.) Social Studies
Ben's GuideThis page has games designed to help students understand the structure and function of branches of the U. S. Government and U. S. geography. Social Studies
Ben's GuideThis website primarily consists of self-guided readings for students focused on government structures and foundational U. S. History.Social Studies
Teaching CivicsThis website has curated lists of resources—ranging from complete lessons to activities such as games, podcasts, and videos—filtered by grade band. Users can also filter by topic and teaching strategy. (Depending on the resource selected, users may be required to create an account.)Social Studies
Discovery EducationAn online collection of resources that is free to affected schools and districts through the end of the school year.Social Studies

Practice Activities

Digital

The activities and resources available in this tab are all designed to give students abundant practice in a subject or on a skill. Examples of the resources in this tab are IXL or Khan Academy.

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Civics 101 PodcastLearn at home lessons include videos, activities, quizzes, inquiry questions, graphic organizers,. Current lessons are being added to the queue each day. Lessons include podcasts and videos as text to deliver content. Activities support learning and quizzes check for understanding. Social Studies
iCivicsThis website includes complete unit/lesson plans, tips for teachers (including a full page on facilitating remote learning), and links to suggested student games. Most units are designed to help students understand the structure and levels of U.S. Government and how citizens operate within them but instructional resources are also available for topics such as "International Affairs" and "Persuasive Writing." Units include instructional options and resources tailored to the needs of middle school and high school students. Most materials are available for download and easily printed. (Requires users to create a free account.)Social Studies
Ben's GuideThis website primarily consists of self-guided readings for students focused on government structures and foundational U. S. History.Social Studies
Civics Renewal NetworkThis is a hub that easily allows teachers to search for lesson plans and materials relevant to a a particular grade level (teachers can filter by grades K–12) or civics-focused topic. Resource type (e.g,. video, reading, presentations) varies by lesson. (Depending on the resource selected, users may be required to create a free account.)Social Studies
Teaching CivicsThis website has curated lists of resources—ranging from complete lessons to activities such as games, podcasts, and videos—filtered by grade band. Users can also filter by topic and teaching strategy. (Depending on the resource selected, users may be required to create an account.)Social Studies
Florida Joint Center for CitizenshipThe website has civics-based lessons and short activities for grades K–12 tailored for each grade band. They are broken up by Florida standards but include a content description, so it is easy to find relevant resources. Social Studies
Tennessee Secretary of StateThis website has grade-banded, civics-focused lesson plans and resources created by Tennessee teachers for Tennessee teachers.Social Studies

Print

The activities and resources in this tab are all printable for teachers and districts that want to create packets.

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Civics 101 PodcastLearn at home lessons include videos, activities, quizzes, inquiry questions, graphic organizers,. Current lessons are being added to the queue each day. Lessons include podcasts and videos as text to deliver content. Activities support learning and quizzes check for understanding. Social Studies
iCivicsThis website includes complete unit/lesson plans, tips for teachers (including a full page on facilitating remote learning), and links to suggested student games. Most units are designed to help students understand the structure and levels of U.S. Government and how citizens operate within them but instructional resources are also available for topics such as "International Affairs" and "Persuasive Writing." Units include instructional options and resources tailored to the needs of middle school and high school students. Most materials are available for download and easily printed. (Requires users to create a free account.)Social Studies
Ben's GuideThis website primarily consists of self-guided readings for students focused on government structures and foundational U. S. History.Social Studies
Civics Renewal NetworkThis is a hub that easily allows teachers to search for lesson plans and materials relevant to a a particular grade level (teachers can filter by grades K–12) or civics-focused topic. Resource type (e.g,. video, reading, presentations) varies by lesson. (Depending on the resource selected, users may be required to create a free account.)Social Studies
Teaching CivicsThis website has curated lists of resources—ranging from complete lessons to activities such as games, podcasts, and videos—filtered by grade band. Users can also filter by topic and teaching strategy. (Depending on the resource selected, users may be required to create an account.)Social Studies
Florida Joint Center for CitizenshipThe website has civics-based lessons and short activities for grades K–12 tailored for each grade band. They are broken up by Florida standards but include a content description, so it is easy to find relevant resources. Social Studies
Tennessee Secretary of StateThis website has grade-banded, civics-focused lesson plans and resources created by Tennessee teachers for Tennessee teachers.Social Studies

Videos

Teacher Videos

This tab provides teachers with videos to help them with grade and subject specific instruction and distance and blended learning.

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Smithsonian Institute Learning Institute VideoThe Smithsonian Institute's Learning Lab has a variety of videos that can be used to enhance learning.Science, Social Studies
Khan Academy - Arts and HumanitiesKhan Academy's Arts and Humanities site features information on many social studies courses, AP courses, and arts courses.Social Studies, Fine Arts
WonderopolisThis site contains many videos covering many subjects. The content is framed as explanations to "Wonders."Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts

Student Videos

This tab provides teachers with videos to show and/or assign to students.

TitleDescriptionTags
Smithsonian Institute Learning Institute VideoThe Smithsonian Institute's Learning Lab has a variety of videos that can be used to enhance learning.Science, Social Studies
Khan Academy - Arts and HumanitiesKhan Academy's Arts and Humanities site features information on many social studies courses, AP courses, and arts courses.Social Studies, Fine Arts
WonderopolisThis site contains many videos covering many subjects. The content is framed as explanations to "Wonders."Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts
Center On Representative GovernmentThe Center on Representative Government is a non-partisan educational institution that develops and provides materials on civics and government at no-cost to students and educators. Includes student and teacher specific components. Students may engage with democracy by: exploring our interactives, challenging yourself with our games and apps; reflecting upon our thought-provoking videos; and making your voice heard by contacting your representatives at one of our web links. Designed by Indiana University, which may be limiting to state specific content in some areas. Social Studies
Civics 101 PodcastPodcast episodes are available on various topics. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your favorite audio. Transcripts are available for download on each episode page.Social Studies
C-SPAN ClassroomC-SPAN Classroom hosts a video library that contains over 250,000 news based videos. Various filter options are available to find relevant content for a given topic. Social Studies

Teacher Toolbox

The contents of this tab are resources and materials that help teachers build capacity and provide students with strong online and/or distance learning.

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Civics 101 PodcastLearn at home lessons include videos, activities, quizzes, inquiry questions, graphic organizers,. Current lessons are being added to the queue each day. Lessons include podcasts and videos as text to deliver content. Activities support learning and quizzes check for understanding. Social Studies
C-SPAN ClassroomC-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for social studies teachers. Their mission is to enhance the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN's primary source programming and websites. Bell ringer activities and classroom deliberations are included in the available content. Social Studies
Center on Representative GovernmentThe Center on Representative Government is a non-partisan educational institution that develops and provides materials on civics and government at no-cost to students and educators. The website includes student and teacher specific components. Students may engage with democracy by: exploring interactives, challenging yourself with our games and apps; reflecting upon our thought-provoking videos; and making your voice heard by contacting your representatives at one of our web links. Designed by Indiana University, which may be limiting to state specific content in some areas. Social Studies
iCivicsThis website includes complete unit/lesson plans, tips for teachers (including a full page on facilitating remote learning), and links to suggested student games. Most units are designed to help students understand the structure and levels of U.S. Government and how citizens operate within them but instructional resources are also available for topics such as "International Affairs" and "Persuasive Writing." Units include instructional options and resources tailored to the needs of middle school and high school students. Most materials are available for download and easily printed. (Requires users to create a free account.)Social Studies
Civics Renewal NetworkThis is a hub that easily allows teachers to search for lesson plans and materials relevant to a a particular grade level (teachers can filter by grades K–12) or civics-focused topic. Resource type (e.g,. video, reading, presentations) varies by lesson. (Depending on the resource selected, users may be required to create a free account.)Social Studies
Florida Joint Center for CitizenshipThe website has civics-based lessons and short activities for grades K–12 tailored for each grade band. They are broken up by Florida standards but include a content description, so it is easy to find relevant resources. Social Studies
Tennessee Secretary of StateThis website has grade-banded, civics-focused lesson plans and resources created by Tennessee teachers for Tennessee teachers.Social Studies
McGraw-Hill Social StudiesVarious digital resources and guidance across grade levels and content areas to support teachers to implement remote teaching and learning strategies.Social Studies