Lesson Plans for Middle School Social Studies

As students leave grade school and transition to high school, the social studies curriculum begins to change, and by the high school years, focuses primarily on history. However, lesson plans in the middle school years still have a strong social studies core, and emphasize learning about the US governement, the diverse cultures of the world, and the world's geography. There is also a strong current events theme, designed to help student's think critically about how local situations can have global consequences. In addition, environmental themes may be taught in conjunction with the earth sciences.

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  • Celebrate Flag Day in Your Class
    Teach your students about Flag Day with a community-wide ceremony. Students will work together to complete research tasks, write skits, speeches and poems and create original patriotic art to share with the neighborhood.
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    Use this collection of lessons, tips, and resources to help you teach students of any grade level about the discipline of economics. You can use them as stand-alone resources or modify them to suit your needs.
  • A Lesson in Conflict Using the Film Simon Birch
    What are stories without conflict? Well, pointless. But while conflict adds interest to writing, lesson plans on conflict are often pretty dull. Help your middle or high school students understand this important element in a memorable way, using the film Simon Birch and the following lesson plan.
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    In the 7th grade social studies class, making board games is a creative way to help students to review important concepts while working in small groups.
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    Supplement a class lecture about the Lewis and Clark expedition with field day activities to provide students with hands-on experiences, making the lesson more meaningful, memorable, and fun.
  • Lesson on Foods That Originated with the Native Americans
    Many foods that fill our grocery store shelves, get served everyday in restaurants, and feed people around the world have their origins in Native American Culture. Teach your students about the foods Native Americans ate.
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