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. Bright Hub Education offers a large repository of lesson plans and interactive teaching strategies, including Webquests and project ideas, written and vetted by experienced teachers and educators.
Look no further than this engaging and creative unit on The Middle East to capture your middle school class’s interest and attention. Download multiple PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and assessments to guide you and your students in an entertaining yet informative manner.
A survey of world cultures would not be complete without an exploration of some of the major conflicts in Africa. This study is a creative and engaging way to look at both the conflicts in Rwanda and in South Africa.
Looking to bring history to life in your classroom? Look no further than this engaging and creative look at the origins and history of China, from the beginning of their government to the present day.
Students will become excited to learn the history of Japan from the beginning of their government to present day when you use these engaging and even entertaining PowerPoint slides as teaching tools.
As classrooms become more multicultural, the need to provide students with a holistic view of the world becomes more important. Ramadan, a sacred time of year for Muslims, is a month long observance. This Ramadan lesson plan gives ideas and activities to teach students about this holy time.
Latin America, which includes both Central and South America, is rich in history and culture. Each country within Latin America has something new to offer students. Educators will find the lessons here to be a handy resource for teaching.
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.
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.
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.
With these U.S. history lesson plans for sixth grade that introduce the different types of government, you can meet the curricular requirements for social studies whether your state’s focus is world cultures or the history of the United States.