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.

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.

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  • Cultural Studies: Africa
    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.
  • Cultural Studies: The Middle East
    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.
  • Cultural Studies: Japan
    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.
  • Cultural Studies: China
    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.
  • Teaching Students About the Hopewell Native American Culture
    Make connections with your students about a 2,000-year-old culture that scientists refer to as Hopewell. This lesson will highlight the features of this complex culture, offer some recent research results and offer engaging activities for students in the classroom.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Latin America in Middle School: Lesson Ideas & Resources
    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.
  • Multicultural Lesson Plan: Ramadan
    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.
  • A Wealth of Economics Lesson Plans for Middle Schoolers
    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.
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