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Social Studies

In social studies, your child will be peeking into the past and learning about history, geography, economics, civics, and what it takes to be a good citizen.

1000 Years of School?

How far have we come in the last 1000 years? Take our quiz and see how much you know. read more

2000 Election Fiasco in Florida: The Exclusion of Black Voters

2000 Election Fiasco in Florida: The Exclusion of Black Voters Who said the days of excluding African-Americans from the polls were over? read more

2012 Presidential Candidates: Where They Stand on the Issues

The 2012 U.S. presidential election is a heated contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Read about the candidates and where they stand on the issues that hit close to home, such as the economy, health care, taxes, education, and more. Also, read the biographies of Obama and Romney, and see how much you know about the candidates' spouses. read more

7 Wonders of the Ancient World

The Seven Wonders of the ancient world were first defined by the Greek historian Herodotus, and then transcribed, argued about, and edited over hundreds of years. The group of wonders presented here was popularized by Philo of Byzantium in his work "On the Seven Wonders," written in 225 B.C. read more

7 Wonders of the Modern World

People have put together many lists of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. But this "seven wonders" list celebrates monumental engineering and construction feats of the 20th century. It was chosen by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1994. read more

8 MLK Jr. Values to Instill in Your Kids

Martin Luther King Jr.'s monumental legacy and remarkable values can be hard to convey to children of any age. This guide can help you share quotes and facts about King, as well as the important values he emphasized and simple ways kids can help keep his dreams and wisdom alive. read more

A High-Flying Timeline

A High-Flying TimelineWhat a trip -- from the Wright brothers' first, 12-second flight to the latest launch of the Space Shuttle! Take this aviation tour with your kids. Share your own memories and lay the groundwork for future lofty discussions. 1500's Leonardo da Vinci makes drawings of flying machines. He envisions them with wings that flap. 1783 November 21 -- Two noblemen from the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are the first to pilot a hot-air balloon. They mistakenly think that smoke, not heat, makes the balloon rise. read more

A History of the Census

Children will learn about the history of the U.S. Census, read and compare maps, and make inferences about maps and tables. read more

A la Limon: A Traditional Puerto Rican Song

This printable has the musical notation and wording for the traditional Puerto Rican song, A La Limon. read more

A Morning at Work

Directions Most mornings, children are aware that one or more adults in the family are going off to work. Make the necessary arrangements to have your child accompany or visit the adult one morning. Show your child around the workplace and explain what goes on. As a result, your child will understand better where the adults go and what they do while they are away from home. read more

A Movement Led by Dr. Martin Luther King

A Movement Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Another Gandhi? Often labeled the “American Gandhi,” Dr. Martin Luther King freely credited Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi's strategies of personal commitment, nonviolence, and passive resistance for the effectiveness of his own campaigns in areas such as integration and voting rights. read more

A Tour of New Orleans

Influenced by French colonization, jazz culture, and Cajun cuisine, New Orleans is a unique U.S. city bursting with rhythm and tradition. Although it's best known for music, nightlife, and its Mardi Gras festival, New Orleans also boasts an abundance of history and culture in its historic neighborhoods. Follow this slideshow to learn more about some landmarks that distinguish New Orleans from other American cities. read more

A Tour of U.S. National Parks

The U.S. National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park established in the United States and the world. The U.S. National Park System today comprises 379 areas, totaling more than 84 million acres. Follow this slideshow to learn more about some of the National Parks within the United States. read more

Abolitionists Protest the Fourth

Print a worksheet that presents a poem about slavery, which was written by Massachusetts abolitionists in 1855. read more

African Names

African Names What's in a Name The names used by many African tribes are often Arabic in nature, as Islamic traditions had a strong influence in Africa for centuries. What's in a Name Imani was the name chosen by actress Jasmine Guy and husband Terence Duckette for their daughter. read more

African Recipes

Prepare some traditional African foods with your students. read more

African-American Business in Early America

African-American Business in Early America Although there were successful African-American innkeepers, landholders, and tradesmen in America from the seventeenth century onwards, the African-American entrepreneurial spirit began to blossom in earnest in the period from the 1790s to the years before the Civil War. During this era, African-Americans started businesses in many fields, but focused strongly on enterprises related to crafts production and personal services. read more

African-American Troops in the Civil War

African-American Troops in the Civil War There were so many African-American men involved in the war on the Union side after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that a so-called Bureau of Colored Troops was formed to recognize and organize African-Americans fighting in the war. Known as United States Colored Troops, these men, mainly former slaves, eventually made up 144 infantry regiments, 13 heavy artillery regiments, 7 cavalry regiments, and 1 light artillery regiment. The state of Louisiana mustered the most troops overall: 24,000 men. read more

African-Americans in the Civil War

African-Americans in the Civil War It is easy to forget that the momentous conflict between North and South was not formally “about” freeing slaves until Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Equally easy to overlook are Lincoln's own policy pronouncements on race, which today carry more than a whiff of the white supremacist: read more

African-Americans in the Revolutionary War

African-Americans in the Revolutionary War This was, of course, the military conflict by which the 13 British colonies in North America became a new and (initially) very loosely confederated nation, the United States of America. The date we usually associate with the founding of the nation is July 4, 1776, the date celebrated as that of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The conflict between British imperial power and American colonists had, however, been unfolding for some years before that. read more

African-Americans in World War II

African-Americans in World War II The global conflict between the Axis and the Allies was the costliest—in terms of both life and money—the world had ever seen. By the time it was formally concluded on September 2, 1945, over a million African Americans had served in the U.S. military in the struggle against Germany, Japan, and Italy. A number of African American units were honored with Distinguished Unit Citations for their service during the war, including the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion and the 969th Field Artillery Battalion. read more

Alabama State Map with Capital

Blank outline map of Alabama with state capital. read more

Alabama State Map with Physiography

Outline map of Alabama with state physiography. read more

Alaska State Map

Blank outline map of Alaska. read more

Alaska State Map with Capital

Blank outline map of Alaska with state capital. read more

Alaska State Map with Physiography

Outline map of Alaska with state physiography. read more

All About Beijing

Beijing is quickly becoming a top destination choice for adventurous tourists, who will find it a modern, accommodating city with comfortable hotels, wonderful restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, and plenty of nightlife. Whether you are making the trek to this ancient capital or simply want to learn more about it, you'll find some details here. read more

All About Hanukkah

How much do you know about the celebration of Hanukkah? Take our quiz and find out. read more

All the Way with JFK!

JFK was a war hero, civil rights supporter, and writer. See what else you know. read more