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ED 431: Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary School

This guide is designed to help ED 431 students find and evaluate resources that they can use while teaching elementary school social studies

Finding Funding For Classroom Materials

Potential sources and tools to help you look for outside ways to provide classroom materials  Don't forget to also investigate local sources of funding such as your local charitable organizations, Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce.  Communicate with your department and school administration in order to find funding successfully and also to follow all district rules/tax policies that might apply.

Social Studies Classroom Standards

National and State of Michigan social studies standards

Comprehensive Classroom Subject Resources

These sites have lesson plans and ideas for a multitude of topics and can be used for almost any social studies classroom.

Chauncey B. Monte-Sano Resource List
A list of resources recommended by the professor who coordinates EDUC 431.

Mr. Donn's Site for Kids and Teachers Mr. Donn's Site for Kids & Teachers
While the site looks a little dated, Mr. Donn's social studies resources
site has been used for YEARS by teachers in multiple subjects and
grades. It's a good clearinghouse for many social studies resources.
NCSS Online Teacher's Library NCSS Online Teacher's Library
Online resources from the National Council for the Social Studies
National Education Association's Social Studies Lesson Plans National Education Association's Social Studies Lesson Plans
These resources can be filtered by grade level. Some lessons include
activities that focus on incorporating children's literature into the social
studies curriculum.
New York Times: The Learning Network Blog New York Times: The Learning Network Blog
All the lesson plans from the New York Times' Learning Network blog.
Pintrest: Elementary Social Studies Teaching Resources Elementary Social Studies Teaching Resources
Teaching resources that cover a wide variety of social studies topics
including geography, history, economics, and politics. 
Michigan eLibrary Homework Helpers Homework Helpers
Various Homework Helpers provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
This resource is available to State of Michigan residents (recognizable
by IP address) and University of Michigan Students on campus.
Wikipedia Wikipedia
The Free Encyclopedia
World History and Timelines World History and Timelines
Major events in world history compiled by Infoplease.

C3 Inquiries Archive
C3 Teachers published these inquiries through their work on the New York State Social Studies K-12 Resource Toolkit project.

Oakland County School's Curriculum Units
Includes lesson plans, graphics, timelines, and standard mapping.


Classroom Tools

These sites provide online tools that can help you make puzzles, timelines, activity sheets, and other classroom materials.

Discovery Education Puzzle Maker Puzzle Maker
Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and
more using your own word lists.
Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers
Various tools to help your students create timelines. Look for tools that allow
your students to include images and easily save their work.
National Archives Docs Teach Docs Teach
The online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.
Learning the Continents Through Songs and Poems Learning the Continents Through Songs & Poems
Songs & Poems about the continents using lyrics from well-known verses. Social Studies Worksheets's Social Studies Worksheets and Printables
Various downloadable ideas that you might use to supplement your instruction.