Social Studies Resources

Curated by Knovation's Curriculum Specialists
Below are a few sample Social Studies learning resources from our Content Collection.
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Neatline: The Digital Declaration of Independence

An interactive Declaration of Independence. Passages of the original document are accompanied by typed text, and each founding father has a biography, a portrait, and a map showing their origin.

Social Studies
Middle
Primary Source Document

Teaching Channel: Read Like a Historian: Overview

This video provides an overview of the "Read Like a Historian" teaching strategy. Students begin with a fundamental question and use the inquiry approach by exploring original documents to find the answer. It includes analyzing the reliability of the sources, using contextualization of the period...
Social Studies
Middle
Video

Teaching Channel: Read Like a Historian: Overview

This video provides an overview of the "Read Like a Historian" teaching strategy. Students begin with a fundamental question and use the inquiry approach by exploring original documents to find the answer. It includes analyzing the reliability of the sources, using contextualization of the period...
Social Studies
Middle
Video

LOC: The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation

By analyzing the first draft of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence through primary source documents, students can proceed to understand why a first draft was required, and why there are changes in the final version. There are handouts available and an opportunity to rewrite the Declar...
Social Studies
Middle
Learning Module

Congress for Kids: Citizenship: Attitudes/Actions of Responsible Citizenship

Understanding how your values and attitudes influence your views as a citizen can be difficult. This activity will help you become aware of your actions, attitudes, beliefs, and values maybe for the first time. So be prepared to experience changes in yourself!
Social Studies
Elementary
Learning Module

Ben's Guide: Responsibilities of Citizens

Intended for children grades 3-5, this site briefly describes the responsibilities of citizens.
Social Studies
Elementary
Website

An Idiot's Guide to the Declaration of Independence

First, you are not an idiot. This is the biggest concept lecture ever in the history of simple explanations. HipHughes glides through a brief explanation of the Declaration of Independence so you can get through that next dinner party.

Social Studies
Middle
Video

Utah Education Network: Civics: Government, Citizenship and Elections

This website supports topics in Civics, Government, Citizenship and Elections from which students can explore information through subtopics within each one. With links to primary resources and other related material.

Social Studies
Elementary
Website

Citizen Schools: Youtube: Calling All Citizens! An American Story

An introduction to the concept of a Citizen School. This resource is inspired by those, who may not move on to college, but will be informed citizens. [5 mins. 38 secs.]

Social Studies
Elementary
Video

Library of Congress: Declaration of Independence: Rewriting the Rough Draft

Here's your chance to rewrite the Declaration of Independence and put in your own thoughts and ideas to create an alternate draft of your own. How would yours differ from Thomas Jefferson's original draft?
Social Studies
Middle
Interactive Media

SOPHIA Learning: Holocaust Tutorial

Created to teach students of the 21st century, SOPHIA is bringing the holocaust and the concepts of genocide straight to your fingertips. Become the commander of your own learning experiences as you take part in this remarkable interactive lesson.
Social Studies
High
Learning Module

University of Texas: Early Drafts of the Declaration of Independence

Early drafts of the Declaration of Independence are explored in this podcast. Understand why passages from Jefferson's first drafts were edited and deleted and discover what they said. [22:03]
Social Studies
Middle
Audio Content

iCivics: Games: Cast Your Vote

This resource is an interactive and educational game puts players in control of all three branches of government and tests their abilities to turn issues of concern into full-fledged laws. In the debate, choose the questions, then rate the candidate's responses to help decide whom to vote. Req...

Social Studies
Elementary
Learning Game

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: The Holocaust

The Holocaust was the murder of six million Jews and millions of others by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II.  Discover the Holocaust here throughout this haunting museum of remembrance.

Social Studies
High
Website

British Library: Voices of the Holocaust

A well-organized website that contains survivor testimonies as well as information on the background of the Holocaust. Activities and information for teachers are also included.
Social Studies
High
Reference Material

Jewish Virtual Library: The Holocaust: World Response

Could actions of the Allies have prevented the Holocaust or limited the destruction of six million Jews and five million other innocent civilians?
Social Studies
High
Website

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: Introduction to the Holocaust: Animated Map

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims - six million were murdered. Roma (Gypsies), physically and mentally disabled people and Poles were also tar...
Social Studies
High
Video

PBS Teachers: Damage to the Declaration

Compare the original Declaration of Independence document with the 1823 Stone Engraving of the Declaration. Explore the damage that has been done to the original over centuries of imperfect handling. Adobe Flash required.
Social Studies
Middle
Interactive Media

Rosie the Riveter - Four Vagabonds

This is a historical music video, Rosie the Riveter, written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and performed by the Four Vagabonds. It was written in 1943 to depict the women who made war materials on factory assembly lines during World War II. It features the Westinghouse poster <...

Social Studies
High
Video

AwesomeStories: Titanic: The Fatal Voyage

This learning module focuses on the sinking of the Titanic as it was traveling from Queenstown to New York City through waters known as Iceberg Alley on April 14, 1912. Undelivered messages, half-filled lifeboats, and poor management resulted in the deaths of 1492 people. Check out the links p...

Social Studies
High
Learning Module

Chalk Talk: Tragedy Of The Commons

An introduction to the economic concept of tragedy of the commons, a dilemma that develops when a group holds a limited resource in common. [1 min, 51 sec]
Social Studies
High
Video

How Social Networks Influence Behavior

Political scientist James Fowler makes the connection between smiling profile pictures on Facebook and human evolution. [2 min, 32 sec]
Social Studies
High
Video