Social Studies

Online Lessons and Resources

Doing Social Studies Video Series!

The Doing Social Studies video series supports implementation of the K-12 Academic Standards for Social Studies. The K-5 videos provide benchmark-by-benchmark explanations along with suggested instructional strategies for educators and activities for students. The K-5 Video Guide offers guidance for viewing the videos and taking steps to bring social studies to life for students. The 6-12 Video Guide provides discussion prompts and next steps for using effective social studies instructional strategies.

K-5 Summary Overview


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3 - Part 1

Grade 3 - Part 2

Grade 4 - Part 1

Grade 4 - Part 2

Grade 5 - Part 1

Grade 5 - Part 2

6-12 Summary Overview

Concept-based Instruction

Inquiry-based Instruction

Inquiry Process for Grades 6-8


MN Center for Social Studies Education K-12

Curriculum Guides are examples for educators to use to unpack benchmarks including concepts, skills, essential questions, and learning targets.

Resource Lists include possible materials and lesson plans in a benchmark-by-benchmark format. The Grade 6, Grade 7 and World History documents are NEW for 2016-17!

Elementary Social Studies

New to the MNCSSE website!

Social Media Connections Worth Following

Social Studies and History Teacher’s Blog

Superman, Frederick Douglass, and FDR all make an appearance on this blog, which uses video clips, cartoons, articles, and more to facilitate discussions about history. Posts are accompanied by additional resources relevant to the discussion, including articles and games for use in class. Other resources include discussion guides, powerpoint presentations, lesson plans, and more.

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