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Free Curriki Curated Resources for Social Studies and Health

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Wow, it was a busy summer here at Curriki as a small but energetic team of teachers put together more than 150 curated collections in several subject areas. A big thank you to Jessica Flint, Nate Merrill, and Marlaine deGuia!

These new collections are available to you for FREE and we simply ask that you share Curriki with your colleagues so they can take advantage of these time-saving, best-of-the-best lessons and activities.

Since there are so many new resources, we’ve been breaking this up by subject area. In prior blogs we addressed Math and Science and Language Arts resources. Today, we’re pleased to share more than two dozen Social Studies and Health collections with you.  Please check them out, put them to work, and tell us what you think!

Social Studies:

  1. Social Studies Videos and Lessons
  2. Social Studies Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  3. Social Studies Games
  4. Social Studies Rubrics
  5. Social Studies Diagrams and Images
  6. Oil in Society
  7. The Global Economy Today
  8. Ancient Greece Graphic Organizers and Worksheets
  9. Ancient Greece Lesson Plans
  10. Israel and Palestine: culture and conflict
  11. Constitutional Amendment Lesson Plans
  12. Cultural Diffusion and Global Awareness
  13. Chinese Economic Trends Today
  14. Florida Native Americans
  15. Islam
  16. Poverty
  17. Presidential Elections
  18. Politics and Political Parties: Lesson Plans
  19. Public Speaking
  20. Personal Finance
  21. Oral History Projects in the Social Studies Classroom
  22. The United Nations, NATO and international treaties
  23. The American Civil War Resources
  24. United States Government Lesson Plans


  1. HIV/Aids Resources, Lessons and Videos
  2. Psychology Lesson Plans

We hope you enjoy working with these new collections.  Stay tuned for more new resources in the Social Studies and Health subject areas!

This Summer, Be Curious!

Photo by Charlief via Flickr Creative Commons

[tweetmeme]Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Dirt clods, puddles and cracks in the sidewalk are endless sources of fascination and wonder. Summertime presents a golden opportunity for children to explore what makes them curious, no matter how “silly” a topic it may seem. As summer school teachers, camp counselors, babysitters, and parents, it is important to embrace our children’s curiosity this summer. Their ability to investigate, in depth, what sparks their interest will translate into high levels of intellectual development and ability in September.

This summer, stimulate curiosity in your children by asking open questions, entering into their world, and supporting their explorations with these “wonder-full” activities from Curriki.

“It’s a duck!” “That one is a rabbit!” “No, a boat!”

Spend a lazy summer afternoon lying on your backs looking at the clouds… and learn how to identify different cloud types with this cloud identification lesson. After spending time observing the clouds, get out some water-colors or colored pencils and draw what you see!

Where do you want to go today?

On a rainy day take a look at Meet Me At The Corner to explore the wonders of the city without an umbrella! These interactive, online virtual field trips offer children the opportunity to explore down the street or across the globe this summer!

Take a field trip in your town!

Explore your town this summer, from the barber shop to the grocery market to the town pool, and use this lesson from LearnItTeachIt, “All About Our Town” to develop a brochure to give it to friends when they come to visit!

Timeless Knowledge

As we watch the sun tick across the sky on long summer days, we are reminded of how our ancestors were able to tell time with the sun, and the seasons with the heavens. Re-encounter that knowledge this summer with this lessons on Ancient Observatories and Timeless Knowledge.

Are you curious about earning money this summer to develop a new unit that will be shared with a global audience?

This year, the Curriki Summer of Content awards will be granted to student-focused units which include support material for teachers. In other words, we are looking for activities, webquests, worksheets, quizzes, and games that will engage students and help make Curriki a destination for students as well as teachers.

Apply by July 9, 2010.

This Summer, Be Curious!


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Photo by: Charlief via Flickr Creative Commons


Discover South America

TANGO - Pilar Sala (wiki commons)

[tweetmeme]Experience the Exotic

Mention “South America,” and the first adjective that leaps to mind is “exotic.” The continent is home to penguins and parrots, rainforests and desserts, dance halls and mountaintop temples. It is a continent that beacons to learners and explorers of all ages.

Take your classroom on an adventure into the exotic when you use Curriki’s Social Studies: South America lesson plans:

Cultural Melting Pot

Share the richness of South American history and geography with High-School students using these lesson plans from Curriki: The Countries of South America, The Andean Countries and The Northern Tropics

Pulsing  Dance Halls

Introduce your young classroom to the folk rhythms of South American Music in this collection of videos from Curriki. After watching and listening, everyone is invited to get up and test their dance moves!

Mighty Forests?

South America is home to the world’s largest rainforest, but, like other great forests of the world, it is under severe threat from deforestation. Let Curriki help raise awareness in your classroom by making use of these excellent (and paper-free) resources for Middle School and early High School.

“Adventure is out there!” -Disney Pixar’s Up


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photo by Pilar Sala, Wiki Commons