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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!

Summertime, and the Living is Easy… and Safe!

photo by bjaglin for Flickr Creative Commons

[tweetmeme]With warm, sunny weather approaching, children of all ages are looking forward to endless days of bike rides, beach walks, and poolside fun. Take advantage of this opportunity to teach your students how to enjoy a great, safe summer!

Send students home with these important health and safety lessons, and invite them to share what they have learned with their friends and families.


Wearing sunscreen is the most important thing a person can do to protect his or her skin during the summer (and year-round). Any sunburn further increases your risk for developing skin cancer! Before students make plans to soak up as much sun as they can this summer, make sure they see this excellent video, explaining how to apply sunscreen – and when to re-apply!

Want to take a deeper look at how effective sunscreen is at blocking harmful UV rays? Share the results of this sunscreen experiment with your students.


The draw of pools, lakes, oceans, and rivers is irresistible as the mercury climbs higher and higher. Be safe and be aware whenever you approach a body of water, especially if it is for the first time: even if you are a strong swimmer, water can hold dangerous surprises.

KidsHealth.org has very informative sites on water safety geared towards rambunctious adolescents and curious youngsters.

Outdoor Adventures

Whenever children go exploring, whether it is in their backyard or the backwoods, safety is a priority. These safety tips from the US Forest Service will prepare kids and families for every excursion, from picnics to backpacking trips!

Ready to explore, but not sure where to go? For a guided introduction to United States National Parks, check out this course from Curriki: Recreational and Wilderness Lands.

First Aid

Even the safest summer will include some burns, scrapes and sprains. Learn what First Aid supplies are needed for a well-stocked First Aid Kit at home with this First Aid Lesson from the Educators Reference Desk. After students prepare a First Aid Kit for their homes, parents can refer to the Mayo Clinic’s First Aid Index for treatment advice.

Do you have an instructional unit that you’re proud of and that you’d like to publish and get paid for? Learn more about Curriki’s Summer of Content Awards and apply today!

Application deadline is June 25th.

Have a fun, safe summer!

@ Curriki

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Photo by: bjaglin via Flickr Creative Commons


Curricula on the Go: Matters of the Heart

[tweetmeme]Valentine’s Day might be over, but it is never too late to stop thinking about the heart!

Check out the Health: How My Body Works Together Science Kit by the Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Math Science Technology Dept:

In this five to nine week unit, early elementary students will begin by celebrating their unique selves, then move towards investigating their body parts and senses. More specific activities investigating the heart, lungs, and skeleton follow. Activities have clear objectives and are age-appropriate…This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives could easily fit in with other standards as well. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, extensive and clear background information materials, discussion questions, an assessment with answer key, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. Each student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts and a glossary. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. This unit can be used immediately in the classroom.

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