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Instructional Resources

Instructional Resources

Dave Shellhaas
MRESC Content Specialist


Social Studies​

Instructional Resources

Interactives and Simulations

Annenberg Interactives

This is a collection of social studies interactive activities.  Explore the numerous resources at this site.

Grades 3-6 SS Interactives

This site has several interactive social studies activities addressing several topics. The site is from Utah, so grades and topic alignment may not match Ohio.  Choose by topic that aligns to your standards.

Interactive Story Games

A great interactive way to learn about history.  This site has several interactive, scenario stories where students learn about various time periods and people.

SS Interactive Games

This site has several interactive games that address many topics in social studies.  Click HERE for more interactive SS games.

Online History Simulations

Explore the many simulations dealing with history at this site.


Online SS Lessons

Econ EdLinks

This is a great site to find instructional resources for economics.  There are lessons and interactive resources for the various grades.  Click the link on the page to navigate to grade band and subject you would like to explore.  Also check out the Interactive Tools for more online interactive resources.

Ohio Test Prep

This site has modules aligned to Ohio’s state assessments in social studies.  Check out these modules with study guides, videos, assessments and practice.


Web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in U.S. democracy.  iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly.

Online Social Studies Resource Site

This site has many links to resources addressing many topics.  Explore by clicking the sticky notes on the page.

Online Social Studies Lessons and Resources

This site has numerous online instructional resources for various grade levels.  Check out the site and explore all of the resources for the topics you teach.


Social Studies Lesson Sites

Social Studies Central

This site has many links to great information and instructional resources for teaching the various courses and topics in social studies.

North Carolina Civic Education Resources

This site has a database that contains many lesson that are useful fro teaching civics and other topics.  Check out and search this database.

Investigating American History

This FREE curriculum course teaches American History in a way that fosters understanding and critical thinking.  The teacher and student materials are free.  Check this unique resource out and try it in your classroom.

Read Like a Historian

This site is a dynamic site from Stanford that has some wonderful resources and lessons that use historical documents to teach American History.

Investigating World History Units

This is another FREE resource with complete units that teach concepts dealing with world history and ancient civilizations.  Check out the competed units at the bottom of the page and click the links to download the units.  Like the American History curriculum, these units are meant to deepen understanding and critical thinking.

Other SS Resources

Columbus City Schools Resources

Columbus City Schools has some great resources that can help social studies teachers to plan and prepare their instruction. Click the grade level link to the right side of the window to view specific  instructional resources. 

Enhanced Model Curricula

The following links are documents created by the Summit County ESC which are enhanced versions of the social studies model curricula.  These documents are not aligned to the revised SS standards, but provide great insights into the various grade level content statements and instructional resources for the various grade levels.  The high school course documents combine the model curriculum and test specs.