Social Studies Resources
Social Studies Resources
Here are some links to curriculum resources and information for social studies teachers. Please take some time to explore the various links to the resources. If you have other helpful links you would like to see added to this page, please contact us.
ODE’s Social Studies Page
This page contains links to the model curriculum resources aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards for social studies. This page contains specific links to the grade specific social studies model curricula.
2018 Revised SS Standards Documents
Performance Level Descriptors
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 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.
Teaching American History Lessons
This page contains links to several lessons for grades 4, 5, 8 and HS in American History. Many of the lessons are aligned to the content statements of the Ohio SS standards.
This is a collection of social studies interactive activities. Explore the numerous resources at this site.
Social Studies Resource Page
This page has several resources and links to pages that contain many helpful resources. The links below are direct links to grade level pages. Click the grade you would like to explore.
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. To view specifici SS assessment resources from Columbus City Schools, CLICK HERE.
6th Grade SS Resource Site
This site contains resources aligned to North Carolina 6th grade SS. However, many of the resources align to Ohio’s 6th grade SS standards. Check out the wealth of these resources.
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 Social Studies Resources
This site has many links to resources addressing many topics. Explore by clicking the sticky notes on the page.
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.
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.
This site has resources for teaching many landmark cases from the Supreme Court. The resources contain summaries and lesson resources.
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.
Smithsonian Educator Resources
This landing page has links to various resources that can be helpful to social studies teachers. There are a variety of primary and secondary sources that can be explored.
Social Studies Central
This site has many links to great information and instructional resources for teaching the various courses and topics in social studies.
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.
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.
Online History Simulations
Explore the many simulations dealing with history at this site.
NCSS Online Lesson Collection
This page is the lesson collection for the National Council for the Social Studies. Use the filter to narrow the lessons as you search.
Social Studies for Teachers
This site has resources from kids.gov over various topics in social studies.
9-12 Lessons from Discovery Education
This site has a collection of 9-12 SS lessons created by Discovery Education.
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.