Welcome to the Social Studies page on Teaching Resources! Here you'll find a collection of printables, games, and activities for upper elementary school. Many of them are especially appropriate for 5th grade because that's the grade that I taught. Those activities include US history resources and the stock market game materials. I also taught North Carolina history in 4th grade for a few years, so you'll find a few NC resources, too. ~ Laura Candler
|Find the States Showdown
Find the States Showdown is a game for reviewing state names and locations, and it can also be used for reviewing state capitals and abbreviations. Includes game directions, maps, playing materials, and an answer key. Click to preview.
If you'd like an explanation of how to use the books and activity pages below, you can read my blog post on Corkboard Connections: Social Studies and Literacy Connections.
I highly recommend the book The Stock Market Game by Dianne Draze which is designed for grades 5 - 8. I have created a number of handouts and materials that can be used with the activities in this book or with other Stock Market simulations. You can also use the materials when playing the official Stock Market Game. If you don't want to pay to join the "official" game, you can go to an excellent free site called StocksQuest. You can set up teams or individual competitions at this location. One more web site you'll want to check out is SmartMoney.com.
To help you teach your students about the upcoming election, I collected some ideas from other teachers and added a few of my own. All of these ideas are shared on Corkboard Connections. Click the Presidential Election Teaching Resources link or the image on the right to read that blog post. If you have some of your own ideas, please share them as a comment on the blog post. Here are some resources you'll find there: