Social Studies Resources

March 2018
The Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Standards

SS5H6 Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.
a. Analyze the effects of Jim Crow laws and practices.

b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement: Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

c. Describe the impact on American society of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

d. Discuss the significance of the technologies of television and space exploration

Essential Questions: Try asking your child these questions

How did the Civil Rights Movement Change America?
What events made up the Civil Rights movement?
Why did important Civil Rights figures think a change needed to be made?
Why is it important to treat people equally?
What did people and the government do to help create equality?

Resources and Games for Kids

Civil Rights Task Cards

Civil Rights Online Flashcards

Jeopardy Civil Rights Game

Civil Rights 10 slides



February 2018
The Cold War

Cold War Clipart


The War Turns Cold Standards

SS5H5 Discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.

A. Explain the origin and meaning of the term “Iron Curtain.”

B. Explain how the United States sought to stop the spread of communism through the Berlin airlift, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

C. Identify Joseph McCarthy and Nikita Khrushchev.

D. Discuss the importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

Essential Questions: Try asking your child these questions.

    • Why did the United States and its allies want to contain the Soviet Union during the Cold War?
    • How are the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and
      the Vietnam War related?


    • How did Joseph McCarthy influence American society?


    • How did Nikita Khruschev influence events during the Cold War?

Resources and Games for Kids

Cold War Task Cards for Quiz on 2-15-18 **SEE NOTE directly below **

  • For the task cards above, just STUDY TASK CARDS #10, 20, 22-28

Cold War Task Cards
Cold War Museum
Cold War Trivia Quiz
Cold War Mermaid Game 
Cold War Study Guide 3


January 2018

Another World War (World War II)

WWII flag


Another World War (WWII)
SS5H4 Explain America’s involvement in World War II. a. Describe German aggression in Europe and Japanese aggression in Asia.

a. Describe major events in the war in both Europe and the Pacific; include Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, D-Day, VE and VJ Days, and the Holocaust.

b. Discuss President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

c. Identify Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hirohito, Truman, Mussolini, and Hitler.

d. Describe the effects of rationing and the changing role of women and African Americans or Blacks; include “Rosie the Riveter” and the Tuskegee Airmen.

f. Explain the role of Eleanor Roosevelt and the U.S. in the formation of the United Nations.

Essential Questions: Try asking your child these questions.

  • How were Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, V-E Day and V-J Day important events in World War II?
  • How did Germany’s and Japan’s actions lead to war with the United States?
  • Why did the Holocaust occur?
  • Why did President Truman decide to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II

Resources and Games for Kids



December 2017

Great Depression

Below are the standards, powerpoints, and resources/games to assist with the learning of this unit.


The Great Depression and the New Deal

SS5H3 Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
a. Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens.

b. Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

c. Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.

Essential Questions (Try asking your child these questions and see what they can answer)

  • How did Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs attempt to bring the United States out of the Great Depression?• How did the “Dust Bowl” affect the economy?• To what extent can the policies of one man, Herbert Hoover or Franklin Roosevelt, restore a nation?• How do Margaret Mitchell, Duke Ellington and Jesse Owens represent the 1930’s?

Resources and Games for Kids

Vocabulary for Great Depression/New Deal

  1. Stock market crash of 1929- event on10/29/1929 when the value of almost every stock in the U.S. lost value, causing the beginning of the recession—The Great Depression
  2. Great Depression– period of 10 years of business weakness and economic hardship that affected the world.
  3. Recession—an extended decline in business activity.
  4. Unemployed—without a job.
  5. Credit– loan from a bank.
  6. Debt– money that is owed.



Students will take a cumulative test beginning with the Civil War and ending with WWI/Post WWI. Here is the study guide students received. Test is Thurs. Dec. 7, 2017

Civil War to WWI Study Guide

Standards November 2017

Below are some resources for Social Studies for this month of November. First you will see the Georgia Standard and below that are cool websites, videos, games, and PowerPoints.

WW I and the 1920s

SS5H2 Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.

  1. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914-1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
  2. Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth), the automobile (Henry Ford), and transatlantic flight (Charles Lindbergh).

SS5CG3 Explain how amendments to the U. S. Constitution have maintained a representative democracy/republic.

a. Explain how voting rights are protected by the 19th (women) amendment.

PowerPoints to Be Used in Class

  1. WWI and PostWar America
  2. World War I


  1. WWI thru 1920s Jeopardy
  2. Turn of the Century Jeopardy
  3. Awesome Flashcard Game for TURN OF THE CENTURY  —Once you click on the link, click “flashcards” or “matching” or “test”. The matching game is timed as you play, so play as often as you like and try to decrease your time each time with each play!
  4. Fun Flashcard Game for WWI and 1920s. Once you click on the link, click “flashcards or “matching” or “test.” The matching game is timed as you play, so play as often as you like and try to decrease your time each time with each play!

Essential Questions to guide learning for WWI (See if your child can answer these questions):
* Why and how was the United States involved in World War I?
• How are basic economic concepts, such as trade and opportunity cost, illustrated in the context of events surrounding WWI?
• How did Henry Ford affect the post-World War I economic boom?
• Why do people consider Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh to be American heroes?
• How did the art of Langston Hughes and Louis Armstrong represent cultural changes taking place in America during this era?
• How did citizens demonstrate their civic responsibilities during World War I?
How did the boom times of post-World War I America lead to the bust-times of the Great Depression?

Standards October 2017

Below are some resources for Social Studies for this month of October. First you will see the Georgia Standard and below that are cool websites, videos, games, and PowerPoints.

Georgia Standard: Turn of the Century (1900)

SS5H1 Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

  1. Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.
  2. Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).
  3. Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.

d. Describe the reasons people immigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled

Educational Videos

Wright Brothers’ Invention

Thomas Edison’s Inventions

Immigration and Inventors PowerPoint that will be used in class for the first 2 weeks in October, 2017.

Turn of the Century Powerpoint  Cattle Trail, Panama Canal, Spanish-American War, and Emigration PowerPoint to be used in Class.

Cattle Trail Activity Website

Chisholm Trail



Great Western Cattle Trail

The Black Cowboys


Spanish-American War Video



Standards August 2017
The Civil War

SS4H5 Explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War.

a. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War.

b. Discuss how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased tensions between the North and South.

c. Identify major battles, campaigns, and events: Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Appomattox Court House.

d. Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and William T. Sherman.

e. Describe the effects of war on the North and South.

Discussion/Writing Activities

  • What role did Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Play in the Civil War?
  • When President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe at a White House reception on December 2, 1862 he reportedly said ‘So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war! What did he mean?
  • John Brown – Abolitionist – A terrorist or a hero?
  • What impact did he have on the coming of the Civil War?
  • Could slavery have been abolished in this country without violence?
  • “Did John Brown fail? John Brown began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic.” Fredrick Douglas

Teaching Tools

1). The Civil War PowerPoint–I will be using this PowerPoint in class.

2). Harriet Beecher Stowe

3). Scene from Uncle Tom’s Cabin

4). Understanding the Civil War

This video explains why slavery was an important issue politically, morally, and economically.

5). Discussion/Writing Activities

  • From Lincoln’s Election in 1860 to his assignation in 1865 the United States was at war – brother against brother. What were the key events and key players during this time?
  • Why was the Battle of Gettysburg significant to the Confederacy as well as the Union armies?
  • Was Sherman justified in striking at the South as he led the Union’s March to the Sea? Why or why not?

6).  The Country Goes to War PPT—This powerpoint will be shown in class. Preview it ahead of time :).  Ft. Sumter – April 1861 Charleston SC/Ft. Sumter is held by the US military. Confederates attack federal forces and within 36 hours take possession of Ft. Sumter with no casualties. The War has begun.

7). Fort Sumter–This kid created a Lego Animation!!


8).  The Battle of Gettysburg

9). Leaders of the Civil War

civil war leaders