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Social Studies Activities

Food on the Ranch
Age range: 8-10
Learning skills: American history, problem solving, food history
Activity description: Students examine how popular foods have changed over the course of American history.

Express Yourself
Age range: 13-16
Learning skills: human rights, media literacy, evaluation, reading, problem solving
Activity description: Teens examine freedom of expression as outlined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and evaluate events in the media in terms of protected and restricted speech.

Looking Into the Past and Present Through Photography
Age range: 11-14
Learning skills: historical analysis, collaboration, listening and speaking, photography
Activity description: Middle school youth examine photographs to learn about the history of some communities. They then create and curate a photography exhibit that documents life in their own community.

Looking Into the Past and Present Through Oral History
Age range: 11-14
Learning skills: historical analysis, collaboration, listening and speaking, interviewing
Activity description: Middle school youth listen to oral history interviews to learn about the past. They then conduct oral history interviews with family and community members to preserve their stories for the future.

Running for Awareness
Age range: 10-14
Learning skills: vocabulary, web research, literacy skills
Activity description: Children learn about a conflict that uprooted the Sahrawi people from their homes and left them homeless. Students then gain a deeper understanding of life as a refugee and what it means to be an ally to the less powerful.

Identity and Religion
Age range: 13 and up
Learning skills: literacy skills, presentation skills
Activity description: Teens explore national, religious, cultural, and personal identity by researching the recent headscarf ban in France and sharing issues of personal identity with their peers.

How Do I Get a Job?
Age range: 13 and up
Learning skills: interviewing skills, resume writing, web research, employment searching skills
Activity description: In this activity, teens learn about searching for and the advantages of volunteering and interning to begin identifying future career paths.

Human Rights 101
Age range: 12 and up
Learning skills: global studies, human rights, writing, reading, service learning, analysis
Activity description: Use the toolkit and resources on this site to develop a human rights project with your teens.

A Walk Through Your Neighborhood
Age range: 9 and up
Learning skills: Community history, research, writing, visual arts
Activity description: Kids take a virtual tour of Brooklyn, New York; then, they create a virtual tour of their own neighborhoods.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow and Becoming American
Age range: all
Learning skills: U.S. history, writing, reading, analysis
Activity description: Using these resources and activities, afterschool educators can create powerful dialogues about ethnicity and cultural heritage in America.
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Freedom: A History of US
Age range: all
Learning skills: U.S. history, writing, reading
Activity description: The interactive timeline and teaching guides found on this site can be a fun way to click into the history of race relations in the US.
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It's My Life
Age range: all
Learning skills: writing
Activity description: Journal pages available on this site provide the space -- and the structure -- for kids to think about the events of their lives.

Don't Buy It
Age range: all
Learning skills: writing, art, media literacy
Activity description: The activities on this site allow kids to play at creating their own advertisements -- and, at the same time, learn about the power of commercial persuasion.

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