Introducing students to various areas of social studies such as history, current events, communities, civic education, and geography to name a few, is very important. Although students may question the importance of learning about the past, learning about their world and their country gives them perspective about other groups, cultures, places, and other areas relevant to the world around them. Engage students in learning about history and how the world as they know it came to be. Bringing history to life with storyboards and activities can help answer those questions, and using Storyboard That can harness student passions in an engaging way. These resources are here to help!
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Introduction to World War 2
Above there are all kinds of social studies lessons, education articles and history project ideas behind each topic. These lesson plans are completely customizable. Each unit contains between 3 and 12 different standards-aligned lessons on a given topic that help bring history and social studies to life and to keep students informed with the knowledge they need for a successful school year. While these free lessons are designed to be an opportunity for teachers to copy into their account, edit and adapt for the needs of their students, these tools can also be used "as is". They are a complete lesson plan that include research information and resources for teachers, instructions for students, templates, finished examples to inspire students, and, often, a rubric to assist with grading. We know how busy classroom teachers are. Storyboard That has done the research and the prep work to help teachers save time so that they can put their energies towards what is most important: their social studies instruction and their students.
A meaningful social studies curriculum that is equitable, just, has diversity, examines history from all perspectives, and amplifies voices that have historically been silenced is more important than ever in the social studies classroom. We believe that social studies content and all subjects should be taught in a way that is culturally responsive and teaches young people multiple perspectives. At Storyboard That we believe that all children should see themselves represented and we strive to create content to help teachers foster an inclusive learning environment, and a community where all educators and every student belongs.
Social studies, also referred to as social sciences, is how people interact with one another and the study of human society. In the elementary grades, the curriculum focuses more on community, social emotional learning, citizens, geography, and history. However, as students advance their education, they will learn even more about the different social studies subjects. Below is a list and brief description of some of the social studies subjects that students will come across during the course of their education:
Storyboard That is the perfect tool for novel lesson plans and activities because it's so easy to use and extremely versatile. With Storyboard That, you can create a wide variety of storyboards such as the story from the main character's perspective, or any other character's point of view.
You can also use Storyboard That to create a summary of the book, a movie poster, or analyze themes and events. Plus, our printable worksheets make it easy to take the fun offline.
Storyboarding is an incredibly powerful tool for educators because it helps students process and understand the information in a deep, meaningful way. When students storyboard, they are actively engaged in the learning process and can make connections between the text and their own lives.
Storyboards also promote higher-level thinking by encouraging students to synthesize information and think critically about what they have read. Finally, storyboards are a great way to assess student understanding because they provide a visual representation of student learning.
Using storyboards to teach social studies is an effective way for students to demonstrate their understanding of a myriad of abstract concepts and theories, historical events and places and people that are unfamiliar to them.
Engage students with a variety of historical figure project ideas such as biography posters and biography graphic organizer worksheets.
Students can explore different cultures and places around the world using storyboards as well as customizable map posters, map worksheets and Geography Infographics.
Teach students using dynamic visual aids such as our social studies graphic organizer worksheets.
Help students retain new concepts and terms with social studies vocabulary worksheets and word walls.
Students will learn to visualize how important events unfold and connect with timeline worksheets and timeline posters.
Teach students with our dozens of storyboard templates for social studies that include cause and effect charts, social pyramids, timelines, compare and contrast t-charts, 5 Ws spider maps, GRAPES acronym charts, and a variety of other spider maps, charts, grids and graphic organizers.
Storyboard That lessons, activities and templates focus on fostering students' understanding of social studies concepts, critical thinking and problem solving skills all while tapping into their creativity and imagination. History can be a very abstract subject for students that is often dry and boring. With Storyboard That, students are able to engage with the material and with each other in a new and exciting way! Give students voice and choice by including storyboarding into your social studies lesson plans!