PBS LearningMedia provides trusted, free, high-quality resources organized into subject-specific collection pages that can be filtered by grade and subtopic within social studies. Social studies resources include short videos, lessons and interactive games. PBS LearningMedia's online library of resources is here to help your students keep learning!
We've listed all of the social studies collections in PBS LearningMedia for easy use. Find a featured collection and suggested learning activity to get you started. Note that all resources can be shared to Google Classroom, emailed or posted to a website.
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Spring Semester Social Studies
These collections of resources curated by LA Unified School District can support distance learning during school closures.
Grades 3-5: Social Studies | Grades 6-8: Social Studies
U.S. History | World History | Gov/Econ
PBS LearningMedia Social Studies Collections (full list)
→ Within these collections, you can filter by grade and resource type.
Social Studies Collections by Topics
- Elementary Social Studies: Discover exciting resources and methods for teaching social studies to students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in Elementary Social Studies.
- Civics and Government: Resources located under Civics and Government focus on the relationships between governments and individuals, and international relations.
- Economics: Investigate how the supply and demand for goods and resources are globally intertwined with videos, lesson plans, and interactive games in Economics.
- Featured collection: Commanding Heights-The Battle for the World Economy (grades 9-12)
- Featured stand-alone video and support materials: Should We Raise the Minimum Wage? (grades 6-12)
- Geography: Students will go beyond identifying the physical features of Earth to explore how humans interact with the world around them using resources in Geography.
- U.S. History: U.S. History is broken down by time periods, ranging from Three Worlds Meet (beginnings to 1620) to Contemporary United States (1968 - today).
- World History: World History is an expansive subject with topics including the Beginnings of Human society and Early Civilizations (4000 - 1000 BCE) to The World Since 1945.
For additional resources, PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closing Collection is a more extensive list of PBS LearningMedia collections organized by grade and subject area.
Find more resources here: How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures Due to the Coronavirus, including KQED Learn training webinars, curriculum aligned-TV schedule and more.