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Social Studies Projects & Ideas for PBL History, Geography & Civics

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

Social Studies Projects for Kids

The Map Probe 2, a game for students to model a new downtown for Los Angeles. In this model big blocks are freeways and other blocks are buses.
The Map Probe 2, a game for students to model a new downtown for Los Angeles. In this model big blocks are freeways and other blocks are buses. | Source

These 350 social studies projects take your students beyond dioramas and research papers to authentic learning, through community and civic problem-solving and outreach. Students collaborate with classes across campus, town, or the world to develop solutions, share international cultures, and understand local, state, national, and world issues.

I got my start on social studies projects with an ePals project. My class paired up with a class in Germany to learn about the culture and geography of Germany and Europe. The structure of the ePals project helped me to organize my lessons and helped my students to present what they learned to other second grade classes.

I hope you find these project ideas helpful for your next (or first) project!

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Middle School Students Build Their Own Video Textbook

Middle school students in Ohio have created a history of the world online to share with students everywhere. Check out the The Students' History, a fantastic example of project-based learning.

Social Studies Project for Middle and High School

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Great Ideas for Elementary School Social Studies Projects

25 Totally Terrific Social Studies Activities: Step-by-Step Directions for Motivating Projects That Students Can Do Independently (Teaching Resources)
25 Totally Terrific Social Studies Activities: Step-by-Step Directions for Motivating Projects That Students Can Do Independently (Teaching Resources)

Many great ideas here for social studies projects. I really like the examples, and the ideas are easily adaptable to virtually any subject area.

 

What school project do you remember best?

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