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10 Best Social Studies Tools for Elementary School

As young kids grow and their world expands, they're increasingly curious about what's around them and what happened before they got here. This collection of elementary-level social studies tools will get kids digging into history and exploring places near and far, all while learning about different societies and cultures, and how they fit into the big picture. There are also a few tools on this list that help kids expand their present horizons. There are news sites that'll help them process current events as well as pen pal platforms for communicating and collaborating with other kids across the globe.

BrainPOP Jr. Visit Website: https://jr.brainpop.com/
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Paid
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Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Visit Website: https://nmaahc.si.edu
Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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National Geographic Kids Visit Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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The Wonderment Visit Website: https://thewonderment.com/
Ambitious global community aims for public good through student engagement
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Oddizzi Visit Website: http://www.oddizzi.com/
Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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PenPal Schools Visit Website: https://penpalschools.com/
Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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EDSITEment Visit Website: http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Extensive humanities resource offers deep well of great content
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Smithsonian Learning Lab Visit Website: https://learninglab.si.edu/
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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