Common Sense Review
Updated November 2014

Ted-Ed: Social Studies

High-quality video lessons offer context, help kids connect
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • The site has short videos on a range of social studies-related topics.
  • Some of the additional resources can help encourage discussions.
  • Videos include resources housed under the Watch, Think, Discuss, and Dig Deeper sections.
  • Assessment questions allow for immediate feedback.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Ted-Ed's Social Studies section houses a collection of free educational videos and lesson resources that support students' engagement with various social studies topics. Building on Ted's idea of sharing great ideas, the focus of the site is to share great social studies video resources and lessons. Videos range from 3 to 20 minutes and cover topics such as anthropology, civics, and history. Along with each video, there are links to additional resources, discussion questions, and short assessments to check for understanding.

The easiest way to use the site is to show the videos as-is in a whole-class setting, as a supplement to your lessons. However, with a free account, you can build your own original lessons on the site using Ted-Ed's platform and selecting from a wider variety of content, some of which is from other sources. The best videos from this collection are bound to encourage thoughtful discussions among your students; best of all, they're easily integrated into your existing curriculum.

Standout Videos:

  • "The language of lying"
  • "WWII: Why is it so important 70 years later?"
  • "Does your vote count?"
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