Ted-Ed: Social Studies
- cultural understanding
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
- thinking critically
Common Sense Reviewer
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.
- "The language of lying"
- "WWII: Why is it so important 70 years later?"
- "Does your vote count?"
What's inside Ted-Ed
Ted-Ed: Thinking & LearningHigh-interest videos activate minds, get kids thinking about thinkingCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4Grade 7-12
Ted-Ed: Social StudiesHigh-quality video lessons offer context, help kids connectCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4Social StudiesGrade 6-12
Ted-Ed: HealthFrom personal to global health, relevant and engaging videos informCommon Sense Rating 5Teacher Rating 5Health & WellnessGrade 7-12
Ted-Ed: Science & TechnologyCompelling videos engage, pair well with solid teaching resourcesCommon Sense Rating 5Teacher Rating 4ScienceGrade 7-12
Ted-Ed: The ArtsFun, fascinating video lessons connect content across disciplinesCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 5Arts, Math, Social StudiesGrade 5-12
Ted-Ed: Design, Engineering & TechnologyExpand-your-brain video lessons can work well as advanced extensionsCommon Sense Rating 3Teacher Rating Not Yet RatedScienceGrade 8-12
See how teachers are using Ted-Ed
- Interesting videos and questions on a variety of Social Studies topicsLisa B.
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, PA4July 9, 2015
- Robust tool to help educators flip their Social Studies lessons4April 20, 2015