Social science looks closely at our society and the different kinds of relationships that humans have with each other. This branch of science focuses on human life, our behavior (how we think and act), and how we relate to others. However, social science is a very large study which also has several different smaller fields (or parts) within it, including: anthropology, archeology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and more.
Anthropology studies human life in the past and in modern-day society. For example, social and cultural anthropology mostly focuses on the lives and values of different societies, while linguistic anthropology studies how language impacts social life between humans. There is also a subfield of anthropology called biological (or physical) anthropology, which looks at the development of humans over a long period of time.
- Kid’s History: Anthropologists – Here, you’ll find information about anthropologists and prehistoric humans.
- American Museum of Natural History – Play fun games and activities, all while learning more about the study of anthropology.
- National Geographic Kids – Learn more about the recently discovered remains that are giving scientists new clues about our ancestry.
Archeology studies human activity by recovering and analyzing materials that can give us clues about how people lived, such as ancient artifacts, architectural remains, and even cultural landscapes.
- The British Museum: Ancient Egypt – Here, you’ll discover all the secrets of Ancient Egypt. Each section contains a story and an interactive activity. Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs, learn how a body is mummified, and calculate the size of the great pyramids!
- Dirt Detective Junior Archaeologist – Become a dirt detective! Answer fun questions, record your ideas, and take notes in your Archaeologist field journal.
- Discover Ancient Egypt – Explore the world of Ancient Egypt with these fun games!
- Archaeological Institute of America – Here, you’ll find a collection of sample lesson plans and activities on archaeological topics from the SAA’s Public Education Committee. Each activity has been successfully tested with children and each promotes a message of preservation.
- Discovery Education: Archaeology – Free ancient civilizations and world history lesson plans for grades 6-8.
Economics looks at the financial behavior and interactions of and between families, companies, buyers, and sellers as well as the rules of the society’s economy. An economy is usually different in each country and has changed over the course of human history!
- Lemonade Stand – Make as much money as possible and learn about economics, profits, and expenses by running your very own lemonade stand!
- FunBrain Change Maker – Count the change you’ll get back after making a purchase – when you get the answer right, the amount of change is added to your virtual piggy bank.
- Econedlink – Find over 400 teacher-approved economic and personal finance lessons and resources for use in the classroom or at home and available for a variety of formats and classroom settings.
- Practical Money Skills – A helpful website for educators, parents, and students to practice better money management. Lesson plans are arranged by grade level for easy access.
Psychology is the science of behavior, mind, and thought. It’s a large study, which tries to understand the brain, how we think, and how that can affect us as individuals and in a society.
- Kids Psych – This interactive web adventure for kids helps us to understand ourselves and each other better! (Ages 1-5 and 6-9).
- Positive Psychology: 25 Mindfulness Activities for Children and Teens – Mindfulness can mitigate the effects of bullying, enhance focus in children with ADHD, reduce attention problems, improving mental health and wellbeing, and improve social skills.
- Jung Typology Test – Discover your personality type with this free personality test based on Carl Jung’s and Isabelle Briggs Myers’ typological approach to personality. (High School)
- Classroom: Psychology – Here you’ll find different psychology activities to do with in class with your high school students.
The study of sociology observes society, including patterns of relationships, social interaction, and culture. Those who work in this field focus mostly on social order, acceptance, and change and often look into social class, religion, law, health, education, social capital, etc.
- The Sociology Game Show – Here you’ll find a game to test your knowledge of sociology, which will help you to review for exams while having fun at the same time.
- TEDed Lessons Worth Sharing – Learn more about the different topics within sociology by watching these interesting videos at TED education.
- Mr. Donn – Find sociology lesson plans and activity ideas for children here!
Political science observes politics, or the transfer of power in a society. It looks at what makes different kinds of government successful or unsuccessful by reviewing its stability, justice, material wealth, and peace.
- iCivics – Here you’ll find several government and civics games to test your knowledge and learn while having fun in interactive game play online!
- PBS: Why Study Government – Host Craig Benzine takes you on a tour of U.S. government and politics at PBS.
- Education World – When has the Electoral College been a deciding factor in an election?
- Growing Voters – Free voting lesson plans and classroom activities based on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election (Elementary – College lesson plans)
- Easy Science for Kids: All About Politics – Learn all about the different forms of government around the world.