Social Studies Apps, Games, and Websites

Early social studies skills involve gaining an understanding of different communities and cultures, as well as learning the basics of geography and mapping. Kids can learn about other cultures through a video game or develop a better sense of place by using the zoom feature on a tablet to explore an interactive globe. Students in the middle grades can gain an understanding of historic events as well as deepen their awareness of history in the making. High school kids can learn about U.S. and world history through gameplay or broaden their knowledge of the economy with hands-on activities that show the complexities of balancing a country's budget.

Browse Social Studies Apps, Games, and Websites

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Kids run the city, learn about community heroes in fun way.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
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Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
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Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about the world.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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A wonder a day will keep kids' eyes open to discovery.
URL: http://wonderopolis.org/
(2012)
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Fantastic app makes historical figures relatable for kids.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Get to know a past civilization, some of Mexico's history.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Goofy and fun way to learn about the U.S. presidents.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Incredibly in-depth archeology sim brings history to life.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
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An intriguing mystery facilitates in-depth bird watching
Platforms: Windows
(2007)
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Pile up nations while you pile up geography knowledge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
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Relive history by managing a family's wagon trip out west.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Kid reporters (and readers) get schooled in journalism.
URL: http://magazines.scholastic.com/
(2011)
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Vast library of links a boon for kids doing online research.
URL: http://www.bjpinchbeck.com/
(2011)
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Cartoony learning adventure about ancient Mayan culture.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Fab mystery lets you explore ancient Egyptian ruins.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2012)
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Game show/board game is a blast -- but questions are tough!
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
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Fun games challenge players on U.S. geography and culture.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
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Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2012)
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Excellent tool for kids with nuts-and-bolts questions.
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/
(2011)
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Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.
URL: http://www.icivics.org/
(2012)
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Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Text-heavy reference tool highlights major discoveries.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
(2011)
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City building game offers tyrannical options.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)