7th Grade-Social Studies


People in Societies

Geography Economics Government

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities


Social Studies Skills and Methods

Every Smart Board activity has the letters SB  for Smart Board next to it. SB

(Based on the State
of Ohio Standards)


  1. Group events by broadly defined historical eras and enter
    onto multiple-tier time lines.
  1. Hyper History-This is a very detailed timeline covering people and events from all of history. Many items in the timeline are clickable for additional info. This is a good example of a timeline for students and a useful resource.
  2. Terms to Explore-Terms to Explore from the Ohio Social Studies Content Standards. Ex. Multiple-tier time lines
2.    Describe the enduring impact of early civilizations in India, China, Egypt, Greece and Rome after 1000 B.C. including:
a. The development of concepts of government and citizenship;
b. Scientific and cultural advancements;
c. The spread of religions;
d. Slavery and systems of labor.
  1. Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations-This is a very easy to read and informative site that has loads of information on the daily life (food, education, religion, leaders, etc) for Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. There are also lots of extra links for each civilization.
  2. Ancient History - from Amsterdam History Projects 
3.  Describe the conditions that gave rise to feudalism, as well as political, economic and social characteristics of feudalism, in Asia and Europe.
  1. The Rise of Feudalism-The characteristics of feudalism.
  2. Characteristics of European feudalism
  3. Smart Board Lesson by  Stephen C Griffen  SB
4.  Explain the lasting effects of military conquests during the Middle Ages including:
a. Muslim conquests;
b. The Crusades;
c. The Mongol invasions.
  1. The Crusades and the Rise of Islam-This easy to read site covers such topics as The Crusades, The Arabs, Later Crusades, and Cool Links.
  2. The Crusades-Power Point Presentation
  3. The Middle Ages-history of Middle Ages
5.  Describe the impact of new ideas and institutions on European life including:
a. The significance of printing with movable type;
b. Major achievements in art, architecture and literature during the Renaissance;
c. The Reformation.
  1. Virtual Renaissance-This colorful site covers everything to do with the Renaissance including Art, Architecture, Daily Life, Heraldry, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music and Dance, Myths and Legends, Religion, and Science and Math.
  2. The Renaissance - Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport -This easy to read site covers the Renaissance with such topics as Humanism, Gutenberg, City-States in Italy, The Medicis, Social Levels, Renaissance Art, Machiavelli, and Exploration.
  3. Renaissance Webquest-This is a Renaissance webquest with the following instructions, "Your assignment will be to research one of the famous Renaissance intellectuals assigned to you, answer the designated questions, and portray the individual at a Renaissance meal."

6.  Describe the importance of the West African empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhay including:                                     a. Trade routes;
b. Products;
c. The spread of the Arabic language;
d. The spread of Islam.


  1. Ancient Africa - Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport-This easy to read site covers African history with sections on The Nok, Carthage, Trade, Ghana, Sundiata, Mansa Musa, Timbuktu, and Zimbabwe.
  2. Kingdoms of the Medieval Sudan-This site includes a short history of Mali and Songhay, interactive tests, links, an art gallery, and maps.
  3. Medieval African Kingdoms activity-In this online problem-based lesson students will become familiar with the cultures of ancient Ghana, Mali and Songhay. They will create promotional tourist materials to encourage travel to these former empires. Included are all the details of the lesson, grading criteria, and many useful links.
7.  Describe the causes and effects of European exploration after 1400 including:
a. Imperialism, colonialism and mercantilism;
b. Impact on the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia
and the Americas.
  1. An Adventure to the New World-This is a very well planned project where students role play explorers. This lesson's purpose is to introduce the Age of Exploration. The focus is on key European explorers and their voyages. The students will identify reasons for explorations and describe the technological developments in ship building and navigation that made long distance voyages possible. There are also many useful links for their research.
  2. Zoom Explorers -This site contains brief but useful information on a very large number of explorers, along with maps of their voyages.
  3. Conquistadors-Conquistadors On-line will lead you through an exploration of the Spanish conquest of the New World. A timeline of events and disease demonstrate the devastation wrought by the European contact with Native Peoples. You will learn about Inca and Aztec culture, life and times as well as some brief information about Atahualpa and Montezuma.
  4. Smart Board Lesson by:   Katie Sivula  SB

People in Societies

1.  Analyze the relationships among cultural practices, products and perspectives of early civilizations.
  1. Culture Quest World Tour - Join Parsifal Penguin and Ophelia Owl as they learn about many of the world's cultures
  2. Various Definitions of the Word "Religion" - None Are Totally Satisfying
  3. What Is "Religion"? - Well, Itís Hard to "Say Exactly"
  4. Building Bridges - a Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
  5. Cultures of the World - a page from Great Web Sites for Kids
2.  Explain how the Silk Road trade and the Crusades affected the cultures of the people involved.
  1. Ancient Trade Routes between Europe and Asia
  2. The Silk Road - The story of one of the world's oldest and most historically important trade routes and its influences on the culture of China, Central Asia, and the West
3.  Give examples of contacts among different cultures that led to the changes in belief systems, art, science, technology, language or systems of government.
  1. What is Culture Values & Beliefs-Religious belief systems and their relationship to culture
  2. Altars-altars are reverently inspired by cultures and belief systems across the globe and throughout human history.
  3. Science as a Belief System
4.  Describe the cultural and scientific legacies of African, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Arab and European civilizations.
  1. Chinese Culture-A brief introduction to Chinese culture.
  2. African Tradition-African traditional religions and modernity
  3. Roman Gods.  As study of Roman Gods...  using Smart Board  SB
  4. Smart Board Lesson art music and oral traditions Smart Board  by by Stephen C Griffen   SB



1.  For each of the societies studied, identify the location of significant physical and human characteristics on a map of the relevant region.
  1. World Continents and Oceans Games - Interactive site - Learn the world's continents and oceans with these five games.
  2.  Smart Board Lesson of the Arabian Peninsula  by  Stephen C Griffen  SB
2.  On a map, identify places related to the historical events being studied and explain their significance.
  1. Maps of ancient India, Bangladesh, and Buddhism-This site has a nice collection of maps showing ancient India and Bangladesh, as well as the spread of Buddism. In addition to the maps, there are timelines and histories.
3.  Describe changes in the physical and human characteristics of regions that occur over time and identify the consequences of such changes.
  1. Regions-How they form and change
4.  Use physical and historical maps to analyze the reasons that human features are located in particular places.
  1. GeoSpy - Select the continents game
  2. Puzzle Maps from iKnowThat.com - From the Physical Features section select Continents and Ocean. After selecting the game you will be asked to register. Click on "Maybe Later," to go to the game. The game has a "Read it to Me" button.
  3. World Continents and Oceans Games - Interactive site - Learn the world's continents and oceans with these five games.
5.  Describe the geographic factors and processes that contribute to and impede the diffusion of people, products and ideas from place to place including:
a. Physical features;
b. Culture;
c. War;
d. Trade;
e. Technological innovations.
  1. Latitude - The Art and Science of 15th Century Navigation-This is a cute site with great information on things that helped and hindered navigation including Ships, Beacons, Maps, Latitude, Compass Roses, Earth's Magnetism, Ocean Currents, Astronomy, and more.
  2. Navigation on the Tennessee River - Putting the waterway to work for the people of the Valley
  3. Whatís Shipped on the River - Anything thatís transported in bulk quantities - the raw ingredients that go into many consumer goods - makes a good candidate for shipping by barge.
  4. Anchors Aweigh : Longitude Mapping Game - The King of England has ordered you to travel around the world to test your longitude skills. Are you ready for the challenge?


1.  Compare the endowment of productive resources in world regions and explain how this endowment contributed to specialization, trade and interdependence in ancient times.  
2.  Describe the growth of cities and the establishment of trade routes in Asia, Africa and Europe; the products and inventions that traveled along these routes (e.g., spices,
textiles, paper, precious metals and new crops); and the role of merchants.
  1. Trade Routes-The development of trade routes
1. Compare direct and representative democracy using examples of ancient Athens, the Roman republic and the
United States today.
  1. Democracy-Explanation of direct and representative democracy.
2.  Describe the essential characteristics of the systems of government found in city-states, kingdoms and empires from ancient times through the Middle Ages.
  1. Past and Current World Leaders - Click on the country of the map to see a list of past and current leaders, or rulers, in the chosen country.
  2. Rulers - This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.
  3. Smart Board Lesson by  Stephen C Griffen  SB
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
1.  Explain how the participation of citizens differs under monarchy, direct democracy and representative democracy.
  1. Reference-A quick reference to the meaning of monarchy, direct democracy, and representative democracy.  Many examples given!
2.  Describe the rights found in the Magna Carta and show connections to rights Americans have today.
  1. Magna Carta and Its American Legacy-This web site gives a in-depth look at the history of Magna Carta and the influence it had on American constitutionalism. A link from the page take you to another where you can see the original document and read a translation.
  2. Rights in Magna Carta
Social Studies Skills and Methods
1.  Describe historical events and issues from the perspectives of people living at the time in order to avoid evaluating the past in terms of today's norms and values.
  1. Historical Events-Quality, factual and persuasive history articles from every part of the world has been collated and attractively presented on the site.
  2. KidInfo-The Web's best Homework and Student, Teacher Web/Resource.
2.  Compare multiple viewpoints and frames of reference related to important events in world history.
  1. DoHistory-A site that shows you how to piece together
    the past from the fragments that have survived. Our case study: Martha Ballard.
3.  Establish guidelines, rules and time lines for group work.
  1. Our time lines-Create a timeline
4.  Reflect on the performance of a classroom group in which one has participated including the contribution of each member in reaching group goals.