Category Archives: Social Studies Enrichment

Social Studies Enrichment # 19: People and Places

What words would you use to describe Nebraska?  What about a famous Nebraskan like Buffalo Bill?  This Social Studies Enrichment post has you digging into Nebraska history and writing about our great state.

Step 1:  Research Nebraska Facts & Famous People

Step 2:  Write a poem

  • Acrostic: The first letter of each line begins with a letter of the person’s name. The lines consist of words or phrases describing the person’s characteristics.
  • Diamante: A diamond-shaped poem using this formula:
    • person’s name
      two adjectives to describe the person
      three “ing” words related to the subject
      four nouns that describe the person
      three verbs that tell how the person acted or felt
      two adjectives to describe the person
      person’s last name
  • Your Choice:  Choose another poem format

Share your writing with the EY Coordinator at your building.

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Social Studies Enrichment #18: Who Was Saint Patrick?


We just recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th!  How many of you know who St. Patrick is?

This Wonderopolis entry answers that question.  Check it out!

Read the article and then test your knowledge by taking the quiz – report your score down below in the comments section, along with the most interesting thing you learned from the article!

If you want to learn even more, has a video and another article about this Patron Saint of Ireland!

Check it out:

Social Studies Enrichment #17: The Great American Melting Pot!

Straight from the dictionary,  “A melting pot is a metaphor for a society where many different types of people blend together as one. America is often called a melting pot.”

All of us can trace our heritage back to another country.  My family came from Ireland and Germany.  It’s fun to find out where our immigrant ancestors came from!

Watch the video below and then tell us in the comments how your family has contributed to this melting pot.  Hint:  You may have to ask your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa for help on this!

Social Studies Enrichment #16: History of New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year!!!!!!  You might be wondering, “Where did the tradition of celebrating the new year come from?”  Or, “Why do we celebrate the new year on January 1st?”

Watch the video below to answer those questions.  Then, in the comments section, let us know how you celebrated the new year!

Social Studies Enrichment #15: The First Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is celebrated in America every November.  The English colonists we call Pilgrims celebrated days of thanksgiving as a part of their religion.  But these were days of prayer, not days of feasting. Our national holiday really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.

Go to the following link to view the slideshow to see what this first “Turkey Day” might have looked like!

Social Studies Enrichment #13: Geography Lesson 1



The Geography Bee is coming up in late November/early December!  It’s time to start studying, and we’re starting with US State Capitals!

Step One:  Watch the following videos:

State Capitals Part 1

State Capitals Part 2

Now, please download and print a blank map of the United States, using the following link:

Use your own resources to label each state and fill in the state capitals.  Make sure your map is geographically correct (capitals are in the right spot), and make your map colorful and attractive!

Snap a picture of your completed map and send it to your EY coordinator.

Social Studies Enrichment #11: The Ancient Origins of the Olympics


Thousands of years in the making, the Olympics began as part of a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus in the rural Greek town of Olympia. But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on earth? Armand D’Angour explains the evolution of the Olympics.

Below, please view the video about the origins of the Olympics:

More resources for you to explore:

Interested in the Ancient Olympic Games and the mythology behind them? Click here to find out more! Do chariot racing, the pankration, and twenty competitors on one running track at once sound challenging? Visit this site to find out more about the competitions, spirit of the ancient Olympics, and stories of the competitors.

For all things Olympic go to, and take a look at the featured athletes, youth development and future Olympic cities. Which city will host the next Olympic games in 2016? Read about how the next Olympic city will be chosen and the process that goes along with ithere. After all the festivities and competitions are done, see “What Becomes of Olympic Stadiums.” Interested in following Olympic news on social media? Visit Twitter!

Ever wonder about the meaning behind the Olympic Symbols? What is the meaning of the five rings, the flame, and the motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” Read this and find out their meanings. Interested in Olympic Medals? Are they really made of Gold, Silver and Bronze? Learn the truth here!

Finally, think about the following question and respond in the comments section below with your thoughts:

Do the Olympics encourage sporting activity at all levels or just for elite sportspeople?

Social Studies Enrichment #10: Explore!!

An unmanned European-Russian mission to Mars blasted off successfully from Kazakhstan in March 2016.
Learn more about this trip and Mars by completing this mini mars research project.
1. Watch a Mars video (free at Brainpop)
Take a quiz after the video and record your score.

3. Watch this BBC video about the Rover, Bruno

Respond in the comments section below with your score from the Brainpop video. Also include 5 sentences about what you learned from this research.
**Remember to only use your first name, your grade, and your school when responding in the comments section below!