Collection of resources for teaching social studies and fine arts in early childhood

The credits section contains a collection of resources that teachers may used to teach social studies and fine arts in early childhood. There are at least ten resources for social studies and ten for fine arts. 

Resources for Social Studies

1.   Website:  National Geographic Kids

 Link:  https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Description of resource:  The website is a resource for teachers, students, and families. It contains interactive videos, games, homework help and an interactive world map. The website is a fun engaging way to have families involved in the students’ learning. The National Geographic Kids website is also a great resource for Science.

2.   Website: Scholastic teachers activity guide:  Global Trek

Link:  www.Teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek

Description of resource:  This website allows student to explore the world and learn about places and cultures. The learner selects a place to go and the time that they would like to depart (like buying a plane ticket). Upon arriving at their destination, students may view pictures and facts about their place of choice.

3.  App: JFK Challenge, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jfk-challenge/id957358011?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Description: The JFK Challenge App is Free App from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. It is designed for school age kids to learn history, particularly the two initiatives of JFK The Peace Corps and The Space Program, via a combination of multimedia introductions and hands on games. For Peace Corp Missions kids will learn a foreign language, practice digging, building, and exploring the world by building a waterway constructing buildings and exploring villages. It’s a fun interactive App to learn history, culture, science and more.

4.  App:  Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery by the Smithsonian

Link:  http://americanhistory.si.edu/ripped-apart

Description of resource:  This app encourages older elementary students to help solve a puzzle posed by a modern-day museum curator. Students unlock clues by looking at pictures and documents, then record their findings in a journal. This interactive game provides an interesting perspective on the Civil War.

5.  App: Stack the Countries

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-countries/id407838198?mt=8

Description of resource: A fun engaging app to make learning about the world fun. Students can watch the countries come to life in this colorful and dynamic game. It helps students learn facts about 193 countries, including their capitals, landmarks, major cities, continents, border countries, languages, flags and country shapes in the context of a fun game with various levels. It also provides 193 country flashcards and colorful interactive maps of the continents which your students can use to brush up on their world geography before or use as a handy reference tool.

6.  App: Social Studies Friendzy - K-8 Grade Social Studies

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/social-studies-friendzy/id624561053?mt=8 

Description of resource: Students can Learn Social Studies with this K - 8th grade Social Studies games app. Test their knowledge on the US Presidents, US states and capitals, US government and history, US citizenship and immigration, and so much more.  This app also offers over 16 million learning resources (videos and webpages) to help students with every school subject such as math, Science, Social Studies, Languages Arts, Arts & Humanities, Tech and Engineering and many more.

7.  App: News-2-You

Link: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/news-2-you 

Description of resource: News-2-You is the app version of a symbols-based newspaper for kids with special needs or that cannot read. It includes the symbols system and voices used in the augmentative and alternative communication app Proloquo2Go. The app benefits kids who have difficulty reading the written word. Picture symbols and voice help kids hear and see text and visuals. There's a new edition for every week of the typical U.S. school year, and it covers current events topics like popular movies, sporting events, holidays, environmental issues, and more.

8.  App: WISELAND

Link: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/wiseland 

Description of resource: WISELAND poses philosophical questions and encourages kids to think through the answers. A kid named Sophia and a robot named Phil guide kids through watching videos representing different scenarios, playing games, drawing pictures, and writing their thoughts as they consider possible answers from multiple perspectives.

9.  App: BrainPOP Jr. social studies, economics

Link: https://jr.brainpop.com/socialstudies/economics/ 

Description of resource: The site is dedicated to economics for students in grades K-5 and is a wonderful resource. It offers videos, lessons, and activities based on economics with things like goods and services, needs and wants, and saving and spending.

10.  App: Dinorama

Link: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/dinorama 

Description of resource: In this simulation game, kids develop their entrepreneurial spirit as they run a dinosaur theme park. They take care of the dinosaurs by feeding and cleaning up after them and maintaining their cages. They make decisions about attractions like a photo booth or a café to buy for their park, what to feed the dinosaurs, and how to invest their money. The application demonstrates negative and positive consequences. For example, If the paying visitor's needs aren't met, they leave. Students can manage the ups and downs of their business like stormy, slow days and sunny, busy days while keeping the animals and their customers happy.

Resources for Fine Arts

1.   App: Gonoodle

Link:  https://www.gonoodle.com/

Description of resource:  Gonoodle is a fantastic way to get children warmed up for the day, do on a rainy day or just pass the time. There are many interactive videos that the students can follow along to the movements.

2.  App: BeBop Blox

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/app/bebop-blox/id653812905?mt=8

Description of resource: Bebop Blox are a digital version of the classic wooden building blocks except each one makes a unique musical sound. There are 12 puzzles of animals and vehicles to choose from. Students will see a brief overview of which blocks they'll need to build the puzzle. Blocks then pass by on a conveyer belt and students pick the right ones and place them in the correct spot marked by a shadowed shape. Each new block adds a new sound to a growing symphony. When complete, students listen to the music and can tap individual blocks to silence them.

3.  App:  Toca Dance  

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1069803052?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Description of resource:  Students can choreograph a dance performance with TOCA DANCE. They can choose up to three performers, dress them in silly costumes, select a song, and teach them a dance. They can use up to three fingers to move the teacher's arms, head, and body while the characters copy. The app enables students to fill up to six colored "spots" with moves. Each colored spot has a different starting body position. Students can change the background scenery or add some special effects or audience sounds. After the performance, students can choose to save the video to the device's camera roll or delete it and start over again.

4.  App:  Princess fairy tale maker Duck, Duck Moose Design 

Link:  http://www.duckduckmoose.com/educational-iphone-itouch-apps-for-kids/pr…

Description of resource:  Students can use the app to tell a story.  Students select from 32 animated background scenes:  fairyland, castle, forest, clouds, rainbow, deep, and treehouse.  In the app there are 190 plus animated stickers, 29 crayons, and 29 colored pencils that students can use to create their story.  The app enables students to record their voice and move stickers to create a movie.

5.  site:  Boston Children’s museum virtual tour

Link:  http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour

Description of resource:  Boston Children's Museum has been building innovative, engaging and interactive experiences for children and families for 100 years. Generations of children have enjoyed learning about science, culture, the arts, literacy, health, the environment and more in the museum. Each of their exhibits and programs are designed for children and the adults in their lives.

6.  App:  Nature Maestro Rainforest Day

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id869671581?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Description of resource:  Nature Maestro Rainforest Day is an exploratory tool that guides kids through the sounds and sights of a rainforest. Actual forest sounds, audio instructions, and narrated facts take kids through a unique world. Kids can use the provided images and audio and add their own sounds to create personal soundscapes.

7.  App:  Bug Art

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id805611890?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Description of resource:  Kids explore five activities in BUG ART, starting by designing their own bugs and choosing colors and designs. That first bug then can race other bugs, take a flight through a butterfly valley, or play on a bug playground. Kids get as creative as they want in Free Paint, starting from a plain page or choosing a watercolor scene to paint using a palette of 30 colors and a variety of brushes, markers, pencils, glitter, stamps, and stickers, an eraser, and, of course, bugs! Kids also can get a step-by-step tutorial for drawing bugs.

8.  App:  Little Friends DANCE 

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1218897499?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Description of resource:  Students bring the little friends dolls to boogying life with Little Friends DANCE. Student can customize hair and outfit color, and place stickers on a choice of eight 3D Little Friends dolls. Students scroll through the 20 visual backgrounds or use the camera to make the doll seem as though it's dancing in your own setting. Students then choose from five club-hopping musical backgrounds and arrange 10 pre-loaded dance moves in your preferred combination. Finally, they tap play to watch the dance routine.

9.  App: Zebra Paint

Link: https://www.education.com/magazine/article/best-art-apps/

Description of resource:  Zebra Paint is a finger painting app, promising all of the fun of smearing paint on canvas without the inevitable clean-up afterward. Zebra Paint offers up cheerful black and white images, which your child paints in, using a palette of 48 colors. Animal recognition, fine motor skills and basic art techniques are explored with this app.

10.  App: Daily Art

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dailyart/id547982045?mt=8 

Description of resource:  This free app offers users the chance to get inspired by beautiful classic, modern and contemporary art masterpieces and read short stories about them.  Learn something new about art every day in less than two minutes. 

The collection of resources listed in the credits section may be used to teach social studies and fine arts in early childhood.  Each website or app resource contains an applicable address, and a brief description of the resource.