Social Studies: Elementary Games

The tables below share some great resources we've found for using games to teach social study skills to elementary age students. If you have similar games to share, add them in the "comments" section on the bottom of this page.

Geography:

 




 US Geography
 

The game simply names a state, and the student must click on the correct state on the map of the U.S. 
 





In this game, students must locate different positions on a map based off given latitudes and longitudes.
 


 

 
Copycat is kind of like a geographic version of the 1980s game "Simon".  Students must remember the order in which different continents must be selected.  The game is simple, but it would help students learn the shape and locations of the various continents.
 
 

 
Place the States is a game in which students must find the correct location of each of the states.  There are three different difficulty levels.  A great way to learn the states!
 
 



 
In Go George Go, students must determine the shortest routes to take by reading a map.  They then must program the directions in to the game.  A great way for students to learn map skills.


US History:

 




 Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark
 


This game works as a sort of choose your own adventure.  The player makes choices along the journey across the Louisiana Purchase that Lewis and Clark may have made.  Consequences and benefits of these choices are explained throughout the game. 
 

 

 
In this game, students must guess a mystery guest from the American Colonial era.  
 

 

 
Players navigate a maze collecting clues.  To move to other parts of the maze students must use their clues to answer questions about the colonial era.
 

 

 
In this game, players navigate a path to freedom on the Underground Railroad.  Students are faced with various choices and decisions to make, the results of which may end in either safety or capture.


Economics:

 

 


 



Admongo is a game in which students navigate different levels to learn about various forms of advertising. 

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