Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

Resources compiled by Minnesota Department of Education, in collaboration with state social studies specialists

Curricular Resources by Grade Span and Content Strand

Distance Learning During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies is thinking about our teachers and students during this extraordinary time. There are so many resources out there to help as we transition to distance learning, so MCSS is compiling a list here for easy access.

This list will be continually updated with new resources from the Minnesota Department of Education and state social studies organizations. 



Minnesota Humanities Center

Absent Narratives Resource Collection

Bdote Memory Map

Why Treaties Matter

America’s Secret War Educator Toolkit

Oh√©yawahe (Pilot Knob): A Teacher Guide and Supplementary Lessons for Learning about Mn√≠sota’s First People

Minnesota Council on Economic Education

Teaching economics has never been more important as we face daily the economic consequences of this extraordinary time. MCEE prepared the following Distance Learning Resources, available 24/7. If you do not find what you need below, please reach out by email. Stay safe and be well!



Minnesota Historical Society

Distance Learning Resources, including online and low-tech

MNHS YouTube channel, with various playlists, including Story Time and Native American Artists-in-Residence

Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

Super Civics Toolbox (K-8)

Teaching Civics website


Minnesota Council for History Education

National Council of History Education: Weekly online conversations with historian Joanne Freeman

Activities and era-specific resources:

Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education

New! (Oct. 2020) Padlet of Geography Distance Learning Resources

MAGE Lesson Warehouse

Minnesota GeoInquiries

Geography in a Box: This set of lessons is designed for elementary students. It is a set of hands-on lessons that explain the five themes of geography, and should work well for students and their parents.

Mapping Hour: The K-12 education team at Esri has created a website with scaffolded ArcGIS Online video lessons that can be shared with educators and parents. 

Oh, the Places You'll Go! ArcGIS Mapping Activity

Fact-Checking Tips: Resources to help teachers and students evaluate news and information

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