Tools for Teaching Social Studies; the Best Learning Games

Teachers' Picks: New teaching tools for every classroom.

By Megan Kaesshaefer

New tools for teaching history, geography, and cultural connections.

Not Your Average Blocks
Some of the earliest writing has been dated to 3,400 BC in Egypt. Bring the history of hieroglyphs to life in your classroom with this 28-block set. A reading guide is also included. $58.95.

Best Patriotic Puzzle
From George Washington to Barack Obama, this beautifully illustrated 200-piece puzzle will teach students cool facts about U.S. history and the presidents of the United States. $11.99.

Best Map with a Mind
Teach students map skills, U.S. geography, and famous landmarks with the Tag Interactive U.S. Map. Students will love learning from the talking characters in each state! $19.99.

Whimsical Wall Art
The Land of Nod's Whole World in My Room wall hanging will give any classroom international zeal. From London to Tokyo to Dakar, travel to distant places without leaving the classroom. $14.95.  

The best new educational games for fun and focused learning.

Best "Handheld" Game
Students can reenact scenes from a play, learn sign language, or practice sight words with these animal hand tattoos. They're the perfect Readers Theater props! $6.95.

Trickiest Puzzle
This World of Animals floor puzzle pairs familiar and exotic creatures with the countries of the world. Challenge your students to complete it and identify them all! $11.99.

Best World Trivia Game
With the multicultural board game Passport to Culture, students will circle the globe, testing their knowledge of world cultures from Andorra to Zimbabwe. $27.95.

Best Story-Starting Game

Bring out kids' inner story-teller with Rory's Story Cubes. Kids roll the dice and weave the images together for a unique story-there are over 10,000,000 possible combinations! $7.99.


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