Discovering the Social Sciences
social sciences - the study of how people live in groups. These groups could be small, such as families, or large, such as nations. The social sciences include the study of economics, geography, political science and history.
economy - the way people in a community use resources to meet their needsand wants
economists - study the economy. They are interested in the choices people make every day about their money.
geographer - a social scientist who studies the natural and human feature of the earth’s surface, along with its climate and life forms
political scientist - a social scientist who studies the government and laws. They are interested in who is in charge.
historian - a social scientist who studies the past.
archaeologist - a social scientist who studies the past by looking at artifacts people have left behind
artifact - something that someone has made
and left behind.
Essential Question: What do social scientists do?
Take The Artifact Challenge
To learn more about the job of archaeologists, visit the site, PBS Kids: The Artifact Challenge. You’ll have a chance to examine artifacts and think about what they might have been used for.
Visit Cahokia Mounds
The Cahokia Mounds from the Reading Further are an Illinois state historic site. The website, Cahokia Mounds, has an interactive map you can use to explore the mounds.
You Be the Historian
At the site, You Be the Historian, the Smithsonian Institution invites you to become a historian by studying artifacts from a family in the 1700s. Examine the clues, make conclusions about the family, and compare your ideas to those of actual historians.