Social Studies for Kids

October 17, 2011

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The History of Halloween
Where does Halloween come from anyway? Where do Americans get those ideas about jack-o-lanterns and "trick-or-treating?

The Story of the Jack-O-Lantern
Who was Jack? Why did he have a lantern? Why are pumpkins carved with goofy faces? This fun articles tells you the story behind the story.

The First Trick-Or-Treaters
Trick-Or-Treating hasn't been around forever. Find out where it started and why it's still popular.

MAZE Adventures
These two fun books from National Geographic give you the chance to storm a castle or explore an ancient Egyptian Pyramid, all the while trying to get through a maze and soak in all the historical detail you can handle. It's an ingenious way of presenting information and a reminder that even the smallest detail can make the largest difference in both historical research and ancient (or medieval) intrigue.
The Mason-Dixon Line
The Mason-Dixon Line started as an argument and ended up settling many other arguments.

To head off big trouble, a pair of Englishmen named Charles Mason, an astronomer and mathematician, and Jeremiah Dixon, a mathematician and surveyor, set out to have the last word on the subject.

Diversification: Spreading It Around
Diversification is an important word in the study of business and economics. It shows an appreciation for "the big picture" and planning for the future.

Subsidy: Grant for the Greater Good
A subsidy is a basic term of economics that has many meanings. It is, at its most basic, the transfer of money or wealth from a government to a person or people.