Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Social Studies

World Problems Worksheets

Within these pages, you will find a variety of articles to introduce kids to some world problems like hunger, pollution, and homelessness and help students to think globally about possible solutions.
World Problems Worksheets

Finish the Story
     Help Homelessness (Grades 4-6)

            Acid Rain (Grades 6-8)

World Religion
     A Tibetan Monk Says a Prayer (Grades 1-3)

     Saida Goes to School in Afghanistan (Grades 1-3)
     An Afghan Girl Goes to School (Grades 4-6)

     Javed's Schooling in Pakistan (Grades 4-6)
     Javed in Pakistan: A Problem with Illiteracy (Grades 6-8)

     Teesha Drinks Clean Water (Grades 1-3)
     An African Girl Drinks Clean, Fresh Water (Grades 4-7)

     No Surprises in Your Water (Grades 2-3)
     Cold Water with Hidden Surprises (Grades 4-7)

     Captain Maher's Job: Is the Hudson River Safe? (Grades 5-6)
     Water Pollution in the Hudson River: Captain Maher's Story (Grades 7-8)

     Liang in a Chinese Cancer Village (Grades 1-3)
     Life in China's Cancer Villages (Grades 4-6)

     Annabelle from Uganda Fights HIV (Grades 1-3)
     A Girl from Uganda Fights HIV (Grades 4-6)

     Gabriella Gets a Hearing Aide in Mexico (Grades 1-3)
     Hearing the Call to Help Deaf Children in Mexico (Grades 4-6)

     Health Care Is Important (Grades 1-3)
     Health Care Is Important (Grades 4-6)
     Health Care Is Important (Grades 7-9)

     Jamal Has Big Trouble from a Bug Bite (Grades 1-3)
     A Small Mosquito Bite Causes Big Trouble (Grades 4-6)

     Beating Bird Flu (Grades 1-3)
     Scientists Get Their Ducks in a Row about Bird Flu (Grades 4-6)
     Bird Flu (Grades 6-8)

     A Tale of Health Care (Grades 1-3)
     Health Care Woes (Grades 4-6)

     Crisis in Zambia: Mulindwa's Story (Grades 3-5)
     Mulindwa Experiences the Crisis in Zambia (Grades 6-8)

     Health Crises in Tanzania: Rehema's Story (Grades 5-7)
     Rehema's Story: Health Crises in Tanzania (Grades 8-10)

     Mrs. Cooney Worries about Lead in Toys (Grades 4-6)
     Lead in Toys: Mrs. Cooney Worries (Grades 6-8)

     H1N1 or Swine Flu (Grades 3-5)

     Mirtala from Guatemala Gets Enough to Eat (Grades 1-3)
     A Guatemalan Girl Gets Enough to Eat (Grades 4-6)

     Rebecca's Family Visits the Food Bank (Grades 1-3)
     An American Family Visits the Food Bank (Grades 4-6)

     Malcolm Finds a Home in Brazil (Grades 1-3)
     A Homeless Man Struggles in Brazil (Grades 4-6)

     Liz Overcomes Homelessness in America (Grades 1-3)
     Homelessness in America (Grades 4-6)

     Laura Helps the Street Children of Ecuador (Grades 1-3)
     The Street Children of Ecuador (Grades 4-6)

     I Live at a Shelter (Grades 1-2)

     Stinky Air, Get Away from There! (Grades 1-3)
     Stinky Air Pollution and the Great London Smog (Grades 4-6)

     Scientists Study the Melting Arctic Ice (Grades 1-3)
     Melting Arctic Ice (Grades 4-6)
     Melting Glaciers (Grades 6-8)

     What Can You Do About Global Warming? (Grades 5-8)
     Wind Farms (Grades 5-8)
     Biopower - the Answer to the Oil Shortage? (Grades 6-8)
     Zook: A Polar Bear's Tale of Global Warming (Grades 1-3)
     Polar Bears and Global Warming (Grades 4-6)
     What's Wrong in Alaska? (Grades 1-3)
     Shishmaref: A Tale of Global Warming (Grades 4-6)

     Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant (Grades 1-3)
     Neighbors Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant (Grades 4-6)

     Paulo's Forest (Grades 1-3)
     A Tale of Deforestation (Grades 4-6)

     Rainforest Logging Banned in New Zealand (Grades 5-8)

     A Hairy Invader (Grades 1-3)
     Beware of the Coastal Invaders! (Grades 5-8)

     Donald's Tale of the Coral Reefs (Grades 3-4)
     Coral Reefs: Donald's Tale (Grades 5-7)

     Nancy and the Noise Wall (Grades 1-3)
     Noise Pollution Near Home (Grades 4-6)

     Marco Splashes in Acid Rain (Grades 1-3)
     Acid Rain, Go Away! (Grades 4-6)

     Shining Sea, Come Back (Grades 1-3)
     Preserving the Shining Sea from Ocean Pollution (Grades 4-6)

     Cyanide Polluted Danube River (Grades 5-8)

     Don't Bathe in the Holy River, Bapu! (Grades 3-5)
     Sacred River, Dirty River (Grades 6-8)

     Suleiman Flies a Kite in a Refugee Camp (Grades 1-3)
     Life in a Refugee Camp (Grades 4-6)

     Jawahir Suffers in Somalia (Grades 4-6)
     Suffering in Somalia: Jawahir's Story (Grades 5-8)

     What are They Doing to My Food? (Grades 3-5)
     Thomas Ponders Genetically Engineered Food (Grades 6-8)

     Pablo's Farming Trouble: Drug Trafficking in Colombia (Grades 3-5)
     Pablo's Problem: Drug Trafficking in Colombia (Grades 6-8)

     Andres Is Kidnapped in Colombia (Grades 1-3)
     Kidnapping in Colombia (Grades 4-7)

     Alvaro's Kidnapping: A Crime in Colombia (Grades 3-5)
     Crime in Colombia: Alvaro's Kidnapping (Grades 6-8)

     Lenora Learns About Italy's Art Issue (Grades 6-8)
     Lenora Tries to Help with Italy's Art Problems (Grades 9-12)

     Young Immigrants and Crime in Germany - What Is the Connection? (Grades 6-8)
     Young Immigrants and Crime in Germany - What Is the Connection? (Grades 9-12)

     A Good Gang! (Grades 1-3)
     The Gang's All Here! (Grades 4-6)

     Gangs in Jamaica: Eduardo's Tale of Two Worlds (Grades 3-5)
     Eduardo's Tale of Two Worlds: Gangs in Jamaica (Grades 6-8)

Reminders of War
     Maria's Story: A Village of Land Mines (Grades 4-6)
     A Story of Anti-Personnel Mines: Maria's Story (Grades 6-8)

     Landmines: Deadly Surprises (Grades 1-3)
     Landmines: Watch Your Step! (Grades 4-6)

Human Rights Abuses
     Child Soldiers All Over the World (Grades 1-3)
     Missing Childhood: The Plight of Child Soldiers (Grades 4-6)

     The Story of Irgiz in Romania (Grades 3-5)
     Romania: The Story of Irgiz and the Abandoned Children (Grades 6-8)

     Celine's Story: Gender Disparity in Togo (Grades 2-4)
     Gender Disparity in Togo: Celine's Story (Grades 5-8)

Wage and Unemployment
     Dominique Needs a Job (Grades 1-3)
     Unemployment in France (Grades 4-6)

     Ingrid and the Minimum Wage Battle in Germany (Grades 3-5)
     Minimum Wage in Germany (Grades 6-8)

Cultural Casualties
     Wall Scribbles (Grades 1-3)
     Writing on the Wall (Grades 4-6)

     Lost Treasures (Grades 2-4)
     Cultural Casualties of War (Grades 5-8)

Gas Prices
     Staying Close to Home for Vacation (Grades 1-4)
     High Gas Prices (Grades 4-7)

     Lots of Boxes! (Grades 1-3)
     What Is a Foreclosure? (Grades 4-7)

Foreign Aid
     Mikhail's Story: Change in Armenia (Grades 3-5)
     Reform in Armenia: Mikhail's Story (Grades 6-8)

     Drought in Zambia (Grades 6-8)

     Saliha's Story: The Year of Sanitation (Grades 5-6)
     International Year of Sanitation: Saliha's Story (Grades 7-9)

     Where Have the Honeybees Gone? (Grades 5-7)
     The Loss of the Honeybees (Grades 8-12)

     Where Are the Farm Animals Going? (Grades 6-8)
     The Loss of Domestic Animals: A World Problem (Grades 9-12)

     Where Have the Bats Gone? (Grades 4-6)
     The Case of the Disappearing Bats (Grades 6-8)

     Keisha Suffers from Animal Cruelty (Grades 2-4)
     Elephants Never Forget Animal Cruelty (Grades 4-6)

     Endangered Dolphins (Grades 6-8)

     Special Goslings (Grades 2-3)
     The Heritage Farm (Grades 4-5)

Labor Rights
     Kade's Story in Indonesia: Work in a Sweatshop (Grades 4-6)
     Sweatshops in Indonesia: Kade's Story (Grades 7-8)

Natural Disasters
     Ler Shee's Story: Myanmar Cyclone Relief (Grades 5-6)
     Myanmar Cyclone Relief: Ler Shee's Story (Grades 7-9)

American Indian Reservations
     Shawn's Story: Living on a Reservation (Grades 6-7)
     Living on a Reservation: Shawn's Story (Grades 8-12)

     Rwanda Since the Genocide (Grades 6-8)

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    Kickoff! (Grades 3-6)
    One-Eyed Cat (Grades 4-7)
    Thimble Summer (Grades 4-7)
    Ender's Game (Grades 5-8)
    They Cage the Animals at Night (Grades 7-12)

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