LaunchPacks Social Studies

Meet Britannica's jump-start social studies resource that’s as agile as you need to be. Activate critical thinking and inquiry skills while excavating social studies content.

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About LaunchPacks Social Studies

  • According to a Front Row Education survey, more than 93% of teachers have indicated that they have students who are below grade level in their classrooms, while 70% of teachers also indicated they have students who are at least one grade level ahead.
  • Does this sound familiar to you? If you’re facing a similar challenge, we’ve got a solution for you.
  • And that’s just the beginning of what LaunchPacks Social Studies can do for you.
  • Save planning time and make students’ learning more productive with these ready-to-use content sets curated and compiled to match your PreK-12 social studies curriculum.

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With LaunchPacks You Can...

  • Browse  1,800 content sets
  • Personalize  at 4 learning levels
  • Create  with 12,000 resources

Features of LaunchPacks Social Studies

  • Save planning time, spend less time searching for resources and make students’ learning more productive.

  • Easily personalize instruction for every student, including those requiring more assistance

    Customize by adding or removing content, appending notes, or uploading your own content to share with others.

  • Find organized, customizable, curriculum-aligned social studies resources that support ELA standards.

    Tap into 1,800 LaunchPacks mapped to your social studies curriculum and searchable by category and filter by grade level— All Grades, PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

  • Enable student inquiry with each LaunchPack dedicated to a specific topic.

    Each pack features a variety of content types— articles, images, videos, and primary sources—ideal for lessons, classroom activities, projects, or assignments

LaunchPacks helps support my teachers and students by providing them with curriculum appropriate information and research. It's great for class assignments and out of class work. I love that it provides multiple reading levels so all students can be successful.

School Librarian, Rosman Middle and High Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much will LaunchPacks Social Studies cost?

    LaunchPacks pricing is based on a per student cost. Buyers may receive discounts for purchasing a Britannica Digital Learning product for more than one school and/or by purchasing more than one product, for example, both LaunchPacks Social Studies and LaunchPacks Science.

    The best way to get a quote based on your unique needs is to e-mail or call 1-800-621-3900 to speak to one of our sales specialists, available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm PT.

  • How can I order an annual subscription to LaunchPacks Social Studies?

    We’re so excited you’ve decided to subscribe! You can:

    • Call 1-800-621-3900 and speak to one of our sales specialists, available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm CT.

    • E-mail

    • Place an order through our shop, available 24/7.

    If you are ordering for more than one school or library building, it is advised that you speak to a sales representative to ensure you receive any available discounts. To get started, please call 1-800-621-3900 or e-mail

  • How do I learn more or set up a free trial?

    Not ready to order but interested in learning more? You can activate your 30-day free trial today. There is nothing better than diving in and getting a hands-on experience. When you fill out a free trial form, a sales representative will connect with you within two business days. Whether you are a teacher, librarian, or administrator, you will also have the option to share your access information with others at your institution.

    For district-wide pilots, we also offer extended trial periods, professional development training, and dedicated support. E-mail our team to set up a district-wide pilot at

    If you’re not ready for a free trial but want to learn more, don’t hesitate to get a closer look at our features with select product videos.

  • What if I need help with understanding how to best use LaunchPacks Social Studies?

    Don’t worry! We offer free training for all. Britannica’s Professional Trainers offer expert recommendations and guidance. Participants are invited to our 30-minute online training sessions, scheduled throughout the school year. Discover how to easily integrate LaunchPacks Social Studies into the classroom for inquiry-based teaching and learning. Certificates of attendance are available.

  • Are the Packs aligned to national C3 and Common Core English Language Arts frameworks?

    Britannica LaunchPacks Social Studies are designed to help teachers systematically meet learning objectives specified in PreK-12 social studies content standards. LaunchPacks offer targeted coverage of topics that directly relate to the different strands of PreK-12 Social Studies: history, geography, civics, and economics. Each Pack contains a variety of resources that have been thoughtfully selected by Britannica editors to meet the curriculum needs of students at all grade levels. These resources include articles, photographs, maps, videos, speeches, letters, and more.

    The topics for LaunchPacks were determined through several rounds of careful review of the national C3 and Common Core English Language Arts frameworks and various state social studies frameworks. Britannica editors methodically analyzed individual standards for relevant topics, including important figures, events, eras, places, and concepts. Teachers may feel confident that LaunchPacks directly support their work in social studies classrooms and can serve as a key tool in helping their students master required instructional goals.

  • How does LaunchPacks help teachers meet content literacy standards?

    Annotation tools, curriculum-focused images and videos, and expertly curated

    content allow teachers to facilitate close reading, build critical-thinking skills, and enhance student literacy skills while teaching core concepts.

    LaunchPacks is intended to provide teachers and students with access to high-quality, rich, and diverse content sets that are easily found and used. The content in each Pack relates to a specific topic that is vital to instruction in a given grade range. Each Pack offers resources that allow teachers great flexibility in their use.

  • What are the ways teachers can personalize LaunchPacks?

    Teachers can schedule reminders in their personal calendar. They can build their own calendar and schedule reminders for future dates as well as stay on top of upcoming events with Britannica “Recommended Packs.”

    With My LaunchPacks personal account, teachers can save and share their favorite Packs, customize or annotate with instructional notes, remove content, add activities, include Web links, or embed questions within articles to inspire inquiry. They’re all collected here for fast, easy access.

  • What can teachers do with the new Tool belt: My LaunchPacks?

    The “My LaunchPacks” personal account allows teachers to save and share their favorite Packs, customize them with instructional notes, remove content, add activities, include Web links, or embed questions within articles to inspire inquiry.

  • What resources are available to me, as a subscriber, to help my students take advantage of Britannica LaunchPacks Social Studies?

    Our resource center is chock full of help, with very specialized resources dedicated just to LaunchPacks Social Studies.