If you’ve been under a rock for the last few years and haven’t heard, The Hunger Games trilogy is kind of a big deal. The books and movies have created quite a buzz. For my son, Harry Potter was a huge part of his growing up. But for many of today’s tweeners and teens, including my daughter, The Hunger Games series is the storyline that has been part of their growing up years.

And with the second movie coming out in a few months, you can take advantage of the intense interest to introduce a wide variety of social studies topics into your instruction. Geography. Regions. Governmental power. Civic disobedience. Propaganda. Economics. Supply and demand. The list seems endless.

But if you’re stuck a bit coming up with specifics, check out some of the lesson plans, resources, activities, and worksheets listed below:

Hunger Games Lessons
Start here. Has gone commercial a bit but you can still find nice stuff like this lesson comparing The Hunger Games to The Lottery.

The Odds Ever in Your Favor: Ideas and Resources for Teaching The Hunger Games
Great article with ideas, suggestions, and resources for using the book as a learning tool.

Hunger Games Unit
An entire unit on the Teachers Pay Teachers site. Extensive resources. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it’s worth the $15.99 asking price.

Lesson plans and teaching resources
A sweet list of 13 lessons, links, and materials

Hunger Games Propaganda Posters
A bit tongue in cheek but love the idea. Find even more when you use Google Images. Compare with actual posters from WWI and WWII.

The Hunger Games Challenge
Students use evidence from the text to infer what might have led to Panem, the postapocalyptic world of The Hunger Games with free download.

Hunger Games Resources for Teachers
From Scholastic. They’re trying to sell books but still some nice stuff here. Be sure to check out their Hunger Games Resources page.

The Hunger Games
From Schmoop – the easy to use, 21st century version of Cliff Notes.

And a few extra bonus bits:

Virtual Tour of Panem’s Capital
Interactive and engaging.

Hunger Games Gender Empowerment lesson (pdf)

Hunger Games Advertising / Commercial lessons (pdf)

Hunger Games – Lesson plans, worksheets, and handouts
A quick History Tech post from 2012 just before the first Hunger Games movie was released. Some sweet Panem maps.

Pop Culture, Hunger Games, and Geography
The first HistoryTech Hunger Games conversation.