Students create a SPICE Poster and identification chart to use the whole year. This activity introductions students to the different parts of SPICE (Social, Political, Intellectual/Technology, Cultural, Economic) that make up Social Studies. By understanding these characteristics, students are able to analyze topics and complete critical thinking task. Each is a part of SPICE makes up the fabric of a community, state, region, nation, and the world. Issues in one area will cause problems or are related to another. It is important for students to analyze issues through each part to understand the whole story. In activities over the school year, students use these essential characteristics to analyze issues and topics in all Social Studies content areas and units. Students are able to create graphic organizers or write essays based on the parts of SPICE. For example, students may answer an essay questions on the impact of WWI on the Homefront by explain the political, social, and economic changes. After students complete this activity, it is helpful to hang their posters so they can refer to them throughout the year.