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Below you will find links to great websites for Social Studies on the Internet.  Many of these sites are interactive and are great for use with a projector or SmartBoard.

 

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America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. Click here for an article about the museum.
Challenge your students to solve the history mystery about world and US history
Guess the state based upon clues
Primary source, movies and music from history can be found at the Archiving Early America site
Combines video segments with primary source documents, maps and other visual materials, discussion and review questions, and additional teaching materials including classroom activities and Internet-based activity links.
A Good source for facts on countries throughout the world.
Historic Events & Birthdates occuring on this day of the year. (last updated 2000)
Features links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and provides a rated list of the best history sites available for teachers on a wide variety of topics.
A Good source for facts on countries throughout the world.
A kid-friendly site for current events and historical information.
Test your geography knowledge
Current events presented in a student-friendly format with quizzes, and games.
Strong Museum features interactive exhibitions, school lessons, and The National Toy Hall of Fame.
Historic Events & Birthdates occuring on this day
 Founding the American colonies
A variety of resources on colonization.
Five new questions posted daily
Tons of great resources
"Future State" is the U.S. State Department's Web site for youth that offers the opportunity to "explore American diplomacy and get a taste for what it takes to serve on the front lines of freedom." Included are lesson plans, informational articles, games, and links to current events, geography, and the environment.

 Geography lesson plans/activities/resources
CNN for Kids..can be taped..has teacher guides, etc.
 Ed Helper..subscription based but you can get some resources for free
Humanities lesson plans/activities/resources
The site for webquests from the San Diego State University Department of Educational Technology.
This Web site is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. “America's Story from America's Library" wants students/adults to have fun with history while learning. This site includes numerous primary source materials: letters, diaries, records and tapes, films, sheet music, maps, prints, photographs and digital materials. Many of those materials are found only in the collections of the Library of Congress. Check out the section called, “See, Hear, and Sing” where you can watch a movie, listen to a song or play music from the past!
Offered by the National Council on Economic Education, this site provides classroom-tested, standards-based educational materials for K-12 teachers and students that cover the essential principles of economics. These include: lesson plans, which can be searched by title, concept, grade level or standard; news and information on current events; case studies and data on key economic indicators; and links to related economics education sites. Economics lesson plans/activities/resources
American Presidents: Life Portraits
This web site contains a complete video archive of all American Presidents: Life Portraits, plus biographical facts, key events of each presidency, presidential places and reference material.
Type in an important date in history or your own birthday to learn about the headlines, birthdays, top songs & shows, top toys and books, music, food costs and more from that year or any year from 1875-present. Create a time capsule with existing headlines or add your own. A great tool for creating a time capsule with students or getting more facts about a certain time period!!
The Newseum is a daily pictorial listing of headlines (front pages) from major newspapers around the world. This site is excellent for comparing treatment of news events around the world. It could also be used for writing, current events, foreign language practice, a look at editorial choices, or other Social Studies applications.
These sites provide famous speeches with text, audio, and video. A great resource to make important historical and current events come alive for students.
CNN Student News is a TV program for classrooms that airs on CNN Headline News. A Daily Guide that details each segment, including guiding questions to accompany the segment for written answers or discussion, activity ideas, additional information links, and vocabulary is sent every day to your email inbox to guide your viewing. This is a great way to develop higher level thinking skills and discussions about current events.
A collection of Hispanic biographies, activities, music, timeline, and more links for studying Hispanic Heritage.
Virtual Tours is a collection of tours for the World, Museums, Exhibits, Points of Special Interest and the US Government. The goal is to provide information that will enhance your journey on the Internet. It includes Over 300 museums, exhibits and Points of Special Interest that offer multimedia guided tours on the Web. Most present text and pictures, others transmit sound and an occasional movie.
2,300 wilderness locations around the Western US & Canada...
Search by geography, alphabetical, trips or themes.
View pictures of beautiful places-includes latitude and longitude info, compare how locations have changed over time, or just enjoy the scenery!
A weekly virtual teacher's guide provides timely information about social studies events around the world.
An online current, special events resource and news site for educators, parents and students in grades 3-12. Includes lesson plans, vocabulary and geography builders, News Quiz, On this Day in History, Science Q & A, Ask a Reporter, Family Movie Guide, current events quizzes, and forums. Updated weekdays during the school year. Check out this site to help keep up with the events of the day in our world.
President's Day - In this resource, you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.
This site covers explorers from the 1300's to the present.
It is an exceptionally comprehensive list of explorers. There are descriptions of who they were and where in the world (land, sea, and space) they explored. Many have photos and illustrations. A great source for this topic!
The Geography World site provides a page of titled resources which link to additional topics. These topics include: the continents, agriculture, conservation, the environment, water, earthquakes, ecosystems, flags, weather, geography quizzes and games, maps, natural resources, volcanoes, and more! There is even a translator and a search engine to search Geography World!