Online Texts, Lessons and Activities Specific to Social Studies
The following sites provide resources specific to social studies knowledge and skill development.
Annenberg Interactives -- Access lessons and activities for all areas of learning.
An Outline of American History -- An overview of history and government developed as part of The American Revolution – an HTML Project.
Consumer Index Calculator -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Find out the cost of items from different points in time.
Crash Course in US History -- Short You Tube videos on historical events
Digital History -- An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.
Doc’s Teach -- This site includes links to primary sources, lesson plans, activity ideas, and template to build your own lessons.
History World -- This is a massive site with histories, timelines, quizzes, and more, an excellent resource.
Lessons for Economics -- Developed through the National Foundation for Teachers of Economics, this site provides a variety of lessons for use in the classroom.
Liberation Curriculum -- The King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum provides document-based lesson plans, online educational resources and professional development with emphasis on the modern African American Freedom Struggle. Aims to transform the way young people learn about history by focusing not only on King’s visionary ideas, but also the work of ordinary people who made extraordinary contributions to liberation movements.
National Archives and Records Administration -- The website of the National Archives. All types of educational units and copies of national documents are available from this governmental site.
National Geographic -- This section of the National Geographic website has political, physical, cultural, and weather maps to download for use in the classroom.
National Public Radio (NPR) Podcast Directory -- All types of podcasts from National Public Radio to assist students in staying informed.
Primary Source: Global Learning Matters -- Classroom activities and resources for teachers.
Teaching History. National History Clearinghouse -- This site has a lot of materials to assist in the teaching of history.
The Dirksen Center and CongressLink -- Lesson plans and resources to help students understand Congress and government.
The History Channel -- The History Channel provides both historic and current topics, readings, audio and video recordings, and lessons for the classroom
The Library of Congress -- The Library of Congress has historic documents, as well as timelines and articles that can be downloaded for classroom use.
- Teaching with the Library of Congress – Blog
- Classroom Materials – Primary Source Sets from the Library of Congress
The Road to Citizenship Quiz Game -- The History Channel website. 2013.
U.S. Department of State -- Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy. From the Mayflower Compact to excerpts from presidential debates, this site from the U.S. Department of State has a variety of resources for use in the classroom.
US History.org -- This site provides access to numerous types of historic documents and nonfiction articles on U.S. history, ancient civilizations, and American Government.