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Illinois

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Pennsylvania

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tag(s): pennsylvania (6), states (162)

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Ohio

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tag(s): states (162)

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Stately Knowlege

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This site from the Internet Public Library offers quick summaries about each of the 50 states: capital, state birds, flowers, etc., population, and other information. There are also...more
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This site from the Internet Public Library offers quick summaries about each of the 50 states: capital, state birds, flowers, etc., population, and other information. There are also additional links for those who need more information.

tag(s): states (162)

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In a unit or lesson on the 50 states, incorporate some of the interesting details from this site to supplement the basic content. Some of the information could help students remember capitols or information about congressional representation. At bare minimum, this site does a great job of providing a lot of context to learning about the 50 states. Very nifty resource for civics or US history teachers.

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Winning the Vote - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, presents an introduction to political campaigns, advertising strategies, and electioneering. The entire unit, including...more
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This site, part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, presents an introduction to political campaigns, advertising strategies, and electioneering. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used at home or in the classroom.

tag(s): elections (75), politics (99)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! This would be a great addition to a US government class, just make sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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Congressional Directory

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tag(s): biographies (87), congress (33)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on biographies or research projects about specific congressmen. Although the biographies are short, they provide other resources that could easily be followed up with!

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The American Presidents

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tag(s): biographies (87), presidents (131)

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Use this site as a point of reference for information about our Presidents. Students could use this site as a spring board for research projects, or historical heads. For historical heads, have students draw inside of a blank outline of a human face graphic representations of the president chosen for their project. Students should be able to describe and explain all representations, but it's a great way for them to organize their ideas and provide more memorable symbols for facts that they need to know.

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Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness - Yale University

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tag(s): american revolution (86)

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If in need for some new material during a lesson on the American Revolution, take advantage of this one provided by Yale University. Just make sure to save it as a favorite on your classroom computer, to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Ellis Island - Original Images

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This site from the California Museum of Photography uses original stereo photos of Ellis Island to give students a first-hand look at the largest entry point to America. Though the...more
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This site from the California Museum of Photography uses original stereo photos of Ellis Island to give students a first-hand look at the largest entry point to America. Though the quality of the images is uneven, some of the faces make wonderful starting points for a discussion of, "What's going on here..." or "How would you feel if..." If you're creative, this is nice raw material.

tag(s): immigration (58), migration (59)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of immigration in the 19th and 20th century. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about the immigration experience. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Picturing the Century - National Archives

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The National Archives does it again... This on-line exhibit offers more than 100 images of Americans during the past century. While each is part of a major theme in its ...more
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The National Archives does it again... This on-line exhibit offers more than 100 images of Americans during the past century. While each is part of a major theme in its own right, these images are a perfect way to get students thinking about what people were doing and thinking at the time.

tag(s): images (266)

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History and social studies teachers should see this one.

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Living History Farms

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Living History Farms is an Iowa-based recreation of agricultural communities from three different time periods in American history. Located on adjoining properties, these three sites...more
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Living History Farms is an Iowa-based recreation of agricultural communities from three different time periods in American history. Located on adjoining properties, these three sites afford an opportunity to compare and contrast farming and life styles at three different points in our nation's development. The web site offers pictures, text, and descriptions for each of the three periods, permitting students to take a virtual tour of life at three points in American history.

tag(s): agriculture (55)

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Each farm section has limited information offered, so this activity would best be used as an quick introduction to a unit rather than a major activity. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and examine each farm with the class. Pull out important characteristics offered, and compare and contrast the farms. We recommend a Venn diagram tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).This would be a useful activity to discuss the differences in habitats, and different ways people have subsisted on the same land.

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At Home in the Heartland

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A project from the University of Illinois describing how life has changed throughout American development. Materials and lesson plans for all age levels. ...more
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A project from the University of Illinois describing how life has changed throughout American development. Materials and lesson plans for all age levels.

tag(s): 20th century (51), cultures (105)

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Use this site as a learning center or station to accompany US history curriculum. Find the time period that's most appropriate for the unit being studied, with students working in pairs to explore the site. This would be a better tool to help review since not all the material is need to know for National standards, but serves as great supplementary information that students can connect the content to.

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National Archives: The Digital Classroom - National Archives

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This site is meant to assist teachers in their use of archival documents when teaching. Choose "Primary Sources and Activities" for reproducible primary documents, photographs, and...more
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This site is meant to assist teachers in their use of archival documents when teaching. Choose "Primary Sources and Activities" for reproducible primary documents, photographs, and lesson plans correlated to the National History Standards, and cross-curricular connections. The site includes interesting activities for use in studying events in U.S. History.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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This is an excellent site for any history, art history, or civics teacher attempting to put forth something more tangible for students to grasp. Click on "Images of the American Revolution," and open up the pictures on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Question students as to the meaning and context of the illustrations, to help them understand how images were used to convey certain meanings. Ask the students to create their own cartoons about something controversial in their town, or about the unit being studied, and encourage them to use some of the same subtle concepts the original illustrators did.
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Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through the Use of Children - Yale University

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Examine folk tales, use role-play, learn about holidays and food, and study culture in this integrated unit. ...more
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Examine folk tales, use role-play, learn about holidays and food, and study culture in this integrated unit.

tag(s): cultures (105), hispanic (18), latin (22)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! This would be a great resource for a social studies or Language arts classroom.

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Pocahontas, From Fiction to Fact: Using Disney's Film to Teach the - Yale University

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This unit uses the Disney movie and two other versions to discover the truth about Pocahontas, the Powhatans, their encounters with the English in 1607, and the geography and climate...more
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This unit uses the Disney movie and two other versions to discover the truth about Pocahontas, the Powhatans, their encounters with the English in 1607, and the geography and climate of Virginia.

tag(s): jamestown (11), virginia (16)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this page! Great for an English classroom, plus the activities work on creating critical thinking in students. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.

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Immigration History Firsthand - Library of Congress

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This unit is designed to help elementary students learn to use the Internet for research, as well as broaden their understanding of history. In the first lesson, students gather and...more
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This unit is designed to help elementary students learn to use the Internet for research, as well as broaden their understanding of history. In the first lesson, students gather and discuss personal artifacts to gain an understanding of what makes a "collection." During the second lesson, students use their local archives to discover how collections are organized, then try organizing some documents themselves. In the final lesson, students transition to a national topic and research the archives online. The gradual steps of the lesson help make it easier to search through the immense amount of material available online.

tag(s): local history (13)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered by the Library of Congress! The lessons all come equipped with corresponding standards, so teachers can rest assured this is all valid information that will help satisfy their requirements.

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Social Studies Web Sites and Resources

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Here's a treasure-trove of lessons, materials, ideas, units and resources. Lots and lots of great material here from sources as various as the academy Curriculum Exchange, Houghton...more
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Here's a treasure-trove of lessons, materials, ideas, units and resources. Lots and lots of great material here from sources as various as the academy Curriculum Exchange, Houghton Mifflin, Addison Wesley, AskERIC, Encarta and the Peace Corps. Print 'em out and turn 'em loose on the kids! This is definitely worth a browse!

tag(s): black history (59), oral history (12)

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Save this site as a favorite it and browse it whenever in need of new lesson plans and materials within a social studies classroom. This is a great resource for new teachers, or for someone just looking for fresh ideas on how to cover a topic.

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Presidential Debates Information

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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates. ...more
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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates.

tag(s): debate (41), presidents (131)

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If teaching about the historic 1960 television debates, use the videos and transcripts to provide students with something more tangible than the summary in their textbook. Click on the debate history section of the site, selecting the year 1960. There are multiple transcripts and videos that can easily be printed or viewed on the interactive whiteboard. To show the impact of technology, have students listen to the debate before watching - and also select a winner. After, have students repeat the activity; this time through watching the video. Have a class discussion on how seeing the candidates affected their opinions, and whether a similar effect occurred in 1960. Great for a US government classroom!

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Library of Congress: for Teachers - U.S. Library of Congress

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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities,...more
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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities, thematic collections, and extensive materials and lesson plans for TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) The teacher resources highlight nearly 10 million primary source resources available on line through this site.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

In the Classroom

Use the learning page as a launch pad for planning your own lessons in conjunction with the vast array of resources available from the Library of Congress. Many of the documents and images are in the public domain and can therefore be used as visuals in other multimedia projects created by teachers and students. Be sure to read the permissions. Share an image on your projector or interactive whiteboard or a voice recording to start a lesson. Assign students to explore and explain collections you select. Be sure to check out the self-directed professional development modules, as well.
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The flight of Apollo 11 - NASA

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Facts and pictures from NASA's archives. These photos are the real thing. ...more
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Facts and pictures from NASA's archives. These photos are the real thing.

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