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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 (57), oral history (11)

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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 many Presidential Debates starting in 1960 and moving forward. ...more
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This site provides video and written coverage of many Presidential Debates starting in 1960 and moving forward.

tag(s): debate (46), presidents (123)

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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.

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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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The Interactive Santa Fe Trail Homepage - University of Kansas

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The Mormon Trail

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Examines life on the trails and the settling of Utah. Information and materials for all grade levels. ...more
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Examines life on the trails and the settling of Utah. Information and materials for all grade levels.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site during a unit on the settling of Utah or Westward Expansion. The lesson plans range from elementary to 12th grade, so be sure to pass this on to teachers of different levels if they need it!

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Bibliography of North American Indians - Smithsonian Institution

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This annotated bibliography was created for K-12 teachers by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The authors, both Native Americans, have reviewed a large collection...more
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This annotated bibliography was created for K-12 teachers by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The authors, both Native Americans, have reviewed a large collection of K-12 books dealing with North American Indians, noting biases and inaccuracies, as well at those texts which provide accurate representations of Indian culture.

tag(s): africa (166), african american (109)

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A useful tool for planning lessons and resource lists for studies of Native Americans at any grade level. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer, to research for more information about Native Americans.

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Mythweb Lessons

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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into ...more
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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into other classroom activities.

tag(s): greek (41), greeks (33)

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Take advantage of the free teacher guides and lesson plans offered on this site! Definitely a helpful resource for a world history classroom.

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Playing the Race Card: Two Famous Criminal Trials - Yale University

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A study of the trials of O.J. Simpson and Bernhard Goetz addresses the question, "When is race an important factor in the American justice system?" and goes beyond the individual ...more
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A study of the trials of O.J. Simpson and Bernhard Goetz addresses the question, "When is race an important factor in the American justice system?" and goes beyond the individual trials to look at race in our criminal system and lessons we have learned from the trials.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! US history and government teachers alike will enjoy this one - just be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Wyoming

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North Carolina

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Indiana

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Virginia

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