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Explore the States - Library of Congress

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From the Library of Congress's America's Library section, this site offers very brief information on each state, along with links to state-specific events, attractions, or activities....more
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From the Library of Congress's America's Library section, this site offers very brief information on each state, along with links to state-specific events, attractions, or activities.

tag(s): states (164)

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This site offers only the briefest of information.

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Boston Navy Yard - National Park Service

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The National Park's site on the Boston Naval Shipyard. ...more
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The National Park's site on the Boston Naval Shipyard.

tag(s): navy (9)

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How the Grinch Stole Election Day

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Humor for election day (based on the election of 2000). Although this resource was created for the 2000 election, the background information and story is valuable for teaching about...more
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Humor for election day (based on the election of 2000). Although this resource was created for the 2000 election, the background information and story is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history.

tag(s): elections (73)

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This would be a cute way to teach students about the events of the 2000 election and the voting process. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, either playing the audio version or have students take turns reading the lyrics. VERY useful for a US history or Government classroom.

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Presidential Biographies - IPL

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Though the title is probably misleading, this site's collection of information about the presidencies of our nation's leaders has plenty of facts, but little context. One of the more...more
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Though the title is probably misleading, this site's collection of information about the presidencies of our nation's leaders has plenty of facts, but little context. One of the more interesting features are the links to historical documents from different presidencies. This one's useful for very basic research, but it lacks the "who did what" aspects that can make history really interesting.

tag(s): presidents (124)

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Because this is a very organized presentation of the presidents, it would be extremely easy to compare presidents about very specific points. This would be useful in a class discussion of political party differences, campaign spending & finance, and legislation decisions. For comparison purposes, we recommend using an online Venn Diagram to be used on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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This would be good for students doing their own research. Dan, OR, Grades: 0 - 6
This would be great for students doing their own research. Dan, OR, Grades: 0 - 6

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The Democratic National Committee

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Homepage of the Democratic National Committee. ...more
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Homepage of the Democratic National Committee.

tag(s): politics (98)

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The Berlin Airlift - Project Whistlestop

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This site chronicles the airlift that kept West Berlin alive during the period immediately after World War II. Though written from an American perspective, there is coverage of the...more
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This site chronicles the airlift that kept West Berlin alive during the period immediately after World War II. Though written from an American perspective, there is coverage of the broader European involvement in one of the first cold war crises.

tag(s): cold war (30)

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Use this site as a resource to find primary sources about the Cold War and the end of WWII. Primary sources could be used to teach both the content and historical thinking skills in your classroom. Divide students into 5-6 groups, with each group assigned a different primary source to read and evaluate. (Sources should come from various perspectives to make the game more interesting) Have the groups present quick summaries of their source to the class, making sure to mention who the author is and whether or not there could be bias. After all have presented, have each team pick a representative to argue in front of the class as to why their source is the most reliable and valid. After all have made their argument, have the class vote off the least reliable "survivor style" until you are left with just one!

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An Analysis of Jim Crow Laws and their Effects on Race Relations - Yale University

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Through language arts activities and discussion, young students learn about Jim Crow laws and the devastating impact of discrimination on society and individuals. ...more
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Through language arts activities and discussion, young students learn about Jim Crow laws and the devastating impact of discrimination on society and individuals.

tag(s): africa (165), african american (108), civil rights (121), segregation (16)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted by Yale. Though the site is a little "vanilla" there is a lot of good content and lesson plan ideas. Keep in mind that some of the content may be over some students heads, so make sure to alter it to your specific classroom as need be.

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You Be The Historian - Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

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Play the role of a historian using objects to figure out what life was like in another time. Look at historic objects from New Castle, Delaware and think about how ...more
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Play the role of a historian using objects to figure out what life was like in another time. Look at historic objects from New Castle, Delaware and think about how objects from today might be viewed by future historians looking back at our times. The 'what about you?' sections of the activity encourage you to think about the study of history at a personal level. What can future historians learn about your school, your class, etc. What evidence are you leaving behind? This site provides questions to think about, especially if you are interested in careers that use History.

tag(s): careers (146), local history (15), museums (46)

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You Be the Historian can be an excellent springboard for class discussion about primary and secondary sources and the historical process. The activity can also be used as an introduction (or supplemental material) when studying life in the late 1700s. Special Features include a teacher's guide to using this web site in the classroom on or offline.

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Wisconsin

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The state's home page. ...more
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The state's home page.

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Illinois

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The state's home page. ...more
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The state's home page.

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Pennsylvania

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The state's home page. ...more
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The state's home page.

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Ohio

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The state's home page. ...more
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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 (164)

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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 (73), politics (98)

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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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The House of Representatives

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The House home page contains links to member pages and biographies, committee links, House history, and procedural information. ...more
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The House home page contains links to member pages and biographies, committee links, House history, and procedural information.

tag(s): congress (36), house of representatives (10)

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Use this site as a resource for class discussion and debates about current issues on the House Floor. This would be a useful resource for a US government class.

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USAGov - US Government

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This Websiteis a federal government portal with a plus. In addition to offering links into most of the nooks and crannies of the federal government, USAgov also links to relevant ...more
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This Websiteis a federal government portal with a plus. In addition to offering links into most of the nooks and crannies of the federal government, USAgov also links to relevant resources from the rest of the world. If you're looking for statistics, information, regulations, or related information - federal, state, or local - this is a great starting point.

tag(s): branches of government (52)

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Use the free lesson plan about voting in the "elections" section of the website. In that same area is a link entitled "Kid's Guide to the election process," that would make an excellent learning center or station. The digital tour explains government and the process of elections that makes it easier to understand for elementary students. That particular section could be used for students as young as 2nd grade, so pass it on to fellow teachers in the younger grades if they are working on a unit about voting!

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Congressional Directory

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tag(s): biographies (88), congress (36)

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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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FInd biographical informtion about every past American President. ...more
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FInd biographical informtion about every past American President.

tag(s): biographies (88), presidents (124)

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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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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): media literacy (65), primary sources (92)

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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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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 (58), oral history (11)

In the Classroom

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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