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SCIENCE RESOURCES, LESSONS & INTERACTIVE SITES
Social Science Sites
Social Science Sites.
UNITED STATES HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE SITES.
AARON BURR - https://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/aaron-burr/
Links to all things about Aaron Burr by Barbara J. Feldman.
AMELIA EARHART - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/amelia-earhart
These two pages are part of Surfnetkids site by Barbara J. Feldman. Check them out as well as a page for
SOJOURNER TRUTH - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/sojourner-truth/
THE AMERICAN COLONIST'S LIBRARY - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1294965/posts
A treasury of Primary Documents pertaining to early American History, the site claims if the documents are not on the site, they are probably not available anywhere online. They are arranged in chronological sequence from 500 B.C. to 1800 A.D.
FACT FINDER - https://data.census.gov/cedsci/
From the U.S. Census bureau, this site offers tables and maps for states, counties, cities, towns, American Indian reservations, metropolitan areas and zip codes. Based on the year 2000 census data, students can make all kinds of comparisons between states that encourage critical thinking and higher level data analysis skills.
AMERICAN HISTORY FOR KIDS - http://www.americanhistoryforkids.com/
"From the first Thanksgiving to the first man on the moon, you’ve come to the right place to learn about American history. We cover the Pilgrims’ arrival, the Jamestown settlement, and the Revolutionary War and keep going through the Industrial Revolution, World War I and II and into modern American history.
<>AMERICAN MEMORY - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
HISTORY - http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/
The history of American quilting covering women and their quilting from Colonial America to the Great Depression plus Native American, African American and Amish quilts. Please take special note of the page on quilting myths at http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/research.htm as many teachers are unaware of them . Teachers need to know if they are teaching information that is historically accurate.
OF A NATION - https://www.facebook.com/AnimatedAtlas
A ten minute narrated movie, divided into smaller segments, which depicts the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to fifty states. Geographic elements are interactive, as is the timeline. A teachers' guide is located at http://www.animatedatlas.com/teachersguide.html#growth-class (Requires Flash 6.)
ATLAS OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE U.S.
This atlas contains over 700 historical maps of the U.S. arranged into sections, many of which are animated to show changes over time. Some include a text option. Check it out. Teacher’s guides are available.
ARCHIVING EARLY AMERICA - http://earlyamerica.com/
Historic early American documents, trivia, life in Colonial times, Colonial crossword puzzle - lots of fun.
MISSIONS - https://californiamissionsfoundation.org/
This site was created for the study and preservation of the California Missions, Presidios, Pueblos and ranchos, and their Native American, Hispanic and Early American past. It has great pictures in the glossary, annotated links, including links to on-line projects.
MISSIONS - https://www.missionscalifornia.com/
The California Missions Resource Center is a comprehensive and unique resource for historical information on the twenty-one California Missions, with quality information for students, teachers and people interested in discovering the wonderful history of the early missions and the people who helped create and shape the California of today.
CAMP SILOS - http://www.campsilos.org/
From Native Prairie to Present, Exploring our Cultural Heritage is the alternate title. You can Explore the Prairie, check out Pioneer Farming, The Story of Corn and Farming Today and Tomorrow. Each area is divided into a Student area, a Teacher area (with lesson plans), and Resources. This is a great site for combining the study of US westward expansion and biomes.
From Camp Life - http://www.nps.gov/museum, to Civil War for Kids, and Letters from an Iowa Soldier, the listing of sites on this page by Barbara J. Feldman is great.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG - http://www.history.org/
The premier site on daily life in Colonial America - the only way to see more is to visit there in person
OF THE UNITED STATES - http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html
This site offers a nice range of maps on each state, from the political and topographic to shaded relief maps and satellite images. It includes a post script map format which allows the user to download and print a map image of a state.
CONGRESSIONAL DOCUMENTS AND DEBATES 1774-1873 - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html
Law titles, House and Senate journals, Annals of Congress, covering the U.S. Congress from 1774 through 1873: all authentic documents online for easy access to enrich the Social Studies curriculum. Featured is the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson.
CONTACT A U.S. REPRESENTATIVE - http://clerk.house.gov/
CONTACT A U.S. SENATOR - http://www.senate.gov
A U.S. history textbook; over 400 annotated documents, supplemented by primary sources on slavery, Mexican American and Native American history, and U.S. political, social, and Legal history; essays on the history of film, ethnicity, private life, and technology; multimedia exhibitions. Includes a searchable database of links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, an audio archive including speeches and book talks by historians, and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images. There's an Ask the HyperHistorian feature which allows users to pose questions to professional historians. This Web site was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges.
DOCUMENTS FROM THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS & THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, 1774 TO 1789 - https://www.loc.gov/collections/continental-congress-and-constitutional-convention-from-1774-to-1789/about-this-collection/
FIFTY STATES - http://www.angelfire.com/or/rosad/states.html
Great information presented here in concise, fast-loading format, contains lots of facts including the capital, the date admitted into the union, the state flower, bird and tree, the state mineral, gem, insect, fish and marine mammal, as well as fossils, songs and the region in which it is located.
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
The Library of Congress houses this complete collection of the discourse between Madison, Hamilton and Jay on the nature of democratic government that was so influential in creating consensus to ratify our Constitution.The papers are listed here chronologically, but you can also search for topics by keyword or browse the collection by titles. Did you know originally this collection was published anonymously one paper at a time as letters to the editor of several New York newspapers?
50 STATES OF
School-friendly information for students on the fifty states, includes maps, rankings, governments, laws, genealogy sites and quizzes. You can look up any specific state and find at least half a dozen links that cover all kinds of aspects about its history and people.
FLAGS OF THE
- UNITED STATES - http://www.crwflags.com/contents.html
This site has been setting the standard for flag sites on the Web for several years now, and this particular section on state flags includes both printable images and trivia behind the flag of each state. It includes alternate flags used in the past and the choice of a clickable map or a text-based list for finding any state of interest
US HISTORY - http://www.hippocampus.org/US%20History%20I
A must -- VIDEOS - check them out!!
HISTORY AND POLITICS OUT LOUD - http://www.hpol.org/
Hear some of the voices of US History: Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F.Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr, Richard Nixon and more. HPOL is a searchable, browsable site with public domain audio files relevant to American history and politics
HISTORY MATTERS - http://historymatters.gmu.edu/
Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history.
JUNETEENTH - https://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/juneteenth/
“Juneteenth (a blend of the words “June” and “nineteenth”) is an annual celebration of June 19, 1865 when Union general Gordon Granger read that all previously enslaved black Texans were free.” Barbara Feldman has gathered websites that explain the day and the celebrations that have ensued in the 21st Century. Check it out.
KIDS IN THE HOUSE
Great learning tool for kids about the three branches of government, but specifically Congress.
LUTHER KING SCAVENGER HUNT - https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/hunt/hunt060.shtml
This site can be used with children of all ages.
MOUNT RUSHMORE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/mount-rushmore-1
This online exhibit chronicles the planning, design, implementation and minutiae of Mount Rushmore, the U.S. monument commemorating four presidents.
<> NATIVE AMERICAN SITES - http://www.nativeculturelinks.com/indians.html
Hosted by a mixed-blood Mohawk Indian, this page provides access to sites that provide solid information about American Indians.
AMERICAN LANGUAGES -
From the Native American sites, here is a site with info on many Native American Indians--kid friendly.
THE PRESIDENTS -
Great sites about the presidents, Washington to Biden
OF THE UNITED STATES - http://www.presidentsusa.net/
Alphabetized subject headings linked to web sites about the presidents.
WAR - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/revolutionary-war/
Links to interesting sites about the Revolutionary War by Barbara J. Feldman.
<> ROAD TRIP: HISTORICAL UNITED STATES LANDMARKS - http://www.shearcomfort.com/road-trip-historical-us-landmarks.asp
This site was discovered by Dakota L. and sent to me for evaluation. Great job Dakota. You can study or take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty, learn about theWhite Housek the Liberty Bell, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Yellowstone Park, theRedwood Forest, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
ON THE NET - http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm
This site stockpiles every link imaginable on every state and federal government agency students might need to learn more about a state. There's even listings of regional agencies and national organizations that work with government to deliver services to the public. Use the text listing or the quick-reference drop down menu to access information easily.
A USDA site that compiles data from the 1980 census forward to allow students the chance to track demographic and economic switches over the last quarter of a century for every state. Data covers population, income, employment and agricultural statistics as well as links to current news.
STATELY KNOWLEDGE - http://www.ipl.org/youth/stateknow
Do you have to do a report on a state? This site has links to all the states in the Union and Washington, D.C. with size comparisons, charts of information and links to other places, written by the people at the Internet Public Library
PLACES - https://www.nps.gov/subjects/teachingwithhistoricplaces/index.htm/
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom. You can even create your own lesson.
KNOWLEDGE - http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html
A fun review of visual identification of the 50 states, this site gives you three chances to click on a state on the map, given the name of the state in the right hand frame. If you get it right on the first try you earn three points, on the second try two points and one point on the third try. A nice way to reinforce basic state knowledge on a classroom computer.
TITANIC MOCK TRIAL - http://titanic.andersonkill.com/facts.htm
Can Captain Smith be held accountable for this historic maritime tragedy? Check the evidence... (high school).
TIME: IMAGES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM THE COOK COLLECTION OF
The photographs of African Americans in this collection provide an interesting combination of examples of African American life and the white photographers' perceptions of that life, often at least tinged by stereotypes. 300 photographs of African American life in turn-of-the-century Central Virginia are searchable. From the VCU Libraries, Special Collections and Archives
THE UNITED STATES MINT - https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids/games/
Play free educational games online and learn more about coins! There is a video for a short preview. These fun kids games can be played for individual enrichment or as part of a lesson plan. New ones are added often.
In Information Almanac format this site allows your eye to quickly scan and find significant facts. And they're all here. It has it all!
U.S. CONSTITUTION RESOURCES - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/us-constitution/
Another great page by Barbara J. Feldman. Links to all things about the Constitution, including other sources that appear here.
PRINT OUTS -http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/usa/statesbw/
Enchanted Learning presents this handy collection of maps and quizzes of states, regions and flags. Ready to print out and use with your students, this site is surely already well-used by classroom teachers. Why not join the bandwagon and see if there's something here for you? Site comes up and you need to type in the name of the state you wish.
WESTWARD HO WEBQUEST - http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/view_lesson_plans?id=1747
4th or 8th grade? The purpose of this Web page is to give you a sampling of some of the aspects of Westward Expansion and the journeys alongthe Oregon Trail between the 1830s and 1869. Also http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=66530 a lesson plan for grades 3-5 where students can begin a hunt for information and find answers on this site.
WITHIN THESE WALLS - http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/house/
This website from the Smithsonian looks at a house in Massachusetts, and follows its inhabitants over two hundred years. Students can find out about the five families that lived there, artifacts from each time period, and how to uncover more information about your own house or neighborhood.
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