K-12 Social Science Sites
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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.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: SURVIVING THE DUST BOWL -http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dustbowl/
Online extension of PBS series on the 1930s  Midwest ecological disaster.

AMERICAN FACT FINDER - http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
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 MEMORY - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
From the Library of Congress, a searchable database of its online digital collection - priceless.

AMERICANPRESIDENT - http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident
When the site opens, you are presented with selecting either History or Presidency in Action. The History section includes information on the Presidents, biographies of each first lady and each cabinet member,  listings of presidential staff and advisers; and timelines. Presidency in Action features the functional side of the American presidency, outlining the responsibilities of the President and the resources at his disposal. Includes essays, a graphically rich Organization Chart, and details about the offices the President relies on and the personnel inhabiting them. Biographies of leading staffers and advisers add further depth to this portrait of the White House at work.

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: LIFE PORTRAITS - http://www.americanpresidents.org/
Contains a complete video archive of all American Presidents: Life Portraits programming, plus these additional resources: • Biographical facts_• Key events of each presidency_• Presidential places_• Reference material.

AMERICAN REVOLUTION FOR KIDS - http://mrnussbaum.com/american-revolution//
A site by Mr. Nussbaum, set up in a unique, easy form for kids to learn about the Revolution. I love it.

- http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/index.html The History Place presents this comprehensive look at the events that shaped The war for Independence, from Colonial times through the Federal era. There are links to images and documents, and a chronological journey. Bookmark this site as a handy reference for your class as well as for research and other projects!

AMERICA'S QUILTING 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.

ANIMATED ATLAS: GROWTH OF A NATION - http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html
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.)

ARCHIVING EARLY AMERICA - http://earlyamerica.com/
Historic early American documents, trivia, life in Colonial times, Colonial crossword puzzle - lots of fun.

<><>BEN'S GUIDE TO U.S. GOVERNMENT - http://bensguide.gpo.gov
Choose a grade level to explore from K to 12, then a topic from the page.  The guide includes information and games and activities, as well as government web sites for kids.

BOSTON MASSACRE - http://www.surfnetkids.com/boston_massacre.htm
A great page of links about the Boston Massacre from Barbara Feldman. Also links to games, videos, etc. You can sign up for her newsletter (free) or join her premium membership with printables.

CALIFORNIA MISSIONS - http://www.ca-missions.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.

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.

CIVIL WAR - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/civil-war/
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 HALL - A LOOK AT AMERICA'S FOUNDERS - http://www.colonialhall.com/index.php
John Vinci has transcribed the biographies of all the Signers of the Declaration of Independence from an 1829 collection by Rev. Charles Goodrich.  The site includes a daily trivia question about the Signers, a Signer of the Day, and a forum for questions and discussions.  Watch to see if this site is working. 9/02

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

COLOR LANDFORM ATLAS 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. 

"CONGRESS FOR KIDS" -- http://www.congressforkids.net .
"Congress for Kids" links students of all ages to Internet-based, interactive activities that "teach" about Congress, the federal government, and civic duty.

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.

<>CONGRESSLINK - http://www.congresslink.org/
CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. CongressLink is directed to teachers of American Government and civics. It is multi-featured, offering original content (including lesson plans and historical materials) and up-to-the-minute information about Congress.

CONQUISTADORS - http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/home.htm
An online learning adventure for middle and high school classrooms to learn about the Spanish Conquistadors in the New World, and the legacy of their contact with Native Americans. There are extensive lesson plans for teachers and in-depth online content for students in both English and Spanish.

CONTACT A U.S. REPRESENTATIVE http://clerk.house.gov/

CONTACT A U.S. SENATOR -   http://www.senate.gov/senators/index.cfm

DIGITAL HISTORY - http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/
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.

FACTS AND SYMBOLS - THE 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 Nineteenth Amendment giving women suffrage was passed fourteen years after Anthony's death. In Rochester, New York on November 5, 1872, ...the trial for illegal voting created a opportunity for Anthony to spread her arguments for women suffrage to a wider audience than ever before."  In addition to details about the trial, Famous Trials has an Anthony biography, and 100 year time line of women's struggle for the vote.

THE FEDERALIST PAPERS - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/help/constRedir.html
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 THE USA - http://www.teacheroz.com/states.htm
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.

<>FIRSTGOV FOR KIDS  - http://www.kids.gov/
The U.S. government interagency Kids' Portal provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject. There is state report information as well as stuff about music and transportation.  

FLAGS OF THE WORLD - 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.

FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR - http://www.surfnetkids.com/french_and_indian_war.htm
Numerous links for a great study of the French and Indian War by Barbara Feldman. You can also join her newsletter for free, and for a small fee, get printable handouts for each of her topics.

HIPPOCAMPUS: 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.

ILLINOIS FIRST AMENDMENT CENTER - http://www.illinoisfirstamendmentcenter.com/
Explore the five freedoms provided by the First Amendment: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. There is a First Amendment Quiz (found in Students.)  Teachers and home schooling parents can request free curriculum for grades eight through twelve. Watch out for the music.

<>THE JAMESTOWN ONLINE ADVENTURE - http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/
Put your students in the situation of landing in the New World and making all the decisions needed to found a colony. This simulation lets them decide where to land, what to do when they get there, and even how many will be required to do hard labor. There are online helpers in the form of the London Company's Instruction and a Native American neighbor. Players will be scored as to how well they fared given the choices made, and will review what actually happended in Jamestown. This activity requires Flash version 5 or higher.

 MARTIN LUTHER KING SCAVENGER HUNT - http://tstrong.com/Martin.htm
This site can be used with children of all ages. It has audio, pictures, questions to download, a lesson plan, and a PowerPoint template.

<>MONTICELLO--THE HOME OF THOMAS JEFFERSON - http://www.monticello.org/
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Explore the house, gardens, and plantation. Includes: biographic info, "A Day in the Life" with images, Jefferson's West (Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark Expedition), an interactive floorplan, biographies of people who lived and worked at Monticello, an exhibit on Oral Histories, a narrative on slavery, pictures and descriptions of plants and gardens,recipes, and more.  

- http://www.mountvernon.org
The official site of our first president, George Washington.

MOUNT RUSHMORE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE  - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rushmore/
This online exhibit chronicles the planning, design, implementation and  minutiae of Mount Rushmore, the U.S. monument commemorating four presidents. Between January 1, 2002 and May 24, 2002, American Experience is holding an essay contest with this topic question:"If the Park Service ever were to add an inscription to Mount Rushmore, what do you think it should say?" There is also an activity for students to design a memorial commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. These activities, as well as activities in the disciplines of civics, history, economics, and geography can be found under Teacher's Guide.

MR. NUSSBAUM: INTERACTIVE 13 COLONIES - http://www.mrnussbaum.com/13.htm
A must-see activity is the interactive thirteen colonies map. Click on any of the colonies or cities to view the information. There are quizzes, crosswords, scavenger hunts, and fill-in-the-blank cloze exercises in the left-hand menu under Integration.

MUSIC OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES - http://www.pdmusic.org/civilwar.html
Midi files of music used during the Civil War, based on the Civil War songbook.

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.

NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES - http://www.native-languages.org/kids.htm
From the Native American sites, here is a site with info on many Native American Indians--kid friendly.

THE PRESIDENTS - http://ginaotto.com/presidentsites.html
Check the Innovative Teaching site for links to all the presidents from Washington to Clinton.  Walter McKenzie does an excellent

PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES - http://www.presidentsusa.net/
Alphabetized subject headings linked to web sites about the presidents.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/revolutionary-war/
Links to interesting sites about the Revolutionary War by Barbara J. Feldman.

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 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.

STATE FACT SHEETS - http://www.ers.usda.gov/statefacts/
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

<><>STATE REPORTS - http://www.50states.com
An excellent source of facts, pictures and information about state birds, and links to favorite 5th grade sites including Mayan folktales translated, Biographies of Famous Americans - updated monthly.

<>SUPREME COURT - http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
The official U.S. Supreme Court site has oodles of educational material (downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF) in the About the Supreme Court section. Skip the Brief Overview (which only lists hours and other administrative details) and jump into The Court as an Institution, The Court and Its Traditions, The Court and Its Procedures and The Court Building. Biographies of the current justices, and a listing of all past justices, are also found here. A fabulous photo gallery and info for D.C. visitors wanting to hear oral arguments await you in Visiting the Court.

TEACHING WITH HISTORIC PLACES - http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/
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.

TEST YOUR GEOGRAPHY 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://www.andersonkill.com/titanic/facts.htm
Can Captain Smith be held accountable for this historic maritime tragedy?  Check the evidence... (high school).

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

USA: OUTLINE OF AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOK - http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994/index.htm
Contains the table of contents and then the contents.  Just click.  A book on the web---

THE UNITED STATES MINT  H.I.P. POCKET CHANGE - http://www.usmint.gov/kids/
A kid friendly (K-up) site with an animated search for the birth of a coin.  Cute animations and short interesting panels make this a must see.

US STATES PROFILES - http://www.infoplease.com/states.html
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!

USA CITY LINK - http://usacitylink.com/
CityLink offers all kinds of handy information on the cities and tourist information for all 50 states. Select a state from the simple drop down menu and click Go and you're off. Easy to research the hotel, airline and car rental information , and the links to information on even small cities gives this site a decided advantage.

USA STATE MAP/QUIZ 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.

US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE - KIDS - http://www.uspto.gov/go/kids/
Links to contents, games and pages by grade levels: K-5, 6-8 and upper grades.  Really neat site.

VOTING AND REGISTRATION DATA - http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/index.html
A U.S. Census Bureau site, you can access all demographic and socioeconomic data concerning national elections from 1964 to present.

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 along the Oregon Trail between the 1830s and 1869. Also http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/westward-ho a lesson plan for grades 6-8, and 9-12 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.

<><>YOUR MISSION: THE LAST MISSION  - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/the_last_mission/
This is a lesson from the SCORE site. Your students are charged with finding a location for the last California Mission, and work as a team to research the geography, native peoples, and natural resources of the region.  This can be a great alternative to the traditional “mission model.”  Teachers can also use the hotlist of resources to supplement the fourth grade curriculum.

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