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General Social Studies

Awesome Library's Social Studies Worksheets has links to printable worksheets you can use to teach ancient history, US History, geography, & current events.

Carmen Sandiego Connection is the official homepage of this series of educational software.

Dig Magazine is an archeology magazine for kids.

freeworksheets.com (formerly School Express Free Worksheets) has social studies & geography worksheets that you can print out.

Funbrain offers games for learning geography & history for grades 1 - 12.

Funschool.com is a site with interactive educational games. It is free & there is nothing to download. It covers concepts from pre-k through 6th grade.

The History Place has articles, photos, speeches, current events & more from US & World History.

Hutt's Geography, History, Social Studies, & Transportation Page has lots of links to lesson plans & helps!

Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers has lots of info there!

The History Net is broken down by subjects & has a search feature to help you find what you need.

M Tech allows you to make your own worksheets to print out online or check out that archives & use one of those!

Marilee's Biography Links has info on writing your autobiography & links to biography pages.

ProTeacher: Social Studies has lots of lesson plans for elementary aged kids.

Quia! allows you to create your own learning games or play some that others have already created.

Sassafrass Grove History has lots of great links broken down by time period & a suggested reading list.

Scholastic.Com Classroom Activities & Reproducibles has social studies worksheets & activities you can print out for grades 1 - 6.

Small Planet has a few lesson plans in science & social studies online & links to other educational sites.

Spectrum Social Studies consists of biographies & interactive games that cover world history & geography.

Smithsonian Magazine's Kids Castle offers games & info on history & geography.


World History

The Amazing Magnificent Colossal Cruise Through Time & History gives an overview of world history from the time of the dinosaurs to the future.

Ancient Adventures: Choose Your Own Adventure Through History is a set of historically accurate choose your own adventure books based on ancient history. There are currently 6 "books" & more may be added. They are now on the net & include teachers guides for each one. The cost for access is only $20 a year!

Ancient Mediterranean History covers the Romans, Greeks, & Egyptians. It includes maps & timelines.

The Artist's View of World History and Western Civilization covers ancient through current history. There is historical background as well as artistic information here.

The Campanian Society exists to further the study of the ancietn Roman-Greoc world. They have a lot of linsk to go through here & many books for sale that can help you in your language & history studies.

Chronological History for Homeschoolers offers lesson plans, grade level guidelines, & Catholic resources.

CountryReports.org offers hudreds of pages of info on every nation in the world & includes history, maps, flags, anthems and written information on government, geography, people, defense, weather, governments, economies, & current news links.

Egypt Fun Guide is a nice little collection of projects & info for studying ancient Egypt.

History House (formerly Bizarre Historical Trivia) is a site to spice up your high school history lessons. The name of this web site describes what you will find here. Topics include Willliam the Conqueror, Peter the Great, Pope Stephen VII, Popess Joan, Alexander the Great, & more.

HyperHistory World History Chart Main Page contains a world history timeline on-line.

About.com Ancient/Classical History has tons of info & even timelines listed for various cultures & empires.

Mr. Donn's Ancient History has a misleading title; he has lesson plans, links & more for not only ancient history, but US history, the Middle Ages, World history, & geography, too! A must see site! While your at it, check out his other site: Mr. Donn's World History Page.

Mr. Dowling's Virtual Classroom is a great world history site. There is lots of info here as well as downloadable study guides for grades 6 & 7.

Odin's Castle is an excellent resource for studying both American history & world history.

World Civilizations are the resources to an actual college level class but can be used by high school students.


Historical Fiction & Nonfiction Books Online & Lesson Plans - World History

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School features primary documents that deal in law, history, & diplomacy from the Code of Hammurabi to the present.

Bartleby currently includes historical non-fiction from John Stuart Mill, John Reed, Lytton Strachey, H.G. Wells and Mary Wollstonecraft. They are constantly updating at this site, so check back often!

A Childs History of England by Charles Dickens is online & an interesting perspective of English History until the reign of Queen Victoria.

Eurodocs is a collection of primary historical documents, mostly from Western Europe.

Historic Girls by E. S. Brooks contains the stories of 12 girls who influenced the history of their times.

Historical Text Archive features links to documents broken down by country of origin.

Internet Classics Archive features over 441 works of classic literature by 59 different authors. These are mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation. It includes classics, such as Homer, as well as the writings of Julius Caesar & Confusious.

Royal Diaries Discussion Guides is the official site from Scholastic about this series of historical fiction books for older children & is similiar to the Dear America books. You will find info on the books, timelines, & discussion guides with activities here.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon is a Newbery Award winning book written in 1921 & his last update was in 1939. It covers world history from the beginning of the world (secular perspective) through the end of WW1. This book has been updated several times over the years, but you can find the original version here without the original artwork or here with the original artwork.

World War I Document Archive contains an extensive listing of primary documents, including both personal & official papers.


US History & Citizenship

About.com's State Unit Studies has lesson plans, links, etc. for doing an in depth study of your state (which is usually covered in 4th grade by the public school).

America Rock, part of Schoolhouse Rock, contains songs for learning about US History, how a bill becomes a law, the Constitution, & how our government is set up.

USS Constitution Museum offers a free curriculum called All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventures Aboard "Old Ironsides"! This interdisciplinary curriculum comes with an accompanying video tape and integrates geography, math, social studies, arts & crafts, history, science, language arts and more in 14 lessons for grades K-12. To order, follow the link, print out & fill out the order form, & send it to the address listed.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is broken down into 4 age groups: k-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12. It is a companion to the US Government Printing Office.

Celebrate the Century Stamp ProgramThe free series of 6 kits from the US Post Office & Microsoft covering different decades of the 20th century is over. The stamp images are still online & could be used as the basis of unit studies on the decades.

CIA Kid's Page offers info for the study of geography & American history.A direct link won't get you there, so this link takes you to the main CIA page. Then just look for the link to the CIA Kids Pages.

Conner Prairie is a living history area in Indiana. You can find lots of articles, recipes, kids pages & more here.

Crossroads - A K - 16 American History Curriculum covers just about anything you can think of!

Education 4 Kids (formerly Flashcards for Kids) is an online, interactive site which has a games covering US Presidents & US Geography.

Ellis Island Virtual Tour offers not only the tour, but teacher's resources & links to find out more information on immigration.

From Revolution to Reconstruction: A Hypertext on American History is a terrific resource for older, self guided learners!

GovSpot.com's Governemtn for Kids has links to info on the branches of the governemtn as well as links to the kid's areas of The Food and Drug Administration, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, The Department of Treasury, The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, The Central Intelligence Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A Guide to Impeachment is a lesson plan to help you teach your children about the process.

History Happens specializes in music videos about American History. You can check out several songs/videos on the web page is you have the RealAudio plugin for your browser.

Learning Adventures in Citizenship contains over 30 Web-based learning activities designed to allows teachers, parents, and kids to learn more about and participate in their own communities. The Web site also contains a rotating gallery of student work, a contest with digital cameras donated by Canon, primers on student volunteerism and social science inquiry, a historical resource guide for each state, and lesson plans for teachers.

Linda's Homeschool Page has a really cool idea, with pictures, for a timeline & an outline of her American Revolution Unit she did with her son!

Marilee's Native American Links has links to everything from clipart to craft projects to links to various tribes!

Mr. Donn's Ancient History has a misleading title; he has lesson plans, links & more for not only ancient history, but US history, the Middle Ages, World history, & geography, too! A must see site! While your at it, check out his other site: Mr. Donn's World History Page.

Odin's Castle is an excellent resource for studying both American history & world history.

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Flagstaff Hill Free Teachers Packet includes a 158 page guide that you can download.

Terry Jordan's Advanced Placement United States History Page includes outlines, links, lesson plans, reading assignments, and any other info you may need to cover an AP US History course. The is also a link to his Eleventh Grade American History page that is worth checking out.

Time for School has several social studies worksheets & activities you can print out for ages 4 - 8.

A Walking Tour of Plimoth Plantation contains pictures & info from Plimoth.

Vote Smart Young Voters Program: Government 101 has lessons plans & vocabulary lists, in an introduction to US government. Make sure you check out the many other resources in the "Political Resources" section, the checked section on menu bar on the top of the page, for more educational materials on government & voting!


Historical Fiction & Nonfiction Books Online & Lesson Plans - US History

American Memory, from the Library of Congress, features tons of primary sources from American History. You can either do a specific search or look for documents related to a theme.

Archiving Early America is a look at 18th century America through primary documents. They are also making movies that you can watch online!

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School features primary documents that deal in law, history, & diplomacy from the Code of Hammurabi to the present. Many documents from Amercain history can be found here, too!

Bartleby currently includes historical non-fiction from Henry Adams, Edward William Bok, W.E.B. Du Bois, T.S. Eliot, Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Inaugurals, Thomas Paine, Theodore Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Lytton Strachey, Carl Van Doren, and Booker T. Washington. They are constantly updating at this site, so check back often!

Dear America is the official site from Scholastic about this series of historical fiction books for older children. You will find info on the books, timelines, & discussion guides with activities here. This site also covers the boys' version ( My Name is America) & a new series (Royal Diaries).

Historical Text Archive - United States includes links to tons of resources for primary documents from American History.

Little House in the Big Woods is a lesson & activity plan for this book.

My Name is America Discussion Guides is the official site from Scholastic about this series of historical fiction books for older children. You will find info on the books, timelines, & discussion guides with activities here. This is the boys' version of the Dear America series.

My America is the official site from Scholastic about this series of historical fiction books for younger children. You will find info on the books & timelines here. For activities, check out the Dear America books that have similiar topics.

National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive collection of primary documents available. It contains more than 35,000 of the most important, declassified documents that led to the policy decisions.

The True Story of Christopher Columbus by Elbridge S. Brooks was originally written in 1892. The entire text is located at this site.

Teacher's Lounge at SimonSays.Com is Simon & Schuster's site of lesson ideas for books such as the American Diaries, Childhood of Famous Americans, The Shiloh Trilogy & more!


Current Events

Courier Journal (Kentucky) Newspapers in Education offers a variety of ideas for incorporating the newspaper into your curriculum.

Newspapers in Education is a website on using local papers for educational purposes. If you don't have access to any of the papers listed, you can also check Yahoo Search: Newspapers in Education for more local resources.

NY Times Learning Network features new lesson plans daily based on their newspaper. It is aimed at grades 6 & up.

The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources presents over 2000 annotated links in a range of international affairs topics. This looks like a great site to really dig into information!

Weekly Reader Galaxy offers an online version of the popular classroom newspaper. I don't think it contains as much as the print version does, but there is still a lot worthwhile there!


Geography

Aussie Netquest - Mini Webquests offers mini-units on line about Australian history, geography, lifestyle, towns, government, education, wildlife, & sports.

CIA Kid's Page offers info for the study of geography & American history.

CountryReports.com (formerly E-Conflict World Encyclopedia) offers hudreds of pages of info on every nation in the world & includes history, maps, flags, anthems and written information on government, geography, people, defense, weather, governments, and economies.

Education 4 Kids (formerly Flashcards for Kids) is an online, interactive site which has a games covering US Presidents & US Geography.

Geography World allows you to study geography in depth - from the land formations to world cultures!

Mr. Donn's Ancient History has a misleading title; he has lesson plans, links & more for not only ancient history, but US history, the Middle Ages, World history, & geography, too! A must see site! While your at it, check out his other site: Mr. Donn's World History Page.

National Geographic is the official homepage of the magazine. While you are there, make sure to check out Xpeditions for lesson plans, an atlas, & other helps for teaching geography.

Nystrom produces maps & other geography materials. On their homepage, you can also find links to free lesson plans & helps, as well as a page for up-to-the-minute political changes, national standards, geographic literacy, and hot links.

Outline Maps is a large collection of maps that you can print out & have your children fill in.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection has maps from all over the world.

Sassafrass Grove Geography has lots of great links broken down by time period, a suggested reading list, & recommended software list.

World Safari "travels" to various countries around the world. Topics such as society, the people, & history are covered at this site. Current offerings are Japan, Greenland, Italy, Kenya, & Jamaica.

Zoom School offers sites for learning about Canada, Australia, USA, Africa, and Japan. If you go into the archives, you will also find a class on The Great Wall of China.


If you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like to add, please feel free to e-mail me!

Enjoy!


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