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  1. Chicago Public Schools had instituted a structured social studies curriculum with daily lesson plans for every grade K - 12. Look at your grade level to see if there are suggested activities you wish to adapt for your own classroom. Adobe Acrobat is needed to view these lesson plans.
  2. The Age of Exploration Curriculum Guide -Teachers can use the curriculum guide in a variety of ways. It is especially appropriate for grades 5, 8, and high school world history and geography. The curriculum weaves together visual images, video, and text, as well as materials that can be downloaded or printed for transparencies, presentations, or reports. It includes lesson plans, vocabulary, links to related web sites, and guides to other reference materials.
  3. Best of History Web Sites - award-winning portal created for students, history educators, and general history enthusiasts
  4. EDSITEment is a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, MCI WorldCom, and the National Trust for the Humanities. Edsitement brings together the best of the humanities on the web. Check here for lesson plans and links to other humanities web sites. This is one of the MarcoPolo partner pages.
  5. Fast Facts - from the Census Bureau
  6. Government sites for kids - from the Justice Dept, to the Treasury Dept, to the CIA, look here for government departments
  7. History of Advertisement - presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
  8. How Everyday Things Are Made -"If you've ever wondered how things are made - products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place"
  9. Online Activities for social studies
  10. Schoolhouse: Social Studies - Hundreds of links to all major social studies topics
  11. Social Studies Lessons & Helps - a long list of links
  12. K-12 Social Science Sites by Gina Otto- many resources
  13. Teaching with Historic Places - more than ninety classroom-ready lesson plans that together reach across the United States. Most of them are now available on the Web; these lessons have been marked by underlining their titles

Lesson Plans

  1. Going Solo Independent living- Economic interactive unit of study
  2. History Lesson Plans and Resources
  3. Social Studies Lesson Plans - Lesson plans and teaching strategies
  4. U S History Lesson Plans

General Social Studies Sites

  1. 10 x 10 - One hundred words and pictures that define the time. This site is updated hourly with pictures from news sources around the world. The pictures provide links to the news sources related to them. Duplicate images are from the same wire service, but will be on to a different news source. This site has a history archive which goes back to 3:00 AM on November 4, 2004. Pictures at this site are in Flash and can not be copied, but photos associated with the news stories can be copied.
  2. Adventures of a Penny- discover the different types of money and how money is made
  3. Analyzing Editorial Cartoons - A worksheet to help students understand editorial cartoons.
  4. Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids - Kid-size information on America's Symbols, Nation, Government and many others. This site is aligned with TCAP curriculum.
  5. The Bill of Rights - A Web Quest
  6. Braille Bug - A wonderfully fun site provided by the American Foundation for the Blind that provides information, games, riddles and insight into a world without sight. Games make learning Braille fun and you can order your own Braille alphabet card for free!
  7. Collapse - Why do civilizations fall? What does this mean for modern civilizations? What can we learn from the past?
  8. C-Span Classroom - Free resources for teaching Civics and U.S Government (registration required to see all video clips, but it is free)
  9. Environmental Change and Our Health - Lessons, activities, news resource.
  10. Exploring the Earth - a free download, works on Mac and PC - This program uses space images, vocabulary words and geography trivia to teach students about our Earth
  11. Flag sites
    1. Early US Flags
    2. Flags of the World - A large flag database
    3. Flags of the World ( claims to be the Internet's largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Read more than 14,500 pages about flags and view more than 25,700 images of flags.
    4. Flag of the United States - table of contents site
    5. Flags of the United States - Flags of the US, current state flags, and flags of territories.
    6. Flag of the US - Facts About the United States Flag
  12. Food Force - People are starving all over the world. How can you help? Help students become aware of the problem by playing this virtual game, helping feed people and share supplies with the world. Play the Food Force game, learn about food aid, and help WFP work towards a world without hunger. Learning resources and the lesson plans are provided for teachers.
  13. The Great Escape - Through this interactive map, drawn after the war by one of the POWs, Ley Kenyon, explore the remarkable story of Harry, the 300-foot tunnel that 76 men snuck through during their infamous getaway on the night of March 24-25, 1944.
  14. Harcourt Brace Social Studies Resources -Learning resources for social studies programs from Harcourt Brace School Publishers
  15. Hyper History Online -Over 2000 files, covering 3000 years of history.
  16. International Hand Alphabet - Learn the Hand Alphabet. Learn to sign your name and other words. Can you translate this? -
  17. Lesson Plans For A Variety Of Social Studies Topics
  18. Kids in the House - Take your students here to learn about our government. Explore the role the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn about the legislative process and its effect on you. Experience the exciting world of government like you never have before
  19. Learning Adventures in Citizenship: From New York to Your Town - (from PBS)
  20. Memory- Several related topics are built around this theme, on a fascinating site posted by the Exploratorium. One fascinating exhibit is named Droodles. If you have Shockwave on your computer, give it a try.
  21. Millennium - 1000 years of History - Experience the people, events and achievements that have shaped the world.
  22. Multicultural Diversity
    1. Elementary Diversity Activities - links to ideas, activities, lesson plans and other resources.
    2. High School Diversity Activities - links to ideas, activities, lesson plans and other resources.
    3. Middle School Diversity Activiites - links to ideas, activities, lesson plans and other resources.
    4. Multicultural Homework sites - many to select from
    5. The Newspaper Diversity Game - High school; interactive game.
    6. Understanding other cultures - traditions and values in communities, pictures and teacher's guide.
    7. Social Studies Activities - learn about cultures around the world
  23. Office of the Clerk welcomes you to the On-line Information Center. At this site, you can obtain copies of House documents, including public disclosure forms, made available by the Clerk as part of his official duties. You can also find historical information about the House of Representatives and information about its Members and Committees.
  24. Propaganda - Learning about forms of propaganda
  25. The Salem Project - Connecting History and Literature
  26. Sign Language at the American Sign Language browser. Quick time movies of words, and single images for single letters.
  27. Social Studies Curriculum Resources Poster Sets - Grade K-3; Posters that facilitate the teaching of social studies standards.
  28. Then and Now - A Science Odyssey takes you on a journey through the most spectacular 100 years in the history of science and technology. Here's an overview of how our understanding has grown from 1900 to today. Click each topic for greater detail and links that trace our journey from then to now!
    1. Matters of Life and Death; Medicine and Health
    2. Mysteries of the Universe; Physics and Astronomy
    3. In Search of Ourselves; Human Behavior
    4. Bigger, Better, Faster; Technology
    5. Origins; Earth and Life Sciences
  29. This Day in History - presented by The History Channel. Other categories offered are this day: in Wall street history, in automotive history and in Civil War History. Video clips are now included.
  30. Time related sites
  31. US Counties - Capitol Impact provides an index of state pages. At each state page you will see a map linking to information about the counties of that state.
  32. Consider using the United States Historical Census Data Browser to find raw data for projects. You may search census data by decade from 1790 to 1970. There is a wealth of information here.
  33. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Home Page - "The tie that binds the lives of our people in one indissoluble union are perpetuated in the archives of our government."
  34. Write Your Representative - This service is provided to assist you in finding and contacting Members of the United States House of Representatives. Enter your zip code and find out who your representative is, or find contact information. In some cases you will need to know your 9 digit zip code. That information can be found at the Zip+4 service provided by the United States Postal Service.

Media Guide from the League of Women Voters - Use their map to navigate to any state. State listings provide contact information for newspapers and TV stations. If the newspaper or TV station has a web site, you will also find a link to that site.

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