50 States


A wealth of information is available for each of the 50 states including links to government agencies, general information about the states and to most newspapers in the states.



This website was created to support the series of PBS shows on Africa. There is something for all levels of students. For younger children, go to Africa for Kids. Learn about the daily life of students in four African nations, play a virtual thumb piano, or figure out how the hero of a Swahili folktale can accomplish his mission. Teacher tools has four wonderful units on Africa. Photography teachers can use the Photoscope area to get students talking about the impact of photographs. For those who think they already know it all, take the Africa Challenge.



A searchable site with over 25,000 of the greatest lives--past and present. Find facts, dates, and other trivia associated with the lives of almost any famous person.

Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall?


"The history of humankind has been marked by patterns of growth and decline. Some declines have been gradual, occurring over centuries. Others have been rapid, occurring over the course of a few years. War, drought, natural disaster, disease, overpopulation, economic disruption: any of these can bring about the collapse of a civilization. Internal causes (such as political struggles or overfarming)can combine with external causes (such as war or natural disaster) to bring about a collapse. What does this mean for modern civilizations? What can we learn from the past? Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You'll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at 'garbage-ology' and study what trash can tell us about a society."

Country Reports.org


Profiles of nations detail land, government, culture, and people. Hear anthems, order maps and flags, and partake in the forums.

Earth Calendar


Do you know what is being celebrated today? This calendar is not centered on the US, but on the nations of the world. Find holidays by nation, or by date, or by religion. Also, keep up with the phases of the moon. Easy to use.

Earth Science: Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker


This activity lets you manipulate tectonic plates. Pull the plates apart and push them together and watch what happens to the Earth.



A complete resource for all subject areas. Includes lesson plans, worksheets, vocabulary, and much more!

Education 4 Kids


Drill games are for students grades K-12 including Math, Social Studies, Vocabulary and Science. Topics for the drills include U.S. President, U.S. and World Geography, Periodic tables, and Math tables. Good site for high school review. Site requires membership but has several free drills.

Enchanted Learning


This site has selected free information available for students, teachers, and parents. (It has become a subscription site.) Students can learn all about dinos, Surf the Web with LITTLE EXPLORERS which is a picture dictionary with links to over 1000 educational activities, read a map and answer questions about it, and color US state flags and answer questions about them. Fun, educational pages for preschoolers. Why oceans are salty and blue? What causes waves and tides? Do ocean crafts and print out ocean animal pages. Read amazing facts about whales and dolphins. Important inventors and inventions of all time as well as explorers who mapped the world and went into space.



GeographyIQ.com which pulls together a widevariety of country facts and figures andpresents them in a very organized easy toread format. Additionally there are listsof World Rankings to browse through.

Google Earth Lessons


Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth. Suitable for Lectures, Presentations, whole class discussions, etc. Also includes mini-lessons - Lesson starters for looking at various topics.

Great Economics Lessons


Here are some great online economics lessons--all levels and content areas keyed to the Nebraska Social Studies/Economics Standards. If you know the concept you want to teach, start from the K-5 concepts list or the 6-12 concepts list. Materials from which to create more lessons are available from the Virtual Economics Companion.



HippoCampus offers multimedia lessons and course materials to help you with your instruction, homework, and studies. You can browse multimedia lessons or complete courses, and find help with the topics covered in popular textbooks.

I Know That


IKnowthat.com activities encourage kids to be creative and to learn by doing. In the spirit of discovery-based education, the activities are designed to provide kids with opportunities to actively explore concepts and guide their own learning experience. Throughout their explorations at iKnowthat.com, kids are exposed to educational material, which they can learn and apply.

Inside the White House


Explore this and other national monuments in our nation's capital. Sponsored by PBS and National Geographic, this site has quality materials and links for studnets of all ages!



Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students.

Lesson PlanZ.com


A database of lesson plans for educators.

Owl and Mouse Software


While this site does have software for sale, it also provides FREE downloadable software for the classroom in the areas of reading and social studies. Click on the words “Owl and Mouse Software” to see Free downloadable maps for learning United States and World geography with Maps that Teach. Interactive maps are also available for learning continents, countries, states, capitals, borders, physical features and cultural monuments.

PBS Teacher Source - Lessons and Activities


View lessons and activities by selecting a grade range and topic. Areas covered include Art, Health and Fitness, Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Early Childhood, Library Media and Technology Coordinators.

Pete's Power Point Station


Power point and animations for teachers to use in their classroom. All content areas included.

Pete's Power Point Station


This website houses a great collection of ready made power points and interactive activities for many subject matters.

Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of


Old photographs are time machines. They allow us to look back in history, freeze a moment in time, and imagine ourselves as part of the past. This site offers a visual tour of the past century. The exhibition is arranged in chronological "galleries" as well as seven "portfolios" of talented photographers.

Read Write Think


The website states its purpose is to "provide educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction."

Scholastic - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage


The project Celebrate Hispanic Heritage allows students to choose different areas relating to Hispanic Heritage. This project was designed to teach students about the cultures, backgrounds, and contributions of the Hispanic people who came to America and those living here today. September 15 -October 15 is Hispanic Heritage month and is celebrated each year throughout the United States. To begin discovering about Celebrate Hispanic Heritage just click on Hispanic History in the Americas, Interviews with Great Latinos, Discover History Makers or What Does My Heritage Mean to Me?

Smithsonian Institution


"...An establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men", the Smithsonian Institution has served the United States since the mid-1800s as the "world's finest museum complex".

Snappy Words Free Online Dictionary


It’s an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.

Teach With Movies


You've probably heard your children or students say "Can't we just watch a movie?" At times, movies are appropriate teaching tools . . . This site gives you some discussion questions (and perhaps essay topics) for more than 200 movies. Search by keyword or browse alphabetically, by culture, or for character development issues. Descriptions include benefits, possible problems or issues raised by the movie, and background. Check out the list of Movies Not Recommended as Teaching Tools.



"TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level search, keyword search, or extensive menus."

The Endurance


In the frigid winter of 1914, two dozen explorers set sail for Antarctica aboard the Endurance, attempting to be the first ones to cross the unexplored continent. For 22 months, photographer Frank Hurley documented their ordeal and even became somewhat of an explorer himself through the journey. He climbed up the ship's treacherous mast to photograph wildlife and trekked across shaky sheets of ice to take his striking photos.

Uncovering China


A comprehensive guide to China and its rich history, this Web site provides details of the country's past starting with 1839. It also provides a list of cities in China and their importance, both today and historically. Finally, you can take a quiz to see how much you learned and participate in a poll or post your thoughts about the country on a message board.

Wordia: Bring Words to Life


Wordia - the authorative online textual dictionary, where you bring words to life through video!