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.
This site promotes respect for ethnic and cultural diversity by providing educational resources, pamphlets, and general information aimed at combating hatred, prejudice, racial profiling, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.
One of the most persistent and overarching complaints the American colonists had about the rule of the British monarchy was the extent of its power. One of the most persistent and overarching complaints about the early government of the U.S. under the Articles of Confederation was the weakness of the federal government. Attempting to form a more perfect union, the framers of the Constitution designed a government that clearly assigned power to three branches, while at the same time guaranteeing that the power of any branch could be checked by another. Using primary source documents, your students can see clear demonstrations of how one branch of our government can check another.
This Library of Congress American Memory features musical scores, recordings, photographs, and essays on the style of brass band music that flourished in the 1850s in the United States.
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.
This is a field diary of Alaice Cuningham Fletcher who set out in 1881 to study the life of the Sioux women. It includes wonderful folktales and photographs of Native Americans.
"The central mission of The Center on Congress is to help improve the public's understanding of Congress and to improve civic engagement, especially among our young people, as a way to strengthen our basic institutions of government. The Center is non-partisan and its goal is purely educational — to explain the work and role of Congress. Information on Congress is presented in a variety of ways, including newspaper op-eds, radio commentaries, website articles and brochures, teaching materials, conferences, books, television spots, and videos and interactive learning programs for students."
"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."
Register your class for an online field trip to Colonial Williamsburg! There are seven individual electronic field trips that you may register for or one rate for all field trips. Individual trips for the 2007 - 2008 school year at $120. The set of seven trips is $500. Each field trip incorporates many activities beyond the set date of the electronic field trip. A segment titled Web Adventures is available to your class throughout the year with the paid field trip. It provides web-based interactive activities and videos to extend learning. A special section titled, "In Their Own Words," uses primary sources to teach students more about the period. Each trip has opportunities for students to use email, online voting and a forum to actively participate in the experience. Students may have their individual questions regarding colonial times answered by history experts by posting or emailing questions. Each field trip is aligned to National Standards of Learning in History and a bibiliography are included. A Teacher's Guide, additional internet links, TV broadcast and an online video preview to show prior to the field trip are also included. Field trip dates are scheduled from October through April. The 2007 - 2008 schedule is available at http://www.history.org/History/teaching/eft.cfm. This year's lessons include: Jamestown Unearthed, Emissaries of Peace, Founders or Traitors?, For Ready Money, No Master Over Me, Treasure Keepers, The Industrious Tradesmen. For a small price, your students can truly experience Colonial Williamsburg! Technical support is provided throughout the school year to make your experience a success. Purchase orders are accepted.
Profiles of nations detail land, government, culture, and people. Hear anthems, order maps and flags, and partake in the forums.
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.
This activity lets you manipulate tectonic plates. Pull the plates apart and push them together and watch what happens to the Earth.
This website contains many technology rich lesson plans for teaching economics.
A complete resource for all subject areas. Includes lesson plans, worksheets, vocabulary, and much more!
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.
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.
This 3-part online activity is designed to help educators (i.e. new and experienced teachers, principals, counselors, other school leaders) explore the following questions: How do we ensure that all students are given equitable rights and responsibilities within our school community? What principles of democracy are most critical in decisions about classroom and school-wide subject matter and policies? How does the school environment in which one presently works reflect a strong value of democratic principles?
Search for general or specific gender-based information on the health and economic well-being of women around the world. Information is organized on a country-by-country basis for topics such as demographics (including life expectancy, adult illiteracy, and unemployment), population dynamics, labor force participation, education, and health. You can compare US gender statistics to those in other countries.
Take an interactive tour of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
This site has interactive games for geography.
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.
This is a great site that gives valuable information on the life of George Washington.
Gifts of Speech is dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential contemporary, women from around the world.
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.
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.
An exhibition portfolio from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (the New York Public Library).
"Henry Ford Museum is more than a place to encounter the artifacts that have shaped America; it is the place to meet the people and ideas that have fired our imaginations and changed our lives. America has always embraced an innovative spirit. With that spark, and the enduring promise of opportunity for all, Henry Ford Museum celebrates and showcases our nation’s 'Genius at Work'!"
The High School Hub is a noncommercial portal to excellent free online academic resources for high school students. It features learning activities, a daily news quiz, a reference collection, SAT practice, college information, and subject guides for English, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, arts, health, and technology.
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.
Text of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Full text of the Constitution of the United States of America.
HPOL is a collection of invaluable audio materials some available for the first time on this website capturing significant political and historical events and personalities of the twentieth century. The materials range from formal addresses delivered in public settings to private telephone conversations conducted from the innermost recesses of the White House.
History Happens uses music videos and an interactive web site to teach American history. Drawing on the power of music to enhance learning, History Happens turns the great stories of American history, such as the Underground Railroad, into original music videos. History Happens is a project of Electron Farm Publications, Lexington, and the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.
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.
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.
A database of lesson plans for educators.
What does it mean to participate in American life? Resources and information at this site provides answers to this question by chronicling the tumultuous struggles for civil rights and social justice in America. Learn more about the NAACP's fight for racial equality and integration and find out about activities your students can get involved in to safeguard the rights of African Americans and other minorities.
Another multimedia contribution by Ken Burns and family. Sponsored by PBS and General Motors, the site provides a plethora of information on people, events, photos, art, and primary sources from West-- many of the perspectives are from individuals who are usually overlooked by traditional historians. Not stuck in the nineteenth century, Burns' spans across time to illustrate the diversity of western America. The presentation and the interactive options of the site will hook students and teachers alike.
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.
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.
Learn more about the creation of Mount Rushmore. Background information about the artist behind the creation and the project which resulted in this great historical monument.
Power point and animations for teachers to use in their classroom. All content areas included.
This website houses a great collection of ready made power points and interactive activities for many subject matters.
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.
In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included to enrich this site.
There are nearly 30,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. A grand total of over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources. Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.
An environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza.
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."
Explore the Renaissance period by visiting the following places in this exhibit: "Out of the Middle Ages", "Exploration and Trade", "Printing and Thinking", "Symmetry, Shape, and Size", and "Focus on Florence".
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?
What was it like to immigrate to America in the 1920s versus today? Learn about immigration in the past and present by visiting Scholastic’s website Immigration Stories of Yesterday and Today. In addition this website has an interactive tour of Ellis Island and an Oral Scrapbook.
Are there any Native American tribes living in your state? To find out visit this website! In addition, this website offers an Oral History of the Skagit River, Canyon Rock Art, maps, and information about the Pueblo and Anasozi Indians.
Scribbling Women, a project of The Public Media Foundation of Boston, dramatizes stories by American women writers for national radio broadcast. The recorded plays are on the web site, along with a wide range of classroom resources for teaching and learning the rich tradition of American literature by women.
"...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".
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.
An interactive site which allows students to learn the states, capitals, and two-letter postal abbreviations.
Official site of the highest court in our nation.
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."
Learn archeology within the context of one state. Texas Beyond History starts with a site map to archeological sites around Texas. The Kids area has activities and even a link to an expert, Dr. Dirt. For teachers, there are lesson ideas in the arts, mathematics, literature, and history & social studies.
Welcome! We hope you'll find The Democracy Project site to be a useful, fun addition to your classroom during the election year and beyond. TheWelcome! We hope you'll find The Democracy Project site to be a useful, fun addition to your classroom during the election year and beyond.
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.
What do Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., The Alabaman Tuskegee Airmen, Frances Willis, Harriet Ida Pickens, Phyllis Mae Dailey have in common? They were all African-American firsts during World War II. To learn more about them and other great African-American’s during World War II visit this website.
What takes place during a Presidential Inaugurations? This site offers an interactive activity about the American Presidential Inaugurations beginning with George Washington and ending with George W. Bush.
A companion site to the PBS series tracing American musical traditions along the Mississippi River.
"Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to have his career and life chronicled on a large scale by motion picture companies. This presentation features 104 films which record events in Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919." (Sponsored by the United States Library of Congress's American Memory site)
In 1945 Harry S. Truman became President of the United States following the death of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. With the death of FDR, Truman was thrust into a presidency filled with decisions that would change the course of history. His decision was to drop the Atomic bomb on Japan brought about the end of World War II. To learn more about Harry Truman visit the Truman Presidential Museum and Library website.
Official site of the United States Senate.
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.
Straightforward access to the Museum’s archives, including photographs, transcripts of lectures, and guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust.
Official site of the current United States House of Representatives.
Site dedicated to one of our nation's greatest landmarks.
What do Dr. Mae Jemison, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, and Melba Pattillo have in common? They are five women whose lives made a difference and changed history. To learn more about these and other amazing women in history visit the website Women Who Changed History.
Wordia - the authorative online textual dictionary, where you bring words to life through video!