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Social Studies / History Resources

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities—history, geography, government, economics, politics, cultures, and religion, to name a few. Look here for websites providing resources to everything from prehistoric times and ancient history to modern history and current events. For retail curriculum products and non-free resources, see our social studies curriculum section.

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History.com Videos
Watch videos & full episodes online at History.com.
In addition to a constantly expanding collection of texts from the great documents of America's past, History2u offers free e-books that provide a concise history of the United States from 1492 to the present.
HistoryBuff.com is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary source material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years.
Historycentral.com is your one source for everything on American History and World History. Special sections on: Americas Wars, American Presidential elections, Civic, Aviation History, The Sixties,and much more. There is also a Teachers Resource Center for parents that provides resources including lesson plans and teachers guides.
iCivics (formerly Our Courts)
iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support. This is a MUST SEE website! The games on this site are the "coolest" way to learn about our government.
Kid's Corner of Shipwrecks
Underwater Archaeology Kids' Corner of Shipwrecks at Historic Preservation of the Wisconsin Historical Society
Find links to government and other kids' sites -- just use the navigation bar above to browse through our site. Explore, learn, and have fun!
Mission Us - A Revolutionary Way to Learn History
Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: "For Crown or Colony?," puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. Mission 2, “Flight to Freedom” (working title), which focuses on resistance to slavery, will launch in spring of 2011. Other missions, as well as a broadcast special, are planned for release in 2012.
Free lesson plans and activities on ancient, world, and American history.
My American Farm
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s My American Farm project teaches agricultural literacy through an interactive computer game. Players learn where food comes from and how those products get from the farm to their dinner plate. My American Farm offers free activities & lesson plans. Each activity uses the context of agriculture to teach math, reading, science & social studies concepts & skills.
NOVA Online Pyramids Adventure
On this Web site, wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built. You can also follow the 1997 field season of a team of archaeologists as they excavated the bakery that fed the pyramid builders.
Plimoth Plantation's First Thanksgiving Investigation
The official site of the first thanksgiving. An online learning experience that takes you through the "real" story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people.
Save the Manatee Club
Free Printable PDF Manatee Education Materials for both students and educators.
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, History/Social Science (SCORE H/SS)
There are over 1200 Lessons and activities on SCORE H/SS that address the California standards through active learning. Some require Internet access, but others may be printed. This is a VERY good resource!
Science and Technology of WWII
The National WWII Museum presents the Science & Technology of World War II--an interactive website complete with information, lessons and activities.
Smithsonian's History Explorer
Your gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History. The Museum is a proud partner with Verizon Thinkfinity.
Social Studies for Kids
This site is a resource for students, teachers, and anyone else who wants to learn about Social Studies. The author, David White, is the former About.com Guide for Social Studies for Kids. He is an expert in the field. This site covers history, geography, economics, cultures, current events, holidays, religions, languages, archaeology, and much more!
Student's Friend
The Student's Friend is a concise narrative of world history that may used in place of a traditional textbook (free download or use online). This website has lesson plans, study guides, and other teaching tools designed to make world history and geography more meaningful for students and easier for teachers to teach.
Teaching with Historic Places
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.
Teachinghistory.org is an awesome U.S. history website designed for educators, but older students will find their links to quality websites & primary sources helpful, too. You can also test your history knowledge with weekly history quizzes and you can submit questions to Ask a Historian.

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