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Internet Resources for Social Studies

Culture, contemporary issues, economics, geography, history, sociology, and psychology are just a few of the many social studies topics. The Internet provides quality historical as well as current events information. Explore the following resources:

 




Professional Organizations, Standards, and Materials

Economic Education Web (EcEdWeb)
http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/
The mission of EcEdWeb, the Economic Education Website, is to provide support for economic education in all forms and at all levels.
Related Site: National Association of Economic Educators http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/naee.htm

EdSiteMent from the Marcopolo Project
http://edsitement.neh.gov/
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, explore standards-based art, culture, and social studies lessons and web resources for educators

EconEdLink from the Marcopolo Project
http://www.econedlink.org/
Centered on curriculum standards and essential principles of economics with lesson materials

National Council of History Education (NCHE)
http://www.history.org/nche
Non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the importance of history in schools and in society.
 
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
http://www.ncss.org and http://www.socialstudies.org/
Largest association in the country engaging and supporting educators in strengthening and advocating social studies.

Xpeditions from the Marcopolo Project
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/
From National Geographic, explore standards-based lessons and web resources for educators

 


General Social Studies

 

Starting Points

42explore Projects
http://42explore.com
Background information and links to quality websites, activities, webquests, and teaching materials

Civilization.ca
http://www.civilisations.ca/cmc/home/cmc-home
Information about civilizations and history

History from the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=6945&parent=6925
Organized, annotated links

History from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/histhc.html
Information by category

History and Science Studies from Discovery School's Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/history/histg.html
Quality links and descriptions

History Websites from BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/history.shtml
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities

Social Studies from the KidsHub
http://kidshub.org/kids/geography.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities for elementary and middle school including US and around the world

Social Studies from HomeWorkSpot
Organized, annotated links

Transportation from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/trans.html
Information by category

 


Resources for Teachers

Social Studies from Family Education Network's Teacher Vision
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6223.html
Lessons, assessments, printables, and themes organized by Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Social Studies from PBS' TeacherSource
http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/soc_stud.htm
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Social Studies Games for K-8 from FunBrain
http://www.funbrain.com/teachers/subj_soc.html
A wide range of online games for practice and thinking

 


Community

 

Starting Points

Community Club from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/
Resources for children and teachers for learning about neighborhood workers (with audio)


Contemporary Studies and Social Issues

 

Starting Points

Social Issues from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/sochc.html
Information by category

 


Resources for Teachers

Contemporary Studies from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/astronomy.html
Lesson for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

 


Resources for Young Adults

Act for Change
http://www.credoaction.com/
Rresources on taking action

 




Culture

Starting Points

Asian American Heritage from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/asian-american/
Resources for children and teachers

Black History from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/
Resources for children and teachers

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/
Resources for children and teachers

Native American Cultures from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorer/native_americans/index.asp
Resources for children and teachers

Native American Sites from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/natamhc.html
Information by category

Women Wo Changed History from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/women/
Resources for children and teachers

 



Resources for Children and Young Adults

Culture Quest World Tour from Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/cquest/
Visit cultures around the world

Holidays.Net
http://www.holidays.net/
Everything you want to know about holidays

 



Economics

 

Economics Educational Organizations

Canadian Foundation for Economic Education

National Council on Economic Education

National Institute for Consumer Education

 


Resources for Teachers

Economics from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/econ.html
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

 


 Resources for Young Adults


Resources for Children

 




Geography

 

Starting Points

Countries & Flags from the Multnomah Country Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/cntryhc.html
Organized, annotated links

Current World Information from Discovery School's Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/world/worldci.html
Quality links and descriptions

Geography from the Multnomah Country Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/geography.html
Organized, annotated links

Global Studies from the High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/history.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities including geography and culture.

Maps from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/mapshc.html
Information by category

States from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/stateshc.html
Information by category

US History & Government from the High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/government.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities including geography

World Geography & Cartography from Discovery School's Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/world/geog.html
Quality links and descriptions


Resources for Teachers

Atlapedia Online
http://www.atlapedia.com/
Color physical maps, political maps, and country information and classroom resources

Geography from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/geog.html
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

What Do Maps Show from USGS
http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/mapsshow.htm
Lessons and information about maps


Resources for Young Adults

All of the Embassies of Washington DC
http://www.embassy.org/embassies/index.html
Learn about the embassies

Aneki
http://www.aneki.com/
Country information and facts

BBC News Country Profiles
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/country_profiles/html/default.stm
Information about countries around the world

Country Studies
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
Explore information about 102 countries from around the world

Earth and Moon Viewers
http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html
Viewing the earth and moon

Geographia
http://www.interknowledge.com/
Information about places around the world

Geography from About.com
http://geography.about.com/
Geography starting points and resources

Lonely Planet Travel and Country Guides
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/
Information about countries and travel from around the world

MapQuest
http://www.mapquest.com/
Find a specific location or get directions and a map

Maps on Us
http://mapsonus.com/
Maps and directions for the US

National Atlas of the United States
http://www.nationalatlas.gov/
http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/indext.html
Altas of the United States

National Geographic
http://nationalgeographic.com/
Great resources including news and information from a wide range of topics related to geography. Explore the maps section

NOAA - National Weather Service
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Weather resources, observations, forecasts, models, and safety information

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection from UT
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html
Maps from around the world

PlanetWare Travel Photo Index
http://www.planetware.com/slidesho.htm
Explore photos by country, state, or map

Visible Earth
http://www.visibleearth.nasa.gov/
A searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animation of the Earth

World Bank: Exploring Countries & Regions
http://www.worldbank.org/html/schools/explore.htm
Explore countries and regions around the world

World Factbook 2002
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
Reference maps, flags, and country information


 Resources for Children

50 States
http://www.50states.com/
Information about the states and capitals

CIA Kids Page - Geography
http://www.cia.gov/cia/ciakids/geography/index.html
Test your geogaphy skills

Country Studies from Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html#toc
Lots of information about countries

Geography from Enchanted Learning
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/
Information about the continents, oceans, maps, flags, and geography

GeoNet Game from Houghton Mifflin
http://www.eduplace.com/geonet/
Game on the US with teacher information

Global Trek from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek/index.htm
Information about children and countries around the world

Netstate.com
http://www.netstate.com/states/
Information about US States

Online Outline Maps
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/
Nice simple maps

Stately Knowledge from the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/stateknow/skhome.html
Information abou the US States

World Flag Database
http://www.flags.net/
Information about flags around the world

 




US and World Governments

 

Starting Points

Bens' Guide to US Government
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Resources for each grade level

Democracy at Work from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/government/
Resources for children and teachers

Government & Politics from the Multnomah Country Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/govhc.html
Organized, annotated links

GovSpot
http://www.govspot.com/
US, state, and world government information

US History & Government from the High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/government.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities

 


Resources for Teachers

US House of Representatives: Educational Materials
http://www.house.gov/house/Educat.html
Lots of documents for background information on the US government

 


Resources for Young Adults

Atlas of US Presidential Elections by Dave Leip
http://www.uselectionatlas.org/
Resources on national voting practices in presidential and gubernatorial elections

CSPAN
http://www.c-span.org/
Information on government and politics

Fed Stats
http://www.fedstats.gov/
A gateway to statistics from 100 US Federal agencies

FirstGov
http://www.firstgov.gov/
Starting point for government information

How Gevernment Stuff Works
http://people.howstuffworks.com/channel.htm?ch=people&sub=sub-government
Great resources and animation showing how government works

PBS Democracy Project
http://www.pbs.org/democracy/
Highlights resources on politics, political decisions, and voting.

Political Money Line
http://www.tray.com/fecinfo/
Information on campaign spending

Presidential Biographies from PBS
http://www.americanpresident.org/presbios/presbios.htm
Resources on the history of the presidency

THOMAS
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas2.html
Legislative information on the Internet

US Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/
Census information and data on people, business, geography, and other areas.

Vote Smart
http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm
Information on candidates and voting issues

US House of Representatives
http://www.house.gov/
Information about the US House of Representatives including history and current legislative information

US Senate
http://www.senate.gov/
Information about the US Senate including history and current legislative information

White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Information about the current and past presidents and vice presidents, as well as current policies.

 


Resources for Children

Branches of Government from Ben's Guide
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/branches.html
Great overview of government

Fact Finder Kid's Corner
http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/kids/kids.html
Facts and a quiz about US Census and states

Kids.gov
http://www.kids.gov/
Starting point for government information for kids

Whitehouse for Kids
http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/
Lots of projects and information about the White House and politics for kids including videos

 



History - US History

 

Starting Points

American History from Discovery School's Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/history/hista.html
Quality links and descriptions

American History from Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/amhsthc.html
Organized, annotated links

Dear America from Scholastic
http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/activities/index.htm
Resources for children and teachers based on Dear America books

The First Thanksgiving from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/thanksgiving/
Resources for children and teachers

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
http://www.gliah.uh.edu/index.cfm
Information on all aspects of American history by time period

History Mystery from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp
Resources for children and teachers on US and World History

Immigration from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/immigrat/
Resources for children and teachers

Our America from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/our_america/
Resources for children and teachers

US History & Government from the High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/government.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities

World War II Remembered from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwii/
Resources for children and teachers

 


Resources for Teachers

Learning Pages from American Memory
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/index.html
Lesson plans, features, activities, collection connections, and professional development on US History

Digital Classroom from US NARA
http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/index.html
Lessons, teaching materials, and primary source documents related to US History

US History from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/ushis.html
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

 


Resources for Young Adults

American Civil War
http://www.americancivilwar.com/
Background information about the Civil War including songs, timelines, and battles

American Memory
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/
Historical collections for the National Digital Library with primary sources materials on US history

Archiving Early America
http://earlyamerica.com/
Includes documents, puzzles, and information

Avalon Project from Yale Law School
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm
Primary source law, history, and diplomacy documents from each century in US history

Civil War Home Page
http://www.civil-war.net/
Information about battles, documents, letters, diaries, and other information

History Channel
http://www.historychannel.com/
Information on US and World History

Javanoir: History and Culture
http://www.javanoir.net/guide/history.html
Provides links to African American Resources on the Internet

Making of America
http://moa.umdl.umich.edu/
Digital library of primary sources in American social history

National Women's History Project
http://www.nwhp.org/
Resources on the history of women in the US

US National Archives and Records
http://www.archives.gov/index.html
Information, exhibits and instructional materials

 


Resources for Children

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century Decades
http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decades.html
Collection of web guides about the 20th century, decade by decade

America's Library
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/
Explore amazing Americans, history, the states, and other information from US history

Celebrate the Century Stamp Program from the USPS
http://www.usps.com/images/stamps/ctc.htm
Explore the decades of the century in stamps

National Museum of American History
http://americanhistory.si.edu/notkid/nmabc.htm
Lots of exhibits and resources for kids and adults

Treasures from the Library of Congress
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/
Lots of exhibits and resources for kids and adults

 


 

Ancient and World History

 

Starting Points

Ancient History from BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/library/ancient.shtml
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities

Ancient & Classical Cultures from Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/anchsthc.html
Organized, annotated links

European History from Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/eurohist.html
Organized, annotated links

Global Studies from the High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/history.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities including geography and culture

History from Yahooligans
http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Social_Studies/History/
Links to resources for children and young adults

History Mystery from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp
Resources for children and teachers on US and World History

Wars and World History from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/warwldhc.html
Information by category

World and Ancient History from Discovery School's Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/history/histw.html
Quality links and descriptions

World History from BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/library/world.shtml
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities

 


Resources for Teachers

Ancient History from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/ancienthis.html
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

World History from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/worldhis.html
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

 


Resources for Young Adults

20th Century History
http://dewey.chs.chico.k12.ca.us/decsg.html
Explore the 20th century decade by decade through resources, music, images, and timelines

Ancient Egypt from the British Museum
http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html
Information on geography, mummies, pharohs, pyramids, and other topics

Ancient Scripts
http://www.ancientscripts.com/
Lots of primary source documents related to ancient times

Ancient World Web
http://www.julen.net/ancient/
Starting points for ancient world information

Collapse from Learner.org
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/collapse/
Explore why civilizations fall including maya, mesopotamia, chaco canyon, mail, conghai, and others

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/
Documents, transcriptions, facsimiles, and translations from European history

European History Guide
http://www.historyguide.org/
Guide to history of Europe

Exploring Ancient World Cultures
http://eawc.evansville.edu/
Provides an introduction to ancient world cultures on the web

History in the News: Middle East
http://www.albany.edu/history/middle-east/
Connects current events with Middle East history

HyperHistory
http://www.hyperhistory.com/
Timelines, historical maps, and lots of information about world history

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook.html
Resources organized by civilization

Life in Ancient Egypt from Carnegie Museum of Natural History
http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/cmnh/exhibits/egypt/index.htm
Explore an exhibit on Ancient Egypt

Perseus Digital Library
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
Digital archive of historical information

Secrets of Lost Empires from PBS
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/
Explore a wide range of information on lost empires

Seven Wonders of the World
http://www.cleveleys.co.uk/wonders/sevenwondersoftheworld.htm
Explore each of the seven wonders in text and photos


Resources for Children

Ancient Egypt
http://www.guardians.net/egypt/
Great resources on ancient Egypt for kids

Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations by Mrs. Donn
http://members.aol.com/Donnclass/indexlife.html
Great information for children on Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China

Middle Ages
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/
Lots of resources for children and teachers

Research Starters: Olympic Games from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/researchstarters/olympics/index.htm
Glossary, articles, and links



Related Resources and Materials


Bill of Rights Institute
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/
Institute seeks to educate high school students and teachers about our country’s Founding principles.
 
Learning Page from Library of Congress American Memory
http://www.memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/
Front door to over 100 American Memory collections, containimg more than 7 million historical documents, photographs, maps, films, and audio recordings. Plus lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using in the classroom.
 
Moving Ideas Network
http://www.movingideas.org/
Providing news and resources from over 120 research and advocacy organizations, this organization is dedicated to explaining and popularizing complex policy ideas to a broader audience. Our goal is to improve collaboration and dialogue between policy and grassroots organizations, and to promote their work to journalists and legislators.
 
National Museum of American History (NMAH) from Smithsonian Institution
http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/
The Museum is devoted to collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts as a special class of historical evidence--and as principal expressions of human creativity. The Museum is interested in how objects are made, how they are used, how they express human needs and values, and how they influence society and the lives of individuals. [Online exhibits]
 


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