Social Studies Web Links and Internet Resources

Published: 1/23/2015 4:06 PM

 Follow the links below for helpful online resources for social studies educators!



Ancestry K12 offers a no-cost program for K12 schools that includes access to content from Fold3, and the U.S. collection of Ancestry.

Annenberg Classroom and Sunnylands Classroom offer, at no cost, classroom-ready civics education resources from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
The Avalon Project: Yale Law School

This site offers full text documents of American law, history and diplomacy.

Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments

Innovative assessments that gauge historical thinking in easty-to-use, classroom-friendly ways.

Big History Project

Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future.  It's a story about us.  An idea that arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole.  This growing, multi-disciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.

The Bill of Rights Institute

Free lessons and resources about America's founding principles.

C3 Teachers

C3 Teachers aims to empower teachers as they wrestle with the big ideas and instructional implications of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards (the "C3 Framework").  This site provides inquiry lessons and templates, professional learning materials, and other resources.

Center on Congress at Indiana University

Learn about Congress through a variety of resources.

The CIA World Fact Book

Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.

Civics Renewal Network

Free online classroom resources for civic education.  The mission of the Civics Renewal Network is to raise the visibility of civics education and to make high-quality resources more accessible to teachers through a one-stop non-partisan website.

Constitutional Rights Foundation

Online lessons on issues related to the Consitution and Bill of Rights.

C-Span Classroom

Free primary source materials for teachers to include timely teachable videos, "on this day in history" information, featured lessons and teacher/student opportunities.

Cultural Jambalya

Online resources that use international cultural photography to promote understanding and respect for all people, illustrating our diverse backgrounds.

Digital History

Digital resources to enhance the teaching of American history.

Dirksen Congressional Center

This non-partisan organization has two educational programs: Congress for Kids and Congress in the Classroom Online.

EconEd Link

A source of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and students.

EDSITEment! The Best of Humanities on the Web

This site offers resources for teachers, students, and parents searaching for high-quality material on the internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Facing the Future

Classroom activities and lesson plans for teaching about global issues and solutions.

Federal Reserve Education

Instructional information about the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.

Financial Literacy and Personal Finance
The Kentucky Department of Education has created this web page to provide resources to all schools in Kentucky concerning financial literacy and personal finance.  Financial literacy is incorporated in the Practical Living Studies program, beginning at the primary level and continuing all the way through high school.  It is also important to make connections between financial literacy and the economics subdomain of the social studies standards where possible and appropriate. 
Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
All federal resources linked to a single site; divided into subjects, including History and Social Studies.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Includes modules on American history.  The modules cover more than twenty topics that correspond to the major periods in American history.
Free high school lesson plans on globalization.
History and Politics Out Loud
A searchable archive of politically significant audio materials for scholars, teachers, and students.
The History Channel's Classroom Resources

This site provides video clips, lesson ideas, speeches, webcasts, games and more.

History Detectives by PBS

Teach students to step into the shoes of a History Detective and tackle some of history's toughest mysteries.  This site provides lesson plans that equip students with foundational tools that will help them evaluate conflicting information in the 21st century.

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

This resource for K-12 teachers and students developed by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library is designed to bring historically significant map documents into your classroom.

History Mystery

Learn more about the people who shape history.  Challenging lesson ideas and games to engage students in historical inquiry skills.

Historical Thinking Matters

A website focused on key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives.

Human Rights and Human Diversity

A resource for teaching human rights.

Free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, award-winning games, and digital interactives.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.
Jamestown - Journey of Democracy
The official education curriculum website of "America's 400th Anniversary" marking the founding of the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown in Virginia in 1607 includes K-12 lesson plans and educational resources.
The Library of Congress
Designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture.  It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)
LDC is a ntional community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas.
Maps ETC.
A collection of over 5,000 historic maps for students and teachers.  A friendly license allows teachers to use up to 25 maps in non-commercial school projects without further permissions.
The National Archives
Lessons and information about the Declaration of Independence, the Consitution, and the Bill of Rights.
National Geographic Society
Lessons, activities, and maps about geography and culture around the world.
National History Day
National History Day helps teachers meet educational standards; disseminates high quality curriculum materials; and sponsors challenging contests that teach students critical skills for the 21st century.
National Humanities Center Toolbox Library
Primary resources in U.S. history and literature.
National Humanities Center TeacherServe
Essays by leading scholars.
The Digital Classroom, which comprises primary sources, interactives, videos and lesson plans, is accessed by educators and students around the world.
PBS Kids - The Democracy Project
Lessons and activities for grades 3-6 on the structure and duties of local, state and federal government; how government affects our everyday lives; the duties of the U.S. president; and the history of voting rights in America.
PBS NewsHour
High school lessons, activities and links from the NewsHour Program.
ProCon: Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
This site promotes critical thinking and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.
Reading Like A Historian Curriculum
The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry.  Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.
The Right Question Institute
This site provides free resources around how to build the foundational skill of questioning.  The provided techniques and process around Question Formulation can be easily integrated into your current curriculum and have immediate impact in your class, from kindergarten to higher learning.
The Smithsonian Institute
Lessons and resources on culture and history from the Smithsonian Institute.
TeachUnicef is a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents.  The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation.
This free, comprehensive digital learning platform is built upon the merger of two acclaimed programs Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network. makes it easy for educators to enhance their classroom instruction with lesson plans, interactive activities and other online resources. also provides a wealth of educational and literacy resources for students, parents and after-school programs.
United States Institute of Peace
Through multimedia exhibits, educational programs and online resources and activities, the Global Peacebuilding Center seeks to engage the next generation of peacebuilders.
United States Memorial Holocaust Museum
The U.S. Holocaust Museum offers materials, resources, online training, workshops, conferences, and fellowships for teaching about the Holocaust.
U.S. Mint-H.I.P. Pocket Change
H.I.P. Pocket Change provides lesson plans and resources to teach financial literacy and U.S. history to elementary students.
World Affairs Council on Global Education
Resources for teachers and students around creating awareness of global issues.  The organization promotes webinars, quarterly newsletters and student leadership and travel opportunities.
This site provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project.  It contains over 60,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.  WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes.
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