Livingston Lord Library
Curriculum Materials Center

Social Studies

 

  • BBC Historic FiguresIncludes biographies of historical figures, historical topics, "history for kids," and more. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures)

  • BBC Schools Primary History—Elementary students learn basic information about specific periods in history. Includes timelines and biographical information in an appealing format. Includes teacher's resources. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory)

  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids—Ben Franklin guides K-12 students as they learn about the U.S. government. The "Site Map" provides an alphabetical list of topics and grade levels. (http://bensguide.gpo.gov/index.html)

  • Best of History Web Sites—Includes K-12 lesson plans and activities, maps, and many other history sites for teachers and students. (http://www.besthistorysites.net)

  • Biographical Dictionary—Contains brief biographical information on some 27,000 people from ancient times to the present. Also includes some ideas for teachers and links to other biographical-related sites. Search by name, keyword, or date. (http://www.s9.com/biography)

  • Biography MakerProvides detailed steps to assist you in writing an exciting biography. (http://fno.org/bio/biomak2.htm)

  • Blackbirch Kids Visual Reference of the WorldAn alphabetical presentation of brief statistics, maps and pictorial information about every country in the world. Coverage includes geography, industry, population, ethnic groups, climate, religion, education and daily life. Includes a special section of political, topographical, and thematic world maps. For students in elementary schools. (http://go.galegroup.com/ps/infomark.do?action=interpret&eisbn=9781410304827&prodId=GVRL&userGroupName=mnalll&type=aboutBook&version=1.0&authCount=1&u=mnalll)


  • Census in SchoolsAll kinds of information on the census for teachers, children, and teens. Includes lesson plans, teaching ideas, facts, activities, and much more. (http://www.census.gov/schools)

  • Chronology of US Historical Documents—Provides full-text to important historical documents and speeches from the Magna Carta to the 21st century. Created by the University of Oklahoma College of Law. (http://www.law.ou.edu/hist)

  • Council for Economic Education: Teaching OpportunityIncludes searchable lesson plans by grade, economic concept, and national standard, plus additional resources for K-12 teaching of economics. (http://councilforeconed.org/resources)

  • Digital Public Library of America—Millions of digital artifacts from museums, archives, libraries, etc. from across America. (http://dp.la)

  • Digital Vaults—Photos, documents, and popular media from the National Archives provide resources and interactive opportunities for users to access materials on endless U.S. historical topics and themes. The user can then organize the resources in any number of ways to relate to our country's history and tell a story. (http://www.digitalvaults.org)

  • Earth CalendarCelebrate every day by finding holidays by date, country, or religion. (http://www.earthcalendar.net/index.php)

  • EconEdLink: A Premier Source of Classroom Tested, Internet-based Economic Lesson Materials for K-12 Teachers and their StudentsProvides lesson plans, links to current events, data, and other economic-related resources. Under "Standards," find lessons linked to the Minnesota Social Studies Standards. (http://www.econedlink.org)

  • FedStats: MapStats for KidsPractice map skills and learn about statistics through games. Includes interactive maps based on data sets. (http://fedstats.gov/kids/mapstats)

  • 50 States—Provides information on all fifty states of the U.S., as well as commonwealths and territories.(http://www.50states.com)
     
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: For Teachers and Students—Includes modules, primary documents, images, speeches, quizzes and much more. (http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/index.html)

  • Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark—Join Lewis and Clark on this interactive expedition. (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/west)

  • Historical Maps of the United StatesNumerous maps provided by the University of Texas Libraries at Austin. (http://www.lib/utexas.edu/maps/histus.html)

  • The History ChannelProvides a vast amount of historical information mostly related to the programs on the History Channel. Includes a section on "This Day in History," famous speeches, and a section on classroom projects. An "Exhibits" section includes text and photographs on special topics, such as the history of skyscrapers. (http://www.historychannel.com/index.html)

  • Historypin—Brings together stories, photographs, and memories from around the world. Explore history, such as "The March on Washington," and create your own collection. (http://www.historypin.com)

  • H.S.I.: Historical Scene Investigation—Designed for social studies teachers to bring primary sources into their classroom through case studies. Each case provides clues through primary documents and images. Hosted by the University of William & Mary School of Education. Each case includes social studies standards. (http://web.wm.edu/hsi/?svr=www)



  • Learning Page of the Library of Congress—Includes historical collections of documents, motion pictures, photographs, and sound recordings of events, people, places, decades and eras, and topics in the history of the United States. Also includes some lesson plans and activities. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/index.html)

  • Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies TeachersDr. Marty Levine, Professor of Secondary Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), has gathered lesson plans and resources from the Internet which social studies teachers will find useful. Includes lesson plans and resources at both elementary and secondary levels.(http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/index.html)

  • Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery—This PBS site provides photographs, timelines, maps, journals, and other documents to integrate into units on Lewis and Clark. Also includes a "Classroom Resources" section with lesson plans and activities. (http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark)

  • The Library of Congress Presents America's Story from America's Library—Provides young people with information on the U.S., including biographical information, history, sports, pastimes, and entries for each state. Includes letters, diaries, maps, photos, digital materials, and much more. (http://www.americaslibrary.gov/)

  • Minnesota Digital Library: Minnesota Reflections—Provides images of documents, photos, letters, and maps about the state of Minnesota. (http://reflections.mndigital.org)

  • Minnesota Historical Society: Visual Resources DatabaseSearchable database of 180,000 visuals about Minnesota history.  Includes photos, artwork, and posters. (http://greatriversnetwork.org/index.php?brand=cms)

  • National Archives: Educators and Students—Provides primary source material related to U.S. History, including both test and images. Includes activities and lesson plans to integrate primary sources into the social studies classroom. (http://www.archives.gov/education)

  • National Geographic—Includes a vast amount of information for science and social studies, including simulations, interactive lessons, and a special site for young students entitled "Kids—Features and Fun." (http://www.nationalgeographic.com)

  • NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) OnlineThe mission of the National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. The site includes the curriculum standards for social studies, lesson plans, and Internet links and resources categorized by the ten themes of the curriculum standards. (http://www.ncss.org)

  • National Women’s Hall of FameIncludes short biographical entries on women and their contributions to the United States. (http://www.greatwomen.org)

  • Newshour ExtraPBS nightly news show site for students. Includes lesson plans. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra)

  • Oyate—Oyate means "The People." We are a Native American/American Indian advocacy and education organization that serves The People. We review children's literature and advocate for Native Americans/American Indians to be portrayed with historical accuracy, cultural appropriateness and without anti-Indian bias and stereotypes. We teach others to do the same.(http://www.oyate.org)

  • Scholastic: Global TrekSelect your destination and learn about another country, including history, sights, the people, their folklore, and much more. Includes photos, links, and the opportunity to keep a travel journal. For elementary level. (http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek/index.htm)

  • Shmoop: Study Guides and Teacher ResourcesIncludes numerous resources for U.S. history, civics, and biography. (http://www.shmoop.com)

  • Social Studies CentralLesson plans, websites, standards and more to improve instruction and engagement in Social Studies. (http://socialstudiescentral.com)

  • Smithsonian Kids—Information and activities for many activities, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history and more. Many of these related to exhibits, including virtual exhibits, at the Smithsonian. (http://www.si.edu/kids)

  • Study the ConstitutionProvides the text with explanations of the U.S. Constitution, plus facts, games, puzzles and YouTube videos. (http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution/full-text)

  • Teaching with Historic PlacesUses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. Provides lesson plans and virtual field trips to historical sights. (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/)

  • This Day in History—Find the headlines of a specific day, top songs, average wages, and more. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history)

  • Thompson Gale Free ResourcesProvides biographical information, timelines, and activities for teachers in on the following topics: Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, and poetry. (http://www.gale.com/free_resources)

  • UNICEF Voices of Youth—Provides a meeting place for children around the world to learn about global issues and share in electronic discussions. (http://www.unicef.org/voy)

  • University Archives/Northwest Minnesota Historical Center—Provides a guide to collections in the Moorhead State University Archives and Northwest Minnesota Historical Center. Also includes a bibliography of materials, including web sites, on Minnesota history and an on-line exhibit of the 1997 Red River Valley flood. (http://web.mnstate.edu/archives/)

  • US Cities—Play games (matching, concentration, word-search) to help remember the capitals of each state. (http://www.quia.com/jg/297.html)

  • Using Primary Sources on the Web—Helps students locate and evaluate primary sources on the web. The site includes practical information as well as links to many primary source sites. (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources/index.cfm)

  • Weekly Reader GalaxyProvides sections for kids, teachers, and parents. Includes updates to articles published in Weekly Reader as well as related Internet links. Also contains games and activities. (http://www.weeklyreader.com/)

  • Welcome to the White HouseLearn about the current U.S. president and his family, as well as presidents and vice-presidents of the past. Includes a virtual tour of the White House and a virtual library of documents.(http://www.whitehouse.gov)

  • What Was It Really Like to Live in the Middle Ages?—An exhibit with much detail about life in the Middle Ages. (http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/)

  • Women in HistoryProvides biographical information abut the lives of notable women in U.S. Each entry includes a bibliography and a list of recommended web sites. Provides YouTube videos of some of the women. (http://lkwdpl.org/wihohio/index.html)

  • World Digital Library—Database of over 7,000 primary sources and images from around the world. Accessible by place, time, topic, type of item, and institution. (http://www.wdl.org/en)

  • World FactbookProvides detailed facts and maps for the countries of the world. (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html)

  • Xpeditions Atlas: Maps Made for Printing and Copying—Provides over 1800 printable black-and-white maps.  Also includes lesson plans and activities along with the U.S. National Geography Standards. (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas)