Abraham Lincoln Classroom Activities for Primary Children. Tammy Payton's first grade class has created a Web site which includes an on-line quiz, an animation that shows the addition of states to the USA, a picture gallery of President Lincoln, a treasure hunt, suggestions for further classroom activities, and additional links.
Abraham Lincoln Treasure Hunt for Primary Children. Students use the Historic Lincoln Sites to find answers to a series of questions. E-mail the correct answers to Tammy Payton at tpayton@dmrtc.net, and she'll post their first name, age, and city in the Hall of Fame winners page.
Africa Online for Kids Only. At this site, elementary and middle school students can read a Kenyan magazine written for kids, play games and decode messages, learn about the more than1000 languages in Africa, meet African students online, find a keypal, or just browse around.
Africa Quest. Beginning October 5, 1998, the AfricaQuest team will take an online audience of students on a 1,500-mile, six-week mountain bike journey through Africa's Great Rift Valley. A team of experts will carry laptop computers and a small satellite dish, making it possible to establish an Internet connection and interact with your class. There is a participation fee.
Amazon Adventure. Amazon Adventure was a virtual journey exploring the Amazon river system in Brazil and Peru. that ran from July to September , 1997. Although the project is over, this site remains as a resource for teachers and students. showing what it is like travelling in this part of the world. There are plenty of interesting facts and other information about Amazônia's history and environment.
America Dreams...through the decades. Your students will produce an interdisciplinary thematic project, "The American Dream", using the primary source documents from the American Memory collections at the Library of Congress. They will demonstrate their grasp of this concept by designing a learning product. It could be a web page, a multimedia stack or a video.
American President. Explore the White House, add your vote in an Online Poll, participate in a Virtual Press Conference, fill in a Crossword Puzzle, and take a Constitution Quiz.
Anatomy of a Murder: A Trip Through Our Nation's Legal Justice System. A web site that puts students right in the middle of the action in a criminal murder trial. Included are an introduction, the story, relevant Supreme Court cases, a glossary, actual documents filled out in the course of an arrest, and links to other pertinent sites.
Ancient Egypt (An Online Activity). A series of activities for middle school ancient history classes contributed by Don Donn (Corkran, Maryland, Middle School). The activities require students to find information on the World Wide Web.
Ancient Egypt Webquest. Online activities for K-12 which include tasks, and fun facts and activities about Ancient Egypt. It also features a site map, bibliography, glossary and a search engine.
Ancient History Project Pages by Ms Hos-McGrane's Grade 6 Social Studies Class. Students from The International School of Amsterdam used Internet resources (among others) to research topics which included: the Romans, Greeks, Celts, Vikings, Incas, Aztecs, Chinese, Etruscans, Maoris, and North American Indians. Teachers can adopt, use, or preselect some of these for classroom use. Articles which give suggestions for turning Web resources into activities appropriate for learners are also included.
Angie's Electronic Classroom. Angie's Electronic Classroom is a part of TEAMS Distance Learning which is administered by and is a service of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). The Electronic Classroom is an interactive online site for teachers and students and includes student work, a photo album, projects, activities, Web links, a Teacher's Corner, email and discussion groups. The sponsors welcome your active involvement in TEAMS Distance Learning and you can contact them at TEAMS Information.
Archiving Early America. You can find images of actual historic documents, solve an interactive cross-word puzzle, read the Early American Review, and participate in a "Town Crier" online forum.
Aztec Adventure. This WebQuest, an online activity designed for the secondary level, has students take on roles to create a Special Report to the Mexican people describing how the items in four mysterious packages are linked to the Aztecs.
Battle of the Battlefields. Teacher Mitch Mendosa has developed this online activity for secondary school students. The government will award a million dollar grant to construct a new museum at the most important battlefield site of the Revolutionary War. Students are members of the group to select the battlefield which will receive the award.
BBC Modern World History. Senior high school teachers and students may examine key historical events between 1915 to 1945 including European politics and the Depression. The site features over 30 animated maps, an animated timeline, interactive quizzes, and a special section for teachers.
Black History: Exploring African-American Issues on the Web. This Web site was created by Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer and provides a wide variety of Internet-based resources that individual students or whole classes can use. Click on Sampling African America and Black History Treasure Hunt for online activities suitable for secondary school students.
Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library. Provided by Pacific Bell, the Library includes 48 Web based activities and projects for students to complete online. Scroll to Browse the Content Table and find History & Social Studies.
Build Your Own Colony Homepage. This online activity was developed by teachers at the Rice School in Houston, Texas. Middle school students work in groups to create their own imaginary colony. Included are tasks, samples, World Wide Web resources, and worksheets.
Capitals of the United States. Kids in elementary and middle school click on one of the states in an interactive map and try to name its capital.
Celebrate the Century (U.S. Postal Service).This interactive site provides the American public, including kids, the opportunity to help determine which significant people, events, and trends of the 20th Century (1950's-1990's) will be honored on postage stamps. It provides information for casting your vote, games, stamps online, and facts and online quizzes about the decades.
Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Houghton Mifflin). Activities and projects to help students of all ages explore the life and times of Dr. King. The site also includes links to other relevant resources.
Cities of Today, Cities of Tomorrow: A Wired Curriculum. Sponsored by the United Nations Cyber School Bus, the curriculum features six interactive units that students in grades 5-12 can complete online. Units provide an overview of urbanization-its history, its potential, and its problems. Students can focus on just one part of the curriculum-for example, the profiles of major cities, or an activity on population density, or use all six units as a whole. The site also includes a Teacher's Folder with a link to How to Use the Curriculum.
Civil War Gazette. This student online activity was developed by Jim Evans of the Redlands (California) Unified School District. Teams are assigned the task of researching, writing, and editing a single edition of an historical newspaper that focuses on a specific battle during the civil war. The site features all of the Internet resources students need to complete the assignment.
Civil War Taught By A Soldier Who Was There. The site provides a net lesson from the editors of the Online Educator.The next time you're teaching a unit on the American Civil War, the Internet can deliver a Civil War soldier to your school. His name is Newton Robert Scott, and he served three years as a private in the Iowa Volunteers during the Civil War. Scott died more than 60 years ago, but his war correspondence lives on in cyberspace. Suggestions are given for many interdisciplinary activities that you can create for your students based on this site.
Create a Historical Newspaper. Two Illinois teachers provide an online activity for creating a historical newspaper. The site includes student asssignments and Internet resources.
CyberGuides: Teacher Guides/Student Activities. CyberGuides are supplementary units of instruction designed for students to use the World Wide Web. CyberGuides suitable for social studies classes, 6-8, include Aztec Legends, Egypt Game, Mayan Culture, and Pyramid.
CyberTeach. Sponsored by EconomicsAmerica, the site includes information on basic web skills, provides examples of lessons that teach economic concepts, and gives step-by-step instructions on how to construct economics lessons using the Internet.
Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations. The site was created by Lin Donn. Your students can learn Taoism with Winnie-the-Pooh (on the China page), and find other interesting information about life in Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China.
Donner Online: An Internet Activity. "Donner Online" is a type of Web-based activity in which middle and high school students learn about a topic by collecting information, images, and insights from the Internet, and then "pasting" them into a multimedia Scrapbook (a HyperStudio stack or a Web page) to share with others.
EcEdWeb. Website maintained by the University of Nebraska-Omaha Economics Department and Center for Economic Education provides economics resources for K-12 which include curricular materials and online lessons.
EconomicsMinute Online Activities. EconomicsMinute features links to newspapers and news channels, classroom discussion questions, and suggested classroom activities for helping students explore the economics behind the news of the week. Online lessons can typically be completed within a class period. To find the plans and activities, click on Current Economics Minute Lessons and Economics Minute Lessons Archive.
Educated Guess. Educated Guess is a current events game for students in grades 6-12 and is a product of the Triton Project, a federally funded Challenge Grant. This online game can be done in any classroom with Internet access. It is designed so that teams of students (as large as an entire class) work together to answer a series of questions testing knowledge of current world happenings.
Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Enter your name as you would pronounce it and see it in hieroglyphics!
Encarta Lesson Collection. The Encarta Lesson Collection is a growing collection of lesson plans and student activity sheets designed by teachers. Click on Social Scienceto find online activities appropriate for secondary level students. The titles include: American Landscape Art, America's Labor Movement, Tiananmen Square, Sports Marketing, and Women's History.
Exploring China: A Multimedia Scrapbook Activity. Appropriate for middle and high school students, their task is to surf through the Internet links at the site and find pictures, text, maps, facts, quotes, or controversies that capture their exploration of China. They will save the text and images that they find inportant and then will put them together in a multimedia scrapbook.
Flints and Stones: Real Life in Prehistory. Welcome to the world of the late stone age hunter gatherers. Middle school students explore this world led by the Shaman, the leader of the Stone Age people.
Ft Braden School Social Studies Site (Online Activities). The site was developed by Todd Byars, a social studies teacher at the Ft. Braden (Florida) Middle School. Students can click on SOCIAL STUDIES LESSONS for a menu that contains links to General Lessons, Current Events Lessons, Geography Lessons and American History Lessons. New lessons are created and old ones updated every month.
Geography Games. More than 20 online geography games for middle and high school students.
Geography Scavenger Hunt. In these lessons, sponsored by IBM, students in grades 6-10 utilize Internet resources to locate and learn about a variety of geographic regions of the world. The site contains both teacher and student activities.
GlobalLearn. GlobalLearn is a non-profit company which sponsors live expeditions all over the world. Each expedition uses a team of 5-6 adult explorers. Along the route and, using laptop computers and digital cameras and recorders, they record their activities each day and send them via satellite so that the information can be presented on the Web site. Registration is free and teachers can sign on in the classroom area of the site, which allows them access to teacher resources and curriculum materials.
Hammurabi's Code: You Be the Judge. What should be done about a wife who ignores her duties and belittles her husband? What happens if a man is unable to pay his debts? Middle school art teacher Phillip Martin created this site - complete with engaging cartoons - to help 4th-8th grade students explore ancient history through the Hammurabi Code of Law.
Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Designed by the students in Mrs. Taverna's second grade class, this site includes a timeline, a quiz, character sketches, and some crossword puzzles about Harriet Tubman. Also included are activity ideas for incorporating the content into the classroom as part of an interactive lesson plan.
Hello Dolly: A WebQuest on the Subject of Cloning. An inquiry-oriented activity for high school students where learners work in teams to interact with the internet, evaluate information, and formulate a solution to a complex problem.
Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy. This interactive site was developed by The ThinkQuest Holocaust Team which consisted of students Jordan Feil, Kushal Dave & Mike Dale. Its contents include: Summary of the Holocaust, See a Camp, Interactive Timeline, Survivors' Stories, Multimedia Glossary, Quizzes, and a Wall of Remembrance where students can submit their thoughts, stories and artwork.
Homework Help. Homework Help, sponsored by the Star Tribune Online, is a forum where a secondary student can ask a question about history, geography, government, current events or other social studies topics. One of the Homework Help teachers who specializes in social studies will post a response.
Horizon The Learning Section. Horizon is an online newspaper for students in grades 6-12 published by the Washington Post. It includes articles, interactive quizzes, and puzzles. A link to previous issues is available.
Houghton Mifflin's Social Studies Center. The Center, appropriate for grades 4-8, features online games, interactive quizzes, current events, and online maps for students. Teachers will find classroom activities, professional resources, and links to other relevant social studies materials.
Ice Treasures of the Incas. Students climb Peru's Mount Ampato following the path of the ancient Inca.
Introduction to Documents. This is a short activity for middle school students developed by the National Archives and Records Administration. It demonstrates how to evaluate primary source documents using a student's own family photos, diaries, letters and artifacts.
Irish Experience in Boston 1840 and the Immigrants' Experience Today. This site is an Internet based, integrated unit for middle and high school students. Questions, student worksheets and a Teacher's Guide are included.
Journey Through the Middle Ages with James the Jingling Jester. This is an interactive web site creative by fourth graders which other social studies students will find accurate and fun.
K-12 Curriculum Lesson Plans Library. Apple Computer Corporation provides teachers with a library of social studies lesson plans which feature activities that require students to use a computer. To find appropriate resources, click on Elementary, Middle School, or Senior High School Lesson Plans and then scroll to Social Studies.
Kid's Web Japan. The site was designed to introduce Japan to students between the ages of10 and 14. Among the selections offered are "explore Japan", "what's new", "monthly news", "kids link", "games", "Japan kids gallery" sections and a "Map of Japan".
Korubo Expedition Contact Amazon. Students join Sydney Possuelo and his crew as they seek peaceful contact with the Korubo-an isolated, feared tribe in the wilds of Amazonia.
Land of Genghis Khan. Mike Edwards and Jim Stanfield trekked through Asia for National Geographic. Hear their stories, and more, as you follow in Genghis's path. The site is appropriate for middle and high school levels.
Legend of Captain Dave (An Online Internet Hunt). An online treasure hunt for the elementary and middle school levels in which students follow a story and answer questions about pirates. The site provides hyperlinks to pages outside the site where answers will be found. This site provides an interesting way to introduce students to navigating the Internet.
Let's Go!: Around the World. The Let's Go!: Around the World Web site consists of curriculum-based "learning adventures" focusing on different regions/cultures of the world designed for elementary/middle school aged children and their teachers/parents. It features color photography, illustrated stories, poetry, student art/writing from around the world, music, video, and teacher pages connecting the content to all areas of the curriculum. This site has four sections which are rotated every two weeks (starting March 9th, 1998).
LET'SNet Lesson Plans (K-12) LETSNet, at Michigan State University College of Education and Ameritech, provides lesson plans which incorporate the use of the World Wide Web. Among the topics featured are immigration (Ellis Island), current events, geography, essay writing, environmental education, the Holocaust, and film critique (Disney's Pocahontas).
Lewis & Clark Expedition. This is a project from Washington State University which recreates the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark during the years 1804-1806 as they led the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific coast. The site includes journals and teacher resources.
Lewis and Clark: Where Cyberspace Meets the Unexplored West. This National Geographic Society site allows middle and high school students to join the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. Their goal is to chart rivers, make friends with natives, open the West to trade, and look for a Northwest Passage. Additional features include a map to trace their progress, excerpts from the explorers' diaries, and a forum to share their own adventures with others online.
Lonely Planet. An interactive clickable world map that allows students to travel to different countries around the world. When they arrive at their destination, they can click the slide show for loads of information including facts, environment, history, economy, culture, and events enhanced with beautiful photos of the people.
Look Who's Footing the Bill. The site is an Introductory WebQuest on Democracy and the National Debt designed by Tom March and sponsored by Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer. Secondary school students work in groups with the computer to learn more about the national debt.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr., sponsored by the Seattle Times, enables students to find out about the man, the movement, and the legacy. The site features an electronic classroom with an interactive quiz, a discussion group, and a study guide for teachers and kids.
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map. Kids love maps and they love making them. One place loaded with ideas on how to use maps in the classroom is the Map Page from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Take your students to this Web site and introduce them to Will Fontanez, a cartographer who manages the Cartographic Services Laboratory at the university. He will teach them some map history and introduce them to different types of maps and their uses.
Maxie's Guide to Fun Sites about History. More than 20 links to online fun activities for middle school social studies students.
Museum Mania Online Treasure Hunt. Students use the World Wide Web to find answers to questions which will unlock the Museum Maniatreasure Chest. The site is a fun way to learn to appreciate museums and libraries.
Nazi Germany Through An Examination of the Holocaust. This online activity, designed by Peter Milbury, requires secondary school students to produce a news series on the Holocaust in the context of pressures from neo-Nazis and others espousing Holocaust denial theories.
MayaQuest '97 Lost Cities of the Rainforest. From March 3 to April 11, 1997, the MayaQuest team members assembled for MayaQuest '97, sponsored by The Learning Company. They bicycled through rainforests in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala in search of undocumented Maya cities. Armed with hi-tech team equipment, the explorers linked to classrooms and computers around the world. Students can use the resources found at this Web site as a source for online activities.
Must Candidates Fight? Understanding Political Campaign Strategies. A lesson plan for high school social studies classes that incorporates information contained on the World Wide Web. Developed by Dan Dana and Susan Zieha-Dana, students will use the Web and be helped to see through the disinformation and campaign propaganda to recognize what a candidate really stands for.
My Hero The "My Hero Project" is an interactive Web site for elementary and middle school students. The site allows students to read about heroes, many of whom come from history, and even submit their own stories. Those heroes can be famous or not (many children write about their parents). Step-by-step instructions are listed at the site.
Name That Flag. A geography contest suitable for grades 4-12 where students try to identify the country or origin of a flag. Players enter their answers on an online form. A new flag is displayed after the current one is correctly identified. Names and homepages of winning entries are posted.
NewsCurrents. This is a current events site suitable for middle school students produced by Knowledge Unlimited. It offers a weekly "Who am I" question, various research activities and web links to other current event issues, and a free online "NewsQuiz" (ten multiple choice questions that change every week).
Odyssey in Egypt. WebSiteOne(sm) and The Scriptorium Center for Christian Antiquities have developed "Odyssey in Egypt," an interactive archaeological dig for middle school students. The site managers create, manage, transmit, and serve up pictures and text from Egypt on a weekly basis.
Online Educator. The site's purpose is to make the Internet an accessible, useful classroom tool. Select NetLessons for student online internet activities at the middle school level.
Online Exercises (Social Studies School Service). Aaron Willis of the Social Studies School Service has produced a number of online exercises for middle and high school kids. The exercises incorporate a variety of Internet skills. Click on Teaching Social Studies with the Internet for sample online activities from Aaron's new book that will help teachers make the most of their Internet access at school.
Online Lesson Plans (Activities) Written by South Carolina Educators. Internet activities for middle school level students which feature questions, projects, and web resources. Titles include: The Civil War, Egyptian Mummies, Ellis Island and Immigration, Learning Festival-An Integrated Unit on Medieval History, The Medieval Period, The Renaissance, and The Revolutionary War.
Online Social Studies Activities from the Cordillera School. Developed by classroom teachers, the site provides three lesson plans-activities that require middle school students to find information or complete projects using the Internet. Topics include: Egyptian Projects on the Web, Philippine Dream Vacation, and Russia WW II Research Project.
Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail web site, created by Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher, is based on the award-winning documentary film which recently aired nationally on PBS stations. It includes Historic Sites on the Trail, Fantastic Facts and Cool Trail media.
Pilgrimage to Mecca. In this activity, students first use the World Wide Web to learn about the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and then to plan one of their own.
Port of Entry: Immigration. Students in grades 6-12 will assume the role of historical detective and search for clues to America's past in American Memory, the historical collections of the Library of Congress. They will investigate photographs and eyewitness accounts of immigrant life in America. For suggestions for using Port of Entry: Immigration, click on Teacher Materials.
Postcard Geography. In this simple project, your class commits to exchanging picture postcards (purchased or computer/handmade) with all other participating classes. It is appropriate for all ages. Spectacular bulletin boards can result, and students will learn geography in a more relevant way.
Problem Based Online Learning. Bob Benoit shows you how to design your own problem-based classroom online learning lessons. Teachers can find published lessons using this format at the SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources in Education History-Social Science) website.
Professor Arthur Miller's Courtroom Challenge. Professor Miller, from Harvard Law School, presents kids with real landmark cases decided by the Supreme Court and other courts around the country. They can explore the facts, research the law, consider various arguments and then either decide the case or argue one side or the other. Professor Miller then tells participants how the real case came out -- but not until after they have made up their mind about what should have happened. New cases are added on a regular basis.
Project Central America. A product of a two month 1900 mile learning adventure, this site contains teaching materials to bring Central America to the classroom. Contains classroom resources, maps, and a photo and video gallery.
Project Pages on the Web. Ms Hos Mc-Grane's Grades Five & Six Social Studies Classes present their projects that were created with the help of the Internet. Topics include: Geotopia Project (creating an imaginary country), Our Grandparents' Stories, Our Family Timelines, A Day in the Life at Terra Amata (unit on human origins), Cro Magnon Caves, Creation Stories and Myths, Puppets, Folk Tales' Project, and Ancient Civilizations. Links to related projects and resources are also included.
Recycle City. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Recycle City uses online games, activities and fun facts to teach elementary and middle school students about recycling. Click on activities to find Things to Do and Information For Teachers for ideas on how to use Recycle City in your classroom.
Revolutionary War: Fun Zone. Online games and activities relating to the American Revolution for middle school students. Java capable browser required.
Running the Nile: An Online Kayak Expedition. Running the Nile: An Online Kayak Expedition is based on an expedition that took place in 1996 as a team of kayakers attempted a "first ever" descent of the Victorian Nile River in Uganda, Africa. The site contains biographies of the team, their journals during the trip, photos, and a bulletin board. The site also includes The Nile Classroom where resources and references for teachers and kids are found.
SCORE History-Social Science. Network of Online Resource Centers in California linking quality resources from the World Wide Web to the California curriculum (K-12). The site includes resources that involve kids in online activities. Suggested activities for effective use of the resources with students are included as well as a search engine that allows you to search by grade level or by theme/topic.
Searching for China. Your students join a team and take on a role (foreign investor, human rights worker, museum curator, California state senator, or religious leader ). They work together to create a special report that makes sense of the complex country that is China. Includes a Teacher's Guide.
Seventh Grade World Geography Online Activities. Walnut Middle School (Grand Island, Nebraska) provides online student activities and simulations. Your students need only provide their own blank maps to complete these computer based lessons.
Sharing Our Differences: Learning From Each Other. Middle school students can explore this page, and check out the special "things to do." Titles of the activities include: Menu 1492, The Slave Ship, What's it Worth to You? Heritage Banner or Quilt, T-Shirt Story Telling, Bread Retablo, Is That a Fact? Food Legends, Garden Logo, Time Capsule, Class Cookbook, Cultural Borrowings, Let Them Eat Bread, and To Market, To Market.
Social Studies Electronic Fieldtrips (LETSNet). Developed by a collaborative team at Michigan State University, the site provides teachers and students (K-12) with online units. Each lesson within the unit contains: a brief description, objectives, materials and resources, activity description, and Internet resources.
South Africa Notebook Assignment (Online Activity). This high school Internet activity, designed by Paul Hewitt of the Davison (Michigan) Community Schools, includes assignments and a list of annotated links which students can use as a guide.
Spice Islands Voyage. An on-line distance learning adventure coordinated by the University of Limerick, Ireland, includes social studies lessons for history and geography students. It follows the journey of Tim Severin as he retraces the steps of the famous explorer Alfred Russel Wallace in the Spice Islands of Indonesia.
Spirit Lives: American Indian Traditions of the Yellowstone Valley. The material is targeted for the fourth grade level although it may be of interest to students at all levels. The site may serve as an introduction to American Indian culture, or it can be used as 17 separate units of study. The program contains: historical facts, audio bites, photos, questions, a vocabulary list and numerous interactive learning activities. STRONGLY recommended that you use Netscape Navigator 3.0 to participate in this program. Additionally, sound files are accessible with the use of a plug-in software for Netscape called Macromedia Shockwave.
Stock Market Simulation. An online simulation, designed by Think Quest, teaches high school students the market basics. Players are given $100,000 of fantasy money to invest in the stock market or mutual funds . Also included on the site are Investment Basics, Investment Lessons, and Real Life Examples.
Student Newspaper Project. Ann Butcher provides an interdisciplinary project for grades 4-6 that combines the many aspects of creating a newspaper with use of the Internet. An excellent way to bring current events to the social studies classroom.
Teachers' Guide for the Professional Cartoonists' Index. The site, designed by Peg Cagle, Los Angeles Unified School District, features lesson plans for using newspaper editorial cartoons as a teaching tool in social studies classrooms from elementary through high school levels. Students work online accessing a huge collection of current editorial cartoons from newspapers around the country. Lesson plans include games, such as scavenger hunts, tic tac toe and cartoon bingo. Student handouts are included.
TeacherServe: An Interactive Curriculum Enrichment Service for High School Teachers. TeacherServe, from the National Humanities Center, consists of a series of instructional guides on important topics in the humanities for the secondary level. Each guide will provide commentary along with instructional tools, links to additional on-line resources, and opportunities to interact with other teachers and scholars. The first guide entitled Divining America enables American history teachers to help students examine the role religion has played in the development of the United States.
Teen Court TV. Teen Court TV (from the Court TV channel) is designed to give teenagers an inside look at the justice system. Aired on Saturday mornings, it consists of three shows including What's the Verdict?, a one-hour show that invites teenagers to analyze real trials just as jurors do. Cases are picked that have already reached a conclusion, and the guests get to compare their verdicts to the ones actually reached in court. Kids can cast their votes online each week before the show airs. (Airing Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. All times Eastern).
Teen Hoopla: An Internet Guide for Teens (Activism). Teens can visit several sites and connect to teens who are helping others by providing advice, support and/or standing up for what they believe in.
Theban Mapping Project. Provides students with up-to-the-minute reports on the Theban Mapping Project's activities in tomb KV 5 which has been described as the largest tomb ever found in Egypt. The site also includes a tour of the tomb's chambers, and the process of excavation with the reliefs and finds being uncovered.
Think Global Curriculum. The Think Global Curriculum was created by the Montana Center for International Visitors to encourage middle and high school students to participate in activities online, in their classrooms, and in their communities. Topics include: Peace Explorers, Battle of the Little Big Horn, and Hunger, Health, and Human Rights. Teachers can join a listserve for weekly instructions and supplemental information via Email.
ThinkQuest Junior 1998. Links to the sites of the winning entries in the 1988 contest for U.S. students in grades 4 - 6. Social studies winners include: Ancient Egypt, Birth of the Nation, World War II: An American Scrapbook, Architecture Through the Ages, Explorers of the Millennium, and Roanoke: A Mystery in History. For information about how your class can compete in future contests, click on How to Participate.
Time Detectives. Time Detective units, a feature of OnlineEducator, get middle school students actively involved in analyzing historical materials for themselves. The first activity offers a diagram of a "mystery ship" and says "the remains of the ship also included many chains and iron rings." Students are asked to figure out what kind of ship it was based on that information. Other activities ask students to identify battles based on paintings; figure out the identity of a Revolutionary War soldier based on a found letter and to sort out Thomas Jefferson's apparent conflicting views on slavery and human rights by analyzing his writings.
The Titanic (An Online Lesson). Presented by Education World, the site provides related sites for students to use to find answers to questions about the sinking of the ship Titanic. Also included are teaching tips for younger and older learners.
Tracking Alexis de Tocqueville (An Internet-Based Treasure Hunt). Students use the accompanying Internet Resources to answer 10 questions. When they have finished, they try to answer the "Big Question" that asks them to combine what they have learned through the treasure hunt into a "big picture." The site is appropriate for the high school level.
Treasures of China (An Internet-Based Treasure Hunt on China). Middle and high school students are given a series of questions about China and a list of Internet Resources. Each Internet link holds the answer for one question.
Turn of the Century.This Internet activity for U.S. history students was developed by Dede Bartels and edited for online use by Linda Ricchuiti. The lesson focuses on the different figures of the time and the different beliefs that often created conflict both socially and politically. For teaching ideas and suggestions, click on View Teacher Notes.
Virtual Renaissance: A Journey Through Time. High school world history students can travel back through time and space to a period completely different from their own. They will meet many interesting characters who will be most happy to speak with them about their lives and times during the Renaissance.
Weekly Reader Galaxy. An online newspaper, provided by the Weekly Reader Corporation, features social studies activities for students in grades K-12. These include news, polls, contests, games and mystery photos. For kids' activities, click on I'm A Kid.. For teacher activities, click on I'm A Teacher..
West Elementary Internet Projects Internet projects and activities developed by the staff and students at Loogootee Elementary West.
Where on the Globe is Roger? Elementary and middle school students are invited to learn about history, culture, and geography, while they electronically travel along with Roger Williams, as he drives his truck Bubba from continent to continent around the world.
Women in American History. The editors of Britannica Online present this site which includes articles, a media gallery, a weekly quiz, an Ask the Experts page, and recommended readings. For online student activities, click on Study Guide.
Working with Maps. The site, sponsored by the USGS Learning Web, provides an interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students will learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills and will see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions: "Where am I?" "What else is here?" "Where am I going?" A Teacher's Guide is available.
World Safari. Elementary and middle school students can take a virtual surfari to a different country every month! The site is produced by Brian Giacoppo, age 11.
World War II History Textbooks Project. Students research and compare how events of World War II are treated in various countries school textbooks through linking with another classroom from that country. The online activity is taken from the book Net Lessons: Web-Based Projects for Your Classroom by Laura Parker Roerden.
World War II: The Homefront. World War II: The Homefront is a website designed by students Jacob Crouch, Ben Gould, and Scott Hays for ThinkQuest, an educational web site building contest for high school kids world wide. It contains a timeline, an artifacts museum showing items that local kids found in the homes of relatives, and a family simulation with a fates applet to give ideas about things that might have happened to a typical family during 1943-44.
World Wide Treasure Hunt. The site features games created by combining historic facts with fictional stories to let students learn about the customs and traditions of historical civilizations. The object of each of these games is to find the location of a treasure(s) as quickly as possible while competing against other treasure hunters from around the world. The games can be a team project for classrooms to work together competing against other schools or for teachers to use as a lesson plan for individual students to compete.
Xpeditions. The site contains activities for grades K-12, an outline map atlas with more than 1,800 free maps designed for printing or building Web sites, forums where teachers and students can discuss geography, and a 3-D virtual museum of geography built in the spirit of the game Myst.
You Be the Historian. An online activity where students examine primary sources to determine what life was like 200 years ago for Thomas and Elizabeth Springer's family in New Castle, Delaware. Also included are ideas for teachers using the activity in their classrooms with and without online connectivity. The site is appropriate for middle and high school students.

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