- 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
email@example.com, and she'll post their first name, age, and city in the Hall of Fame
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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).
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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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