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A Directory of Lesson Plan Web Sites for Teachers of Current Events, Geography, and Government
Social Studies Menu: General Sites | Current Events |
Geography | Government | History - General |
History - United States | History - Pennsylvania | History - World
The National Council for the Social Studies - Standards,
teaching resources (internet, print and videos), and links to social studies web sites.
World History for Us All - a curriculum for teaching world history to middle and high school students. This is project of San Diego State Unversity and involves the collaboration of K-12 teachers and university instructors
Social Science Lesson Plans - From Education World.
Social Studies Lesson Plans - From Teachnology.
Social Studies - Lesson plans and other materials from PBS
Free Educational Resources from the US Government - in many subjects, and there are a very large number in social studies.
Learner.org - Professional development and teaching resources. Videos marked VoD may be watched online. This site is by the Annenberg Foundation.
Social Studies Theme Units - For history, geography,
and related Social Studies topics.
History and Social Studies Lesson Plans - From EdSitement.
Teach with Movies - Lesson plans for using movies in the classroom.
42 eXplore - Teaching ideas and related web sites for a variety of social studies topics.
Smithsonian Education - Good web site for teachers, students, and families. It has lesson plans for all subjects.
Social Studies Lesson Plans and
Resources - links to sites with lesson plans for history, geography, and current events. There
is also a section on online activities.
Asia for Educators - Lesson plans for history, geography, and literature. This site
is by Columbia University.
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Online expeditions, lesson plans, free printable maps, and, of course, National Geographic products
Xpeditions - National Geographic site
with virtual field trips, lesson plans, and maps.
My Wonderful World - A campaign by the National Geographic
to improve student knowledge of geography. There are resources here for students, teachers, and parents.
Geography Lesson Plans - From Discovery School.
Geography Lesson Plans - From Teachers.net.
Free Geography Worksheets - for grades K - 6 from TLS Books.com
Free State Printables - Worksheets for the states from About.com.
Geography Home Page - From
About.Com. There is quite a bit of geography information here.
World Mapper - These maps are resized based on the subject of interest such as population, age, tourism, exports and imports. By the University of Sheffield.
21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers - This is from Free Technology for Teachers.
Nation Master - An excellent site for statistics from countries of the world. Your students will be able to compare education, income, oil consumption, life expectancy, and many other statistics.There are also maps and country information.
Google Earth Lessons - Uses of Google Earth in the classroom.
Geology.Com - This site has maps and satellite images for the United States and the countries of the world.
An Entire Unit of Work on Antarctica - This is a 5th to 6th grade level unit from Edgalaxy
Guide to African Resources on the Internet - By the African Studies Center of the University of
Online Geography Games - From Sheppard Software.
Online Map Games
Geography Games for Kids - Online games from KidsGeo.
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Government Lesson Plans - From Teachnology.
Elections and Voting Lesson Plans - From Teachology.
The Center for Civic Education - Lesson plans are located in the resource section.
USA.gov - The US government's information portal.
iCivics - A web site for middle school students and their teachers by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. There are lesson plans dealing with current judicial issues.
Lessons on Local Government - This link will take you to high school level lessons. If you click on the menu, you will find lessons for other grades. These lessons have been designed for Colorado, but you could probably use them in any state.
Statistics in Schools - Lesson plans for all grades from the U. S. Census Bureau.
Learn About Congress - Interactive modules on congress and the government. This site is by The Center on Congress at the University of Indiana.
Courts in the Classroom - An interactive, online activity about notable court cases. There are lesson plans.
Best Civics Site for Teachers - web links collected by the Lenore Annenberg Institute for Civics.
The National Constitution Center - in
Philadelphia. This site has lesson plans for study of the constitution. Look for these under classroom resources
Pennsylvania State Government
VotesPa - Information for Pennsylvanians who are voting for the first time or who want to learn how to use the new voting machines.
Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System - Obtain
statistical information about crime in Pennsylvania. Data is available by location, age and race of offender,
type of crime, and other parameters. This information can be used to assist in social studies research
or in math studies.
The history sites, which used to be down here, have been moved to
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