Resources for Social Studies Education
The NHCSS is excited to provide a list of extraordinary resources for information about Social Studies education. For new teachers, the top sites we recommend are:
Choices: interactive activities that challenge students to think critically about current and historical events in history, civics, and economics from Brown University.
SHEG: interactive activities that challenge students to think critically about current and historical events in history from Stanford University.
Resources by Subject
If you like poking around in attics, you may never leave this site! You’ll find thousands of images, sound recordings, movies, maps, and documents from the Library of Congress as well as resources to help teacher use primary sources in the classroom.
This site for kids from the Library of Congress features profiles of famous Americans, key events in American history, profiles of the 50 states, a look at American pastimes, and movie and sound files that explore’s past.
You’ll find 100 milestone documents of American history at this site from National History Day, the National Archives, and the USA Freedom Corps. The site also features tools for educators and news.
This site features virtual exhibits on a variety of topics including: Japanese American internment, the American Flag, Quilts, and September 11. A special Kids Section features a hands-on history room, science center, and an alphabet of American history. Be sure to visit the teacher section for classroom resources.
Learn how you can use primary source materials in your classroom and discover great resources from the National Archives.
This site has a searchable history database; online exhibits; a “This Day in History” section covering automotive, Civil War, Cold War, crime, entertainment, literature, the Old West, technology, Vietnam, Wall Street, and WWII; audio and text files of famous speeches; and online discussions.
This companion site to the PBS series features comprehensive web sites for each of the American Experience episodes in the series. Episode web sites include teacher guides, overviews of episodes, and interviews. Many sites also include activities, games, timelines, audio files and other features.
This companion web site to the Annenberg/CPB series Biography of America, features separate sections for all 26 episodes with key event timelines, maps, an interactive feature, program transcripts, and web links. The site covers American history from New World encounter to the present day.
American history site for kids from the producers of the PBS series The American Experience.
Travel the route that took Lewis and Clark to the Pacific at this site from National Geographic.
Travel back in time and learn about the Underground Railroad at this site from National Geographic.
Information about indigenous groups in North America.
Find places listed in the National Register in a searchable database, visit historic sites around the country with Travel Itineraries that highlight different geographic regions or important themes in American history. You can visit places where women made history, follow the Underground Railroad, visit key sites in the Civil Rights Movement, take a walk on the Shaker Historical Trail and more. Younger students can go on The Great American Landmarks Adventure, where they can visit 42 American landmarks and print out coloring sheets. The site also includes over 100 lesson plans exploring history, art, geography, and civics.
Explore the art, culture, and history of ancient.
Learn about life in ancient Egypt at this site from the British Museum. The site has features on writing, mummies, Egyptian life, the Pharaohs, pyramids, trades, time, geography, and gods and goddesses. Each section include a story, a challenge activity, and an exploration section where you can delve deeper into a topic.
Learn about history from the people who lived it. First person accounts, images, and audio files of historical events ranging from an account of the destruction of Pompeii by Plinynto Harry Truman’s reflections on being President help put a human face on our past.
This online series presently contains studies of 100 countries. Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists.
Explore cultures and ecosystems at this interactive site from Scholastic. You can learn about Native American culture, endangered ecosystems, and the ocean. Each virtual mission includes field report s from research teams, a teacher host, and activities for students.
Hundreds of online maps!
This site from the Library of Congress includes military and battle maps, conservation and landscape maps, city maps, early exploration maps, transportation maps, and cultural landscape maps.
Teaching materials, fact sheets, and more.
Travel around the western United States and Canada at this incredible site featuring over 2600 virtual reality panoramas of everything form painted rock petroglyphs in Arizona to glaciers in Alaska. You can look in any direction, as well as up and down, and zoom in and out. You can also browse the site thematically or geographically.
Discover the natural wonders of the world at this site that features online expeditions that focus on wildlife, natural resources, and cultures. Take an expedition to Florida’s springs and learn about the manatee, travel to Tanzania and learn about Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees, learn about the cougar and the threats it faces, dive down into the Palmyra Atoll and explore life in a coral reef, travel upstream with the Pacific salmon, or take a trip to the Sonoran Desert and discover the secrets of one of the worlds most biologically diverse ecosystems.
Take streaming-video trips to exotic places around the word. From desert, to jungle, to ocean depths you can explore the cultures and natural wonders of the world. The site features six video channels: Mountains, Jungle, Water, Desert, Snow, Safari’s, and Educational.
This online series presently contains studies of 100 countries. Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists.
Learn about the people, history, and culture of Africa at this site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Follow the history of Africa from pre-history to present day with an interactive timeline and explore themes in African culture over time and hear Africans speak of their daily life.
The FTE was established in 1975 and its mission is to introduce young individuals to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers become more effective educators. FTE focuses its efforts on the high school and middle school grade levels and provides programs and teaching resources which target primarily, but not exclusively, the social studies curriculum.
Exchange City is the nations leading hands-on standards based program for Middle and High School students. The program combines and in class curriculum with a one day visit to the “city” built for and run by students. The program integrates Math, English, Social Studies, Problem Solving, Civics and Technology. All curriculum has been aligned with New England States GLE’s and state standards.
Find out what a dollar was worth from 1913 – 20034
This site from the Library of Congress features the latest Legislative information and news, including the text of current bills and daily full text reports of what happened in both the Senate and the House.
Ben Franklin is your guide at this site that explores U.S. history, geography, civics, and citizenship from the U.S. Government Printing Office. With separate guides designed specifically for grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12, the site can be used by students of all ages. In additions to sections on our nation; how laws are made; the branches of government; the election process; and citizenship, you will also find interactive games and activities.
Learning about the government is a key part of every student’s education. Unfortunately, many government courses are relegated to history class and other subjects where teaching federal facts can be a challenge. But in today’s informed world it is more important than ever to educate kids on how their government works and what they can do to be a part of it. Try these tips to help your government lessons make an impact, whether at home or in the classroom!
Take a tour of the White House with Flat Stanley, test your White House and American history knowledge with a quiz, find out about life in the White House, read about the Presidents and print out coloring sheets for them, or play some games.
New Hampshire Resources
More than 250 years ago, courageous pioneers traveled to New England’s northernmost frontier with remarkable determination to build a new life. Their extraordinary experiences are chronicled at The Fort at No. 4, a hands-on “living history” museum that recreates what frontier life was like for the men, women and children who once lived along the Connecticut River Valley.
Discover great geography resources at this site from the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance. You’ll find information about professional development opportunities, lesson plans and curriculum materials, grant information, and links to other resources.
The mission of this organization is to promote the widest possible understanding of world affairs among the citizens of New Hampshire. The site features school program information and links to web resources.
Learn about some of the resources available to educators from the NH Bar including the Mock Trial Program and the Lawyer and Judge in Every School event.
You’ll find school and district profiles, information on legislation, reports and statistics, certification information, the curriculum frameworks and more at this site.
This is an invaluable resource for the N.H. social studies teacher. The
section features demographics and statistics, election and voting information, a look at the state’s flora and fauna, an overview of state government, profiles of famous New Hampshire people and places, as well as a brief history of the state. But wait, there’s more –
, a guide to NH state government provides a wealth of resources on state agencies and the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of state government. The
looks at New Hampshire’s rich political history, and Revised Statutes Online features searchable full text versions of updated legislation.
This site has information on all 234 of New Hampshire’s communities.
You’ll find information about school programs, current and future exhibits, and the museum’s collection here. Be sure to visit the online store for great New Hampshire items, including books, music, and art!
Be sure to visit the Publications section of this site for an online newsletter, a guide to NH historical markers and covered bridges, and guides to some of the portraits in the State House.
Find out about what NH is reading, learn about grant opportunities, or take advantage of some of the teacher professional development opportunities offered by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Discover great instructional television programs for your classroom, learn about some of the professional development opportunities offered by NHPTV, or browse the Classroom Internet Library for a wealth of web sites aligned to the New Hampshire CurriculumFrameworks.
Miss a program? You’ll find audio files of past programs as well as current news and program schedules. Visit the Special Features section for coverage of the New Hampshire Primary, a slide show on the Old Man in the Mountain, coverage of the No Child Left Behind Act, an interactive Budget Builder that lets you explore how the state budget is created, and lots more!
Held every two years, this project lets students vote for Presidential, Congressional, and Gubernatorial candidates in election organized in their schools. This site feature candidate profiles, election resources, and curriculum resources and lesson plans.
General Social Studies Resources
Learn about this annual event and find out how you can participate.
Daily political cartoons from around the world.
Keep current with what’s happening around the world from politics, society, and business to sports, entertainment, and science.
Links to over 4000 newspapers around the world that have online sites. There are also sections for radio and TV and magazines.
Listen to radio broadcasts from around the world at this site that has links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and over 2500 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and around the world.
Offers tours for school groups and has various programs available, including a special 3 day event each May called Colonial Living Days. Schools participate in this program by signing up for a morning or afternoon session offered each of the three days, and experience hands-on activities and meet role-players during their visit. The museum has copies of NH’s Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence as well as original drafts of the United States Constitution, the working copies of Rufus King and Nicholas Gilman (a signer of the completed document as well).
You’ll find organizational and conference information here.
This site features organizational information as well as web links and member resources. Be sure to check out the NCSS DataBank, a repository of user-submitted resources and professional development opportunities, searchable by content or by theme.
You’ll find organizational information, news, hundreds of free lesson plans in the
section, and links to more teacher economics education resources here.
This site includes organizational information as well as free curriculum materials and lesson plans.
Settle in for some serious exploration. This site features online exhibits, photograph collections, news, lesson plans, maps, and lots more. Be sure to visit the Kids Section
where you will find news, games, activities, a cartoon factory, coloring sheets, maps and homework help.
Learn about the National Geography Challenge, access online publications, or check out the National Geography Standards at this site.
General Education Resources
This site from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation features online humanities resources from some of the world’s great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities. You’ll find web sites and lesson plans organized by subject area, a monthly feature story, information about professional development opportunities, and tips for using the internet in your classroom.