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Tip of the Week – 10 Super Sites for Social Studies

Many schools finished this week or will next week. I know that you need some time to catch your breath but summer is a great time to explore new sites and resources. Don’t waste the opportunity to learn more and come back next fall just a little bit smarter than you are now! Use the following ten sites to jump start your search.

Awesome, free, critical thinking, primary document integrating, student collaborating, teacher sharing, user creating site maintained by the National Archives.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibits
Most of us won’t have the chance to take our students to DC for a visit but the USHMM has some sweet online stuff available.

Demographic Chartbook
Provides a wide-ranging audience of persons interested in American history – including historians, other social scientists, teachers, and students – with graphics portraying the demographic history of the United States, as shown by the decennial census of population.

Featuring the best movies of the United States government, from training films to history, from their national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy , all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.

Playing History
There are tons of free historical games, interactives and simulations on the web. Playing history aggregates info on these resources in a simple, searchable database making it easy to find, rate, and review historical games. There are currently 126 shared games.

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
A very cool interactive map from The New York Times displaying U.S. Census data from, well . . . every city, every block. The NYT Learning Network also has a handy lesson plan related to it.

Newspaper Map
A lot like the Newseum with front pages of hundreds of newspapers from around the world overlaid on a Google map. Bring up the front page of a particular paper, click to access that paper’s website, and even translate content. Nice.

Bridging World History
The site has professional development and classroom materials to support the study of world history and is organized into 26 thematic units along a chronological thread. Materials include videos, an audio glossary and a thematically-organized interactive.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Thousands of maps from all periods, all places.

EDSITEment: History and Social Studies
Hundreds of free resources and lesson plans from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A perfect example of my tax dollars at work! Awesome stuff here. Need and example for Jewish American Heritage Month? Check out Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now.

Have fun!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks so much for sharing. I look forward to visiting a few sites over the summer.

    May 27, 2012
  2. Kids are out of school and running wild around home. You have listed some wonderful sites which will hopefully keep them glued.

    July 16, 2012
  3. glennw #

    Thanks for the link back to History Tech! Good luck as you begin your journey as a history teacher.


    June 7, 2012

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