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ABC News 4 Kids- offers new stories every Tuesday and Thursday; an interesting news sites for students.

Abraham Lincoln Research Site - the author of this site writes, "I am not an author or an historian; rather I am a former American history teacher who enjoys researching Abraham Lincoln's life and accomplishments. If you have a specific Lincoln question that you would like me to research for you, please e-mail me using the link near the bottom of the page. I cannot answer broad questions, only very specific ones. I will try to find the answer and get back to you as soon as I possibly can. "


Akhet Internet: The Horizon to the Past - Welcome to 'Akhet Egyptology', one of the UK's oldest Ancient Egypt websites and an ideal place to start exploring the wonders of the past. Find out about the people of this amazing culture, and learn about the gods they worshiped, the leaders they followed and the monuments and statues they left behind.

African Voices - From the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, this site explores Africa's past and the history of the land and people.

African-American History: A research guide to primary and secondary sources for African American history, courtesy of the University of Washington libraries.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and promoting interest in the history of the United States, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History advances the study of history; a bit graphics heavy and slow to load but very good.

American Presidents - Presidency in Action features the functional side of the American presidency, outlining the responsibilities of the President and the resources at his disposal. Includes essays; a graphically rich Organization Chart; and details about the offices the President relies on and the personnel inhabiting them.  Works best with high speed connection.

Ancient Egypt Webquest - You must locate the burial mask of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen (King Tut.) On the inside of the mask is written a message  that if  successfully decoded could solve our earth's environmental crisis.  Your quest is to decode that message and return to our time.  To be successful, you must utilize all your available resources (books, experts, and your computer.)

Ancient History - Explore ancient history through feature articles, 3-d virtual tours, games and animations.

Ancient History Sourcebook - The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook has expanded greatly since its creation, and now contains hundred of local files as well as links to source texts throughout the net.

Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation - an interesting site that shows the growth of the US through a  movie; best viewed with a high speed connection.  Excellent resource for US History and geogrpahy classes.

Antarctica - anything and everything that you would want to know about this place.

Last Expressions: Art from Auschwitz -  The Block Museum at Northwestern University features the art created by prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau during their incarceration during the Holocaust. You can browse the art by media, artist, or location.

Arc Data Online - this site allows you to create dynamic map images, download free geographic data, license commercial data sets, create custom map reports.

Asia for Educators - sponsored by Columbia University, this site offers a variety of resources for teachers related to Asia, including lesson plans, art, language, history, etc.

Ask Asia - "Welcome to the Asia Society's AskAsia, an exciting, informative on-line source K-12 Asian and Asian American studies. Through the Internet, AskAsia offers easy, 24-hour access to high-quality, classroom-tested resources and cultural information, engaging games and activities, and links to relevant people, places, and institutions. "

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids -  Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is brought to the World Wide Web as a service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.

Bill of Rights Institute - Founded in 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute's mission is to educate high school students about the Bill of Rights through classroom material and programs that teach:  what the Bill of Rights protects, both explicitly and implicitly, how the Bill of Rights affects our daily lives, and how the Bill of Rights shapes our society.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Virtual Exhibits from the Virtual Museum of Canada - Discover North     America's varied environment, history, industries and cultures through works of art from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Created by: Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes,

Cartography - "The world of cartography has spanned from the sketches of great sailing ships to the maps in our cell phones. Take the time to learn about maps, and to appreciate knowing what we know today!"

Cartography and world travel - "Cartography is defined as the study and practice of making maps and charts. Humans have been creating maps to communicate spatial arrangements since the earliest civilizations. The earliest known maps charted the stars, and it wasn’t until the classical era that maps of Earth came into prominence. The field of cartography as we know it today has evolved considerably due to technological advancements and our increased understanding of the universe, and it is now commonly referred to as geographic information systems (GIS)."

CensusScope - CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, brought to you by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for generalists and specialists.

China WWW Virtual Library - maintained by Department of Chinese Studies, Vienna University it contains links to up-to-date information about business, geography and numerous other topics about China.

China Today - provides some very up-to-date information about China. It has information about the geography, culture, cities, flags, etc. A good site for research topics.\

Churchill and the Great Republic - This exhibition examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States--the nation he called "the great Republic." The exhibition comes nearly forty years after the death of Winston Churchill and sixty years after the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It commemorates both of these events.

Civil War Center according to the authors, the purpose is to make available all appropriate private and public data regarding the Civil War." "To promote the study of the Civil War from the perspectives of all professions, occupations, and academic disciplines"

Civil War Gazette - You are a team of newspaper reporters, living in the civil war era. Battles are raging all around you: brother pitted against brother; father against son; neighbor against neighbor. Golden meadows and rolling hills you and your friends once played in are becoming soaked in crimson with the blood of a nation's most valued resource; it's citizenry. What was once a courageous new union is now being torn apart before your own eyes.

The Civil War at the Smithsonian - is produced by the National Portrait Gallery and is dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive and manifold collections. Since the war itself, 1861–1865, the institution has been actively collecting, preserving, and remembering America’s most profound national experience. Now through the World Wide Web, this site will significantly expand that mission, giving the public increased access to Smithsonian collections and archives.

Historical look at firearms in the Civil War - from the website, "The War Between the States, also known as the American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 entirely on United States soil. What makes this was extraordinary was the fact that it was contested by citizens of the same country. This was a war that separated family, neighbors and friends who were on different sides of the conflict. It was also a war that resulted in over 750,000 soldier and civilian casualties."

Codes and Ciphers in the Second World War - Let students see the practical side, and how technology and mathematics helped break codes during World War II.

Colonial House - information about colonial life based on a new PBS series.

Colonial Williamsburg 18th-Century Living History Museum - From the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the History site is broken down into sections: Teacher Resources, Electronic Field Trips, History Explorer, Clothing, Gardens, Archaeology, and more.

Congress for Kids - Students, what do you think of first when you hear the words "federal government?" Many of you may immediately think, "dull, boring, what's that got to do with me?"  But learning about government doesn't have to be boring. Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you. Although designed for students in grades fourth through high school, other students, teachers, parents, and interested citizens will find helpful, engaging activities, too.

Congress Link - CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. The site also hosts lesson plans and reference and historical materials related to congressional topics.

Cost of War - Consider the following hypothetical scenario of war. A conflict occurs between your country and another neighboring country. The politicians of each country try to resolve the conflict through diplomatic channels. Alliances, nationalism, militarism, racism, and a poor economy add fuel to the fire of this conflict. A final act of terrorism touches off a war between your country and a neighboring country. Other nations with economic ties and alliances also join the war.

Country Studies - A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. This online series presently contains studies of 85 countries. Countries that were previously in multi-country volumes are now available individually

The Cuban Missile Crisis - This website provides access to a wide array of resources including press releases, declassified documents, photographs, and audio clips.

Current Value of Old Money -  A frequent question is "how much would a specified amount of money at a certain period of time be worth today?" The sources listed below are useful in attempting to answer this question. They are not about the value of old coins and banknotes.

Death Penalty Information - Teachers will find detailed lesson plans for two possible two-week units. However, teachers are encouraged to take a look at the rationales of the units and explore strategies of their own. Supplementary research materials and Internet links to a wide array of other resources are provided. The curriculum is designed for upper middle and high school students in such courses as social studies, history, civics, US Government, ethics, public speaking, and current events.

The Dirksen Congressional Center's Communicator - Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center's "Communicator" -- a Web-based newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to enhance civic education and improve the understanding of Congress. "Communicator" is one of the five sites that make up The Dirksen Center's Web suite, a collection of integrated Web sites functioning as a single unit.

America's Story - Discover the story of America' past.

Discovering Lewis & Clark - This is an ever-growing Web site currently containing more than 1,400 pages; works  best with a fast internet connection.

Discovery of Gold in California - This achival document by Gen. John A. Sutter (along with enough graphics to paint the picture) could be a good starting point for learners studying the Gold Rush and Westward Expansion. Posted by the Museum of the City of San Francisco.

Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine - this site is devoted to vintage music from the early decades of the 20th Century. All recordings have been transcribed into streaming Real Audio from the original 78 rpm discs in my personal collection.  It is my hope that this site will help further the creation of a new generation of enthusiasts for an exciting, vibrant and, sadly, all but forgotten era of American popular culture

Documents of U.S. History

Douglas Henderson's Earth History Illustrations -  The story science has uncovered asks us to imagine distant realms, places and events.  Ancient forests, seas, and landscapes and a parade through time of amazing creatures, all both strange and yet familiar.  Scientific illustrations is one means of exploring this past, combining some measure of appreciation for the scientific work and data with curious foible we have to want to see what we haven't seen.    

Dr. Seuss Went to War - A Catalog of Political Cartoons

Early America.com - Our main focus is primary source material from 18th Century America-- all displayed digitally. A unique array of original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to our forebears more than 200 years ago.  A wealth of newspapers, documents, maps and images is available from this site, which focuses on the late 18th to early 19th Centuries in the United States.

Economics America - The mission of the site is "To help all students develop economic ways of thinking and problem solving that they can use in their lives as consumers, savers, members of the workforce, responsible citizens, and effective participants in the global economy."

Egypt - An interesting site with lots of information about Egypt. "The Egyptian Tourism Ministry wishes you a warm welcome to the Country of Egypt, and to Misr. Please take a moment to meet the President of this great republic and read the introduction by the Minister of Tourism. We have a vast resource online, but we will be constantly adding many new resources to this site, so keep an eye on our "What's New" section frequent update news. In fact please bookmark this site."

Egypt - The British Museum. Their staff has created a website dealing with many areas of study of Ancient Egypt. Explore Egyptian Life, Geography, Pyramids, and Time.

Electronic Field Trip Series 2004-05 -  The website for the 2004-2005 E3 Electronic Field Trip series sponsored by Best Buy Children's Foundation and Ball State University is underway. The new website for 2004-2005 will include streams of nearly all of the past electronic field trips and allow you convenient one-stop access to all past EFTs that you have registered for.

Explore D.C.   -  Produced by WETA, the Public Broadcasting station in Washington, this website gathers information about local history, Federal City, the Presidents, and the importance of the African American community in the US Capital. Lesson plans were created to support each section, with many ideas for class activities

Exploring Ancient World Cultures To learn more about this site (including contents, hints for navigation, acknowledgments, information on how to contact us, etc.), please visit the EAWC Information Page. To visit one of the eight cultures covered by EAWC, select the appropriate icon above. (Icons represent from left to right and top down the ancient Near East, ancient India, ancient Egypt, ancient China, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, early Islam, and medieval Europe.) Teachers of the ancient world may be interested in visiting the EAWC Educator's Resource Page. An asterisk (*) before a link indicates a direct link to Argos, a search engine dedicated to the ancient and medieval worlds. Has information on mythology.

Eyewitness - Illuminating the past through personal narratives and other first-hand sources, EyeWitness is presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming.

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Handbook of Forensic Services - The purpose of the Handbook of Forensic Services is to provide guidance and procedures for safe and efficient methods of collecting and preserving evidence and to describe the forensic examinations performed by the FBI Laboratory

First Americans for Grade Schoolers - Work puzzles.  Draw pictures.   Play cards.  Explore and learn about the Dinè, Muscogee, Tlingit, Lakota, and Haudenosaunee. 

Flag Game - Test Your World Knowledge  of flags - All nations flags are displayed  randomly. Fifteen flags are presented per game. Select from a list of possibilities and if unable to pick the correct answer.

Ben Franklin - America has never forgotten Benjamin Franklin because he did both. He lived these words of wisdom by writing as much as he possibly could and by doing even more. He became famous for being a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklinas one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America's greatest citizens. Although he was born in Boston, the city of Philadelphia is remembered as the home of Ben Franklin. In Philadelphia, you can find both Ben's gravesite and the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. You'll also find the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Free Press - Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media and involve the public in media policymaking. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal, affordable access to communications.

Freedom Channel - FreedomChannel.com is a free, nonpartisan site that introduces video-on-demand into American politics. This site offers voters and the media the first-ever one-stop shop for the video views of candidates and issue groups.

Geography - links top sites covering geography, science, economics and humanities.  

Geography Server

 Take a Seat - Road trip Geography - from the website, "Whether you are exploring your neighborhood, your city, the United States, or the world, you need to understand how cities, countries, and continents make up the world. Geography is the study of places around the world and how they connect with each other. When you learn about geography, you learn about maps, physical places and landmarks, cultures, and how all of it ties together. Traveling by car across the United States or taking a seat on a plane headed around the world can be great ways to learn about geography, but you can get started learning about this subject just by looking at maps."

Geography World - Brad Bowerman, a teacher from Jermyn, Pennsylvania, has put together this resource that links to everything on the web a geography teacher (cultural or physical) should need. A great find was the links to Maps and Globes, with lots of links to maps and a link to Map Jokes (with Map Haiku also at that website)

Global Connections: Putting World Events in Context - produced by public broadcasting station WGBH, is a new Web site designed to provide the background information needed to understand events occurring in the Middle East

The Gold Rush - PBS Online brings the Gold Rush to life with this top notch web site, featuring historical writing that reads like a good book, expert interviews and photographs of the time. Students will enjoy the Fun Facts section, and teachers will appreciate the Teacher's Guide and Classroom Resources.

Hammurabi's Code - One of the problems facing early civilizations was setting up laws to govern themselves once people started living in communities instead of hunting, gathering, and roaming for food.  Four thousand years later, we take a lot of this for granted.    But, it is a slow process, and we are still trying to perfect it today.   This activity is designed to give the students a taste of the problems that early people faced when they found the need to govern themselves.  Some of the judgments may be harsh but that always leads to good discussion. 

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad - The students in Mrs. Taverna's second grade class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York have been learning about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  We read about Harriet.  We wrote about Harriet.  Mrs. Taverna and Mrs. Hongell, (our computer teacher), helped us write this web site to share with other children.  We created a timeline, we wrote a QUIZ,  we wrote some character sketches, and we even made some crossword puzzles about Harriet Tubman for you to work on.  We hope you enjoy it.

Hezzie Goes to War: World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian - World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian A Joint Exhibit of the  University of Missouri

Do History - A site that shows you how to piece together the past from the fragments that have survived.

History House - Welcome to History House! Here's where the story in history lives. Whether you're bored at the office, digging for some good dirt, or hankering for a great read, you've found the right spot. Check out our weekly story, featured in the box in the upper left, our recommended book below, or our carefully selected links. Have fun exploring

History and Social Studies web pages - offers links to various sites dealing with history, social studies, as well as geography.

History Channel web page - a nice Website for getting access to reliable, primary source historical documentation.

History of the Peloponnesian War

History on line - an interesting site for history buffs; according to the site, the "...main resource at the site is a large collection of links to historical sites online. Subjects include: History Resources, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Medieval Times, Exploration and Discovery, Colonial America, American Revolution, Ancient Coins. Some of the link pages are annotated and some are not. This seems to be an ongoing project."

Historical Treasure Chests - Primary sources such as letters, diaries, photographs, maps and artifacts provide students with authentic materials from the past.  By looking closely for details, students can draw conclusions about the items and formulate their own hypotheses about the time period(s) during which they were created. Further research, using secondary sources, will either confirm or challenge their ideas.  The following activity provides a model for engaging students in an investigation of authentic materials from the past. The students will be provided with four primary sources and questions to guide their investigation. A wealth of other primary resources can be accessed on the websites listed in the reference section.

How much of your income should you save?

Humanities Interactive - this website has interactive exhibits, games and lesson ideas.

Inca Secrets - Five centuries ago, a teenaged girl was sacrificed to the Inca gods on a mountaintop in Peru. Anthropologist Johan Reinhard discovered her preserved body in 1995. Using computed tomography (CT) scans and studying tissue samples, scientists have gleaned information about her DNA and possible links to living relatives as well as details of her death that provide new insights into Inca ritual and religion. This stunning National Geographic site offers a "virtual autopsy" (annotated images of the CT scans) and a "virtual climb" with Reinhard on a new Andes expedition. The site also links to Ice Treasures of the Inca, a chronicle of the mummy's discovery.

Local Geography - Cartography resources - from the site, "Map are images that depict the layout of an area from an overhead view. It is extremely helpful to help them to find their way around. There are many different types of maps.  This site was suggested by Abby a student in Ms. Wards' class - thank you for the contribution!

The Jamestown Online Adventure - You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony: Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!

Lesson Plans from Historic Jamestown - We are pleased to share with you the lesson plan packet for Historic Jamestowne. As you know, the important story of Jamestown is part of the history of Virginia and ultimately the United States. It is important to understand the early stories of Jamestown, and to include the most current research brought about through the work of the APVA-Preservation Virginia and their archaeology project, Jamestown Rediscovery.

Japanese-American Internment - for any student studying American History and World War II, this site provides some worthwhile information on this period of history. "...May it serve as a constant reminder of our past so that Americans in the future will never again be denied their constitutional rights and may the remembrance of that experience serve to advance the evolution of the human spirit..." (Plaque at the Poston Relocation Center) How could such a tragedy have occurred in a democratic society that prides itself on individual rights and freedoms?... I have brooded about this whole episode on and off for the past three decades..." (Milton S. Eisenhower, in The President Is Calling)

Kids Dig Reed - Welcome to the Reed Farmstead Archaeological Site!  Follow me as we  discover an actual site, learn about archaeology and how archaeologists work, and reconstruct how our ancestors lived over 150 years ago!  Through a series of games, puzzles, and a virtual site tour, I'll introduce you to the families who lived on the farmstead and how these people were able to make a living in the rugged uplands of eastern West Virginia!

Kid Info - Because there are many great sites on the internet that contain biographies of famous people and famous historical people, the names of individual famous people are not listed on this page. The famous person you choose to learn more about WILL be found in the sites listed below!

Little Horus - Welcome to Little Horus Web Site.. you'll be guided on this exciting tour around Egypt.…This tour is organized into seven different parts.

Longman Atlas Online Companion Website - according to the site, "The Longman Atlas is a true geographer's atlas. It has all of the geographic features that geographers expect of an atlas for students in years 8-12. It includes all the most up-to-date statistics and maps, significant use of state-of-the-art satellite imagery including Landsat, Spot and NOAA images. It has the best cartography of any Australian schools atlas. Clear and vibrant maps display all the key physical and settlement features without sacrificing substance or clarity."

Legends of our Times - traces history of native people in the west.

Types of Maps - a fairly basic site with information about different kinds of maps.

Maps and Globes - This website has been designed to help you learn and review various basic concepts about maps and globes. Click on a section to learn about that concept. After each section is a short review quiz of the ideas covered. Try the quizzes to see if you have mastered the ideas. Then go explore links to other mapping sites. Try some of the projects on the project pages to increase your knowledge of maps and globes.

Guide to Maps and Mapping - Trucker's Report - the link was suggested by Libby Braxton-Grey and offers a wealth of information.  According to the site, "Maps and atlases illustrate location. Maps are spatial, physical representations of a region, usually two-dimensional and built to scale. Atlases are map collections. One such atlas would be a driving atlas of the United States where each state is drawn to a specific scale, with mileage and points of interest usually depicted per numerical representation or symbols. Atlases can also be cultural, developed with themes in mind such as language mapping and related cultural or thematic maps."

Map Machine -  National Geographic's redesigned online atlas gives you the world—your way. Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much more. Plus, browse antique maps, find country facts, or plan your next outdoor adventure with our trail maps.

Mayflower Web - The Mayflower Web Pages were started in September 1995 with a simple passenger list of the Mayflower, and it has been growing quickly ever since.  It now represents thousands of hours of research, organization, and typing; and it continues to grow daily.  Last year this web page received a little over 215,000 visitors, with a very noticeable peak near Thanksgiving.  Visitors include everyone from kindergarten students to history professors, from beginner genealogists to some of the most noted genealogists in the nation.  

Medieval Technology Pages - The Medieval Technology Pages are an attempt to provide accurate, referenced information on technological innovation and related subjects in western Europe during the Middle Ages. There are several ways to access this information. The most direct method is through the Subject Index which provides direct access to all the technology pages. Many of the articles are also present in a historical Timeline. And material can be found by examining the References which back-reference all articles through the sources used.

Middle Ages - Medieval or The Middle Ages. We think of knights in shining armor, lavish banquets, wandering minstrels, kings, queens, bishops, monks, pilgrims, and glorious pageantry. In film and in literature, medieval life seems heroic, entertaining, and romantic. In reality, life in the Middle Ages, a period that extended from approximately the fifth century to the fifteenth century in Western Europe, was sometimes all these things, as well as harsh, uncertain, and often dangerous

Modern World History - Welcome to the Modern World History site for GCSE students. Use this resource to learn about the key events which have shaped the 20th Century. After reading the articles, you can test your knowledge in the quiz, or put the events into perspective by looking at the historical timeline. There's something for everyone: even teachers have their own section!

Money, Money, Money  -  This unit on money was created for third grade students, integrating the history of currency, with mathematics, and real world issues such as saving money; you may see some annoying popups.

Mortgage Calculator - Use this tool to calculate how much your current savings will grow and how much more you'll need to save each month in order to achieve a specific savings goal within a certain number of years.

Museum of Hoaxes - A Collection of Pranks, Stunts, Deceptions, and  Other Wonderful Stories Contrived for the Public From the Middle Ages to the New Millennium

National Archives Learning Curve - The National Archives Learning Curve is an on-line teaching resource, structured to tie in with the History National Curriculum from Key Stages 2 to 5. The Learning Curve contains a varied range of original sources including documents, photographs, film and sound recordings. There are three different types of resource: Exhibitions, Focus Ons and Snapshots. Each has a distinct approach to suit different styles of learning.

National Geographic - from the National Geographic Society featuring ancient Egypt, native peoples, human migration, and much more.

National Parks of Utah - The national parks of Southern Utah showcase the brilliant rock formations for which Southern Utah is famous in addition to containing diverse wildlife. Students can use the Internet to explore several of these parks. They'll get to see the scenery at each park and write a travelogue of their "trip." Students of all levels will benefit from this activity, but the last section, which asks students to design a new Utah license plate with national park scenery, is probably best for younger ages. Students may want to use an extra blank outline map for this activity.

Nobel e-Museum - provides biographical information on all of the Nobel Price winners.

Online Social Studies Activities - this site lists online activities for everything from campaign advertising to the underground railroad.

Oregon Trail - The Oregon Trail has a rich, dramatic history, wonderfully retold at this comprehensive site.

Parlo -  Language, Culture, Life" is the motto for Parlo, a language web site that currently features English, Spanish, and French language resources. Register (right now it's free) and Parlo gives you access to vocabulary and lessons, as well as articles and discussion boards. It requires you to permit the placement of cookies on your computer.

Pastimes and Paradigms - The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections investigates the evolution of games since 1800 through PASTIMES AND PRADIGMS : GAMES WE PLAY. The exhibition includes a wide variety of antique and contemporary games, as well as rare books on rules, strategies, and recreation.

Paul Revere Virtual  Museum - From this ENTRANCE FOYER you may visit five different EXHIBIT HALLS. Each Exhibit Hall has one or more ACTIVITIES for you to complete. Some activities can be done individually; others are better done in a small group or with your whole class.

Peace Corps - Kids World - Welcome to Kids World, brought to you by the Peace Corps. Join our pal, Traveler, as she explores the globe and learns about making a difference. Come on in to the home of adventure and service -- Peace Corps Kids World!

Picture Australia - The PictureAustralia service has been provided for use by all Australians, to discover our heritage as documented in pictures. Through a single access point, it is possible to search the distributed image collections of many significant cultural institutions, without having to know where the images are held. PictureAustralia is a web service based on a metadata index held at the National Library in Canberra which links to pictorial images held on the web sites of participating cultural agencies around Australia. The service has a "hybrid" architecture with a centralised search index and distributed images.

Portals to the World - Portals to the World contain selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. When completed, the project will include all the nations of the world.

Preservation of Early Recorded Sound -  Students can learn about the early technology used to record sound and hear bands, singers and statesmen of the day. The Cylinder of the Month Archive links to a variety of sounds, both in WAV and Real format.

Renaissance Secrets - A joint offering of the BBC and Open University, this website explores four mysteries from a historian's point of view.

The Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games -  were the ancient games better than ours? More fair and square? More about sports and less about money? Are modern games more sexist? More political? Have we strayed from the ancient Olympic ideals?  This web site will give you information on the above questions, and more!

Renaissance - "Renaissance," French for "rebirth," perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. During the era known by this name, Europe emerged from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and experienced a time of financial growth. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the Renaissance was an age in which artistic, social, scientific, and political thought turned in new directions. Join us as we explore the Renaissance and discover the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe, and in Italy in particular

Rulers - This site contains lists of heads of state, Presidents and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries (the links are at the bottom of the respective country entries), as well as a selection of international organizations. Recent foreign ministers of all countries are listed separately.

National Education Association Remember September 11th - To enrich and ennoble this first anniversary, NEA and the NEA Health Information Network have created a special “Remember September 11th” Web site. This site draws on the creative inspiration of our members and our partners in educational excellence. It brings together in one place an abundance of ideas, lesson plans, discussion points, and much more to help young people learn from the September 11 tragedy.

Sep 11 Digital Archive - The September 11 Digital Archive is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Library of Congress to insure the long-term preservation of its collections. To mark the occasion a day-long a symposium entitled September 11 as History: Collecting Today for Tomorrow was hosted at the Library on September 10, 2003.

Simple Steps to Manage your Money - things you can do today to improve your finances

Social Studies - lesson plans and other resources. The intention of the site is to provide quality social studies resources that a teacher, student and anyone interested can access through the Internet.

Social Studies lesson plans - a gopher site with a good variety of different lesson plans that could be of interest to social studies teachers.

Stock Market Game - a great stock market simulation game, with the twist that kids compete for prizes from sponsoring companies.

Teaching With Historic Places -  One of Teaching with Historic Places' primary offerings is a series of classroom-ready lesson plans. Created by National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators, these lessons use historic sites to explore American history.  All of the lessons are available free of charge on the Web. On-line lesson plans are ready for immediate use in the classroom. They can be used directly on the computer or they can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students.

Texas Beyond History - Texas Beyond History (TBH) is a public education project of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Archeological Society. Its purpose is to share the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world.

Theatre History on the Web - This site is maintained to provide easy access to useful research sites throughout the world. Please support its growth by adding to the collection. Links under Cultural Sites/Theatre Resources are very extensive; links are also grouped by historical period.

This Nation - Created by a political science professor, this nation is a guide for students and the voting public, on the US Government.

Transatlantic Cable Communications - Learn more about the technology of the first transatlantic cables linking Britain and North America. The impact this technology made on Nova Scotia and the world is also studied.

The Whole World Was Watching 1968 - The Whole World Was Watching: an oral history of 1968 is a joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group. The project was sponsored by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and NetTech: the Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium.

Twenty five lessons in Citizenship - A useful addition to any reference shelf, Twenty-Five Lessons in Citizenship offers clear, concise, and accurate information about U.S. history and the make-up of national, county, and city governments for people who are studying to become citizens of the United States.

Underground Railroad - This website supports the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

United States - an interesting web site which contains links to all of the states; once you enter the page for each state, there are additional links to pages such as state newspapers, etc. A very handy tool when trying to find information about the various states of the United States.

Vietnam War - America's longest war ended more than two decades ago, yet a number of significant and important questions remain unanswered: What was the nature of the modern Vietnamese revolution? How can we explain the American intervention? Why did the war drag on so long?

Vietnam war - an interactive site for learning about the war; created by a classroom teacher.

Voices from the Days of Slavery - provides the opportunity to listen to former slaves describe their lives. These interviews, conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s and known to have been former slaves. Several of the people interviewed were centenarians, the oldest being 130 at the time of the interview

Teach Vietnam: Echoes from the Wall - The Vietnam War Era - a tumultuous period in American history - continues to cast a lingering shadow on politics and culture. Echoes From The Wall, an interactive educational tool, goes beyond the history of that era, enabling every high school student to gain a heightened sense of responsibility, leadership and global understanding. This website will help create generations of enlightened historians and informed citizens.

Walking with Prehistoric Beasts - Who ruled the planet after the dinosaurs? For starters, how about a killer bird as tall as you and a rhino/pig-thing the size of your house. Meet these — and other — fantastic beasts who rose from the asteroid's ashes.

Building and rebuilding of the White House - a  brief history as well as several links for further exploration.

Words and Deeds in American History - In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff has selected for online display approximately ninety representative documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Included are the papers of presidents, cabinet ministers, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, military officers and diplomats, reformers and political activists, artists and writers, scientists and inventors, and other prominent Americans whose lives reflect our country's evolution.

A World Connected - Does globalization suppress or support religious practice?  What types of institutions and economic arrangements are most favorable to flourishing religions and traditional practices? 

World Cultures - World Cultures is the culmination of over two years of web-based teaching and learning. The site combines the reading and course materials of two World Cultures courses taught using web-based materials since Fall of 1994. The site is now expanding into a larger resource for a larger population and distribution of students and will eventually consist of a rich anthology of readings, a complete set of textbook materials, a set of interrelated learning modules, and a finished glossary.

World's Smallest Political Quiz  - Take the World's Smallest Political Quiz to find your political identity. Choose Y when you agree with a statement, M for Maybe, Sometimes or Need-More-Information, or choose N for No.

Xpedition - Welcome to the home of geography standards on the Internet. This unprecedented array of resources makes teaching and learning about our world easier than ever before

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last updated on Saturday, June 24, 2017
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