Useful Links

 I've edited this list of favorite social studies websites for elementary students to reflect only the time line and content that we study this year.
Mr. Nussbaum's site for interesting history and geography activities.

Who Goes There: European Exploration of the New World: Search „Why Explorers Explored the World‟, „Explorer Timeline‟, and „Games‟ on this site produced by students for students.

European Explorers of the "New World" in the Age of Exploration: Search a wealth of sites compiled by the Chenowith School District.

Explorers of the New World, A webQUEST of Discovery: Take your students on this webquest, or just utilize the Resources listed at the bottom of the page.

US Government:

Ben’s Guide to US Government: Choose a grade level and a topic, and jump right in.

Congress For Kids: from website: "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."

The Democracy Project: Learn about elections: start with "How Does Government Affect Me". Note the Educators‟ link on the bottom of the page.

US History, including Native Americans, Slavery, & NYS:

America’s Story from America’s Library: Besides state information, students can "Meet Amazing Americans" (great biographies), "Jump Back in Time", "Join America at Play", and "See, Hear and Sing".

Circle of Stories: This site uses documentary film, photography, artwork, and music to help tell a number of Native American stories. Native Americans narrate five of the stories. Lesson plans included on this site.

Celebrate the Constitution: A quiz, web-based scavenger hunt, news items, are among the activities available as students learn about the constitution.

Colonial Williamsburg: Begin your virtual exploration at the teacher‟s options, then explore the "Multimedia" section for free slideshows and videos. The "Electronic Field Trip" is great, but there is a fee for this option. (teacher) (multimedia)

The Fifty States: From FactMonster, fast facts on states, as well as a historical overview below the fast facts.

Great American Landmarks Adventure: From the National Parks Service, this virtual trip takes students back in time via a time machine to cave paintings from about 1500 years ago through space exploration in 1969. The 43 pictures can be printed and colored by the time travelers. *Note: If menu page won‟t load, go to „credits‟, and then to „step into adventure‟.

Growth of a Nation: Animated 10 minute movie describes the growth of America in terms of territory. The movie can be broken into three time periods or shown all at once. Note: you‟ll need to bypass ads for sale version.

The Henry Ford Museum: Founded by Henry Ford to showcase the American Experience, the exhibits found here include such diversity as America‟s fight for freedom, toys from the past, heroes of the sky, and more.

Jamestown Online Adventure: This simulation gives students the opportunity to be the captain of the Jamestown Colony.

Monticello: Travel the grounds and main house via maps & 3D recreations, or take a narrated tour of the house, gardens and grounds, as well as a look at the domestic life in Jeffersonian times.

Mystery State: From the website: "Education World's Mystery State activity challenges students to use five clues to identify one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. As students work the clues, they exercise geography skills, develop research abilities, and learn a little history too."