Civics

  • Teachers | iCivics
    www.icivics.org/teachers
    Online civics education site presented by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra O'Connor. It has interactive games, webquests, lesson plans. The game structure is easy to follow and engaging. Covers: the Constitution, the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial), and persuasive writing.

Geography

  • Country Profiles - from BBC News
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
    "Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives."
  • Home - Primary Source
    Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators with people and cultures throughout the world.

History

  • HSI: Historical Scene Investigation
    web.wm.edu/hsi"The Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) was designed for social studies teachers who need a strong pedagogical mechanism for bringing primary sources into their classroom." Students analyze primary source material to come to conclusions about historic events.

  • Library of Congress - Teachers Page
    www.loc.gov/teachers
    "This page provides tools and materials for using the Library’s unique collections of primary source documents in the classroom. These teacher-created materials include lesson plans, document analysis tools, online and offline activities, timelines, presentations and professional development resources." A free resource, with no registration required. This site makes use of the Library of Congress's unique American Memory Project.
  • LOC's American Memory Project
    memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
    "American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continueto shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning."

  • Florida Memory Project - Online Classroom
    This site "is designed to help educators use photographs, documents, sound recordings and film footage from the State Library and Archives of Florida. [It also} showcases collaborative projects between the State Library and Archives of Florida and Florida schools. These projects help students make a personal connection to the primary source materials that tell the stories of their communities."

  • Florida History Fair
    "Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, the Florida History Fair (FHF) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary levels."
    • Their Using Primary Resources page is especially helpful, giving links to a wide variety of Florida and national primary source materials, guidelines on distinguishing primary from secondary sources, as well as links to lesson plans.
    • Their Research Resources page has a fantastic list of historical collections throughout Florida, many with searchable collections online.
    • The Florida History Fair is an affiliate of National History Day
      The NHD site includes links to complete guides on doing historical research and presenting it in many forms, including exhibits, documentaries, performances, web sites, and papers. Good documentation on alignment with national standards.

  • History Animated
    Watch the maps come to life. U.S. Revolutionary War, U.S. Civil War, Battle of the Pacific.

  • Mission US
    A free set of interactive games based on U.S. History, starting with the beginnings of the revolution. Funding for Mission US was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Section for teachers includes national standards, activities, assessments, a primary source collection, and the ability to set up and manage using the games as a class. As of 8/2010 the site is still in BETA and they are looking for feedback from teachers. Full site launch is scheduled for 9/21/2010.
    • Their Additional Resources and Printables page is quite comprehensive. List includes: web sites and portals, primary source collections, fiction and nonfiction books, films and videos. Nicely annotated.


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