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U.S. History Sites
1. Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project offers free, downloadable U.S. History lessons and articles organized by theme, time period and reading level.
Thousands of historical documents from the National Archives. Plus, ready-to-use activities to pair with the documents. Search by historical era or make your own activity.
3. America in the 20th Century
Program clips and teacher resources for the Progressive Era, World War I, The Great Depression, Vietnam, Cold War, Civil Rights movement and more.
These historical and political cartoons make great discussion starters or classroom warm-ups for U.S. history lessons.
5. Digital Vaults
View digital versions of the nation’s most important historical documents.
6. USHistory.org Historical Documents
Use the easy-to-read text versions of the United States’ most important documents to familiarize your students with the words that shaped the government and culture of their country.
7. Finishing the Dream
Over one hundred Civil Rights Era clips from the NBC News archive including segments like Separate is Not Equal, Buses and Boycotts,Freedom Fighters and We Shall Overcome.
8. 100 Milestone Documents
These 100 documents chronicle United States History from 1776 to 1965. You can view a digital copy of each document and also read an excerpt that gives background information about the document.
9. StreetLaw Landmark Cases
A full range of activities and resources to support the teaching of landmark cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, Dred Scott v. Sanford and more.
10. The Library of Congress
An enormous collection of historical memories, prints, photographs, newspapers, sound recordings, films, maps, manuscripts and more.
11. Charters of Freedom
Charters of Freedom is another website that allows you to view digital versions of the nation’s most important historic documents.
12. Picture History
This collection of images from American History includes the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of photographs are of presidents, the White House, iconic people and events from our nation’s past.
13. Oyez Project
A database on major constitutional cases heard by the United States Supreme Court, with multimedia resources including digital audio of oral arguments.
14. Chronicling America
Search through pages of America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published from 1690 to the present.
15. American Rhetoric
American Rhetoric is an index of over 5,000 textual, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and more.
16. WYZANT HPOL archive database
History and Politics Out Loud is a searchable multimedia database that contains important audio clips from American history and politics.
17. Constitution Facts
Did you know that the U.S. Constitution has only 4,400 words? It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world. Find out more interesting facts at Constitution Facts!
18. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibitions
An online version of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibitions on Rescue and Resistance, Anti-Semitism, Propaganda, Persecution, Camps, the Aftermath and more.
19. Chronicle of Revolution
Chronicle of Revolution provides students with a detailed look at the events that contributed to the start of the American Revolution by reading newspaper articles from key cities.
20. Mission U.S.
Mission U.S. is home to two free, interactive U.S. history games. One focuses on the American Revolution, the other focuses on a slave’s quest for freedom.
21. American History Demographic Chart Book
A demographic history of the United States dating back to the first census in 1790. It includes maps, information on population growth and distribution, ethnicity, age, home ownership, education, occupation and more.
FedFlix features the best videos produced by the United States government, from training films to historical documentaries.
23. Civil War 150
An interactive map/timeline/infographic hybrid that is packed with cool facts about the Civil War. It’s got over 2,000 likes on Facebook!
This website is an online collection of historical military records. There are millions of images and documents that can be searched and annotated with additional information. Everything is categorized by war which makes it easy to fit into a history lesson plan.
25. Law Focused Education
Entertaining games and animations covering topics including checks & balances, federalism, popular sovereignty, separation of powers, Bill of Rights, Preamble of the Constitution, American symbols and more.
Collaborate using social technologies to delve into the past, present or future of city spaces. View architectural maps of some of the world’s most famous cities from different time periods and overlay important structures.
View some of the most interesting and thought-provoking photographs through time to stimulate discussion in your classroom.
28. European Virtual Museum
The European Virtual Museum is an online collaboration between twenty-seven prestigious European museums and showcases historical artifacts from all over the world.
TimeMaps is an all-inclusive look at world history that combines maps, timelines and chronological narratives.
30. Spartacus Educational
This online encyclopedia focuses on historical topics and figures from England, the United States, Russia, Germany and France. All of the articles are easy-to-digest and are written for students.
31. Online Hieroglyphics Translator
Type in a phrase and see what it looks like when it’s translated to Egyptian Hieroglyphics. This is a cool activity to do if you’re covering Ancient Egypt.
32. Women in World History
Over 200 primary source materials about women in world history including photographs, propaganda, commentary and more. These materials are great discussion and essay starters.
While HyperHistory’s design is reminiscent of websites from the 1990’s, it covers 3000 years of world history including culture, religion, politics and historical figures.
300 informational narratives and 10,000 events in a searchable database. HistoryWorld is great for conducting preliminary research for papers and projects.
35. EyeWitness to History
EyeWitness to History is home to first-hand accounts of historical events, vintage photographs, original radio broadcasts and more.
36. Wikibooks – Ancient Civilizations
Easy to understand descriptions of some of the world’s most influential civilizations including the Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Vikings, Persians, Romans and more.
37. Simple English Wikipedia - World History
The history of the world—according to Wikipedia—told in plain English.
38. History.com Videos
Watch video clips from the History Channel on a variety of topics including the American Revolution, American Civil War, World War II, the Titanic, Black History Month, Ancient Civilizations and more.
39. Go Social Studies Go
A modern-looking website dedicated to world religions, history and world geography. Each topic includes a separate page with information, images and links to relevant websites. Some pages even have videos.
40. The Avalon Project
A collection of historical documents in law and diplomacy from 4,000bce to the present. It includes documents such as the Athenian Constitution, Magna Carta, Articles of Confederation, Civil Rights Act of 1964 and more.
41. Playing History
Playing History aggregates all of the free history games on the web into a simple, searchable database.
42. Snag Learning
Free documentaries produced by well-known educational publishers, including PBS and National Geographic. The available titles cover topics like the Battle for Midway, Alexander the Great, Pearl Harbor and more.
World History for Us All (added 4/20/2012)
World History for Us All offers teaching units, lesson plans and resources for middle school and high school world history teachers. It is a collaboration between K-12 educators, collegiate instructors and educational technology specialists.
Bridging World History (added 4/20/2012)
26 thematic world history units include videos, an audio glossary and a database of over 1,500 images and maps. Use Bridging World History to teach your students about the ties that bind historical events together.
World History Connected (added 4/20/2012)
The best online journal for world history. Plus, it's free!
Crash Course YouTube Channel (added 4/20/2012)
Crash Course's YouTube Channel currently has 13 quality videos that cover topics in world history such as the fall of Rome, Alexander the Great, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia and the Agricultural Revolution. If you're unfamiliar with this YouTube channel, you should definitely check it out! FYI - some of the narrator's humor may be unsuitable for younger students.
Social Studies Materials
High quality lesson plans, activities and student resources for history and social studies, sortable by grade level.
44. C-SPAN Classroom
Primary source materials for Social Studies teachers.
45. GoEd Online
Aside from having an awesome blog (tee-hee!), GoEd Online is a one-stop resource for fun social studies materials. Click here to check out our streaming social studies videos, downloadable eBooks, PowerPoint presentations and interactive games.
46. Project Vote Smart’s VoteEasy™
See how your views match up with those of major political candidates. Learn their stance on topics like abortion, economy, guns, health care, immigration and more.
The official website of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning is home to information on the civic and political engagement of young Americans. There are a lot of cool graphs and charts that will get your students excited about fulfilling their civic duties.
Free lesson plans and interactive games for learning civics. Some of the topics covered by materials at iCivics include citizenship and participation, separation of powers, branches of government and budgeting.
49. White House
The official website of the White House. Watch the weekly address to stay informed on the most important events in our government.
50. Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
This website teaches your students how ballots and voting systems have changed over the years in response to political, social and technological change.
Culture & Geography
51. Mental Floss’ Geography Challenge
A fun, yet difficult, geography trivia game that tests your knowledge of where countries are located.
52. Nations Illustrated
View over 7,700 pictures from all over the world. Just type in a large city or country.
53. Traveler IQ Challenge
The web’s most popular free geography game. Over 42,000 people have “liked” it on Facebook.
An award-winning website that hosts hundreds of short, guided video tours of the most famous cities throughout the world.
Neat interactive maps to review Geography – requires flash and shockwave player.
56. Google Earth
Google Earth is a nifty tool that is being used by educators around the world. It puts the planet’s geographic information at your fingertips and can be utilized in a variety of educational activities. There’s even a helpful Google Earth for Educators Community where you can go for new ideas or to share some of your own.
57. Culture Crossing
A guide to culture, customs, social, business and study abroad etiquette for every country in the world. The information posted in each country guide is submitted by people who are either natives or residents (or former residents) of the featured countries.
Printable Maps and Mapping Tools
Easily draw on Google Maps and then share with your students or post to your teacher blog.
QuickMap’s slogan is “Doodle on Google!” It’s another free and easy way to draw on Google Maps.
60. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
High-quality historic, thematic and topographic maps of the world including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Polar regions, Oceans and United States.
61. Printable World Maps
Free printable maps of the world’s countries. Each map is a blank outline.
62. Nat Geo Education: Mapping
Free, printable 1-page maps, printable large-format maps and an online interactive student map.
63. Mapping History
Animated socio and political maps of 18th and 19th century United States, Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Animaps letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time. Your finalized Animap appears like a video that can be played, paused, slowed down and sped up.
65. BBC Dimensions
This website takes important places and events, and overlays them onto a map. Just type in a zip code. Use it to show your students how large something like the Great Wall of China or the battle of Stalingrad really is/was!
Search for pre-made, media-rich timelines or make your own using MP3 audio clips, YouTube videos and more.
67. X Timeline
Another website that makes it easy to create and share timelines with pictures and videos.
68. Time Toast
All you need is a valid email address to create interactive timelines that can be shared anywhere on the web.
69. Tiki Toki
Easily create stunning web-based, sharable timelines with images and video. Tiki Toki also has a group editing feature for collaboration.
With Dipity, you can find, create and embed interactive, customizable timelines.
Create your own sharable timeline with images, video, audio, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF files.
72. Google News Archive
73. Time Magazine
74. New York Times
View today’s front page from more than 800 newspapers worldwide. Use this website to demonstrate how different cultures can perceive the same event.
A daily compilation of editorial cartoons from around the world that cover current issues and important figures.
77. Clay Bennett Cartoons Archive
Modern cartoons on a range of topics including individual liberties, global warming, lobby reform, congress and more.
78. Practical Money Skills
Practical Money Skills is an online resource for educators, parents and students focused on financial literacy and education.
79. Econ Ed Link
Sort economics and personal finance lessons by grade level, lesson type, concept, or standard covered. Econ Ed Link includes accounting, banking, budgeting, debt, inflation, interest, investing, risk and more.
Numbeo is a website that allows you to compare information about the cost of living from different areas of the world.
81. Living Wage Calculator
Use the Living Wage Calculator, developed by Penn State University, to calculate the approximate living wage of your area. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.
Enter in a U.S. Zip Code to get its latest U.S. Census data including detailed demographics.
83. CIA Factbook
The CIA World Factbook contains information on the communications, economy, geography, government, history, military, people, transnational issues and transportation for 267 world entities.
84. World Flag Index
A listing of all of the flags from each of the world’s countries, territories and sub-national regions. Some of the listings also include basic information about the area.
Find information about each of the 50 states, including the state bird, border states, climate, constitution, flag, population, state tree and more.
86. Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a simple search engine that specializes in scholarly literature. It allows you to search across many sources including articles, books, court opinions, online repositories, university libraries and more.
87. Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha is searchable database of information about government, historical events, political figures, important documents and more.
Web 2.0 Tools
88. Poll Everywhere
An inexpensive and quick alternative for clicker response systems. Create your first poll in 30 seconds without having to sign up. Your students simply text their answer to a predetermined number and, voila! Poll Anywhere is free if your class size is less than 40 students.
Use Animoto to easily create presentations and videos with your own images and music, or choose from a library of stock files. Teachers can apply for a free Animoto Plus account.
With a free option for K-12 teachers, Wikispaces is a great tool for making custom webpages that your students can edit together. You can manage privacy settings, create student accounts without email addresses, embed media and even customize the design of your Wiki pages.BONUS: Check out theresourcesforhistoryteachers Wikispaces page. (added 4/20/2012)
Voicethread’s group conversations are stored and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. It allows you to create multimedia slideshows with images, videos and documents. Others can view the slides and then leave text, audio or video comments.
Prezi is a really neat cloud-based presentation program that allows you to zoom in and out. If you don’t mind your slides being public, you can sign up for a free account with 100MB of storage.
Use IMDb, the internet movie database, to see if there are any movies that are relevant to the topic you’re teaching. If you find one, you can also check the rating to make sure it’s appropriate for your classroom.
As one of the largest and most popular flashcard creation websites around, Quizlet allows students and teachers to customize their own “sets” of flashcards. You can manage access to the flashcards you create and share them with your students.
SlideShare is one of the most popular ways to upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other documents. Again, this is a great tool for transferring documents between your home and school computer without having to carry around a flash drive.
ClassMarker is an online quiz and test creation website. As an educator, you get 100 free tests taken (and graded!) per month.
Blabberize is a fun web 2.0 tool that allows you to upload a picture (of a person—think historical figures!), select its mouth, and make it talk by adding an audio file. Like Gizmoz, your students are sure to get a kick out of it!
Online-stopwatch is a web-based stopwatch that is easy to display on an interactive whiteboard and can count up or down. Use it for timed exams, essays, and standardized tests.
A lot of students have a hard time giving class presentations, but CuePrompter helps to relieve some of the nerves. Copy and paste your script into the box and it displays just like a real teleprompter. Plus, it’s free to use.
This web 2.0 tool uses cell phones and/or laptops to gather feedback from students. You can post as many questions as you’d like, which is nice if you have several classes
Keith Hughes has taught US History and Government and AP American Government for the past 15 years as well as edu classes in New Literacy and Technology for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo.
HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest. So sit back and enjoy the antics of HipHughes as he melds multimodality into a learning experience.
Crash Course – US History
Six awesome courses in one awesome channel. This one focuses on US History.
Crash Course – World History
This one focuses on, wait for it . . . World History.
C. G. P. Grey
Complex things explained. Very cool videos on a variety of topics. History geeks will start with the history ones but don’t be afraid to branch out.
Hilarious history videos from the BBC. And almost all of them historically accurate!
Copycat Horrible Histories
The BBC Horrible Histories generate so much traffic, others have jumped on the bandwagon.
Need an extra bonus additional channel?
Our World is Amazing. Mind-Blowing Facts & The Best of the Internet.
Resources on Teaching About the Onondaga Nation in grades 4 and 7
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Videos From Onondaga Nation Collaborative:
Ms. Jacques and Riley discussing the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
Mr. Powless and Jonaca talking about What is Wampum?
Mrs. Powless and Haeñhyanoñhna’ discussing Daily Life at Onondaga
Ms. Powless and Carson talking about Recording History through Oral History and
Ms. Waterman and Sydney talking about the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois?