Resources and Links

Social Studies Lesson Resources

Doable, engaging lesson plans that integrate technology!

A WebQuest is an inquiry oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web.  WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Social Studies Links


Texas Education Agency Social Studies
This site will provide you with information on curriculum, assessment, rules, and more.

Texas Gateway Courses
Through Texas Gateway Courses, TEA offers a wide-range of strategies and resources for social studies including downloadable powerpoints, test-prep materials, engagement activities, and more.

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US History

African American Historical Figures
"The Internet African American History Challenge© is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History." Many resources are also found here to help you on the quiz. 

American Foreign Policy
The National Security Archive at George Washington University web site contains more than 40,000 declassified documents that led to American foreign policy decisions.

American Memory
American Memory is the online resource compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. With the participation of other libraries and archives, the program provides a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and cultural developments of the United States.

California Mission Trail

Congress at your fingertips.

Civil War Letters and Diaries
This University of Virginia site holds a wonderful collection of Civil War letters and diaries. This written material would be a great compliment to the Matthew Brady Civil War photographs that can be found in the Digital Classroom.

Gilder Lehrman Institute
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History web site features easy to read primary sources and  lesson plans based on their holdings. They also have podcasts of lectures on a variety of topics by prominent historians. A wonderful resource.

Historical Text Archive
A collection of primary documents grouped by topic and by time period. A great resource.

Library of Congress
Access to American Memory (documents, photographs, movies, and sounds that tell America's story), Thomas (full text access to current bills under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate), Exhibitions (you may have missed them on display in Washington, but they are now open indefinitely on the Internet), Library Services (acquisitions, cataloging, preservation, research, special programs, standards and access to the catalogs of the Library of Congress and other libraries), and Research Tools (catalogs of the Library of Congress and other libraries, databases on special topics, and other Library of Congress Internet resources).

National Archives and Records Administration
The NARA mission is to to ensure ready access to essential evidence. Includes an Online Exhibit Hall, the Digital Classroom, and Events.

Our Documents
The Our Documents web site explores 100 milestone documents of American History that reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, our commitment as a nation to strive to "form a more perfect union."

The Ellis Island Home Page
A journey back through Ellis Island.

The U.S. Civil War Center
The mission of the center is to locate, index, and / or make available all appropriate private and public data regarding the Civil War and also to promote the study of the Civil War from the perspectives of all professions, occupations, and academic disciplines.

US State Department
Information, documents,and primary sources from presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and other agencies, as well as the private papers of individuals.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Features online exhibits, contests, and other resources on the 

Vote Smart Web
Exceptionally up to date, this non-partisan page and federal elections info, as well as candidate info.


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Presidential Libraries

Presidential Libraries IDEA Network
Home of the Presidential Libraries Web, Web Sites of the Presidents, and First Lady Web Sites

The George Bush Presidential Library
A variety of primary sources provided covering his life time and presidency. Lesson plans  focus on US History and interdisciplinary units - combining both science and social studies for all levels.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
A variety of primary sources provided covering his life time and presidency. Teaching units available are Dwight E. Eisenhower: A Kansas Boy of Good Character  (Elem) and K-3 Character Education Resource Book and World War II Spy Kit: The Great nazi Intelligence Coup (Sec).

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
A variety of primary sources provided covering his life time and presidency. Teaching units provide are  Laura Ingalls Wilder Material-Westward Movement in US History (Elem.).

The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
A variety of primary sources  provided covering his life time and presidency including auditory segments and transcripts of his personal tapes. Activities are available for Civil Rights-Selma to Montgomery March (Elem/Sec).

The John F. Kennedy Library
A variety of primary sources provided covering his life time and presidency. Lesson plans and activities are still under development.

The Harry S.Truman Presidential Library
A variety of primary sources provided covering his life time and presidency. Teaching units available are Three Branches of Government(Elem), United Nations Milestones (Elem), The Berline Airlift (Sec), The Atomic Bomb (Sec)

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Texas History

Texas Land Office/ Archives and Records
The repository of the original land grants of Texas, going back to the Spanish period. These primary source documents tell the story of Texas through the history of our land.

Lone Star Junction
A Texas history resource with Texas e-texts, a Texan database, genealogical information, and huge archive 

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas
A comprehensive collection of maps including world maps and historical maps.

The Portal of Texas History
With the guidance of Texas History master teachers, the UNT Portal team has developed curriculum study guides that map materials from the Portal collections to the TEKS requirements for students studying Texas History in the 4th and 7th grades. Using the study guides, Texas History teachers can direct students to primary source historical documents that will dramatically enrich their learning experience.

State of Texas Government Home Page
This government run site offers information about Texas Agencies, Counties, Cities, and Councils of Government. You can also find the state constitution as well as basic information such as state bird and state gemstone.

Texas Beyond History
This site provides the best information on the internet about Texas. It is maintained by the The University of Texas.

Texas Law Related Education
LRE specializes in civic and law related curriculum development for K-12 social studies courses. Workshops and institutes are available to educators throughout the year such as the Hatton Sumner Institutes and other programs such as the  LRE conference, Law and the Humanities and Courts of Texas.

Texas Legislature OnLine
Look for legislators, search bill text, view session agendas, and more on this official web site.

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World History

HyperHistory presents 3000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, timelines, and maps. These resources are easy to navigate and view online, though they are difficult to print.

Prehistoric Artifact Game
This site explains what archeology is and methods used during archeological digs. Included in this site is a interactive game in which students examine prehistoric artifacts and determine what they were and what they were used for.

Wonders of the Ancient World
A description and history of the seven wonders of the world. It also includes other wonders of the world up to present times.

Why Do Civilizations Fall?
This interactive site gives information about the fall of the Mayan civilization. Throughout the site, questions are asked that the students answer based on the clues given throughout the site.

You Be the Judge on Hammurabi's Code
This site gives background knowledge about Hammurabi's Code and includes an interactive game where students evaluate the consequences of Hammurabi's Code.

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Geography * World Cultures

GeoNet Game
An interactive game based on world geography standards. Students can choose areas of the world, categories of questions, and difficulty levels as they earn points.

Hemispheres, comprised of the University of Texas' four federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) is dedicated to the study and teaching of Latin America; the Middle East; Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia; and South Asia This site provides information, lesson plans and free, low cost services for K-12  fostering knowledge and understanding of these regions.

K-12 Electronic Guide for African Resources on the Internet
The aim of this guide is to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating on-line resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom, for research and studies.

Kids' Corner
Resources for kids to take action that can change the world, specifically the rain forests.
Maps101 is an ideal and immediate solution for integrating web technology into the classroom. Maps101 provides users with a collection of over 4,000 online resources and maps, which are optimized for printing and immediate use.

Check out: Interactive Atlas(Maps), TripQuest(Driving directions), and TravelPlan USA (Plan a trip with Mobil Travel)

Mathematics of Cartography
Explains what maps are, how math is used to create them, and provides related math problems for students to solve. Teaching notes included.

A terrific resource to calculate any conversion imaginable. MegaConverter is highly interactive. It registers conversions such as ancient measurements, angles, energy, interest, wind chill, kitchen measures, foreign measures, and much more.

National Geographic
Features include Ballard's search for lost ships, geography tools for research, critter cams, and much more.

The United Nations CyberSchoolBus
The UN CyberSchoolBus is designed for students and teachers everywhere and carries projects and resources about the United Nations and the world we all share. This site includes fun and educational quizzes and games, community service projects, a model UN discussion area, and curriculum units.

Western Europe
This site offers transcripts, facsimiles, and translations of primary documents dealing with Western European nations. Indexed by country, there under documents are in roughly chronological order.

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Law Related Education
LRE specializes in civic and law related curriculum development for K-12 social studies courses. Workshops and institutes are available to educators throughout the year such as the Hatton Sumner Institutes and other programs such as the  LRE conference, Law and the Humanities and Courts of Texas.


Psych Web
A well stocked site featuring print resources, education and career resources, web links, and more in the area of psychology.


A series of links on various sociology topics.


CNN Interactive

History Channel
Features lesson plans on a variety of topics. You can register to receive a free copy of the Save Our History Educator's Manual or purchase a copy. Teachers also receive a discount on DVDs when they register to receive newsletters.

Humanities Interactive
A huge collection of primary sources and activities from Ancient Cultures to  Texas History and more.

The PBS Teacher Source homepage is searchable by keyword, resource type(lesson plans), and grade.

Political Cartoons
Includes lesson plans for using political cartoons as a teaching tool in Social Sciences, Art, Journalism, and English at all grade levels.

Professional Cartoonists Index
An index to editorial cartoons "to spark discussion and learning." This site includes a teacher's guide, but as with any political topics, some may be controversial.

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