Social Studies: Resources

Instructional Resources K - Grade 5

Students in grades K-5 use the Scott Foresman Social Studies curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the following grade level themes:

Kindergarten - Learning How People Live and Work in a Community
Grade 1 - A Child's Place in Time and Space
Grade 2 - People Who Make a Difference
Grade 3 - Continuity and Change in Communities
Grade 4 - Regions of the United States
Grade 5 - United States History and Geography: Making a Nation

Other Student Resources

Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”
Constitution Day
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.
National History Day
National History Day®(NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.
United Nations Cyberschoolbus
The United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created in 1996 as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations.
US Senate Youth Program
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an intensive week-long educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service.

Web Resources

AP Central
The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.
House of Representatives
Elected to a two-year term, each representative serves the people of a specific congressional district by introducing bills and serving on committees, among other duties.
National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
United States Senate
United States Senate, one of the two houses of the legislature (Congress) of the United States, established in 1789 under the Constitution.
US Department of State
The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.
White House
The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States.

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Atomic Learning
This site offers on-demand solutions for 21st Century skills for professional development, technology integration and software training.  Passwords available through school media specialists.
Beyond the Bubble
Developed by the Stanford History Education Group to unlock the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create 21st Century history assessments.
Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies
Links to lesson plans for K-12 social studies, history, and government.
Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly
Online publication created by the Library of Congress Educational Outreach Division.
Web Quests
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web.

Professional Organizations

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Each year, the Institute honors the best history teachers in America. Nominate a history teacher from your school.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
NCSS is devoted solely to social studies education and engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.