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*The Fifty States Grades 4 to 8 TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst’s states project for students combines the usual “almanac” facts with narratives on native people, early history, economy, and landforms and geography. The result is a one-stop site for upper elementary and middle school students studying their own states, or someone else’s. This project is more than “halfway” complete, and we are adding new states regularly.

2000 Census Data On-line Grades 1 to 12 US Government


225th Anniversary of the Articles of Confederation Grades 7 to 12

Developed by folks in York, PA, which was the nation’s capital during part of the Revolution, this site presents information on the Articles of Confederation, this country’s first constitution. Included are sections on history, people, the text and explanation of the document, and an education section complete with lesson plans. This site is suitable for grades 7-12 and works best with Flash Player and Quick Time.

50states.com Grades 4 to 8

This site offers metalists (most of the content isn’t theirs) for each state, including bios of presidents from that state, attractions, public records, and more. There’s much more than history items at this site, which may or may not be an advantage.

A Biography of America Grades 6 to 12 CPB/Annenberg

This American History survey site from the Annenberg Project was created as a companion to the video series of the same name. The chief resource avialable is a collection of transcripts of the programs. There are also timelines, discussion questions, and far fewer images than one would imagine in such a project. This could be a resource for discussion ideas on American history topics or an introductory survey for a student searching for an independent study project.

Alabama Grades 4 to 12

The state’s home page.

Alaska Grades 4 to 12

The state’s home page.

AMDOCS Grades 6 to 12 Univ. of Kansas

Created at the University of Kansas, this collection of primary sources offers coverage from the 15th century through the present, making it useful for both early and contemporary history. Many of the documents are on third-party sites, so expect some level of change over time.

American Fact Finder Grades 5 to 12 The U.S. Census Department

The U.S. Census Department offers this Java-enabled site which can produce a wide variety of statistical and factual information on American population, economics, educational, and other statistics. It’s a great research tool, especially if you know what you’re looking for.

Be sure to click on the Kids’ Corner menu button for child specific activities.

American History Timeline Grades 6 to 12 Yale University

The American History time line from Yale University’s Avalon project.

American History Timeline Links Grades 4 to 12 Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian’s attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period. Part of the attractiveness of this site is the eclectic nature of the results that you get from the various links. If you’re interested in teaching history from different angles, there are lots of resources here.

Americans and the Environment Grades 4 to 12 National Humanities Center

Created by the National Humanities Center, this collection of scholarly essays on Americans’ relationship with the environment may be over the heads of most students. BUT teachers and parents will find the subject matter fits nicely with most American History curricula, and the “guiding discussion” sections provide some new strategies and insights for teaching material that may have become too routine for students. If history (at any level) is your field, this one is worth a visit.

AMU Cartoon Reprints Grades 6 to 12

This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It’s a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor, but please read the copyright information carefully. Government and social studies teachers will find the editorial collections particularly interesting.

Anatomy of a Murder Grades 6 to 12 Thinkquest

This Thinkquest site was created by students to provide an introduction to the judicial process and the way in which citizens are accused of and prosecuted for crimes.The information is factual, well-written, and provides a basic description of the events surrounding a criminal investigation and prosecution. This could serve as a good introduction to a study of judicial process and law enforcement.

Arizona Grades 4 to 12

The state’s home page.

Arkansas Grades 4 to 12

The state’s home page.

Asian Americans and U.S.-Asia Relations: Japanese American Internment Grades 5 to 12 Ask Asia

This lesson from the Ask Asia web site will help develop student awareness and empathy concerning the Japanese internments during World War II.

Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections: 1932-1996 Grades 6 to 12

This is a large Abode Acrobat file (just over 3Mb) containing state by state and party by party election statistics for elections from 1932 to 1996. The file, which is intended to promote a book by the same name, can be viewed but not printed. Even so, it is an interesting and useful resource for students studying the history of U.S. elections or political parties.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government Grades 1 to 12 Government Printing Office

Here’s an introduction to American government that even the youngest students can appreciate. Divided into five grade levels, the site explains the structure and purpose of American government in age-appropriate terms for everyone from Kindergarteners to high school students.

Secondary teachers looking for more than the basics will want to supplement this site with other resources.

Biographies of the Presidents Grades 4 to 12 The White House

The White House web site includes short biographies of all the American presidents, suitable for introductory use or to compare presidencies. There are also a few facts about the presidents, presidential “firsts,” and the various administration.


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