Social Science

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50 States
States, capitals and other state facts

ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU works to protect the liberty of Americans.  View the latest issues in their blog, news, and multimedia online galleries.

A Day in the life of… (Children around the world)
Children from 25 different countries tell about their lives, with images and photos.

African American History for Kids
Find good links for history websites, as well as click on topics in the toolbar on the left for teacher guides, famous African AMericans, museum, community and culture and news.

African American History – by National Park Service
Find lesson plans and sections on people, places, stories, and collections.  Read biographies of African Americans and search the long list of park sites that honor African Americans with historic information about each site.

African American World
A PBS website with focus on African American History and Culture, with images, audio, NPR broadcasets, reference page with book and movie resource links.  Also offers classroom support Program (with these topics: History, Race and Society, Profiles of African Americans, and Arts and Culture) with lessons, questions and activities, as well as other materials.

Click here for classroom matarials

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All About Electing a President
Easy reading tutorial with visuals about the presidential election.

American Rhetoric – An Online Speech Bank
Find speech bank, top 100 speeches, Obama speeches, movie speeches, sound clips examples of rhetorical figures of speech, rhetoric of Christians, 9-11, and ancient Greeks, as well as links for rhetoric literacy and quizzes.

America’s Story (from the Library of Congress)
Kid friendly site with 5 sections (states stories and info, ‘this date in history’, famous Americans in popular culture, and ‘see, hear, and sing’ section with a few selections.

Animated Atlas of the United States
View an animation of the expansion and growth of the Unites States from 1789 to present.

A to Z Home’s Cool – Social Studies Websites List
Search sections on Amercian History, Ancient History, Civics, Geography, People, and World Culture and History, finding sites that teach, are interactive, or just fun!

BBC History for Kids
Offers many topics and sub-topics of history, including Ancient History, World History, and British History – each section with instruction, images, animations, games or activities on the specific topics.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government
Offers 4 different levels of information about the United States Government, with drawings, diagrams and sub-sections of each topic such as the branches of government, how laws are made, U.S. symbols, and games for each level.

Best of History Websites by
Comprehensive collection of rated websites on all topics, locations, and time periods of history, as well as games, lesson plans, maps, and websites on research help.

BestHomeschooling Government Websites List
Tons of information and more links within each of these sites
Art Resources for Educational Excellence, Ben’s Guide: U.S. Government Sites for Kids, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, FirstGov for Kids, The Library of Congress, National Archives & Records, National Atlas of the United States, U.S. Legislative website

Bradshaw Foundation (Journey of Mankind; the Peopling of the World)
Interactive virtual global journey of humankind over the last 160,000 years, with mapping of the migration, pop-up info boxes, and a video.  Based on Stephen Oppenheimer’s book “Out of Eden; the Real Eve”.

C-SPAN Classroom
View videos on current events, congressional hearings, campaigns and elections; to use other teacher resources, you will need to sign up.

California Missions
Offers interactive map, historical information on each mission, images, stories, timeline, and ‘ask the experts’ section.

Colonial Williamsburg
Kids can ‘tour the map of the town’ and learn about the people of Williamsburg through illustrated stories, watch a video about the farm, and do games and activities about the colonies.  Follow the links back to Colonial Williamsburg’s main site with museum links , video and podcasts on historic topics, and subscribe to electronic field trips.

Congress for Kids
Covers topics of Independence, The Constitution, Three Branches of Government, Elections, and Citizenship, with sub-topics within each section, online quizzes, and additional information and activities in side-bars.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
Access to images and text of original documents, including “cornerstone” documents such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, Congressional bills, Presidential speeches, Supreme Court decisions, and more.

Eyewitness to History
A good resource for finding primary sources.  View images, films, and writings or hear audio recordings of real people at moments in history, from ancient times to the present…”history through the eyes of those who lived it!”  Choose from a top search menu by time period or select by spotlighted topics on the home page.

Fact Monster 50 States
Offers State Maps & FlagsState TriviaNational Landmarks
State Games & QuizzesAmericana

Found SF
Search by decade, population sector, neighborhood, and theme for related images, articles, and essays about the history, people and places of San Francisco, California.

Gallery of World Bank Notes
Find a comprehensive gallery of images of currency from all over the world, searchable by continent or country.  Some are available for sale.

History Made Every Day
Offers “This Day in History” video with narration, encyclopedia entries on tons of history topics, featured videos, and games, puzles, interactives, and quizzes.  Also view the History Channel Directory for their TV Schedule.

Search for American and World History by today’s dates or by date or events.

Easy to use site with interactive games to illustrate basic civics concepts such as: executive branch, rights, citizenship, activism, supreme court, separation of powers, law-making and more.  Also offers a competition, web quests, and other activities.

Internet Public Library (State Study)

Kidipede Encyclopedia
Search an extensive list of history and science topics, then find definitions, view images, and read about their origins and history, clicking on links to related information.

LIFE in Pictures
See photos and slideshows of the latest news, celebrity images, as well as travel and sports photographs.  View timelines of images that tell a story of topical events.

Miniature Earth
Illustrates and enlightens with statistics of our world’s population, presented in visual form through a short video.

Mr. Donn’s History for Kids
Lots of topics with easy to read text and illustrations, as well as powerpoints for teachers or students to use.

Mr. Donn’s Native American History for Kids
Lots of information presented in easy to read text, with illustrations.

Mr. Nussbaum’s United States
Visuals, maps, facts, and interactive puzzles, tests, and games on landforms, states, regions, National Parks, and more.

National Archives – Teaching with Documents Lesson Plans
For each period of U.S. History, find primary documents and images to use to aid student study.

View other documents from featured exhibits here

National Geographic for Kids
Articles, games, videos, photos, activities and stories on: geography, science and nature, and animals.

National Parks Services Site with Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
View the speeches as well as the Brown vs. Board decision handed down by the Supreme Court in 1954.

Plimouth Plantation
Information about the Mayflower, the Wampanoag people, original documents, virtual tour, homework help, stories and recipes.
Check out their “First Thanksgiving Interactive” which uses primary sources to discuss the myths and facts about this event and uses audio and images to help children learn about the Wampanoag people and the Puritans who came to the area.

PBS Video Beta
Click here to search for specific video series on history or social science topic, or on those listed below and then watch them in entirety online.  Parents may want to screen for content first.

Ancient Worlds

Black History

Native Americans

The Presidents

Presidents of the United States
Short history of the US Presidency, along with biographical sketches and portraits of all the presidents to date. From the official White House site.

Project Britain
Comprehensive website (created by children at the Woodlands Junior School) all about British Life and Culture, including kings and queens, daily life, food and drink, folklore and much more.

Project Britain – History Homework Help
Kid-friendly site for British History and World History, with images, photographs, illustrated timelines and other features (be sure ot check on the sub-topics on the side menu.)

David Ramsey Map Collection
Historical Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and images online, which focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps, as well as other world maps.  Other resources available.

Santa Cruz County History
Scroll down through this page and click on links for “Local History Photo Gallery’ or search their newspaper clipping online file.

Social Studies for Kids
Basic easy-reading facts and information about U.S. and World History, U.S. Presidents and Government, (How A Bill Becomes Law and other topics) as well as maps, State study, cultures and more.

Spanish Missions of California
Historical information on each mission, as well as links to each mission’s page on the official California State Parks pages.  Sections to help teachers and parents support children in their research.

Statetris Game
Try easy to hard levels of this game to place states correctly on the map, or try with countries.  This site also offers the chance to put your face on a monument or send a message in smoke signals over your city at

Time for Kids Online
Magazine, Geography (Country study), activities and quizzes

The Underground Railroad – National Geographic
Interactive site for children, where they can choose to take the Underground Railroad in the way Harriet Tubman and others did during the times of enslaved people in the U.S.  Images, maps, audio and songs illustrate the interactive story.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Interesting facts and images about places and people in the world in the guise of detective game.  Play the game online on FACEBOOK.

World Atlas
Online atlas with maps, descriptions, landforms, timezones, etc.

World Heritage List
“The World Heritage List includes 936 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.”  Each of the selected sites are listed with a link to their page with facts and statistics, country name, map, images, and descriptions about each site.  Other links and resources may also be listed.

Offers news and information (with images, video and text) in these categories (and more): World News,Society & ArtsSports with a feature that allows you to highlight a word and then on click on a link to hear audio (and perhaps view images) explain the term.