Social Studies and History


  1. Download a history/social studies file at: history/social studies
  2. Historical Scene Investigation -http://web.wm.edu/hsi/ - was designed for social studies teaches who need a strong activity for bringing primary sorces into the classroom. How it works: Each “open case” comes with teacher notes and student notes. Students read through documents and search the internet to find answers to questions in order to solve a case. Documents are found in the student notes which are included along with teacher notes. Students finish by writing a paper based on what they've learned.
  3. This is a Smartboard lesson/powerpoint activity that introduces paragraph writing to students. I would use this at the beginning of the year in my writing classes. http://education.smarttech.com/ste/en-US/Ed+Resource/Lesson+Activities/Notebook+Activities/Browse+Notebook/United+States/Elementary/4-6/Language+Arts/Introduction+to+Paragraph+Writing.htm
  4. A Jamestown Interactive game. There will be a pop-up. Don't worry it is part of the game - Kind of like choose your own adventure books for those people who remember those books. http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/
  5. This site has some pretty extensive history information including but not limited to music, videos and games. http://www.earlyamerica.com/
  6. A great source for history powerpoint presentations http://www.mrberlin.com/7th/Exploration/Exploration.html
  7. Found some fun games and webquests on this site: http://www.wartgames.com/themes/americanhistory.html
  8. This site has some great history primary sources i.e. photos, maps, etc. [[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
  9. http://www.earlyamerica.com/series.html - short videos of Early American History
  10. American Centuries - http://www.memorialhall.mass.edu/home.html-Memorial Hall Museum Online created just for kids!
  11. Create an interactive timeline at http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline/-you won't be able to save it, but you can print it or take a snapshot of it with your camera tool!
  12. Create timelines with various start and end dates for a listing of world wide events.http://www.ourtimelines.com/
  13. http://www.teacherslovesmartboards.com/2007/10/smartboard-geog.html
  14. The above site will link to: http://www.yourchildlearns.com/online-interactive-maps.htm Once you choose a country or region, there are a lot of choices at the right for interactive puzzles.
  15. Photo links: images of Egypt - additional links http://freestockphotos.com/Egypt.html
  16. States and capitals:
  17. Fun states and caps game - http://www.pibmug.com/files/map_test.swf
  18. Another states and capitals website. - http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm
  19. I didn't spend too much time here, but thought this may help. - http://www.quia.com/pages/all.html
  20. http://community.teqsmart.org/download.php?list.13 - variety of middle school history lessons
  21. http://webbywage.wikispaces.com/Smartboard+Lessons+for+Middle+School - wiki for middle school history
  22. Great US history site for grades 3-5: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/index.html
  23. Our amazing US park service: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm
  24. http://www.earthcam.com/ - Live webcams from all over the world - use these as discussion starters or inspirations for writing
  25. http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm - grab a map or two!
  26. USA quizzes:http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html
  27. Go to the primary sources! Here are the US's important historical documents - http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/
  28. http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/ This is an interactive site that would enhance a lesson on slavery, the underground railroad, or the Civil War.
  29. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.htmlgood website for kids to expore when studying anything to do with NASA
  30. Ben's guide to US Government - http://bensguide.gpo.gov - for grades K-12, parents, and teachers


Lesson ideas for the Smart Board:
  • We do some scavenger hunts with GoogleEarth.
  • Current Events: I was just thinking that it would be really easy to use the common news sites with Smart and the Magic Pen. I love the spotlight.