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Social Studies for Elementary Level
For those who might be interested in thinking about doing a geography bee for next year

this day in History site ~Sarah

Classroom Ready Lessons and Activities. Lesson Plans section of Smithsonian Education on the Web designed for upper elementary and middle school students.

The American Revolutionary War presented for grades 5-8 using Internet resources and engaging activities that will challenge student thinking and provide educators and parents with multimedia resources. View the Table of Contents for a description of each page in my unit or begin by previewing the Daily Overview and Daily Events in the unit. ~Donna

China: Dim Sum: A Connection to Chinese-American Culture. Developed at Angier School, Newton, Massachusetts, the site is a thematic, cross curricula, integrated resource for elementary classrooms which enhances awareness and understanding of Chinese-American culture while building basic academic skills. It includes Social Studies lesson plans and activities. ~Donna

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project Curriculum (Golden Legacy). The CHP provides lesson plans for a variety of topics. These include New Beginnings (Immigration, Chinatowns), Survival (Railroad Building, New Almaden Mine,
Agriculture), Daily Life (Clothing, Bound Feet, Queues, Names), Traditions (Celebrations, Symbolism, Lunar Calendar), Education System (Writing System, Abacus, Tangrams, Folktakes & Games, Puppetry) and Lasting Legacy (Postage
Stamps, Conclusion). ~Donna

Curriculum of U.S. Labor History for Teachers. A curriculum guide sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society. The guide features thirteen lesson plans which integrate labor history into the U.S. History curriculum from
the Colonial Period to the Present. Objectives, procedures, and documents are included for each lesson plan. ~Donna

ePLAY Learning Center. Designed for grades 3-8, the site is a series of net-detective mystery stories involving the eBugs who are trying to stop a mad cyber-villain. Each story takes place in a different historical period
and consists of six episodes that are posted to the site over two weeks.  Also featured is a Teacher's Guide with lesson plans that complement the cyber adventures. ~Donna

Geography Educators' Network of Indiana (Lesson Plans). Over 20 lesson plans teachers can printout and which are suitable for elementary and secondary school classrooms. ~Donna

Geography Lessons and Activities. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the site provides lessons, units, and activities designed to bring good geography into the classroom. Click on Kindergarten-4th
grade, 5th-8th grade and 9th-12 grade to find the lesson plans and activities of your choice.

Geography Lesson Plans and Teaching Tips from Nystromnet. The site contains quizzes, lesson plans for the primary, intermediate and high school levels, geography literacy games, and links to additional lesson in cyberspace.

Indus Valley Civilization: A Lesson Plan. The contents of this upper elementary and middle school lesson plan by Joyce and David Mollet include a story entitled "Life in the Indus Valley," Student's Assignment:Story Web, Student's Assignment:Travel Brochure, Student's Assignment:Guided Reading, Teacher's Notes and an Assessment Rubric. Teachers can also subscribe 
to a FREE WER Newsletterwhich contains similar lesson plans.

Money Equivalents Activities (K-3) Activities prepared by the Bank Street College of Education to help teach children the value of money and its different denominations. Included are coins that may be printed and cut
out.  Other activities at this site are Budget Plan where teachers can print out a Daily Time Budget for use in their classes and Spend or Save, a fun, printable game to help students understand the rewards of a savings plan.

Native Americans. 19 thematic Units for elementary pupils designed by Shayna Gardner of the Lennox (California) School District. Lesson plan topics include CavePainting, Chumash Village, Sand Painting, Teepee Lesson, Nature Names, and more.

DISCOVER AMERICA THROUGH POSTCARDS is the result of a former teacher and photographer who followed their dream.  Both quit their jobs in 1997, bought a RV and took off to discover America. They knew friends and family would demand postcards, so they decided to save time and send them on the Internet. Then they realized, "Why not
send them to anyone who's interested?" Today over 200,000 children around the world are receiving "live-at-the-scene" postcards, as they too discover America. This is ranked in the Top 100 Educational Sites. ~Holly

This is a reading list of historical fiction of the United States. ~Donna

United States Use the mouse to learn the states, then play the game. ~Donna

Flag Tag How well do you know the flags? ~Donna

The National Disasters Game Test your knowledge about earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes and more ~Donna

Battle Sites - Clickable map of battle sites! Cool. ~Donna

Betsy Ross Home Page - Betsy Ross' house, quotes, notes, flag etiquette, links, flag trivia, step-by- step directions to cut a 5 pointed star, flag facts and timeline. ~Donna

Famous Early Americans - Ben Franklin, George Washington, Daniel Boone ~Donna

Historical Americans - Biographies of Americans who played a role in shaping the history of our country. ~Donna

Molly Pitcher ~Donna

Paul Revere - All about his life and times and that famous midnight ride! ~Donna

People of the Revolutionary War ~Donna

Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution - Fantastic page that gives information on the major events of the war from the British landing onAmerican soil to the long winter at Valley Forge! ~Donna

This site has lots of lists. Historical fiction is under "themed lists." Books are separated into two age groups: 8-13, 13-17. ~Angie

There are lists here for different historical topics. ~Angie

Lists of historical fiction by date (very extensive). ~Angie

The Franklin Institute Online:
Which also included some cute experiments. ~Diane

Also at this website, is a list of online resources, at: Two of the online resources are websites that have the Autobiography of
Benjamin Franklin. ~Diane

Italian Coloring Book
If you are studying world history, this is kind of a fun approach to it.  It will give you some ideas of the timelines and what happened when in Italian history, plus it has links. ~Susan

Boundaries of the Contiguous United States This is kind of a cool site. It shows how the boundaries in the US
changed from year to year starting in 1615 (I think) until it reaches our current configuration. It's animated. ~Ellen

Geography: Greatest Places Online
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the world's greatest places. Use this well-designed, information-rich site to take your class on a trip from the Amazon to Greenland, or introduceyour students to the Okavango Delta and the Iguazu
Falls. Each place includes an illustrated page with photos of the area's landscape, people, and animals.
In addition to reading information, your class can listen to sounds from each destination and watch video footage of the coolest things there to see. ~psam