Social Studies



  • General
  • The History Channel
    Welcome to the great debates on History.com.
  • Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
    Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
  • National Center for History in the Schools
    The revised National History Standards have served as a template for the more than 30 states that have developed state standards for history as well as serving as lesson guides for such diverse projects as lessons accompanying National Park Service Web sites, the Military District of Washington's "Spirit of America" curriculum, Oregon Public Broadcasting's upcoming Web-based series "Turning Points in US History," the Theolonious Monk Jazz Institute history/jazz curriculum, lesson plans to accompany the Eisenhower archives, and many others.
  • National Council for the Social Studies Model Lessons
    Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.
  • New York State Assembly Teacher Resources
    The Kid's page educates children K-12 about the New York State Assembly using: coloring books, fun facts, and examples of famous assembly memebers.
  • Smithsonian Institute
    The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian and produces a variety of programs, services, and resources for the education and museum communities. The Center studies education at the Institution and builds consensus on standards for strengthening its educational programs, publications, and websites.
  • KET Social Studies Resource Sites
    Kentucky Educational Television (KET) provides a social studies site that provides lesson plans, relevent academic links, digital broadcast and multimedia products.
  • NEH Humanities Resources
    The Best of the Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity.org. This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom.
  • National Geographic
    Home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life.
  • Leadership in American History Resources
    Leadership in American History is organized so that teachers and schools may participate in different layers depending on their needs, interests and time. Layers include: Teacher Leadership Program, History Lecture Series, American History Book Club, American History Film Club.
  • The New York Geographic Alliance (NYGA)
    We are dedicated to working with teachers in providing geographic training and resources, to actively foster standard-based geographic learning, to infuse geography in other disciplines, and to promote geography training for pre-service teachers.
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    This website is to be used as a portal for American history on the Web; to offer high-quality educational material for teachers, students, historians, and the public; and to provide up-to-date information about the Institute's programs and activities.
  • History Now Newsletter
    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History published newsletter.
  • Cultural and Social History
  • History Matters
    Designed for high school and college teachers and students,History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
  • The African-American Mosaic
    A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture.
  • African Studies Association
    The ASA provides information and support services to people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa.
  • Black History Quest
    African-American History, Culture, and Black Studies Resources.
  • American Folklore
    This folklore site contains retellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each and every one of the 50 United States. You can read about all sorts of famous characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Daniel Boone, and many more.
  • American Social History Project
    The site provides access to resources and lesson plans such as: History Matters, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, and Student Voices from World War II.
  • Asian-Nation
    Your one-stop information resource and overview of the historical, demographic, political, and cultural issues that make up today's diverse Asian American community. You can think of Asian-Nation as an online version of "Asian Americans 101."
  • Hispanic America USA
    A site dedicated to hispanic-American history. It has received the following awards: Excellence in Education Awards Best for Educational Quality, Best Veterans/Military Site for the   preservation of American history, for academic value, historic importance  and service to veteran and military service persons. It is also Listed by Educational, Culture, Historical, Reenactment, Military, Veterans Organizations, Commonwealth Network Educational including Hispanic & Latino web sites, Listed by J. Bustamante Hispanic site.
  • C.A.R.T.S. - Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
    Our CARTS Web site is a virtual extension of City Lore's educational programs and its National Network for Folk Arts in Education. As you explore the people, places, and traditions that turn communities into classrooms, stock your cart high with the many useful resources available inside.
  • Smithsonian Institute - National Museum of the American Indian
    The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans.
  • New York History
  • Flushing Remonstrance
    This resource guide was developed by teachers for teachers. Lessons were written using and adapting documents from the time period.. Interactive learning and using primary sources were a priority in developing the lessons.
  • Gotham Center for New York City History
    GOTHAMCENTER.ORG is aimed at would-be time travelers to New York City's past. In many ways, the site is always under construction, and its depth and usefulness continue to grow as we collect and organize information from and about New York's wider historical community.
  • New York History Net
    For historians and students of New York history and culture.
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum Educators Guide
    The Lower East Side Tenement Museum's mission is to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America.
  • Primary Sources
  • Making Sense of Primary Sources
    This section helps students and teachers make effective use of primary sources. “Making Sense of Documents” provide strategies for analyzing online primary materials, with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources.
  • Teaching With Documents
    "Teaching with Documents” is designed to help teachers and students make sense of the vast amount of source material available over the Internet, and effectively bring these resources to their work as historians. It provides easy access to analytic tools, instructional strategies, and links to source material and sample assessments.
  • Document Based Questions
    Understand how document-based questions assess standards and performance indicators in the Learning Standards for Social Studies.
  • Yonkers Document Based Questions
    Developed with regard to the New York State Social Studies Core Curriculum, the document-based questions provided here are designed for use in a fourth- or fifth-grade classroom to prepare students for the elementary assessment.
  • Primary Source Materials and Document Based Questions
    Document based questions (DBQs) are a major focus in schools today. To be answered correctly, students must be adept at analyzing and synthesizing the information provided. They must be able to write coherent and logical essays. This site is meant to provide students with resources to develop the skills needed to effectively respond to DBQs.
  • Current Events
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
    Beginning in 1985, Morningside Center developed a collaborative relationship with the New York City public schools, helping integrate conflict resolution and intercultural understanding into the daily life of schools throughout the city.
    Through programs such as the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (K-12), we have helped tens of thousands of young people learn better ways to deal with conflict and cultural differences. The skills we teach--in communication, anger management, negotiation, mediation, intercultural understanding, and standing up to bias--increase children's emotional and social competence, improve their academic performance, and prevent violence.
  • Understanding World Events
    Education World's lesson plans centered around current world events.
  • One Hen
    Microfinance for kids.
  • Facing History and Ourselves
    Helping classrooms and communities worldwide link the past to moral choices today.