Social Studies

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Here you will find a rich interactive collection of activities and they can all be yours to discover when you visit the Annenberg Learner  Social Science Collection. Choose from some engaging opportunities that will benefit a wide variety of social studies classrooms. You can pick from Psychology, Political Science, Area Studies/Geography, History, and Anthropology/Archeology.

Access: Annenberg Learner

This animated educational web site is especially for kids and their learning about social studies.

Access: Brain Pop

Cornell University and University of Michigan libraries’ Making of America projects are collections of journals and newspapers from the antebellum, wartime and reconstruction periods.

Access:  Cornell University and University of Michigan libraries’ Making of America projects

The link brings you to the lesson plan page, be sure to explore other amazing areas in the site. The lesson plans can be explored by Art & Culture, World Language, History & Social Studies , AP U.S. History, and Literature & Language Arts. Be sure to explore the Student Activities. These are engaging interactive activities by grade or subject area collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom.

Access: Edsitement 

Finding Dulcinea - Sweet Search offers examples of how to write about a historical event by finding outstanding resources on the Web, and synthesizing them into an article.

Access:  Finding Dulcinia - Sweet Search

This matrix integrates Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) with Bloom's Cognitive Process Dimensions.

Access:  Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix - Social Studies and Humanities CRM

This site provides social studies resources for instruction in social studies.

Access: Iowa Core - Social Studies Instruction

The Iowa Council for the Social Studies is an affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies.

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This site provides information on laws and regulations for social studies as well as teacher requirements and resources for teaching social studies.

Access: Iowa Department of Education - Social Studies

High quality instructional tools and online access to excellent teaching resources.

Access: Iowa History Online 

This Presidential Library provides multiple resources for students, families, teachers!  Check out digital resources for campaigns and elections.

Access: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

This site provides tools and resources for Grades K-8.

Access: Kennedy Center - Any Given Child

The Library of Congress is a great source to find historical documents, photos, art, maps, audio and video, artifacts and other items. The American Memory section organizes items based on topics, time periods and places of American history. The World Digital Library, a cooperative project with UNESCO, includes rare documents from around the world.

Access:  The Library of Congress


The Library of Congress’ Chronicling America displays images of late 19th and early 20th century American newspaper pages.

Access:  The Library of Congress’ Chronicling America

This is another creative social studies blog filled with valuable resources and information. It’s content is relevant, engaging, and bound to get students excited about learning all those areas that the social studies encompass. Get ready for a lot of resources.

Access: Mr. D’s Neighborhood 

The National Archives and Records Administration has a massive collection of material on U.S. history that can sometimes be overwhelming to search through. The Resources for National History Day Research page guides students on where to find material in the archives.

Access:  The National Archives and Records Administration

A nationally known organization that has engaged the talents of scores of classroom teachers and provided history educators across the nation with new historical resources and teaching strategies. NCHS’s double mission is (a) to aid the professional development of K-12 history teachers; and (b) to work with teachers to develop curricular materials that will engage students in exciting explorations of United States and World history.

Access: National Center for History in the Schools

A nationwide network that leads in promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers. NCEE's mission is to help students develop the real-life skills they need to succeed: to be able to think and choose responsibly as consumers, savers, investors, citizens, members of the workforce, and effective participants in a global economy.

Access: National Council for Economic Education

An organization working to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.

Access: National Council for Geographic Education

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.

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Check out this site for resources for teaching and learning about World War I.

Access:  National World War I Museum and Memorial

The New York Times has a wonderful selection of articles and lessons that have a wide range of social studies ideas. You will find categories covering regular social studies, civics, american history, global history, this day in history, geography, current events, and economics. The lessons contain wonderful readings, graphics, and ideas to add to any social study class digital collection.

Access:  New York Times Learning Network

What a wonderful place to find open educational resources. In fact, the link provided will bring up over 10, 000 resources just in the social sciences. Take some time and do a search for the exact category of social studies desired. There are some great resources that will supplement any curriculum.

Access:  OER Commons

PBS - Social Studies has a wide range of resources for students from its various programs. The most useful is likely the companion Web sites for the American Experience documentary series examining important events and people in American history. Each site includes resources such as descriptions of the events, biographies of key figures, primary source documents, interactive maps and transcripts of the film. Also visit the American Masters series for biographies of historical figures.

Access:  PBS - Social Studies

Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.

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You can find bills, treaties and the congressional record, and track current activity on the House and Senate floor.


  • Dulcinea has partnered with LineTime on this History App for iPad and iPhone to enable students to view the course of modern history on a timeline, and to drill down into each century, decade or year.
  • The Constitutional Rights Foundation offers a wide array of resources, including lesson plans and enrichment texts, on constitutional issues designed to help students understand the Constitution and become better citizens.
  • The National Archives’ Charters of Freedom explains the making of and impact of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. It includes images of the documents, biographies of the framers, and fun facts.
  • The University of Chicago’s Founders’ Constitution is an anthology of 18th century writings on the debate over the creation of the Constitution. The works are organized by sections of the Constitution, making it easy to understand how opinion of each founding father influenced the formation of the Constitution.


Get historical background and analysis of important news stories in finding Dulcinea’s Beyond the Headlines section.

  • Practical Money Skills offers financial education for kids, adults and teachers. Developed by Visa in partnership with consumer advocates, educators and financial institutions, the site contains articles, advice, financial planning tools and links to financial education material.
  • Fed101 is an interactive Web site of the Federal Reserve that’s full of information about how the government guides the economy. There are several lessons, activities, games and quizzes for student enrichment and general knowledge. Click on Teacher Resources for an excellent economics search engine.
  • Council for Economic Education offers 20 American standards for teaching economics, with links to lesson plans and benchmarks for each one.
  • PBS’ Social Studies section contains more than 700 resources on economics aimed at high school students, including lesson plans, videos, online activities and more.
  • The Economics Search Engine is a custom search engine that only searches 23,000 Web sites recommended by associations of economists.


Find more resources for students, teachers and parents in the findingDulcinea Web Guide to Education and its many sub-guides.

  • National Geographic’s Xpeditions has hundreds of educator-created lesson plans written by educators that complement the site’s interactive maps and tools.
  • The University of Oregon’s Mapping History provides interactive maps explaining events in American, European, Latin American and African history.
  • The CIA World Factbook gives an overview of every country in the world, with maps, flags and facts on physical and political geography.
  • TravelPod had a fast-paced geography game that quizzes students on world capitals, location of popular cities, world flags and more.  It is no longer available.  You might find some of its opportunities in Travel Ark.

  • Ohio State University’s eHistory has a massive collection of famous documents, letters collections and online books. The highlight of the collection is the Official Records of the Civil War, made up of material from the military departments of the Union and Confederacy.
  • Yale Law School’s Avalon Project provides a database of documents such as laws, treaties, declarations, constitutions, speeches and statements from ancient history to the 21st century. Documents are organized by time period and by topic.
  • Oklahoma State University’s Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is a seven-volume collection of laws, treaties and executive orders regarding Native Americans between 1778 and 1970.

  • HistoryNet is home to more than 5,000 articles published in Weider History Group magazines, which include American History, Military History, Wild West and World War II.
  • American Heritage makes many of its articles written since its 1954 debut available online.  We are unable to access at this time as the magazine has ceased publication.
  • BBC History Magazine offers multiple resources, including blogs and short features.
  • History Now is a quarterly journal put out by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that is designed for history students and teachers. The journal includes lessons plans and its articles include lists of books and online resources on the topic at hand.
  • History Today is a weekly British magazine published since 1951; its Web site offers virtually all of its articles written since 1980.
  • George Mason University’s History Matters features 100 Web-based assignments, examples of course syllabi, advice on how to evaluate Web sites and essays on how to utilize primary sources.
  • SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Education) provides both unit and lesson plans for social studies classes, arranged by topic and grade level.
  • Teaching History with Technology offers a wealth of resources for incorporating the Internet into the history curriculum, including these innovative projects.

  • TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is home to inspiring, amusing and cool talks with innovative thinkers and leaders. Learn about emerging technologies, the fashion world, religion, medicine, and much more from the Web site of the TED Prize and annual TED Conference.
  • The Mike Wallace Interviews was a series of prime-time television interviews conducted between 1957 and 1960. Wallace donated 65 interviews conducted between 1957 and 1958 to the University of Texas, which hosts video and transcripts of the conversations.
  • Charlie Rose has interviewed hundreds of “America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers” since his show first aired in 1991.
  • The Paris Review hosts an archive of interview excerpts with authors dating back to the 1950s.


Find more great sites for primary sources in the findingDulcinea Web Guide to U.S. History and its numerous sub-guides.


Read biographies of more than 1,000 interesting and influential figures in history on SweetSearch Biographies.

  • Teaching High School Psychology is a blog moderated by five high school psychology teachers. Aside from the daily blog posts, it links to a great wealth of resources, including outstanding school Web sites, “must read” books, and other links.
  • Teaching Social Psychology is an up-to-date collection assembled by a college professor of activities and exercises for teaching social psychology.
  • The American Psychological Association offers a whole page of high school teacher resources, including links to lesson plans, “pacing calendars” and local speakers' bureaus.

  • American Rhetoric is dedicated to archiving American speeches, lectures, sermons, interviews and “other important media events.” Its “Online Speech Bank” contains full text, audio and video for more than 5,000 speeches.
  • Historical Voices is a fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century.

  • The Oyez Project at Northwestern University allows you to listen to the Supreme Court justices as they deliberate cases, providing a complete source of all audio recorded since the installation of a recording system in the Court in 1955.
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society has a voluminous history of every court, including a timeline of justices with information about each one. There are sections on the current Court and previous “Homes of the Court,” plus quizzes and videos.

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has created a range of Web sites designed for the needs of students and teachers. It includes basic surveys of U.S. and world history, sites that teach students to use primary sources, and sites that provide lesson plans and ideas for teachers. It also features several Web sites of archives and exhibits.

Access:  Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

The Smithsonian Institution has a wide variety of exhibitions and collections on American history and culture.

Access:  The Smithsonian Institution

Discover this wonderful blog that allows all social studies related teacher to find something that just might fit into a lesson. Here you will find some fun reading, and a lot of engaging ideas.

Access:  Social Studies and History Teachers’ Blog 

The Iowa Department of Education provides information on social studies requirements for teachings, laws and regulations, social studies in the Iowa Core, US Senate Youth Program, National History Days and web sites.

Access:  Social Studies – Iowa Department of Education

The Sports Illustrated Vault offers all the magazine’s articles since its 1954 debut.

Access:  The Sports Illustrated Vault

The students of Mrs. Gold in Colorado Spring, CO found this site helpful in their geography studies.    They believe it needed to be on our website to help other kids studying geography, too!

Access:  Take a Seat Road Trip Geography

On a recent visit to this site there were  close to 80,000 social studies and history resources available.. It could then be narrowed down to almost 10,000 free social studies and history resources. The supplied link goes to those almost 10,000. With this many, it is really possible to find something. Best of all, use the keyword search and narrow it down more. If free is desired… be sure to turn on that filter.

Access:  Teachers Pay Teachers

Check out these videos to use in your classroom.

Access:  TedLessons Worth Sharing

Haley Warner, a junior volunteer webmaster and a volunteer for an after-school program, has suggested this site to help students like Ainsley with geography!  Welcome, Ainsley and Haley!

Access:  Travel - Geography for Kids

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently released guidance for states to use in enhancing their standards for rigor in civics, economics, geography, and history in K-12 schools.

Access:  Vision for the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards

The Wisconsin Historical Society has scanned every issue of Freedom’s Journal, the first newspaper to be owned and operated by African-Americans.

Access:  The Wisconsin Historical Society

This page was last updated: 2/8/24