• Top History Web Sites

    Thinkfinity.org - This site was created by the Verizon Foundation. (The phone people but don't let that fool you.) This site allows you to search for Audio sources, Lesson Plans, Primary Sources, Videos, and even Worksheets across all grades all subjects and grade levels. It's well worth the time to explore.
    The Smithsonian History Explorer - Your gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History.
    Teaching With Historic Places - Teach American History through more than 100 American historical places. This program has a variety of lesson plans and classroom activities that help teachers bring historic places into their classrooms.
    PBSKids:United States "Wayback" History - A child friendly web site on US History. The topics run the full range of US History however.
    EDSITEment - Numerous lessom plans drawing on the collections and resources available through national museums in the US.
    MissionUS from PBS: For Crown or Colony? This multimedia adventure game puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14 yera old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston massacre. Ultimately, the player determines nat's fate and where his loyalties lie. 
    Revolutionary War: Elementary School Resources - These sites for elementary students focus on the major events leading up to the American Revolution. Learn about the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Proclamation of 1763, and more. Includes timelines, videos, and games. There are links to other eThemes Resources about the Revolutionary War and the U.S. Constitution.
    Library of Congress Learning Page - The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach American history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum. An easy to use and fun site.
    Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    National Archives: Digital Vaults - This interactive website presents more than 1200 items including documents, personal accounts, images, maps, and ephemera. It provides tools allowing users to collect and manipulate items. You can even create individual posters and movies from the items.
    The National Teaching History Education Clearinghouse - You will find the latest information on resources and best practices for teaching American History in your classroom.
    The Henry Ford: With Liberty & Justice for All - Explore America's fight for freedom, witness the struggle to achieve it, and celebrate the courage to maintain it through this new exhibit. With Liberty & Justice for All is organized around 4 key topics: Independence, Freedom & Union, Votes for Women, and ther Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit is appropriate for grades 4-12.
    Michigan Electronic Library: Social Studies  - The web resources formerly located under the Michigan Teacher Network have now been incorporated with the electronic resources of MEL. There are 53 categories to choose from!
    Dewey Browse.Org - Don't be thrown off by the name of this site. It is amazing! This is truly one stop looking for multiple high quality resources for teaching social studies. Just scroll down and explore the many sites and topics. And who thought the Dewey Decimal system was boring?
    Kids Thank a Veteran Program - The purpose of this website is to have students thank a vet for serving. Every child that thanks a vet can register their first name and state and a national tally is being kept for fun. This website also includes information on veterans, the U.S. Military, and the American flag.
  • Teacher Created Lesson Plans

    Contact David Hales at halesd@resa.net  if you have additions you would like to make.

    Thinkfinity - All of Thinkfinity.org's 55,000 standards-based K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools and reference materials are reviewed by the nation's leading education organizations to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date, unbiased and appropriate for students.
    Social Studies Central - Resources with a focus on the Social Studies, to support teachers as they improve their instruction and to help educators engage kids in learning. You will find lesson plans, new web sites, links to standards and assessment advice, technology integration resources and information about workshops and staff development.
    Rubric Maker - Rubric resources. Create your own ...all free!
    4teachers: Teaching with Technology - This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.
    Teachers First - Teachers First is a rich collection of lessons, units, web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format.
    Discovery Education - 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.
    Teachers Helping Teachers - This is an excellent source of free lesson plans submitted by teachers from across the country.
    Mr Donn's Lessons
    Cool Lessons Web Site
    Lesson Planet
    Pete's PowerPoint Station
    Cyber Sleuth Site
    Lesson Plan Central

    The Crayola Educators' Website
  • PDF DocumentTrade Books of Children's Literature for Social Studies

    This bibliography contains children's literature with social studies organized in the following categories: Civics, Core Democratic Values. Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.
  • Virtual Field Trip Workshop Documents

    These are the documents used at the Feb 16th Wayne RESA workshop
    Word DocumentTeacher Guide to International Collaboration
    Word DocumentHistory Quest Handout
    Word DocumentProject Booklet
    Word DocumentTWICE Password for Members
    PDF DocumentPermission Slip
    Word DocumentE-Field Trips
    Word DocumentExplore Online Video Conferencing
    Word DocumentBerrien ISD Video Conference Database
  • Think Quest  This website offers links to more than 7000 project based learning ideas and activities across the content areas.
  • History Day

    Students perform self-directed research on an individually chosen topic. They then present their work through the allied disciplines of art, literature, music, drama, and visual communications, in addition to writing. Michigan History Day and its regional and state compeitions are part of the National History Day (NHD) competition. State finalists go on to the national competition held in Maryland each summer.