These web sites focus primarily on U.S. History


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teaching American History.org - Excellent site that that allows you to browse historical American documents, explore the Era of Expansion and the Civil War Era, as well as hear audio lectures and participate in discussions. They are also well known for their summer seminars and institutes on American history.
  • EDSITEment - Numerous lesson plans drawing on the collections and resources available through national museums in the US.
  • National Archive Educators' Page - Welcome to the Digital Classroom, the National Archives' gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students. Lots of lesson plans and activities using primary sources. A great resource for students for History Day
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Exploring America as a Nation of Immigrants The American Immigration Council contains a wide variety of lesson plans focusing on America's immigrant past but also contemporary issues of immigration.
  • Best History Web Site - Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
  • The National Teaching History Education Clearinghouse - You will find the latest information on resources and best practices for teaching American History in your classroom.
  • Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - All the U.S. History links and resources that are available through the Federal government. The site can be overwhelming. Expect to do some searching around. This site is VERY comprehensive!
  • US Civil War Center at LSU - The Center is not a museum or library but acts as a portal containing long lists of Civil War diaries, letters, and recollections. It's great for primary sources.
  • Understanding Slavery - This site features a description of life as a slave, an account of a slave auction, and a historical overview of slavery throughout the world. It also includes teacher tips and a list of additional resources.
  • 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?
  • Mapping History: An Electronic Map Library - This site has an electronic map library covering major events in American History. Many of them are interactive.
  • Harper's Weekly: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912 - This website features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and the Library of Congress Collection of American Political Prints 1766-1876. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each of the era's major issues, and other valuable information.
  • Historical Census Browser (Making Maps)  - This site allows you to examine state and county data for individual census years (1790-1960) and using a GIS Tool, map various categories.
  • 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 there Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit is appropriate for grades 4-12.
  • 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 competitions are part of the National History Day (NHD) competition. State finalists go on to the national competition held in Maryland each summer.