U.S. History and Geography

  • Teacher Created Lesson Plans

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

    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.
    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.
    Awesome Lesson Plan Library - This site provides 35,000 lesson plans and links to resources for all subject areas. The plans and resources have been carefully selected and represent the best in the field.
    Cool Lessons Website
    Lesson Plan Central
    Mr Donn's Lessons
    Lesson Planet
    Cyber Sleuth Site
    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 - TeachersFirst 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.
    Power Point Palooza  - This is the most comprehensive site for free power points that I have ever seen.
  • The History Cooperative

    The History Cooperative is a pioneering nonprofit humanities resource offering top-level online history scholarship. It's very extensive.
  • Current Events and Editorial Cartoons

  • GIS for History

    Lesson plans on this site use interactive maps, US Census data, and primary documents to help students interpret patterns and put events into historical context.
  • Were You There?

    Contribute your history, or listen to other people's history, as part of a growing living archive of our collective experiences. Already, there are posts about topics ranging from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Elvis, JFK, Woodstock, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Holocaust.
  • Awesome Stories & Images

    A new primary-source database, with on-site search, is now available for schools, libraries, educators and students. Its features include 15,000 images plus documents, narrations (designed to assist learners of English), video/audio clips and organized slide shows. (Libraries and schools have permission to link to the various databases.) Incorporated into the text are also secondary sources, such as links to Google Books. Group access to the site is free for all schools, libraries, educators and students.
  • 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
    Roaring Twenties Virtual Field Trip  - This virtual field trip was discovered by Christina Abojamra at Crestwood High School.
  • 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.