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Christopher Columbus
Unit Ideas


Educreations Social Studies Videos

Literature Index for
Social Studies Themes
Internet4Classrooms -
excellent resources
USHistory Site
iCivics - good games US Government Games - good Dr. Donn Social Studies Sites  InteractiveTimeline

Online Timeline Creator
Timeline Maker

Timeline Creator
Presidential Timeline:
Create Your Own Timeline
President's Song -
Washington and Lincoln
Boston Massacre Files Ancient Greece Celebrate Black History

Economics Vocabulary Quiz


Spent - Economics Game

D.C.Virtual field Trip Mission US Museum Box Smithsonian's History Explorer
World Mapper Printables Gooru Learning Sites -
great for 6-8th grades



Federal Government in South Dakota - PBS Filmed entirely on location in South Dakota, this series encourages students to learn about and become involved in government by presenting information about those levels of government closest to "home." Students are afforded a compelling look at school boards, city government, the branches of state
 government and more. 20-minutes
Badlands - PBS

Badlands National Park - PBS
The Badlands of South Dakota are a masterpiece created by the elements: sculpted from the earth by water and wind.

The Badlands: Nature's Time Capsule examines: Geological "artforms" 75 million years in the making. The inhabitants who have called the area home. Modern-day preservation efforts.


I Want to Learn . . .


So You Want to Be President - book video Presidents' Day Mini Unit Great Social Studies -Gov't Videos

America's Historical Documents

Independence Road Trip The National Archives
Trail of Tears - video After the Mayflower - video Tecumseh's Vision - video
Geronimo - video Wounded Knee - video Digital Nation - video
21st Century Enlightenment - video National Parks - video World Digital Library
President/Election Videos ShowMe
Civil War Animated

WWII Animated

WWII - Pacific War Animated
*Native American Early History in North America
*Settling North America
(1497 - 1732)

*The Road to Revolution
*The Revolution (1775-1783)
*Making of a New Nation

*The Viginia Dynasty (1801-1825)
*Jacksonian Democracy
*Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)
*American Civil War (1861-1865)
*Reconstruction (1865-1877)
Reaction to Assassination of
Martin Luther

A Class Divided

Civil Rights Movement in America
U.S.History Online Class

U.S. History Online Class II



SoftSchools -
great resources K-8

Social Studies Pages

Ultimate Top 100


Learn About the States Washington, D.C. Three Branches of Government Rosa Parks Mini Book Underground Railroad -
Escape From Slavery
Navigation Video (maps) Continent and Ocean Videos Latitude and Longitude Activity- worksheet What Does the
President Do?
History Lab - Pinterest
Famous People in History Paul Revere Lesson Three Types of Communities Lesson EDUCATION
Geography Video Lessons
United States Symbols Matching American Symbols

Symbols Booklet
Hall of Fame
Stories on Social Studies Topics - Great Sites Show Me Economics
Symbols of America  3rd Grade National Symbols U.S Symbols Symbols to Color Symbols Dot-to-Dot
Listen and Read Stories South Dakota - video Types of Communities

Types of Communities

Rural and Urban Life
Community Helpers
History of Thanksgiving Video
Community Helpers First Thanksgiving Booklet
History Game Activities
Writing with a Quill
Postcard Maker, etc.
Colonial Willimsburg Ancient Egypt
American Revolution
Physical Geography
of Africa
The Constitution of the United States
Making of the Constitution
Google Earth Hacks
Christopher Columbus Sites Oregon Trail
Native Americans Regions

The United States Building a Nation Growth of a Nation
People and Places Communities Civil War Timeline for Kids Different Tribes Lakota Legacy
Civil Rights Colonial America 13 Colonies American History American Revolution
July 4th -
Independence Day
Gold Rush Government Explorers Civil War

Civil War Outline
Presidential Inaugural Addresses Presidents Day

Dakota and Lakota

Native Americans: Lakota

Washington, D.C. My Book About
George Washington
Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the USA Charle Brown Thanksgiving - video Martin Luther King
Mini Book

Martin Luther King Sites
Free Printable
Mini Books
My Book About
Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Fun Facts How the States Got Their Shapes 10 Things You May Not Know About the United States Gettysburg Address Videos Presidents' Coloring Book
USA Presidents - Morphing Slideshow Biography Slideshow George Washington Video Clips American Civil War Jamestown Colony
US Presidents'
Coloring Book
President Booklet Nussbaum Vidoes PowerPoints for Government and Economics Gallery of
USA Presidents
Bio For Kids Westward Expansion Online Virtual Tours Crafts - good! Online White House Tour
Civil War Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads
Abraham Lincoln - WatchKnow
George Washington's World for Kids
The Life of George Washington - videos
Learning Links State Studies
Online Activities
 Interactive Sites- good Sailor's Life Social Studies Games - new Jeopardy Games
USA States Activities - new General Social Studies Resources Creative Country Reports Month by Month Sites  good! Assessment Test Practice
Winter Resources
for Teachers
Kindergarten Worksheets Watch Know Videos - Excellent Decade in 7 Minutes Interactive Quizzes
Hanukkah Holiday Celebrations - good! Seasonal Activities Kwanzaa Christmas
TimeMaps Big Apple History - New York City 10 X 10 News Live News Cameras JFK Presidential Library
BabbaBrain Home of Heros Daily Dose
Brain Teasers





American History Rock Big Apple History -
New York City
George Washington's World for Kids Scribble Maps Community Workers Mexico for Kids Bio Cube Music in
 American History
Best of History Web Sites Thomas Jefferson - bio
Awesome Stories

GeoGame - globe

U.S. Landmark Booklet Your World, My World Timeline Makers Music in History
Civil War for 5th Graders Sacajawea bio
Awesome Stories
Pilgrims to America Maps of Regions of the
United States
Information on Flags Primary History - BBC Grow a Family Tree Kids Karaoke Korner
Ben Franklin Lincoln and
the Gettysburg Address
Attack on Pearl Harbor Unites States Regions Map Kids in the House Ancient Civilizations Free Posters Social Studies Songs
Westward Expansion Boston Tea Party Interactives - Historical and Cultural Contexts Geography All the Way South Dakota
Sites for Kids
China Sites for Kids Printing Press  
Abraham Lincoln Digitized Activities Assassination of
John F. Kennedy
Now and Then Geography Songs State Reports Countries and Culture - good! Project-based Learning Checklists  
Native American Rhymes Awesome Stories - History Pioneer Online Resources Geography Links US Symbols Mythic Journeys
gives Flash lessons on native cultures from around the world
Graphic Organizers  
How the Settlers Survived US Territory Expansion History
Online Activities
National Atlas Learning About Our Constitution One World Classrooms
Culture PowerPoints
That Quiz  
Early America Colonial Times History Activities - new Geography for Kids Story of the
Star Spangled Banner
Ancient Civilizations    
Jamestown Online Adventure United States History Understanding Slavery Jamestown Online Adventure Presidential Interactive Timelines The World    
Native American Sites Rosa Parks - bio
Awesome Stories
Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads - good! Zoom into Maps Bill of Rights Online Resources      
Harvest History HyperHistory Abraham Lincoln 2nd Grade Geography The Constitution for Kids      
George Washington's World for Kids Texas Independence Chicago History Stories Geography Activities - new Bill of Rights
Match Game
Liberty Kids Videos - Revolutionary War
great videos-use Zamzar to change to a format you can show in your school
Be sure to use Download videos
Famous Americans Westward Expansion Make a Town Map The Flag of the United States of America      
Online Activities
A Kid's Guide to the U.S. Constitution      
      What is a Map? Government Printables      
      Geography WebQuests        
      Interpreting Maps        
Social Studies
Online Activities
Getting Students Connected
So. Studies - Scholastic Old Timer Page Theme Resources
Scholastic Interactive Sites

Time Magazine Cover


So. Studies WebQuests WebQuest Matrix
Holiday - Halloween
Fall Harvest
Class Brain Collaborative Timeline Assessment
Help and Practice
National Archives Digital Vaults Project Our America Timeline Awesome Stories - biographies    




History Videos

Transportation Video

Schoolhouse Rock Videos

WatchKnow - videos Abraham Lincoln video US Regions - video The Thirteen Colonies - video FrontLine Videos - good!
Christopher Columbus

Ferdinand Magellan

Jamestown Settlement No More Kings
School House Rock
Preamble - School House Rock Creating the Constitution
The Shot Heard
Around the World
Constitution American History –
We Get Knocked Down
American Presidents
Washington to Lincoln
Ben Franklin
Underground Railroad The Civil War American Civil War Transcontinental Railroad School Rock
Westward Expansion
U.S. History in 60 Seconds Ann Franklin's Map Locations Native American Homes Great Melting Pot America the Beautiful
States and Capitals 50 States Three Ring Government I’m a Bill July 4 Fireworks
9-11 Memorial Wants or Needs Lewis and Clark Early America George Washington
Video Updates Social Studies -
5th Grade Videos
National Geographic Videos National Archives Videos Social Studies Movies
Underground Railroad Videos        

Teacher Resources

Marzano Strategies

WebQuests/Scavenger Hunts Teacher Tools Songs Teacher Resources PowerPoints Games
Scavenger Hunts and WebQuests Border Paper for
Creative Writing
"God Bless the USA" e-Themes Social Studies PowerPoints Jeopardy Games
4th-5th Grade WebQuests and Lesson Plans Free Teacher Tools Economic Songs 103 Things to Do Before, During, and After Reading PowerPoint Games Gamequarium - Social Studies
Social Studies WebQuests Graphic Organizers Popular Songs in
American History
Thematic Book List Culture PowerPoint Social Studies Games
Social Studies
Internet Hunts
Puzzle Maker Rhymes and Songs of All Nations Textbook Sites Native American PowerPoints Jeopardy Games
Life During the Civil War WebQuest Giffy - diagram creator Presidents Song Daily Newspapers Native Americans Primary Games -
Social Studies
  Teacher Tools Geography Songs Social Studies Ideas    Social Studies Jeopardy
  Free Teaching and Learning Resources U.S. President Songs Middle School
Social Studies Sites
  Timeline Game
  Teaching Tips Multicultural Songs 3-5 Social Studies Sites   Game Templates
  History Image Browser Statue of Liberty Song 19th Century
Books in Print
  U.S. History Games
  Interactive Venn Diagram State Songs Read Alouds With Economics    
  Sequence Chart   Community Helpers Lit Books    
Government/Civics Economics Geography Social Studies For Kids SmartBoard History
C-Span Classroom Elementary
Economic Lessons
Google Maps Literature Connection FlipFlap Activities - SmartBoard History Channel
Children's Books for Community Helpers Economics Geography Club Activities Social Studies Online Internet For Classrooms SmartBoard Resources Native Americans

Clickable Map

U.S. Government Sites Money Sites Similarities of
Countries Activity
Great Web Sites for Kids SmartBoard Ideas History Resources
Community Workers Economics Glossary Geography Links for Teachers Comprehension Strategies SmartBoard
Education Resources
Native American Activities
Kid Books About Presidents How People Make . . . Geography Resources Culture - Spanish for Kids   Patriotic Play
    Map Concepts - Basic Genealogy Resources   Explorer Sites
    Geography South Dakota Pathways  

US Constitution

    Geography Activities Native American Activities    
    Teacher Tidbytes - Geography Good Social Studies Resources    
    Geography Sites Ag Resources    
    Map Sites      

Old Magazine Articles

Brainpop Jr. – Social Studies

Make a Classroom Newspaper

Newspaper Links

ELL Sites

Multicultural Resources

ESS Sites

Library of Congress


Unit Topic Sites

American Revolution

American History

American Symbols


Black History - Primary Black History-Intermediate Black History Month  

Civil War

Civil War

Columbus Day Links

Columbus Day Activities

Colonial Times

Community Workers

Community Helpers Sites

Community Helpers Unit

Colonial America

Colonial American Web Links


Dakota Pathways






Farm Unit


FireFighters/Fire Trucks

Johnny Appleseed

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Native Americans - Primary

Native American Resources

Native American Legends

Native Americans- Intermediate

Nifty Fifty States

Number the Stars Unit

Native Americans

Holiday Sites

Oregon Trail

Presidents’ Day

People and Occupations

Pilgrim MiniQuest

Rosa Parks

"Sign of the Beaver"

South Dakota History

Social Studies Units
Social Studies Themes State Lesson Ideas  Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Interactive Activities Thanksgiving and Pilgrims site
13 Colonies WebQuest Underground Railroad U.S. Government U.S. Elections
Westward Expansion World History World/US Geography States


Social Studies Skills

1st Grade
Social Studies Skills

1st Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans

2nd Grade
Social Studies Skills

3rd Grade
Social Studies Skills

4th Grade
Social Studies Skills

5th Grade
Social Studies Skills

6th Grade
Social Studies Skills

7th Grade
Social Studies Skills

8th Grade
Social Studies Skills

K-8 Social Studies Resources

South Dakota Social Studies Standards
SmartBoard Activities

1. United States History

Dictionary of the U.S.
History Timeline Game 

History of the United States
Underground Railroad Videos

Movies - Early America

Totem Pole Maker

Chinese New Year's Cinco De Mayo    

A Biography of America

Abraham Lincoln

American Memory Timeline

America's Historical Documents

American Revolution

Ann Frank the Writer

American Revolution Sites

American Revolution PowerPoints

American Rhetoric

American Heritage Library

America's Story

A Day in the Life of Colonial Williamsburg

American Revolution Timeline Game

American Revolutionary Scavenger Hunt

American Revolution Sites

Abraham Lincoln Games and Activities

Ben Franklin Video

Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Betsy Ross Homepage

Black History

Ben Franklin

Boston Massacre

Boston Tea Party


Civil War Battles Video

Colonies - 13 Colonies

Civil War Music and Poetry

Colonies - Map of 13 Colonies

Christopher Columbus

Colonial Times

Camp Life: Civil War

Colonies - Interactive History

Civil War for Kids

Colonies - The Original 13 States Map

Civil War Sites

Colonies - American Colonies Facts

Civil War 1861-1865

Colonial Coins

Civil War for Kids

Colonial Williamsburg Food Recipes

Civil War Homepage

Colonies - Life in Colonial American

Civil War - Women

Colonial Kids

Civil War - Timeline Leading Up to the Civil War

Colonial Times - Children

Civil War Photographs

Colonies - Colonial Clipart

Clara Barton Coloring Book

Colonial Williamsburg Trades

Culture - A Kid's Life

Colonial America - School and Education

Christopher Columbus

Colonial Family - Meet the Daggetts

Christopher Columbus' Journey

Colonial - Jigsaw Puzzles

Civil War Terms and People

Colonial Times - Activities: Writing with a Quill Pen

Civil War Map

Colonial - Activities: Name the Founding Father

Christopher Columbus


Christopher Columbus Video


Declaring Independence Video

Digital History


Early American - Historical Fiction
Early American Tools Videos Explorers

Famous Explorers

Famous Moments in Early American History

First Thanksgiving

Famous Leaders for Young People

Famous People in History

Florence Nightingale

Four Directions Teachings - Native American

Farmers, Farmers Everywhere!

French and Indian War

French and Indian War Timeline

Growth of a Nation

George Washington Video

Papers of George Washington George Washington Games and Activities

Harvest of History

History Sites

Harriet Tubman

John F. Kenney Photo History

Johnny Appleseed

History of Transportation

Learn About Native Americans

Lewis and Clark

Liberty - The American Revolution

Liberty: The Road to Revolution

Lewis and Clark

Lewis & Clark

Lincoln: Rare Books and Special Collections




Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline by Kids

Molly Pitcher

MayFlower History

Mount Rushmore Jigsaw Puzzle

**Mandan Indians - On-A-Slant Virtual Village
Midnight Rider - Paul Revere  

Native American Chart

Native American Map

Native Americans - Famous

Native American - Eastern Woodland Crafts

Native American Test

Native American - Southwest Crafts

Native American Museum

Native American - Plains Crafts

Native Americans - Activities and Games

Native American -Inuit (Eskimo) Crafts

Native American - Trail of Tears

Native American - Northwest Crafts

Native American Legends

Native American Resources

Native American Sites

Native Americans - Primary

Native American Shelters

Native American - A Mohawk Iroquois Village

Map of Tribes

Native American Facts for Kids

Native American - "Song of Hiawatha"

Native American - "The Three Sisters"

Native American - Folklore

Native American - Circle of Stories

Native Americans First People

Native American Plays, Skits, and Dramas

Native American Poems

Native American Stories

Native American Names

Native American Coloring Pages

Oregon Trail

“On an Underground Railroad”

Our America - Colonial Period

Pathway to Freedom - Underground Railroad Pearl Harbor Experience Video
Paul Revere Video Pearl Harbor
Popular Songs in American History Pocahontas
**Paul Revere's Virtual Museum  
Revolutionary War - Taxes and Acts  

Revolutionary Sites

Revolutionary War

Road to Revolution

Rosa Parks

Revolutionary War Scavenger Hunt

South Dakota Pathways

Symbols of US Government

Shot Heard Around the World

Slavery Sites
More Slavery Sites

Sequoyah - Trail of Tears

Tecumseh's Curse and the United States Presidents  

Thomas Jefferson

Transportation in American Before 1876

Time Machine

Titanic Journey

Transportation History


Time Machine

Thanksgiving and Pilgrims site

U.S. History Sites

Transportation in American Before 1876

United States Documents

U.S. History Sites

War of 1812

Western Expansion PowerPoints
United States History Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad - Addy's Escape to Freedom Underground Railroad - National Geographic
Underground Railroad - Levi Coffin House Westward Expansion
US Symbols Sites  

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2. World History

All About Egypt Sites

Ancient Egypt
Ancient Wonders of the World Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Alphabet Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Myths -online books Ancient Greece for Kids
Ancient Greece An Introduction to Ancient Greece
Build a Medieval Castle Berlin Wall
Children of World War II Christopher Columbus
Explorers PowerPoints Eternal Egypt
Explorers Excellent Explorers WebQuest
Egypt Games Egypt Secret of an Ancient World
Exploring Ancient Tombs Game


Four Directions Teaching - Native Americans How Big is the Great Pyramid?
Explorers European Explorers
Egyptian Mummies  


Mummy Maker

Old Magazine Articles


 Royal Family

Senet Board Game from Ancient Egypt

The Romans

Voices of World War II

Virtual Egypt



Walk Through Time

World Explorers

You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy!

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3. Geography

5 Themes of Geography

South Dakota

Africa Africa for Kids
Antarctica Asia
Animated Atlas


All About the United States Africa


China – Virtual Tour

Compass Rose Printout


Continents - Interactive

Digital Atlas
Earth Album Europe

Following Directions

50 States

50 State Songs - lyrics and midis

Geography Great State Race
Geography Activities Geography4Kids

Geographic Glossary

GeoQuiz Greatest Places

Go George Go Map Game

Geography PowerPoints

Google Maps

Interactive Geography Activities
Geography Games Geography and Map Skills -
Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game
Geography All the Way  
Latitude and Longitude Map Reading
Map Concepts - Basic Maps - Street Map
Map sites Map Skills
Mega Maps Printouts Maps
Map Puzzles

Nifty Fifty States

North America Map Quiz - Where Is That?
Panama Canal Webcam Maps - Following Directions
Maps - Reading a Map Map Quizzes - USA
Maps and Map Skills - Continents Mapping Our World
Map Test  
Oceans Outline Maps

South Dakota Map and Quiz

State Brochure Template

State Information Research Sheet

Test Your Geography Knowledge

South America


U.S. Map Game United States
U.S. Geography United States Geography

US Geography Games

World Geography

World Geography Activities Where Is That?
What Maps Show Us?  


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4. Civics/Government

Bill of Rights Bills of Rights

Ben’s Guide to US Government

Congress for Kids
Be President for a Day City Creator
Community Club Community Helpers
Community Helpers Communities
Community Workers Community Helpers Theme
Congress for Kids Community - People and Occupations
Community Workers  
Democracy Project Election Sites
How the States Got Their Shapes  
How Does Government Effect Me? How Does a Bill Become Law?

Inside the Voting Booth

House of Representatives for Kids

Information on Flags Kids in the House

Kids Next Door

My School
Newspaper Links Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
President Booklet PowerPoints for Government and Economics
Presidential Fun Facts Presidents' Coloring Book
Presidential Inaugural Addresses Presidents Day
Presidents Presidents of the United States (POTUS)
President's Hangman Game President Game
People and Occupations Dictionary Presidents Sites
Symbols of the United States K-2 Symbols of US Government 3-5
Tour of the White House Story of Milk
Symbols of U.S. Government 10 Things You May Not Know About the United States
Three Ring Government  
US Symbols U.S. Government PowerPoints
U.S. Government White House
Who is That ?- US Presidents White House Panoramic Tour

What's My Job?

You're a Grand Old Flag
Your Neighborhood U.S. Symbols - Enchanted
U.S. Landmark Booklet  

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5. Economics

Economics and Geography Lessons
for 32 Children's Books

U.S.Mint Site for Kids

Economic Songs

Literature Connection

Economic Skill Activities for Elementary Students

Economic Games

Don't Buy It!

Kids' Bank



Producer Match

We Can Earn Money

The ABCs of Saving

Goods or Services?

We Depend on Each Other

Goods and Services Quiz

Basic Economics: Services and Goods

Goods - The Story of Milk

Match People to Their Service

Goods and Services/Producers and Consumers

Goods and Services Worksheet
Goods and Services Worksheet p. 2

Delivering the Goods


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