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Standards-based Lesson Plans

Academy Social Studies Curriculum Exchange Intermediate School (6-8)
80 lesson plans appropriate for grades 6-8.

Academy Social Studies Curriculum Exchange High School (9-12)
95 lesson plans suitable for the high school level.

Age of Exploration Curriculum Guide
Provides information about early navigation, explorers and life at sea from the ancient world to Captain Cook and is appropriate for middle and secondary level students. Also included are vocabulary, a timeline, biographies, a bibliography, and suggested readings, lesson plans for teachers and activities for students.

Age of Imperialism (Lesson Plan)
The Age of Imperialism represents one chapter of “An Online History of the United States”, a new program for high school students that combines an engaging narrative with the broad resources available to students on the internet. A unit test and answer key are included.

American Slave Narratives: “Been Here So Long”
Presents a selection of seventeen interviews of former slaves conducted by members of the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Also provides lesson plans, and an annotated guide to related online resources. Suitable for senior high school students.

Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans for Teachers
Offers elementary and middle school teachers cross-curricular lesson plans for enriching the study of Ancient Egypt. Students can write their names using hieroglyphs, construct a canopic jar, create an equation quilt, participate in an Egyptian market day, and transform a cardboard box into a mummy case.  

Ancient Greece
A complete unit with 17 daily lesson plans and unit test for sixth graders. The unit has two parts: The Early Greeks and Classical Greece.

Ancient Greek Olympics in the Classroom
Offers a four-day unit plan on Ancient Greece Olympics, which includes lesson plans for teachers and activities for students.  

Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945 Teacher Workbook
Includes lesson plans and activities for grades 5-8, lesson plans and activities on Anne Frank for grades 7-12, readings and overviews, timelines, and a glossary.

Annenberg Media: Learner.org
Offers resources to integrate arts and social studies curriculum.

Apple Picking Time
One of a series of lesson plans that uses literature to develop economic and geographic concepts for primary level students.

Art and Life in Africa Project
Contains information on 106 African peoples, profiles of 27 African countries and an online searchable Catalogue of the Stanley Collection of Africa Art (with images and descriptions of over 500 items). For 47 lesson plans from K-12 teachers in Iowa based on the CD-ROM, click on Data Bank of Unit Designs (Lesson Plans) for K-12 Teachers.

AskERIC Lesson Plans: Social Studies
A rich source of lesson plans for Anthropology, Civics, Current Events, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Sociology, State History, U.S. History, and World History and Cultures.

Awesome Library Social Studies Lesson Plans
A large number of links to a variety of lesson plans representing all areas of the K-12 social studies curriculum.

Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library
Provided by Pacific Bell, the Library includes 17 units and lesson plans. Scroll to Browse the Content Table and find History & Social Studies.

CEC Lesson Plans
Features a large assortment of lesson plans created by teachers for use in their own classrooms. Click on Elementary (K-5),Intermediate (6-8), and High School (9-12) to find lesson plans to fit your needs.

Center for Civic Education Lesson Plans
Sample lesson plans for upper elementary, middle and high school levels. Can be used in U.S. History and government classes for teaching about the Constitutional Period.

Cesar Chavez Day Information and Resources for Educators
Learning activities and resources to commemorate Cesar Chavez

China: Dim Sum: A Connection to Chinese-American Culture
A thematic, cross curricula, integrated resource for elementary classrooms which enhances awareness and understanding of Chinese-American culture while building basic academic skills. It includes Social Studies lesson plans and activities.

Civics Jeopardy Game
Appropriate as a semester review for grades 9-12, the game board requires a blackboard or overhead. Each student needs a copy of the rules which is provided at the site.

Civics Online
Provides K-12 teachers, students, and parents with an array of multi-media primary source materials, learning tools and professional development resources to enrich teaching civics in the classroom. Each day Civics Online features a web site that provides rich materials for civics and social studies classrooms.

Consider the Source: Historical Records in the Classroom
Features reproductions of 22 historical records and related lesson plans and activities. This site provides teachers with three sample lesson plans from the book, which include: 1825 Erie Canal Broadside (grades 4-8), Survey of Industrial Discharges and Sewage (grades 5-12), and The Vietnam-era document (grades 7-12). Information on how to order the complete book is available.

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans and Units
Contains units and lesson plans developed by teachers in Core Knowledge schools. Although written for K-8, they can be adapted for other levels. Additional plans can be found by clicking on Baltimore Curriculum Project Lesson Plans.

Cyberlearning World
Features a variety of resources and materials. To find semester lesson plans for secondary level students, click on U S Government and U S History.

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
During the Great Depression, thousands of young people wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for help. They asked for clothing, money, and other forms of assistance. This site presents some of these letters, Mrs. Roosevelt's response, and lesson plans for integrating this material into the middle and high school course of study.

Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
Lesson plans for K-12 provided by the Smithsonian Institute.

Discovery Channels School for Teachers
Excellent resource for Social Studies lesson plans, teaching tools, and puzzlemaker activities, and a create-your-own lesson planner.

Eastern Hemisphere
Provides middle school teachers with a wide selection of lesson plans, activities, and projects for teaching about countries in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Lesson plans and curriculum materials from EcEdWeb, the Economic Education Website, whose goal is to provide support for economic education from K-12 to the college level. Teacher guides, lesson plans, and activities are featured.

Currently 9572 Lesson Plans, 1169 WebQuests, 679 File Downloads, 8641 Additional Educational Sites, 350 Free Worksheet Generators, and Educational News Updated Daily.

EDUCATION FOR FREEDOM: Lesson Plans for Teaching the First Amendment
Seven lessons with three more under construction, which are appropriate for middle and high school students and address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment.

Education World Lesson Plans: Social Studies
More than 200 social studies lesson plans, K-12, selected by Education World.

Collection of epic historical miniseries, developed jointly by PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE). Each tells a story of a great Empire - its people and passions which changed the world. Titles include: The Greeks, Napoleon, Islam (April, 2001), Queen Victoria (Spring, 2001) Roman Empire (Fall, 2001), Egypt (Fall, 2001) and The Kingdom of David (2002). Included are lesson plans and activities.

Exploredc.org: Gateway to America's Capital
Contains information about local history, Federal City, the Presidents, and the importance of the African American community in the US Capital, accompanied by lesson plans and class activities. Also provided is a timeline and a list of audio files. The site is appropriate for grades 7-12.

Global Education Lesson Plans
The lessons, developed by the Peace Corps for students in grades 3-12, help teachers integrate global education into daily activities.

Government Lesson Plans from Ask ERIC
Features over 50 lessons plans in U.S. government, by topic and then grade level (3-12).

Hammurabi's Code
Compiled and illustrated by Phillip Martin, the site is appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school students. It includes Hammurabi's Code, problems Hammurabi faced which students can attempt to solve, links to additional resource material, and a Teacher's Page which contains lesson plans.

History of Jim Crow
Presents new historical resources and teaching ideas on the segregation of African-Americans from the 1870's through the 1950's. Includes historical narratives, an image gallery, a geography section, an American literature book list for middle school, high school, and college-level students and teacher resources with lesson plans and activities.

History Lesson Plans and Resources
A collection of lesson plans for different grades. (K-12)

Hot Links By Subject
Consists of K-12 lesson plans, activities, and curriculum resources provided by McREL. Social studies teachers can select from among these topics: Behavioral/Social Studies, Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Multi-Interdisciplinary for links to lesson plans and activities.

In Congress Asssembled: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States
This unit includes four lessons using primary sources to examine continuity and change in the governing of the United States. The lesson plans are suitable for senior high school students.

John Muir Day Study Guide
Contains lesson plans for K-12 with resources and activities for teachers. Lessons may be used throughout the school year to link environmental issues to a variety of social studies curriculum areas.

Kulture Kids (African American Culture)
Includes a series of timelines showcasing great events in African American history, twenty-six African American biographies and great events in African American history from A-Z, a monthly calendar of events, a Kool Corner where kids can play word search games or color online, a Photo Gallery, and a Teacher's Section with lesson plans related to African American history, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and women.

Learning Adventures in Citizenship: From New York to Your Town
Middle school students can explore the Learning Adventures, visit the Kids' Lab, find Things To Do In Your Town, and enter a Kids' Contest. There are special sections for teachers and parents to learn how to get the most out of the site with accompanying Lesson Plans.

Lesson Plan Database National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies
Provides K-12 teachers with lesson plans about Japan. The lessons include objectives, materials, suggested classroom time, procedures, extension ideas, teacher background information, and student worksheets. To see all the lesson plans, click View All Lesson Plans.

Lesson Plan Search
More than 75 social studies lesson plans for students in grades K-12.

Lesson Plans and Activities from Houghton Mifflin
Click on browse activities by theme for a list of K-8 plans. Included are lesson plans for Ancient Civilizations, Community, School, Survival, Travel, and USA.

Lesson Plans for Teaching About the Americas
The lesson plans were written by secondary teachers and are organized around these topics: Latin America Overview, Mexico, Indigenous Issues, African American and Carribean Issues, Immigration, Geography, and Miscellaneous Subjects.

Home to over 1,000 free lesson plans including social studies.

Lesson Plans: teachervision.com
Hundreds of lesson plans for a variety of subject areas including social studies. Teachers can search by grade level, subject and theme and can submit their own lesson plans.

Lesson Plans: The Civil War
The following lesson plan for an upper elementary unit on the Civil War includes objectives, recommended trade books, additional materials, building background, genre study: historical fiction, integrating reading and writing, enrichment activities, unit wrap-up, publishing on the web, and links to other Civil War sites.

Lesson Planz.com
Provides social studies lesson plans for Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Search engine available.

LET'SNet Lesson Plans (K-12)
Provides lesson plans which incorporate the use of the World Wide Web. Among the topics featured are immigration (Ellis Island), current events, geography, essay writing, environmental education, the Holocaust, and film critique (Disney's Pocahontas).

Lewis and Clark: A Film by Ken Burns (PBS)
Features a timeline of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a collection of related links, an extensive bibliography; and over 800 minutes of unedited, full-length RealPlayer interviews with seven experts featured in the film (transcripts also available). Teachers can find classroom resources which feature Lesson Plans and Activities.

The Mint
Site offers lessons,quizzes, and activities to teach secondary students basic economics and money management.

Mock Trial: The Titanic
Designed for teachers and students to participate in a mock trial involving the tragic story of the Titanic. The Teacher's Guide will help prepare the class for the trial by covering such issues as Assignment of Roles, Timing of the Trial, Legal Issues and Skills.

Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page
Features lesson plans, work sheets, time lines, clip art, and maps for Archeology, Early Man, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India, Africa, Inca/Maya/Aztecs/ and others.

Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport Download Page
Study guides, homework assignments and exams for 6th and 7th grades for a variety of social studies curriculum areas that are free and available for teachers to print or to edit.

National Endowment for the Humanities: EDSITEment
Large assortment of Social Studies and History lesson plans for teachers, searchable by topic and grade level. Many dozens of links to additional resources.

NEA Health Info Network: School and Community Safety
Site provides for educators and parents ways to make public schools safe for all children.

Neferchichi's Tomb
In addition to lesson plans, the site allows elementary and middle school students to find Egyptian graphics for their web pages or school reports, an Egyptian clip art font, and a lesson in writing with hieroglyphs so they can spell their names. Students can also learn about mummies and phraohs, participate in a mummification simulation and access a Kids Page.

New York Times Learning Network
Among its contents is a Daily News Quiz, a Daily Lesson Plan, a Lesson Plan Archive, and Teacher Resources.

Peace Corps: World Wise Schools
Variety of instructional resources, cross-curricular lesson plans, guides, and more for teaching about culture and countries provided by the U.S. Peace Corps.

Public Broadcast System: Africans in America
Comprehensive resource for information and lesson plans for teachers. Features five historic sections on the African experience in the US from 1450 to 1865.

Public Broadcast System: TeacherSource
Provides an abundance of resources on a variety of topics across the disciplines, with lesson plans and activity suggestions. Updated regularly, could be used for "current events" or finding ways to tie current events to past events.

Social Studies Lesson Plans &Ideas
Presents more than 60 unit and lesson plans for a variety of social studies topics suitable for elementary and secondary school students.

Teachers First (Lesson Plans)
Offers a variety of lesson plans for the social studies teacher. Click on Content Matrix under Classroom Resources to find lesson plans for Current Events, Economics, U.S. History, and World Cultures. Also available is a Keyword Search tool.

Teachers Helping Teachers
A forum where teachers share lesson plans and teaching tips. Includes links to other educational resources. Updated weekly.

Teachers.Net Lesson Bank
Features a variety of lesson plans submitted by teachers. To find lesson plans for History and for Social Studies, click on Select category under Browse lessons by category.

Teaching with Documents
Provides lessons and resources for elementary and secondary students to look at a variety of historic documents and critically evaluate each for origin, content and meaning.

Provides links to a variety of resources that help teachers develop thematic units that are challenging, fun, and exciting for students.  Site includes current events, economics, ESL, and social studies lesson plans, tools, worksheets, and project ideas.

United Nations CyberSchoolBus
A comprehensive international resource centered on world social concerns, including lesson plans, activities, quizzes, and games.

(U.S. Mint for Kids) H.I.P. Pocket Change
Fun, educational tool for students and teachers that generates interest in coins, the Mint, and U.S. history. Click on Teachers to find lesson and unit plans covering Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, a teacher's guide, projects, a library of coin related links and a teacher's network to communicate with other professionals.

Women in World History Curriculum
Includes a Lesson of the Month and a Heroine of the Month.


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