• Links to Learning: History/Social Science 3-5

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    History/Social Science Reference Games

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    Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - For Kids A fantastic resource for students, educators and parents. Information is categorized by grade and includes fact sheets, games, maps, overviews of government functions and election processes, easy-to-read explanations of important government documents and extensive links to further information.
    Calisphere The University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations.
    Digital History American history for K-12 students. The site includes an online textbook, annotated historical documents, and more than 70 interactive, inquiry-based modules. Students can view a timeline to see notable political, socio-economic, and cultural episodes in United States and world history. explorations, part of the site's inquiry-based activity section, offer students the chance to delve deeper into a variety of topics.
    Gamequarium Gamequarium provides an easy to navigate portal to the world of online learning. Check out Readquarium, the section of Gamequarium devoted to developing literacy skills. Readquarium is arranged based on the five crucial components identified by the National Reading Panel.
    Historic Jamestowne The original site of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, is buzzing with activity 400 years after its founding! Come get a taste of how archeologists work with interactive activities, lesson plans and photos. This site attempts to explore the roles of North Americans, Europeans and Africans in the forging of what would become the United States.
    Presidents of the United States At this White House sponsored site students can find biographical information, administration highlights (and lowlights!) and photos of all 43 U.S. Presidents. Students can check out the history of the Oval Office and there are links to further photo galleries, virtual tours of the White House and current news on the happenings inside.
    Primarygames.com This site was originally designed by Susan Shuey Beasley, Technology Support Specialist in Alexandria, VA, for her own students. Once she saw their growing popularity among children around the world, she decided to expand this site and create games for students everywhere.
    Your Window to Early America You can even listen to the music played at Washington's 1789 inauguration. Browse biographies of notable 18th century men and women, outlines and documents for milestone events, maps of colonies and battles, videos, quizzes, scans of original documents and portraits.