• Links to Learning: History/Social Science 6-8

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    American Women's History: A Research Guide An index of all things herstory and points the way to some great primary sources. Be sure to check out the timeline section - it's got some interesting biographical timelines for famous women and helps put events into context.

    AskAsia Which continent contains the lowest and highest point on the globe? Asia! Want more? Are chopsticks used in Thailand? Found in Sumatra, what is the name of the world's largest flower? The Asia Society has put together a site that answers these questions and more about Asia's past, present and future. Students can explore the interactive atlas, view images of art and daily life, read background essays on Asian cultures and history or choose from a variety of art projects.
    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 The site includes an online textbook, annotated historical documents, and more than 70 interactive, inquiry-based modules.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.
    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.
    Historical Voices An accessible digital storehouse of (mostly) political voices from the era of recording. You can listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dream of the mountaintop and hear Nixon swear that he is 'not a crook'! Tune in to JFK, Edison, FDR and Booker T. Washington at the Earliest Voices and History and Politics Out Loud galleries.
    The History Place Check out a historical photo of the week, listen to a speech of the week, peruse editorials on historical events, browse reviews of history-related box office hits and flops, read first-person accounts of day-to-day history or get a serious laugh over some political bloopers set down for posterity. There are also timelines, photo galleries, sections on wars and world history and tons more.
    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.
    The State of the World's Children What can you do to help end child poverty? To start with, let's get past facts and figures to the faces of today's children in crisis. This Unicef website features interviews, video, photo essays and fact sheets centering on the lives of eight children forging lives in real countries in real time. The site is linked to a review of the Millennium Development Goals where students discuss what can be done to end poverty by 2015.
    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.