globe.gifSocial Studies
Check out the following links and book titles
to learn more about our country's exciting history.

The following websites provide information on a wide range of topics related to social studies.
Social Studies for Kids
Scholastic - Our America Home - Visit this website to find information and activities about important time periods in our country's history.

ship.gifExpanding Our Horizons - Exploration

Websites to visit:
Education World - Teacher Resources

Books to read:
Pedro's Journal (F)
Morning Girl (F)
Around the World in 100 Years by Jean Fritz (NF)

pilgrim_and_indian.gifSettling the New World - Colonization

Websites to visit:
Colonial Williamsburg - Kids - Find out more about life during colonial times by visiting this site.
Colonial Williamsburg - Dress the Part - How much do you know about the daily clothing worn by the colonists?
Virtual Jamestown - Visit the Jamestown settlement through this virtual site.
The Jamestown Online Adventure - The Jamestown settlement nearly failed as a result of a series of poor choices by its founders. How would you have done in their shoes? Consult your charter, ask for advise, and make your decisions!
Scholastic Celebrate Jamestown - Check out this site for more information about the first permanent English settlement.
Scholastic - Our America, Colonial Period - Visit this site for information and activities dealing with the colonial time period.
Education World - Teacher Resources

Books to read:
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (F)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (F)

flag.gifOn the Road to Independence - American Revolution

Websites to visit:
A Journey Towards Freedom
Loyalty or Liberty?
Miss Newman's Revolutionary War Links
Scholastic - Our America, Revolutionary War
Education World - Teacher Resources

Books to read:
Katie's Trunk (PB)
Johnny Tremain (F)
Early Thunder by Jean Fritz (F)
George vs. George (NF)

uncle_sam_hat.gifOur Nation at Work - U.S. Government and Presidents

Websites to visit:
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Way Back...Presidents!
Smithsonian for Kids - Mr. President

Books to read:

westard_expansion.gifOn the Trails West - Westward Expansion

Websites to visit:
Way Back...Gold Rush!
Scholastic - Our America, Western Expansion
Education World - Teacher Resources

Books to read:
By The Great Horn Spoon (F)
The Captain's Dog by Roland Smith (F)

lincoln.gifThe War Between the States - Civil War

Websites to visit:
Scholastic - Our America, Civil War - Learn about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. Information and activities.
National Geographic - The Underground Railroad - Follow a "Choose Your Own Adventure" journey on the Underground Railroad.
Signs in Stitches and Time - Information and activities about the Underground Railroad including quilting patterns and a Make Your Own Quilt Square activity.
Pathways to Freedom - Information and activities about the Underground Railroad
Freedom Train Activities - Activities for the novel Freedom Train
A Nation Divided Webquest - Research specific battles during the Civil War and write a letter from the viewpoint of a Northern or Southern soldier fighting in the battle.
The Civil War for Kids - Background information about the Civil War.
Gettysburg National Military Park - Find out more about what life was like for Civil War soldiers.
Education World - Teacher Resources

Books to read:
Shades of Gray (F)
Charley Skedaddle (F)
The Root Cellar (F)
Who Comes with Cannons? by Patricia Beatty (F)
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman (F)


A Changing Nation - The Late 1800's and Early 1900's

Websites to visit:
Way Back...Technology 1900!
Scholastic - Our America, Turn of the Century
Scholastic - Our America, Great Depression
Scholastic - Immigration

Books to read:
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck

world_war_ii.gifAmerica at War - World War II

Websites to visit:
Way Back...The Future!
Scholastic - World War II Remembered
Scholastic - Our America, World War II

Books to read:
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

mlk2.gifOur World Today - The Late 20th Century and Beyond

Websites to visit:

Books to read: