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Social Studies Resources

General Resources

American Institute for History Education
Click on Cicero.  Click on New Users and follow registration procedure.

The Library of Congress: The Learning Page
Includes lesson plans, primary sources, and links to other resources.

4th and 5th Grade Student Research Resource
Links to a variety of U.S. History resources.  Organized by subject: Native Americans,  American Colonies,  The Move West,  Government,  Discoverers and Explorers,  Revolutionary War, Civil War.  Also includes links to resources for Language Arts, Science, Math, and more.

PBS Teachers
Includes lessons organized by grade level and topic.

The Educator’s Reference Desk
Includes a variety of lesson plans organized by category.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Includes lesson plans and extensive primary sources.

Best of History Web Sites
Includes links to many U.S. History sites organized by topic and time period.

Site sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Includes lesson and links to other sites.  

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning
Includes lesson plans and links to additional research sites.
Collection of lesson plans.

Education World
Includes a variety of lesson plans organized by subject.


Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
Includes many online maps.

National Atlas
Official national atlas from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Educational Outline Maps

Historical Maps of New Jersey

New Jersey History

New Jersey Historical Commission
Includes links to various N.J. history resources, including museums, local historical societies, libraries, and other useful sites.

Electronic New Jersey
Includes digital curriculum resources on N.J. history and culture.

Government and Civics

PBS- The Democracy Project
Site includes information and activities on the following themes: Be a President for a day, How does government affect me? and the Voting Booth.  There is information on the importance of one vote and on who could or could not vote in the past.   

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Includes information on the government, resources, links to other sites, and games for kids.

Center for Civic Education
Includes a limited number of lessons on the foundations of democracy.

Election Resources

Scholastic- Election Lessons

Project Vote Smart

USA Today


The Democratic Party

The Republican Party

Teacher Vision
Search “2008 Presidential Elections.”  Site contains links to resources and lesson ideas.

ABC Teach
Site contains links to election-related lesson ideas.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government

The Living Room Candidate
Collection of Presidential TV commercials dating back to the 1950s.

The 30 Second Candidate Explains different techniques used in election commercials
Explains different techniques used in election commercials.

PBS Election Resources
Click on PBS Elections Resources for an annotated list of PBS election sites.


Notable Trade Books for Young People
Annual list published by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

Children’s Literature with Social Studies Themes
Includes annotated lists of literature organized by grade level.