United States History Resources

http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/California Historial Society has a free ebook that you can download about the story of the Golden Gate Bridge.active

http://www.constitutioncenter.org/ Constitution Center: There is an interactive Constitution that you can explore here. This site has texts of historical documents and history of the Constitution. The teacher resources section helps teachers locate materials for teaching the Constitution and other civics-related topics to students of all ages. There are also lesson plans and ideas for classroom activities.active

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/socialstudies/social_studies_homework_help.html this site has short videos on understanding the election process as well as the powers of the people behind the U.S. presidencyactive

http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/ C-SPAN: teach current events - features information on the branches of government, recent public speeches, video archives, current events lesson plans and activities

http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html Growth of a Nation - wonderful movie which shows the growth of the US from the original 13 states in 1789 to the 1950's when Hawaii and Alaska became states. The map has clickable sections, too.

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/ Bens Guide to U.S. government - divided by grade level. There are also interactive games.active

http://www.history.com/shows/classroom The History Channel has several interactive resources, webcasts, video clips, games, resources, and more

http://www.pbs.org/democracy/kids/educators/ The Kids' Demoscracy Project: Find excellent resources, lessons, and activities from PBS on governmental issues for grades 3-6, including "How Does Government Affect Me?", "President for a Day", and citizen-ship topics. All sub-headings contain separate lesson plans and activities.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html Declaration of Independence resources

http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/declara/declara1.html Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/ Declaration of Independence @ USHistory.org: This site provides a wealth of information about the signers of the Declaration, the history of the Declaration, and an online version of the Declaration for you to read. The site also provides links to other Declaration-related biographies and histories, and is a good resource for anyone curious about the Declaration or who needs resources for his or her research paper.

http://teachervision.com/tv/theme/Independence%20Day?s12 Independence Day Lesson Plans & Activitiesactive

http://www.harpweek.com/ Excellent source for 19th Century America

http://www.us-immigration.com/asian-american-history-timeline/ Asian American history timeline from the 19th-21st century - At the bottom of the site are many links to more in depth information. This site was recommended by a person from Los Angeles, CA.

http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit42/lesson3.html The Bill of Rights:Lesson. In it is a lesson on singing it to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. There are also several versions of the song on the internet if you do a search for them.active

http://www.californiamissionstudies.com/California Mission Studies Association They are in the process of updating their site. On their homepage you can view a slideshow of various missions.active

http://www.mtycounty.com/pgs-missions/the21missions.html Pictures and information about the 21 California missionsactive

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/abrahamlincoln.htm This site is geared for kids to learn about Abraham Lincloln. It has many links to explore.

http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdlinco.htm This site has online activities and printables about Abraham Linclon. There are alsomany resource links.active

http://earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/ America's Freedom Documents Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress. Two hundred and twenty-five years later you can view the original document on your computer. Also available is the Constitution (original copy and complete text) and the Bill of Rights (complete text only). More fantastic clicks are the six mini-movies (created in Flash) on topics thatinclude The Real Face of George Washington and Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution. Look for the small link titled Movies at the bottom of any page.

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/ Betsy Ross Homepage - Today the historical accuracy of her story is debated point-counterpoint on her very own web site. Also included in this fun site is how to cut a five-pointed star with a single scissor snip, flag trivia, flag etiquette, and the opportunity to contribute your own thoughts about the American flag.

http://uselectionatlas.org/ Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections: Follow election facts and files, as well as candidate and party profiles, from 1824 through to the present

http://www.historycentral.com/American History and World History - complete time lines of major events

http://memory.loc.gov/learn/ The Library of Congress learning page - both teacher and student

http://earlyamerica.com/series.html Famous Moments in Early American History - Short Films of noteworthy eventsactive

http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/ Data regarding historical persons related to American History

http://www.history.org/ Tour Williamsburg by visiting the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation site. Includes lesson plans and historical information to increase student understanding of life in Colonial times.

http://scarlett.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/colamer.html View rare maps of the American colonies.

http://www.alcasoft.com/soapfact/history.html Learn how some colonists made soap

http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/ The Annenburg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcastin have launched a Web site companion to the video series A Biography of America. Each section of the site includes a list of key events, a map a transcript of the corresponding video program, a bibliography, and an annotated list of Web sites for further investigation.active

http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinNews/tours.cfm H.I.P. (History In your Pocket) is a new site from the US Mint that seeks to build an interest in coins as artifacts of history. Aimed at younger users and teachers, the site offers a section for each constituency. The Kids section provides information on starting a coin collection, a virtual tour of coin making, a time machine adventure, and several learning games. The Teachers's area contains lesson plans, a library, and a teachers's guide. Additional resources include an internal search engine.active

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html American Memory - Today in History - Library of Congress

http://www.history.com/topics/slavery/videos?paidlink=1&vid=HIS_SEM_Search&keywords=slavery&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=slavery&utm_term=slavery#harriet-tubman-and-the-underground-railroad features videos about African Americans and the heroic deeds of people such as Fredderick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Abraham Lincoln. The site also addresses topics suach as the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the daily life of slavesactive

http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island - immigration - you can look up ships, people, history

http://www.uscitizenship.info/immigrating-to-the-united-states-in-the-modern-era/ United States Immigration information - This site was recommended by a person in Las Vegas, Nevada.

http://www.nmwh.org/ National Museum of Women's History - preserving and celebrating the story of Woman.

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/ Teaching with Historic Places Using listings in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, this site offers lessons and resources that support history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. The lessons are based on historic sites and include readings, images, questions, and ideas for extension activities. Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm Irish Immigrants in the 19th Century

http://www.uscitizenship.info/immigrating-to-the-united-states-in-the-modern-era/ United States Immigration information

Points of Interest

http://www.inetours.com/Pages/SFNbrhds/Golden_Gate_Bridge.html Golden Gate Bridge pictures and history

http://www.explorethecanyon.com/ Grand Canyon Visitor's Center - while checking out this site, watch the short video clip on the Grand Canyonactive

http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/ Kennady Space Center

http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/ Liberty Bell

http://www.msichicago.org/ Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/ Niagra Falls

http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/History_AmazingFacts.aspx facts about Niagra State Park and the falls

http://www.statueofliberty.org/ Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Rocky Mountain National Park

http://seaworld.com/?87,74 Sea World: Choose between Florida, Texas, or California

http://clinton4.nara.gov/WH/kids/html/home.html The White House for Kids

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