Social Studies Resources for Teachers

These are unprecedented times when everything is changing rapidly. I wanted to create a guide where we can all share different resources to support Social Studies Teachers. These may be online resources for you as a teacher, or possibly resources for your students if they have access to online learning. While these supplemental resources are intended to provide guidance and support, users should first follow the guidance of their local school or district. All instructional decisions are locally determined and the options and examples included in this resource are not required, nor does School Improvement endorse or recommend any specific program or product included herein. The resources and tools are provided as an option for users to explore in order to supplement or enhance learning activities prescribed at the local level. If you have any questions, PLEASE reach out as I will be checking my email and Twitter (@JessicaCramer26) on a regular basis. I am thinking of you all and your students during this time.
~Jessica Cramer, Administrative Coordinator of Instructional Services

General Resources

Common Sense Media - Great Social Studies Apps

List of Great Social Studies Apps and Websites From world geography to U.S. government, this collection of resources covers key social studies topics for all grades. There are compelling news sites and podcast apps for keeping up with current events, timeline creators for demonstrating historical knowledge, pen-pal sites to connect with and learn about people from other cultures, and treasure troves of historical documents and media. No matter what you choose, students will develop skills that'll make them better global citizens who respect diversity and strive for social change.

PBS Learning Videos for Social Studies

PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content. Featured lesson plans in this collection contain full contextualization for the media they include. Plan and adapt our lessons in creative ways, using the Lesson Builder tool, Google Classroom, Remind, and more.

New Visions Online Curriculum

New Visions for Public Schools has developed full scope and sequence curricular frameworks designed for the Global History and Geography I and II courses and the U.S. History course. The curriculum integrates rich primary and secondary texts, maps, images, videos, and other reputable online sources into materials that meet the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework’s objectives and provide students an opportunity to improve literacy skills by focusing on thinking critically while reading, writing, and speaking like historians

Elementary Resources

Spotlight on NY

A well-researched overview of the Empire State, including its geography, history, and industries.

US History and Government

Spotlight on American History

Explore the extraordinary history of the United States and the people, places, and events that helped shape our young nation. Discover the causes and significance of key events in American history and the beginnings of our government.

Spotlight on American Colonies

Explore what life was like as the American colonies started and grew, including where colonists lived, whom they traded with, and how they survived. Learn about important figures and industries in colonial history, as well as the many struggles colonists faced.

National Constitution Center

As students shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis, the National Constitution Center is offering live interactive classes on the Constitution, led by President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and scholars Kerry Sautner, Tom Donnelly, and Nicholas Mosvick. Available for middle, high school, and college students, these daily interactive sessions allow students to sign up for remote learning via Zoom where they can participate in daily lectures and lively conversations about the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution. Using the acclaimed nonpartisan Interactive Constitution as a learning platform, the National Constitution Center offers these free classes to students of all ages and will enlist thought leaders, historians, and judges from all perspectives to offer special lectures on the Constitution during the months ahead.

New American History Resources

This is not our typical New American History Learning Resource. It is not tied to any particular Standards, and not geared towards a particular grade level or topic. It was not piloted and revised, but is a response to the urgent requests from teachers and colleagues in various Schools of Education to help with providing online learning options as schools prepare for extended closures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and wide scale school closings. In light of these events, we offer ways our already free resources might be used and adapted for distance teaching and learning in hopes we might support teachers and students during these challenging circumstances.


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Common Sense - Best Websites for US History

Humanize history by getting students to unearth the real remains -- from the mundane to the magnificent -- of United States history. By curating and contextualizing text, audio, and images, these websites aim for accessibility, giving students tons of content likely to touch on topics they care about. There are websites with vast collections of primary source material that can fuel research as well as those with intriguing lesson plans and activities for creating great units. Many sites also push past dominant narratives, highlighting the essential contributions and perspectives of people from historically marginalized or systemically silenced groups

Global History and Geography

Children and Youth in History

Children & Youth in History is a world history resource that provides teachers and students with access to sources about young people from the past to the present.

World History Commons

World History Commons is a free, digital resource with high quality, peer-reviewed content in world and global history for teachers, scholars, and students.

Ancient Civs Egypt

Examining major aspects of each ancient culture, such as its government, its economy, and its religious practices.

Ancient Civs Greece

Examining major aspects of each ancient culture, such as its government, its economy, and its religious practices.

Ancient Civs Rome

Examining major aspects of each ancient culture, such as its government, its economy, and its religious practices.