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LessonPlanet * Voted number one site by homeschooling families. FREE - Activities, lesson plans, projects, articles, and lots more! http://www.lessonplanet.com/login

Best of History- Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher Inc, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.  http://www.besthistorysites.net/

Bridging World History is a multimedia course for secondary school and college teachers that looks at global patterns through time, seeing history as an integrated whole. Topics are studied in a general chronological order, but each is examined through a thematic lens, showing how people and societies experience both integration and differences. The course consists of 26 units (half-hour video, interactive Web activities, and print materials) that can be explored at either introductory levels or as more advanced study. The course videos feature interviews with leading world history textbook authors and nationally known historians. The Web site includes an archive of over 1000 primary source documents and artifacts, journal articles from the Journal of World History and other publications, and a thematic interactive activity on interrelationships across time and place. http://www.learner.org/resources/series197.html

HistoryNet: Where History Comes Alive - http://www.historynet.com/                                                                                                     The HistoryNet.com is brought to you by the Weider History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines. If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives, you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

Middle East Institute Washington DC - The Indian Ocean in World History website is a free online educational resource, and an excellent tool for educators and students learning about Indian Ocean history, trade, geography, and the change that has occurred over time due to the human interaction that has been occuring in the region throughout world History. An ideal resource for World History and AP courses, the site has proven useful for Middle School through college level students. Visit the site now and check out the interactive maps representing seven historical eras and featuring nearly 500 primary source entries.

Spartacus Educational: Established in September 1997, the Spartacus Educational website provides a series of history encyclopedias. Titles currently include British History: 1750-1960, United States: 1840-1980, First World War, Second World War, Russia: 1860-1945, Cold War, Assassination of JFK, Spanish Civil War, Medieval World, Tudors & Stuarts, Germany: 1900-1945 and France: 1900-1945. Entries usually include a narrative, illustrations and primary sources. The text within each entry is linked to other relevant pages in the encyclopedia. In this way it is possible to research individual people and events in great detail. The sources are also hyper-linked so the student is able to find out about the writer, artist, newspaper and organization that produced the material.

History Podcasts: The site's aim is to collect and sort all of the historical Podcasts available online. . Pages are created for each historic figure, and all of the relevant episodes from the different historical Podcast shows are conveniently put on one page. For example, if you are interested in Napoleon, you will find on his page 5 different Podcast shows with over 30 episodes. In addition a directory of historical Podcasts is kept on the site, with a brief description of each show, often including recommendations. The site is perfect for history fans, students and teachers who are looking to learn while being entertained. The site is updated daily with new pages for additional historical figures.

I Love History: This is a teacher run website with a range of resources for students and educators. There is a regularly updated blog on Elizabethan government and politics. However, the site is best known for its OCR Modern World History GCSE podcast. This allows students to subscribe to regular audio content about international relations in the 1920s and 1930s. There are also follow up activities and games on the site. These will soon cover the USA during the 1920s and 30s as well, and will also feature student created podcasts. All the resources on the site are free to access.

History for Everyone: Created by professional historians with over twenty years of History for Everyone is for everybody who has an interest in history.  If you want to learn more about historical events and figures in a fun yet rewarding way, if you would enjoy knowing about the best books to read that relate to your specific interests, or if you're planning a trip to historical sites but aren't quite sure where to stay or exactly what to see, then this website can help you.  Perhaps you're a classical music fan who would like to know the best recordings of the greatest musical compositions, or maybe you would like to pursue your own research but don't know where to start?  You'll be able to find that information on History for Everyone, too, as well as reviews of history gaming, interesting facts, and even recipes you can recreate for yourself.

History Learning Site: This site is run by Chris Trueman, head of year at Sackville Community College in East Grinstead, West Sussex. The site contains comprehensive content on Medieval England, Tudor England, Stuart England and the Industrial Revolution for Years 7 and 8 pupils. The requirements for Year 9 - World War One, Important Inventions of the Twentieth Century, the growth of women's rights in the Twentieth Century and the Indigenous People of America are also covered. The requirements for the GCSE Modern World History course are covered in depth as are some aspects of the British Social and Economic course. The site also contains a number of very detailed A level sections including Luther, Calvin, Philip II of Spain, the French Wars of Religion, the Thirty Years Wars and the Civil Rights movement of America 1945 to 1968.

History on the Net: A website designed and produced by Heather Wheeler, a History and Additional Needs teacher at Filsham Valley School, St Leonards, East Sussex. The site is comprised of four main sections: Subject information linked to the National Curriculum; lesson ideas for use in the classroom, including complete one-hour online lessons; a reference section with an A-Z of History, Timelines and links to other History sites; and a games section with History quizzes, puzzles and interactive activities. Recommended by the NGFL, National Curriculum Online and The History Channel, History on the Net is an expanding site which regularly posts new information and lesson ideas. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.


Timeline Creator
Students can make their own customizable timeline, entering events and times of their choice.

Ancient and Medieval World Timelines
Somewhat expensive, binder with exhaustive types of timeline chronologies for these time periods: the major events, empires, civilizations, world leaders, major religions, sciences, areas of art, with maps and drawings to accompany each of these chronologies. 236 pages with 950 - 8"x11" line drawings.

Grades 8-12: World History, US History, and Modern America

Prentice Hall Teacher Online Learning - CA Social Studies
8th Textbook Companion Site: America: History of our Nation
9-12 Textbook Companion Site: World History, The Modern World
9-12 Textbook Companion Site: United States History, Modern America, 2008
9-12 Textbook Companion Site: United States History, Modern America, 2010

Grades 9-12: US History & American Government

A free public website that offers free courses for high school and college students. These are national programs that do not follow the California "modern times" state standards.

Grades 9-12: World History, US History, and American Government

BYU Independent Study
NCAA approved courses.

Grades 7-12: US History & American Government

Williamsburg Academy
Accredited online educational program featuring live classroom interaction, classic curriculum, dedicated mentors. Mathematics 7th grade through Trigonometry, Science, History & Government, Literature, Leadership, Drawing, Filmmaking.


Grades 9-12: World Cultures, History of America, History of World, US Government, and Economics

The Learning Springs

Grades K-12 History Odyssey (History Odyssey is a K-12 program-high school is shown here)
Classical-based history program. Study Guide has check-off lesson plans that direct the students assignments in the resource materials.
9-12: Level 3
Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, Modern Times
To use in a way that most closely aligns to the California standards:
Grade 6 - Level 2 Ancients
Grade 7 - Level 2 Middle Ages
Grade 8 - Early Modern; Modern Times
A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/
Rainbow Resource Center:http://www.rainbowresource.com


American Bar Association (ABA) - Constitution Day Home

Home of Heroes

Thinkfinity - Constitution Day Resources

Digital History
Online American History Textbook, links to primary sourses, lesson plans and guides, student inquiries and activities, and multi-media.


Art Cyclopedia
The guide to great art on the Internet. Use this website to tie art appreciation to your study of history.

Art Cyclopedia
The guide to great art on the Internet. Use this website to tie art appreciation to your study of history.

Build a Pyramid Kit (S1125A)
Students construct 8" high paper pyramid. Kit includes 8 Egyptian designs, chart of the hieroglyphic alphabet, a brief history of the pyramid, and markers/paper.

Papyrus Art Kits (S411B)
Students color Egyptian designs, people and scenes on real papyrus paper.

Papyrus Paper Making Kit (S1093)
Students use partially dried raw papyrus strips to make real papyrus sheets of paper.

Medieval Alphabet Kit (S780A)
A complete reproducible alphabet set of 26 intricately designed illuminated letters to color and display.

Medieval Pennant Kit (S814A)
Students choose from designs to make their own Medieval pennant.

Coat of Arms Project (S2306)
Students design their own coat of arms and learn about heraldry and other terms through the DVD.


George Washington Carver: In His Own Words by George Washington Carver
Bull Run by Paul Fleishman's (Vignettes of various people who were part of the battle)
Remember the Ladies:100 Great American Women by Cheryl Harness
Daniel Boone: His Own Story by Daniel Boone (Frontier, Appalachia Mountains, Early US History)
Bendigo Safter by Luis L'Amour  (The last of the Wagon Train era and the beginning of the Railroads)
Across 5 Aprils by Irene Hunt (Civil War Novel)
Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Industrial Revolution)
Shaking the Nickel Bush by Ralph Moody (Industrial Revolution time)
The Real George Washington (Biography with lots of commentary)_
Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American Indian, Great Lakes Area)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself (Pre-Civil War)           
O Captain, My Captain by Walt Whitman (Civil War)
The Education of Henry Adams (John Quincy Adams son, pre Civil War)
The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service (Poem about the Alaskan Gold Rush)
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (Great Depression in the South and Black treatment and law)


Historical Maps on File (CD181)
Allow you to print reproducible historical maps, charts, and demographics from CD-ROM.

19th Century American History, 6-Chart Pack
(Creative Teaching Press - UPC: 030554025570)

Informational and interesting wall charts (posters) that teach history.
Trailblazers (2553)
Strike It Rich! (2554)
The Civil War (2551)
The Underground Railroad (2553)
Go West! (2555)
The Industrial Revolution ((2550)
Creative Teaching Press: http://www.creativeteaching.com/
The Report Card: http://www.reportcard.net 


Music Masters
Each CD tells a narrative about the composer's life interspersed with selections of the composer's most famous works.

Tunes that Teach American History
CD containing 10 songs that teach important events in American History.

American Music, Audio CD Program
CA Edition, ISBN#9780030536724
- Houghton Mifflin Holt McDougal (formerly Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

Ballad of America
Volume 1: CD containing the story of the United States of America vividly told through a wealth of traditional folk songs by Matthew Sabatella. http://www.rainbowresource.com
Volumes 2 and 3 CD's must be purchased directly from Matthew Sabatella's website not through school funds, as he is not currently a vendor, http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/index.html

Musical Journey with Lewis and Clark (Catalogue number: T30)
CD-ROM of songs sung on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Music Media, Vol. 2 (Catalog number: TT32)
Each CD volume covers a variety of topics from Benjamin Franklins' proverbs to the causes of the Civil War to Jimmy Carter. The spiral-bound resource book contains song lyrics, footnotes, and suggested activities. Songs are written with different music styles: hip-hop, rock and roll, and other contemporary music.

Music Media, Vol. 2 (Catalogue number: TT32)
Each CD volume covers a variety of topics from Benjamin Franklins proverbs to the causes of the Civil War to Jimmy Carter. The spiral-bound resource book contains song lyrics, footnotes, and suggested activities. Songs are written with different music styles: hip-hop, rock and roll, and other contemporary music.
http://www.teachersdiscovery-socialstudies.com/ -
Houghton Mifflin Holt McDougal (formerly Holt, Rinehart and Winston)