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U.S. Constitution: Free Resources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: constitution constitutional amendments preamble to the constitution amendments to the constitution 10 amendments us constitution

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Read about the Founding Fathers: 

Documents of Freedom: Online Text

iCivics Games and Resources

Constitution Interactive Reader

PBS Learning Media Resources

Free Downloads: 

Civics Today - High School text chapter on the Constitution

U.S. Constitution Lapbook

Constitution Carousel: Who Has the Power?

Bill of Rights Bingo

Constitution Word Search

BrainPop: U.S. Constitution

Congress For Kids Resources

Our Earth
Category: Science
Tags: earth science plate tectonics rocks and minerals atmosphere weather geology

 

Textbooks: 
CPO Earth Science: Full textbook and accompanying "investigations" lab book. For middle school.
Earth Science Concepts for Middle School: CK-12 Flexbook with 14 chapters covering: earth’s features, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, water, atmosphere, weather and climate, landforms, natural resources, the solar system and beyond.
High School Earth Science: CK-12 Flexbook with 26 chapters on earth and space science, plus a glossary.
 
Glencoe Science Teacher Resources:
Include worksheets, activities, assessments and answer keys:
 
 

Earth Science Illustrated Guide: Contains maps, charts, graphs and diagrams, with associated explanations, illustrating key earth science and space concepts. There’s a glossary at the end. This download has 209 pages.

Earth Science Lessons for middle school from Oregon State University. Covers plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, rocks and minerals.

Earth Revealed: Series of 26 half-hour videos on geology; for high school students.

Activities: 

Inside the Earth Webquest: Guide to various sites to gather information and fill out a Google document on earth’s layers, convection currents, drifting continents, sea floor spreading, and plate tectonics.

Earth Science Paper ModelsCut out and assemble 3-D models of volcanoes, landforms, fossils, planets, and other things related to earth science.

101 Earth Science Demos: Demonstrate concepts using just a few everyday items. The objective of the demo, procedure to follow, and science behind the demo is described. Five sections include geosphere, atmosphere, hydroshpere, space, and miscellaneous. This download has 106 pages.

Weather ProverbsExamine weather proverbs to determine their meaning, and the scientific principles they're based on.

Animations and Interactives: 
 
Journey to the Center of the EarthTravel to the earth’s core, with sights along the way.
 
Visual Lessons: For K - 12 on many earth sci topics.
 
 


History with Primary Sources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: primary sources primary source documents

Incorporating primary source analysis into your history studies is easier than ever these days due to a number of free sites with ready-made lessons and activities. Here are several for American history:

Write an Essay: At Zoom in, individual lessons guide learners in the study of different types of primary sources, such as speeches, letters, political cartoons, oral histories, audio recordings, and photographs. After weighing the evidence and different perspectives, students write an explanatory or argumentative essay. (One example: the benefits and disadvantages for young women working in America’s first factories). The lessons cover all the major eras of U.S. history.

 

Another site that presents conflicting accounts for debate, and prompts learners to respond with an essay, is Historical Thinking Matters.

 

Investigate a Historical Scene: Explore various case files to draw conclusions about historical events. What caused the Jamestown colony to fail? Who was responsible for the Boston Massacre? What was it like for children living during the Civil War? Through these and other investigations at Historical Scene Investigation, students become history detectives by analyzing evidence, searching for clues, and finally cracking the case.

 

Solve a History Mystery: At The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, explore the wars Americans have fought through primary sources. You can also play an interactive Who Am I game that presents you with a mystery character you identify using as clues a quotation and objects associated with that character.

 

 

Sharpen Critical Thinking with Interactives: Annenberg Learner presents a series of primary source-based interactives that target such critical thinking skills as analysis, and development of a thesis. The site also features an American History Course organized into 22 units, with videos, text, questions and activities. Each unit presents several broad themes that can be studied, and also includes associated primary documents, like old photographs and political cartoons, plus assignments to go along with them.

 

Use Guided Analysis Worksheets: These worksheets, developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration, provide questions for examining:

Visit the Library of Congress site for addtional primary source study guides.

Related Post: Learning History Through Role-Playing

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