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African American History -- 12 Free Readers
Category: Social Studies
Tags: black history month black history books on black history african american history famous african americans famous black people

The following free readers on African-American History are for grades 4 - 6. 

(For addtional free readers, see:

Free Journeys e-Textbooks and Readers

Free Biography Readers 

Plants - Flowers - Trees 

Free Animal Science Readers

MLK Day: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Resources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: martin luther king day

Resources focusing on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil and human rights: 

Free MLK Jr. Unit from Kids Discover

4 Free Lesson Plans

BrainPop Movie: 

10 Things About MLK Jr.

Explore the "I Have a Dream" speech with a listening comprehension exercise.

View articles with questions, and videos from ReadWorks.

Free Books:  

Other Resources:

This collection of resources  ​from ScienceNet Links that explore such topics as the dynamics of groups, stereotypes, segregation, and the achievements of African Americans. 

  • Interactive from PBS LearningMedia:

Map Skills
Category: Social Studies
Tags: map skills latitude longitude compass rose cardinal directions

Mapping Our World: Provides an overview of maps through interactive lessons covering the relationship between globes and maps; and an explanation of the different map projections. Also has games like matching flags with countries.

Two sites that teach basic map skills through interactive games: 

Adventure Island: focuses on map symbols and keys

Nikki Learns About Mapshas an overview of maps, symbols and keys, directions, and map grids

Instructional interactive on how to use a compass

Using a map grid

Geography map games: map skills, cities of the world, provinces of Canada, African countries and other games

Geography quizzes: broken down by region; has European countries, US state capitals, Canadian bodies of water; etc.; you can take the quiz and then type in your name and print quiz results

Daily Geography Workbooks: Evan Moor workbooks for grades 1, 4, and 5

For additional resources, visit the Geography Downloads page.



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