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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.



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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