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Social Studies Education Resources


National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)
Find standards, lists of publications and other geography-related activities at the website of the National Council for Geographic Education.
Grades: K - 12
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
The mission of the National Council for the Social Studies is to "provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators."
Grades: K - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Arabs and Muslims: Their Culture Through Literature
This is a selected list of juvenile books available in the Curriculum Materials Center at the Cheng Library that can be helpful when teaching about the culture of Arabs and Muslims in Grades K-12.
Grades: K - 12
Celebrating America: Teaching about Patriotic Holidays
A selection of resources available from the Cheng Library's Curriculum Materials Center. These can be useful for teaching about patriotic holidays, symbols and history in Preschool through grade 8 classrooms.
Grades: K - 12
Celebrating Black Pride
A selected bibliography of materials for teaching about African American history in the PreK-12 classroom. These materials are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 12
Character Education
This is a selected list of curriculum resources that can be used for character education in the K-12 classroom. These resources are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 12
Exploring the Environment
A selected list of resources about environmental issues for K-8 teachers. All materials are available in the Cheng Library's Curriculum Materials Center.
Grades: PreK - 8
Family Literature
Resources about families
Grades: PreK - 6
Financial Literacy: Books for Children
This is a selected list of books to aid in the teaching of financial literacy and economics in PreK-6. All titles are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 6
Latin America & the Caribbean
A selected list of materials about Latin America and the Caribbean for PreK through Grade 12. Titles identified include picture books,novels, folklore, poetry and biography. All are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library. Additional factual materials about these countries are also available.,
Grades: PreK - 12
Notable Social Studies Books for Young People
Organized by broad subject categories, this annotated list highlights the past year's notable children's books (K-8) that explore cultural issues. A cooperative venture of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and Children's Book Council (CBC).
Grades: K - 8
Social Studies Education Videos, PreK-12
This is an annotated list of education videos that are appropriate for grades PreK-12. These videos, available in either DVD or VHS format, are located in Media Services and may be viewed in the library or checked out.
Grades: PreK - 12
Social Studies Resources
Textbook and other resources for teaching social studies from Preschool through high school. All are available from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 12
Teaching Asia: A Selected List of Books & Videos
A selected list of resources available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library that can be helpful for developing units to teach about Asia in Grades K-12.
Grades: K - 12
Thanksgiving Literature
Here is a selected list of books about the American holiday, Thanksgiving, for grades K-8. Available from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 8

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Points of View Reference Center
Full-text database that provides multiple viewpoints on a variety of contemporary issues. Each topic section features an overview along with point and counterpoint essays drawn from a variety of sources, plus supplementary information including primary source documents and guides to critical thinking.
Grades: 9 - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

American Memory from the Library of Congress
The American Memory Project is a digital record of American history, containing documents, maps, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and memorabilia from American life. The collection of over 5 million items chronicles daily life as well as major events. Searchable by broad subjects or keywords. The Learning Page includes sample lesson plans and other teaching suggestions.
Grades: 3 - 12
While CountryReports is a subscription database it provides a significant amount of information to the visitor. The Country reports section gives the capital, populations, GDP, area, currency and some basic information without logging in. Subscribers can access more extensive information about culture, history, government and demographics. The Activities section has geography games, data comparisons, and other teacher resources.
Grades: 3 - 12
Dynamic & Globalizing Korea: A Primer for Teaching in US Schools
This website was developed from a Fulbright-Hays Short-Term Projects Abroad grant program awarded to William Paterson University of New Jersey. As part of this grant six teacher candidates and six current teachers visited South Korea in the summer of 2014. As the result of their travels the participants developed lesson plans related to Korea. This site is intended to grow with additional teaching resources pertaining to Korea.
Grades: 6 - 12
EconomicsAmerica: National Standards
Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education, this website enables you to search for online lessons by National Economic Standard, grade level, and economic concept.
Grades: K - 12
Education Place
Provided by textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin, this website provides online support for their textbook series, as well as lesson plans (for a variety of topics), graphic organizers, handouts and activities for themes, outline maps, and links current event websites for kids.
Grades: K - 8
Environmental Literacy Council
A virtual library of information about a variety of environmental topics. The teacher section includes lesson plans and labs, as well as reviews of teaching resources. The student portion includes background information, additional resources and links to web resources and Ask an Expert websites.
Grades: 6 - 12
Food Timeline
Links to ancient recipes, descriptions of ancient foods, and explanations of the development of various popular food items are listed and linked to further information in this timeline that covers from 17,000 BC to the present.
Grades: 3 - 12
Fuel our Future Now
Divided by elementary, middle school, high school, teachers and parents this website provides activities and resources to explore energy efficient transportation. The Teacher Toolbox has sample lesson plans with short video clips to explore this topic. Co-sponsored by the U.S.Department of Energy and Discovery Education
Grades: K - 12
An interactive game that asks, "Where should my waste go?" The website includes lesson plans and handouts. Developed by NatureBridge, and environmental science education group that is a partner of the National Park Service.
Grades: K - 8
iEARN, International Education and Resource Network
The organization iEARN helps teachers and students from over 125 countries work together. Use the Project Collaboration Centre link to identify projects, find project partners, or join a teacher or youth forum. Search the Gallery for current or past projects.
Grades: K - 12
People, Occupations, Jobs, and Community
Crafts, games, worksheets and other teaching activities from Enchanted Learning. While some materials are accessible only by subscription, many materials are freely available online.
Grades: PreK - 3
Practical Money Skills for Life
Sponsored by VISA this website has an extensive collection of resources for teaching financial literacy. "For Educators" has lesson plans with comparisons to state standards. The website includes games, apps, calculators, videos and other resources. The section called Personal Finance is divided into Credit & Debt, Savings & Spending, and Life Events.
Grades: K - 12
Teachable Moment
Developed by the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility this website gives sample lessons for teaching students about social issues. Lessons are divided by elementary, middle school and high school. Ideas and essays provide additional insight on many topics.
Grades: K - 12
Walters Art Museum
Many of the lesson plans from the Education Department of The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD) integrate visual art with social studies, language arts, science and math. Most content is aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum. The Teacher Resources section includes lessons that align with the Common Core Standards.
Grades: K - 12
Welcoming Schools
A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Welcoming Schools provides resources to help schools provide a welcoming environment for all types of families, discourage gender stereotyping, and prevent bullying and name calling. Resources include lesson plans, links to other websites and resources, bibliographies, and handouts.
Grades: K - 6

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C3 Framework for Social Studies
The C3 (College, Career & Civic Life) Framework was developed by the National Council for the Social Studies to help states and school districts strengthen their social studies programs. C3 Framework is intended to increase rigor, "build critical thinking, problem solving and participatory skills to become engaged citizens" and align social studies to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Free PDF available from this link.
Grades: K - 12
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Revised in September 2010 by the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies is not available online. Only the Executive Summary, Preface, Introduction and the Ten Themes of Social Studies are available from this website. A print copy is available from the CMC of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Standards for History
Developed in 1996 by the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards, the National Standards for History for grades 5-12 are divided into three strands. Standards for K-4 are also available through this website, as well as an alignment to the Common Core Standards.
Grades: K - 12
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards-- Social Studies
Standard 6 of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards focuses on Civics, Geography, Economics, and History. The 2014 standards reflect minor changes from the 2009 standards and reflects the adoption of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.
Grades: PreK - 12
U.S. National Geography Standards
Originally published in 1994 the U.S. National Geography standards are available through the Xpeditions section of the National Geographic website. Lesson plans, teaching activities and an Interactive Learning Museum are available to help teachers teach to the standards.
Grades: K - 12
Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics
The 2nd edition of the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics is available as a pdf from this website. Published in 2010 by the Council for Economic Education, the 20 economics content standards include the most important and enduring ideas, concepts, and issues in economics. Links to online lessons are available.
Grades: K - 12

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Other Resources

50 States and Their Capitals
Students can choose any state and find a listing of various quick facts about all 50 states in the U.S., including maps, current population, what states border the particular state, climate, economy etc.
Grades: 3 - 8
About the White House
Primarily a source of history about the building and its occupants this website also provides information about tours, events, and internships.
Grades: 3 - 12
CIA's Homepage for Kids
What does the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) do? Choose from the K-5th Grade or 6-12 Grade Homepages to learn about the CIA. Students can learn about the CIA Canine Corps or the investigate the CIA's Operation History. Other activities include "Try a Disguise," and "Break the Code." Teacher's page includes sample lesson plans for grades 5-12.
Grades: K - 12
CNN en EspaƱol
The popular news site delivered entirely in Spanish, with weather, news, and other features that focus on the worldwide Spanish-speaking community.
Grades: 4 - 12
Community Club
Part of Scholastic's Listen and Read collection of short stories that young readers can read and/or listen to. The Community Club section includes eight community helpers. There is a quiz at the end of each story. Other subject areas covered are: American History, Animals, Civics and Government, Environmental Studies, Plants and Flowers, Science, and Social Studies
Grades: PreK - 2
National Atlas
A project of the United States Department of the Interior provides a variety of maps of the United States. The maps represent agriculture, climate, geology, history, population, transportation trends in the U.S. The MapMaker enables custom maps to be drawn for the user. Some maps are printable, others can be purchased.
Grades: 4 - 12
Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed these tips for preparing for and recovering from natural disasters. The types of disasters include earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides and mudslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires and winter weather.
Grades: 6 - 12
Newspaper Map
Searchable by language, name of newspaper or location this map gives access to the websites of newspapers from around the world. View in the original language or translated into over 50 languages.
Grades: 6 - 12

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