American History
Research Skills for History
1. Use the following to interpret historical data:
  1. timelines – B.C.E. and B.C.; C.E. and A.D.
  2. graphs, tables, charts, and maps
2. Construct timelines of the historical era being studied (e.g., presidents/ world leaders, key events, people).
3. Describe the difference between primary and secondary sources.
4. Locate information using both primary and secondary sources.
5. Describe how archaeological research adds to our understanding of the past.
American Memory from the Library of Congress (LOC)
Document Collection
Documents From the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (LOC)
Finding Secondary Source Materials for History
Getting Started with Primary Sources in the Classroom
Historical/Cultural Timelines
Historical Documents
History-Secondary Sources Resources
History Through Timelines
Interactive Timeline (Read Write Think)
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map! (Harcourt School)
Our Documents
Picture History
Primary Sources (Wikipedia)
Primary Sources
Primary Sources (Harcourt School)
Primary Sources on the Web (Edu Place)
Primary Source Materials & Document Based Questions
Secondary Sources (Wikipedia)
Technology Timeline (PBS)
Timelines (Internet 4 Classrooms)
Timelines of History
Timelines: A Timeless Teaching Tool (Education World)
United States History - Primary Source Documents
US History Primary Sources
What is a Primary Source?
What is a Primary Source?
Early Civilizations
1500's Drawings of Native Americans for Kids
The Arctic Inuit in Olden Days (Native Americans)
Eastern Woodland Indians
Eastern Woodland Indians (White Wolf)
First Americans
The Iroquois of the Eastern Woodlands (Natives of Canada)
Kwakiutil Indians
Learn About Native American
Native Americans
Native Americans
Native Americans
Native Americans
Native American Cultures (Harcourt School)
Native American Resources for Kids and Teachers (Kiddy House)
North America (Scott Foresman
North Eastern Woodlands (Native Americans)
Northeast Woodlands
Origin of Fire
Pacific Northwest Native Americans (Native Americans)
Pacific Northwest Native American WebQuest
Peoples of the Northwest
Plains Indians
The Plains Indians
Pueblo History for Kids (History for Kids)
Pueblo Indians
The Sioux Indians (Native Americans)
Southwest Native Americans (Native Americans)
Where Indians Lived
Exploration and Colonization
1. Recognize that Native American tribes resided throughout North America before the period of European exploration and colonization.
2. Explain the reasons for the explorations of Samuel Champlain, Henry Hudson, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Ponce de Leon, and Hernan de Soto in the New World.
3. Explain the reasons (e.g., religious freedom, desire for land, economic opportunity, a new life) for colonization of America.
4. Describe the contributions of geographic and economic conditions, religion, and colonial systems of government to the development of American democratic practices.
5. Describe the geography, cultures, and economics of the Southern, Middle Atlantic, and New England Colonies.
Connect with:
6. Identify contributions of individuals (e.g., John Smith, William Penn, Lord Baltimore, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, James Ogelthorpe) who were important to the colonization of America.
7. Describe interactions (e.g., agricultural and cultural exchanges, alliances, conflicts) between Native Americans and European settlers.
Connect with:
8. Describe the causes and effects of triangular trade.
13 Colonies
13 Colonies (Social Studies of Kids)
13 Colonies Topics
13 Colonies WebQuest
13 Originals: Founding the American Colonies
300 Women Who Changed the World
A Day in the Life (History)
A History of Jamestown (History is Fun)
African American Experience
The Age of Exploration (Scott Foresman)
America in 1607: Jamestown and the Powhatan (National Geographic)
Americo Vespucci
Archiving Early America
A Brief History of Jamestown
Cabeza de Vaca (Florida History)
Cabeza de Vaca (PBS)
Captain John Smith (Preservation Virginia)
Captain John Smith Trail
Castillo de San Marcos (Harcourt School)
Christopher Columbus (Think Quest)
Christopher Columbus: Scavenger Hunt
Colonial America
Colonial America Resources
Colonial America WebQuest (Teacher Web)
Colonial Blacksmith
Colonial Boston Unearthed (Archaeology)
Colonial Era 1500-1754
Colonial Hall
Colonial History
Colonial House (PBS)
Colonial House/Interactive History (PBS)
Colonial Kids (Think Quest)
Colonial Life WebQuest
Colonial Period (Scholastic)
Colonial Times (PPPST)
Colonial Times (American History)
Colonial Towns/WebQuest (Scholastic)
Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg (History)
Colonial Williamsburg/Multimedia (History)
Colonial Williamsburg/Past and Present Podcast (History)
Colonial Williamsburg Trades (History)
Colonization (Early America)
Colonization/New England (USA History)
Coronado's Exploration
Cristobal Colon First Voyage
Cristobal Colon First Voyage
Early American (WebQuest)
Early European Exploration (Oswego)
Early North American Colonies (Scott Foresman)
Education in the 13 American Colonies (Social Studies for Kids)
European Explorers
The European Voyages of Exploration
Exploration and Discovery (LOC)
Exploration and Settlement
Explore Jamestown: Dig the Fort (School Time Games)
Explorer Match-Up (Oswego)
Explorer Website
Extra! Extra!/WebQuest
Fantastic Voyage (PBS)
The First Thanksgiving (Scholastic)
The Founding of the 13 Original Colonies WebQuest
Francisco Pizarro
Francisco Pizarro (PBS)
Francisco Pizarro (New Advent)
Francisco Pizarro (Hyper History)
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (Florida History)
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (PBS)
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
The First Thanksgiving (Scholastic)
From Indentured Servitude to Racial (PBS)
George and Cecilius Calvert (About Famous People)
The Growth of the Tobacco Trade (Beyond Books)
Henry Hudson
Hernan Cortez
Hernan Cortez (PBS)
Hernan Cortez/Aztec (Think Quest)
Historic Jamestown
Historic Jamestown (NPS)
The House Burgesses (Beyond Books)
Introduction to Colonial African American Life (History)
Jacques Cartier (New Advent)
James Fort Rediscovered (Harcourt School)
Jamestown (Teachers First)
Jamestown Challenge (US Mint)
Jamestown Journey
The Jamestown Online Adventure (History Globe)
Jamestown Press (WebQuest)
Jamestown Rediscovery (Preservation Virginia)
Jamestown Settlement (History is Fun)
Jamestown Settlement and the "Striving Time" (Beyond Books)
Jefferson's West
John Cabot
John & Sebastian Cabot (New Advent)
Journey Back in Time (WebQuest)
Juan Ponce de Leon (New Advent)
Leif Erikson
Lessons of the Explorers (Education World)
Life in Colonial America
Life in Colonial Times WebQuest
Life in the 18th Century (History)
Map of American Conquest (Florida History)
Massachusetts Bay (USA History)
Massachusetts Bay Company (Info Please)
The Mayflower
The Mayflower
Mayflower Compact (History Place)
Mayflower Compact: 1620
New England Colonies (Cyber Sleuth)
New England Colonies (Kid Info)
New England Colonies
On the Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure (National Geographic)
Passport to Colonial Times
The Pilgrim Story
Pilgrims and Puritans
Plimoth Plantation
Powhatan Confederacy (Infor Please)
Rene-Robert-Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (New Advent)
Salem Witchcraft/Hunt (National Geographic)
Samuel de Champlain (Enchanted Learning)
Samuel de Champlain
Samuel de Champlain (New Advent)
Secrets of the Dead (PBS)
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Thirteen Colonies
Thirteen Colonies (Surf Net Kids)
Thirteen Colonies Links
Tough Times at Jamestown (National Geographic)
Tour Our Town (History)
US History WebQuests (US History Site)
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Viking: The North Atlantic Saga
Virtual Jamestown
Virtual Jamestown
Voyage of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons (Think Quest)
Voyage on the Mayflower (Scholastic)
Walk the Plank (School History)
Wingapo (Virginia Indians)
Revolution and New Nation
1. Describe the significance of the following events leading to the American Revolution
  1. French and Indian War
  2. Proclamation of 1763
  3. Tea Act
  4. Stamp Act
  5. Boston Massacre
  6. Intolerable Acts
2. Describe the significance of the following events in the Revolutionary War:
  1. Declaration of Independence
  2. the battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga
  3. aid from France
  4. surrender at Yorktown
3. Identify the impact of
the following individuals on the Revolutionary War:
  1. Benjamin Franklin
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. George Washington
  4. Patrick Henry
  5. Thomas Paine
  6. King George III
4. Describe how one nation evolved from thirteen colonies through the following events:
  1. Constitutional Convention
  2. George Washington’s presidency
  3. creation of political parties
Administration of Justice Act (US History)
American Revolution
American Revolution (History Place)
American Revolution
American Revolution
American Revolution
American Revolution (American History)
American Revolution (Surf Net Kids)
American Revolution (Cybersleuth Kids)
American Revolution (Neo k-12)
American Revolution (Kid Info)
American Revolution (Patriot Resources)
The American Revolution (Kids Konnect)
The American Revolution
American Revolution 1760-1780
The American Revolution and Its Eras
The American Revolution: Causes (Discovery Education)
The American Revolution for Kids
American Revolution Resources
American Revolution: The Battle of Lexington and Concort (Think Quest)
The American Revolution War (Social Studies for Kids)
An Interview with Thomas Jefferson (Harcourt School)
An Unlikely Victory 1777 to 1783 (History Place)
Archiving Early America
Articles of Confederation vs the Constitution
A Timeline of the Revolutionary War (Social Studies for Kids)
The Battle of Brandywine (US History)
The Battle of Concord
The Battle of Germantown
The Battle of Guilford Court House
The Battle of King's Mountain
The Battle of Lexington
The Battle of Monmouth
The Battle of Saratoga
The Battle of Trenton
Battles of the American Revolution (Scott Foresman)
Ben's Guide
The Betsy Ross Homepage (US History)
Birth of a Nation (Kid Info)
Boston Massacre (Early America)
Boston Port Act (US History)
Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party (Have Fun With History)
Boston Tea Party (Social Studies for Kids)
Boston Tea Party Historical Society
Conflict and Revolution 1775 to 1776 (History Place)
Conflict in Boston
The Constitution of the United States (PBS)
Constitutional Convention (Info Please)
Constitutional Convention 1787 (PBS)
Cowpens (NPS)
The Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress (US History)
The Declaration of Independence (Early American)
Declaration of Independence (Brain Pop)
Declaration of Independence (History for Kids)
The Declaratory Act (US History)
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention 1774 - 1789 (LOC)
The Enigma of Benedict Arnold (Early America)
Featured Exhibits
Fighting for a Continent (Early America)
The French and Indian War (Social Studies for Kids)
French and Indian War (Kid Info)
French and Indian War (PPPST)
French and Indian War (Social Studies for Kids)
Fun Zone (Think Quest)
George Washington
George Washington Papers (LOC)
George Washington's World for Kids
Guilford Courthouse (NPS)
History Place: American Revolution
Independence (Congress for Kids)
Independence Hall
The Intolerable Acts (US History)
John Jay (US History)
John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
Join the Revolution! (Education World)
Liberty! (PBS)
Liberty or Death
Liberty's Kids
The Live of George Washington/The Movie (Early America)
Loyalty or Liberty?
Massachusetts Government Act (US History)
Monticello Classroom!
Original 13 Colonies (Congress for Kids)
Patrick Henry (US History)
The Paul Revere House
PowerPoint Activities
Primary Documents in American History (LOC)
The Proclamation Line of 1763 (Virginia Places)
The Quartering Act of 1765 (US History)
Quartering Act of 1774 (US History)
Quebec Act (US History)
Quick Revolutionary War Tour 1765-1777 (US History)
Quintumviri (Early America)
The Real Face of George Washington (Early America)
Revolution Fact Quiz (Family Education)
The Revolution: Opening Events and Causes (USA History)
Revolutionary War
Revolutionary War (Scholastic)
The Revolutionary War: A Journey Toward Freedom (Think Quest)
Revolutionary War Internet Scavenger Hunt
The Royal Proclamation 1763
Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists (History)
Scalping During the French and Indian War (Early America)
The Siege of Fort Mifflin (US History)
The Sons of Liberty (US History)
Sons of the American Revolution
The Stamp Act (US History)
Stamp Act Congress 1765 (US History)
Signers of the Declaration of Independence (US History)
Stony Point Battlefield and Light House
The Sugar Act (US History)
The Sugar Act (America's Homepage)
Tea Act (Social Studies for Kids)
The Timeline of the Revolution
The Townshend Revenue Act (US History)
Treaty of Paris (Wikipedia)
Understanding Primary Sources: The Bill of Rights (Edu Place)
Valley Forge (NPS)
Valley Forge (US History)
Virtual Marching Tour and the American Revolutionary War (US History)
Yorktown Battlefield (NPS)
Who Wants to Marry a Founding Father?
Westward Expansion
1. Describe the following events of 19th century presidencies of:
  1. Thomas Jefferson – Louisiana Purchase; explorations of Lewis and Clark
  2. James Madison – War of 1812
  3. James Monroe – The Monroe Doctrine
  4. Andrew Jackson – Nationalism and Sectionalism; Trail of Tears
  5. James Polk – Mexican-American War; discovery of gold in California
2. Describe the different perspectives (e.g., Native Americans, settlers, Spanish, the U.S. government, prospectors) of Manifest Destiny.
3. Identify major westward migration routes of the 19th Century.
4. Describe how manufacturing, textiles, transportation improvements, and other innovations of the Industrial Revolution contributed to U.S. growth and expansion.
5. Describe the following
individuals’ role in the reform movement before the Civil War:
  1. Frederick Douglass
  2. Harriet Tubman
  3. William Lloyd Garrison
  4. Sojourner Truth
1830-1860: Diplomacy of Westward Expansion
1844 Election Results (US Election Atlas)
Discovering Lewis and Clark
Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark Game (National Geographic)
Growth of a Nation (Animated Atlas)
Gold Rush
Gold Rush (Scott Foresman)
Immigration (Scholastic)
Lewis and Clark (National Geographic)
Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark (Scholastic)
Lewis and Clark (PBS)
Lewis and Clark: American Explorers (Enchanted Learning)
Lewis and Clark, and the Corps of Discovery/WebQuest
Lewis and Clark: Cyberhunt
Lewis and Clark: Cyberhunt (Scholastic)
Lewis and Clark Expedition: Create Your Own Adventure (National Geographic)
Lewis and Clark in Kansas
Lewis and Clark: The Trailblazers
Lewis and Clark's Historic Trail
The Louisiana Purchase and Beyond (Scott Foresman)
Mapping History
The Mexican Cession (U.S. History)
Mr. Jefferson's Magical Maze (History)
New Perspectives on THE WEST (PBS)
Oregon Trail (Think Quest)
Oregon Trail
Our Growing Nation
Pioneers (Think Quest)
Settling the West
The Treaty of the Louisiana Purchase (Early America)
The U.S.-Mexican War (PBS)
Virgin Land
Westward Expansion (Scholastic)
Westward Expansion
Westward Expansion/Map (Edu Place)
Civil War and Reconstruction
1. Describe factors leading to the Civil War:
  1. role of abolitionists and Underground Railroad
  2. sectionalism between North and South
3 . westward expansion
2. Identify the reasons why the following were important events of the Civil War:
  1. firing on Ft. Sumter
  2. major battles
  3. delivery of the Emancipation Proclamation
  4. surrender at Appomattox
Abraham Lincoln Papers: Lincoln Assassination (LOC)
African American Civil War
The American Civil War (Social Studies for Kids)
The American Civil War (Eye Witness History)
The American Civil War
American Civil War
American Civil War Collection at the Electronic Text Center
The American Civil War Homepage
American Civil War Manuscript Guides
American Diversification
Battle of Fredericksburg
Civil War
Civil War
Civil War
Civil War (Kids Konnect)
Civil War (Scholastic)
The Civil War
The Civil War (PBS)
Civil War Album
The Civil War Archive Files
Civil War Causes, Timelines, Flags, & Maps
The Civil War for Fifth Graders
The Civil War for Kids
Civil War Interactives
Civil War Literature Circles Virtual Museum
Civil War Medicine
Civil War Medicine
Civil War Music
Civil War Soldier (Web Rangers)
Civil War to the Present/Photo Gallery
Civil War Trivia
Ford's Theater (NPS)
Civil War Women
The Civil War: Women on the Homefront
Compromise of 1850 (LOC)
Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act (PBS)
Dred Scott Case Collection
Grant and Lee
Home of the American Civil War
John Brown
John Brown's Holy War (PBS)
Juneteenth (LOC)
Kansas-Nebraska Act (Info Please)
Lesson Plans: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War (Civil War Letters)
Map of the Union and Confederate States
Nullification Crisis
People of the Civil War (Scott Foresman)
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War (PBS)
State's Rights
Selected Civil War Photographs (LOC)
Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture
Underground Railroad (National Geographic)
Underground Railroad
Understanding Slavery (Discovery Education)
Union to Disunion: Why the Country Went to War
United States Civil War
The U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 (History Place)
U.S Civil War Effects on People: Primary Sources
The West (PBS)
What Caused the American Civil War?
Women Soldiers of the Civil War (Archives)
Emergence of the Modern United States
2oth Century Timeline
The 1920'a and 30's
Civil War to the Present/Photo Gallery
The Eli Whitney Museum
Fulton's Submarine (LOC)
Fun Stuff (Think Quest)
The Growth of an Industrial Nation
The History of the Telegraph/Samuel Morse
Industrial Revolution (Britannica)
Industrial Revolution
Inventors of the Industrial Revolution (Teachers First)
John Deere
Lesson Plans for WWI and Twenties
Lowell National Historical Park (NPS)
Mount Rushmore (PBS)
Panama Canal
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS)
Turn of the 20th Century (Scholastic)
The View From 1776
World War I
Great Depression and World War II
20th Century History
Civil War to the Present/Photo Gallery
Dust Bowl Photographs
The Great Depression (Scholastic)
Not for Ourselves Alone (PBS)
World War II (Scholastic)
World War II
Postwar United States
The Civil Rights Movement in Virginia
Civil War to the Present/Photo Gallery
Human Space Flight (NASA)
Postwar United States

Contemporary United States
1. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
2. Discuss the connections between current and historical events and issues from content studied in Strand 1 using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
Civil War to the Present/Photo Gallery

Additional US History Sites
5th Grade History Page
The American Journey Early Years: Spotlight Videos (Glencoe)
American History
American's Story (LOC)
A Moment in Time
Best of History Websites
Digital History
dMarie Time Capsule
Explore America: Interactive Activities
EyeWitness to History
Facts Encyclopedia: History
General History & Social Studies Sites (Discovery Education)
Grade Five United States to 1877
History Central
The History Place
Inside the White House (National Geographic)
Kids Click!
Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers
Social Studies
Social Studies for Kids
Social Studies PowerPoint Presentations
Social Studies Sites
Social Studies Sources
Statue of Liberty
This Day in History (History)
Today in History (LOC)
U.S. History
U.S. History
U.S. History Collection (Social Studies)
U.S. History Lesson Plans and Resources (Cloud Net)
United States History
Wayback. Presidents: The Secret History (PBS Kids)
White House 101
World Atlas/Clip art
World History: HyperHistor

World History
Research Skills for History
1. Use the following to interpret historical data:
  1. timelines – B.C.E. and B.C.; C.E. and A.D.
  2. graphs, tables, charts, and maps
2. Construct timelines of the historical era being studied (e.g., presidents/ world leaders, key events, people).
3. Describe the difference between primary and secondary sources.
4. Locate information using both primary and secondary sources.
5. Describe how archaeological research adds to our understanding of the past.
Finding Secondary Source Materials for History
The Food Timeline
Getting Started with Primary Sources in the Classroom
Historical/Cultural Timelines
Historical Documents
History-Secondary Sources Resources
History Through Timelines
Interactive Timeline (Read Write Think)
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map! (Harcourt School)
Our Documents
Primary Sources (Wikipedia)
Primary Sources
Primary Sources (Harcourt School)
Primary Sources on the Web (Edu Place)
Primary Source Materials & Document Based Questions
Secondary Sources (Wikipedia)
Technology Timeline (PBS)
Timelines of History
Timelines: A Timeless Teaching Tool (Education World)
Timelines (Internet 4 Classrooms)
What is a Primary Source?
What is a Primary Source?
Early Civilizations
Ancient Civilization (Social Studies for Kids)
Ancient Civilization for Kids
Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece (Think Quest)
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt (Think Quest)
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome (Think Quest)
Battle of Hastings
Feudal Life (Learner)
The Feudal System (Think Quest)
The Manor of Drengham
The Vikings!
World in Transition
Arms and Ar(or
Build a Medieval Castle (Your Child Learns)
Castle (Fact Monster)
Castles for Kids (Castles)
The Castles of Wales
Castles on the Web
Ghosts in the Castle (National Geographic)
The Knight in Medieval History (Fact Monster)
Knight Quest (Think Quest)
Life in the Medieval Castle
Life in the Middle Ages
Medieval Fiefdom (Think Quest)
Medieval Siege (PBS)
Medieval Times Europe (Think Quest)
The Medieval World (Spartacus)
Middle Ages
Snayfwickby Castle
The Wallace Collection (Arador Armor Library)
Renaissance and Reformation

Leonardo da Vinci

Encounters and Exchange
1. Describe the following effects of European exploration, trade, and colonization on other parts of the world:
a. sea routes to Asia
b. colonies established and settled
c. increased power of European countries
d. trade established between Europe, Africa, and Americas
e. introduction of disease and the resulting population decline of Indigenous people
f. triangular trade
2. Describe ways in which Spain, France, and England competed for power:

Age of Revolution
1. Explain the rationale and characteristics of rebellion.
2. Explain the impact that revolution has on a society.
3. Compare the causes of the American Revolution to other revolutions around the world (e.g., France, Haiti, Mexico, South America, Russia).
4. Compare the outcomes of the American Revolution to those of other revolutions around the world (e.g., France, Haiti, Mexico, South America, Russia).
Face of Russia/Timeline (PBS)

Age of Imperialism

World at War

Contemporary World
1. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
2. Use various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps) to discuss the connections between current events and historical events and issues from content studied in Strand 2.

United Nation Cyber School Bus


Foundations of Government
1. Identify the democratic principles and ideals associated with the following documents:
  1. Mayflower Compact
  2. Declaration of Independence
  3. Articles of Confederation
  4. United States Constitution
  5. Bill of Rights
2. Recognize the contributions and roles of the following individuals in creating the American government:
  1. John Adams
  2. Benjamin Franklin
  3. Alexander Hamilton
  4. Thomas Jefferson
  5. James Madison
  6. John Marshall
  7. George Washington
3. Describe the struggle between the Federalists and the Anti-federalists over the ratification of the Constitution and the creation of the Bill of Rights.
Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man
Celebrate the Constitution (Scholastic)
The Constitution for Kids
The Constitution of the United States (Enchanted Learning)
The Declaration of Independence (US History)
Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents
Interactive Constitution

The United States Bill of Rights
Structure of Government
1. Describe the role of town meetings and representative assemblies in colonial government.
2. Describe how the Constitution is designed to limit central government, as in freedom from a controlling monarchy.

Functions of Government
1. Explain ways in which the powers of the federal government differed from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution.
2. Identify the process by which a bill becomes a law.
3. Describe how the checks and balance system which established the three branches of the federal government works, as in Andrew Johnson’s impeachment.
4. Explain the significance of the Dred Scott Decision.
5. Compare the arguments for states’ rights versus the power of the federal government (e.g., the expansion of slavery, taxation).

I'm Just a Bill iAdventure

The Three Branches of Government (Think Quest)
The Three Branches of Government (Truman Library)
The U.S. Congress
Rights, Responsibilities, and Roles of Citizenship
1. Describe ways an individual can contribute to a school or community.
2. Describe the character traits (i.e., respect, responsibility, fairness, involvement) that are important to the preservation and improvement of constitutional democracy in the United States.
3. Describe the importance of citizens being actively involved in the democratic process (e.g., voting, student government, involvement in political decision making, analyzing issues, petitioning public officials).
Citizenship (Ben's Guide)

President for a Day (PBS Kids)

Government Systems of the World
Describe the characteristics of a monarchy and a republic.

Civics Sites
Ben's Guide
Senate and House Standing Committees


The World in Spatial Terms
1. Interpret information from a variety of maps:
  1. contour
  2. population density
  3. natural resource
  4. historical maps
2. Locate features in the world (e.g., continents, waterways, mountain ranges, cities) on a map using latitude and longitude.
3. Identify the location of significant geographic features from content studied on a physical or political map.
4. Locate physical and human features (e.g., gulf, delta, isthmus, strait, bay, canyon, swamp, peninsula, province, cape, tree line) in the United States and world on an appropriate type of map.
5. Identify each state on a U.S. map.
6. Construct maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information.
50 Nifty United States Think Quest)
50 States
Africa (Mr. Nussbaum)
A Latitude and Longitude Quiz
All About the World Geography (Sheppard Software)
Ameriquake (Mr. Nussbaum)
Asia (Mr. Nussbaum)
Asia Countries Find Game (Play Kids Games)
Australia and Oceania (Mr. Nussbaum)
Bing Maps
Blank and Outline Maps (About)
Canada (Mr. Nussbaum)
Coast to Coast (Mr. Nussbaum)
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
Conquer the Continents (Mr. Nussbaum)
Conquer the States (Mr. Nussbaum)
Continent Map (World Atlas)
Continents (World Atlas)
Continents and Oceans Quiz (Mr. Nussbaum)
Continents Quiz
Countries of the World
Earth Album (Stumble Upon)
Earth View
Europe (Mr. Nussbaum)
Explore Countries of the World (National Geographic)
Extreme Points of the United States (Info Please)
Facts About the United States
The Fifty States (Fact Monster)
Find Your Longitude (PBS)
Flash Earth
Geo Net (Edu Place)
Geography (Mr. Nussbaum)
Geography and Natural Resources
Geography Challenge (Geography Zone)
The Geography Guide (Fact Monster)
Geography of Mexico (Wikipedia)
Geography of Mexico and Central America (Discovery Education)
Go On A Family Adventure (My Wonderful World)
Interactive Continents (Mr. Nussbaum)
Interactive World Map (Mr. Nussbaum)
Know Your Capital Cities (Net State)
Know Your States and Capitals (Scott Foresman)
Know Your World (Travel Pod)
Landform (World Atlas)
Languages Spoken in Each Country of the World (Info Please)
Latitude and Longitude Map Match Game (Kids Geo)
The Latitude and Longitude Story
The Latitude Story
The Longitude Story
Look-up Latitude and Longitude
Map Games
Map Maker (National Atlas)
Map Maker (National Geographic)
Map Making
Map Man Game (Scholastic)
Map Skills
Map Skills
Maps (National Geographic)
Maps and Globes (Mrs. Dell)
My Wonderful World (Smithsonian Education)
Name 20 Countries
Name that State (Primary Game)
Name that State (World Atlas)
National Atlas
National Geographic Bee (National Geographic)
Nations Illustrated
North America (Mr. Nussbaum)
North America Countries Find Games (Play Kids Games)
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
The Physical World (World Atlas)
Place the State (Sheppard Software)
Planning a Road Trip (National Geographic)
Population Statistics (About)
Puzzled States (Scholastic)
Rivers (World Atlas)
Round Earth (National Geographic)
South America (Mr. Nussbaum)
South America Countries Find Games (Play Kids Games)
Test Your Geography Knowledge
United Kingdom (Mr. Nussbaum)
United States (Jayzee Bear)
United States Cities (Mr. Nussbaum)
United States Geography
United States Interactive (Mr. Nussbaum)
United States Landmarks (Mr. Nussbaum)
United States of America (Kid Port)
USA Latitude and Longitude
USA Quiz
USA States/Level 2 (Sheppard Software)
USA States/Level 8 (Sheppard Software)
USA States/Tutorial Level (Sheppard Software)
US National Landmarks (Mr. Nussbaum)
Use a Roadmap and a Mileage Table (Harcourt School)
Venture: Capital (Cool Math)
View Above Earth
Where in the USA is Mr. N? (Mr. Nussbaum)
Where is That? (Fun Brain)
The World
World Atlas
World Capitals (Fact Monster)
World Capitals (Mr. Nussbaum)
World Geography
World Geography Quizzes
World Heritage List (UNESCO)
World Landforms (Mr. Nussbaum)
World Landmarks Identification (Mr. Nussbaum)
World Nations Quiz (Mr. Nussbaum)
World Nations Quiz (Mr. Nussbaum)
The World Quiz
Places and Regions
1. Describe how the following regions exemplify the concept of region as an area with unifying human or natural factors:
  1. three American colonial regions
  2. West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest
  3. North and South during the Civil War
2.Describe the geographic characteristics of a state in the United States with the assistance of maps, the internet, atlases, and other reference materials.
American History Maps and Charts

Regions of the USA (WebQuest)
The Regions of the United States
United States Regions (Mr. Nussbaum)
Virginia Products Grid Map (Virginia Trekkers
Physical Systems
Country Report

Physical Geography (Wikipedia)
Physical Geography
Round Earth (National Geographic)
State Report
Tennessee Geography
Topographic Map (USGS
Human Systems
1. Explain why and how boundaries change (e.g., Westward Expansion, Civil War, Mexican - American War).
2. Explain the effects (e.g., economic, cultural, environmental, political) of human migration on places.
American History Maps and Charts
Climate, Environment and Resources
Fun State Facts
Geography of Mexico (World Facts)
Growth of a Nation
Mapping History
The Number of Countries in the World (About)
US Presidental Election Maps: 1860-1996
Environment and Society
1. Describe the ways European colonists and Native Americans viewed, adapted, and used the environment.
2. Describe the impact that natural events (e.g., floods, earthquakes, droughts) have on human and physical environments.
American History Maps and Charts
Dimensions (How Big Really)
Disease Maps 2011
Earth Processes (Class Zone)
Interactive Climate Map

Geographic Applications
1. Describe how geographic features influenced events in the past in the Original Thirteen Colonies, the Great Plains, the Pacific Northwest and the West.
2. Use geographic knowledge and skills (e.g., recognizing patterns, mapping, graphing) when discussing current events.
3. Use geography concepts and skills (e.g., recognizing patterns, mapping, graphing) to find solutions for local, state or national problems (e.g., shortage or abundance of natural resources).
Current Events

Mapping History
Postcards From America 50 States Adventure

Geography Sites
Geography for Kids
USA Games
State Master
Nation Master
5 Geography Themes


Foundations of Economics
1. Identify the opportunity costs (i.e., separation from family, indentured service) associated with expeditions to the New World.
2. Describe how specialization (e.g., division of labor) improved standards of living in the three colonial regions and the Pre-Civil War North and South.
3.Identify how voluntary exchange helps both buyers and sellers as in colonial trade in North America.
4. Interpret how trade promoted economic growth throughout U.S. history.

1. Explain how price incentives affect peoples’ behavior and choices, such as colonial decisions about what crops to grow and which products to produce.
2. Describe how competition, markets, and prices influence peoples’ behavior.
3. Identify how people earn income by selling their labor to businesses or governments.
4. Describe ways in which entrepreneurs take risks to develop new goods and services.
5. Describe the function of private business in producing goods and services.
6. Discuss the function of banks in providing checking accounts, savings accounts, and loans.
7. Explain the function of government in providing certain goods and services through taxation.

Review of the Laws of Supply and Demand (Curriculum Link)


Global Economics
Economics Systems

Personal Finance
1. Explain how the following are used to purchase goods and services:
a. cash
b. check
c. money order
d. debit card
e. credit card

What is a Quarter Worth?


  1. Changes in Culture - Interpret how culture changes over time as a consequence of industrialization, technology, or cultural diffusion (i.e., railroad transportation, telecommunication, building design, varied types of music, and the growth of government services).
  2. Cultural Holidays - Recognize personal, religious, and national celebrations of various American cultures (i.e., Independence Day, Columbus Day, Native American or American Indian Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, or Thanksgiving)5