Resources for Research
This student-friendly search engine searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea.
SweetSearch Today: http://2day.sweetsearch.com/
Sweet Search 4 Me: http://4me.sweetsearch.com/
Biography page: http://www2.sweetsearch.com/biographies
Library of Congress
For younger students:
Student Discovery Sets:
Their teacher site allows you to search by state standard: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/index.html
Take advantage of the extensive resources available through the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. They are working to provide extensive digital access to Smithsonian collections, programs, and learning resources to inspire the transmission and transformation of knowledge for the public good. Search by subject, state standard, or keyword.
Check out the IdeaLab - interactive sites for students that bring history, science, and art to life.
Browse the Lesson Plans for lessons that cover all subjects.
Google Cultural Institute
Google Cultural Institute features Google's Art Project, Historical Moments, and World Wonders. Explore collections and exhibits from museums and archives from all over the world. Browse existing collections or create your own collections of digital artifacts to share with students.
Google Custom Search Engine
Add your own websites to create a customized Google Search for students.
Literary Fusions How-To Post: http://www.literaryfusions.com/2015/02/18/did-you-know-google-custom-search-engine/
Google Search Education Lesson Plans: http://www.literaryfusions.com/2016/09/20/did-you-know-google-search-education-lesson-plans/
Collections of Biographies
- http://www.texaslre.org/: Amazing collection of resources correlated to Texas standards.
- https://www.texasbar.com/iwasthefirst/index.html: Short videos, lesson plans, and activities for famous people by grade level.
- Famous Leaders for Young Readers: Brief, student-friendly, factual bios of people, including presidents, patriots, inventors, explorers and humanitarians.
Virtual Field Trips
- Portal to Texas History - Primary Source Adventures
- Library of Congress - Lesson plans and collections
- Teaching with Primary Sources Journal
- http://zoomin.edc.org (must create account to view)
- Digital History (US History)
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
- Lone Star History Links (Texas)
- Letter to a Cowlady - http://www.hayshistoricalcommission.com/letter-to-a-cowlady.html
Science and Technology Resources
- Library of Congress: Invention of the Telephone (adapt for K-2)
- Discovery Education: Technology at Work (use to guide conversation for K-2)
- PBS: Living without Technology (use to guide conversation for K-2)
- Smithsonian Education: Using the Yellow Pages as a Teaching Resource
Random Cool Resources
- US/Texas History Interactive Games
- Reading Rockets - Themed Booklists (Scroll down for Social Studies section): http://www.readingrockets.org/books/booksbytheme
- GapMinder/Dollar Street - Lit Fuse Review: https://literaryfusions.com/2018/02/06/website-review-gapminder-and-dollar-street/
Resources by Topic
- Museums - birthplaces, historic homes, historical sites, national parks
- Universities - digital archives, collections, exhibitions
- State/National Organizations - libraries, archives, parks, monuments, museums
- American Calendar - the history of events that are prominent in the American Calendar
- How Poetry Shapes American Identity
- History of Labor in the US
Lewis and Clark Primary Sources