Social Studies & History

Discover the past with these research links.

Blabberize is a fun Web 2.0 tool that allows you to upload a picture (of a person—think historical figures – depending on one’s sense of humor, it might be a good idea to make sure the images students have access to are pre-screened to exclude any teachers or other officials on the premises!), select its mouth, and make it talk by adding an audio file.

Mission U.S.
Mission U.S. is home to two free, interactive, immersive U.S. history games. One focuses on the American Revolution, the other focuses on a slave’s quest for freedom, and both bring history to life around the student, giving events of the past an immediate and highly personal appeal.

Online Hieroglyphics Translator
Type in a phrase and see what it looks like when it’s translated to Egyptian Hieroglyphics. This is a cool activity to do if you’re covering Ancient Egypt.

Playing History
Playing History aggregates all of the free history games on the web into a simple, searchable database. If the era you’re teaching hasn’t been mentioned elsewhere on this list, use Playing History to see if anyone has yet to bring it to life in online-game form!

Free lesson plans and interactive games for learning civics. Some of the topics covered by materials at iCivics include citizenship and participation, separation of powers, branches of government and budgeting.

Printable World Maps
Free printable maps of the world’s countries. Each map is a blank outline, the better for quizzing students on cities, counties, and terrain!

Nat Geo Education: Mapping
Free, printable one-page maps, printable large-format maps and an online interactive student map.

Search for pre-made, media-rich timelines or make your own using MP3 audio clips, YouTube videos and more.

X Timeline
Another website that makes it easy to create and share timelines that include pictures and videos.

Time Toast
All you need is a valid email address to create interactive timelines that can be shared anywhere on the web!

With Dipity, you can find, create and embed interactive, customizable timelines.

Create your own sharable timeline with images, video, audio, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF files.

50 States
Detailed information about each of the 50 states including abbreviations and

capital cities. Excellent for teaching U.S. geography!

Have Fun with History
A resource for students and educators with history activities, plus short videos on all major U.S. history topics.

Biography: Black History
A comprehensive look at Black History that includes biographies (go figure), videos, photos, a timeline, study guides and more.

The Seattle Times: Martin Luther King Jr.
An invaluable resource to teach the incredible story of Martin Luther King Jr. This website includes a biography, timeline, seven teaching exercises, a photo gallery, a quiz and more.

Education Place: Outline Maps
Another resource for printable maps, this time including historical outlines, as well!

Electoral College Calculator
Teaching your students about the Electoral College? Using the Electoral College Calculator is a great activity to show how winning certain states can put a candidate on an easy path to the White House