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Internet Sites:

• Global Nomads Group
Founded in 1998, the Global Nomads Group (GNG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to heightening children’s understanding and appreciation for the world and its people. Using interactive technologies such as videoconferencing, GNG brings young people together face-to-face to meet across cultural and national boundaries to discuss their differences & similarities, and the world issues that affect them.

• Social Studies Education Home Page
The Wayne State University Social Studies Education students and faculty have created this web site to reach out to the educational community at large with instructional ideas and research findings.

• Federal Resources for Educational Excellence — Social Studies
More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE web site.

• Social Science Resources Homepage
From the Nebraska Department of Education.

• Elementary Social Studies Education
The intent of this web site from the Missouri educational association is to support preservice and inservice elementary teachers with resources and ideas related to the social studies.

• National Standards for U.S. and World History K-12
From the National Center for History in the Schools.

• Educational Standards and Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies
A collection of resources with information on national and state social studies standards.

• Teacher Standards Resources from the National Council for the Social Studies
This site includes links to standards for social studies teachers and the preparation of social studies teachers, a guidebook for colleges seeking to meet these standards, and a list of teacher education programs approved by NCSS.

• Social Studies School Service
Variety of resources for all areas of social studies.  Sections include: free catalogs, online resources, curriculum materials, online activities, product reviews, video reviews, more.

• History in Film
Contains educational materials related to popular films that deal with historical subjects–plot summaries, outlines, lists of cast members, homework, timelines, and lists of links.

• Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

• Best of History Web Sites
“Best of History Web Sites now features links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more throughout its pages.”

• American Studies Web
American Studies Web includes Economy and Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Social Science, Current Events and Legal Studies, and more.

• History/Social Studies web site for teachers
The major purpose of this extensive site is to begin the task of making the use of the Internet easier for busy social studies teachers and to encourage the use of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning and teaching. The documents, links, and text files listed in the various categories should provide some help for classroom teachers (especially at the Middle School and Secondary level) in locating and using the resources of the Internet in the classroom.

• Resources for Social Studies Teachers
Includes lesson plans, mailing lists, teaching current events, standards and curricula, more

• Mr. Donn’s Pages
Comprehensive collection of resources, lesson plans, and activities for social studies teachers.  Sections include ancient history, world history, western hemisphere, eastern hemisphere, US history,  fun and games, more.

• DoHistory
Students learn to research the lives of ordinary people with primary sources. Presents a case study using the 200-year-old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard, and additional resources on teaching with this site, using primary sources, and conducting historical research.

• History Matters
Provides teachers of high school and college U.S. History survey courses with Web resources, unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history.

• Peace Corps: Kids World
From the Peace Corps, this site is designed to educate children about world geography and cultures.  Visitors can also send electronic postcards, read international folk tales, download coloring pages and play an interactive geography game.

• Schools of California On-Line Resources For Education (SCORE) — Social Science

• SchoolHistory.co.uk
A collection of resources for secondary school history students and teachers including downloadable worksheets and online quizzes.

• Social Sciences Data Collection (UC San Diego)
Currently, SSDC has hundreds of study descriptions of social science studies, fully indexed and searchable, a page with links to other social science data on The Internet, and a page featuring links to other social science data archives, social science data libraries, and social science gateways. Future versions will include a collection of large numeric datafiles as well as a set of computer programs that provide easy access to those datafiles through a menu interface.

Online Communities:

• Social Studies/Geography/History Chatboard at Teachers.net
This forum is dedicated to discussions of issues related to social studies, geography, history, civics, and world events.

• H-High-S (High School History and Social Studies)
The primary purpose of H-High-S is to facilitate an ongoing discussion of curriculum, instructional strategies, and educational resources involved in teaching history, social studies, and related subjects in American secondary schools.
Subscribe at the following URL: http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/lists/subscribe.cgi?list=H-High-S
Archives (Click on Discussion Logs): http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~highs/

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• National Council for the Social Studies
8555 Sixteenth Street, Suite 500
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone: 301 588-1800
Fax: 301 588-2049
Email: information@ncss.org