Great social studies teachers have a passion for bringing the past to life, for encouraging cultural understandings, and for promoting responsible citizenship. Great social studies teachers challenge us to learn from history, to become critical thinkers, and to develop global perspectives. Great social studies teachers are illustrators, adventurers, and storytellers. So when great social studies teachers are pulled from the brick-and-mortar stage and transported into a virtual classroom, how do they continue to instill a love of history or civics, government or economics, geography or anthropology within their students? They get creative! They brainstorm! They problem-solve!
We know all you great social studies teachers out there are busy transitioning to virtual education, so we’ve done some research for you and gathered our favorite online resources for middle and high school social studies classrooms. Bookmark your favorites and enjoy!
Science Websites for Middle and High School Teachers
Suibhne's Animated History – Suibhne is a YouTube channel dedicated to covering the history of nation-states with a splash of color through animated videos.
The White House Historical Association – A wide variety of educational resources for learners of all ages including classroom resource packets, reading lists, short educational videos, historical essays, and a digital library of White House and presidential images. There is even a virtual White House tour!
Smithsonian Education Guides – A thorough lesson guide for national audiences organized by grade level and social studies theme or topic.
Newsomatic – Features five daily news stories specifically for kids, written at a variety of reading levels from grades K through 8. Every story is translated and read aloud by native speakers from English into Spanish, French, and Arabic. Teachers have access to a special dashboard to track students’ reading progress, change their reading levels, and see students’ answers to comprehension questions for each article.
Library of Congress – Not to be overlooked, the Library of Congress has a rich array of primary sources online, with engaging features such as curated collections by theme and ask a librarian.
George Washington's Mount Vernon – Digital resources from George Washington’s Mount Vernon that can be incorporated into new online classroom settings offering primary and secondary sources, videos, games, quizzes, activities, and lessons that can be completed independently or as a group.
Zinn Education Project – The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book, A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring these social studies websites for middle and high school students. Don’t forget to bookmark the ones you love so you can revisit them with your kids. Then check out Cross Country Education Virtual Services to discover how we can help bolster your school’s online educational support needs during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.