• Youtube and other video sites provide a variety of resources that help students preview and review concepts covered within the social sciences.
  • izzitEDU offers full (12-20 minute average) engaging videos that spark curiosity and promote critical thinking about a variety of subjects and topics.
  • C-span Classroom has numerous video clips that delve into topics related to the Constitution, government, politics, and history.

United States Geography


United States History

History Channel

History Channel Miniseries

  • America the Story of Us is a History Channel miniseries that covers 400 years of American history using reenactments, great sound design, and digital graphics to engage the audience.
  • Sons of Liberty is a History Channel six hour miniseries dramatizing the events which led to the American War for Independence.
  • John Adams Miniseries is a highly rated and historically accurate series that presents numerous events related to American independence and the early federal government established in the United States of America.
  • John Adams Miniseries Episode Synopses
  • Part 1 “Join or Die” After the 1770 Boston Massacre, Adams takes an unpopular stand by defending accused British soldiers. Adams heads to Philadelphia to join the Continental Congress—and faces an uncertain future.
  • Part 2 “Independence” After the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord, Adams argues for independence, persuading Thomas Jefferson to draft a declaration. Benjamin Franklin and Adams convince delegates, and the Continental Congress votes to declare independence on July 2, 1776.
  • Part 3 “Don’t Tread on Me” Adams heads first to France in 1777, demanding that France increase its naval commitment to America, and then to Holland to solicit funds for the war.
  • Part 4 “Reunion” Learning of the British surrender to Washington, Adams returns to France and sends for Abigail, who joins him in Paris. Adams is named Ambassador to Britain, and he and Abigail move to London. Adams returns home, realizing that he and Abigail weren’t meant “to sit in the shade of life.”
  • Part 5 “Unite or Die” Elected America’s first Vice President, Adams is frustrated by his exclusion from President Washington’s inner circle. Adams is elected President in 1796—by a mere three electoral votes over Jefferson.
  • Part 6 “Unnecessary War” Adams keeps the nation out of war, despite French aggression. Adams loses a bid for a second term and returns to Massachusetts.
  • Part 7 “Peacefield” Restless in retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of family tragedies. Adams resumes a correspondence with Jefferson that lasts the rest of his life.


TED-Ed "makes short video lessons worth sharing, aimed at educators and students. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which are collaborations between educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform."

TED Talks are short videos delivered by content specialists in diverse fields that are designed to stir curiosity.

TED-Ed - United States History

TED-Ed - Constitution and Government

TED-Ed - World History and Social Studies

C-SPAN Bell Ringers



Bill of Rights

Declaration of Independence




Star-Spangled Banner

World History

Current Events

  • “Going Dark” Is Disconnect between Law and Technology is a 1:53 minute speech made by FBI director James Comey on October 16, 2014. He states that "The law hasn’t kept pace with technology, a significant public safety problem we call “Going Dark.” We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications and information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so."
  • Crackdown on Protests by Hong Kong Police Draws More to the Streets is a one minute New York Times video posted on September 28, 2014 that shows the struggle against China's despotism upon the freedom-loving island controlled by China.

North Korea

Smart Songs

Social Studies

Youtube Channels

Peter DiLalla has numerous historical raps.

MrBettsClass has numerous historical parodies of popular songs.

Ben Leddy Songs can be great tools for teaching, from the ABCs to the fifty states. By rethinking how we use songs in the classroom, we have an opportunity to deepen students' understanding, build students' vocabulary, and engage students with varied learning needs. Visit to learn more.

Kristina Edgar has produced a number of quality videos related to the American War of Independence.

The RSA explores different paradigms about education.