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US History timeline

Historical Documents

Pledge ppt
Red Shelton's version
America the Beautiful
America's Song








Go Go News is a news website designed for elementary school students. The site features many short news stories that can be read and listened to. The stories that Go Go News covers aren't hard, breaking news stories. The stories are more of a interesting and educational nature.

Teaching Kids News is a news site developed for use in elementary school and middle school classrooms. Teaching Kids News features timely and relevant news stories written on a level that students can comprehend. Each article is accompanied by a set of discussion questions, writing prompts, reading prompts, and vocabulary words.

Youngzine is an online source of news, sports, and entertainment stories for elementary school students. Students will find stories to read and videos to watch in each of the information categories. Each news story is accompanied by a Google Map that has a placemark indicating where the story takes place.

CNN Student News is an excellent resource for middle school and high school current events lessons. The roughly ten minute episodes feature US stories, a world news stories, a "shout out" to a classroom, and a quick quiz. Transcripts for each show are available for download as are suggested viewing questions to cover with your students.  

One of my favorite features on the BBC New website is the Day in  the Day in Pictures

American history in 60 seconds
American History in the Making 
American Fact Finder(US Census)
American Nation Quizzes 
American Folklore
America's Story
Any Day in History
Best History Websites
Civics: Fasttrack(ppt)
Conflict History
Crazy Fads
Digital History
Freedom: Story of US (PBS)

Glencoe: Spotlight videos

Hippo Campus 
History Aloud 
History Channel
History Learning
History Buff Interactive quizzes
History Teacher: New Millenium
History of US (PBS) 
MiddleWeb:Social Studies
Picture History
Picturing Modern America
Scholastic Scavenger Hunts
Teacher OZ: 20th Century
Teacher OZ: Light the Fire
Teens(Dmoz) History

Tween Tribune(free registration)
Toolbox Library: National Humanities
US Document-Chronological 
US History Org

Virtual Classroom
US Government at pppst

Moment in Time: You Tube

Jukebox: Day by Day



Current Events

Current Events: Izzit
NY Times Weekly Quiz
CNN: Student News
Fox News

USA Today

US History

US History: 
SOL Resources

US History; 
Historical Eras

Memorial Day

EL Civics

History Channel:  Memorial Day

Social Studies for Kids

Orange County: timeline

Military Times

US Geography

Outline Maps

Zoom Into Maps

Map Skills (Internet4classrooms)
Test your geography knowledge (lizardpoint)

US Geography map games (Sheppard)

NatGeo Map Games

Maps ETC
Historic Maps

7th US History


The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis and responsible citizenship, including the ability to

1.a) identify and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history to 1877;

2.b) make connections between the past and the present;

 3.c) sequence events in United States history from pre-Columbian times to 1877;

4.d) interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives;


5.e) evaluate and discuss issues orally and in writing;

6.f) analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events;

7.g) distinguish between parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude;

8.h) interpret patriotic slogans and excerpts from notable speeches and documents;

9.i) identify the costs and benefits of specific choices made including the consequences, both intended and unintended, of the decision and how people and nations responded to positive and negative incentives.


The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables for

1.a) explaining how physical features and climate influenced the movement of people westward;

2.b) explaining relationships among natural resources, transportation, and industrial development after 1877;

3.c) locating the 50 states and the cities most significant to the historical development of the United States.

Zoom Into Maps


The student will demonstrate knowledge of how life changed after the Civil War by

1.a) identifying the reasons for westward expansion, including its impact on American Indians;

2.b) explaining the reasons for the increase in immigration, growth of cities, new inventions, and challenges arising from this expansion;

3.c) describing racial segregation, the rise of "Jim Crow," and other constraints faced by African Americans and other groups in the post-Reconstruction South;

4.d) explaining the impact of new inventions, the rise of big business, the growth of industry, and life on American farms;

5.e) describing the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women's suffrage, and the temperance movement.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by

1.a) explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish American War;


2.b) describing Theodore Roosevelt's impact on the foreign policy of the United States;

3.c) explaining the reasons for the United States' involvement in World War I and its international leadership role at the conclusion of the war.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century by

1.a) explaining how developments in factory and labor productivity and transportation (including the use of the automobile), communication, and rural electrification changed American life;

2.b) describing the social and economic changes that took place, including prohibition, and the Great Migration north and west;

3.c) examining art, literature, and music from the 1920s and 1930s, emphasizing Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Georgia O'Keeffe, and the Harlem Renaissance;

4.d) identifying the causes of the Great Depression, its impact on Americans, and the major features of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the major causes and effects of American involvement in World War II by

1.a) identifying the causes and events that led to American involvement in the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor;

2.b) locating and describing the major events and turning points of the war in Europe and the Pacific;

3.c) describing the impact of World War II on the homefront.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by

1.a) describing the rebuilding of Europe and Japan after World War II, the emergence of the United States as a superpower, and the establishment of the United Nations;

2.b) describing the conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy;

3.c) identifying the role of America's military and veterans in defending freedom during the Cold War, including the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, the collapse of communism in Europe, and the rise of new challenges;

4.d) describing the changing patterns of society, including expanded educational and economic opportunities for military veterans, women, and minorities;

5.e) describing how international trade and globalization have impacted American life.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by

1.a) examining the Civil Rights Movement and the changing role of women;

2.b) describing the development of new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business and their impact on American life;

3.c) identifying how individual citizens from the time period influenced America scientifically, culturally, academically, and economically;

4.d) examining American foreign policy, immigration, the global environment, and other emerging issues.