Social Studies Resources

Primary Source Documents

Docs Teach
Developed by the National Archives, Doc Teach is a collection of primary source documents and learning activities. Teachers can develop and share learning activities with students that utilize the primary source documents available.

The JFK Library
Grades - 3-12
The library contains papers, photographs and recordings in digital format. Students can browse through letters and speeches. They can also listen to phone calls by the president. The archive contains 200,000 pages, 1200 recordings, and 300 museum artifacts. There are also lesson plans that are organized by grade level.


Create a Facebook Profile With Google Docs
Within Google Docs you can search for templates. If you search for "Facebook" templates you will find this fantastic template of a Facebook Profile for John F. Kennedy. Students may use this template to create a Facebook Profile for any literary character or historical figure.

Here is a direct link to the template:

Social Studies Themed Blogs

General Resources

  • Eyewitness to History - Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming.


  • Visual Geography is a wonderful site that some of the foreign language and social studies teachers are using to introduce students to the culture and people of various continents/countries. This site offers a wonderful visual impression of many places around the world. Visual Geography also offers quizzes in 4 levels to test your knowledge of continents and countries. In a ddition, Visual Geography also offers an option to listen to the language of the country.

Teaching the Civil War

  • A very detailed Google Earth Tour of the Civil War can be found here
    • This is a great way to show your students the relationships between various locations related to a specific campaign. For example, under the Gettysburg Campaign, there are placemarks for Hanover, Pa where J.E.B. Stuart rode through on June 30, 1863 on his way north. You can then have your students use the ruler tool to see that he was only about 13 miles from Gettysburg. You can then have your students consider questions about how long it would have taken him to get to Gettysburg or how far did the soldiers march on their way to Gettysburg.

  • The Battle of Fort Sumter Google Earth 3D Model
    • The KMZ fileexternal image gelogoicon.gif, which can be found in the 3D Warehouse, contains a ton of information including:
    • 3D version of Fort Sumter before it was attacked.
    • 3D version of the Floating Battery of Charleston that was used to fire on Fort Sumter.
    • Historical map overlays of the locations of various Confederate Batteries that fired on Fort Sumter.
    • Geo-located Civil War Era photos of the damage Fort Sumter endured and the locations of the Confederate batteries.
    • Twitter Feeds of the Washington Post's twitter campaign of the Civil War.
    • Links to Qwiki and Wikipedia articles and media about the Battle and various locations.

  • Pennsylvania civil war battle fields and landmarks in Google Eath

Google Earth