Resources for Teaching Elementary Social Studies

GENERAL SOCIAL STUDIES

Notable Trade Books for Young People (K-8)
NCSS lists of exceptional trade books that emphasize human relations, diversity, cultural experiences, and general social studies

U.S. GEOGRAPHY

Postcards From: Discover America through Postcards
Digital postcards are sent via email

Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom
Agriculture, The Environment, Natural Resources
Oregon AITC (Agriculture in the Classroom) site includes maps showing Oregon’s social and physical features, free materials for teachers, classroom lessons, and activities.

GEOGRAPHY

MBGnet: Biomes & Ecosystems
Geography, Ecosystems

KidsGeo
Geography, Geology
Online “textbook” with video & photos for use directly by/with the students

Teaching Ideas (UK) Geography/Environment
Geography, The Environment
A variety of lessons & activities written by teachers
*NOTE: This is a UK site, so the history focus is quite different

PEOPLE

Oyate
Native Americans
For educators who want to use literature about Native Americans. Evaluations of books/curricula with Indian themes & criteria for evaluating resources.