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Daily Social Studies Activities

One of the most obvious "every day" tool for social studies teachers is one that many already use -- the daily newspaper. Teaching students how to read a daily newspaper is an essential skill for developing lifelong learners. Most local papers have online versions of their daily edition that can be accessed at no cost. Consider combining this with the activity listed below where students follow an event over time.

US Newspaper List:
Find newspapers throughout the country as well as news stations.

News and Newspapers Online:
Instant access to news and newspapers through out the world.

New York Times Learning Network:
This newpaper provides teachers with some amazing resources: daily lesson plans, (archive or past lesson plans) a daily news quiz, crossword puzzles, and more.

Infoplease Daily Almanac / Facts Behind the News:
Each day there will be a new list of websites to use for gathering more information on a news topic.

Other daily activites for social studies:

"Today in History" Activities

On this Day / New York Times Learning Network:
Here, students will find a dozen or so news headlines for each day. The headlines date back to the 1800s. Students will also find a list of living people who are celebrating birthdays on the day. An archive enables students to search for news headlines for any date.

This Day in History from the History Channel:

This Web site provides historical headlines for each day of the year. Video clips relating to historic events can be downloaded from the archive of the History Channel. The reports on this site are a bit more detailed than those found on most other sites; each event is explained in a paragraph rather than in a simple headline statement. Birthdays and hit songs for the date are included. A search engine enables students to search for any date. The site also includes links to special pages that highlight This Day in Automotive History, This Day in Civil War History, and This Day in Stock Market History.

Yahoo?s This Day in History:
A headline event from each date is highlighted and briefly explained. Then Yahoo provides links to the archive of the History Channel for additional events.

Today in History from the Library of Congress:

This daily page is perfect for high-school history classes. It offers in-depth coverage of a couple of stories each day. The best part is that each story links to the vast collection of historical documents and photographs that are part of the Library of Congress's American Memory collection.

Today in History from TheHistoryNet:
This site is a great resource for world history teachers, because events from throughout the millenium are highlighted here. The site also offers a daily, self-correcting quiz question (simple registration required) and a daily picture related to news headlines in history.

Those Were the Days:
Have students click on a date to read about a dozen events highlighted and explained in a few brief statements. Also included are the day's birthdays (of current and historical people) and music chart toppers over the years.

Any Day in History:
Click on any date to link to a long list of births, deaths, events, and holidays and other observances associated with that date.

General Social Studies Web Sites

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This is a thorough overview of quality sites on the Internet for Social Studies. Social studies topics include history, community, sociology, psychology and many other related areas.

American Journey:
American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 (American Memory Project)
American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920.

American Rhetoric:
Complete index to and partial text and audio database of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century.

Biography Search at Biography.com

Colonial and Revolutionary America

Cornell Library Historical Monographs:
A collection of selected monographs with expired copyrights chosen from a variety of disciplines. These were monographs that were brittle and decaying and in need of rescue.

Digital Book Index:

History and Social Studies at EDsiteMent, a Marco Polo partner.

Primary Documents

Text of the Bill of Rights:

Words and Deeds in American History (Library of Congress American Memory)
Aproximately 90 primary documents from the 15th to the mid 20th century.

A Chronology of US Historical Documents (University of Okalahoma Law School)


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