Resources for Teachers

Social Studies

CHOOSING TO PARTICIPATE

Created by Facing History and Ourselves, Choosing to Participate is part of a global initiative encouraging young people and adults to think deeply about the importance of participating in a democratic society.

DOCS TEACH - TOOLS

Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians.

FREEDOM MATTERS!

The goal of our project is to foster the next generation of Americans to care about democracy and individual liberty. The Freedom Matters! supplemental curriculum is high quality, TEKS standard educational material geared at today’s high school student.  Unlike many educational tools available on the market today, this teaching model offers interactive tools, multi-media content, and readings to engage with this new fast-paced, tech-davy generation of students.  The teacher-led lesson plans are easy to follow and are designed to be flexible with all course schedules; the lessons can be taught together or as individual unit.  In addition, the courses are free to all and do not require any written permission to utilize.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching- Search by Texas TEKS, grade and subject area. Includes a "Today in History" area.

MOVING MAP

This “moving” map of the country, shows it from the beginning of the 13 states through the present. It includes the acquisitions from England and Spain, the Slave states, the Free states, a segment on the Civil war, it includes some mentions of Central and South America, etc. It also shows the Indian Nations as they were during the Indian Wars: Modac, Miwok, Mujave, Nez Perce, Flat Head, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Navajo, Apache, Dakota, Sioux, Kiowa, Wichita and Comanche.

STAAR REVIEW: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPALES

Kahoot! is a refreshingly new take on quizzing. Combining game-based learning, ease-of-use and mobile technology, Kahoot! creates an enchanting social experience, leaving everyone totally gripped and absorbed in your content.

U.S. DIPLOMACY CENTER

The U.S. Diplomacy Center is designed to encourage exploration of diplomacy and the work of the Department of State, the nation’s foremost and oldest cabinet agency. The Center’s interactive exhibits and programs will invite visitors to discover how diplomacy affects every person every day.

DOCS TEACH - TOOLS

Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians.

I WITNESS

IWitness is an educational website developed by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education that provides access to more than 1,500 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides for guided exploration.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching- Search by Texas TEKS, grade and subject area. Includes a "Today in History" area.

NEWSEUM

This site represents one of Washington, D.C.’s newest museums with a focus on news and media and especially interactive, online exhibits. It has activities for teachers, students and news analysis that ties current events into larger American and world history topics.

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM (USHMM)

The USHMM offers a free three-day training every winter that offers free materials, lessons plans and intimate perspectives of the Holocaust featuring survivors. The USHMM will even pay for your substitute so that you can attend the conference. Interested teachers can also follow up with our local Dallas Holocaust Museum for more free workshops.

100 PEOPLE

This site offers a great way to approach diversity throughout the world. It presents an accurate description of the world population proportionally represented by 100 individuals (1:62.5 million), based on criteria such as age, nationality, gender, religion, and language which allows students to change their perspective on demographics around the world.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH 80 SCHOOLS

The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype (a free video conferencing tool). It is up to you how regularly and for how long you connect with your Skype partners. The only requirement to count as a “connection” is that you are connecting your students with another school anywhere in the world.

ASIA SOCIETY

Secondary lesson plans covering all subjects- about the world

ASIA SOCIETY EXPANDING HORIZONS

Afterschool and summer learning programs across the country have found that adopting a global learning framework can help build program quality and youth engagement. This website provides a range of materials that will help school leaders, afterschool program directors, trainers, and line staff integrate global learning into out-of-school time.

Campaign For Education/ Global Education Week

Global Action Week, April 26-May 2, 2015, is an annual week of action that calls attention to the urgent need to invest in the future of the 130 million of out-of-school children around the world. Global Action Week-US activities will take place across the country.

CLOSE UP

Current Issue books for high school and middle school that lead debates about what is happening in our world. Fee for books.

CONNECT ALL SCHOOLS

A number of organizations linking US schools with others around the world are coming together in a new “Connect All Schools” consortium to meet a very specific goal: to connect every school in the US with the world by 2016.

EPALS

This site sets up free international classroom pen pals and allows you to select the country and ages you are looking for. Plus work on projects together.

GAPMINDER WORLD

Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels. This site features interactive, statistical graphs designed to give students a fact-based worldview.

GEOGRAPHY : TEACHING WITH THE STARS

Geography: Teaching with the Stars is intended to broaden and complement the impact of the existing National Geographic Society’s State Geography Alliance network. It is designed to provide systematic professional development in geography to middle and high school teachers. It emphasizes pedagogical knowledge and skills as well as content knowledge and applications in geography. Project materials are accessible via a variety of delivery systems, thus making them available to the widest possible audience of those teaching geography.

GEOMENTOR

The GeoMentor Program, developed by National Geographic and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), is designed to inspire people who use geography in their work to help educators and students see the world in new ways. A GeoMentor volunteer "adopts" a school, class, or club, and supports the educator(s) in working with young people using the tools of geography, including maps, globes, atlases, charts, imagery, and field work. Teachers who are interested in being paired with a GeoMentor volunteer should visit the program's website

GLOBAL AWARENESS MAP

There are 194 countries around the world. Find out more on each country's people, government, religions, US military presence and current issues. The interactive map is growing daily with videos and teacher content. Please see IRAQ as an example of what is coming for all areas of the world.

GLOBAL ELEMENTARY MODEL UNITED NATIONS IN DFW

Global Elementary Model United Nations is what the name implies -- elementary (and middle school) students role-playing the assemblies of the United Nations! This enriching, exciting opportunity has been available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. since 1990. Participants will attend an exciting two day conference and work to promote the Millennium Development Goals.

GLOBAL ENCOUNTERS, INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VIDEO CONFERENCES

The Global Encounters program brings together students from across the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future.

GLOBAL NOMADS

Global Nomads Group fosters dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. By leveraging technology, we enable conversations between middle school and high school students who otherwise would not meet. These exchanges promote empathy, peace, and build 21st century workforce skills.

GLOBAL TEACHER EDUCATION

Our Mission is to ensure that U.S. teachers are properly trained to prepare our young people to cope and thrive in a globally-connected world. By partnering with colleges of education and professional bodies in the education and teacher preparation spaces, GTE supports the internationalization of teacher preparation programs by connecting professionals, as well as advancing and disseminating research and best practices.

GLOBE

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995.

HEIFER RANCH

International poverty simulation for weekend with students.

IEARN ****

Hundreds of international projects that allow your students to become involved.

International Children's Digital Library Foundation

The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.

Interactive Carbon Map

This website uses an animated, distorted, shaded, interactive map to help convey how different countries fit into the climate change picture – both the causes and the risks. It was originally created as an entry for the World Bank’s Apps for Climate competition, though was recently updated for the Guardian.

IF IT WERE MY HOME

The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person?IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.

Journeys in Film

Journeys in Film has selected quality, age-appropriate documentaries and foreign films which offer windows into our world, to the unique traditions, societies, values and humor of various countries, cultures, and even sub-cultures within our own country.

Little Passports

Monthly packages deliver the world with fun activities and online games. Perfect for ages 3-12. There is a monthly fee.

MCDONALDS SITES AND MENUS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

MYSTERY SKYPE

Mystery Skype is an interactive learning game where two classrooms use Skype and a series of questions to guess each other’s locations. It is suitable for all ages, and gives kids an interactive way to build skills one question at a time.

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION: Geo Club

Geography is a fundamental discipline at all levels of education. Elementary students are naturally curious about the world around them. Educators, tutors, and parents always seek ways to build on this natural curiosity and excitement for learning new things. When there is not time in the instructional day to spend time on geography projects and in-depth lessons, a Geography Club may be the answer.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE FOR 4-8TH GRADERS

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

ODTMAPS

ODT provides innovative maps, products, and resources to help you see the world in new ways.

Our Little Earth

World News for kids plus a study guide

PHOTO ESSAYS ABOUT THE WORLD

Capture student attention with photos about real world issues.

POST CROSSING

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

POPULATION EDUCATION

This site offers amazing interactive lessons for students that use ecology, human geography, anthropology, economics, biology, public health, sociology, environmental studies, history and civics all rolled into one, with a good bit of mathematics to help them understand where they’ve come from and where they might be headed.

SAISD - TONS of GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS, ETC.

To obtain files from the Teacher’s Zone, navigate to the sub-area and then click on a link to begin your download. If you are not sure what a strategy is, hover over the name of the strategy to get a quick description. You also have three different types of formats to choose from.

SCOOP IT! GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

Follow this blog for great ideas and updates on teaching World Geography. Pulls new articles and social media on what is happening in the world.

SPICE: STANFORD

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K–12 schools by developing multidisciplinary curricular materials on international topics, conducting teacher professional development seminars, and teaching distance-learning courses. Includes travel for teachers and students.

STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN/ MDG GOALS:

Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in French and Spanish language versions

TOUR THE WORLD VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

EFun video that teaches the countries of the world.

STORY OF STUFF PROJECT

20 minute cartoon that takes you through the creation, selling, use and discarding of the stuff we use and its impact on people and the environment- Great video. Also available: The Story of Electronics, Trash, Cosmetics, Bottled Water, etc.

TAG GALAXY

This site will find photos on Flickr pertaining to a "tag." You enter a tag, and the related galaxy appears on screen. Each planet contains the pictures of a certain tag, and when you click on them, the images are placed on a 3D rotating globe.

TEACHERS WITHOUT BORDERS- MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS- TEACHER AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The Millennium Development Ambassadors (MDA) program is a face-to-face, online, and SMS-enabled program designed to inform teachers how to take local, practical steps to work towards the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

THE GLOBAL EDUCATION WEBSITE

The Global Education website provides teachers with resources about a range of global issues supported by case studies, country profiles and teaching activities.

THE GLOBALIST

This web-only publication discusses the traits and effects of globalization in politics, business, and current events. Its Global e-Briefings for students (under the About Us tab, scroll down and click on "For Students") include Fast Facts about the week's news, a country profile, discussion ideas about a relevant issue, and a weekly quiz.

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

In 1998, Columbia University, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Indiana University, the University of Colorado and the University of Washington joined forces to create The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). In the first year of the program, 478 teachers participated in intensive 30-hour seminars at 27 locations. Two years later, NCTA added study tours to China, Japan and Korea, allowing NCTA seminar alumni to deepen and solidify their knowledge of East Asia. In 2008 two additional national sites, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Southern California, were added.

THE WEEK MAGAZINE

This 40-page weekly magazine covers all the best of the U.S. and international media, offering information from all sides, and it’s a great way to keep up-to-date on the biggest developments and stories around the world. The online version of the magazine is free! Great idea to use the cartoons as a warm-up each week.

WEEK IN RAP

The Week in Rap is a weekly summary of world news headlines in the form of a short rap video-Very Cool. There is a fee but you can find many on youtube.

WORLD AND I

Paid site for world news for kids. International Magazine for all grade levels. Fee.

WORLD VIEW

Search our collection of global education resources by grade level, region, topic and/or subject using the drop-down menus.

WORLD WISE SCHOOLS

This program from the Peace Corps helps you find rich educational opportunities and cross-cultural lessons, stories, activities, videos and much more. You can even connect your classroom with a Peace Corps volunteer in another country!

WORLDMAPPER

Worldmapper is a collection of maps and cartograms which re-size territories around the world according to statistics, demographics and other indicators. Many are available with animation or as PDF posters.

Knoema

Through the website you can sort through data graphs in different formats to learn about trends in food security, education, economics, health, and more. You can also grab the graphs and paste it to your own dashboard for a presentation, which includes a link to sources of mega-data.

NORTH AMERICA COMPETITENESS SCORECARD

The George W. Bush Institute is proud to announce the Launch of its North America Competitiveness Scorecard. By evaluating our competitiveness against other large trading blocs, we begin the conversation of focusing policy attention on ways to compete more effectively in the global marketplace.

FOUNDATION FOR TEACHING ECONOMICS

The Foundation for Teaching Economics is an institution dedicated to promoting the importance of trade and an economic worldview. Activities and materials can be found on their website.

FREAKONOMICS STUDY GUIDE

Although Freakonomics wasn’t written with an eye toward academia, it has been adopted into many college and high school curricula. To go along with all this academic activity, HarperCollins has commissioned a Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics Instructor’s Guide and Student’s Guide.

MICRO LENDING – KIVA

This site lets you control who gets your micro loan and even provides photos and descriptions of the project and its status. It’s a great way to introduce an educational class project that also helps out some of the world’s poorest people.

THE ECONOMIST

This companion website to the magazine is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country special reports.

Mapping The Nation

Mapping the Nation is an interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.

WORLD'S RICHEST COUNTRIES

Amazing data from all countries about imports and exports.

ALL SIDES

AllSides sees a strong connection between our ability to comprehend and tolerate different opinions, and our ability to develop better schools, more jobs, more wellbeing, and less violence. So we decided to address the core problem – the overwhelming and often one-sided information flow.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Free teaching guides over 20+ Human Rights Issues.

Case Studies to help globalize school

Schools are doing very innovative things to prepare students for the global innovation age. We found some great models, and share them with you. Start a critical language or exchange program; learn how to use technology to connect with the world; find cultural resources in your own community; and build a strong service-learning program. Find all that, and more in this section.

DISCOVER DIPLOMACY

Diplomacy is a complex and often challenging practice of fostering relationships around the world in order to resolve issues and advance interests. Discover the People who conduct diplomacy, the Places where the Department of State engages in diplomacy, and the Issues diplomacy helps resolve. This website also offers Educator Educator Resources with a list of discussion questions, getting started activities, connecting activities, and much more.

GLOBAL DIMENSION

Database of resources for most Social Studies topics and themes.

GLOBAL ED

175 Global Lessons for all Subjects

GLOBALIZATION101.ORG

Dedicated to providing students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on this complex phenomenon. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.

GLOBALPOST

Sign up for Free short daily newsletter of must knows about what is happening in the world.

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

• Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs exists to provide research, ideas, and leadership for a more secure, peaceful world. They bring together a remarkable roster of scholars and practitioners – including Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Internationals – to provide relevant insight for leading figures in government, public policy, business, media, and academia. The website offers a multimedia section with photos, original videos, and podcasts. It also curates some of the most insightful, forward-looking, and solution-centered research and ideas on critical global challenges you will read anywhere.

International Education Week

A useful resource for educators, to plan student events that encourage International affairs engagement.

International Relations 101

Game theory provides a great tool for studying international relations. Countries must act strategically to stay alive and prosper in the international system. This course takes the tools from Game Theory 101 and applies them to war, trade, and international organizations.

IZZIT.ORG

Free DVDs to classroom teachers annually.

NEWSEUM

This site represents one of Washington, D.C.’s newest museums with a focus on news and media and especially interactive, online exhibits. It has activities for teachers, students and news analysis that ties current events into larger American and world history topics.

Peace Corps Educator Resources

World Wise Schools fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

The Peace Corps Online Events

Attending an event can help answer your questions, inspire you, and allow you to meet others involved and interested in Peace Corps. Find an event near you or even online and get inspired today.

POWERPOINT SITES

This site has had almost 24 million views since 2006 and offers hundreds of free PowerPoint lessons on a variety of topics.

PRIMARY SOURCE: GETTING THERE GLOBALLY

How can we best prepare students to develop Common Core skills for history and the humanities in a way that incorporates global content and perspectives? Each webinar will feature grade-specific, global primary sources and present classroom-friendly strategies designed to help students analyze and evaluate a variety of complex nonfiction texts.

PROCON.ORG

Our purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. We research issues that are controversial and important, and we present them in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, transparent, and primarily pro-con format at no charge.

PPT PALOOZA

This is another great site which offers over 220 free PowerPoint lessons for Socials Studies.

PUZZLEMAKER

This site, created by Discovery Education, offers a way to generate your own free puzzles using vocabulary from your classroom lessons. You can make word search, criss-cross, cryptograms, hidden messages, double puzzles and more.

SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM

Join a community of innovators! Skype in the classroom allows you to collaborate on exciting projects with educators around the world. Share your own teaching ideas with the community and search for ideas or speakers on any subject. With over 1,700 projects already online, you’ll find unlimited inspiration to refresh your lessons.

SAVE THE CHILDREN

We make it possible for them to grow up healthy, safe and prepared for a better future. With the trust and generous support of people like you, and by working hand-in-hand with families and communities in rural America, and in more than 120 countries around the world, we have nurtured the seed of hope for millions of children.

SCHOOLS WORLD SERVICE RESOURCES

These short films for both primary and secondary schools are designed to raise students awareness of topical international stories and their effects on the lives of children. They provide a context to develop knowledge and understanding of current affairs and global citizenship and encourage skills and attributes such as discussion and debate, empathy and understanding.

State of Our Cities by Bush Center

• Access to comparable education data at the city level can help empower city leaders and policymakers with the data they need to improve outcomes for all students. The George W. Bush Institute’s State of Our Cities tool provides much-needed access to data from multiple sources in an intuitive platform and provides helpful understanding about what is found in the data.

TEACHING TOLERANCE

Free Magazine and materials mailed to teachers that are trying to celebrate diversity and understanding in their classrooms. Lots of free materials sent to you!

TeachUNICEF Educator Resources

TeachUNICEF provides educators with global learning resources and programs. Through a focus on global citizenship and child rights, TeachUNICEF engages students in an exploration of humanitarian issues and inspires them to take action to improve their world.

TED

This site is a virtual clearinghouse of more than 500 of the best talks and performances from some of today’s greatest thinkers, all available for free. These presentations are designed to spread ideas by bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

Texas Alliance for Geographic Education

The Texas Alliance for Geographic Education works to increase geographic literacy through educational and community outreach and supports a network of geography educators across Texas.

THE GLOBALIST

This web-only publication discusses the traits and effects of globalization in politics, business, and current events. Its Global e-Briefings for students (under the About Us tab, scroll down and click on "For Students") include Fast Facts about the week's news, a country profile, discussion ideas about a relevant issue, and a weekly quiz.

What to Teach This Week

A website offering resources for teaching, interactive world maps, and flagship programs for teachers and students.

THE WORLD AND I

WorldandI.com covers the full spectrum of Social Sciences content, from U.S. Social Policy and Law to World Culture Studies. Read our high quality Special Reports & Select Essays below or explore our unique Special Collections to the right. We also cover the arts, science, English, etc.

WORLD ATLAS

Maps and guides to countries of the world.

WAC Seattle Teacher Lesson Plans

Seattle WAC Teacher lesson plans and curriculum. The resources are based on current events, and they are updated every year based on the global political situation. Examples of sample previous topics include Climate Change and Human Rights, Brexit, and the Rise of Populist Movements across Europe and Russia.