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Best History Websites for Students

United States History can be brought to life, using websites! There are websites with vast collections of primary source material to learn the history of America that can fuel research. It includes basic surveys of U.S. history, sites that teach students to use primary sources, and sites that provide lesson plans and ideas for teachers.  

Making history come alive in the here-and-now can be a bit of a challenge, but there are lots of super websites that can help you do just that. These history teaching resources contains primary and secondary documents, exhibits, map collections, prints and photographs, sound recordings and motion pictures. 

History Websites helps students to interact with times and places past, and can really bring history into the present plan for some memorable history lessons this term using our top history websites for teachers and students.

National Geographic

( iPhone, iPad )

National Geographic Education site as a trusted resource for history-based lessons available for pre-K to higher education in formats such as activities, videos, photos, interactives, maps, educator guides, and more. A fantastic resource for kids and teachers alike, it has everything you need to fall in love with history.


The Library of Congress is an outstanding resource for American history that has multimedia collections of photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and digitized text. The home page features a rotating group of Collection Highlights under subjects like American Memory, Prints and Photographs, Maps, Historic Newspapers, and more. For the most kid-friendly stuff, click Kids and Families; you'll find links to subsites like Everyday Mysteries, a place full of fun science facts, or Today in History. 



EDSITEment is a website that offers lesson plans and online resources in the subject areas of history and social studies. It's a collection of content from all over the Web, but all the links have been vetted for quality by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and they've connected Common Core standards to everything on the site. EDSITEment is a fantastic resource, especially for history teachers.



For teachers with time to sift through and adapt materials, PBS LearningMedia is a great source for information on a myriad of historical events and personalities. Students can explore Westward Expansion from 1790 to 1850 using an interactive map, teachers can create a document-based question for students to analyze dozens of Civil Rights documents, and classes can discuss political cartoons from every time period from the Colonial Period to Contemporary America. 


The National Archives website features legal and historical records, documents, and other materials from the federal government, which students can use for personal or academic research. Students can also obtain historical documents, like the Constitution, and items that relate to key historical events, such as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It's possible for fourth-graders and up to use the site, but older middle and high school students will probably get the most out of it as they build serious research skills. 


For teachers with time to sift through and adapt materials, PBS LearningMedia is a great source for information on a myriad of historical events and personalities. Students can explore Westward Expansion from 1790 to 1850 using an interactive map, teachers can create a document-based question for students to analyze dozens of Civil Rights documents, and classes can discuss political cartoons from every time period from the Colonial Period to Contemporary America. 


Google Arts & Culture

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

An easily explored one-stop shop for a vast amount of compellingly curated and contextualized art and history resources, but it's lacking educator supports. If you’ve ever ventured to visit the Google Arts & Culture website, you’ve probably noticed that the site has an incredible collection of interesting information, photographs, and artwork from around the world. Google Arts & Culture’s Natural History collection has virtual tours of entire museums. Just as the natural history exhibit lets you get face to face with a sea dragon, Google Places has a zoom feature that allows students to get closer than ever before to the work of greats like Vincent van Gogh. 


World War One - WW1 For Kids

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

This app is a narrated and embellished timeline taking its user through the time of World War One. It uses both written and narrated methods of teaching about the war as well as some animations for further explanation.  It is not highly detailed but gives a broad overview.