Best Social Studies Websites

Best Social Studies Websites

Whether you’re teaching online or in-person, this list of the best social studies websites will help you create lessons that are informative, fun, and interactive. There are many interactive social studies websites available that teachers can introduce to their students allowing them to make those critical social studies connections.

Here is the list of the best social studies websites that actively engage students across the social studies genre including geography, world history, United States history, map skills, etc.

1. Google Earth

Google Earth can be used as an interdisciplinary tool as well, particularly connecting social studies, world history and environmental science with geography. This website allows users to travel virtually anywhere in the world via the Internet. It is astounding to think that a person living in New York can travel to Arizona to see the majestic Grand Canyon or to Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower with the simple click of a mouse. The 3D satellite imagery associated with this program is outstanding. Users can visit virtually any place near or far at any time through this program. 

Teachers will use Street View in Google Earth to randomly select a location in the world and relate it to social studies concepts. The program offers tutorials for users, but the features are remarkably easy to use and applicable to students from 1st grade and up.

2. iCivics

This is a terrific website loaded with fun, interactive games devoted to learning about civics-related topics. Those topics include citizenship & participation, separation of power, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Judicial Branch, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and budgeting. Each game has a specific learning objective in which it is built around, but users will love the interactive storylines within each game.

iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials. It provides educational online games and standards-aligned lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens. The site is probably best suited for middle school-aged students and up.

3. Library of Congress

This website contains a wealth of knowledge on any social studies topic imaginable! I would recommend using the primary source sets that will be easier for your elementary kiddos to navigate. Even printing out the resources for your students can be very helpful.

For teachers, there is an extensive blog and a teacher’s network that you can join for more support using their website. Another reason I love this website is that it promotes Common Core reading skills and critical thinking skills.

4. Social Studies for Kids

This website is great because it contains resources for current world events, book reviews, geography, maps, archeology, and more! This website is very teacher and student-friendly.

5. Digital History

A comprehensive collection of historical data on United States history. This site has it all and includes online textbook, interactive learning modules, timelines, flash movies, virtual exhibits, etc. This site is dedicated to using technology to enhance learning and is the perfect compliment to extend learning for students. This site would be beneficial for students in 3rd grade and up. There is so much information on this website that users could spend hours upon hours and never read the same piece or do the same activity twice.

6. World History Matters

A portal to world history websites including Women in World History, World History Sources, and more. This site holds a wealth of material for the history teacher. The World History Sources section provides teachers with guides, written by historians with relevant teaching experience, for finding primary sources that describe the available materials, strengths and weaknesses, along with classroom suggestions. 

7. Smithsonian History Explorer

Run by the Smithsonian, this website offers a huge library of resources for all grade levels. Students can view videos, artifacts, and other interactive and static resources covering a range of historical and social events. The site has a strong set of filters, allowing users to narrow down their searches by subfield, era, grade level, type of media, and more.

8. Utah Education Network Student Interactives

This is a fun and engaging website designed for students in grades 3 through 6. However, older students would also benefit from the activities. This site has over 50 interactive social studies activities and games over topics such as geography, current events, ancient civilizations, the environment, U.S. history, and U.S. government. This terrific collection will have users actively engaged in learning key social studies concepts while having fun too.

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