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ED 431: Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary School

This guide is designed to help ED 431 students find and evaluate resources that they can use while teaching elementary school social studies

U.S. History Call Numbers

Use the Advanced Search in Mirlyn to limit your search to the Children's Literature collection.  It is easy to do keyword searching from there.  You can also visit the collection and search the shelves with these call numbers to browse books about U.S. History.

E58 - E99 Native American History

E101 - E120 Columbus and early explorers

E188 - E278 American Revolution

E301 - E342 Early American History and Presidents

F390 - F1219 Western Expansion

E441 - E451 Slavery (including Harriet Tubman)

E453 - E672 Civil War, Lincoln, Emancipation

D522 - D802 WWI, WWII, Resistance to Nazis

D804 - D810 Holocaust

E184 - E186 Civil Rights (includes civil rights leaders)

DS557 - DS560 Vietnam War

E741 - E909 American Presidents and Politicians

HQ1121 - HQ1587 Women's Rights

 

Learn More About History

These resources will help you learn more about various aspects in history.  They are written in easily accessible language and will provide background knowledge on a variety of historical concepts and time periods.

History for Kids

History for Kids
Simple explanations of various aspects of history from kids.gov

Wikipedia History of the United States

History of the United States
Wikipedia's U.S. History entry including a chronological explanation
of many aspects of U.S. History.

U.S. History Timeline U.S. History Timeline
Major events in U.S. History from 1600 to the present. Compiled
by Infoplease.
Michigan Historical Information Michigan Historical Information
Various Michigan facts and state historical data on the Michigan
Kids Website.
Native American History Native American History
Indians.org's website about Native American History.
African American History African-American History
Wikipedia entry about many aspects of the African American
Experience
New York Times Women in the United States Timeline Timeline Special: Women in the United States
A side-by-side timeline of women's history beside common U.S. History
created by the New York Times Magazine.

History Classroom Resources

These resources include lesson plans and other materials that will help you teach history. You may find the Social Studies page very helpful as well. 

SHEG
Founded in 2002, a research team, including Chauncey Monte-Sano,
created this group focused on improving teacher education.  
The Reading Like a Historian curriculum is especially helpful.

Historical Thinking Matters
Another resource with lesson plans and materials
to help you teach students to read like historians.

Teaching History.org


teachinghistory.org
Various resources to help instructors teach history from the National History
Education Clearinghouse

National Geographic Map Games: History and Culture
Includes games, some that are interactive, which allows students to virtually
experience history and cultures including the Salem Witch Trials and the
Underground Railroad. Includes downloadable Educator's Guide.

Teaching History with Technology

Teaching History with Technology
From the web site: "Explore inquiry-based lessons, activities and projects.
Learn about web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social
networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, virtual field trips, screen
casts, online posters, and more.

Best of History Websites


Best of History Websites
Various recommended lesson plan sites from edtechteacher.