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Library Research Guides

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

Apps for Teachers

There are several apps you might want to consider either for yourself or for your classroom.  The links below will take you to sites that regularly recommend these kinds of apps.

Using RSS Feeds

An RSS Feed enables you to automatically receive news items and blog postings.  See the links below for more information.


Twitter can also be a useful online resource for keeping current on a wide range of topics.  Consider the following sites to direct you to useful Twitter accounts.

Channel One News Twitter Accounts Who to Follow? Social Studies Twitter Accounts
Suggestions from Channel One News
Twitter Accounts from My Town Tutors Top Twitter Accounts for Social Studies Teachers
Compiled by My Town Tutors
PBWorks Wiki Social Studies Teachers
A lengthy list of Twitter accounts compiled via a PB Wiki

Blogs and Aggregators

Newsela is a data base of current events stories for classroom use. It has
topical categories and tries to assign a reading level to each story to help with differentiation of nonfiction reading.
American Indians in Children's Literature American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)
Covers children's books, lesson plans, films, and other items related to the
topic of American Indians and/or how this topic is taught.
Book Savors Book Savors
Reviews of newer and older books. Recommendations for using the text in
writing or reading.
Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (I.N.K.) I.N.K. - Interesting Nonfiction for Kids
Unique nonfiction authors and books. Sunsetted in 2014.
Waking Brain Cells Waking Brain Cells
Covers book reviews and other children's and YA literature news.


Children's Literature Websites

Here is a great list of sites about children's literature in general.