Grade 7:

Grade 8:
Cold War Videos from the 1950s:
"Duck and Cover"
A HUGE set of links for Social Studies !
  • National History Day

    Main site for people interested in this yearly history competition

  • New York Common Core K-8 Social Studies Framework

    The K-8 Framework integrates existing New York State Learning Standards and curricula into a single document with an emphasis on Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings for each grade-level. Common elements across all grades, derived from National Council for the Social Studies themes, Common Core Literacy Skills, and Social Studies Practices, unify the framework, strengthen the progression of skills across the K-8 continuum, and establish a consistent design approach that aligns with the demands of the Common Core Learning Standards.
    Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Downloadable Resources and open the pdf.
    Note: Even though the social studies standards are not our South Carolina standards, the framework is useful for all social studies teachers. 
  • New York Public Library

    Collections of digitized primary sources

  • Newseum

    Interactive news museum

  • NEWSEUM Digital Classroom

    This innovative website is a free, cross-disciplinary classroom resource featuring interactive timelines, archival videos and downloadable historic front pages through our lenses of historical connections, media literacy and civics. Comprehensive yet flexible lesson plans are designed for middle, high school and college teachers and students.

  • Old Time Radio -- Radio Days: A Soundbite History

    Old radio shows and news

  • Our Documents

    100 milestone documents in American history

  • Political Cartoons and Cartoonists

    Digital copies of political cartoons throughout history

  • Reading Like a Historian: Contextualization

    This video can be used for teachers or with students in the classroom. Lesson Objective: Apply knowledge of context while contrasting Gandhi and Ho Chi Minh.
  • Reading Like a Historian: Overview

    Video showing how to use primary source documents in social studies
  • Smithsonian Institution

  • Social Studies Lesson Plans (by Inspiration) aligned to Common Core

  • Sounds of History

    Over 300 sound recordings

  • South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program

    The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) at the University of South Carolina Libraries is one of many state programs participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national effort to preserve America's historical newspapers. SCDNP digitizes historic South Carolina newspapers and facilitates their free access in the full-text searchable newspaper database.

  • Teaching "Controversial" Topics in Social Studies

    ASCD's list of resources for teaching critical approaches to social studies content

  • Travel the World. Learn Geography. Get Vacation Ideas.

    Travel tools, travel quizzes, education, geography. That pretty much sums up  Thye've traveled a lot and hope to teach people about the world before going on a trip. 

  • Videos of Lectures

    ·     Explore the Gilder Lehrman Collection, anarchive of more than 60,000 important historical documents from US history,most of them never published. This link features videos of lectures by more than 250 eminent historians that can be searched by topic.



  • WPA (Work Progress Administration) Photograph Collection

    USC’s South Caroliniana Library’s WPA Photograph Collection includes over 1,000 photographs from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s of places and people all over the state. A collection of photographs documenting homes, schools, colleges, churches, streets, landscapes, murals, artwork, and other aspects of South Carolina life, these images were collected by photographers hired as part of Federal Writers' Project. The Federal Writer's Project was created in 1935 as part of the United States Work Progress Administration to provide employment for various white-collar workers such as historians, teachers, and writers. 

  • Mastering the Common Core: A Social Studies-Centered Approach

    Common Core Intro Social Studies.pptx, 7.83 MB (Last Modified on August 14, 2012)
  • Project Based Learning in Social Studies

    by Chuck Holland, Technology Integration Specialist, Richland 2
    Project Based Learning Social Studies.pptx, 407.53 KB (Last Modified on April 22, 2013)
  • SC Social Studies Update-Sept 2013

    by Lewis Huffman
    SS Update Sept 2013.docx, 38.21 KB (Last Modified on September 7, 2013)

    by James A. Bryan, Pearson
    WebLesson and Information Sites, Specific Lesson Plans by subject area & grade level, Fiction and Non-Fiction Books, suggested reading lists on-line, lexile leveled texts, suggested activities, and suggested movies & tv shows   

    African American History Month.docx, 87.96 KB (Last Modified on January 26, 2013)