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Goal 14 - Political Systems

Goal 15 - Economics 

Goal 16 - History 

Goal 17 - Geography 

Goal 18 - Social Systems 

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Illinois Constitution, history sites for students:


Our own home-grown President, Barack Obama


Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States


Principles and Practices of American Government


American Women's History: A Research Guide - Teacher tools
African American Family History Research - Teacher tools
Beginning Research in American History (Yale) - Teacher tools
Jewish-American History and Anthropology - Teacher tools
Writing a history research paper - Students (middle, high)
Smithsonian Research on American History Library - Students (middle, high)
American History Theme Units - Teacher tools (elementary, middle)
Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson, one point of view - Teacher tools (high school)
Great Lakes Maritime History - Teacher tools
Research on World Disasters - Teacher tools - Students (g. k-12)
America's Story - Interactive for students (g. 3-8)


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The Founding Documents


The National Archives - Teacher tools (g. 3-12)

Text of U.S. Constitution etc. - Teacher tools (g. 6-12)

The Bill of Rights - Everyone

The Declaration of Independence - Everyone

The Declaration of Independence versus the Communist Manifesto Lesson Plan - Lesson plan (HS)

National Constitution Center Teacher Resources - Teacher tools

Yale Avalon Project, Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy - Teacher tools (HS)

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Civics and Government


General Civics Lessons Plans - Lesson plans (k-12)


Authority, Responsibility, Power


How to become a U.S. Citizen - Students (g. 9 - 12)

American citizens resources - Teacher tools (k-12)

Elections and Voting Lesson Plans - Lesson plans (g. 3-8)

Center for Civic Education Sample Lessons - Lesson plans (g. 3-8)

Duties and responsibilities of citizenship - Students (9-12)

Civics Lessons - Lesson plans (k-12)

Elementary School Citizenship Links - Students (k-6)

Illinois Jaycees - Students (8-12)

The Future of Internet Voting - Teacher tools

The Democracy Project - Interactive citizenship for kids - Students (g. 3-8)


Chronology and Cause


Use the Census as a teaching tool - Teacher tool
American History Timeline - Students (middle, high)
Timeline of African American History - Students (middle, high)
Digital Timeline of American History by decade - Interactive student resources (middle, high)
Regional Native American History - Teacher tools (high school)
Causation in History - Teacher tools (article - high school)
Journal of American History - Teacher tools



Historical Understanding


Connecting Ideas: The Enlightenment - Teacher tools - (high school)
Best of History sites for teachers - Teacher tools (k-12)
American History timeline activity using children's books  - Teacher tools (K-8)
American History organized by topic - Teacher tools (8-12)
K-16 Curriculum for American History - Teacher tools

American History Lesson Plans - Lesson plans (by grade level)

Headline History - Students (middle school)
U.S. History for Kids - resources organized by grade level (k-12)
History sites for kids ages 7-12 - Students


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People in Societies


Teacher Tube - use teaching videos already made.
Slide Share - use Powerpoints™ already made by other teachers.
Individual and Society - Teacher tools (high school)
Social Studies Lesson Plans Galore - Teacher tools (k-12)
The Children's Museum Social Studies Links - Teacher tools (k-8)
Big Apple History - Coming to America - Students (grades 3-7)
History at the cemetery - Lesson plan (3-7)
Conserving Cultural Diversity - Teacher tool
Human Origins - Teacher tools (6-12)




Physical Spaces of the Earth - Download Google Earth (satellite imagery of the Earth)


The Mathematics of Cartography - Teacher tools (high school)
Internet Geography Links - Teacher tools
The Great Globe Gallery - Students (middle, high)
National Geographic - Students (k-12)
Maps and Cartography Resources - Teacher tools (middle, high)
Atlapedia - Everyone
Physical Geography/Climate - Lesson plan (grades 6-12)
The Oceans - Students - (elementary)
The mountains and more links - Teacher tools
Geospy - Students (elementary)
Great Sites for Kids - Geography - Students (grades 3-12)


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Places, Regions of the World


Yahoo Regional Directory, folders organized by country - Teacher tools

Regional Economic Information, Clickable Regional Map - Teacher tools

Interactive Geography Quiz - Clickable Map - Students (g. 6-12)

Regions of the World: Ecoregions - Students (g. 6-12)

US State Department Regional Affairs - Students and teacher tools

United Nations - Students (g. 6-12)

UNESCO - Teacher tools

Fact Monster World Map - Students (g. 3-12)

Transitions Abroad: volunteer, teaching opportunities - Students (high school) and Teachers
Geospy - Interactive Geography for Kids Students (g. 3-8)


Effects of Geography


GeoGlobe Thinkquest, Interactive Geography - Students (g. 3-8)
Geography Links - Students (g. 5-8)

The Silk Road: Theme of economics and geography - Teacher tools

Three Gorges Dam Links - Teacher tools (theme)
Geography for Kids - the study of our Earth - Students (g. 3-12)
Daily Lesson Plans on Geography - Lesson plans (g.3-12)
Human Population Through History - Teacher tools
Human Geography - Teacher tools
Mapping History - Everyone Explore

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Fundamental Concepts of Economics


Economics Resources for Teachers - Teacher tools

Making Allowances: Where Kids Learn About Money - Students (5-12)

Social Studies for Kids - Students - (g. 4-8)

Economics games - Students (g. 3-8)

Lemonade Stand - Learn to run a business - Students (g. 3-7)

Investing for Kids Thinkquest - Students (g. 3-12)

Young Investor - press space bar to start - Students (g. 3-12)

Best interactive economics games for kids - Everyone


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Economic Reasoning:


Exercise in Supply and Demand - Teacher tool (high school activity)
Interactive Economics Tutorials - Students (high school)
Using Monopoly in the Classroom - Teacher tools (high school)
Principles of Economics - Teacher tools
Economics Lesson Plans - Lesson plans (g. 3-12)
More economics lessons and links - Lesson plans (elementary)
Economics lesson plans by grade level - Teacher tools (k-12)
Kidsbank - Students (g. 3-8)
U. S. Mint - Students (g. 3-8)
Kids and Cash - Lesson plan (g. k-5)


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Today's Economy


Business and the economy - Teacher tools, resource directory
Current events, news for kids - Students (g. 3-8)
World Bank - Teacher tools
Understanding globalization - Lesson plans (g. 9-12)
Causes of poverty - Students (g. 8-12)
Unicef - Voices of Youth - Students (g. 5-12)
China's Economy - Lesson Plan (middle, high)
Federal Reserve Bank for Kids - Students (middle, high)
Business for Teens - Students (middle, high)
Microloans - Lesson Plan


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Theories of Economy


Economic Disaster Explained - Students (high school)
Be a Business Hot Shot - Game - 8-12

Virtual Developing Country / Zambia - Teacher tools (high school)

Wikipedia - Everyone (interactive encyclopedia resources)
Economics Defined - Students (middle, high)
Social Studies resources online - Students (3-12)
Lesson Plans on Economics for Elementary Grades - Teacher tools (k-5)
Theory for kids - Lesson plans - (g. 6-12)


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Social Studies Skills and Methods


Social Research links - Teacher tools
Using political cartoons in the classroom - Teacher tools
Beginning Research in American History (Yale) - Teacher tools
American Historical Association - Teacher tools
Researching in history - Students (high school)
American History Research - Students (high school)
Ancestors - Genealogy as History - Teacher tools (middle, high)
Local history in the cemetery - Lesson plan (adapt for high school)
Dig - Archaeology for kids - Students (g. 3-9)
Insights on World Disasters - Students (g. 4-9)
Archaeology and Anthropology links for teachers - Teacher tools


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