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There are an extensive number of links on this page. I have tried to include subjects from our school curriculum. I am more familiar with the Middle School curriculum so it is more strongly represented than the Primary Center. Please share with me web sites that you find contain appropriate material.

The links have been grouped by Explorers, Geography, Government, (History has been given it's own page), Native Americans, Presidents and US States.



Enchanted Learning- Explorers

Good list of explorers presented at a level that 4th and 5th grade children can understand. This web site has basic information but does not present much in depth research. It is a great beginning point for a research project.

coronado.jpgThinkQuest- Explorers

Excellent resource for simple information about many of the famous explorers. Click on the link for Why Explorers Explore to find general information the goals of the original explorers. From that page click on the links at the top to learn about Portuguese, Spanish, English and French Explorers. This web site was created by students for students so it is written at their level.

Explorers Hall of Fame

We used a variety of criteria to choose the explorers in our Hall of Fame. Our criteria included the most interesting explorers in a time period and explorers recommended by adults. (Since we are American, we probably found American explorers a little more interesting than others!).

We included explorers whose explorations helped people gain new information about the world. Explorers that have made a big impact on the world, for better or worse, were also chosen to be part of the Hall of Fame. We believe that these are the most important explorers of the Millennium.
Includes the following explorers researched by the Montini students:
Samuel de Champlain, Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortez, Vasco de Gama, Francis Drake, Leif Eriksson, Henry Hudson, Robert de LaSalle, Ferdinand Magellan, Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette, Marco Polo and Amerigo Vespucci.

5 R Explorers

This is a web site created by another 5th grade class. The links are listed by the students names which I don't recommend. If any Montini student wishes to use this web site let me know and I will tell you which student researched which explorer. I like this site because since it is written by 5th graders it is at a 5th grade level.

Kid Info- Explorers

Welcome to KidInfo.com's Famous Explorers Resource Page. Become an expert on Famous Explorers by investigating the best available links to the Biographies of Famous Explorers! Please note that is is a list of links to other sites. Some of the links are also sites that I recommend here on the Montini Wiki.

The Mariner's Museum


Outstanding web site with biographies of many of the important explorers through out history. In many cases the site provides the routes of their voyage, their ships and an image gallery. This is written for upper middle school to high school students but with a parent's help it is very useful for younger students.

Social Studies for Kids- Explorers

Chose from a list of explorers. After you make your choice you will be given a list of sites to visit to learn about that specific explorer.


Very basic biography information about each of the major explorers. The explorers chart is an excellent tool to put into perspective when each of the explorers lived and explored, what country they represented and their major discovery. Activities and quizzes are also included in this site. On the Mountain City Tennesee school web site.

Munhall 5th Grade Explorers Links

An extensive set of links for research on explorers from Munhall Elementary in St. Charles, IL

EdTech Explorers

Links to a variety of Explorers web sites. This also includes links to specific explorers.

Snow Crest Explorers

Offers a variety of links to other explorers web sites. Highlights include an alphabetical listing of explorers, list of explorers who died on their mission, and links to individual explorers.

Kathy Mitchell Explorers

Links to a variety of Explorers web sites. This also includes links to specific explorers.

Leif Ericson

Presents links to a variety of sites about Leif Ericson, one of the earliest explorers.

Marco Polo

In the footsteps of Marco Polo. A journey through the met to the land of the great Khan. A visitor to the Metropolitan Museum will see many china_great_wall_s.gifwonderful things from the lands traveled by Marco Polo. This site provides an outstanding interactive map of Polo's wanderings.

The Travels of Marco Polo

Interactive quiz about Marco Polo's voyage. As you answer the questions the cities are highlighted on the map as well as pictures of the name place.

PBS- Conquistadors

Join Michael Wood as he sails back half a millennium to a time when the Americas were "new" and Spain was a super power, a nation of crusading adventurers who's quest for gold, land and souls destroyed ancient civilizations and created the modern globe. You will find information about Cortes, Pizarro, Orellana and Cabeza de Vaca.

PBS- Empire of the Bay

Who were the pathfinders? Look into the lives of the explorers and businessmen central to the story of the Hudson Bary Company. List includes Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain.

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

The search for a route to the Indies across the poles and through the Northwest Passage. The site covers his early years, his 4 voyages and the aftermath. It also includes maps of the voyage and a family tree.

Henry Hudson 400

Celebrating the history of Henry Hudson, Amsterdam and New York through this interactive map.

Explorers of North America- Games

Reviews European explorers of North America and what they discovered. Games include flash card, matching, concentration, and word search.



EduPlace- Outline Maps

These maps may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use. Offering include, world maps, US, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and the Pacific, , historical and primary. This is a great resource for teachers or for students working on a project or learning states and countries.

About.com- Printable Maps

Free Blank Outline Printable World Maps of the Countries and Continents of the World. Click on the alphabetical listing and then the country whose map you want to print. In addition to the map there is also some basic information about the country.

Teacher LED- Map Maker

duomap.jpgUse this teaching resource to create maps quickly and easily for your own purpose. The maps can be printed to hand out to students. The maps can be saved to your computer and re-loaded to use to demonstrate points on the interactive whiteboard. An on screen ruler can be toggled on or off.
The traditional map has self orienting roads for speed and ease of use. It has 4 figure grid references. There are two versions of the treasure map. The first uses 4 figure grid references. The second uses letters and numbers for grid references.
A set of printable resources to accompany this interactive whiteboard resource can also be downloaded and contain a printable grid and cut out and stick map symbols to match the resources.

Mr. Nussbaum Interactive Map

Slide your mouse over a country on the map. Basic information about each country is provided. The interactive map includes countries, world cities, world landmarks, world landforms and world biomes

World Mapper

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There
are nearly 700 maps. Maps 1-366 are also available as PDF posters. Use the menu bar at the top to find a map of interest. There is also a series of maps on the visualization of the world's population using a new mapping technique: Worldmapper Population Atlas. Be aware: parts of this site open slowly

mapping_our_world.jpgMapping Our World

This unique interactive website works with maps and globes to transform pupils’ understanding of the world. Winner of a Geographical Association Gold award and a BAFTA award for primary learning, Mapping Our World allows pupils to flatten a globe, turn a map into a globe, and merge different map projections.
The nine structured activities come with teachers’ notes and are designed for whole class learning on an interactive whiteboard or PC. The website supports the Geography curriculum and is also ideal for bringing a global approach to Citizenship, PSE and ICT.

Holt, Rinehart and Winston- The Map

Basic maps of the world. Beginning with the entire globe select a continent and then a specific country. Once the country has been selected statistics and details are provided. Maps of the ocean floor are also available.

Just Maps

just_maps.gifNot only does this site offer regular maps and flags of the world but it also provides nature maps, maps of world languages, world physical maps, world, political maps, time zone maps, religion maps, population maps and literacy maps.

Intereactive Maps in Flash

Name that country. Broken into Puzzles, Whats the Name and Where is :....?

Scribble Map

Scribble Maps is the quick and easy way to rapidly make and share maps!

With Scribble Maps you can:
- Draw shapes and Scribble!
- Pace Markers and text
- Create a Custom Widget
- Save as KML/GPX
- Send maps to friends

DiscEd_logo_300DPI.jpgDiscovery Education- Interactive Map and Videos

First select the continent, then select the country you would like to learn about. Once the country has been selected you can find out about the culture, government, history and natural world by clicking on the video links to the right.

CIA- World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

KML Factbook

Combine data sets from International agencies with the visualization of Google Earth 3D or Goog Maps 2D for a great way to look at data. Search data such as population growth rates, birth rates, education expenditures, and age structure diagrams by clicking and highlighting the data set and then clicking the "preview in map button." Click "download kml file" to save this file for others to see. This file can be embedded into a blog, wiki, or website. Choose between 2D, 3D, or data views for the information as well as using different coloring for portions of data. Rotate the globe on the screen to view other areas. Click on a country to view a pop up box that displays detailed information. Data sets can be downloaded through the link at the bottom. If you do not have access to Google Earth (free, loadable) software, you can use the data in Google Maps without installing anything. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Nation Master- World Statistics

Welcome to NationMaster, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
We want to be the web's one-stop resource for country statistics on everything from soldiers to wall plug voltages.

Geographic.org- Countries of the World

22 YEARS OF WORLD FACTS From the USA CIA World Factbooks, the United Nations Statistical Office, The Library of Congress Country Studies and other sources.

About.com- Geography

Browse Topic

World Atlas

The list of continents, countries, dependencies, islands, territories, lakes, rivers, seas, oceans, mountains, and the highest, lowest, biggest, smallest, tallest, deepest, oldest, youngest, richest, poorest places on the planet can all be found here.

National Geographic- Expeditions

Xpeditions2.gifXpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life.
Search Xpeditions and other Thinkfinity sites for lesson plans and more.
Education Main- Stay ahead of the curve with the latest programs and resources from National Geographic and our education partners.
Daily News- Explore current global events relevant to your geography lessons.


Atlapedia online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.http://www.atlapedia.com/

Mr. Nussbaum Social Studies

Welcome to www.MrNussbaum.com, an interactive website designed specifically for students in grades K - 8. On MrNussbaum.com you will find dozens of interactive games, activities, worksheets, and teacher tools that pinpoint essential skills. MrNussbaum.com was created and developed by a teacher! Please explore this site and feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or feedback. MrNussbaum.com, you might have noticed that many activities are color-coded. Different colors identify the grade-level appropriateness of the activity.

Google Earth

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Google Earth Lessons

-Google Earth 101 A complete on-line course for teachers created by Quentin DSouza. Registration required. Covers everything from how to use Google Earth in developing lessons to things you can teach with Google Earth. Provides opportunities for on-line collaboration through the use of Wikis.
Lesson Organization:
Google Earth How To's - Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth
Student Controlled - Where the student controls Google Earth. Suitable for labs, mini-labs, home school, etc.
Teacher Controlled - Suitable for Lectures, Presentations, whole class discussions, etc.
Mini-Lessons - Lesson starters for looking at various topics


marble-logo-72dpi.pngMarble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth: You can pan and zoom around and you can look up places and roads. A mouse click on a place label will provide the respective Wikipedia article.
Of course it's also possible to measure distances between locations or watch the current cloud cover. Marble offers different thematic maps: A classroom-style topographic map, a satellite view, street map, earth at night and temperature and precipitation maps. All maps include a custom map key, so it can also be used as an educational tool for use in class-rooms. For educational purposes you can also change date and time and watch how the starry sky and the twilight zone on the map change.
In opposite to other virtual globes Marble also features multiple projections: Choose between a Flat Map ("Plate carré"), Mercator or the Globe.
The best of all: Marble is Free Software / Open Source Software and promotes the usage of free maps. And it's available for all major operating systems (Linux/Unix, MS Windows and Mac OS X).

Shepard Software- Geography Games

By playing Sheppard Software's geography games, you will gain a mental map of the world's continents, countries, capitals, & landscapes!

The Geography Site

This site offers a large amount of varied information about geography. It includes physical characteristics of the land, human, environmental, countries, citizenship, online lessons, fun and jokes, image library and a teachers page. It is worth checking out.

Geography Zone

Enter the Geography Challenge
Enter the Geography Challenge
The Geography Zone has been created to help spread geographical awareness and an understanding of the places and cultures across our world in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere. Here you can find The Geography Challenge, the world’s largest online geography contest, as well as tons of the geography tools and facts to help make you a geography expert.


Short paragraphs of information about Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America


Welcome to GeoHive, a site with geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more. The main kind of data you can find


here is population statistics of regions, countries, provinces and cities. Next to that there are some statistics on economic factors like wealth, infrastructure; statistics on natural phenomena; ....... and yet, even more.

The site is structured into several parts. To get at statistics for a specific country, you can go directly to by Country. The Global section has regions and countries compared with each other: what are their capitals, areas, population, growth figures, &c. Also two- and three-letter codes for countries, historical population data and projected future populations for countries. Then there is a section with Charts. Find the city with the highest number of inhabitants, the largest airports of the world and the longest rivers.

Geography Glossary

This interactive site offers definitions for numerous geography terms. You can search by letter, or simply scroll over the map and click on the word. The map moves left and right by clicking the arrows underneath the map. The map shows small visuals of what the vocabulary word is describing. Once you click on a word, the definition appears in a separate box and a speaker appears that you can click on to hear the word and definition read to you. The box also provides a small map or picture further describing the specific term. (Information taken from Teachers First)


Test your knowledge of world geography with this game. You can play against other players or alone as a visitor. The name of a world location is provided, it is the player's job to click on that location. Points are given based on how close it is to the actual location. Registration to the site is available but not required, registration allows participants to see points from previous games and play against others around the world. Warning - registration also provides access to an online chat forum for the game that isn't always moderated. The site suggests users under 16 years of age have adult supervision during chat. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.

True Size of Africa

Do you have any idea how large the continent of Africa is? Would you be surprised to learn that you could place USA, China, India, Japan and all of Europe plus many other countries in the continent of Africa.? This site gives you a visual representative of these surprising figures.

National Geographic- GeoSpy


National Geographic offers this Flash site that will quiz elementary students on their knowledge of continents, countries, and the like. There’s plenty of auditory and visual reinforcement, and the site scores each child’s performance. Even the little guys can handle this one. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Shepard Software- Geography Games

By playing Sheppard Software's geography games, you will gain a mental map of the world's continents, countries, capitals, & landscapes!

Geography Games

Social Studies can be learned from playing games. Check out these games that let you have fun AND learn.

Map Games

Practice locating countries and states with these basic practice games and puzzles. Choose from 16 activities including all continents, US states, and US capitals. After the interactive loads, follow the prompt to click on the appropriate place on the map. If correct, you move on to the next question, if incorrect there is an option to skip that question or try again. Other activities include a USA jigsaw puzzle and crossword map game.
This site includes advertising. (information taken from Teachers First)


Landforms are natural features of the landscape, natural physical features of the earth's surface, for example, valleys, plateaus, mountains, plains, hills, loess, or glaciers. Find out basic information about landforms.

World Atlas Clip Art

politad.gifGeography clip art to be used on web sites and in projects. Choices include: continent images, world flag images, globe images, outline maps, USA images and world images.

fotw-pgr.gifFlags of the World

Flags of the World (FOTW) is the Internet's largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Here you can read more than 31,000 pages about flags and view more than 59,000 images of flags.


If It Were My House

Select two countries from the lists and click compare. If It Were My House will superimpose one country over the other to give you a graphical view of how the two countries compare. I did not realize how large Australia was until I compared the two countries.


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Guide to the Government

Discusses the beginnings of our government, the three branches of government, and the American government basis.

ben_chalkboard_68.gifBen's Guide to US Government for Kids

Here's an introduction to American government that even the youngest students can appreciate. Divided into four grade levels, the site explains the structure and purpose of American government in age-appropriate terms for everyone from Kindergarteners to high school students. For example, there are four interactive games for your primary students (grades k-2)that make learning about our government fun. Have students learn states’ locations by placing them on the map. Color the USA flag, help Ben Franklin out of a maze, or find your way around the liberty bell. There are also age-specific activities divided into grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This site requires Flash. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Icivics- Branches of Power

Do you like running things? Branches of Power allows you to do something that no one else can: control all three branches of government! You'll have the power to write any laws you want about issues you choose. Careful, though, there's a lot to juggle when you're playing all three branches. Good luck!

Road to the Capital

Interactive lesson about running for office in the US government.

Contacting the Congress

Contacting the Congress is a very up-to-date database of congressional contact information for the 111th Congress. As of June 17, 2010 there are 537 email addresses (of which 533 are Web-based email homepages), and 539 WWW homepages known for the 540 members of the 111th Congress. Traditional ground mail addresses are available for all current members of Congress.http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Learn About Congress

Developed for students as well as the general public, these interactive learning activities are designed to give you a fresh perspective on how the United States Congress works, your role in the process, and peoples' perceptions about Congress. To open the modules, click the graphic.

US Capital Virtual Tour

Welcome to the U.S. Capitol Virtual Tour -- an interactive, user friendly, comprehensive and integrated multimedia tour of the U.S. Capitol.
It includes panorama views and historical information about the rooms of the U.S. Capitol, as well as, information about the objects found in those rooms.
This tour will leave you with the feel of an actual visit to the U.S. Capitol and serve to provide a unique "Capitol" experience.

Scholastic- You're the President

How would you run the country? Being the leader of a nation is a tough job. Play the game and find out about some of the important decisions that you would have to make. After you finish you will get a report on your progress.

Fact Monster- Step by Step on the Campaign Trail

Don't know the difference between a caucus and a convention? Unsure what the electoral college is? Check out our handy guide to the seven steps of the presidential election.

Law Focused Education

Play these games and learn about the US government. The games cover topics like the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Branches of Government. There are several games that are specific to the state of Texas.

Kids Court

Welcome to Kid`s Court!
anGavel_and_Scales.gifHello, my name is Judge Gavel, and this is my friend, Scales. We are glad you came to visit, and we hope you take advantage of the history lessons, games and quizzes, and other fun links to learn about the court system and how our government works. If you have general questions or comments

Oyez- Supreme Court Tour

Virtual tour of the Supreme Court including Chambers of some of the Supreme Court Justices.

Constitution Facts

Welcome to ConstitutionFacts.com where you'll see the entire text of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence - and much more! You'll find interesting insights into the men who wrote the Constitution, how it was created, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the United States Constitution in the two centuries since its creation.

Google- Election Tools for Educators

Here are some great free tools you can use to engage your students in exploring the candidates and issues before they cast their votes in the Mock Election. http://www.google.com/educators/elections_tools.html


iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

History- See History page

Native Americans


Native American Nations

This section contains links to pages that have either been set up by the nations themselves, or are pages devoted to a particular nation, and are ALPHABETICAL BY TRIBAL NAME. Pages maintained by Indian Nations or individuals are indicated with this symbol:external image drum2.gif. Pages without this symbol are primarily ABOUT specific nations, but not by them. Included are both recognized and unrecognized tribes.

First Americans

Find out about the history, tribes, activities and stereotypes of the first Americans.

National Museum of the American Indian

Indian_logo_about.jpgThe National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989 (amendment in 1996), the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.
The museum's extensive collections, assembled largely by George Gustav Heye (1874–1957), encompass a vast range of cultural material—including more that 800,000 works of extraordinary aesthetic, religious, and historical significance, as well as articles produced for everyday, utilitarian use. The collections span all major culture areas of the Americas, representing virtually all tribes of the United States, most of those of Canada, and a significant number of cultures from Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Chronologically, the collections include artifacts from Paleo-Indian to contemporary arts and crafts. The museum's holdings also include film and audiovisual collections, paper archives, and a photography archive of more than 300,000 images depicting both historic and contemporary Native American life.
The National Museum of the American Indian comprises three facilities, each designed following consultations between museum staff and Native peoples. In all of its activities, the National Museum of the American Indian acknowledges the diversity of cultures and the continuity of cultural knowledge among indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere and Hawai'i, incorporating Native methodologies for the handling, documentation, care, and presentation of collections. NMAI actively strives to find new approaches to the study and representation of the history, materials, and cultures of Native peoples.



Internet Public Library-POTUS

Welcome! In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.

Select the president you want information about from the list below. If you don’t know which president you are interested in, perhaps the name or subject indexes will help. They are listed at the bottom of the page.
This is the number on web site that we use in tech class to research the Presidents in 4th grade.

Shepard Software- United States Presidents

Good synopsis of the life of each President. Web site includes information about their life after they were President

Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to American Presidents president05_header.jpg

Read about Obama and his predecessors and explore the electoral process, election results, images, video, and important documents related to the evolution of the nation's highest office.

American Experience-The Presidents

Henry Adams, the American historian and the grandson and great-grandson of presidents, said the president "resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek." Each of our presidents has taken America on a different voyage — voyages shaped by how each sitting president has defined the institution of the presidency. Some have been more bold than others — working to mold public opinion and actively pushing their programs through Congress. Others have not ventured far — feeling that presidential intervention often causes more problems than it solves.
One can look at the presidency in the 20th century and through the office see the drama of contemporary American history — war, economic hardship, women's rights, race relations, our triumphs and our failures — it is all there.

Mr. Nussbaum- Presidents

Great resource for basic information about the US Presidents. In addition to biography information there is also a listing of the key items that occurred during the Presidency. This site also includes some fun Presidential games.

The White House- The Presidents

Find out all about our Presidents from this excellent White House resource.

Teacher Planet- President's Day Resource Page

Links to a variety of President web sites. Check out coloring pages on each President as well as crossword puzzles on Presidental nicknames.

American Presidents Portrait Gallery

A simple web site that provides a portrait of every President.

National Portrait Gallery- Hall of Presidents hall_of_parents.jpg

Ever since George Washington became President in 1789, the presidency has been a major focus of American political life, and as with nearly everything associated with that office, presidential portraits have from the outset attracted considerable popular interest. There was, in fact, a time when painted, sculpted or engraved likenesses were the only means that most people knew their Presidents. In the case of Washington, there were even sporadic debates through much of the nineteenth century over which portrait had most accurately recorded him for posterity.


Miller Center-American Presidents

A comprehensive collection of material about the Presidents of the United States and the history of the presidency. This web site features essays about the President's life before, during, and after each presidential term. It additionally provides information about the First Lady and cabinet officials of each administration. A collection of essays on the President at Work delves into the function, responsibilities, and organization of the modern presidency and traces the history and evolution of presidential duties.

From Revolution to Reconstruction

This web site is an index on the presidents of the United States and contains information and documents of their speeches, writings, biographies and anything else related to their person or the office they are holding.

Presidential Timeline

This experience tells the story of the 12 Presidents who led the United States from the depths of the Great Depression to the dawn of the 21st Century.

American Presidents- Grave Site Information

Very basic information about Presidents and Vice Presidents grave sites.

PBS- Wayback Presidents

The Secret History looks at a few colorful aspects of presidential history in a format designed especially for kids.
The site features a cartoon elephant and donkey, who look at historic, unusual campaign memorabilia from American presidential campaigns. Kids weigh in on the issues that are important to them, and what qualities they would seek in a president. And kids can explore a dossier of "secrets" -- little-known facts about each of the American presidents.

Presidential Inaugurations

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to Barack Obama's inauguration of 2009. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. The selections are drawn from the Presidential Papers in the Manuscript Division and from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Music Division, and the General Collections of the Library of Congress. Additional material has been included from the photography collections of the Architect of the Capitol, the White House, and the United States Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms. Some items, from records of early sessions of Congress to early films, that are already online in American Memory have been incorporated. An important component is the collaboration with the Avalon Project at the Yale Law School, which permits the site to offer Yale's online presentations of the inaugural addresses from Presidents Washington to Obama with associated searchable text transcriptions. A key objective of this online presentation is to make accessible to the public, many of the treasures and other important primary source materials held by the Library of Congress as well as by other institutions. The collection has been organized chronologically by presidential inauguration and an effort has been made to offer a balanced number of items for each inaugural event.

First Ladies

Find out all about our First Ladies from this excellent White House resource.

First_ladies.jpgNational First Ladies Library

The National First Ladies' Library serves as a unique national resource for patrons from school children to serious scholars. As a national archive devoted to educating people about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history, the Library's holdings fill an informational void that has long frustrated academicians and armchair history buffs alike. The Library fulfills this mission by serving as a physical educational facility and an electronic virtual library, in an effort to educate people in the United States and around the world.

Scholastic- If You Were President

Being the leader of a nation is a tough job. Play this game and find out about some of the important decisions that you would have to make. After you are finished you will get a report on your progress.

Virtualology- The White House

Take a virtual tour of the White House. See the Abraham Lincoln Office, Air Force one, Blue Room, Cabinet Room, China Room, Oval Office and others.

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

The History Channel is delighted to work with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on its newest permanent exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. What a terrific topic! We have produced videos integral to the exhibition itself.

The American presidency is an important and fascinating part of the curriculum in a broad range of grade levels. Whether you are teaching advanced placement United States history to eleventh graders, or social studies to fifth graders, we hope that this site will bring the
study of presidential history alive in your classroom.

Presidents in Waiting

Fourteen US Vice-Presidents have gone on to become US Presidents. This site examines the lives of these fourteen men. Navigate the site by using the interactive time line, and then focus in on images of each of these men, along with brief biographies. There is a pull down bar that allows you to specify which president to learn about. In addition, there are video interviews with four of the five living Vice-Presidents: Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale. (Information copied from teachers First)

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Located just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the plantation rests on the banks of the Potomac River.

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association purchased Mount Vernon from the Washington family in 1858 and opened the estate to the public in 1860. Since that time, nearly 80 million visitors have toured Washington's home. Mount Vernon is independent of the government and no tax dollars are expended to support the 500-acre estate, its educational programs or activities.

George Washington's World

This informative site gives an entertaining education about life in George Washington’s 18th Century world. Click to learn about Washington’s Treasures, Harpsichord Hero, Bombarding Yorktown, Jigsaw Puzzles, or the Archeology Memory Game. This site offers several educational games. An additional benefit of the site is that it is visually appealing and students can learn about the life of that time period by just looking at the images. The animation is fairly realistic. Some parts are read to the students; other parts they will have to read themselves.

Certain parts of this site require Unity web player. You may be asked to download the player (it’s free), in order to try the 3D interactives. (Information taken from Teachers First)

President Lincoln's White House

Play this engaging game to find out what life was like at President Lincoln's White House during Emancipation Day sits.

Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads

dvise Abraham Lincoln as he makes important decisions that affect the future of the nation. History comes alive through this free interactive and animated educational activity. It’s a cinch that your students will better understand what our nation experienced during Lincoln’s presidency. Each of thirteen “chapters” of history comes with rich resources and hyperlinks.

Lincoln Memorial Interactive

Don't live near the Lincoln Memorial but would like to take your class on a field trip? This interactive site is the perfect one for you and your students. Panoramic views of the memorial make you feel like you are right there. Hear from park rangers as they give you a glimpse into history through their own experiences and words. (Information taken from Teachers First)

US States


50 States

This web site is organized by state. It provides links to almost any information you might need about the state you are researching.This is the first web site the 4th grade students use to complete their states project.

The 50 States

Teachers First’s states project for students combines the usual “almanac” facts with narratives on native people, early history, economy, and landforms and geography. The result is a one-stop site for upper elementary and middle school students studying their own states, or someone else’s. This project is more than "halfway" complete, and we are adding new states regularly. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Illinois State Museum


The State of Illinois has eighteen official state symbols. Click on a symbol's picture or on a link in the left hand menu to learn more about the symbol and find a list of books or Web sites where you can find out more.
Click on Games in the menu to find a list of online and hands-on activities you can do while learning about the Illinois State symbols.

illinois_counties.gifDo It Yourself- Color Coded State Maps

This web site allows you to create your own state map showing counties by choosing information in form format. Place counties in groups and color code to highlight selected counties.

Shepard Software- US States Games


This web site gives some general information about each state but is not as intensive as some of the other sites. However it does offer some simple games for children to play on capitals, states

and landscapes. There are 8 levels; beginner, intermediate, expert and all the way up to master geographer.

Internet Public Library- Stately Knowledge These web pages will help you find out the basic facts of any state in the Union, including Washington, D.C. Need to know the capital of Alabama? Want to know which hockey teams are in California? How about the size of Montana? All that information is here — and more!

Teaching with Historic Places

historic_places.gifTeaching with Historic Places has developed more than 130 classroom-ready lesson plans that together reach across the United States. All are available on the Web. For more information on lessons plans or our program,

Mr. Nussbum- United States Interactive

Use this site to research for information on any of the 50 states. There are major separate sections of information on landmarks, major cities, landforms, state parks and interactive state maps. This site requires Flash. (Information copied from Teacher's First)

Scribble States

At this site, students learn about each of the 50 states. They connect dots to create the outline of a state. Students can choose from an assorted number of "exam" questions; they can also choose whether to have questions on the name of the state, its capital, or its state name. The speed of the questions varies also. Students receive a score on the accuracy of their drawing with the mouse and the answer to the question about the state. This site does have some minor advertisements. This site requires Flash. (Information copied from Teacher's First)

Fact Monster- The Fifty States


Each state profile includes capital, population, median age, elected officials, history, economy, points of interest, famous natives,entrance into the union, state map and flag, motto, symbols, nickname, name origin, largest cities, land area, counties, forests and parks.

mystery_state.gifMystery State

Each of the 51 printable Mystery State work sheets presents five clues to the identity of one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.). Students use the clues to help them identify that place.

The History Channel- Place the State Game

Test your knowledge of US geography by placing the state in the right location. Choose either beginner, intermediate or expert. Great way to help your child learn about their US states. Games make it seem like fun not studying.