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Bookmarks to Useful Sites, Grades K-3

National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service

A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service sponsored web site. The Our Documents initiative is a cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, USA Freedom Corps, and The Corporation for National and Community Service. You can download Adobe files of each document, read transcripts, access the teacher source book with lesson plans using the documents, and links to the National History Day web site.

The National Archives and Records Administration

The following Web sites contain additional information about primary sources and links to digitized images and documents.

The National Archives and Records Administration

The Digital classroom has links to Teaching with Documents lesson plans, copies of primary sources, links to, document analysis worksheets, and details about professional development workshops offered to teachers and school systems.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (1774-1789)

National Security Archive

National Security Archive

University of Oklahoma Law Center

The University of Oklahoma Law Center: A Chronology of US Historical Documents


Where's Waldo? Exploring Geography

Teachers can download this fun and interactive for students to look for Waldo in different countries and states with various landmarks.

National Geographic for Kids

Includes penpal opportunities, cartoons for kids and many other activities for students learning about the world.

The Math of Maps

A lesson that helps to make that relationship between math and maps clear. Students analyze the use of map scales and map coordinates in existing maps and create pamphlets to help others understand.

Yahooligans! Around the World

A great site for elementary students to search for regions, countries and cultures around the world.

Culture Quest

A find site for early elementary students to learn about where the seven continents are located and how people live there. The students can easily maneuverer around the world to tour these regions.

Political Science

The DinoPals Page: Dinosaur Fun For Friendship

Early elementary teachers will love this web site. It helps students understand rules and compromises. There is a collection of other links.

The American Presidency

This site has a lot of information about the Presidents and their First Ladies. Some sound clips and historical documents.

Center for Civic Education

This is an excellent site with lessons at every grade level to answer the basic question, Why do we need rules and a government? Related resources and publications are available.

White House for Kids

Great site for elementary kids to check out interesting facts about the White House.


Sovereign Bank Presents: KidsBank.Com!

The site is a good site for primary students. It includes fictional characters that teach the students about banking

American Numismatic Association

Students will love learning about money that their grandparents once used. This site includes an exhibit with money and audio recordings.

American History

Historic Mount Vernon

This web site gives the students text and photos of life on Mount Vernon. A good site for students to learn about America's first President and his plantation.

Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man

This is a great web site for elementary students to study one of first great American heroes and all his accomplishments.

Liberty Bell

Few symbols of American history are as well known as the Liberty Bell.

This site produced by the Independence Hall Association has lessons and activities regarding American symbols. Links to featured sites on Betsy Ross House, Revolutionary War of 1777, Valley Forge, America's Most Historic Mile, and The Electric Franklin.

Native American History Archive

This site is very complete from the elementary students' studies of Native Americans to the older students. The categorized lists make it easy to use.

This site links users to a database of Government Publications at Northwestern University Library. The site has collection of over 300 posters issued by U.S. Federal agencies from the 1941-1945.

Flags of the American Revolution

Students can take a colorful tour through time by viewing the flags that have represented us over time. This important symbol can tell the story of history through its appearance.

First Nations Histories

Your class can select from a long list of native peoples to study. Students can study such nations as: Shawnee, Ottawa, Wampanoag, Winnebago, etc. and their location.

Statue of Liberty

This web site provides information on the Statue of Liberty and how if has become the symbol of freedom.