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Social Studies for Kids

Learn about the government, states, geography, and more.

100 Milestone Documents: Full text of 100 historical documents with translations. Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration.

American Civil War Homepage: Information on music, images, biographical, histories, documents and more.

Archiving Early America – Historic Documents from 18th Century America: The main focus is primary source material displayed digitally. A unique array of original newspapers, maps, and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to our forebears more than 200 years ago. There is information about the documents as well.

Background Notes: U. S. State Department site contains information on the countries of the world with which the U. S. has relations. They include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the U. S.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids: Sponsored by the U.S. Printing Office, site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers on how our government works.

Caleb Johnson’s Mayflower Web Pages: This site is the merging of two fields: genealogy and history. It includes detailed information on history, passengers, and documents of the Mayflower. Also contains pictures and bibliographies.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage!: Scholastic offers activities and resources for teachers to help students discover the contributions and rich cultures of Hispanics in the United States, with special activities for Hispanic Heritage Month.

CIA World Factbook: Countries, maps, flags.

The Civil War Net: This is a very large collection of well-organized links to people, battles, and documents, including letters and diaries of those connected to the Civil War. Also includes reenactment photos and links to many original photos.j

Congress for Kids: Learn about Congress through activities and quizzes.

Eyewitness to History: Look at important events and discoveries of the 20th century. Each event includes photographs and images of documents.

iCivics: iCivics allows kids to explore the fundamental concepts and responsibilities of representative democracy through games. Debate a political issue, be president for a day, or just cast your vote in an election….all from the comfort of your home computer! The US Government's website for kids explores jobs, health, art, school subjects and more. Choosing personal interests or researching your latest school report can be done on this website through text, games and informational videos.

Lewis and Clark Expedition: This Web site expands upon every aspect of the PBS film, providing a wealth of biographical and historical information about the time and the major and minor participants in the trip. In addition, leading historical experts will share their thoughts about the meaning of the expedition, and its relevance to 21st century America. Finally, in an interactive tale, you’ll have an opportunity to play the roles of Lewis and Clark yourself.

Liberty’s Kids: This site offers information and games about the history of the American Revolution.

Odyssey Online: Discover Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and sub-Saharan African cultures with puzzles and interactive games.

The Oregon Trail: The story of the trail and those who traveled it. A summary on the great western journey. Includes great stories in the Fantastic Facts section. Related to the PBS program on the Oregon Trail.

PBS African American World: Visit this site for a kid friendly view of African American history including interactive learning games.

POPClock Projection: A daily update of the U.S. population by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more information go to the U.S. Census Home Page at

Scholastic: Black History in America: Provides information on famous African Americans, jazz and an interactive timeline of important events in African American history.

Smithsonian Kids: Smithsonian Kids includes a lot of information and activities about a lot of topics, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history, and more of which are also exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.

Social Studies for Kids: Discover lots of links to useful information on a variety of social studies topics.

Smithsonian – National Museum of the American Indian: Part of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum is devoted to the protection and study of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans.

This Day in History: Select a date in history and learn what happened in that days headlines. Participants can narrow their focus to specific dates in Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, Literary, Old West, Vietnam War, Wall Street, and WWII history.

Time For Kids: Read about current events in the nation and the world in this online magazine.

State Geography: Provides students and teachers with resources on individual states and the country as a whole. Information on people, events and places plus e-books on the topics.

The Underground Railroad: Take an interactive journey along the Underground Railroad on this site full of pictures and music, created by National Geographic.

U.S. Census State Facts for Students: Click on the map to get a state's capital, Date of Statehood, Flower, Tree, Bird, plus population figures.

World Factbook: The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Youngzine: Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world -- in a simple, engaging and interactive manner. In addition to providing interesting news, children and young people can also contribute their own information to the Yougzine community.