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Online Social Studies Resources for Students

Useful Online Resources Available at No Cost


Culture Activity Sites


Amazing Aztecs

Print out a worksheet with questions, look for the answers online, and fill in the sheet as you go.


A Bronzeville Story

Read or listen to a story about Bronzeville, Chicago’s famous African American neighborhood


The First Thanksgiving

Compare and contrast the lives of Pilgrims and Wampanoag.


Discover Ethnicity

Take a journey back in time by looking through a family album to discover the ethnicity that makes up your family tree.


Family Traditions Calendar

Recognize and develop new family and cultural traditions


Collaborate: Create Something as a Team

Work together to create a puzzle or a mural


Tomasito’s Mother Comes to School

Read a book about a student whose mother comes to class. At first he is angry and embarrassed... until he discovers that his mother and teacher actually want to get to know each other better in order to help him learn.


This is Me Book

Build self-esteem by creating an original "This is Me" book. Glue or attach childhood information, pictures and drawings on blank or the "Create a Book" pages, or in a photo album.


Community Club

Click on the workers to find out about their job


Geography Activity Sites


Grandpa’s Globe

Click on the globe to explore the world


Illinois Department of Transportation

Review maps of Illinois


Map Games

Various games and quizzes using maps


Maps and Mapmakers: Seeing What's on the Map


Government Activity Sites


Considering theConstitution

Read about the Constitution and then answer questions


Creating the United States: Word Search

Find words that relate to some of the founding documents of the United States


Social Studies Section from

A list of government websites for students in grades K-5


Supreme Court of the United States

Learn about the Supreme Court on their official website


U.S. Constitution text

Review portions of the U.S. Constitution


Library of Congress(Grades K-12)

Digital collection includes more than 8 million primary source materials, including historic maps, documents and audio/video.


History Activity Sites


American Memory from the Library of Congress

Browse collections of U.S. history topics, including primary and secondary sources


Historical Documents from

List of historical documents to read/reference



Spartacus Educational

A collection of history websites


Encyclopedia of Chicago (Grades 6-12)

Free, comprehensive reference source of Chicago history.


The History Makers(Grades 4-12)

Free online source for African American biographies, history, timelines and events.


General Social Studies Activity Sites


Awesome Library

Resources and booksfor kids about social studies topics


Free Documentaries

Download and watch documentaries for free


HBO Documentaries

View educational documentaries


National Geographic Games

Downloadable games, puzzles and quizzes


C.I.A. The World Factbook

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

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