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Geography Web Links
- Cartography and Mapping Skills for Transportation
This geography-related website addresses much more than transportation. It has many links to historic cartography and map collections; map skills lessons and activities; information and games on the U.S., the continents, and oceans; geography quizzes; and much more. (Thanks to Tyler for letting me know about the site!)
- Coolmath-Games.com - Geography Games
Coolmath-Games.com has free, challenging Map Snap games.
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Check out the (mostly) free modern and historical maps online from the University of Texas. There are supposed to be more than 250,000 maps in the collection.
- Seterra Geography Games
Seterra is a geography game with more than 100 different geography exercises. This is a free site that you can access online or download to your computer. It drills on states, countries, and capitals, but also covers provinces and territories within countries, oceans, lakes, rivers, flags, mountains, and important cities. It's a very simply designed program—click to assign a label to the correct location. Labels sometimes overlap each other, making it difficult to use, but it's still very good for a free resource.
- Sheppard Software Geography Games
Sheppard Software has some great geography games for both the U.S. and the world. These are free and quick to access, and they are especially good for practice identifying states and capitals as well as countries and their capitals.
- Take a Seat Road Trip Geography
Take a Seat Road Trip Geography is an Internet page that has links to geography and mapping resources. These include lesson material, games, maps, quizzes, and more on both World and U.S. Geography.
- World Geography and Oceans Online Games and Quizzes
This website for yacht sales has a page with some fun and free geography games and quizzes.
- World Geography, Cartography and Mapping Skills for Transportation
World Geography, Cartography and Mapping Skills for Transportation is a page with a huge number of links to resources to help build geography knowledge and mapping skills.
History and Social Studies Web Links
- Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education has a section titled Ed Tech Ratings & Reviews that hosts teacher reviews and ratings for online games, websites, and apps. The site is free with no registration required.
- Core Knowledge Classic Lesson Plans
Free lesson plans for social studies for grades K-8. See my review of Core Knowledge Classic Lesson Plans.
- Federalist Papers and other primary source documents
free online access to the Federalist Papers and other primary source documents from the founding of the U.S.
- Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults
annotated historical fiction recommendations arranged by time period, geographical, area, and reading level
- The Medieval Lifestyle article
useful article summarizing many areas of the medieval lifestyle: food, clothing, art, architecture, medicine, weapons, games, and entertainment
- The National Archives Experience: Docs Teach
This site makes primary source documents from U.S. history available and also provides extensive detailed lesson plans for teaching specific topics from U.S. history. Lessons cover only selected topics, so this is supplemental material.
- WatchKnowLearn Videos for History
WatchKnowLearn catalogs hundreds of free educational videos "Wiki-style" in both broad and sub-categories so it's easy to search. There are many sub-categories for history plus a separate section for Social Studies.