BETH BEDEE 
TOSA for Social Studies K-12 
Office: 352.726.1931 ext. 2490 
bedees@citrus.k12.fl.us
Helpful Websites
A collection of helpful websites arranged by discipline and topic.
E = Elementary          M = Middle          H = High          All = Any Level
 
CIVICS/GOVERNMENT
Civics Instruction
Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (E,M)
Lessons and sample questions that cover each  benchmark tested by Florida's Civics End-of-Course Assessment. 

Florida Law Related Education Association  (M)
Create a free account to access  great online curriculum for 7th grade Civics. 

iCivics  (M,H)
Free resources, tools, and support for informed and engaging civic learning! 
 
iTunes U  (M)
A resource for Civics teachers in Florida in preparing for the Civics End-of-Course Assessment. Each standard   is addressed with the best websites, apps, videos, primary sources, and lesson suggestions. 

Why Laws are Important (All)
Find detailed lesson plans and resources to help you teach about contracts and the rule of law to your specific age range of students.

 
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids  (All)
Information about the Constitution and the formation of the U.S. government.

The Bill of Rights Institute (M,H)
Offers resources to teachers and students on our founding documents.

The Charters of Freedom  (All)
From the National Archives- images and transcripts of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

National Constitution Center  (All)
Offers student-friendly interpretations of Constitutional Articles, Amendments, and issues.


American Bar Association  (All)
Lessons on law, government, and civics.  

Justice Teaching
  (All)
Lessons on law for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Landmark Cases  (M,H)
Provides teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases. 

UW School of Law Model Lessons  (M,H)
Developed by University of Washington School of Law Students for their Street Law Course.
Founding Documents
Case Study
 
HISTORY
Florida
Citrus County Historical Society  (All)
The Old County Courthouse Museum presents quality educational programs for grades K-12.  

Florida Then and Now (All)
Contains readings, questions, and activity sheets and are aligned to state standards. 

Florida Memory  (All)
Great resources for official Florida archives, such as photos, videos, audio, and documents. 
 
Florida Public Archaeology Network  (All)
Free classroom resources showcasing Florida's archaeological history. 

Teaching Florida  (All)
Created by the Florida Humanities Council, it provides lesson plans from Florida teachers and humanities scholars


The American Presidency  (All)
Resources and activities on all past U.S. Presidents. 
 
American Rhetoric  (H)
A collection of speeches, including full text and audio/video (if available.)

Beyond the Bubble 
 (M,H)

Primary sources and authentic assessments aligned with the new Literacy standards. 

Civil War Trust  (All)
 Civil War: Curriculum for all ages, animated battle maps, battlefield apps, short videos, traveling trunk, etc. 

Colonial Williamsburg (E,M)
Lessons, multimedia, and other resources for Colonial America.

Documents of Freedom  (M,H)
A complete digital textbook using primary sources for History, Government and Economics. 

Gilder Lehrman American History by Era  (M,H)
Divided into thematic eras, whichinclude thematic essays, primary sources, multimedia presentations, and lesson plans.

Hamilton's America (All)
Video clips, classroom activities, discussion questions, handouts, and teaching tips connected to the PBS film.

Have Fun with History (M,H)
Free videos & activities for students, educators, and lovers of American History. 

iTunes U  (M)
This course addresses each M/J standard with the best websites, apps, videos, primary sources, and lesson suggestions. 

Liberty's Kids 
(E)
This popular kids' TV series explores each important historical date, person and event of the American Revolution.

Mr. Nusbaum  
(E,M)
Interactive curriculum  including over 600 printable and interactive activities.


Scholastica Travel, Inc.  (All)
Fifty virtual tours of historic monuments and buildings in Washington D.C. 
 
Teaching American History  (M,H)
Offers the most important primary source documents in our nation's history.  

The White House (E)
Large collection of  the history of the White House and the changes presidents have made over time.




iTunes U  (M)
This course addresses each M/J standard with the best websites, apps, videos, primary sources, and lesson suggestions. 


Avalon Project (H)
Primary documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy ranging from ancient times to the present. 

Education.com  (E)
Printables for elementary students by topic. 

History  (M,H)
Videos, articles, games, speeches, and audio to support instruction. 

Resources for History Teachers  (All)
A multimedia/multicultural wikispace for teachers and students, created by teachers and students. 

Stanford History Education Group  (M,H)
Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. 

US History  (M,H)
Online texts for American History, Ancient Civilizations, and U.S. Government. 

Utah Education Network  (E,M)
Social Studies games and quizzes for Grades 3-6. 
United States
World
All Histories
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Review
Gilder Lehrman AP US History Study Guide  (H)
Offers videos for all nine sections, one for each of the AP's designated historical periods, which examine the era and recommend essays, videos, and resources for further study. 

Mr. Zemaitis' APUSH  (H)
Links to past AP exams and the document based and free response questions that were asked from 2001 to the present. 

Tom Richey (H)
Support for both teachers and students in the form of instructional materials, updates, and support services. 


Greece Central Social Studies Dept.  (H)
DBQs for U.S. History and Government.

My Social Studies Teacher  (H)
A collection of NYS Regents DQBs.

NYSED  (H)
Links to past Regents exams, including DBQs.

White Plains High School DBQ Library  (H)
A collection of World History DBQs from a variety of web sources.

Your History Site  (H)
Released NYS Regents DBQs for U.S. History and Government. 


DBQ Library
 
GEOGRAPHY
50 States  (E)
Provides blank outline maps for each state as well as state facts, quizzes, and other study tools. 
 
Animated Atlas  (E,M)
This 10-minute narrated presentation illustrates the growth of the Unites States from the original 13 states. 
 
The Human Imprint  (H)
Includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links for  understanding the “why of where.” 

Mr. Nusbaum (E)
Interactive maps, activities and games, videos, research information, and printables.

National Geographic Map Maker  (All)
This online tool lets you build customized maps of any location in the world.

National Geographic Teaching Resources  (All)
Ideas, activities, lessons, and units for Grades K-12 centering around all aspects of Geography. 

 
FINANCIAL LITERACY
Ever Fi  (H)
Media learning platform that uses video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Offers free online, self-paced, learning modules. 

Finance Your Future (H)
The Florida Department of Financial Services has developed an eight module program in financial literacy, which is available free.

Foolproof- Real Consumer Education  (H)
Up to 22 hours of online, video-driven, self-grading financial literacy instruction. Young people do all the teaching.  

My Money Five (M,H)
Helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances.

National Endowment for Financial Education  (H)
Register for an account and order free student materials for a high school financial planning program. 

Practical Money Skills (All)
These important financial lessons include teacher's guides, student activities, and PowerPoints.  They include lessons for Pre-K through College, including special needs.

Scholastic  (E)
A free program developed to help you teach key math skills while reinforcing the importance of financial responsibility. 

 
MULTIMEDIA
Ad Access 
Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955. 
 
Cartoons for the Classroom 
Political cartoons and accompanying lesson plans provided by NIE and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. 

DocsTeach 
Discover thousands of primary sources and learning activities. When registered for a free account, teachers can borrow from and modify an ever-expanding collection of activities, plus create unique ones using the online tools. Log in and create classrooms full of activities, then share the classroom’s auto generated code with your students to access on their iPads.  
 
FedFlix 
Joint venture between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. Here we feature the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal inspectors. 

HippoCampus 
Free educational videos for teachers and students on a variety of subjects. 
 
Library of Congress 
The nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. 

Life Photo Archive 
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. 
 
Lit2Go 
Free online collection of stories, non-fiction, memoirs, and speeches in PDF and Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. 
 
PBS Learning Media 
Multimedia collections for a number of subjects that are aligned to Florida Standards. 
 
TED Ed 
Informational short videos (mostly animated) on a variety of subjects. Accompanying lessons include quiz questions, links to paired texts, and discussion ideas. You can also build your own lesson around any YouTube video.
 
 
CURRENT EVENTS
CNN Student News 
CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. 

HMH Current Events 

Brief current event articles dealing with all disciplines of Social Studies. Great for bell ringer activities! 

Tampa Bay Times NIE
Newspapers in Education provides schools with free class sets of the Tampa Bay Times plus suplemental editions and curriculum guides.  They also have an app for the electronic edition of the Times.
 
INFORMATIONAL TEXT
Achieve the Core 
Tools and resources for aligning lessons to Common Core. 

Front Row
Articles each at 5 different reading levels, videos, and Inquiry-based lessons that  incorporate various Science and Social Studies standards.

Gilder Lehrman- Teaching Literacy Through History
The following Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) units and lessons target the skills and strategies students must learn before they can gain academic independence. Each unit develops key literacy skills, such as examining vocabulary text, discerning argument construction, analyzing non-fiction texts, and writing critical analysis.

NewsELA 
News stories written to multiple levels of text complexity, embedded assessments and reporting tools. 
 
Read Works
Reading passages with comprehension questions for grades K-8. Search by domain for readings covering Civics & Government, Geography, U.S. History, and World History. You can also sort by grade and lexile levels.