The following links have been identified by the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies as resources that may be helpful during NTI learning.

Resources are listed below by grade span, then alphabetical order to provide access to information. The inclusion of a resource is neither an endorsement nor recommendation by KCSS; rather this list represents a compilation of resources for ease of consideration and/or use. School administrators and teachers should review the resources and determine the appropriateness for their students.

Lessons

Resources to Build Lessons

Digital Learning Tools

Virtual Tours & Historic Sites

Presidential Libraries

Digital Learning Information

Brain Breaks

Lessons

These links contain ready made lessons to modify for students' needs. Lessons from these links can easily be modified for standards alignment.

Grade Span

Description

Link

K-12

Econlink

Economic and Personal Financial lessons by Economic Council for Economic Education (ECEE)

Econlink.ed

K-12

Inquiry Design Models (IDM)

Inquires aligned to the C3 Framework and the KAS for Social Studies.

C3Teachers.org

K-12

Library of Congress (LOC)

Resources and lessons to address various topics, mostly in U.S. History.

LOC.gov 

K-12

What is a Vote Worth?

Questions, Tasks, and Sources centered around celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

What is a Vote Worth? 

K-12

Zinn Education Project

The website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and grade level. Based on the approach to history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, teaching materials emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.

Zinnedproject.org

3-12

Document Based Questions:

Questions built around primary source sets. Free access to DBQ online available through July 1, 2020.

DBQ Project

4-12

Historical Scene Investigations

Lessons on historical topics designed like mysteries to be solved by students.

Historical Scene Investigations 

4-12

Native 360* Smithsonian

Native Knowledge 360° provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history, cultures, and contemporary lives.

Native 360* Smithsonian

4-12

Stanford History Education Group

Downloadable lessons that require students to analyze primary source documents.

Stanford History

Education Group

6-12

Civic Online Reasoning

Civic Online Reasoning (COR) curriculum is based on strategies identified when observing fact checkers from the nation’s most prestigious news organizations.

SHEG:Civic Online Reasoning

6-12

Echoes and Reflections

These lesson plans allow educators to teach about the Holocaust in an effective and interactive fashion. Lessons are organized by theme and include step-by-step instructions, multimedia clips, and print-ready pages for classroom distribution.

Echoes and Reflections

6-12

Facing History and Ourselves

Collection of educator resources includes a wide range of flexible, multimedia materials, from primary sources and streaming videos to teaching strategies, lesson plans, and full units. Find resources that will support your students' learning, whether you are teaching a complex moment in history or addressing today's breaking news.

Facing History and Ourselves

6-12

Institute for Curriculum Services

ICS specializes in teaching the history of the Middle East. Access lesson plans on history, religion, and the environment. Download maps and watch videos related to the region..

Institute for Curriculum Services

6-12

Newvisions

New Visions for Public Schools has developed full scope and sequence curricular frameworks designed for the Global History and Geography I and II courses and the U.S. History course.

Newvisions 

9-12

Street Law

Street Law, Inc. is the go-to resource for Supreme Court classroom content needs. Offers free secondary-level case summaries, lesson plans, learning activities, and teaching strategies on current and historic SCOTUS cases.

Street-Law

Resources to Build Lessons

Helpful places to begin thinking through building lessons for students. Teachers will need to adapt (excerpt, annotate, modify) based upon students’ needs. There might be lessons within resources, but have not been vetted for standards alignment at this time.

Grade Span

Description

Link

K-12

Be a Citizen

Be a Citizen is a program to connect meaningful civic education to schools and communities. Through an interdisciplinary approach, resources help students connect learning experiences to their lives and, likewise, become active contributors to their community’s civic culture.

BeACitizen.org

K-12

Chronicling America

Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1789-1963 by date, location, or keyword in this online database from the Library of Congress.

Chronicling America

K-12

Frazier History Museum--Coronavirus Capsule

The Frazier History Museum is collaborating with JCPS during this unprecedented time to document what students are seeing, feeling and how they are coping with the ongoing pandemic. We’re asking students to record their thoughts and experiences by writing them down, taking pictures of what is happening in their world, recording videos, creating art or music, anything they choose to express themselves. We would like to use their reflections as part of a virtual exhibit, and eventually a physical exhibit at the Frazier. Please send submissions to education@fraziermuseum.org with the subject line Coronavirus Capsule.

Submissions for Coronavirus Capsule

K-12

iCivics

Teach the election with these print-and-go lesson plans that include simulations, vocabulary development, graphic organizers, and active participation opportunities.

iCivics.org  

K-12

LIFE Photo Archives

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1860s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

LIFE Photo Archives

K-12

National Constitution Center

Take an interactive journey through the United States Constitution, connect virtually with classrooms around the country, join a livestream event, access historical documents and lesson plans, and more.

National Constitution Center

K-12

NCSS Teaching Resources

The National Council for the Social Studies offers a general list of resources that are available from across the country. 

NCSS

Teaching Resources

K-12

National Geographic

In “Classroom Resources,” you will find a resource library with readings for both Science and Social Studies. There is also a feature on this website for professional learning, such as “Mapping as Visual and Communication Tool,” a class that starts in two weeks, to direct teachers in developing lessons around important Geographic reasoning/tools.

National Geographic

K-12

PBS Learning Media

KET’s PBS LearningMedia has a large repository including classroom-ready resources. Search by grade level, subject area, keyword, or award winning collection. Google Classroom integration makes it easy to share resources with your entire class. Content contributors include KET, PBS, PBS Kids, NASA, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and many more.

PBS Learning Media

K-12

Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution includes 19 museums, 21 libraries, 9 research centers, the National Zoo, and numerous historical buildings and landmarks. Approximately 154 million items are held in their care. Use this hub to access their online collection of virtual tours, online exhibits and collections, podcasts, classroom and family activities and more that relate to social studies, art, science, and technology. Use the toolbar at top to navigate to particular areas.

Smithsonian

K-12

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning. You can discover their offerings, create collections for students to use, and connect with the learning community.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

K-12

Teaching United States History

Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.

Teachinghistory.org

K-3

National Geographic Kids

Interactive games, activities, etc. for students. While there are materials that you access in a paid subscription, there are materials free for classroom use.

National Geographic Kids

K-5

Kid Citizen

A Library of Congress project with Congress to inform and prepare our children to be active citizens. Free resource for teachers.This website specifically addresses the civic learning needs for the K-5 classroom!

Kid Citizen

4-8

Colonial Williamsburg Digital Resource Library

A collection of FREE resources, lessons, games and videos about the colonial period through the Civil War. Includes cross-curricular connections.

Colonial Williamsburg Digital Resource Library

3-12

NewseumED

Offers free resources to cultivate the First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life. Learn how to authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources and put current events in historical context through standards-aligned lesson plans, videos, primary sources, virtual classes and programs.

NewseumED

4-12

Bill of Rights Institute 

Free and digital versions of the founding documents and accompanying explanatory resources.

Bill of Rights Institute

4-12

Spartacus Educational

Provides encyclopedia type articles and primary sources on topics in American and British history.

Spartacus Educational

4-12

Teaching American History - Documents Collection

A collection of primary documents for teaching about American history. Search the collection by eras, collections, themes, or authors. 

Teaching American History

Documents Collection

4-12

TED-Ed Social Studies

Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Animation, TED Talk or YouTube video.  

TED-Ed Social Studies

4-12

U.S. History.org

Free online textbooks for high school students, including texts for U.S. History and Government

US History.org

6-12

Fordham University Internet History Sourcebooks

Provides primary source documents on topics in history from world and U.S. history.

Fordham Sourcebooks 

6-12

OER Big History Project

Shares the best classroom insights, trends and industry research to inform great teaching and learning around Big History

OER Big History Project

8-12

C-Span Classroom

This section of the website is designed to enhance social studies curriculums by providing teachers with structured lesson plans that examine a variety of topics and are supplemented with video clips of related C-SPAN programming.

C-Span Classroom

8-12

Voices of Democracy

Voices of Democracy features a growing collection of curriculum units focusing on significant speeches in U.S. history. Those units, which are designed for college-level teachers and students, include a link to lesson plans for teaching the speech at the high school or middle school level.

Voices of Democracy

Digital Learning Tools

These are options for developing digital learning for students. These platforms can be used for group work, discussion, creation, or assessment.

Grade Span

Description

Link

K-12

Flipgrid

Collaborative platform for discussion & formative assessment. You can assign a question and have students answer it, or have a discussion board. It has also opened up the option for video recording. For a “how to,” please click here.

Flipgrid

K-12

Google Meet/Hangouts

If you are a Googe Ed district, use this to reach out to your students. For a “how to,” please click here. It also includes closed captioning, should you need it. You have the capabilities to share your screen. CAUTION: Your students can still talk to each other if you leave the meeting first.

Google Meet

K-12

Loom

Video recording & instant sharing software. You use your camera and computer and this can be uploaded to multiple platforms. For a “how to,” please click here.

Loom

K-12

Screencastify

A video recording program through a Chrome extension (to be added through the Chrome Web Store). You record what you are doing on your computer. As of pre-C-19, you were only allowed 5-10 minutes of recordings, but this might have been lifted. Videos can be shared on multiple platforms. For a “how to,” please click here. 

Screencastify

K-12

Seesaw

Collaborative platform for discussion, lesson presentation, and formative assessment. You can assign an activity, question, or readings with your lesson. Students can respond using a recorded message, graphic organizers, writing, etc. Very kid-friendly, especially for our K-2 students, as every activity has a tutorial. There is also an extensive assignment/strategy library.  

SeeSaw

K-12

YouTube

If you hadn’t thought about it before, try making a YouTube channel. You can use one of the previous platforms to record yourself and upload it to YouTube. From there you can choose how to share it. Since it is a Google product, it plays nicely with Google Classroom. For a “how to” on creating a channel, please click here. 

YouTube

K-12

Zoom

Video conferencing. It is free to sign up, You can have 2-100 people in the meeting for 40 minutes, however, this might have been lifted due to C-19. You also have recording capabilities to share with students later. There is an embedded chat and the capability to share your screen. For a “how to,” please click here. CAUTION: Your students must have an email to participate - that’s how the invite is sent.

Zoom

Digital Learning Information

Articles and information to help teachers with digital learning classrooms, structures, and considerations.

Description

Link

4 Tips for Teachers Shifting to Teaching Online

Edutopia Article

Active Learning: Engaging Students To Maximize Learning In An Online Course

Active Learning Article

Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning & Thinking Critically

NY Times Article

Distance [Digital] Learning

Cult of Pedagogy Article

How to Support Home Learning in the Elementary Grades

Edutopia Article

Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Digital Learning Collaborative Article

Supporting students with disabilities in k-12 online and blended learning.

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Article

Virtual Tours & Historic Sites

Links to state, national, and international museums and historic sites that feature virtual tours and teaching tools. These could be added as part of a lesson or activity and provide primary and secondary source documents for classroom use.

Grade Span

Description

Link

Kentucky History

K-12

Frazier History Museum Virtual

It is not business as usual for any of us, and like you, we are trying to navigate the new normal and make sure we connect with you where you are, so welcome to the Frazier Virtual Museum. This is free content for you and your family. We hope you can learn from it, be entertained by it, but most importantly know that we are in this together.

Frazier History Museum

K-12

Kentucky Historical Society Virtual Visitor

Here is one-stop-shopping for all of KHS’s virtual offerings, from online collections databases and KAS for Social Studies tools to Facebook Live tours of their 3 museums! Also includes a list of virtual museum offerings across Kentucky. Access educator resources such as standards alignment tools, online exhibits and worksheets, and online collections here.

Kentucky Historical Society

K-12

Kentucky Virtual Art Museum

Explore Kentucky art from almost 20 museums around the state.

Kentucky Virtual Art Museum

U.S. History

K-12

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Money Museum

Tour the learning center and Money Museum’s interactive exhibits and play educational games related to U.S. finances. More educational tools such as lesson plans and videos can be found here.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Money Museum

K-12

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Resources about this founder are extensive on this website and include virtual tours, Facebook Livestreams, digital collections, traditional K-12 resources, podcasts, blogs, and more.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

K-12

Monticello

A variety of guided and self-guided tours await at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home! Also available is a digital classroom featuring over 175 lesson plans, over 50 articles, and nearly 700 pieces of media content featuring artifacts, primary sources, and audio content connected to the life of the third U.S. president.

Monticello

K-12

Museum of the American Revolution

Take a virtual walk through the galleries of this Philadelphia museum guided by these 4 essential questions: How did people become Revolutionaries? How did the Revolution survive its darkest hour? How Revolutionary was the war? And finally, what kind of nation did the Revolution create? More MAR virtual resources can be found here. Digital collections can be found here.

Museum of the American Revolution

K-12

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Here you can access virtual tours, online exhibits and lesson plans related to slavery, past and present.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

K-12

National Parks System

Take a virtual tour of 113 NPS sites from around the country including the Civil War sites such as Andersonville Prison and Ford’s Theater; the homes of Frederic Douglass and Thomas Edison; the Spanish missions and natural wonders of California and the southwest; Ellis and Alcatraz islands and more.

National Parks System

K-12

Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution includes 19 museums, 21 libraries, 9 research centers, the National Zoo, and numerous historical buildings and landmarks. Approximately 154 million items are held in their care. Use this hub to access their online collection of virtual tours, online exhibits and collections, podcasts, classroom and family activities and more that relate to social studies, art, science, and technology.

Smithsonian

Distance Learning Info

K-12

United States Civil Rights Trail

Follow this photo tour of the civil rights sites throughout the U.S. to see and read about the places where African Americans and their supporters took a stand for equality.

United States Civil Rights Trail

K-12

USS Constellation

Docked in Baltimore, the USS Constellation was built in 1854 and between then and 1955 she engaged in sea battles; chased and captured slave ships, freeing their human cargo; transported immigrants; was used as a training ship; and served as a goodwill ambassador, traveling to expositions and other celebrations around the world. Take a virtual tour of her 4 decks.

USS Constellation

K-12

White House Historical Association

Take a virtual tour of the White House, download classroom packets on topics as far ranging as first pets, presidential portraits, slavery in the president’s neighborhood, and women in the White House. Resources also include videos and podcasts. Grade level specific resources are divided by K-5 and 6-12.

White House Historical Association

World History

K-12

Byzantine and Christian Virtual Museum

Take a virtual tour through the galleries of this Athens museum, explore thematic online exhibits and timelines, play games or simply browse the 30,000+ artifacts online dating from the third century AD to today.

Byzantine and Chrisitan Virtual Museum

K-12

British Museum’s Museum of the World

Explore this interactive timeline and discover art and artifacts from 2,000,000 BC to the present. Visitors can explore by continent, time period or theme - art and design; living and dying; power and identity; religion and belief; or trade and conflict.

British Museum’s Museum of the World

K-12

China’s Forbidden City

Take a virtual tour of the Beijing palace that housed Chinese Emperors during the Ming (1348-1644) and Qing (1636-1911) dynasties, a span of 500 years.

China’s Forbidden City

K-12

Google Arts and Culture - Online Museums

The list of virtual museums and online exhibits on Google Arts and Culture is literally unending! Many are art museums but the list also includes historic sites as varied as the Acropolis, the Anne Frank Haus, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Stonehenge, Musee Curie, 10 Downing Street, and more. Start exploring!

Google Arts and Culture

K-12

National Museums of Kenya

Take a video tour of Kenya’s treasures to learn about its past and present cultural and natural heritage from this multi-disciplinary institution.

National Museums of Kenya

K-12

National Museum of Korea

See 360 views of the museum galleries telling the cultural and historical story of Korea.

National Museum of Korea

Presidential Libraries

Presidential Libraries are a great place to find primary sources for U.S. and World histories.

Grade Span

Description

Link

K-12

The Presidential Libraries

The libraries are linked to the National Archives, so if it’s primary sources you need, then these are the places to go! All of them have great education features, especially pertaining to significant events occurring during their presidencies.

https://www.fdrlibrary.org/                                https://www.bush41.org/

https://www.trumanlibrary.gov/                        https://www.clintonlibrary.gov/

https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/                https://www.obamalibrary.gov/        https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/

https://www.jfklibrary.org/

http://www.lbjlibrary.org/

https://www.nixonlibrary.gov/

https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/

https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/

https://www.reaganfoundation.org/

The Presidential Libraries

Brain Breaks - For BOTH Teachers & Students

Everyone deserves a break! These links provide humor, beauty, and curiosity for those times when you need a break. Take some time to explore one of these great opportunities.

Description

Link

Around The World

Choice of virtual field trips from around the world.

Around the World

Boston

Explore Boston and its museums from the comfort of your home.

Boston

Cirque de Soleil

View past performances of this amazing artistic group.

Cirque de Soleil

Daily Doodling

Get your art on with Mo Willems every day at lunch!

Daily Doodling

Discovery Education

Let Discovery Education take you away on one of many virtual field trips!

Discovery Education

Educational Movies

Looking for something binge-worthy, but still educational? Check out this list of educational movies.

Educational Movies

Farm Tours

Take your students on a virtual farm tour! There are also many individual horse farms doing virtual tours - check on google.

Farm Tours

Gallery Tours

Check out these 500+ virtual gallery tours!

Gallery Tours

Historic Homes

Ever want to tour Buckingham Palace? It’s here, along with lots of other historic homes.

Historic Homes

Legos

Check out 30 days of Legos activities.

Legos

Metropolitan Opera

The Met is offering free streaming of past performances.

Metropolitan Opera

Museums

12 virtual field trips to museums

Museums

New York Public Library

FREE access to the virtual ebook library. Requires a free app download.

NY Public Library

Paris Museums

The Paris museums have put 100,000 images online for free viewing.

Paris Museums

Philharmonic Orchestra

Free streaming of past performances

Philharmonic

Shipwreck

Explore a 17th century shipwreck!

Shipwreck

Virtual Field Trips

Even MORE virtual field trip options.

Virtual Field Trips

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