Social Studies Links
Dr. Ava L. McCall
American Indian Studies Program
The American Indian Studies Program at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction exists
primarily to assist with the implementation of the curricular requirements in the areas of
American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty.
Census in Schools
The Census in Schools program promotes data literacy and increases awareness of Census
Bureau products and activities by providing educators with teaching tools, resource materials,
workshops, and other professional development opportunities.
The National Council on Economic Education source of classroom tested, Internet-based
economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students.
Fair Trade Solution
This web site promotes justice and environmental sustainability for coffee farming communities
everywhere. It is sponsored by Co-op America, a membership organization of consumers,
investors, businesses, and communities that work together to create a socially just and
environmentally sustainable economy.
Free The Children
The web site provides background information on the Free the Children organization, founded by
Craig Kielburger and his friends in Canada when 12-year-old Craig became aware of the
problems of child labor. The organization is dedicated to ending poverty, exploitation, and abuse
among children and offering children a voice in solving these problems. The web site offers
actions children and youth can take to inform others about children’s rights issues and specific
projects children and youth can become involved in to address the problems of child labor and
child poverty in different parts of the world.
GoodWeave works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational
opportunities to children in South Asia.
International Education and Resource Network
This site offers projects that teachers and students can tackle with the interaction of other
classrooms around the world.
Kids and Democracy
The PBS Kids Democracy Project site can be a useful, fun addition to your classroom during the
election year and beyond. The activities and lesson plans you see on the site have been designed
with the following goals in mind: (1) introducing the structure and duties of local, state and
federal government; (2) understanding how government affects our everyday lives, through laws,
institutions and services provided in the community; (3) identifying the duties of the U.S.
president and thinking critically about the skills necessary to be a good president; and (4)
understanding the history of voting rights in America, and articulating how voting and other
forms of civic involvement are essential to a healthy democracy. The online activities are
designed for students in grades three to six, with accompanying lesson plans for language arts
(LA), social studies (SS), and math (M) teachers.
Lest We Forget
Our agenda is simple. The contributors and I offer you the history, culture, preservation efforts,
and current events of African-Americans, other ethnic, non-ethnic groups and individuals. We
focus on and emphasize their sacrifices, relationships, interactions, patriotism as well as their
contributions to the growth and development of this great nation.
National Geographic: Education
This web site is offers teachers lesson plans, online adventures, maps and geography, and
educational materials for use in the classroom.
National Labor Committee
The National Labor Committee (NLC) is a human rights advocacy group, dedicated to promoting
and defending the rights of workers. Through establishing long standing working relationships
with non-governmental, human rights, labor and religious organizations, primarily in Latin
America, the NLC puts a human face on the global economy. The NLC educates and actively
involves the public in actions aimed at ending labor abuses, improving living conditions for
workers and their families and promoting the concept of a living wage and true independent
Oyate is a Native organization working to see that lives and histories are portrayed honestly. Its
work includes evaluation of texts, resource materials and fiction by and about Native peoples;
conducting of teacher workshops, in which participants learn to evaluate children's material for
anti-Indian biases; administration of a small resource center and library; and distribution of
children's, young adult, and teacher books and materials, with an emphasis on writing and
illustration by Native people.
At this web site you can discover the good, the bad and the ugly behind the products you buy
everyday — from clothing to shoes to toothpaste. It is sponsored by Co-op America, a
membership organization of consumers, investors, businesses, and communities that work
together to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable economy.
This site is primarily a teacher resource, designed to help teachers teach about tolerance.
UNICEF Voices of Youth
Voices of Youth has been developed as part of UNICEF's 50th Anniversary celebration.
Through Voices of Youth, you can take part in an electronic discussion about the future as we
face the 21st century. UNICEF invites you to discuss how this world can become a place where
the rights of every child are protected, that is, the right to live in peace, to have decent shelter, to
be healthy and well-nourished, to have clean water, to play, to go to school, and to be protected
from violence, abuse and exploitation.
UW Oshkosh EMC Social Studies Lesson Plans
The library staff at UW Oshkosh maintains this list of links to over 15 sites.
Serving a variety of needs, the plans include a wide range of teaching strategies. The assessment
component of each lesson focuses on the knowledge and skills that students will use to answer a
guiding geographic question as they address real-world issues.
Annotated bibliography list