Posts tagged social studies


So today I was on YouTube and I found this series called Horrible Histories. They are songs and sketches all about history!

I’ve learned that they are actually rather well-known? I never knew about them of course because they played on the BBC and I live in America.

Needless to say I’ve spent a good hour watching these videos! They’re both hilarious and informative and I knew you would all appreciate them!

History and British accents, what’s not to love?!


“This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”

Use as a lesson for ways to get people to change their habits.  This could be linked to environmentalism or be done as a science or sociology experiment.  It’s a great hook in any case!

I love this, and if I knew how to build such a thing I would.

JFK Presidential Library

I know this is late for President’s day, but if you click on one of the oval carvings on the desk you can listen to some of JFK’s Secret Recordings (now public) on things like space, civil rights, Cuba, Vietnam, etc.  Definitely a great primary resource for some social studies / history courses!

There are several other cool parts to the site, but I’ll let you explore for yourself!

11 Social Studies Resources to Try in 2011

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project began in 2000 for the purpose of documenting the lives of American WWII Veterans. Later, the project was expanded to any veteran on active duty or who has served in any branch of the Armed Services in any era. Your mission is to interview a veteran, present their narrative in a multimedia presentation, and share it. If it is good enough, the interview and the narrative will be sent to the Library of Congress so any American can learn about the service and sacrifice these veterans have made for our country. More information about this project can be found at

This would be a wonderful extra credit project for Social Studies.

Fact Monster

Just the facts ma’m.

This website for kids is run by Information Please.  There is a homework center, dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, and almanac.  Other sections of the site include information about different parts of the world, the United States, science, important people from history, sports, science, authors and books, and math.

This would be a good site to have students look up informations, find definitions, or to introduce different units.