Lesson Plans

There are tons of web pages with teacher-created lesson plans. Find some of the many further down this page. There are some that I have used with success and that other teachers have recommended as being especially useful. Those are listed directly below.

You are the Historian!
Plimoth Plantation has put together this very cool historical investigation for elementary & MS kid

Mr. Donn's Lesson Plans
Tons of great ideas group by category

 New York Times Education Network
A great way to tie social studies with current events
Education World Lesson Plans
Good luck using all of this stuff!
Fiction CyberGuides
Integrate Social Studies and Language Arts with these lessons that contain student & teacher editions, standards, web sites and a rubric

 
America's Library
"America's Story from America's Library" wants you to have fun with history while learning at the same time!
BBC / History page
Yes . . . the BBC! Think of it as England's answer to our PBS. Some neat multimedia stuff including WWII oral interviews, interactive maps and how to "do" history
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works & suggests links to other sites for kids
Best of History Web Sites
Links to over 1000 history web sites as well as lesson plans, teacher guides, activities & games
Discovery Channel School
Find hundreds of lesson plans by grade level & subject, all written by teachers
Edsitement: The Best of the Humanities on the Web
Brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom
Bridging World History / America's History in the Making
Find a year's worth of sequenced plans of K-4 SS Lesson Plans
Ideas!
Teacher-reviewed, standards-aligned, interactive lessons, videos and other resources from the University of Wisconsin. Looks like great stuff!
Library of Congress Learning Page
Activities, strategies, lesson plans, workshops and more
Your
National Parks are a wealth of curriculum based experiences, aligned with standards of learning. Check out the list for fantastic learning opportunities, inside the classroom and in the parks.
PBS Teachers
Multimedia resources & professional development for America's preK-12 educators
Primary Sources and Activities for the Classroom
NARA's excellent education page
Schools of California Online Resources for Education
This site has tons of good stuff! Get
great Instructional Strategies, helpful lessons and links to literacy resources
Smithsonian's Educator's Page
Lesson plans, resources, multimedia and best of all? All of it aligned to your state standards!

TeachableMoment
aims to encourage critical thinking on issues of the day. Student readings and classroom activities are available for elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. Topics include current domestic & international events, conflict resolution, and intercultural understanding.
Teachers' Guide for the Professional Cartoonists' Index

Lesson plans for using editorial cartoons as a teaching tool in Social Sciences, Art, Journalism and English at all levels

ThinkFinity!

Provides high quality, standards-based Internet content from a highly moderated database of lessons (used to be Marco Polo)
Thirteen/Ed Online Timersavers: The Best Lessons
Lesson plans developed by web-savvy teachers that use the rich resources of Thirteen/WNET New York and the Internet