Economics, Geography, & Government


Google Earth
The coolest geography tool I have ever used! And it's free!
Allows you to zoom in, pan and fly from place to place.
Scroll down for a separate section of GE resources

US Geological Survey's Learning Web
Provides activities, maps, and teacher guides, it also has student pages and lesson plans
Map Machine @
Find nearly any place on Earth and view it by population, climate, and much more
Part of the Spot Network, GovSpot should be your first stop in finding US government info

Econ Ed Links: A Premier Source for Classroom
Tested Resources
A premier source of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students


My Reading Mapped
A collection of documentaries in the form of interactive Google Maps on historic events

CIA World Factbook
Great info on every country around the world
Country Information
Maintained by the International Monetary Fund, this site has reports and publications arranged by country
Country Reports
More than 26,000 pages of valuable statistical data and cultural information
An entertaining adventure game for GPS users
Deals with statistics on the human population and Earth in general
Information USA
A resource from US Department of State for anyone seeking information about American society, political processes, official U.S. policies and culture
Kansas Geographic Alliance
Lots of lesson plans, Kansas maps, and grant info
Kansas Geological Survey
Info laden page with maps, documents, instructional aids. Nice use of your tax dollars!
A Kid's Guide to Famous US Landmarks
A nice list of places around the US designed for kids. (Thanks for the tip, Mia!)

Lonely Planet
Has some incredibly useful geography resources and information. Blogs from around the world giving up-to-date information on their travel experiences & a neat tool called WorldGuide.
Mapping History
Designed to provide interactive and animated representations of historical problems and events
Maps: Finding Our Place in the World
Learn more about maps and mapmaking from Chicago's Field Museum
My Wonderful World
A campaign by NGS to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community. Lots of goodies!
A vast compilation of data from from which you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics
Portals to the World
Maintained by the US Library of Congress & contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about different nations of the world
Research and compare a multitude of different data on US states with visualization technology like pie charts, maps, graphs and scatterplots, map and flag images, state profiles, and correlations

United Nations CyberSchoolBus
Wonderful resource full of data, maps, lesson plans, games, quizzes, multi-media resources, CDs, video clips, documents, student work from around the world, you name it, it is here
World Atlas
Highest lowest biggest smallest tallest deepest oldest youngest continents countries cities dependencies deserts islands lakes mountains oceans provinces rivers seas and more list. Lots of cool facts here!
World Heritage Tour
Creates virtual panoramas of all of the UN World Heritage sites. Some very cool multimedia here!
A cool site that constantly updates world data on population, economics, education, environment, etc
Lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there

Economic Resources for K-12 Educators
Kansas Council for Economic Education
EconomicsAmerica Online
Foundation for Teaching Economics
The mission of the FTE is to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators
Center For Economic Education
International Monetary Fund
The Mint: It Makes Sense!
Find lesson plans and activities to teach personal finance

Just Maps
AskAsia Maps
Maps & lesson plans for over 30 Asian nations
Atlapedia Online
David Rumsey Historical Maps
Has over 8,800 historic maps online
EduPlace Social Studies Maps
General Printable Maps from the United Nations
Graphic Map's World Atlas and Geography Facts
Library of Congress: American Memory Map Collections Home Page
Map-It - A Simple Map Generator
National Atlas of the United States
Outline Map Sites
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
University of Georgia: Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection
University of Texas: Historical Map Web Sites
US Gazetteer
This gazetteer is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server. You can search for places, counties or MCDs by entering the name and state abbreviation (optional), or 5-digit zip code
A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest

Google Earth Resources
Google Earth
Google Earth Gallery
Google Earth User Guide
Google’s Lat Long Blog
Google Earth Lesson Plans
Google Earth Blog
Google Earth Hacks
Google Lit Trips
Google Earth Education Community
Get Google Earth Pro free!
Glenn’s Google Earth links
Social Studies Central resources
Really ambitious? Try using the Google Outreach spreadsheet template to create very professional looking tours!(Check out an example of the spreadsheet idea from the Smithsonian and view this how-to video)
My Reading Mapped
A collection of documentaries in the form of interactive Google Maps on historic events


Government / Civics
Kansas Judicial Branch
Kansas Government
Center on Congress at Indiana University
The Center's goal is to help improve the public's understanding of Congress and to improve civic engagement
Civics Online
Provides primary sources, professional development tools, and interactive activities to help teach civics
Great site that has everything you need to know about Congress, how it works and what it's doing
Dirksen Congressional Center
Tons of great resources for teachers and kids. A must see!
Famous Trials
Created by a professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, this site is an incredible collection of info and resources of trials throughout history
FirstGov: Your Gateway to the Federal Government
The place to start any search of federal government stuff
Federal Government Resources on the Web
History of the Supreme Court
Presents the history in a way that corresponds to thematic strands in the curriculum
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Local Government and Politics on the Web
Local and State Information
Provided by the Library of Congress
The US 50: A Guide to the Fifty States
US House of Representative
US Senate
US Supreme Court
US Courts
Welcome to the United Nations
White House