SENIOR HIGH SOCIAL STUDIES


Biography

Countries of the World

Geneology

History - General

Native Studies

Canadian Studies

Current Issues

Geography

History - U.S.

Women

Elections

GIS

Immigration

World War I and II

 

 

 

Law

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

  • The American Experience:Eleanor Roosevelt "An in-depth look at one of the most influential women of the last century. Features a timeline, maps and other information. Also includes a teacher's guide." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • American Writers: Teacher Resources-Sojourner Truth "This site from C-SPAN is one of the teacher resources in the Ameican Writers collection. The site includes an excerpt from Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Teaching Topics in Social Studies, Teaching Topics in Language Arts, Video Lesson Plan, and a Crossword Puzzle. Other women featured in this collection include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Chesnut, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, and Zora Neale Hurston." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • BBC Four - Audio Interviews Interviews with writers, actors, sports personalities, political activists, artists, religious thinkers and more.
  • Biographical Dictionary Search by keyword including name, birth or death date, positions held, achievements.
  • Biography A&E Site
  • Biography Links to collections of biographies and Canadian biography sites. Includes link to Bellingham Schools Biography maker.
  • Biography-Center Directory that indexes biographies.
  • Biography (Infoplease Almanac) Biographies organized by category.
  • Biography.com: Black History "Includes a directory of important African Americans that links to biographical information about their lives and times." From School Library Media Activities Monthly, February 2005.
  • Canadian Authors Search by author's last name to find a bibliography of the author's work. Many but not all authors also have their web sites and online interviews listed as well. The site includes lots of YA and children's authors. A few notable authors are missing such as Miriam Toews. You may want to consult the Manitoba Writers' page at http://www.mbwriter.mb.ca/mapindex/author_index.html for a profile of Miriam Toews.
  • Canadian Heroes (Fact and Fiction) National Library's collection of biographies. Includes short biography, bibliography and links to other sites.
  • Canadian Celebrities Site Actors, musicians, sports figures and other professionals. The site about Canadians in the limelight may be searched alphabetically or by profession. See who was selected Canadian of the month.
  • Canadian Prime Ministers One of the best sources of information about Canadian Prime Ministers. Bilingual.
  • CBC Archives: Famous Canadians Includes links to text, tv clips and radio clips..
  • CBC Radio - Richardson's Roundup - Audio Bill Richardson interviews artists, writers, scientists, comedians and more.
  • Celebrate Black History Month "This site includes a collection of over sixty biographies of great African Americans throughout history." From School Library Media Activities Monthly, February 2005.
  • Children's Encyclopedia of Women "'This encyclopedia was begun in March 1998 by third and fourth grade students at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York.' They have added to this resource each spring making it an interesting site that reflects both student work and the lives of famous women." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King Description of the life of Canada's longest-serving prime minister; research using King's digitized diary. Two teaching units; interactive multimedia quizzes; activities--Grades 6 to 11.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Search or browse the Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC). Contains information about people who lived before 1930.
  • Exceptional Canadians Links to information about Canadians ogranized by fields such as Artsists, Athletes, Indigenous People, and Scientists.
  • The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences "This site is arranged by scientific field and also maintains an index for African American women scientists. It includes African Americans who have contributed in all fields of science and in engineering. Hosted by Princeton University." From School Library Media Activities Monthly, February 2005.
  • FactMonster-People Arranged by: People Fun Facts, Women of Influence, Biographies, U.S. Presidents. Has search feature.
  • Famous Canadian Theme Page Lots of links to sites as those in this list.
  • Famous French Canadians The Canadian French-speaking world and some of the Canadians who contributed to its greatness. Bilingual.
  • Female Nobel Prize Laureates "Individuals are listed in a timeline that is connected with the area of their award including physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine, peace, and literature. The site currently includes information on over thirty women." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics A look at the job of prime minister and the lives of Canada's 22 prime ministers. Comprehensive teaching strategy; concentration and trivia games; crossword puzzle--Grades 4 to 10.
  • First Lady's Gallery "Hosted at The White House site, First Lady's Gallery features a timeline beginning with Martha Dandridge Custis Washington and concluding with Laura Welch Bush." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • Great Canadian Scientists Profiles, Quizes, ask a Scientist.
  • Great Canadian Scientists Biographical information about our scientists with a brief story of their contributions. User friendly site.
  • Heart and Soul: A Celebration of African American Music "World Book editors have created a site that looks at a selection of famous African American musicians and their contributions to different forms of music including jazz, blues, rock and classical music." From School Library Media Activities Monthly, February 2005
  • Heroes of Yore and Lore: Canadian Heroes in Fact and Fiction Not many biographies, but what is there is very well presented at this National Library of Canada site. It is most suitable for Early and Middle Years students. Bilingual.
  • Kids' Stop: Aboriginal People Profiles Learn more about the lives and contributions of some prominent Aboriginal people in Canada - devoted individuals who have made a real difference in their fields: writers, actors, musicians, athletes and more! Bilingual. Good for Early and Middle Years students.
  • Lives, The Biography Resource Links to sites containing biographies, autobiographies, diaries, letters, and more.
  • Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony "A PBS resource that features Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their work with the Sufferage Movement. Hightlight the key events in the movement, contains relevant documents and essays, and looks at Anthony and Stanton's work on contemporary women. Also includes a teacher's guide." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • Rulers "Rulers includes comprehensive lists of heads of state or government (including unofficial de facto leaders) of all countries and territories, going back to the year 1700. There are also lists of leaders of major international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, NATO, and the International Olympic Committee. The list includes foreign ministers, leaders of religious denominations large and small, including dozens of Christian organizations, the Caliphate, the Dalai Lamas, and more. It's fascinating to browse the number and variety of titles assumed by world leaders: governor, president, prime minister, magistrate, administrator, commissioner, and more. This is also a great place to begin learning about a country or region. After students have had a chance to review the list of country's leaders, ask them to formulate hypotheses about the area's history based on the evidence presented here. Did the leadership change often? Did the title of the person change often? Based on what you saw, do you think the country had a stable government?" From Classroom Connect, March 2004.
  • Sally Ride Club "An appealing website that was created by Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, intended for use by upper elementary and middle school girls." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • Susan B. Anthony Biography "A biography that features the work of Susan B. Anthony as abolitionist, educational reformer, labor activist, temperance worker, suffragist, and woman's rights campaigner. The biography is connected to the site that features Anthony's home in Rochester, New York." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill Access to the Moodie and Traill manuscript collections; biographical and historical information about these two important 19th-century writers. Comprehensive teaching strategy--Grades 10 to 12.
  • Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt "From the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, this resource includes section on Who is Eleanor Roosevelt? and Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005
  • TIME Magazine: TIME 100 - People of the Century Organized by Leaders and Revolutionaries, Artists and Entertainers, Builders and Titans, Scientists and Thinkers, Heroes and Icons and Person of the Century.
  • Well Known People Who Happen to be Canadian List of Canadians who have achieved international recognition arranged by fields such as Journalists, Authors, Comedians, Astronauts..
  • Who's Who in Western Canada Short biographies with photographs.
  • WIC Biography Index Maintained by the Women's International Center, San Diego, California.
  • Women's Biographies: Distinguished Women of Past and Present Search by subject or name.
  • Women of NASA "'The Women of NASA resource was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology. The Teaching Tips section suggests creative ways to integrate the Women of NASA interactive project into your teaching and learning.'" from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

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CANADIAN STUDIES

  • About Canada The Canadian government web site.
  • Canada - Information pages dealing with our history Information on Canadian history from exploration to confederation to the world wars to the present. In addition to this history link, the Home page to the this site
  • Canada - Information pages dealing with a great country has links to Natural Environment, People, Economy, Government and a Fact Summary.
  • Canada's International Aid Project (Grade 11) In the units by BC Teacher-Librarians section of The Bookmark May 2002.
  • Canada's Printed Heritage Via Internet "To date, the full text of some 2,600 books and pamphlets originally published between the 16th and the early 20th centuries have been scanned and are now available on the Internet. Subject areas include Canadian literature, women's history, travel and exploration, the history of French Canada and native studies." Annotation from School Libraries in Canada, Sources 1999.
  • Canadian Atlas Online This site published by The Royal Canadian Geographic Society is a bilingual, interactive guide to Canada. It provides information on Canadian history, culture, people and geography.
  • Canadian Heritage - Main Menu Site of the federal government department.
  • Canadian History Maintained by a secondary social studies teacher in Saskatchewan. This page has links to a variety of Canadian sources and to Social Studies links appropriate for teachers in Saskatchewan.
  • Canadian Information by Subject (CIBS) links to Internet sites that contain information about Canada. Developed by the National Library of Canada.
  • Canadian Mail Order Catalogues Brief history of mail-order catalogues in Canada. Database of selected digitized catalogues from a variety of Candian stores. Two classroom activities--Grade 9

·         Canadian Military History Theme Page

  • Canajun Notebook Links to many things Canadian including Current Events, Weather, Political Parties, News & Media Organizations, Past Events such as 2000 election, and Periodicals.
  • CCM Site Index Visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum or the Virtual Museum of New France. Also available in French
  • Cool Canada Discover cool Canadian facts about fascinating places, incredible inventions, interesting people and amazing trivia. Four learning activities - Grades 7 to 12.
  • Early Canadiana online Primary sources in Canadian history from the first European contact to the late19th century. Search the text by author, title, publisher and keyword. Search in English or French.
  • The EvidenceWeb Selection of important primary-source documents to enrich students' understanding of Canadian history and culture. Database of photographs, illustrations, maps, letters, diary entries, political cartoons, newspaper articles, historical or literary documents and printed and recorded music. Teaching units--Grades 5 to 12.
  • Fur Trade in Canada "At In Pursuit of Adventure: The Fur Trade in Canada and the North West Compand, delve into the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the McGill Universities Libraries to read about the Canadian Fur trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Research tools include timelines, annotated maps, and a database of manuscripts." from The Beaver/ Sept 2007 BILINGUAL
  • The Greatest Canadian CBC television will abe airing a six-week Greatest Canadian TV series begining in October 2004. This site has an Educator's guide and worksheets and more information about the series and the contest.
  • The Herstory Exhibition: Celebrating 20 years. Samples from Herstory. The Canadian Women's Calendar 1974-1995.
  • History Television Website for the Canadian History Television Channel.
  • National Atlas of Canada which is a geographical resource about Canada and its communities. Featured on the site are a map creation tool, a geography quiz, a geographical names search tool and Defacto, a Canadian geographical fact book. Visit the site at http://www-nais.ccm.emr.ca/schoolnet/
  • Ni'Ithinimuk My People: A visual record of Northern Manitoba's Cree People. The images and stories of native photographer Murray McKenzie.
  • Sheet music from Canad's Past Sheet music published in Canada before 19212; articles on the history of sheet music in Canada. Database allows students to look for a piece, view the sheet music and print a copy. Two teaching strategies--Grades 7 to 12.
  • SOS! Canadian Disasters Investigations of the disasters that profoundly marked Candian society, communities and families. Six-part unit plan--Grades 7 to 12.
  • Statistical Profile of Canadian Communities Search by community name for information on age, language, education, work, income families and dwellings.
  • Statistics Canada Connections to: 1996 Census; Educational Resources; Canada Quiz; Canadian Statistics. Also available in French
  • The Virtual Gramophone Canadian Historical Sound Recordings A look at the early days of Canadian recorded sound from the 1900s to the 1930s. Database of images and digital audio recordings; biographies of musicians. Three teaching strategies; ideas for classroom activities--Grades 7 to 9.

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COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD 

 

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IMMIGRATION

University of Manitoba - Prairie Immigrants - Illustrated History "Learn about the immigration experience in Western Canada by browsing through 15,000 digitized archival items, including texts, photos, videos, and audio recordings at this project of the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. Learn the hardships settlers overcame as they moved westward into a new country." from The Beaver/ Sept 2007

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MULTICULTURALISM

NEWFOUNDLAND

  •  Newfoundland Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. Articles on the people, places and things of Newfoundland.

YUKON TERRITORY

 

 

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CURRENT ISSUES

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ELECTIONS

Atlas of Canada: 37th Federal Election, 2000 Click "Get Statistics", then click on the map and see electoral results for individual ridings.

Canada 2004 Although maintained by a university student, this site has great links to the latest public opinion polls as well as past voting results, candidates, and political parties.

CBC Use the keyword "election" for the latest news stories. Check out the archives for great in-depth looks at many political and social issues, such as this overview of the 2003 Manitoba election.

Elections Canada Online Bilingual site with comprehensive information on Canadian federal elections, including maps of the new electoral boundaries and past election results. Lots of search capabilities.

Elections Manitoba: Educational Resources Information on the Educator's Kit and booking a presenter, as well as specific information about Manitoba elections.

Fair Vote Canada A good discussion of electoral reform and alternate voting systems.

History of the Vote Information on the history of voting in Canada with timeline and a trivia game.

Rush the Vote "Dedicated to fostering political awareness of Canadian youth", this site includes info on how and why to vote, questions to ask your candidate, information on party platforms, etc.

Student Vote 2004 "A non-partisan, educational initiative inspiring a habit of electoral and community participation among students. Student Vote 2004, operating in all provinces and territories, will engage schools in every electoral district of Canada targeting the high school grade levels." Even if you don't register your school for this program, there's lots of useful info in the Learning Resources section.

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GEOGRAPHY

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GIS

Manitoba Land Initiative Requires free registration to access a set of provinicial base map products.

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HISTORY - GENERAL

Daily Lesson Plan:Global History Variety of global history plans for grades 6-S4.

Women Leading the World. Learning goals, activities and links available in March 2004 Classroom Connect article. To borrow, contact the Media Centre.

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HISTORY - U.S.

Daily Lesson Plan:American History Variety of american history plans for grades 6-S4.

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NATIVE STUDIES

Aboriginal Games and Activities This site is designed to teach the original intent of play and activities. Covers: Medicine wheel perspectives and various games such as fox tails, bone toss, bird snare.

Cradleboard Teaching Project Lesson plans and activities to support Native American culture - past, present and future.

Language of Native American Baskets from the Weaver's View (Smithsonian) "Baskets accompanied Indian people throughout their lives. Babies were carried in baskets, meals were prepared and cooked in them, worldly goods were stored in them, and people were buried in them. Today, baskets serve as markers of cultural pride and inheritance. Basketry is a living art. To help illustrate continuity from past to present, each weaver chose four baskets from the Smithsonian collections and paired them with baskets from their own or other Native basket-makers' contemporary works. These juxtapositions and the weavers' thoughts on what they tell us, are presented in "The Weavers' View." Links on the top navigation bar and side navigation bars lead to a wealth of informaiton and lots of images of baskets. From the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian." Blue Web'n site.

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WOMEN

Biography Celebrates Women's History Month "Extensive lists of women's biographis are divided in categories: artists and writers, athletes and adventurers, entertainers, leaders and businesswomen, refomers and suffragists, and scientists and educators." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Celebrate Women's History "Contains a variety of activities, quizzes, articles, and a discussion question that help students understand the achievements of women throughout the last 150 years of American history. The site has materials for three developmental levels. A timeline on the site contains the content for the activities and quizzes." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Celebrating Women's Achievements Lives and accomplishments of Canadian women in their chosen fields. Two comprehensive teaching strategies; ideas for classroom activities; crossword puzzle--Grades 9 to 12.

Education World Curriculum: March in Women's History Month "A great variety of connections to websites, activities and lots of ideas for Women's History Month and all year long." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Gale-Free Resources-Women's History Month "A collection of activities, extension ideas, and information. 'Within this site, teachers and students can read biographies of significant women throughout time, take a quiz based on women and their achievements, follow a timeline of significant events in women's history, and enjoy activities taken from the Women's History Month Resource Book and excerpts from Women Rights on Trial.'" from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

History Channel Exhibits: Women's History "This site features women 'trailblazers who have changed the world'. A collection of important women were featured here throughout the month of March, but the information is available all year long." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ April 2005

National Women's Hall of Fame "Physically located in Seneca Falls, New York, this virtual companion site provides information on those outstanding American women who have been nominated and inducted. The site also includes a history of the organization and news/events." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

National Women's History Museum "'National Women's History Museum is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to restoring the historic contributions and the rich, diverse experiences of women to mainstream culture.' The museum was founded in 1996 and there are plans to have a physical museum in Washington, DC." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

National Women's History Project "The National Women's History Project's mission 'is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.' Look here for content information and links to other information about women and their roles in history." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ April 2005

Teacher Resources-Women Pioneers in American Memory "This site includes five areas where women have been pioneers in American history: Westward, Suffrage, The Struggle for Equality, On the Job, and Women Today. A great site that includes activities for each of the areas." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Time for Kids: Women's History Month "Designed for kids, this site includes brief articles and information connected to the celebration of women's history." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Timeline of U. S. Women's History "A great timeline of women's history from 1850-2000 that mentions a number of famous women and includes particular events in women's history." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Women in American History "From the editors of Britannica Online, thi site covers women in different stages of American History: Early America (1600-1820), The Nineteenth Century (1820-1880), At the Crossroads (1880-1920), and Modern America (1920-Present). This site also includes articles, a media gallery, recommended reading, a study guide, and connections to women's history on the Web" from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ April 2005

Women in World History Curriculum "Created in 1996, 'this unique site is full of information and resources for learning about women's history in a global, non-U.S. context.' The site includes sections on today's heroes, biographies, lessons, essays and curriculum connections. There are sixteen curriculum unites in the Curriculum Showcase." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ April 2005

Women Who Changed History "Meet five amazing women through this Scholastic site Dr. Mae Jemison, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride and Melba Pattillo. Other features have included Women's Suffrage, Nobel Prize Winner Jody Williams and students activities. The site also links to other sites to explore including a connection to a Women's History Quiz." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ April 2005

Women's History Month Homepage "From the Department of Defense, this site 'observes National Women's History Month and salutes the many contributions of American Women to our country.' It includes a copy of the proclamation signed by President Clinton on March 1, 2000 that created Women's History Month and a variety of biographies and related sites." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

Women's History Month Resources-Federal Resources for Educational Excellence "Links to free resources for exploring women's history. Searches can be conducted in different areas: arts, educational technology, foreign languages, health and safety, language arts, mathematics, physical education, science, social studies, and vocational education." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/April 2005

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WORLD WAR 1 & 2

Canada and the First World War A look at the role of canadian men and women during the First World War, and the indelible effects of the war on our society. Classroom activity--Grades 8 to 12.

Lest We Forget:First World War Cenotaph Research Research and writing assignments about individuals who served in the First World War whose names are listed on cenotaphs across Canada. Unit plan--Grades 10 to 12.

Through a Lens: Dieppe in Photography and Film Role of Canadians during the 1942 raid on Dieppe as seen through photographs and newsreels, including rarely seen footage captured from Germany. two classroom activities--Grades 6 to 12.

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Last updated June 16, 2008