U.S. History

  • From the elementary grades through the end of high school, explore here a broad range of videos, lesson plans, games, interactives, and primary sources designed to enhance student understanding of U.S. History. These resources emphasize both the acquisition of content knowledge and the development of historical inquiry skills, providing the opportunity students to engage with a broad range of stories from our past.

  • The U.S. Presidency Collection

    This video segment features Patty Loveless and Buddy Jewel singing a tune that shows people reading everything from books and recipes to maps and song lyrics.

  • Mission US

    Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history.

World History and Global Affairs

  • This collection helps students from Pre-K through high school develop a deep understanding of important issues in world history, world cultures, and global affairs. Interactives, videos, artifacts, images, and self-paced lessons help personalize the experiences of peoples from around the world and explore world history from the earliest humans through to pressing contemporary issues.

  • The Story of the Jews

    The Story of the Jews is a five-part, five-hour public television series written and presented by historian and critic Simon Schama.

  • The Effects of the Columbian Exchange

    Learn about the Columbian Exchange, the movement of plants, animals, and disease between the Americas and the rest of the world.

Geography

  • With resources including self-paced lessons, videos, interactives, this collection encourages understanding of both physical and human geography from the earliest times to the present day, as well as spatial orientation and mapping techniques. Resources are targeted at students of all levels.

  • Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries

    This WPSU interactive The Detective's Notebook Game is designed to get students to think about what they are reading and to answer questions that require inferencing.

  • Building the Erie Canal

    In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn how the Erie Canal changed the U.S. economy and influenced settlement patterns in the west.

  • Wilson and Ditch | Grand Canyon, Arizona

    In this segment of Wilson and Ditch, the gophers visit the Grand Canyon; a one mile deep, 217 mile long canyon the Colorado River carved over millions of years.

Civics and Government

  • At all levels, fostering an understanding of civics and government is a crucial part of social studies. In addition to resources on the functioning of the U.S. government and court system, these pages also demonstrate the importance of law and civic engagement in our everyday lives.

  • The Powers of Government

    In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about the three branches of the United States government.

  • Civil Rights Collection

    This collection captures the voices, images, and events of the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America.

Economics

  • From personal finance to business management to world development economics, these resources provide the opportunity to integrate economics into social studies across the eras or study these topics independently. Encourage students of all grades to use these resources to understand important economic principles and how those principles affect their lives and the lives of people around the world.

  • The Real Cost of College

    This lesson teaches the basics of budgeting, including understanding how revenue and expenses interact.

  • Waging a Living

    David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, models a close reading of Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.

  • Balancing Act | Cyberchase

    The Cyberchase kids have figured out that they need a budget for their expenses so that they don't run out of money before the movie is finished.