Office of Secondary Social Studies
General Social Studies Curricular Links

Geography [top]

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National Geographic Xpeditions

Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures including printer friendly outline maps.

Education Place- Outline Maps

A free selection of outline maps to print or download for classroom use.

Prentice Hall Online Map Bank

Database of historical maps that can be printed out for classroom use.

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Globalis: An Interactive World Map

Sponsored by the Global Virtual University and United Nations University, this site provides thematic world maps based on data from the U.N. Human Development Report (2003). Themes include: literacy rates, economic indicators, and population density.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

This site includes links regional maps. It is also updated often to contain maps that relate to current events.

Economics [top]

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EconEd Link

This site by the National Council on Economic Education is a comprehensive guide to teaching economics, including model lessons.

EcEd Web

The Economic Education Web is your portal to economic education resources in all forms and at all levels. Includes an explanation of economics concepts and standards, classroom lessons, web projects, and support resources.

CNBC- Money

This site provides up to date market analysis
and economic forecasts.

CNN- Money

Track your stock and predict the future of the
market along with experts from CNN and Money.


This site provides information about the companies
and the stock prices on the NASDAQ. In addition
it analyzes the market activity.

The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool’s stated mission is to educate, enrich, and amuse individual investors around the world.

Foundations in Teaching Economics

The FTE provides a variety of high-quality professional development opportunities and lesson plans for secondary economics and social studies teachers.

National Council on Economics Education

This site offers resources and
activities for elementary, middle school, and
high school students.

National Endowment of Financial Education

This foundation is dedicated to helping
Americans acquire the information and gain
the skills necessary to take control of their
personal finances. This focus is exemplified by the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program.

The Census Economic Briefing Room

Use this site to find current information on economic indicators including manufacturing, construction spending, home sales, and more at quick glace.

International Development Research Center

IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

World Trade Organization

This site provides information about contemporary
trade issues throughout the world.

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Economics of Pro Team Sports: Peanuts and Crackerjacks

This site is the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's educational unit on the economics of pro sports. Peanuts & Crackerjacks is about using economics to gain a better understanding of everyday life.

Black Enterprise

A website devoted to unlocking economic
opportunity for African Americans. This site
has information about investing, businesses,
and current trends.

Managing the Economy

This BCPS web quest addresses the essential
question: Should monetary and fiscal policymakers
influence economic fluctuations to stabilize the
economy? If so, when? If not, why not?

Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition

This site provides information on businesses,
economics and finance with today's teenagers
as the focus group.

Fed 101

Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.

Archaeology [top]

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The official publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

Earth watch

This sites purpose is to promote sustainable conservation of  natural resources and cultural heritage.

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National Park Service

Discover some of the rich resources in our national parks through the eyes of archeologists who research and analyze these important places.

Multiculturalism [top]

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Heritage Teaching Resources

The Smithsonian offers resources for teaching about the history of African American, Women, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans.
The African-American Mosaic

This site offers in-depth information about Colonization, Abolition, Migration, and the WPA. Each of these areas is explored with a variety of resources.
America’s First Nations Collection

Featuring reproducible copies of primary source documents from Marquette University and elsewhere. These materials were created by teacher-scholars who participated in America's First Nations: American Indians in Social Studies Curricula, a teacher institute hosted by Marquette University and funded by National Endowment for the Humanities.

General [top]

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Librarians Information Network for the Essential Curriculum

A web portal designed and managed by the Office of Library Information Services. The content of this site represents the best Internet sources and locally designed curriculum materials and information to support the teaching and learning of the K-12 Essential Curriculum.
Discovery Channel School

A diverse site that features lesson plans, web links, and discussion groups. Kathy Schrok's Guide to Educators is included in this site.
Federal Resources for Education Excellence-Social Studies

A clearinghouse for teaching and learning resources from the 63 different federal agencies, arranged by topic.
The History Channel- Classroom

The History Channel sponsors an online resource for its programming. The features of the site include daily questions, exhibits, classroom activities, and a programming schedule.
The Maryland State Department of Education

The Maryland State Department of Education
provides resources and guidelines for assessment
and achievement in Maryland's public schools.

Field Trips (top)

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The Reginald F Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is dedicated to sharing the courageous journeys toward freedom and self-determination made by African American Marylanders. For information on school trips click here.
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