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*General Sites

Information about people and places from around the world.  Broken into three sections:  World Edition (intended for students in grades 6-12), Kids Edition (World Edition for students in grades K-5), and States Edition.   Also has a variety of other resources including information about famous people, recipes, and photographs.

Discovery Atlas
Part of Discovery Streaming.  Has detailed information about people and places from around the world.  Includes photographs and movies.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Atlas for Elementary Students provided by Badgerlink. 

Fact Monster
Reference site that includes an almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary. The United States section provides maps, important documents in history, and information about cities and states, population, government structure, and even different laws and timelines of U.S. history. The World section covers countries of the world, current events, world history, natural disasters, wars, geography, and different religions. (description from: guides/Education/Elementary-School-Social-Studies.html?pg=0#0)

Fun School
Arcade type games related to Geography & History.
Site includes games related to maps, matching animals to their natural habitats, social studies word search puzzles, and news.  Site includes advertisements unless have paid subscription.

Resources related to history, geography, and biography.  Site intended for upper elementary students.
Information about the 50 states.

Smithsonian Institution or Smithsonian Education
Student version of Smithsonian Institution site.  Has fair amount of reading and limited illustrations.  Includes rotating selection of online exhibits including profiles of American presidents and space exploration.

Social Studies for Kids
Includes articles, subjects, and links to social studies related topics.  Includes a history story, current event, and information about upcoming holidays or events on the main page.  Contains some advertisements.

Time for Kids
Current news from around the world for students in grades K-6.

World Book Online
Online reference center.  Includes an atlas and encyclopedia.  There is also a special section (explore top tab) on Wisconsin.


*Content Specific Sites 

Economics - 5th Grade Curriculum 

Explorers - 5th Grade Curriculum

  • Explorers
    List of explorers websites for students.
  • Enchanted Learning
    Includes brief biographical information about a variety of explorers.  Some explorers have links to other sites.
  • Fun School
    Explorers quiz.

Geography - 5th Grade Curriculum

  • FunSchool
    Arcade type games that include information about the United States and the world.
  • Google Earth
    Allows you to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings from anywhere in the world.  Users can explore geographical content, save toured places, and share the information with others.  Note: this website includes software that needs to be downloaded.  It is included on most of the computers within the buildings.  Please talk to your building ETC if you are interested in using this program and do not have access.
  •  Owl & Mouse
    Interactive maps to learn continents, countries, states, capitals, borders, physical features and cultural monuments.  Note: this website includes software that needs to be downloaded.  Please talk to your building ETC if you are interested in using the programs at school.
  • Play Kids Games
    Interactive jigsaw puzzles of States, Countries, and Continents.
  • Sheppard Software
    Includes free, interactive map games that test your knowledge of states, capitals, and landscapes of the United States.  There are a variety of levels from Tutorial which allows users to learn the information by clicking on points on a map to Cartographer.  (Note: Mac users use Firefox and go to the following URL: web_games_mac.htm)
  • Traveler IQ Challenge
    Take quizes to see if you know where famous places, cities, and travel destinations are located.

Government - 4th Grade Curriculum

Immigration - 4th Grade Curriculum

Wisconsin - 4th Grade Curriculum


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