The Best Digital Teaching Resources
Middle School

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Social Studies

and have 10-12 minute videos that cover major time periods in world and national history. They are a fast-paced and engaging way to introduce a new topic. There is also with video studies of important historical themes like disease, civilization, and capitalism.
has American History flexbooks.
is a website with lesson plans, games, and activities to accompany Ken Burns documentaries.
is a web-based platform where students practice working with secondary and primary sources.
has a collection of the best online resources for teaching World History (organized them by time period).
is an activity your students can complete to become history detectives.
offers fun interactives and simulations to teach kids about ancient history, archeology, and museum curation.
is a National Museum of Scotland Website with games that teach kids about Ancient Egypt
is an interactive history game.
via the Smithsonian offers on Native American history.
via Fordham University is a comprehensive list of websites with resources for nearly every topic in world history. The sources are well-organized, but some of the links are broken or outdated.
is an interactive timeline creator. Teachers and students can create their own layered historical timelines or explore timelines created by other educators.
has a series of high-quality virtual exhibits on various topics.
has collected the best resources for teaching K-12 students about Islam and the Middle East.
has a vast array of video courses on subtopics within history, civics, government, and geography.
allows students to virtually explore historic sites near their home. In wake of COVID-19, they are expanding so historic sites can post virtual tours of their museums.
provides free social justice aligned lessons for civics, social studies, language arts, and humanities classes. They opened up their video resources so students can view them without needing to log in. They also for teachers switching to remote teaching.
is a PBS animated show about the American Revolution. It is available for free on YouTube.
has fun games and simulations on a variety of topics from government to digital literacy.
has civics games and activities.
is an online game created by the International Monetary Fund
Human Rights/Current Events
has classroom ready documentaries about current events and human rights issues. In response to the coronavirus, they are offering teachers a free one year subscription.
offers news media geared for students.
has tips and resources for teaching LGBTQ history.
offers free lesson plans based on current events and human rights history. They are running social media campaigns and have teacher resources for responding to hate and racism in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
created movies and lesson plans to teach global citizenship through film.
Personal Finance
is an online game that introduces kids to personal finance
is another an online game that introduces kids to personal finance
has great activities on financial literacy
has voyages where students can explore a historical or geographic topic. They have fun Carmen Sandiego games that teachers can use as a review activity.
allows teachers and students to create interactive maps.
and offer free geography quizzes.

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