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A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico
An online exhibit celebrating the art and culture of a diverse society.

A Visit to Charm City
A virtual visit to Baltimore.

African Voices
Explore African art, history, and political and social themes through essays, timelines, images, and games.

African-American Women On-line Archival Collections
Historical collection of letters and memoirs by African-American women in the nineteenth-century.

Africans in America
is an online companion to the four-part PBS series, covering the period 1450 to 1865. There are historical narratives, resource banks of images, documents, stories, biographies, commentaries, and a teacher's guide.

American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
Archival resources for exploring many aspects of American history and culture.

American President
A wealth of information about the history of the American Presidency, including an archive of essays on the year 2000 general election.

America's Story from America's Library
Colorful, interactive site with from the Library of Congress. Features activities such as "Meet Amazing Americans," "Jump Back in Time," "Explore the States," "Join America at Play," and "See, Hear and Sing."

An Introduction to the Great Panics of American History
A primer on economic panics from the Panic of 1819 to the crash of 1929.

Ancient Egypt - Menu page
Graphic intensive, but informative site about Ancient Egypt from the British Museum

Ancient World Web
Site features links to sites about Ancient World (everything before 700 AD with a few exceptions) organized by categories such as art, cities, daily life, history, language and literature, mythology, religion, science and other general resources.

Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons and Human Rights
An online exhibit on the man who was both the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb and a famous defender of human rights and democracy.

Anthony's Egyptology & Archaeology
Extensive personal site with graphics, audio and presentation files about all things Egypt. Includes indices of gods, pharaohs, timelines, reading lists and discussion groups.

AOL @ School Statewide
A series of six online learning portals designed for grades K-2, 3-5, middle school, high school, teachers and administrators. Includes internet links, encyclopedias, dictionaries, lesson plans and more.

Archaeological Institute of America
Official website of North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.

A virtual library of images and field data for archaelogical study.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Under the students section, contains over 700 links to help kids with homework. Understanding Islam
Contains quizzes, interactives, articles on the meaning of Islam, its five pillars, its place in modern culture, etc. as well as Islam tools - a calendar, mosque locator, and "Ask an Imam" section. Also features an Islam timeline, glossary of terms, and suggested reading. Winner of the 2002 Webby Award in the category of "spirituality". Nominees in the category included the Vatican's website and the "Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic and Religion Website."

Benjamin Franklin
An interactive, highly informative and fun site developed as a companion for the PBS program, Benjamin Franklin. Highlights Franklin as a writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity and genius.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This site teaches students how our government works, all from the Internet-reincarnated persona of Benjamin Franklin. Content on the site is divided into separate sections and tailored to K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and Parents and Teachers.

Blackout History Project
Includes info on the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965, the NYC Blackout of '77 and the 2003 Blackout. Includes timelines, impacts on the industry, a forum and a place for users to add their own blackout stories to the collection.

Campfire Stories with George Catlin
This website presents and intreprets hundreds of George Catlin's artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection. A combination of paintings, historical documents, and commentary from contemporary experts allows students to explore the intersection of two cultures, both in Catlin's time and today. Includes a teacher's section with lesson plans, standards, and activities. 2003 Gold Medal Winner, MUSE Awards, and The American Association of Museums Winner, Best Educational Web Site, 2003.

Center for Civic Education
The mission of the Center for Civic Education is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. - There is a link to teacher resources from the home page.

Collapse of Civilizations
Annenberg/CPB site exploring ancient civilizations in the Copán Valley. Includes extensive resource list and student activities.

Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.

Dave's French Revolution Links Page
Professor's site with links to information on the French Revolution. Includes links to both English and French texts.

Don't Buy It
Food stylists are like make-up artists. It's their job to make the food you see in advertisements look great. But when you find out how they do it, you just might lose your appetite.

EAWC: Ancient Rome
Part of "Exploring Ancient World Cultures" site from University of Evansville, this site includes information and collection of texts from Ancient Rome. Also features timeline, essays, images and resource links.
Hundreds of free worksheets available in all subject areas. Also features comprehension stories sorted by grade level. Build your own spelling and vocabulary activities and more.

Variety of humanities resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation.

Directory of more than 20,000 links in over 50 categories.

Egypt's Golden Empire
Take a tour of the site and you'll find biographies, a "day in the life" interactive, a richly illustrated timeline, a virtual image library, an in-depth section on hieroglyphs, and an archive of free, on-demand video clips--which are also integrated into the site's eight lesson plans.

Emergency Response to Chemical/Biological Terrorist Incidents
An article on emergency response to chemical/biological terrorist attacks. Although written in 1997, it contains valuable information on steps emergency response workers take when confronted by a terrorist attack, as well as background information on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

Children's educational web sites and games that are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.

EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents
Links to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. Organized by country.

Every Four Years - An Interactive Tour
An interactive exploration of the evolution of presidential political campaigns. Features clickable audio from fictional reporters along the campaign trail. From the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Exploring Ancient World Cultures (EAWC) is an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features its own essays and primary texts. Developed by University of Evansville.
Information tailored to parents of "little kids," "kids," and "teens," including homework help, parenting tips, advice from experts, and a wealth of informational articles.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
This site contains free resources for teachers, parents and students, including teaching ideas, learning activities, photos, maps, primary source documents and more.

For European Recovery: The 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan
An online exhibit from the Library of Congress.

Games and quizzes for kids, a curriculum guide, standards finder, quiz builder, web-based gradebook and newsletter for teachers, and a homework relief center and parent-kid challenge games for parents.

GlobalWeb 9 - Jericho High School
Group of sites exploring global history developed by Jericho Public High School in NY. Links to student resources in world history from 4000 B.C. to 1700 A.D.

Great American Speeches
Produced by PBS, this site contains an extensive archive of the complete texts of many notable American speeches, many of which are accompanied by audio and/or video clips.

H.I.P. Pocket Change
explores the history of coins. Teachers can find lesson plans on charting history with pennies, or showing students 293 ways to make change for a dollar. Students can learn how to start their own coin collection, travel back through history using coins as their guide, or design a future coin.

History (Best of History Websites)
Explore an award-winning portal with annotated links to over 1200 history websites, hundreds of quality K-12 lesson plans, activities, games, quizzes, teacher guides and more.

History and Politics Out Loud
offers a collection of audio materials -- some available for the first time -- capturing significant political and historical events and personalities of the 20th century. Materials range from formal speeches to private phone conversations conducted from the White House. Speakers include Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Richard Nixon, and others.

History Matters
is a gateway to web resources and threaded discussions for high school and college teachers of U.S. history survey courses. It presents first-person narratives about the experiences of ordinary Americans from 1876 to 1946, interactive exercises, a monthly quiz, student work on the web, ways of linking the past with current issues, and annotated syllabi that present approaches to teaching using new technology.

History of the Clean Air Act
A guide to clean air legislation past and present, including documents, photos, maps, a discussion forum and more.

Homework Central
Free homework and research tools, resources for teachers, librarians, media specialists, students and parents.

Homework Help on the Web
Homework help on such subjects as Art, History, Language, Music, Math, Writing, Science and Reference.

Hot Shot Business
An animated, interactive business game from Disney. Students can choose to run either their own Pet Spa, Skate Shop, or Comic Book Store. Concepts such as marketing, supply and demand, and expenses are explained and put to use. Lots of fun!

Houghton Mifflin Education Place
K-8 resources for teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Intervention, Professional Development, activities, games, and textbook support.

HyperHistory is the companion site to the well-known "World History Chart". The site presents over 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps, color coded and keyed for ease of navigation.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Site offers public domain and copy-permitted historical texts. Also features "Help!" pages for guidance on homework and research.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
Topics covered range from the Pre-Islamic Arab world to the Islamic expansion and empire to the Islamic World after 1945.

Inventors & Inventions
Short descriptions of inventors and inventions in communications, medicine, transportation, food, clothing, and industry. You can also get timelines of inventions.

Iraq Primer
Context for understanding the current conflict. Includes timelines, a "who's who" in the current crisis, information on the history, land and people of Iraq, and biographies of previous rulers. Also features a country profile, full-size map, quizzes and polls, and profiles of other nations in the region.

Islam Primer
Introduction to the Islamic world - its history, culture, and beliefs. Includes information on religious populations around the world as well as the philosophy, literature, and art of the Islamic world.

Islam, Empire of Faith
Includes information on the faith, innovation, and culture of the Islamic faith, with timelines, profiles, and educational resourceds. A PBS-produced site.

Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic, and Religion
This Webby-nominated Islam and Islamic Studies website also touches on the areas of Arabic and Religion (focusing on Western religions). It is particularly intended to be of use for non-Muslim and Muslim students and teachers at all levels as well for members of the general public who wish to get a non-polemical view of Islam (including Sunni Islam, Shi'ism, and Sufism) and to a lesser extent of Judaism and Christianity.

Islamic Arts and Architecture
Contains articles, history, glossary, downloads, and galleries featuring Islamic architecture, art, calligraphy, coins, and oriental rugs.

Jack London - His Life and Books
From the Jack London State Historic Park. Includes links to Images, Documents, Writings, Bibliographies and Research Aids.

"Web search for kids by librarians," with links to sites dealing with math, the arts, sports, history, religion, etc.

Kidspace at the Internet Public Library
Links to information on science fairs, sports, math the world, health and nutrition, arts, the U.S. and other sites, maintained by University of Michigan School of Information.

Labyrinth Medieval Studies
Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies. Easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images.

Liberty State Park
Contains history of the statue of liberty, ellis island, stories from immigrants, photos, and even a live Statue of Liberty Cam!

Lighthouses of Maryland
This is a great index page for lighthouses of Maryland.

Maecenas: Images of Ancient Greece and Rome
Extensive collection of color and black and white images from Rome and Greece. Well indexed.

Maggie's Earth Adventures
Features free lesson plans and weekly activity packets for teachers and games, cartoons, galleries and a bookstore for kids. A Spanish version is also available.

Maryland Digital Library
A site that examines the many faces of immigration in Maryland over the past 300 years, from myriad perspectives. Combining text, imagery, and sound, this collection seeks to shed light on the current and historical issues framing immigration to Maryland, from how legislation has shaped and informed immigration to in-depth looks at various communities and their struggles to simultaneously carve out a unique space and achieve assimilation.

Maryland Kids' Page
A wealth of information about Maryland often sought by students presented in a fun, colorful format.

Maryland Public Television
A comprehensive site covering news and public affairs, arts and culture, kids and family, prgrams, and education.

Maryland Student Service Alliance
Works with Maryland public school students, teachers, and administrators, to promote excellence in service-learning, and help students meet the statewide graduation requirement.

Maryland's Sister States Program
Background on Maryland's Sister States: Anhui Province, China; Jalisco, Mexico; Prefecture of Kanagawa, Japan; Kyongsangnamdo, Korea; Leningrad Oblast/City of St. Petersburg; Lodz, Poland; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Walloon, Belgium.Includes information on culture, geography, etc. of each area and on exchange programs.

Medieval English urban history
Site provides historical information about cities and towns in England during the Middle Ages, with particular emphasis on medieval boroughs of East Anglia and on social, political and constitutional history.

MEL: Historical Documents
Michigan's e-Library list of links to historical document collections.

Memory Techniques & Mnemonics
Techniques and methods for improving the power of memory.

National Geographic Xpeditions: The Geography Funhouse
Cultural, educational, and informational resource for teaching geography, as well as world history.

National Geographic: Xpeditions
Contains lesson plans sorted by grade level and standard, interactive activities, hundreds of printer-friendly maps, national standards, and links.

National Women's Hall of Fame
Biographies of the 207 women who have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Native Web
Links to resources concerning indigenous peoples from around the world.
Symbols, almanacs, maps, people, news, coins, and forums for the 50 states. Contains many state-related links and news about changes in state flags, coins, songs and symbols.

Notable African Americans
Biographies of famous African-Americans, from Tiger Woods to Malcolm X to Sojourner Truth.

Official Homepage of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Straightforward access to the Museum's archives, including photographs, transcripts of lectures, and guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust.

PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids
A great resource for parents looking for effective communication strategies to use with their kids. The site includes advice on how to get kids to talk about what's on their minds and ways to talk to kids so they will listen.

Perseus Project
Digital library of Greek, Latin and archeology from Tufts Department of the Classics.

Users can search the Qur'an by phrase or enter a surah and verse. Additional readings include "The Revelation of the Qur'an," "The Recording and Preservation of the Qur'an," "The First Official Volume of the Qur'an," "The Qur'an in Our Hands Today," and more.

Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture -- Exhibit
is an exhibition of artifacts and scholarly descriptions of the great libraries of the world. Its collections cover many areas including theology, archaeology, humanism, music, mathematics, medicine, nature, and Asian culture, languages and literature.

Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
The site provides accurate information about the history of the Salem witch trials using primary documents almost exclusively. These texts include complete court documents, profiles of those involved, rare books and treatises about witchcraft and the Salem trials, and original maps.

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Three slideshows of pictures from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake accompanied by audio from Jack London, Enrico Caruso, and Emma M. Burke.

Smithsonian Institute
Contains descriptions of the museum's various exhibits, as well as lesson plans for teachers.

Smithsonian Magazine: Kids' Castle
Articles on sports, history, the arts, travel, science and air and space for students ages 8 - 16. Also message boards, games and puzzles.

Social Studies School Service
Directory of web sites dedicated to social studies.
Resources for teachers, including a lesson planning center, current research and techniques to enhance your classroom atmosphere, collections of materials in different subject areas, and professional development information.

Terrorism Answers
Information on a wide array of topics involving terrorism and the U.S. response to it, all in a question and answer format. All the answers are carefully researched, reported, written, and updated by the experts and nonpartisan staff of the Council on Foreign Relations, in consultation with a wide group of outside experts.

The Cultural Heritage of Iraq
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's cultural briefing on the past, present, and future of archaeology in the "cradle of civilization." Contains a Photo Gallery of artifacts known to have been in the Iraq National Museum's collection, archival photos of UPM excavations in Iraq, and access to online news clips, links, and updates on the issues surrounding Iraq's antiquities.

The Great American Landmarks Adventure
presents 43 drawings and descriptions of national historical landmarks. Learn about the houses of the past, the Empire State Building, Gateway Arch of St. Louis, U.S. Capitol, Brooklyn Bridge, Mark Twain house, and others.

The Greeks
PBS companion site to the series "The Greeks: Crucible of Civiliaation". Includes educational resources and interactive timeline. Flash and HTML version available.

The History Channel
Companion site to TV channel. (Note: This site contains banner and/or pop-up ads)

The History Net - Where History Lives on the Web's site for all things related to American History (Note: This site contains banner and/or pop-up ads)

The Learning Site
Great multimedia resources for Grades 1-5 in Reading, Language Arts, Spelling, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health and Art.

The New York Times Learning Network
News summaries, news quizzes, word of the day, science Q&A and more for students; lesson plans, crossword puzzles, education news and more for teachers.

The Online Guide to Al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem
History of the mosque, Muslims in Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock and The Noble Sanctuary, with pictures.

The Strength of Our Diversity
Multiculturalism in Maryland History. Maryland State Archives: Documents for the Classroom. Explores race, gender, ethnic, and class diversity in Maryland's history. Includes images of original documents.

The Virtual Presentation Assistant
The Virtual Presentation Assistant is an online tutorial for improving public speaking skills. The site is designed to help target specific needs as a speaker with sections on determining purpose, selecting and researching a topic, analyzing an audience, using visual aids, presenting the speech, and more.

The White House
Reports on current news events concerning the president. It has biographies of the President and First Lady. You can take an online tour of the White House.

TIME for Kids
News, polls, entertainment, games and research tools from Time Magazine.

Toon University
Online math,language arts, social studies and science games as well as discount teacher supplies.

Tour Annapolis City Hall
A virtual tour of the original Annpolis City Hall.

University of Virginia Collection of Early American Fiction
Publicly-available Collection: 16 authors, including 98 volumes (70 titles). Includes biography of each author.

US National Archives and Records Administration Digital Classroom
Historical documents, activities, and training for educators and students.

Virtual Field Trips
A site that makes abstract concepts become more concrete. Useful for children who are visual learners.

VRoma Project
is a community of teachers and students who help to create online resources for teaching Latin and ancient Roman culture and who use these resources in their courses. Students and instructors can interact live and share resources for the study of the ancient world.
Lessons on the web that students can complete using the Internet. The lessons are very detailed and give step-by-step instructions to the students. All grade levels and subject areas are covered.

Women of the West Museum
Online exhibits about the experiences of women in the American west.

World Almanac for Kids
Online version of the popular print source, including articles on animals, the environment, inventions, U.S. presidents, the world, sports, space, games, and more.

World History Archives: History of the United States
Site features directory of selected sites and readings in American history.



U.S. Department of Education Star Schools Program