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What are the Social Sciences?

Find and share artifacts from home that represent economics, geography, civics, and history.

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Investigating the Past

Introduce students to the concept that history is not just memorizing dates and events.

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What is History?

In this activity, students witness a staged event that they reconstruct to help them understand the challenges historians face.

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Primary Source Activities

These rich Primary Sources come with questions to guide students through analysis and can be used to facilitate classroom discussions.

Additional Resources

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Run by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this site invites students to become a historian by studying artifacts from a family in the 1700s. Students examine clues, make conclusions about the family, and compare their ideas to those of actual historians.

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PBS Learning Media

Check out the six stories that explain the origins of a particular aspect of different Native American civilizations.

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