Fact Monster from Information Please is full of interesting facts about the world that are intriguing to children. A fun site to explore.
50States.com is a site to learn everything you ever wanted about each of the individual 50 states. There are a lot of maps, pictorials, and even a link to buying a 4 by 5 state flag.
The Library of Congress has a wonderful selection of social studies and science information to assist parents, teachers and students. They include “Collection Highlights” and “Featured Webcams.” There is a wealth of information here for teacher and student projects.
The Library of Congress’ America’s Story introduces students to to inventors, politicians, activists, performers, and facts about places and landmarks in history.
National Geographic has fascinating videos, photography, animals, environment, travel, adventure, television, along with the daily news, maps, games, blogs and much more.
National Geographic Kids involves games, animals, facts and stories about nature.
Peace Corp Kids World allows children to explore the world and different cultures in countries where real Peace Corps volunteers serve.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes place every year on the Washington Mall, but did you know you can visit their website and learn about all the countries and places they have celebrated? You can journey back all the way to 1967 and explore each event. The festival in 2013 was Hungary and you can even listen to Hungarian music! China and Kenya are highlighted in 2014.
Travel for Kids is an interesting site to learn about other countries or to prepare for a trip! What I also like about it is at the bottom of each description of a possible destination and noted landmarks you will find a list of children’s books associated with the country. It would be nice if the visuals were better, but the countries descriptions and the book list are neat.
Turtle Learning is a blog with wonderful articles highlighting diversity. I am also listing it under the heading of social studies. Joan Kramer is a retired educator and has two other blogs including the Los Angeles School School Library Association Blog and Gerardo Corrales Bribri Artist. Joan is a tremendous voice for America’s students–a true activist.