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Grade 2-3 Social Studies

Grade 3 Social Studies Content  
This test prep site lists the NYS standards along with links to resources that  cover the content areas. The resources include lessons, practice, interactive games and more.
 
Washington, DC 
Washington, DC/ The Capitol- Good pictures of buildings, good links to topics connected with the Capitol.

Government 
Theme Culture & Empathy Activity Reading
Standard 5 Theme Nation state civic values, Government  Activity Make a chart... How does government affect me? Allows students to select different buildings in 'town' to learn about different aspects of the government. President for a day! is an interactive activity that helps students learn about presidential responsibilities and activities. Inside the Voting Booth explains the voting process.
 
China 
This U.S. Department of State site contains a profile of China as well as information on the history, people, government, economy, and more.
 
All About China 
Facts include: location, capital, size, population, rivers, climate,mountains, highest and lowest points.  Related activities include Map/Quiz Printout, Map and Flag printouts and more. Link to All About the The Great Wall of China.

African Artwork 
Great pictures of African artwork, sculptures, etc.
 
 
All About Rainforests                                                                                                   

Rainforests 
This site from Enchanted Learning is a great resource for students.  It defines what a rainforest is, where they are located, and explains the strata.  There is a link to animal printouts, a puzzle, and Find It! Quizzes.  (The Quizzes are printable and students research the answers using the site)

Sao Paolo Mini Travel Guide 
Theme Culture &  Empathy Activity Reading Standard 3 Theme Environment  & Society Activity Travel To... This is Fodors' mini travel guide to Sao Paolo. There is an overview of the city and tourist info. including maps. There are also 3 feature articles: Brazil's Melting Pot, Land of Contrast, and Playing Politics. This is a site packed with information but students will need teacher guidance.
 
Brazil  
Good basic fact site.  There are pictures, maps, travel tips, and includes Sao Paulo.
 
United Nations for Students  
Theme  Identity, Culture, Activity,Community, Use this site from the United Nations to have students compare global trends, demographic stats, country profiles, flags, and photos. Students can take a Virtual Tour of the United Nations and this site also includes five units on Peace Education. Each of the units contains learning objectives  and suggested activities. This site can be viewed in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.
 
All About England 
Theme, Culture & Empathy Activity Reading Theme Places & Regions Activity Maps England- Small print, good maps, concise information.
Links to leaders, government, etc.
 
Aerial Photographs  
Theme Places and Regions Activity Use of aerial photography Collection of aerial photographs, residential areas,commercial/industrial, farms, and parks.
 
Special Purpose Maps  
Theme  Empathy, Identity, Change, Culture Activity, Maps This site lets your students generate, use and print special purpose maps, dynamic maps that include physical, political & cultural, climate and weather.
 
Geography Lesson Plans   
Theme  Empathy, Identity, Change, Culture> Activity  Maps Geography site that includes lesson plans sorted by geography standard and grade level.  Resources also include black and white atlas maps that can be printed and copied.