Washington State Web Sites 4th grade social studies GENERAL RESOURCES: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/history/timeline.aspx Washington Territorial Timeline - an appealing, user-friendly, historical timeline generator, for the years 1580-1889. http://www.wscss.org The Washington Social Studies Home Page. This site has links for all social studies areas and grade levels. http://www.access.wa.gov/statefacts/index.aspx Part of the state government web site. Access Washington provides a government overview, history, geography, climate information and much more. http://www.kcls.org/hh/localhistory.cfm?&printok=0 The King County Library System has many links to Washington state web sites in these categories: biographies, government, history, explorers, native peoples, and more. http://www.washingtonhistory.org/wshm/education/history-day/links.htm The Washington State History Museum provides a list of links to other museums and history sites; useful for finding historical photos. http://www.historylink.org/this_week/index.cfm The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History includes a search engine, teacher tools, study aids, and valuable links. GEOGRAPHY: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/ Has teacher-tested lesson plans divided by grade level, activities, atlas and more. http://www.wscss.org/live_in_wa/wageog.html The Geography section of the Washington State Social Studies web site has links you might find helpful. http://www.smartandsmarter.com/Washington/sites/sites.htm This site has links specific to Washington state geography and history. The Places of Interest links have wonderful pictures for student projects. http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/washngtn.htm Has an excellent, detailed map of Washington. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/washington Find outline maps and other maps to print out for students. http://www.experiencewashington.com/ Has beautiful photos of many places in Washington, which might be useful for student projects. http://www.olympic.national-park.com/info.htm History, wildlife and forest information about Olympic National Park. HISTORY: LEWIS AND CLARK: http://www.lewisandclark200.gov/edu/index.cfm Explore the variety of resources on this site to examine ways in which you can bring the travels of the Corps of Discovery directly into your classroom. Here, you can find materials to inspire your students to extend their learning through the information gained on Lewis and Clark's journey. http://www.nps.gov/jeff/LewisClark2/CorpsOfDiscovery/CorpsOfDiscovery Main.htm Provides information about the journey and the people, and includes activities to use with students. NATIVE AMERICANS: http://www.wellpinit.wednet.edu/spokan/spokan.php The Spokane Tribe of Indians home page. http://www.umatilla.nsn.us/history.html History and culture of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Indians. MISSIONARIES: http://www.nps.gov/whmi/newsite/whitmans.htm Learn about the Whitmans and other missionaries in Washington Territory. FUR TRADERS: http://www.nps.gov/whmi/press/hbc.htm The Company of Adventurers: The Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company has detailed information. OREGON TRAIL AND PIONEERS: http://www.isu.edu/%7Etrinmich/Oregontrail.html This comprehensive web site was created by teachers who made an award-winning documentary film for PBS called The Oregon Trail. http://www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/FRONTIER/Local/ Northwest of the West: the Frontier Experience on the Northwest Coast EARLY STATEHOOD: http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/ View city, county and state maps from 1895. http://www.ghosttownsusa.com/welnewa.htm Photos and information about early mining in northeastern Washington – created by two historians in Winthrop. GOVERNMENT and CIVICS: http://www.leg.wa.gov/common/kids/default.htm This site is specifically for kids to learn about Washington state government. It has many links to other state departments. http://pbskids.org/democracy/educators/index.html Activities and lesson plans at this site are included to help students understand the structure and duties of local, state and federal government. http://www1.leg.wa.gov/OutsideTheLegislature/WashingtonStateInfo/electedofficial s.htm A list Washington statewide elected positions and their job descriptions. ECONOMICS: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/newsforkids/raisedinwash/aquaculture.html http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/newsforkids/farming/index.html These links have agricultural and exporting information, written by the Seattle-Post Intelligencer. The graphics are eye-appealing and the text is easy to read. http://www.experiencewashington.com/industry/ This has stats, articles and photos showing how tourism impacts Washington’s economy. http://www.historylink.org/t-tac/unit_12_PNW_Logging_Industry.htm Use the links in this unit (created by Kelly Plowman at Valley View Elementary School, SeaTac) for teaching about the logging industry and it’s connection to the Pacific Rim. http://www.apl.com/boomerangbox Using this web site, you can track the Boomerang Box, a large container that carries cargo around the world by ship, train and truck. You can discover which countries send many of the clothes you wear, the products you use and the foods you eat. You may also hear from people in fascinating and unusual jobs. - from Kent School District.
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