History and Social Science Resources for Parents and Caregivers

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Free online resources available to help parents and caregivers support their children in history and social science include:

  • CommonLit: Collection of fiction and nonfiction texts. The grade-level reading ranges are noted, and texts are arranged by theme.
  • DKFindout!: Resources are categorized by topic and include visually appealing, interactive reading passages.
  • Encyclopedia Virginia: Resources to support exploration and investigation of local history across Virginia. Virtual tours and a variety of primary sources are included.
  • KidCitizen: Interactive video episodes for K-5. Students explore Congress and Civis Engagement through work with primary source photographs.
  • Library of Congress Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tool: The Primary Source Analysis Tool is designed to help students analyze any primary source and record their responses and reactions to that source. The tool can be downloaded and used electronically or printed and completed by hand.
  • Readworks: Reading passages sorted by topic, grade level (K-12), and reading level. Audio resources and activities are included.
  • Smithsonian's History Explorer: History passages from the Smithsonian. Filter by grade level, era, and source type.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab: Searchable digital collections of museum artifacts and tools designed to help students with projects and activities at home. Tips for parents are included.
  • StoryCorps: Recorded stories from a range of people on a variety of topics. Search by state, topic, and/or year.
  • Youth Leadership Initiative: Civics resources and activities for middle and high school students