Student Resources

Student resources are interactive activities collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.

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History & Social Studies

What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader: George Washington’s Early Military Experience

The essay Life Before the Presidency on the EDSITEment-reviewed website The American President describes Washington's earliest military experiences as "disastrous." He went on to modest success—at best—before he retired in 1758. Yet, the same article states that though Washington hesitated to accept the commission as Commander-in-Chief because of "the misadventures against the French and Native Americans," he was chosen by the Continental Congress to be Commander-in-Chief because the "leadership and charisma of the tall, quiet, stately Virginian was unsurpassed."

History & Social Studies

What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader: Congress Expands Washington’s Powers

What problems was Congress attempting to address when it granted expanded powers to George Washington in 1776?
History & Social Studies
Victory in Europe: Normandy Invasion and Campaign

Victory in Europe: Normandy Invasion and Campaign

Although the campaign in the Mediterranean was successful in forcing Italy out of the war, Allied military planners by late 1943 had concluded that it would not be enough to defeat Nazi Germany. As a result, priorities were shifted to an invasion of France across the English Channel.

History & Social Studies
Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942–1944: Map of Southern Europe

Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942–1944: Map of Southern Europe

Although it was the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. military planners decided that Germany, not Japan, was to be the primary target of operations for the early part of World War II.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Understanding the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials-Understanding the Hysteria
History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity Three

Debating the Social Security Act on the Radio