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Social Studies Department

General Information
Under construction.



June 2017 Social Studies Regents Schedule
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
  U.S. History & Government (AM)

Thursday, June 15, 2017
  Global History & Geography (AM)

Monday, June 19, 2017
  RCT in Global Studies (AM)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  RCT in US History & Government (AM)



NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework & Learning Standards
The New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework is designed to prepare students for college, careers, and civic life with courses that are rigorous and aligned to the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies. This Framework consists of a single three-part document--the Introduction to the Framework, Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12.
The original Framework was published in 2014. Subsequently the K-8 document was revised in 2016.
Access NYSED.Gov Website for SS Framework
Access NYSED.Gov Website for SS Learning Standards


Contact the Social Studies Department

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore,
Director of Social Studies K-12

BOE/Library Complex
124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: (845) 563-3450


Social Studies Files

Public Files Coming Soon


*Files for Staff/Faculty can be found on the District Portal in the Document Center (Coming Soon)




Social Studies Links

General Sites
The National Council for the Social Studies Standards, teaching resources (internet, print and videos), and links to social studies web sites.
MidHudson Social Studies Council The Mid Hudson Social Studies Council is a educational non-profit organization. It is affiliated with the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS).
World History for Us All a curriculum for teaching world history to middle and high school students. This is project of San Diego State University and involves the collaboration of K-12 teachers and university instructors
Education World Social Science Lesson Plans Education World is a complete online resource that teachers, administrators and school staff can visit each day to find high-quality and in-depth original content.
Teach-nology Social Studies Lesson Plans For over a decade, TeAchnology has been providing free and easy to use resources for teachers dedicated to improving the education of today's generation of students
PBS Social Studies Lesson plans and other materials from PBS
Free Educational Resources from the US Government in many subjects, and there are a very large number in social studies.
Learner.org Professional development and teaching resources. Videos marked VoD may be watched online. This site is by the Annenberg Foundation.
Social Studies Theme Units For history, geography, and related Social Studies topics.
History and Social Studies Lesson Plans From EdSitement.
Teach with Movies Lesson plans for using movies in the classroom.
42 eXplore Teaching ideas and related web sites for a variety of social studies topics.
Smithsonian Education Good web site for teachers, students, and families. It has lesson plans for all subjects.
Social Studies Lesson Plans and Resources links to sites with lesson plans for history, geography, and current events. There is also a section on online activities.
Asia for Educators Lesson plans for history, geography, and literature. This site is by Columbia University.


Current Events
CNN Students News Resources for both students and teachers.
New York Times Learning Network A news quiz and lesson plans.
PBS News Hour News for students and lesson plans for teachers.
Time for Kids Teacher’s page. By Time magazine.
C-Span Topics for the discussion of current events in the classroom.
National Geographic News Current news of geography and other science and social studies topics.
The Cyber School Bus United Nations education portal with information and activities for both current events and geography.
Teachable Moment Activities and resources for the study of current events.
Current Events! Lesson plans from Education World.
Electing a President: Lesson Plans on Presidential Primaries Lesson plans from Education World.
Current Events: Helping the Kids Live the Questions A blog article by Sarah Cooper, May, 2015. Getting middle school students more involved in current events.


Education@NationalGeographic Online expeditions, lesson plans, free printable maps, and, of course, National Geographic products for sale.
Xpeditions National Geographic site with virtual field trips, lesson plans, and maps.
My Wonderful World A campaign by the National Geographic to improve student knowledge of geography. There are resources here for students, teachers, and parents.
Geography Lesson Plans From Discovery School.
Geography Lesson Plans From Teachers.net.
Free Geography Worksheets for grades K – 6 from TLS Books.com
Free State Printables Worksheets for the states from About.com.
Geography Home Page From About.Com. There is quite a bit of geography information here.
World Mapper These maps are resized based on the subject of interest such as population, age, tourism, exports and imports. By the University of Sheffield.
21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers This is from Free Technology for Teachers.
Nation Master An excellent site for statistics from countries of the world. Your students will be able to compare education, income, oil consumption, life expectancy, and many other statistics.There are also maps and country information.
Google Earth Lessons Uses of Google Earth in the classroom.
Geology.Com This site has maps and satellite images for the United States and the countries of the world.
An Entire Unit of Work on Antarctica This is a 5th to 6th grade level unit from Edgalaxy
K-12 Electronic Guide to African Resources on the Internet By the African Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Online Geography Games From Sheppard Software.
Online Map Games
Geography Games for Kids Online games from KidsGeo.


Government - Economics - Civics
Government Lesson Plans From Teachnology.
USA.gov The US government’s information portal.
Lessons on Local Government This link will take you to high school level lessons. If you click on the menu, you will find lessons for other grades. These lessons have been designed for Colorado, but you could probably use them in any state.
Statistics in Schools Lesson plans for all grades from the U. S. Census Bureau.
Learn About Congress Interactive modules on congress and the government. This site is by The Center on Congress at the University of Indiana.
Courts in the Classroom An interactive, online activity about notable court cases. There are lesson plans.
iCivics A web site for middle school students and their teachers by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. There are lesson plans dealing with current judicial issues.
Best Civics Site for Teachers web links collected by the Lenore Annenberg Institute for Civics.
Elections and Voting Lesson Plans From Teachology.
The Center for Civic Education Lesson plans are located in the resource section.


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