U.S. Government On-line
Given the thousands of Web sites with information about government-related topics, selecting a few good sites could be intimidating. Here are some recommendations.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has assembled 426 different lesson plans covering everything from A Raisin in the Sun and Common Sense to Angkor Wat and What Was Columbus Thinking? to Women's Equality: Changing Attitudes and Beliefs.
Lesson plans can be selected by grade level, number of class periods to complete, topic and the inclusion of worksheets.
USA.gov is the federal government's online guide to government information and services. Pick the topic and you can get information on it here.
FedStats, online since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.
FedStats has set up convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
Since 1975, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. Each year, this nonpartisan agency produces dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation.
The CBO data is available for download. Each report and cost estimate includes a summary of the methodology underlying the analysis.
Talk about "real world" data...
The Federal Election Commission tracks campaign contributions. Most are broken out by state and some by smaller divisions.
Can be the source of real-world math lessons in election years.
Ballotpedia is a non-partisan, online encyclopedia of American politics. They provide objective information about politics, influencers, and present & past elections. The cover not only national politics, but state and many local jurisdictions as well.
For raw data and to learn about polling questions and procedures, check out Polling Report.
The World's Smallest Political Quiz (10 questions) lets students deduce their inclinations and, more importantly, let them start to understand what the labels - Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian, Statist and Centrist - might really mean.
Encourage students to go to straight to the source. Without that data they will not learn to separate facts from fiction in the media.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
• Compilations of Lesson Plans
• Congressional Legislative Information
• Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet
• Integrating Math and Science
• Remote-Sensing Investigations
• School Administration
• Social Studies Education
• U.S. Department of Education Resources
• Water and Air Systems