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Full of Surprises: GPS Social Studies Resources in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library

Georgia Council for Social Studies Conference

October 23, 2008

Karen Minton


  • Georgia’s Statewide Virtual Library provided by the state to K12

  • Full of licensed content such as Encyclopedia Britannica, EBSCO, and SIRS products

  • Unique Georgia content such as the New Georgia Encyclopedia and the Digital Library of Georgia collections


Georgia Performance Standards

  • Include both skills (map & globe and intellectual processing skills) and topics that can be addressed with content in GALILEO

  • Many GALILEO resources include educator resources, including links to content via the GPS curriculum, activities, and other materials. Lexile rankings.

  • GALILEO works with the DOE to increase the integration of GALILEO content into the GPS portal, MyGaDOE

Examples of GPS Standards and GALILEO

  • Examples of materials in GALILEO for particular GPS standards for social studies

    • images

    • maps

    • interactive materials

    • primary source documents

    • encyclopedia articles

    • articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals

    • books and pamphlets

    • reviewed websites

    • charts and graphs


Symbols of America

Historical Understandings

  • SSKH2 The student will identify important American symbols and explain their meaning.

    a. The national and state flags (United States and Georgia flags)

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: Britannica Elementary

    • Search: United States

    • View: United States article with U.S. flag image

  • Database: Britannica Elementary

    • Click: Discover America > Learn More

    • View: Map of United States

    • Click: State

    • View: State profile with U.S. flag image

From Discover America in Britannica Elementary

Grade One

American Heroes

Historical Understandings

  • SS1H2 The student will read or listen to American folktales and explain how they characterize our national heritage. The study will include John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Annie Oakley.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: SIRS Discoverer

    • Search: Paul Bunyan

    • View: Babe the Blue Ox, from American Folklore

    • View: Fantastic Folk Heroes, from Boy’s Life

Grade Two

Georgia, My State

Historical Understandings

  • SS2H1 The student will read about and describe the lives of historical figures in Georgia history.

    a. Identify the contributions made by these historic figures: James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia); Sequoyah (development of a Cherokee alphabet); Jackie Robinson (sports); Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights); Jimmy Carter (leadership and human rights).

Find Resources in GALILEO and the Digital Library of Georgia

  • Database: New Georgia Encyclopedia

    • Search: Mary Musgrove

    • View: New Georgia Encyclopedia article: Mary Musgrove (ca. 1700-ca.1763)

  • Database: Southeastern Native American Documents

    • View: Advertisement

From the New Georgia Encyclopedia

From Southeastern Native American Documents

“Philadelphia, September 13, 1759.

Notice is given that on the Tenth Day of December next, will be exposed to Sale in the Town of Savanna, (agreeable to an Order of his Majesty in Council) the valuable Islands of Ossaba and Sappelo, laying on the Sea Coast of that Province.”

Grade Three

Our Democratic Heritage

Historical Understandings

  • SS3H1 The student will explain the political roots of our modern democracy in the United States of America.

    a. Identify the influence of Greek architecture (Parthenon, U. S. Supreme Court building), law, and the Olympic Games on the present.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: Historic Architecture and Landscapes of Georgia

    • Search: Greek Architecture

    • View: Pictures of houses from all over Georgia

  • Database: SIRS Discoverer

    • Search: Parthenon

    • View: Athens, Greece: Then and Now in Faces (article)

    • View: Images of the Parthenon

From Historic Architecture and Landscapes of Georgia






Grade Four

United States History to 1860

Historical Understandings

  • SS4H4 The student will explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.

    c. Describe the major events of the Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and British defeat; include the Battles of Lexington and Concord and Yorktown.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: Searchasaurus

    • Search: American Revolution

    • Choose: Books and Encyclopedias

    • View: Road to Revolution

  • Database: Searchasaurus

    • Category: History

    • Subcategory>Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

    • View: The Battle of Yorktown

    • View: The Battles of Lexington and Concord

Grade Five

United States History Since 1860

Historical Understandings

  • SS5H6 The student will explain the reasons for America’s involvement in World War II.

    • e. Describe the effects of rationing and the changing role of women and African- Americans; include “Rosie the Riveter” and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Find Resources in GALILEO and the Digital Library of Georgia

  • Browse by collection name “S”

    • Collection: Ships for Victory

    • View all Photographs

    • Female welder

Unknown welder, 1943-1945

Grade Six

United States History Since 1860

Historical Understandings

  • SS6H2 The student will explain the development of Latin America and the Caribbean from European colonies to independent nations.

    c. Explain the Latin American independence movement; include the importance of Toussaint L’Ouverture, Simon Bolivar, and Miguel Hidalgo.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: SIRS Discoverer

    • Select: Biographies

    • Search: Toussaint L’Ouverture, Simon Bolivar, others

    • View: Biography and images

  • Database: Compton’s Encyclopedia

    • Search: Miguel Hidalgo, Simon Bolivar, others

    • View: Encyclopedia article, images

From Compton’s Encyclopedia

Reading Across The Curriculum

SS6RC1 Students will enhance reading in all curriculum areas by:

  • Reading in All Curriculum Areas

    • Read a minimum of 25 grade-level appropriate books per year from a variety of subject disciplines and participate in discussions related to curricular learning in all areas.

    • Read both informational and fictional texts in a variety of genres and modes of discourse.

    • Read technical texts related to various subject areas.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: NoveList K-8

    • Select: Grab and Go Book Lists

    • Select: Grades 6-8

    • Select: Holocaust

Grab and Go Book Lists

Grade Seven

United States History Since 1860

Historical Understandings

  • SS7G1 The student will be able to describe and locate the important physical and human characteristics of Africa.

    b. Describe and locate the nations of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Kenya, and Chad.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: SIRS Discoverer

    • Select: Country Facts

    • Select: Zimbabwe

  • Also: Educator Resources

    • Correlated to Standards

      • Georgia

      • Social Studies

        • Grade 7

        • Africa

        • Geographic Understanding

        • SS7G1

From SIRS Discoverer: Country Facts

Grade Eight

Georgia Studies

Historical Understandings

  • SS8H5 The student will explain significant factors that affected the development of Georgia as part of the growth of the United States between 1789 and 1840.

    d. Analyze the events that led to the removal of Creeks and Cherokees; include the roles of Alexander McGillivray, William McIntosh, Sequoyah, John Ross, Dahlonega Gold Rush, Worcester v. Georgia, Andrew Jackson, John Marshall, and the Trail of Tears.

Find Resources in GALILEO and Digital Library of Georgia

  • Search: Cherokee removal

    • Collection: "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills": Gold and Gold Mining in Georgia, 1830s-1940s

  • Search: Worcester v. Georgia

    • Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia

From Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

Postcard showing Piedmont Mine mill and ore cart track near Dahlonega

From New Georgia Encyclopedia

Grades 9-12: American Government/Civics

  • SSCG3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the United States Constitution.

    a. Explain the main ideas in debate over ratification; include those in The Federalist.

    b. Analyze the purpose of government stated in the Preamble of the United States Constitution.

    c. Explain the fundamental principles upon which the United States Constitution is based; include the rule of law, popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: SIRS Interactive Citizenship

    • Select: What Citizens Need to Know About Government

    • Select: Chapter 3: The Constitution

  • Database: Annals of American History

    • Timeline: 1784-1796: Organizing a New Nation

    • Also, Search: Constitution

Grades 9-12: Economics

Macroeconomic Concepts

  • SSEMA1 The student will illustrate the means by which economic activity is measured.

    a. Explain that overall levels of income, employment, and prices are determined by the spending and production decisions of households, businesses, government, and net exports.

    b. Define Gross Domestic Product (GDP), economic growth, unemployment, Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation, stagflation, and aggregate supply and aggregate demand.

    c. Explain how economic growth, inflation, and unemployment are calculated.

    d. Identify structural, cyclical, and frictional unemployment.

    e. Define the stages of the business cycle, as well as recession and depression.

    f. Describe the difference between the national debt and government deficits.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: SIRS Researcher

    • Pro Vs. CON Leading Issues

    • Select: More Issues

    • Select: Unemployment

      • Overview

      • Pro/Con

      • My Analysis

      • PDF Research Guide

      • Interactive

From: SIRS Researcher Leading Issues

Grades 9-12: World Geography

  • SSWG3 The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary North Africa/Southwest Asia.

    a. Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on North Africa/Southwest Asia.

    b. Describe the major climates of North Africa/Southwest Asia and how they have affected the development of North Africa/Southwest Asia.

    c. Analyze the impact natural resources, especially oil, have on North Africa/Southwest Asia.

    d. Analyze the impact of water supplies on the growth of population centers.

    e. Explain the impact of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the development of the region’s culture.

    f. Explain why this region contains areas on two different continents.

    g. Describe the major ethnic and cultural groups in North Africa/Southwest Asia; include major customs and traditions.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: World Data Analyst

    • Compare Countries

      • Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia

        • Annual average growth rate

        • Crude petroleum production

        • Land use, % pasture

        • Land use, % permanent crops

    • Create a Chart

Charts Created in World Data Analyst

% Area, permanent crops

Crude oil production

% Area, pasture

Grades 9-12: World History

  • SSWH14 The student will analyze the Age of Revolutions and Rebellions.

    a. Examine absolutism through a comparison of the rules of Louis XIV, Tsar Peter the Great, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

    b. Identify the causes and results of the revolutions in England (1689), United States (1776), France (1789), Haiti (1791), and Latin America (1808-1825).

    c. Explain Napoleon’s rise to power, and his defeat; and explain the consequences for Europe.

    d. Examine the interaction of China and Japan with westerners; include the Opium War, the Taiping Rebellion, and Commodore Perry.

Find Resources in GALILEO

  • Database: World History Collection

    • Search: Opium War

    • Article: American Missionaries and the Opium Trade in Nineteenth-Century China.

  • Database:Student Research Center

    • Search: Tokugawa Ieyasu

    • Article: Techniques that made ninjas feared in 15th-century Japan still set the standard for covert ops.

Find a database by name in GALILEO High School

Click: Databases A-Z.

Look for database

name alphabetically

or enter in search box

Find a database by name in GALILEO Teen

Click: All Resources.

Click on starting letter

or scroll down

Take Away

  • GALILEO is provided by the State of Georgia to K12 at no cost to the school

  • Access from school is seamless because GALILEO knows your school network

  • Students and teachers can access GALILEO from home with a password (ask your media specialist)

  • Amazing resources are available for every age group for Social Studies GPS

  • Better than the Internet alone!


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