On the 18th of April in ’75 Paul Revere took his famous ride. Longfellow's poetic description of Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn the colonists about the British arrival in Boston made that ride an important part of our history. Click on the virtual map that shows the routes of Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott in their attempts to sound the alarm while also evading the British patrols. Also included are illustrations on the map to go to pictures and primary source materials that relate to the activities of that fateful night. Great resource to learn about that incredible night!
This month is the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery throughout the United States. The amendment would not be added to the Constitution until 27 of the 36 states ratified it, which finally happened in December, 1865. This site from HarpWeek includes a tremendous amount of information for the reader. There are discussions of slavery, crisis caused by secession, early emancipation ideas, Lincoln’s policies on emancipation, and an in-depth section on the 13th Amendment itself. Each section includes numerous links to primary source documents, articles from Harper’s Weekly, and political cartoons. In addition there is a timeline of the discussion of slavery and its abolition from the beginning of our country’s history. Also included are biographies of people involved, and a glossary. This is a great teacher or student resource.
Here's a cool game that allows you to collect and catalog artifacts just like an archaeologist would. In this interactive game, take a guided trip to a Mesopotamian dig site in Iraq. It allows you to follow the instructions of a guide archaeologist as she first introduces you to the the study of archaeology. This study includes ancient cities, artifacts, ancient writing, and burial sites. She explains what you will be doing on this interactive game as she gives you virtual field training on how to excavate and preserve evidence. The instructions are very clear, and you can get a good feel for what it’s like to dig into an ancient Mesopotamian village.
Can you imagine how hard it was to carry around enough coinage to purchase a big-ticket item prior to 1862? The only legal tender backed by the United States up until that time was in the form of coins. In February, 1862, as a way to finance the Civil War, the Legal Tender Act was passed, and the first paper money, the “Greenback,” was issued on March 10, 1862. This site from NOVA explores how the Treasury Department and Secret Service strive to keep our paper money hi-tech enough to thwart counterfeiters. After you’ve reviewed how a 100 dollar bill is made, try your hand at spotting a bogus bill.
On September 14, 1901, President William McKinley succumbed to the
complications resulting from the bullet wounds from the shots fired by
anarchist Leon Czolgosz on September 6. This site from the Library of Congress includes a list of important dates relating to the assassination, as well as articles from newspapers across the country chronicling McKinley’s shooting,
his death, funeral, and the swearing in of Theodore Roosevelt as the new
president. Articles relating the arrest, trial, and execution of the assassin,
Czolgosz, are also included.
If you click on Nova, you'll find a plethora of information about the traveling Norsemen,
the Vikings. There you can xplore a Viking village in Sweden, read the latest theories about
who the Vikings were and what their life was like, and find out how they built their ships that allowed them to travel far and wide. There are also interactive opportunities to follow the Vikings on a clickable map, learn to write your name in runes, and find out how scientists use tree-ring chronology. Included are links to related sites and a list of books that have even more
What heart-wrenching decisions these 15 teenagers have had to make to escape conflict in their home countries! Listen to each teen recount his or her
harrowing experiences while watching pictures of what each had to go through.
This documentary was made in 2004 and now these teens are safe, but they are but representatives of hundreds of thousands of other children in similar
circumstances in countries around the world where conflict has become a way of
life. You’ll hear stories of teens from Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia,
Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. The transcripts are available to be read,
and there are lessons for teachers to use in conjunction with this moving site.
What a great way to find out about an important rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Travel through this interactive site with four guides who live in or near Epulu, a village in the forest, and learn about the diversity and majesty of this rainforest that is as big as the state of Illinois. Each
guide has expertise in different aspects of the forest and as you hike along the
Ways of Knowing Trail, you can rely on their suggestions and recommendations to
make it through the forest safely to Epulu. After you play this game, learn
about the village of Epulu and the troubles the Okapi Wild Reserve has had
because of the turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty and visit that cornerstone
gift from France that was laid in 1884. You’ll be able to see many views of
Lady Liberty, read about her design and construction, and listen to park rangers
talk about the National Park and the statue. You’ll also find a section that
shows the extent of the damage from Hurricane Sandy with before and after
pictures of Liberty Island. Be sure to explore this entire site to find out the
history of the statue, stunning photographs, and even a webcam.
The primary focus of this excellent interactive site on the Mount. St.
Helens' 1980 eruption is for users to decide how to plan for evacuation when a
volcanic eruption is imminent. Examine volcanic deposits from prior eruptions,
see an interesting time-lapse video of the eruption alongside a cross-section of
the volcano showing what was happening inside the mountain, and find out what
the actual area affected by the eruption. As you go step by step through the
scenarios, there are questions posed for you to consider for potential