Celebrate Your Roots Day by following featured stories of Americans with different backgrounds who wanted to know more about their ancestors' journeys to America. Each used immigration and genealogy records to complete their family histories.
The 5th of December is recognized as the day we celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. The National Humanities Center presents collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards - historical documents, literary texts, and works of art - thematically organized with notes and discussion questions. Topics discussed in this unit include the following: Becoming Modern: America in the 1920s: Wets & Drys. Includes news items on Prohibition, political cartoons, art work, and newsreels of the day.
The 18th is National Adoption Day. Learn all about adoption with Adoption.com. The focus here is on adoption, including information about adopting a child, putting your child up for adoption, choosing a family, reunion of child and birth parent, and much more.
In honor of Women's Equality, engage your class in a debate on whether the Women's Movement of the 1960s and 1970s contributed to the improvement of the lives of women in the United States. Using this interactive site, select a side and read articles that present the other side of the argument to help them determine their final answer. Discussion questions are included for further classroom debate.
It took all of human history until 1802 for the human population to reach its first billion. It took just 12 years for it to acquire its most recent billion. A recent estimate by the United Nations estimates that 10.1 billion people will be here by the end of the century. For World Population Day (7/11) examine charts on the rate of growth and watch a National Geographic video titled 7 billion.
If you are hosting a World Culture Day get a chance to celebrate all things Canadian. Check out this immense gallery of photos of Canada divided into topics and accompanying text. The gallery includes agriculture, aviation, people, natural resources, structures, and scenic views.
Simple Google tool puts kids at the helm of creating VR experiences
Pros: Useful features to add narration, ambient audio, and 360-degree photos.
Cons: No built-in audio recording capability or initial tutorial.
Bottom Line: Allows teachers and students to create compelling tours for viewing in VR or on a web browser.
News Feed Defenders
Social media simulation builds news literacy skills
Pros: Lifelike news and social media feeds offer a safe, controlled environment.
Cons: There's not much in-game feedback on why choices are correct or incorrect.
Bottom Line: This is a great tool to kick off critical discussions about news and social media.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
Pros: The museum's site has everything a teacher needs to create a comprehensive and engaging unit about the Holocaust.
Cons: The amount of resources available is overwhelming; it's difficult to find some materials due to the the site's overall organization.
Bottom Line: As a valuable resource for anyone teaching or learning about the Holocaust, time to explore and plan is necessary in order to make the materials effective.
Memorial Day (5/27): From a nation divided came the idea to observe and remember fallen heroes - a unifying opportunity to pay tribute to those who have helped shape the history of the whole world. All Americans are urged to observe a moment of silence at 3:00 pm to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.