This interactive site provides numerous ways of exploring the 2016 election process. Find out about the election process in each of the states, the major issues being discussed in this election and candidates’ positions on them, and the various stages of the election process. In addition to original content, this PBS resource provides links to Crash Course videos, Annenberg Learner resources, and We the Voters films to help students understand and get involved in the political process. The Debate Toolkit will help students listen critically to the presidential debates, and learn how to discuss their own political views intelligently and respectfully.
Participate in the building of an American city from colonial days through the 1890s to learn how areas of our country, and Detroit in particular, made the transition from agriculture to industry. Begin as a farmer coming to New France, and see how your family progresses through generations, based on choices you make along the way.
What were children doing during the mid-1800’s in England? Were their lives similar to children’s lives today? How can primary sources help us know? Help guide your students to answer these questions as they investigate several primary sources from the United Kingdom’s National Archives. Through six modules of primary sources, students will have the opportunity to learn different views of the use of child labor in some of United Kingdom’s coal mines back in 1842. Students will read newspaper clippings, observe illustrations, and read first-person accounts from children who worked inside of some of Great Britain’s coal mines. Death records, accident reports, and letters from workers and investigators are also part of the multi-tiered study. Teaches can use this site alone with students or as a way to find parallels to the overuse of child labor in early 1900’s America.
D-Day is commemorating the day in 1944 on which more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what became the final assault on Nazi Germany. This multimedia site includes General Dwight Eisenhower's invasion order, photographs of the landing, and the Continental Edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper from one month later, July 4, which shows how successful the invasion turned out to be. For students to whom World War II is ancient history, this site brings the realities of the combat into focus.
Link the art of argument to the Bill of Rights in this interactive card game sponsored by The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics. Students may play with another classmate or against the computer during a quest to attain the goal of freedom before the opposing person does. Each player will receive different scenarios of violations of their rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Students must match the correct amendment number of each personal right that was violated. For each correct answer, the student will earn a bonus card that features one of the country’s founders who will help with the gaining of freedom. Students can match the amendments to their own cards and to their opponents’ cards during each round, thus reinforcing the understanding of real-life assurances from the Bill of Rights. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by playing different levels of difficulty and with as many rights violation scenarios as possible.
This geography game requires knowledge and quick thinking. Drag and drop the signposts to their correct places on the spinning globe within 90 seconds. There are seven continents and five oceans. Try to collect all 7 gold medal certificate types!
This geography game requires knowledge and quick thinking. Drag and drop the signposts to their correct places on the spinning globe within 90 seconds. There are seven continents and five oceans. Try to collect all seven gold medal certificate types!
Keep your child's mind academically motivated this summer while learning American history. Check out clues describing the founding fathers and face the challenge of matching them to the correct historic figure. When you finish the game, check the bottom of the page for more games and activities related to early American history.
From the United Nations World Food Program, these games help students test their knowledge of a wide variety of subjects from famous paintings to flags of the world. At the same time, they are helping to end world hunger because the sponsors of the site donate rice to the World Food Program for every correct answer. Kids can start with the vocabulary quiz, then click the subjects tab to widen their knowledge.
PBS’s trademark documentary series, American Experience, has partnered with History Pin to use this digital platform to tell the story of abolitionists. Using an interactive map populated with over 1,000 unique historical photographs, archival materials and video clips pinned to locations, explore the diverse stories of the many people involved in one of the most important civil rights crusades in America in the 19th century. The Abolitionist Map of America brings events from the past to life and integrates them into the present-day street view of that same location, showing how a significant place has changed over time. Walking tours of Boston, Charleston, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia can be experienced by users virtually on the Web or spontaneously as they walk through the city.
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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.