The official Inauguration Day for our U.S. Presidents is in January. Every four years on this day, unless it falls on a Sunday, the public will witness a new or incumbent president as he (or she) takes a solemn oath and is sworn in to office,a pretty momentous event. In recent years, Inauguration Day has been packed with a lot of pomp—parades, speeches, and gala balls at the White House, but that has not always been the case. In Inaugural Firsts, NPR commemorates our presidential inaugurations and highlights some significant firsts. From the shortest address in history, given by George Washington, to the longest, 90 minutes in the freezing cold by William Henry Harrison, you will have fun learning new facts about this special day and gain a sense of how it has evolved over the years.
This interactive provides students with an opportunity to become an aeronautical engineer by using their engineering skills or developing new ones to design and test airplane wings based on the methods of the Wright Brothers. Before getting started, students can explore an online exhibition from the National Air and Space Museum to better understand how they designed their first airplane. They'll step into the workshop and, using a wind tunnel, try their hand at wing design. Then take it to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and see how it flies!
Today marks the 97th anniversary of the passing of Theodore Roosevelt, affectionately referred to as Teddy Roosevelt. This resource provides a rich history of his life. What made the 26th President of the United States special? Roosevelt was one of the most physically fit presidents in U.S. history. Through a biography and a collection of images and videos, understand what Roosevelt's early years consisted of and the unanticipated way he became president. The videos and write-up will dive deep into his political prowess on both domestic and foreign policy once he is in office. Find out why he earned the nickname “Trust-buster.” Finally, discover how his final years post-White House were spent.
An interactive journey that begins over four million years ago, where we are introduced to our pre-Ice Age ancestor, Ardipithecus ramidus, living in the treetops of an Ethiopian forest. Travel along a timelineto see how humans evolved into bipedal form as Homo habilis, then Homo erectus, and finally Homo sapiens, surviving despite drastic climate changes and mass extinctions. The journey is rich with images, text, and videos, and a world map shows how the global climate is changing at each stage. Navigate by returning to the climate map and timeline, or by advancing through image buttons at the base of the page.
What are the solutions to illegal immigration in America and where can we go to find non-biased information? Students, teachers or anyone seeking clarification on controversial issues can visitProCon.org, a non-profit, non-partisan website dedicated to exploring controversial issues of the day. ProCon presents research, studies and both sides of arguments so individuals can evaluate the complexities and decide for themselves where they stand. Making an argument is one thing; making a well-informed argument is quite another. A perfect gem of information on everything one needs to sift through complicated issues and make an informed decision.
Find out how your daily choices of what to eat, drink, or read affect the environment. Five eggs a week adds up to over 20,000 in a lifetime, which amounts to about 57 hens laying eggs for an entire year! Little things add up and small decisions can leave a big carbon footprint. Compare the things you consume to what people in Britain, the United States, and Japan use. Then see photos and a video showing just how many of each item the average American consumes in a lifetime.
Due to low funding, in December 2014 the UN World Food Program had to put an end to supporting Syrian refugees in Syria's surrounding nations. This article features the worst humanitarian crisis in the world in over 50 years. The conflict encompassing the people of Syria with the ongoing civil war has caused nearly 11 million innocents to seek refuge outside of the country. View a video explaining the crisis, comprehend the impact on the people and the world as a result of the civil unrest, and consider probing questions to both check understanding of the situation as well as mull over potential ways to assist the millions of refugees looking for new homes throughout the world.
Think like a historian! Students and teachers can develop and hone the type of analytical skills used by historians with this online resource. Through self contained modules, Digital History Reader presents key events in U.S. and European History and allows one to explore primary source material, evaluate conflicting accounts or interpretations and develop conclusions based on the evidence. Modules are organized around a central question, such as “Why did slavery emerge in Virginia?” and “How will historians treat Richard Nixon?” from which an inquiry can be launched. The module includes various types of evidence, primary source material, and multiple historical perspectives. In addition, you will find online assignments, quizzes and assessments.
In the far corners of the world, there are still people who live a nomadic existence. In these three interactive worlds, you can follow them as they go about their daily lives. Become a diver living in a floating village in the Philippines, where the Badjao hunt and gather their food underwater. Follow a Bushman in the Kalahari Desert and see how these desert nomads manage to find food and water in this extreme hot and arid environment. Then journey to the north and visit the Chukchi who herd reindeer on the Arctic tundra. Click on icons along the way for more information, videos, and photos.
Here's an amazing collection of stories from the men and women who gave wartime service to our country will bring tears to your eyes and smiles to your face. The Veterans History Project is an extensive compilation of audio and video recordings from a wide range of wartime participants including, civilians and military across many ranks, branches of service, and theaters of war. These inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking accounts are told in their own words through diaries, letters and oral history interviews conducted by family members, friends, students, and others who were interested in preserving the history of these respected individuals. Meet the people who have made sacrifices for our country, small and large, from home and abroad.
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.