Concluding a paper on how America Responds to 9/11? Need a bit for factual information? Flash back to the tragic events of that day by searching through this archived snapshot of PBS's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The site includes analysis and insight, background resources, thoughts and tributes, and resources for parents and educators. Students and teens were invited to share their thoughts and feelings about September 11 and you can read their stories here.
Who Do You Think You Are?" written by Megan Smolenyak is chock full of ways to research family history. The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, provides several downloadable resources to support those climbing up the family tree. Encourage researchers to think outside of the computer to talk to living family members, pour over family documents, family Bibles, etc. Once the information is rolling in, the young genealogists will need methods for organizing all of the new data. With all of these terrific tips, teachers and students will have fun identifying all of the branches in their families.
All roads lead to Rome? Students will find out why when they use BBC’s Primary History site entitled "Romans." Primary History is designed specifically with K-8 students in mind. Animated and interactive features will engage even the most reluctant learners in the study of Roman history. The site is a comprehensive learning module through which students can navigate and learn on their own. Each of the 12 topics can be explored through multi-media, including photographs, videos, activities, games and “fun facts.” An interactive timeline allows children to manipulate the view or add events they would like to see, giving them a greater sense of historical order. Last but not least, teachers can find supplemental activities and worksheets along with links to further resources.
Fourteen years ago, on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes in a coordinated terrorist attack. Flash back to the tragic events of that day by searching through this archived snapshot of PBS's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The site includes analysis and insight, background resources, thoughts and tributes, and resources for parents and educators. Students and teens were invited to share their thoughts and feelings about September 11 and you can read their stories here. A great means for teaching students about the historical significance of 9/11, terrorism, and the associated pain and impact on America.
Impressionism is an art movement whose unique style is defined by small, thin, and visible brush strokes, and which focuses on accurate depiction of light. Subjects of paintings are ordinary subjects as seen from the human perspective. To learn more about Impressionist art, and especially American Impressionism, visit this site. Here there are examples of works by many of the American Impressionists. With each work there is a brief bit of information regarding the work. With the slideshow on the site, get an overview of the many paintings created by Americans. If you are looking for a particular painting, scroll to the index to find the painting you are looking for.
Learn about cultural artifacts around the globe by going on a Culture Quest. Choose a character and begin your travels by clicking on a destination. You have 12 days to stop at each point on the map and learn about a cultural artifact from that country including paintings, sculptures, functional objects, and more. Answer one question about the artifact, and you get to take it with you to add to the exhibition hall at the museum. Wrong answers will deduct days from your quest. This interactive Culture Quest is a fun and interesting way to learn more about the art, history, and culture of countries all over the world.
Here is a unique opportunity to explore the historic landmark of Ellis Island while learning why immigrants came to the United States. Brush up on immigration history as you take a virtual tour of the immigration station at Ellis Island. Listen to immigrants tell the fascinating story of their journey and with the help of historical photographs and film footage from the time period, students walk the route that all immigrants at Ellis Island followed in the hours-long process of entering the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century.
I've worked hard over the years, I've been injured and I've worked hard through it, and I've made it." This video details what a biomechanical phenomenon the Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is on the track. Engineers study Bolt's body: stride, strength, and size in an effort to understand and innovate methods to treat, train, and rehabilitate others to maximize the muscles in the body. Usain Bolt is both a World and Olympic record holder who has an appreciation for the strength and ability he has been able to develop, “As long as I’m in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure.”
The global economy is more interdependent than many people realize. Simple items have materials originating from many sources, affecting workers and the environment in other countries. Have students create their own interdependence map by entering information about their clothes into this interactive, and comparing it to others’ information. They then learn about an MP3 player or a pair of jeans through videos, making decisions about how they are produced and earning badges for their company. At the end, they decide if they approve of what their company represents. A code is available if one must stop the activity early.
The Japanese army accepted defeat in World War II in 1945. Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) was proclaimed to be on August 15th with President Truman confirming that the Japanese surrendered. To learn more about this special day in history visit this site to find a comprehensive discussion of V-J Day. Learn details and facts about this day in history with information about the war in Pacific, the surrender, related photo and speeches, battle maps, and more.
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.