November is a month to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. With this website you can take a virtual tour of eighteen totem poles along the Totem Trail is Sitka National Historical Park. Click through exhibits and collections from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Digital Library. Watch videos of Native American speakers, look through teaching resources, and view a collection of images
Who do we depend on around the world for our daily supplies? Set off on a journey to understand how we depend on people around the world for everything we use in our daily lives. Visit with people in many countries to learn about who we rely on for our everyday products.
Title: Political Animals
Summary: Charming political campaign sim mixes data analysis and civics
Pros: Appealing artwork, data-rich statistics, and infinite strategies guarantee replayability.
Cons: High learning curve and no final wrap-up or postmortem to aid learning.
Bottom Line: It's a highly entertaining and surprisingly deep way to help students see the strategy -- as well as ethical choices -- involved in elections.
AARRGGHH. Here's a great pirate site that discusses myths and legends for kids. Get to know several infamous pirates, the treasures they sought, the myths and legends of their voyages. Explore the interactive maps highlighting where the pirates were active and check out the learning activities.
Explore background information about Nelson Mandela and the end of the South African Apartheid in April of 1994 for Nelson Mandela Day, July 18th. Learn more about Apartheid and empathize with the plight of Africans suffering under Apartheid.
Here's an interesting one I came across the other day:
What exactly is Juneteenth? Learn more about June 19th, its history, and its celebration. Content includes a look at why June 19, 1865 signifies the end of slavery in America, as opposed to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
How well do you know the history of the flag that was the inspiration for our national anthem? Take the interactive quiz and test your knowledge of the American flag by earning stars and a certificate showing off your skills. Also highlighted is information about the War of 1812 and the "Key" players in the creation of the national anthem.
Teach your students to understand more about the events of that day from an entirely different perspective - African-American veterans telling of their experiences during and after the invasion on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944. This video clip [2:11] from History Channel's "A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-day" highlights how the soldiers were amazed they were able to accomplish their mission despite the formidable German defenses.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a Civil War nurse? Take a moment and check this site out to look back at experiences of a Civil War nurse. This site is an interactive exhibition that shows personal letters and diaries that document what nurses went through during the war. Explore the differences and similarities between a nurse’s job back then and now through this exhibition.
Summary: Stellar collection of U.S. history content, lesson plans, best practices
Pros: Explore tons of topics and a wealth of killer teacher-created content; lessons address tons of critical skills and offer helpful teacher tips.
Cons: The amount of resources available could be overwhelming; revisions may be necessary to make the lessons meaningful for specific student groups.
Bottom Line: A gold mine for any U.S. history teacher, appropriate for every grade level.
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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.