Global Guide to the First World War
Get an overview of World War I through
maps, audio, historical film, and archived newspaper reports. Listen
as ten historians from various countries give a brief history through
eclectic lenses. View the video to see soldiers transported on camels
and warfare in the Alps. Choose from language options of English, French,
German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi. View interactives by clicking
the pointing finger within the video. This site is a must-see for inclusion
with any World War I lessons and units. Some may find some of the images
disturbing. As always, it is best to preview!
- The Knotted
The Knotted Line is a dynamic, interactive, multilayered timeline that
examines the issues of freedom and confinement in U.S. history and into
the future. You need to think about the question "How is freedom
measured?" while exploring the 50 embedded paintings. The paintings
depict historical (and future) moments from 1495-2025. Hover your mouse
over images on the timeline to find the red dot. Click to see more information.
Each of these links takes you to a short article including links to
more information and discussion questions. Be sure to view the link
on the home page with Educator Resources. This page contains a PDF download
of the curriculum correlated to Common Core Standards and two videos
introducing the site.
Maptia is a bold, beautiful world of thoughtful and inspiring stories
told through photographs by photographers, adventurers, and writers.
Explore stories categorized by places, themes, and storytellers. Stories
focus on portraying an individual perspective of the location and why
it matters on a personal level. Find a collection of inspiring stories
by people and organizations that are making a difference in many corners
of the world. When browsing through offerings, information includes
a short synopsis along with the location featured and an estimate of
time to read the story. The photos are amazing!
- Old Pictures
View and explore an extensive collection of vintage and historic photographs
from 1850 through 1940. The photos come from American and worldwide
sources. Browse through photos sorted into three categories: Defining
Moments, Picture Collections, and Themed Collections. Click on thumbnails
to view full size versions along with information on each picture. In
addition to photographs, be sure to check out a very large collection
of old maps sorted by date, state, and nation.
- Ultimate Titanic
A site put together by teachers and historians dedicated to giving a
clear understanding of the people and the events related to RMS Titanic.
The site contains hours of footage from survivors, animations, and documentaries
as well as hundreds of photographs and documents to explore. Use this
site as a resource for information and ideas for teaching the Titanic
as part of an early 20th century history lesson or as enrichment when
reading any novel about the Titanic. Use the materials available here
to talk about the difference between primary and secondary sources.
- History and Politics
Listen to famous speeches by influential leaders of the twentieth and
twenty-first centuries. Choose from the list of leaders including Winston
Churchill, Richard Nixon, and Martin Luther King, Jr, and many others.
View a short biography and background along with links to a famous speech
(or speeches) given by that person. Some speeches are audio only, others
are YouTube videos.
- The Battle
The US Army presents this animated overview of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Each of the three days of the Battle is summarized with narration, along
with an animated map of troop movements. There is also a brief introduction
to the Battle with information about events that led up to the Battle
and their significance. Read the brief profiles of several "ordinary"
participants in the Battle.
- Hidden Hero
See a display and history of products that we rarely think about but
all use daily. Scroll over the colored bars to see what some of these
simple, but highly functional and successful inventions are. Learn about
zippers, paper clips, plastic bottle carriers, cable ties, coffee filters,
and post-its. There are plenty more to investigate. After selecting
your language, choose the colored bars you wish to learn about, and
click on "begin the exhibition." When you first arrive on
the page, there is a tab on the left. If you click on "Museum,"
you can read about how an object can become a "Hidden Hero."
- Wonderful Houses
Around the World
This site offers a look into homes around the world, complete with fascinating
shapes and photos from the inside and outside. Simply visit this site
to enjoy this marvelous array homes. The inside view of the homes features
residents going about their daily activities. Since the images are small,
you may want to use the Zoom controls on your computer to enlarge for
a better view.
- Mastering Maps
Maps are everywhere, but our students seem to need a little voice to
tell them how to follow them. Excite your students to master maps of
all kinds as they follow Geo and Meri on Globetracker's Mission. The
daring teens have just arrived in Vegas as they try to locate Louie,
the mapmaker. As your students in grades 2-6 follow the teens' travels,
they will see many maps. Let them navigate the Mission each week on
an interactive whiteboard or project it and learn more.
The link to Globetracker's Mission is always "Ready to Go"
in the lower center of the TeachersFirst home page.
- Cleopatra - A
Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
There's more to this Chicago Art Institute site than the title suggests.
The site contains artifacts from Egyptian, Roman, and Greek civilizations.
There are Quicktime movies for each object that explain is origin and
use, and Quicktime images let users zoom in to examine the artifacts
- Interactive Map
This interactive slide show pulls together
the geography of German expansion and Hitler's "Final Solution"
into a classroom-ready presentation that gives students an overview
of German death camps with a particular focus on Auschwitz. Beginning
with maps of Europe showing Germany's spreading power and leading into
increased control of Jews within the Germany Empire, the presentation
finishes with an overview of the Auschwitz death camp. It makes a good
introduction to a discussion of the Holocaust within the context of
World War II. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/genocide/launch_ani_auschwitz_map.shtml
- You are the Historian Investigating
the First Thanksgiving
Investigating the First Thanksgiving - What was it really like?? Plimoth
Plantation museum has added a new Flash-based Thanksgiving lesson that
will introduce students to the cultures and customs of both the Pilgrim
and Wampanoag peoples. This presentation blends information about lots
of everyday activities and customs with a look at what the actual "first
Thanksgiving" might have looked like. A message on the site warns
that traffic near Thanksgiving can make the site very sluggish and offers
directions to download it to your local computer. You can avoid Internet
traffic slow-downs by downloading the application onto a flash drive
at home and playing it at school from your flash drive. This site is
really worth a look.
- Big Huge Labs: Map Maker
Create maps -- for multiple reasons -- with ease. As you ‘travel’
through your geography or history course, create an ongoing map of the
places you've visited and embed/post it on your blog or any web page.
Simply type in the title of your map, choose the land masses you wish
to include, and then click on the correct boxes for your particular
locations. When finished, click the You're Ready box at the bottom of
the screen. Now scroll to the top to see what your map will look like.
The embed code (geek-speak term for computer gobble-dee-gook that tells
your computer how to find and display the map you have made) for your
map is ready to copy and paste into your web page. You can find the
embed code to the right of the map. There is also a button to Reset
and Start Over. Explore the rest of this site - it has a lot to
- Time Line Index
Students do not always have a very good sense of time in a historical
sense. This site provides timelines for any possible historical subject
and allows you to search by keyword, date or category to find different
timelines. Search philosophers, painters, science, religion, middle
ages, industrial age, Africa, Oceania, CDs, and countless others. Using
the familiar five Ws (Who, When, What, Where, and Which) as a starting
point, you can access timelines that are nested and hyperlinked allowing
you to get more and more specific or general. In addition, most entries
have links to outside websites that relate to the topic. There is also
a “This Day in History” section, “Today’s Birthday,”
and a “Quotation of the Day.”
- When Weather Changed
Weather's impact on the course of history sometimes goes unnoticed.
A heat wave brings about public policy change; a hurricane alerts the
public to the need for better planning and an improved safety net; a
father of our country dies due to extreme weather. This collection of
full episodes and shorter (2 minute) clips from the Weather Channel's
regular series is ideal for use in the classroom to help students make
connections between climate, geography, and history. The collection
includes more obvious events such as Hurricane Katrina as well as numerous
others: heat waves, George Washington, the Hindenberg, American colonial
times, Nagasaki, D-Day, the Dust Bowl, smog, the Titanic, the Nome Serum
Run and the green movement in the wake of tornado devastation.
- The American
Heritage Education Foundation
Social studies, history, and government teachers - the highlight of
this site is ready-to-go lesson plans (with standards) divided by age
level (elementary, middle, and high school). These FREE lesson plans
are available online via a PDF file or you may order a FREE CD (they
say it is a $150 value).
The elementary topics range
from Colonial America to U.S. Presidents (with a focus on George Washington)
to the History of Thanksgiving to The Pledge of Allegiance and MANY
others. The middle school topics include the Declaration of Independence,
Our National Documents, The Gettysburg Address, Religious Expression
in School, and several others. The high school topics vary from the
Mayflower, to Federalists 47, the First Amendment, and more. Each grade
level also includes lessons on character education.
There are also links to some fantastic social studies sites and a wealth
of research information about America.
- Abraham Lincoln
for Primary Children
Here's a site about Lincoln by and for elementary students. Easy for
young ones to use, with just enough information to make it all interesting.
This site is FULL of fun and educational activities to do as a class
or for individual research: online quiz, full animation of the addition
of states to the USA, "Ask Lincoln a Question" section, picture
gallery, ready to go classroom activities, and an online treasure hunt!
If you are preparing for the 200th birthday of Lincoln, President's
Day, or research on the 16th president - don't miss this site.
- United States
This social studies/government site is simply amazing! Numerous topics
abound: current events, monthly highlights, lessons, interactives, and
more. Learn the story of America, the branches of the US government,
about the FBI, The Great US Seal, and much more. Try some of the interactives
like the Native American Quiz, Constitution Jeopardy, Million Dollar
Citizen, Presidential Word Search, and several others.
- Oswego City School District
Regents Exam Prep Center
The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet
the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics, Science,
and Social Studies. This project is supported by a federally-funded
Title III Technology Literacy Challenge Grant and the Learning Technology
Grant. Practice questions are available for all Regents exams.
- 10 X 10
- (Middle/Upper Grade Levels)
Current events at the global level are updated hourly on this visual
grid of words and pictures that highlights leading international news.
Click on a thumbnail photo to read the related story. More compelling
than a scan of the daily headlines, this ever-changing, unbiased site
would be an excellent addition to a daily discussion of world events.
- The CIA's World Factbook
is a collection of information about the geography, climate, people,
governments, and customs of the world, arranged by region and country.
It's updated annually.
- By The People
Is it possible to get kids excited about the Electoral College or campaign
finance? Can students truly appreciate political humor? Browse through
more than thirty interactive and creative lesson plans, organized by
topic and grade level. Topics include the campaign trail, political
polling, primaries and caucuses, political ads, and voting rights. Adobe
Acrobat required for some activities.
This incredible resource is not just for history fans! The comprehensive
and well organized site includes a timeline of events, a glossary, battle
outlines, biographies, and thousands of images and maps. Topics include
ancient history, the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm,
and much more. A true gold mine for history teachers and students.
- Around the
World in 80 Seconds
This math/ geography practice activity challenges students to answer
several math questions in 80-seconds. Each correct answer flies Maggie
and her plane to a new destination in the world. Students can choose
a difficulty level of easy or hard. They can also choose to play the
game using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a mix
of all four.
- The United States
Mint - History In Your Pocket
Strike it rich and help your students make heads and tails of coins!
The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site was launched
in July 1999. H.I.P. Pocket Change is a fun educational tool for students
and teachers that generates interest in coins, the United States Mint,
and U.S. history. This is a teacher friendly site with adaptable lesson
plans whatever the grade level.
- Inventing Modern
America: From Microwave to Mouse
These two interactive games, "Invention Connection" and "Which
Came First," introduce students to the world of inventions while
challenging them to use higher-level thinking skills. They're much tougher
than they look! Consider using them as the basis for a group activity
in the computer lab.
- My Hero
Here is proof that you need not be famous to be a hero. This site offers
capsule biographies of hundreds of people who have made remarkable contributions
to our world through their lives and activities. There are featured
heroes and a large collection of biographies indexed by theme. This
is a great site for students who ask, “Sure, but what can I do…?”
History AP Quizzes
This collection of interactive multiple-choice challenges has something
for every AP history student. Topics cover U.S. history from early discovery
and settlement to Kennedy's New Frontier and the Americas since 1970.
- Eternal Egypt
Explore the people, places, and artifacts of 5,000 years of Egyptian
civilization with this outstanding site. Start with the Guided Tour
which introduces the site's many features and options for beginning
the virtual journey, then investigate the maps, timelines, multimedia
offerings, sites and museums, virtual library, and more. Try the interactive
"Connections" option which illustrates the complex links between
the characters, places, and objects that define Egypt.
- Inside Tunnel
Experience one of World War II's most daring prison breaks with this
interactive site that takes visitors to the Nazi POW camp Stalag Luft
III. There students can take learn about the clever construction of
a 300 foot escape tunnel - engineered by Allied airmen, and built using
tools fashioned from tin cans. resource: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/greatescape/harry.html
- Odyssey Online
This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle
school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures
of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. An additional section explores
19th - 20th century sub-Saharan Africa. Images of museum artifacts from
each region are liberally distributed throughout the site, along with
some interactive maps, occasional videos, and games. The Teacher Resource
section provides lesson plans (aligned to national standards), suggestions
for integrating art into the social studies curriculum, and helpful
tips on using the site.
- The World War
The site offers a fitting tribute to all those who served in World War
II. While the current web site for the memorial deals almost entirely
with dedication events, I assume it will evolve into a useful resource
for classes studying the history of the second world war.