This Smithsonian powerhouse provides a curated and meaningful approach to teaching with objects -- whether through a gold nugget or a short handled hoe. The accompanying lesson plans are incredible and interactive.
Students (and teachers) are intrigued by this site, which shows the swath of nuclear devastation based on geography and gradations of nuclear bombs. It is a spectacular tool when teaching about the Cold War and definitely an attention grabber.
Think teaching about wars can be dusty and date-ridden? This website includes videos, lesson plans, and first person accounts of all wars fought by the United States. Interactive collections and a riveting “history mystery” add to the allure.
This remains one of the best resources for finding primary sources on virtually any topic in history. Many are full length, so you may need to edit and curate depending on the age and ability of your students.
This award winning website out of George Mason University is a fantastic resource for social history, especially for finding topical and fascinating information on women and children. Activities such as “Be the Historian” encourage historic inquiry and critical thinking.
Written by Laura Delmore Lay
Central VA Area Representative