Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lesson Plans
This has some real potential, but it is only a limited free offer. So go in and take what you need, but your visits will be limited.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This Day in US History Video
So many teachers buy books that give a short update of what happened "on this day in US history." Well here is a site that gives a short video (which I found on FreeTech4Teachers.com). So now you can just show this each day! You can also subscribe to a free newsletter if you want more details.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fireside Chats

If you want to hear FDR's fireside chats go to one here. But above is one that was filmed and has him discussing the Great Depression. I found this gem on the Social Studies and History Teachers Blog which has a lot of video.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

In April, I ran a post on Snagfilms which allows you to take parts of films and "snag" a section of it to show in class - rather than the entire thing. I just received this e-mail from them

I wanted to let you know that we are doing a 50-State Giveaway of this collection (click on the link to apply)—one in every state—and we’re strongly encouraging K-12 schools / libraries to apply. Teachers can apply on behalf of their school library. Applications are due by July 4th, 2009. The application form is here: http://alexanderstreet.com/50states.htm

In exchange for the free year of access, schools will be asked to serve on our 50-State Advisory Board and give us 15 minutes of feedback 3 times during the year of their access. You can learn more about this collection and the Advisory Board at the link above.!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Seven Stories You Didn't Teach!
I'm not sure most of them rate w. the time we have to teach, but a few are pretty interesting. For example, a number of women were in the Civil War as men, Paul Revere's grandson fought, Dixie was a northern tune and most of you probably teach that Lincoln was willing to do anything to save the Union even have separate areas for African-Americans and whites. More

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Links to Build A US History Course
This teacher's site has 4-5 links for every unit in US history. Ms. Blank has down a tremendous job starting with Colonization, expansion, the Civil War and well you get the picture. The best part is that if you take this unit by unit it is not overwhelming, but has items such as pictures, audio, articles, images and many very appropriate items for each unit.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Guns, Germs and Steel
Of course, this is the Pulitizer winning book and here is the complete movie. Above is the first installment. This came from one of the comments I received on the blog, so if you have a good site, please leave give it to me so I can share it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Online Text, Review, Tests and More
Occasionally people find this site using Google.com searches and this helps me find new sites such as this one. It the Princeton Review "Cracking the AP US History Exam." It almost makes one wonder what is left in the book. First off it has practically and entire textbook here. They call it an outline, but if the kids know everything in this outline, they will do fine on the AP exam. Secondly there are timelines, lengthy practice tests, important historical documents, topic outlines, vocabulary words and their definitions and again, why buy their book - just go to the site.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We Didn't Start the Fire
Here is Billy Joel's song which I featured on April 17th, but in this version there are pictures and video of the people/events mentioned in the song.