Friday, April 30, 2010

Online History Resources (3)

My son began to read more and more about Ancient History after I bought him copies of the Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick. Don't discount graphic novels and comics as an introduction to studying history, or perhaps these websites might spark your child's interest.

You Be the Historian

This is another detecting-style approach to history. We look at objects people leave behind and try to determine what their lives were like. No bells and whistles, but it works very well and helps kids focus on making deductions from the evidence available.

EyeWitness to History

Here you'll find history, world and US, through the eyes of those who lived it. This site has a huge index of accounts of various historical events, from how much wine a Roman slave should drink, through to insights into wars and occasional peace. If ever I should begin to feel sorry for myself, I am going to re-read Jacob Riis' account of life in the tenements of New York in the 1890's. There are great film clips from the past here too.

Best of History Web Sites

This is a huge collection of websites dealing with all matters historical, from prehistory to modern times, including a whole page of history games and animations.

Mr Donn

Here is another huge collection, this time of ancient history resources, with lesson plans and activities for K-12. I love this site, and it's enhanced by Phillip Martin's quirky clip-art.

History Mystery

How would you like to become a great investigator — of history! I’m Professor Carlotta Facts, and I challenge you to solve the History Mystery! If you figure out the mystery in fewer clues, you earn a higher title as an investigator. So choose a game…and away we play!

You'll find both World and US history, with special sections like Environmental History and Women's History. I couldn't get some activities to work. What I saw, I think kids would enjoy, and it might lead to further reading for them.

Also check out sites like yourself, to discover Strange Jobs from History and More Strange Jobs from History, then research them. The text under the photographs isn't written for children, which is why I say "yourself".

Here's a great coat-of-arms creator that you might like to use in your relevant history studies too.

Find more online history resources at The Book Chook via Online History Resources - and Online History Resources (2).

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  1. Another great list to keep me busy for hours. Thanks!!

  2. Book Chook01 May, 2010

    Strange ... something I read on your blog recently made me think you were already busy, Jeanne!

  3. Book Chook01 May, 2010

    Thanks Audrey!

  4. Book Chook01 May, 2010

    Thanks Sandy!

  5. ktenkely03 May, 2010

    History was one of the subjects that I really struggled with in school. It just didn't seem of interest to me, I couldn't wrap my head around the unrelated names, dates, and places. Sites like these would have changed my attitude about history in a hurry. Thank you for the resources to change the outlook on history for my students.

  6. Book Chook03 May, 2010

    I agree, Kelly. I love the detective approach, and the puzzle-solving aspect of lots of learning sites.

  7. Tidy Books04 May, 2010

    Cheers, some of these resources should help encourage my boy into his school's term theme of castles.

    We also picked up a book this week from the library, 10 Explores Who Changed The World. Way beyond his reading age, but he has engaged well with the book, and the principles of history.

  8. Book Chook04 May, 2010

    Oh, castles sounds really interesting! There are some great Eyewitness and other nonfiction books about castles which are just the right blend of stunning visuals and fascinating text. Have fun!


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