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Modern History Links:images-1.jpeg

Research resources for many countries & cultures
Historical documents/US decision to use nuclear bombs in WWII
World War II Webquest: What would you do if your wold was at war?
Vietnam Info
PBS Vietnam Online
Nixon's "Silent Majority Speech" Nov.3, 1969
WHAT HAPPENED THAT YEAR? (put in any year & this website gives you info on what was happening at the time)
"My Report Links " (Primary Sources, maps, letters, documents, etc.)--You'll need to click on "America's Wars Through Primary Sources"-- then enter PASSWORD PRW2643)

Civil War Links


The Boys of War (NY Times article about the young men of the Civil War)
PBS Images of the Civil War - primary sources
"My Report Links " (Primary Sources, maps, letters, documents, etc. from the Civil War--You'll need to click on "America's Wars Through Primary Sources"-- then enter PASSWORD PRW2643)
The Blue & The Gray Jigsaw puzzle (interactive website where you put together original photos from the Civil War to get a big picture of the times)
(Civil War Collections at the Smithsonia)
The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil WarLearn about two communities during the Civil War.
Documenting the American South: The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865
Learn about life in the South during the Civil War from letters, diaries, and other writings of the period.

Confederate States of America Documents

Read documents from the Confederate States of America.

The Civil War Home Page

View a collection of Civil War resources.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

Learn about the soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War.

Crisis at Fort Sumter

Learn about the war's first conflict.

Featured Documents: The Emancipation Proclamation

Read President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The Gettysburg Address

View drafts of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Revolutionary War Links:rifle.jpg

Social Studies for kids: Battle of Louisbourg
Liberty! The American Revolution: Daily life, global events of the time & comparisons of the British & American soldiers
Revolutionary America (This is a virtual exhibit that has 7 "galleries" to visit. The first five tell the story of the war in chronological order. Another gallery shows objects from the period such as George Washington's epaulets (shoulder decorations).
Spy letters of the American Revolution (Find out about Benedict Arnold & other spies of this time period--or check the timeline of the war.)
Pictures of the Revolutionary War (From the National Archives)
Loyalty or Liberty? (Learn about the British & American perspectives as you play the part of a servant who uncovers secrets--Do you pass them on to the Loyalists or the Patriots? You decide!)
Toys and Games of the Past (Many of the toys on this page are from Colonial times. Be sure to read the descriptions carefully so you don't get the date wrong!)
"My Report Links " (More primary sources, maps, letters, documents, etc. from the Revolutionary War--You'll need to click on "America's Wars Through Primary Sources"-- then enter PASSWORD PRW2643)
Test your knowledge about the American Revolution, and see if you can navigate your way to independence. Every correct answer gets you closer to liberty!

Ancient History Links:parthenon.jpg

Architecture Museum (Make your own paper models)
Cultural Astronomy(very cool site... check out all the links to things like multimedia, interactive maps, etc.)
Ancient Greece for Kids
Ancient Greek Foods & Recipes (Can you make up a menu that might have been served to Homer?)
Life in Mesopotamia: (This has LOADS of cool info from Chicago's own Oriental Institute. For example, did you know that the ancients did not use money? Find out what a "barleycorn" is and how your could earn 5 a day as a worker.)
British Museum Website: Cool interactive Info about Assyria, Babylonia & Sumer

Egyptian Links:


The British Museum Interactive Ancient Egypt Website (Really good!)
115 Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Great Pyramid Website
Egyptian Artifacts
Egyptian Number Hieroglyphs (Check out other Egyptian topics in the menu on the left side of the page.)
National Geographic Brain teaser game :

Ancient Roman Links:

Roman Houses (Design Project)
Roman Food (Make up a menu for the new McCaesar's restaurant)
Ancient Romans (Everything from emperors to gladiators)
Secrets of Ancient Rome (Architecture,baths & roads)
Latin Words

Ancient China (Confucius) Links:


Exploring Chinese History: This extensive web site has a menu grid with topics from ancient to modern history, politics & culture.

Confucianism: Founded by K'ung Fu Tzu (Did you know that English speakers pronounce his name as Confucius? Find out more!)
History Makers (short and sweet summary of the life of Confucius)
The Analects (Here are a few "sayings" from Confucius, the most influential philosopher in China. These are not to be taken literally, but rather figuratively, representing some universal truths that apply to us all. Choose a few to try and figure out what he is talking about.)

Medieval Links:


Castle Kids: (Tour a mighty make-believe Lego castle, find designs for cardboard or paper castles & learn at the same time!)
Life in a Medieval Castle
The Grey Company Trebuchet Page (pictures & historical info about trebuchets & other kinds "leverage artillery")
Trebuchet Physics
How to Build a Catapult (Be sure to check the "Engineering" tab at the top too!)
Catapult page (Some easy ones to put together for games & test shots)
Trebuchet Game
How Do Catapults Work?

Fun and Games:

* Virtual Pilot : (Can you help this pilot find the right city for his landing?)

  • United States Map Puzzle
  • US Capitals Match Game
  • (win $100 with their daily geography quiz & $500 with their weekly quiz!) After the quiz, take some time to investigate the different continents (including our own!) and pick up some information that will help you with our GeoBee competition.... For example, you can click on the map to go to North American info. Then click on the US to get a list of states. Click on the state & you can find out some amazing stuff here. (This website also has a good search box that can find good info for you.)