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History Lesson Resources

Updated on October 28, 2014

Teacher Materials & Resources

History is such an important subject ~ what we can learn about the past will help us no doubt in the future. To be honest, I never liked studying history or social studies. It seemed way too boring to learn about old dead people ~ who they were, where they went, what they did, when they did it, why they did things, and how they did it! "Who cares?" I thought. Then I matured a wee bit and discovered not only how beneficial it is to know about the past, but that it could also be quite interesting and fun!

The famous words from Miss Frizzle of the Magic School Bus encourage me ~ "Take chances, class. Get messy! There's only one way to find out!" ~ Doing hand-ons activities, learning by doing, visiting historic places, and making interactive projects and lapbooks are the ways I find the most fun, but I'm constantly looking for fresh, thorough, interesting resources for teaching history. Here are some places and things we enjoy in our studies!

History Unit Studies and Materials

All of the following are history unit studies that I have researched and created for my own children over the past several years. New materials and links are always being added as I find them. Most of them contain links to my favorite educational sites, webquests, educational games, worksheets, lapbooks, lesson plans, videos, projects, and many other things that I have found interesting in my online travels. Since my budget is limited, most of the things listed are free or low cost with the exceptions of book lists and materials that we have found to be helpful - many of which may be found at your local libraries. Some, like the Constitution unit, is complete in itself while others are simply a listing of the best sites that I could locate. No, I have not used every single resource on the pages, but have used many in the past and hope to use others in the future.

Some of the lapbook pieces, notebook pages, games, and worksheets that I have created may be found on my page at Homeschool Launch - others are stored at my homeschool blog, J.O.Y. Christian School. They are all free for anyone to use, all I ask is for you to leave me a comment if you decide to use any of them. (My stats from multiple pages tell me that tens of thousands of people have visited them, but only a few comments. It just would be nice to meet you. =D It inspires me to take the time to download others that we have created and used if I know they are helpful!)


Civics Education - United States Government

US Constitution Unit Study
As young future American voters, children need to learn about forms of government, laws, and choices we can make in America. The following is a unit my child...

Election Unit Study
Presidential election years are exciting in the United States because we have the honor of selecting the people we feel are best suited to guide our country....

United States Presidents
Learning about the leaders of a country help one to know the history and character of a people. As we study the presidents, we not only learn about the peopl...

Patriotic Music Lesson
A country's music can tell you much about the country. Music can shape one's emotions, sense of nationalism, and give a feeling of pride of one's home. Our l...

HABA Pyramid Wooden Architectural Building Blocks 67 Piece Set - Build Chambers for the Sarcophagus
HABA Pyramid Wooden Architectural Building Blocks 67 Piece Set - Build Chambers for the Sarcophagus

Hands on learning is one of my favorite ways to teach! Students will remember a concept more if they can touch and feel it or think of it fondly with a game or learning tool. This pyramid block set is one such example of cool learning! Add some action figures and sand to act out a story or time period you are learning about.

 

Study Atlas for Kids

The Kingfisher Children's Atlas
The Kingfisher Children's Atlas

Kingfisher is a publisher name that is known for its history education resources. Now, elementary aged children can extend their geographic knowledge with this 80 page book full of information.

 

Puzzle Maps

Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball - 540 Piece
Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball - 540 Piece

I know this looks like a normal globe, but it is actually a puzzleball! This puzzle takes you and your students beyond putting the right pieces in the right place and challenges with both geography and geometry!

There are so many types of geographic puzzles that are beneficial to learning that come in world maps or specific countries. Have some fun with them!

 

Take a Virtual Field Trip! - Did you say, "Field Trips"? Whaaa hooo! (Remember, think 'Miss Frizzle'!)

Living History Exhibits, Hands-Ons Workshops, and Reinactments make textbook information jump out of the page! Check out your local historic places and events. Or, if you cannot physically go where you would like to, take a virtual tour. Many places have online tours, activities to do at home, and curriculum guides.


History Pockets Are So Cool! - Another way of hands-on learning!

History Pockets: The American Civil War
History Pockets: The American Civil War

Each pocket book gives basic information on the topic and about 10 or so 'pocket" units. Pockets may contain maps, timelines, mini books, art projects, "Fast Facts", backround of the subject or time period, and just plain fun ways to help learn and remember topics! History Pockets come in many different topics such as Ancient Civilizations; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; Colonial America; The American Revolution; Native Americans; and Moving West.

 

Historical Webquests

These are always exciting to do! There are all kinds of formats for these quests, but most of them give tasks for the students to research. The information will either be listed on that site, related links, or book resources. Some include worksheets, graphs, projects, quizzes, and rubrics.

The coolest ones are where you can travel to a certain time or place, or be a detective searching for clues to a mystery!


God's History ~ His Story ~The Bible

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1

The primary incredible source of world history is the Bible. It is the most reliable, the oldest, and contains amazing stories of life, death, people, countries, kings, relationships, wars, romance, poetry, and of God's sacrifice of his Son to show us His love for you and I! If you are not familiar with the Bible, please consider reading some of it, or finding a friend to talk about it with. :) I will be praying that all who visit here will learn of God's history and His future for believers! :D


History in the Arts

The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated Series)
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated Series)

Art, Architecture, Music, Literature, and Dance are important influences and reflections of culture. A great way to understand a culture, country, or time period is to study the art forms that surround it. They will tell you much about the people and their thinking. My high school child used this book to learn about art history from the beginning to modern styles. You may want to consider also adding a bit of music history and the other arts to your history curriculum to help students understand more about the culture and people of a time period.

 

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      History is a great subject!

      Makes you go back in time and be amazed at how civilization has moved along in retrospect!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Very informative and great looking lens. I love the virtual field trips.

      Awesome job!

      Take a peek at my lens, Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @flyingace: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for visiting! =D

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      flyingace 6 years ago

      What an extensive resource you've developed. So much fun to see the Rock video. I want to come back and find things to share with my grandson. Even better, I'd like to lensroll so I can have it close to me, always. My lens is about what led the colonists to declaring independence. Thank you.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Michey LM: Cool! Thanks, Michey!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Really great History resources, I am an advocate of learning history, and doing it from early ages.

      Angel dust was sprinkled Blessing this lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, girl this is a great history resource. Amazing what a lot of hard work on Squidoo can do. Wonderful!

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      kimkreate 7 years ago

      thank you so very much for all of your hard work putting this together!

      it is Excellent!!

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      VSP 8 years ago

      What a great lens, will be coming back again and lensrolling it to some of my lenses. Thanks for stopping by my OCC lens.

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      Heidi Reina 8 years ago from USA

      Love the history videos, webquests and sites you have listed here. Thanks for sharing them. I've lensrolled your lens into my K12 Top 12 Lesson Plan Websites.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      This lens is now featured on Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Welcome to the Lesson Plans Group. Be sure to add this lens to the Plexo.

      Please consider adding this lens to the Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group.