A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The resources on Teachinghistory.org cover significant topics in U.S. History. Many of the lessons incorporate technology and interactive features that kids may find helps them get a greater understanding of historical events. The amount of resources available may be overwhelming and will appear to be only directed at teachers, but it can be a valuable tool to help kids learn about history. Kids can take quizzes on topics they're covering in class, find online games and activities related to specific historical events, and use the sources provided on the site to do research. Teachinghistory.org may not be solely focused on a kid audience, but kids and parents alike will find lots here to raise their interest in American History.
Encourages academic skill development, greater understanding of U.S. history. Students need to be educated to become informed, active citizens.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teachinghistory.org was designed for teachers, but it can be useful to parents to support their children as they learn about the history of the United States. The site has an extensive collection of lessons as well as information on instructional strategies, good technology tools, and key educational issues. The resources will help keep parents informed about how history is being taught and may also provide them with ideas for how to supplement what their children are learning in school.
Is It Any Good?
With all the educational resources available on the Web, this history-based site is a valuable tool for parents to easily access high-quality materials. Teachinghistory.org is really geared toward teachers, but parents can find ways to use it to help support their kids as they learn about U.S. history. There are numerous ideas for how to encourage critical thinking and help kids gain a deeper understanding of history. The bulk of the resources are reviewed lessons, which are primarily for teachers, but beyond the lessons, the resources provided in Best Practices cover skill development such as how to analyze primary documents, how to read like a historian, and how to make sense of maps. Parents could use some of the suggestions to assist with homework or supplement what is being taught in school. The site is a bit dry, and parents or kids who aren't necessarily interested in history might not find themselves instantly drawn to the content here. But for the history buff, Teachinghistory.org is a great way to learn more about the history of the United States.
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