John Muir Elementary

Choose one of the categories below

Ancient Civilizations

Hispanic Heritage

 

National Museum of American History

 

Immigration

US Government

Current Events

LOCAL INTEREST

War & Conflict

Explorers

Native Americans

Westward Expansion & Cowboys / Cowgirls

Famous Americans

Presidents

Wisconsin & Local

Fifty States

Puritans and Colonial America

Women's History

Genealogy

Renaissance

World Adventures

Geography & Mapping

Slavery, Civil Rights, and Black History

America's Eras: 1492 - Now

 

Ancient Civilizations (Egypt, Middle Ages, Greece, Rome, India, China)
Exploring Ancient World Cultures

Egypt

Look at animations, games, timelines, slideshows, and audio clips on Ancient Civilizations
The Great Sphinx of Giza
Ancient Egypt
Everything's Egyptian at this site.
NOVA Online/Pyramids -- The Inside Story - Wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built. Also Try Egyptian Monuments
Explore ancient Egypt: life, geography, gods, goddesses, mummification, pharaohs, pyramids, temples, time, trades, and writing. Take the Egyptian Challenge.
Egyptian lesson plans across the curriculum.
The Quest for Immortality: Explore ancient culture and join the pharaohs in their search for everlasting life. An interactive site.
King Tut's Tomb was found in Luxor, Egypt in 1922. This was thousands of years after his death. Learn about the discovery
Search for the Lost Pharaoh - Ramesses I - diagrams of the mummy and the discovery of his tomb.
Odyssey Online invides you to learn about people, mythology, daily life, death and burial, writing, and archaeology.
Mysteries of Egypt - culture, geography, architecture, government, religion. Also a timeline and glossary.

Middle Ages

Do you have a wish to live in a castle some day? Find out what it is like to live in one!
Life in the Middle Ages: feuds, entertainment, homes, clothing, etc. short articles that give a good overview
Clip art to use in your knight report
The Weapon's Room from days gone by.
It's an ABC tour - another bloody castle. Just kidding. But it's no joke that you'll see the Castles of Britain at this site.

Greece

Ancient Greece
Gifts of the Greeks
Ancient Greece and other Civilizations
Relating to Ancient Greece - art, architecture, geography, history, mythology, olympics, people, wars.

Rome

Quizzes on Ancient Rome - Roman Emperors -Ten Questions

India

Indus Valley 90 Slide Tour - Tour the ancient Indus civilization with one of its foremost scholars.
Daily Life in Ancient India
EAWC (Exploring Ancient World Cultures) Chronology: India
Why Study Ancient World Cultures?
Pre-Classical Hinduism: Vedic Age
Ancient Indian Society and Culture - "Indus Valley Civilization(2500-1700 BC), was the earliest known civilization of South Asia, corresponding to the Bronze Age cultures of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Crete."
Images of India
Experience India's Caste System - webquest

China

Daily Life in Ancient China
Images of China
China the Beautiful - words, dragons, poems,
Activities on Chinese Culture

Renaissance

Renaissance Exhibits - French for "rebirth," perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.

Current Events

Time For Kids magazine is also online! Weekly current events are there for the class to discuss. Past issues are archived.
Want your students to read the New York Times? Everyday a new feature article is posted with related activities, history from the past on that day, a crossword puzzle, and a useful news quiz.
Explore the Timelines of your life and create your own.

Explorers

Learn about the life of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau
Marco Polo - The life and times of Marco Polo who traveled through Asia in the late 13th century
Join the Explorers Club adventures in the ocean, on land, and in space. Even explore your natural surroundings in your own backyard
John Muir
The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria departed with Columbus from Spain in 1492. He sailed the ocean blue and landed here on Oct. 12th.
Shackleton's voyage to the Antarctic - two sites: Endurance and Odyssey
Local (Portage) Explorers
Powell explores the Grand Canyon - two sites: Lost! and Memorial
Christopher Columbus - Information on the man and his voyages.
Read about Daniel Boone's adventures in his own words
Early French Explorers - Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Jean Nicolet, Louis Jolliet. Father Jacques Marquette, and more!
A Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotor
Chapter 17 - Read paragraphs 1 & 2, and the first two sentences of paragraph 3. Now go to...
Chapter 19 - Read paragraphs 1-8 and 6 sentences of paragraph 9
Discover Explorers
Kids Info on Explorers
History It's Happening
Thinkquest on Explorers
Explorers at KSU

Hispanic Heritage


The People and History of Mexico is presented using articles, a time line, and a historical figures index
Magic Tales of Mexico collected by G. A. Cordova Jr. Ten folk tales that come from the Texas-Mexico border. Available en Espanol y Ingles

Famous Americans

Academy of Achievement presents individuals who have shaped the 20th century

 

Fifty States

Fifty States.com - all you need to know
There are at least four singer/songwriters who have songs titled America. Check them out at this site along with songs about cities, places, natural features and islands.
Can you identify all 50 states? Scroll down the page to the Geography Game.
Maps of all 50 states
US History Timeline
American History Timeline
Drag and Drop the States - Do you know the EXACT placement? Also try this one! You are timed to place the states.
Historic Newspapers - pages published from 1836-1922 on states and territories.

Place the states on a blank US map!  A new challenge each time you try it.
Choose from States, Capitals or Landscapes.  Quiz yourself and learn new information.

 

Presidents

Our World - Designed for students on the American Presidents and more
Mount Rushmore holds the faces of several presidents. Do you know who they are?
United States Presidents - Everything you wanted to know! Photographs, biographies, and inaugural addresses.
If You Were President...

 

 

Puritans and Colonial America

Christopher Columbus
18th century writings comes to life.
Explore The Amazing World of Early America - "Through the Media of the Day (its newspapers, maps, magazines and writings)"
British Monarchy - The Official Royal Website.
The Town Crier - an active forum of educators, historians, students, researchers and journalists with one common interest: Early America
The Salem Witch Museum - "Walk through our doors and discover the facts..."
Jamestown Rediscovery - investigating the remains of 1607 Jamestown on the APVA property on Jamestown Island, Virginia.
Colonial Williamsburg - Includes archaeology, virtual field trips and teacher resources.
Colonial America Webcasts!
Plimoth Plantation's "You are the Historian"

 

Slavery, Civil Rights, and Black History

Put yourself in the shoes of an escaping slave. Make decisions along the way.
Religious Freedom
The Internet African American History Challenge
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK-Electronic Classroom - Seattle Times site on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
My Story: Rosa Parks
Rosa Park's interview
Understanding Slavery
American Slave Stories
African American Odyssey - history of pursuit for equality plus the slave trade, underground railroad, abolition, war, reconstruction, Booker T, and up through civil rights.
The start of the Civil Rights Movement. The Story of Emmett Till - court TV account of the events.
Jim Crow - timeline of segregation in the US with personal stories, interactive maps and activities
Our Shared History and Culture. historic sites and monuments with photos and indepth information.
Two Communities of opposite sides
The living histories of African Americans
American Slave narratives
Africans in America
Tour the National Civil Rights Museum online
Underground railroad - Pathways to Freedom
Celebrate Black History Month
Juneteenth - celebration ending slavery

Digital History - Race and Place

US Government

Interactive US History - great resources to use in class
Investigate the US flag and the history of Flag Day
100 Primary Source Documents

Reorder the Pledge of Allegiance
Human Rights Educators Network - To make all people of all ages aware of the basic rights and responsibilities that each individual possesses and, in the long term, to build a "culture of prevention" of human rights abuses.
Student guide to the US government
Every once and again the CIAand FBI makes available its documents to the public. See their most requested documents.
United States Senate - write to your senator or check out the latest in legislation
See the documents that made our US history: Colonial Charters, Constitution, and the US treaties.
Rock the Vote - "Dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and to helping young people realize and utilize their power to affect change in the civic and political lives of their communities."
Constitution Center
FindLaw - Offers an array of free resources and tools for students.
Library of Congress holds among its extensive collections, historical documents, maps, motion pictures, sound recordings and photographs. This site also houses the American Life Histories Writer's Project.
House of Representatives - write to your US representative and see what is "on the floor" for the week.
US Census Bureau
Executive Branch - Library of Congress page
U.S. Judicial Branch Resources - Library of Congress page
United States Legislative Branch - Library of Congress page
US Postal Museum
Idea Central - POLITICS & CIVIC LIFE
THOMAS - Legislation, Congressional Record, and Committee Information.
The First Amendment School Project - resources to help teach the meaning of the First Amendment Principles.
National Debt - ResourcesAll About Government
Library of Congress -  American Memory Collection: culture/folklife, maps, Native American history, Immigration/Pioneer, Industry, conservation.
History Matters - An explanation of how historians study maps with multiple choice.
History Docs -  Views of actual historical documents. Can print.
Turning Points - information supported by primary documents on American history.

American Journeys
- documents related to exploration and settlement of America.

Congress for Kids
has sections on Independence, Constitution, Branches of Government, Elections and Citizenship
Historical Docs Multimedia

History Wired - As you mouse around the screen, you can choose to learn about different items in the Smithsonian's collection.
EXCELLENT simulation of US history of land aquisition: Animated Atlas
History Place
 

Westward Expansion

All About the Oregon Trail - Find out about discoverers and explorers, leaving home forever, the 2,000 mile walk across a continent, walking barefoot with no bathing, and four months of burned bread and sleeping on the ground
California's Gold Rush! Take the tour and strike it rich. Who first found gold?
Baxter Black - Cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and sorry team rope
Cowgirls of the Past
A Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotor - From Green Bay up the Fox River to the Portage, down the Wisconsin River to Prairie du Chien and up the Mississippi River to Fort Snelling; a sharply observant, multi-lingual Englishman explores pre-territorial Wisconsin on his way to the 'Minnay Sotor.'
Pioneering the Upper Midwest - The land and its resources; the conflicts between settlers and Native peoples; the experience of pioneers and missionaries, soldiers and immigrants and reformers; the growth of local communities and local cultural traditions; and the development of regional and national leadership in agriculture, business, medicine, politics, religion, law, journalism, education, and the role of women.
Advertisements and articles useful for studying westward expansion

Women's History

Women in America
Women of the Civil War
My Story: Rosa Parks
Distinguished Women of past and present
Women's Biographies type in the name of the woman you want to learn about

World Adventures

Flag Tag - test your knowledge of world flags.
It's this database you need when looking for any Country's Flag.
Data on Every Country in the World at Atlapedia: geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, economy.
The Mayan city of Copan in present day Honduras is the focus of an interactive exhibit called Collapse
FIELD TRIPS AND WEB CAMERAS
What is the current population? In 1999 is was 6 billion worldwide.
The History Channel - A wide array of history resources including "This Day in History."
Geographic Encyclopedia has information on countries: hear national albums, see maps, check out their military
The Reconstructors: It's an interactive game where you travel all over the world playing the roles of scientist, historian, geographer, and detective
Asian Culture
Country Research

Local Interest

Places and Schools named after John Muir (some with links) are found here!
Mr. John Muir
and his Clocks
Thirty personal letters that John Muir wrote which document all the major turning points in his career
International Crane Foundation
Greatest Show on Earth!
The Ringling Brothers' Circus in Baraboo


 

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