Interactive U.S. History
J. Galbreath, B. Gasior; Gifted Resource Specialists
Instructional simulations and interactive websites have the power to engage students in "deep learning" that leads to an understanding of how facts fit into historical knowledge.
Teaching Historical Thinking
Comprehensive History Resources
Mr. Nussbaum History Website
The Mr. Nussbaum History website is one of the most comprehensive history resources for kids on the internet. Each of the links below leads to an entire interactive curriculum for each section
Children and Youth in History
Best history sites
Interactive Map: Exploration
This interactive map shows the routes of Early European Explorers who came to North American.
Early Voyages of Exploration
John Smith-Voyages of Exploration
The Jamestown Settlement
The early years of the colonies were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. Can you do any better than the real colonists in this Jamestown Settlement simulation?
A Colonial Family and Community
Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian
What really happened at the First Thanksgiving celebration in 1621? Become a history detective and find out! Along the way, you will read a letter written by an eyewitness to the event, learn about Wampanoag traditions of giving thanks, and visit Pilgrim Mary Allerton’s home.
Videos- Archiving Early America
The short educational films in the ‘Famous Moments’ Series highlight true stories of historical significance, providing students with a better understanding of the people, places and events of Early America.
- Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history.
- Each mission consists of an interactive game and a set of curriculum materials that are aligned to National Standards and feature document-based activities.
- The game immerses players in rich, historical settings and then empowers them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past.
Liberty- Chronicle of the Revolution
Congress for Kids
Learn more about the history and explore the content in depth about the three founding documents on display in Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights.
Virtual Field Trips - United States Presidents
George Washington - Mount Vernon
Abraham Lincoln - Ford Theater
Thomas Jefferson - Monticello Explorer
John F. Kennedy Library and Website
Lewis and Clark
Growth of the United States
Go West with Lewis and Clark
Encountering the West
Interactive Map: Westward Expansion
The United States did not always own all of the land that makes up the country today. Much of the nation's land, such as Florida, Texas, and Oregon, was once owned by other countries. This Westward Expansion Interactive Map shows the United States growth throughout the 1800's.
Oregon Trail Interactive Trail
The Oregon Trail Website provides a virtual tour of landmarks along the historic trail. Visitors to the site can see both a modern map and a 19th century map of the trail. Landmarks can be clicked on the map to lead the visitor through paintings, drawings and photographs of trail sites