Teaching U.S. History

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Gregory Smithey
How Each Of The 50 US States Got Their Names

How All 50 U.S. States Got Their Names

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Here's the man in the middle of US map. This is a good tool to help students remember where these midwestern states are located.


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Just southwest of Havasu Falls is Antelope Canyon in northern Arizona. Formed by flash floods roaring through sandstone, the canyon’s name i...

75 places so colorful it’s hard to believe they’re real [pics]

These places possess such incredible and unusual colors it’s hard to believe they exist.

Cooperative learning timelines on the American Revolution. Great activity for your Revolutionary War unit!

American Revolution Interactive Timeline Project

This fantastic Revolutionary War cooperative learning activity has your students sorting 10 key events on a timeline leading up to the American Revolution.These events include:Salutary Neglect PolicyThe EnlightenmentThe French & Indian WarThe Proclamation of 1763Sugar ActStamp ActBoston Massacre...

Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln. Look how much he changed in just 7 years!

Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln

On the left, Abraham Lincoln in 1858 during his campaign for the Senate of Illinois, just three years before becoming President of the United States. On the right, President Lincoln in 1865, just before his assassination. It's only seven years, but it looks like two decades.

Boston Massacre trial notes [page 1] by Boston Public Library, via Flickr

Boston Massacre trial notes [page 1]

File name: 06_01_000710 Call no.: Ms.Am.229(23) Title: Boston Massacre trial notes [page 1] Creator/Contributor: Adams, John, 1735-1826 (creator) Creation date: 1770 Summary: John Adams's original trial notes from the Boston Massacre. Genre: Manuscripts Transcription: Evidence of Commotions that Evening. James Crawford: Went home to Bull’s Wharf at dark about 6 o’clock, met numbers of people going down toward the Town House with sticks. At Calf’s Corner, I saw about a dozen with sticks. At…

"Since 1600, 90% of the virgin forests that once covered much of the lower 48 states have been cleared away.  Most of the remaining old-growth forests in the lower 48 states and Alaska are on public lands.  In the Pacific Northwest about 80% of this forestland is slated for logging.   "

FREE!  Comparing the Compromises of 1820 and 1850!  In the lesson, students view 3 maps and compare how land was acquired in the build-up to the Civil War.  It can also be used to teach Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion!  Enjoy!

Comparing the Compromises of 1820 and 1850

In this activity, students will view 3 maps and answer questions regarding the Compromise of 1820 and Compromise of 1860. The goal for students is to recognize how the United States gained land in these two compromises. This is best used in an introduction to Westward Expansion or Manifest Destin...

U.S. History - GIFs are more than just entertaining animated loops, they can actually teach us tons of quick and interesting facts.

Look at These 10 GIFs and You Might Actually Learn Something

GIFs are more than just entertaining animated loops, they can actually teach us tons of quick and interesting facts.

This photograph was taken in 1898, and shows miners who were part of the Klondike Gold Rush. Notice in the background the long ribbon of miners making their way up the snowy mountain.

Old Picture of the Day

Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!

Article -- A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalizing clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from North Carolina's Roanoke Island in the late 16th century.

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