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December 15, 1791 - Bill of Rights Ratified
On this day the Bill of Rights was ratified, confirming the fundamental rights of US citizens. Use these activities to help your students understand how the Bill of Rights changed US history.
Try your hand at this gaming adventure during a unit on the constitution. Collect and match scenario cards that feature the Bill of Rights as you try to gain freedom. Easily differentiate with the three different levels of difficulty.
View this interactive about the history of the Bill of Rights and ratification of the US Constitution. Begin with Delaware, the first state to ratify, and follow links to view records of debates, a timeline, and a map of voting history in the state.
Analyze the balance between rights and responsibilities in a free society through this unit plan. Six lessons guide students through several authentic scenarios in which the expressive rights of individuals are in question.
December 16, 1773 - Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party was in protest to the Tea Tax by the British. Learn more about this tumultuous time in American history with these three resources.
Put yourself on the battlefield of the Revolutionary War with this engaging lesson, that offers reading or listening options. Read all about the weaponry, tactics, descriptions of both armies involved, and additional information.
Mission US offers amazing interactives that are set throughout US History. In Mission One: For Crown or Colony, students become Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists and the Boston Massacre.
Investigate history with these case histories using primary sources. Topics include the Civil War, Boston Massacre, and others. The Student View is set up like a history mystery, while the Teacher View includes lesson plans and objectives.
December 17, 1903 - Wright Brothers' First Flight
It has been over 100 years since the Wright Brothers took off with flight in North Carolina. Learn about history, aviation, inventions, and more.
Peruse this curated list of resources related to flight with classroom use ideas included! Find booklists, images, interactive lessons, videos, teaching guides, instructions for building an airplane, and the history and life of the Wright brothers.
Learn how two ordinary bicycle mechanics changed the world. Follow the timelines for an in-depth look at the lives of the Wright brothers and the beginning of aviation. Check out the interactive experiments and classroom activities.
Tour a virtual museum that includes biographies of the Wright Brothers, information about the history of flight, and some little-known facts at "aviation's attic." The Adventure "wing" looks at models of airplanes and the science of flight.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Apply for our winter book study, read about using primary sources in the classroom, and reply to our history-themed weekly poll question.
Learn how to use VR and AR in affordable ways
Our winter book study features Learning Transported, by Jaime Donally. The book introduces immersive technologies (augmented, virtual and mixed reality) and explains how to customize their use in safe, affordable ways. Space is limited to 40 educators.
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Infusing Technology Blog
Visit the blog to read all about using primary sources to bring historical events to life in your classroom. Analyze the primary sources as a game or develop an online activity as a sure-fire way to engage students. Resource suggestions are provided.
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