“Museum Monday” returns (on a Tuesday): The Sceince Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota is a great organization and even if you’re not in Saint Paul, in addition to exploring some supporting information about the current Titanic exhibit, it has some great online learning activities to explore. For the health or biology class, explore what makes you sick with “Disease Detectives,” “Habits of the Heart,” and “Tissues of Life” and history meets science in the “Maya Adventure.” There are also science experiments for children at home, interactive lessons on sound, animals, insects, and more.

Every age group could easily enjoy exploring these resources, I wish science could have been this fun when I was a student!

Enjoy the museum!

Virtual Museum Monday: smARThistory

The Monday Museum highlight today is the smARThistory site. The smARThistory folks call thier site, “free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional and static art history textbook” and it is impressive. Searches by time period, style, artist, or theme will reveal information about each, images, audio and video. A powerful resource for art, English, Social Studies and religion courses for sure.

Here’s to a great week!

Awesome Resources from the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society has been working hard on providing high quality resources for educators and they are succeeding. Some of the resources, like the web-showcase for the Governors of Minnesota would be perfect for Minnesota-specific history courses or for History or Literature programs that would focus on who was the governor at the time. Other resources, like TimePieces gives the user not only clickable events which took place throughout Minnesota’s History (great 1886 start Mr. Sears) but used in conjunction with the Governors’ exhibit, could provide a neat showcase of what happened when who was governor.

Forests, Fields and the Falls is a great flash/comic-style resource which explores the lives of four actual Minnesotans. Beyond just Minnesota history, any unit looking at events in US history around the 1900’s might find this useful.

On the topic of race-relations and the 1920’s, the “Duluth Lynchings Online Resource” contains a multimedia timeline, an online glossary, a timeline of the legal proceedings, additional resources, and oral histories of those who lived in Duluth around the time of the lynching of three young black men in Duluth, MN on July 15, 1920. A rich resource. A powerful comparison unit might include an investigation of Rosewood, Florida in 1923 and Duluth, MN in 1920.

If your students are learning about the New Deal, or discussing President Obama’s stimulous package and ideas for turning the economy around with jobs programs, exploring the MNHS’s CCC Footlocker would be a super resource for any grade. Also focused on the time periods of the 1920’s-WWII, the MNHS is collecting the stories of the Greatest Generation and sharing them¬† in “In Their Words.” Click on the time period you are interested in and then the topic and you will see the people who have contributed to that section of the project. One of our English teachers is going to use this as a resource for her 9th graders when they write ballads.

Beyond these resources, the MNHS has online document and photo searches, and a wealth of additional resources for schools. Historical societies can often times be more personal/local than the also wonderful National Archives or Library of Congress. Additionally, even if these materials are not useful as they are to your curriculum, they might be useful as idea or template generators.

Happy Friday!

The Presidential Friday Five

In the spirit of this week’s events, specifically the peaceful transfer of executive power in our government, comes today’s web resource for the Friday Five. “History” (not sure when they dropped “Channel”) designed a neat Multimedia interactive exhibit on the Presidents.¬† It could be useful beyond the Social Studies course as students of math or statistics could create comparisons, art/photography students may appreciate the image gallery included for each president, those studying English could learn a political aspect of the time period about which they are reading, and the options for US History and US Government are obvious. Enjoy taking five and learning a bit more about your favorite president and your students can too.

Happy Friday!