The History Cat’s US History

Written by a high school teacher in teen-speak, The History Cat presents US history topics in a more approachable way than textbooks. Sections cover colonial America through the Civil Rights era. Topics include:

  • The Colonial Age
  • Road to Revolution
  • American Revolution
  • Creating a Constitution
  • Westward Expansion
  • Trail of Tears
  • Slavery
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Women Get the Vote
  • Ellis Island
  • World War I
  • Roaring 20s
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • The Civil Rights Movement

The content is complete. But the author has other interactive elements planned but not yet available as of this writing. They will include critical thinking questions, document analysis, history detective, and quiz.

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

Educational Adventures at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center give kids a window into what life was like for the Powhatan Indians and settlers in the Tidewater, Virginia area.  There are videos and podcasts on food, customs, traditions, economy, and the historic conflict with England that lead to the Revolution.

There are curriculum materials and activities for elementary age students, as well as information on field trips and programs available to homeschool students.

Tennessee History for Kids

TN History for Kids! has resources about Tennessee history and geography for K-12 students at every grade level.  You can find activities and information by grade level, or by topic.  Take a virtual tour of more than 40 historic sites from Burgess Falls to the Cumberland Gap, Hermitage Park and so much more.  Learn the history of each of TN’s 95 counties and several major cities.  View videos of historic re-enactments.  Learn about the famed sons and daughters of TN.  Find out how the state government is structured.  Take an interactive quiz based on Tennessee’s curriculum for state knowledge.

Mission US

Mission US is a set of multimedia interactive games, designed for kids in grades 5-8, that immerses them in U.S. history at the time of the American Revolution and the Civil War.  Additional missions are planned for coming years.

  • Mission 1, “For Crown or Colony,” students role play as Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose sides.
  • Mission 2, “Flight to Freedom,” students play the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. They must navigate her escape and journey  to Ohio.  In the process, they learn that life in the “free” North has its own dangers and difficulties. With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, will Lucy ever truly be free?
  • Misson 3 takes students to the northern plains to help the Northern Cheyenne tribe to track and hunt a buffalo herd.
  • Mission 4 takes students on an immigrant’s journey in the Progressive era as she works to save the money to bring her family to America.
  • Mission 5 takes students on a exploration of New Deal construction projects.

Each mission has about 10 timed questions, and opportunities to replay with different question sets. Also available as an iPad app.

There is also a short quiz in game format to check students’ understanding of causes and events of these two periods.

Teachers, there are accompanying educator guides with additional activities and links to resources, including primary resources.

Teaching History

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S History education in the classroom.