Social Studies

Our Ohio: Exploring Our Heritage Volume II

Season II includes four 7-10 minute videos, which take students to historic locations around the state. The videos are aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards for grades 4, 5 and 8 and each includes accompanying lessons. The videos and lessons explore the Sunwatch Village, The Amish, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and other historic places and events.

Our Ohio: Exploring Our Heritage Volume I

Season one of Our Ohio: Exploring Our Heritage includes five 7-10 minute video segments.The videos are aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards for grades 4, 5 and 8 and each includes accompanying lessons. The videos and lessons explore the Sunwatch Village, The Amish, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and other historic places and events.

Land to Landfill: A Systems Perspective

Uses video and interactive media projects to help students develop a systems perspective on the crucial topic of how we get our food, how we package, consume and dispose of it, and deals with future food sources and questions.

It Happened Here

This series takes students on field trips to various historical sites in Ohio. The information presented will enable them to see for themselves the sites and landmarks that have played an important role in our history.

Everything but The Rattle

Pioneer automotive manufacturer Henry Ford also pioneered car recycling. His “reincarnation department” was so complete that some said Ford saved everything but the rattle. This program also looks at the modern vehicle salvaging industry and facilities content with environmental regulations.

Democracy in America

Democracy in America , a video course in civics, covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The Civics Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The 15 half-hour video programs, hosted by national television correspondent Renée Poussaint, and related print and Web site materials provide inservice and preservice teachers with both cognitive and experiential learning in civics education.

Capitol Moments

The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it’s where history happens. The building serves as both aplace of learning and the state’s working seat of government. These series of short documentaries focus on an historic or monumental feature of the Ohio Statehouse.

Reinventing the Wheel

This program explores the bicycle’s unique history and technology. The velocipede achieved great popularity almost immediately when it was introduced more than a century ago. Countless inventors were inspired to make bicycles more efficient and comfortable, and bicycle innovation continues today. Students will see historic bicycles and some amazing prototypes for the future. Program highlights include “high wheelers,” hand-powered cycles for the disabled, mountain bikes, and even a bicycle that rides on snow

Primary Sources: Workshops in American History

Twelve high school teachers explore the use of primary source documents in the research and interpretation of American history. The programs feature informal lectures by prominent historians on pivotal events from the settlement of Jamestown to the Korean conflict and the Cold War. The teachers are led in discussions, debates, interviews, and role-playing as they investigate the original documents that “transmit the voices of America’s past.” Teachers will find the activities in this workshop can be adapted and used in their own classrooms.

George Washington Williams: A Portrait of Faith

George Washington Williams was the first African-American elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1880. In addition, he was a respected soldier, preacher, lawyer, and champion of human rights. This biographical documentary shares his inspiring story.

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