Social Studies

She's Got It! Women Inventors & Their Inspiration

Curious about women inventors? Designed for use in the classroom or at home, this video features women and girls who share a common creative spirit and have won invention prizes and awards. Many have appeared in the Lemelson Center's "Innovative Lives" series for middle school students.

Constitution Challenge

In the form of a game show, the Constitution Challenge features the "man on the street" and student contestants as they answer questions about the U.S. Constitution

Snap Shot: The Decades

Using historical footage and narration, this series focuses on the social, economic, political and scientific events of each decade - from the 1920s to the 1960s. Teachers can use either the simulation section for an overall approach to the decades or they can use the lesson plans that address each topic in the standards individually. The videos are an overview of each decade, with an emphasis on the topics listed in the educational standards.

Project Enlightenment

In an exercise of enlightenment, a group of high school students was transformed into citizens of 18th century America and staged a day of intellectual and enlightening conversation at Mount Vernon, the estate of George and Martha Washington.  Dressed in colonial costumes and conversing in character, students discussed government, culture, and plantation life.  This program offers highlights of the day’s activities.

Our Ohio: Exploring Our Heritage Volume III

Season three of Our Ohio: Exploring Our Heritage includes five 7-10-minute video segments 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 Underground Railroad and abolition movement in Ohio, the Fort Ancient Indians of Serpent Mound, as well as the Ohio National Road and the War of 1812.

Economics Academy 101

Economics helps us understand how goods and services are provided and acquired (supply and demand). The focus of this project is to provide an understanding of the basics of economics, and to view economics with a historical perspective.  The goal of Economics Academy 101 is to provide videos, lesson plans and Web activities that help students, through hands-on activities, to understand both the role of economics in our society and the role it plays in the “economic” world.

World War II: Exploring Your Local History

World War II: Exploring Your Local History is a high school curriculum designed to engage students in learning about World War II. The purpose of this project is to help students learn about the impact of World War II in their own communities and make connections between local history and world events.

White House 20500

After an amazing accident knocks 8th grader Alexandria and her friend Ravi off their bikes, they find themselves transported to the entrance of the White House, and Alex learns she's been made the first female President, a wish come true. But now what do they do? Neither knows anything about government. Each program contains key concepts in government and is designed to help students pass the Ninth Grade Ohio Proficiency Test in Citizenship.

Silent Testimony

Silent Testimony is about people who lived in the Ohio Valley 2000 years ago. They used the sun and moon to guide them in building earthworks and to plan their lives. The program highlights various mounds and mound builders in the Ohio Valley which include Fort Ancient, Serpent Mound Newark Earthworks and Sun Watch Valley.

Searching For Slave History: A Digital Storytelling Project

Interpreting stories and imagining the past are important aspects of historical thinking. Searching for Slave History: A Digital Storytelling Project will engage students in the study of early African American history and slavery in this country through the art of storytelling. Students will also conduct research just like historians, analyzing primary source documents and audio recordings while mastering the technology required to create multimedia projects.


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