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Jessika Richter
Jessika Richter
(Lund - Sweden)

The short and sweet: I have been a passionate teacher since 2001.  I first worked with the National Park Service in Washington (state), then moved to Australia where I completed my DipEd at the University of Melbourne and then taught at Hailebury  ...

Social Studies Videos and Lessons

Breathing Earth


This real time map of the earth shows CO2 emissions, birth/death rate by country.

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Mapping Our World


This unique interactive website works with maps and globes to transform pupils’ understanding of the world.

Holt Media Scope Website


Direct students to this website to view an interactive tutorial about persuasive techniques in political TV ads. Students should fill out the Media Scope worksheet while they navigate the tutorial.

Castle Develoment since 1066

Lodestar Boardmaker created by ConnectEd Online Learning showing the development of castles since 1066

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Social Studies videos

Free social studies videos on BrainPOP (no trial or subscription needed to watch):

Civil War

Leap Year



And just to give you an idea of how vast the BrainPOP video library is, here is a list of all titles available to watch with a free trial or subscription (as of March 2008). Or, check out some of the social studies titles below:

BrainPOP: Adolf Hitler, Agricultural Revolution, Airport Security, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, American Revolution, Anne Frank, Apartheid, Armed Forces, Assembly Line, Athens, Baseball, Bill of Rights, Black Death, Branches of Government, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Bullying, Causes of the American Revolution, Cesar Chavez, Chocolate, Civil Rights, Civil War, Civil War Causes, Cleopatra, Cold War, Communism, Continents of the World, Credit Cards, Daylight Saving Time, Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Egyptian Pharaohs, Fall of the Roman Empire, Feminism, Fighting Hunger, Football, French Revolution, Frida Kahlo, Gas and Oil, Geography Themes, George Washington, Gold Rush, Great Depression, Great Depression Causes, Great Wall of China, Greek Gods, Guns, Halloween, Helen Keller, Holocaust, Homer, How a Bill Becomes a Law, Immigration, Industrial Revolution, Internet, Jackie Robinson, Korean War, Latitude and Longitude, League of Nations, Magna Carta, Malcolm X, Map Skills, Martin Luther King, Jr. , Miranda Rights, Money, Mount Everest, Mummies, Napoleon Bonaparte, Native Americans, New Deal, New Year's, North Pole, Olympics, Online Safety, Oprah Winfrey, Pax Romana, Pirates, Pocahontas, Political Beliefs, Presidential Election, Presidential Power, Queen Elizabeth I, Religion, Rise of the Roman Empire, Roman Republic, Scopes Monkey Trial, Seven Wonders, Slavery, South Pole, Stock and Shares, Stock Market, Sumerians, Supreme Court, Terrorism, Thanksgiving, Thirteen Colonies, Time Zones, U.S. Constitution, Underground Railroad, United Nations, Vietnam War, Voting, War, Winter Holidays, Women's Suffrage, World War I, World War II, World War II Causes

BrainPOP Jr: Abraham Lincoln, Ancient China, Columbus day, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Kindergarten, Local and State Governments, Mexico,
Needs and Wants, Pueblo, Reading Maps, Rights and Responsibilities, Rural, Suburban and Urban, School, Thanksgiving, U.S. Symbols.

Lesson 18: Passage of a Bill

Passage of a Bill
Lesson 18: Passage of a Bill contains instruction on the route of a bill through Congress, veto power, and judicial review.


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Lesson 30: Transcendentalism, Religion, and Utopian Movements

Transcendentalism, Religion, and Utopian Movements
Lesson 30, Transcendentalism, Religion, and Utopian Movements, contains instruction on Transcendentalism, The Second Great Awakening, and Utopian Movements.


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Lesson 27: Nullification Crisis

Nullification Crisis
Lesson 27, Nullification Crisis, contains instruction on Tariff of 1828, South Carolina, and Tariff of 1832 and Clay's Compromise.


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Lesson 29: Indian Removal

Indian Removal
Lesson 29, Indian Removal, contains instruction on Native Americans and the New Republic, The Indian Removal Act, and Jackson and Van Buren.


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Lesson 26: Democracy and the 'Common Man'

Democracy and the 'Common Man'
Lesson 26, Democracy and the 'Common Man', contains instruction on Election of 1824, Election of 1828, and New Political Parties.


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This animation shows an airship floating around in the sky. After it comes to rest on its tether, there is a spark and the airship explodes.

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Mission US - A Revolutionary Way to Learn History


Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: "For Crown or Colony?," puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, he encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston Massacre. Ultimately, the player determines Nat's fate by deciding where his loyalties lie.

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Hamilton Burr Duel Timeline

An interactive timeline outlining events leading up to the Hamilton Burr duel on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, NJ. The file displayed provides a preview. The downloaded file can be manually advanced by clicking on the video, hitting return, spacebar or pressing the right arrow key. REQUIRES QUICKTIME.

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