Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Who Am I? A History Mystery

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has created an interesting and engaging web activity site for students, called Who Am I? This activity is part of the Smithsonian’s The Price of Freedom online exhibit.

WhoAmI
Screenshot from: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/resources/whoami/whoami.html 

Students are given a prompt like the one above to start their investigation.  They are then given a series of artifacts to explore.  If students think the artifact corresponds with the clue, they drag artifacts into their “Evidence Folder” to learn if they are correct.  (Even incorrect association give children important clues to guide their exploration.)  Once students have correctly placed 2 artifacts in the evidence folder, they guess the identity of the Mystery Person.

At The Price of Freedom online exhibit, teachers will find supporting videos, lesson plans, and a wealth of information about eras including
  • The War for Independence
  • The Wars of Expansion
  • The Civil War
  • World War II
  • The Vietnam War/The Cold War
  • September 11 & It’s Aftermath

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