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BBC Interactives

Found in: social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

BBC Interactives covers 7,000 years of world history through feature animations, galleries, timelines, audio & video galleries, games, and virtual tours, for teachers and students in grades 6-12:

  • Animations include battle maps, animated guides, interactive timelines, and movies. For example, the Animated Map: Battle of the Somme details the Allied forces attempts to break through the German front line in northern France between 1 July and 18 November 1916 in which more than a million men were wounded or killed. This resource is available in Flash and non-Flash versions.
  • Galleries covers ancient history, archaeology, British history, and the World Wars. In Soldiers' Stories Audio Gallery, actors read from diaries, letters, and memories of soldiers who fought in World War One.
  • Six Timelines outline aspects of archaeology, British history and WW2. Genocide Under the Nazis Timeline covers 12 years of Nazi rule.
  • Audio & Video lists a number of videos but at this writing only the audio gallery is functioning with original recordings of Winston Churchill and Adolph Hitler and actors reading poems and letters of Wilfred Owen and others.
  • Games (30 in all) let students prepare the body of an officer to the pharaoh for burial in Mummy Maker or assume the role of vizier in charge of building the pharaoh’s tomb in Pyramid Challenge.
  • Fifteen Virtual Tours (3D and 360 degrees) let students tour a Viking age farm, Captain Cook’s ship Endeavor, and dogfights, trenches, and dugouts of World War One.

History for Kids is found under Resources, and offers a host of topics for grades 3-5, such as:

  • Ancient History where students can explore ancient civilizations through games and quizzes.
  • Hands on History which get children and adults involved with fun resources such as Build Your Own Castle (  PDF, 716 KB, 9 pg),or Create Your Own Cave Art (  PDF, 920 KB, 4pg),  that get children and adults involved with fun resources.



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