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Resources to use with your “American History in a Box”

Short Movies about History

U.S. History: Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s These short videos that take you through the major time periods in American History. This is a great way to start any history lesson. Let your child watch the video for background, then read the book in your box on that topic. Finally, complete the activity for that time period in your activity book.

Watch Know Learn http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=116 You will find a variety of short videos about every topic in American history. After reading about a concept, explore this site for more information!

Video Series

This is America, Charlie Brown http://www.amazon.com/This-America-Charlie-Brown-Complete/dp/B00I462XSY/ref=sr_1_6?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1460333366&sr=1-6&keywords=american+history+video&refinements=p_n_theme_browse-bin%3A2650365011 This series covers most major events in our history and is great fun to watch!

 Liberty’s Kids http://www.amazon.com/Libertys-Kids-Complete-Walter-Cronkite/dp/B00CMDPTTA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460302092&sr=8-1&keywords=libertys+kids This video does a great job of teaching children about Colonial America. Then, visit www.libertyskids.com for games and activities to reinforce that learning!

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? http://www.amazon.com/Where-World-Carmen-Sandiego-Classic/dp/B00002SANG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460302171&sr=8-1&keywords=where+in+the+world+is+carmen+sandiego This fun video series helps children learn about geography and major sights around the world. Use the atlas in your history box to pinpoint where she is!

Primary Documents https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/PrimDocsHome.html  The Library of Congress shares many important documents in our history. Explore their website and check out their book lists for adults and children!

American History Music                                                                                                                  Songs for Teaching http://www.songsforteaching.com/store/learning-american-history-by-song-pr-58495.html You will find many wonderful songs from all time periods in history with this website. After learning about a time period, check out some of the songs that were being sung, played, or composed!

Schoolhouse Rock http://www.amazon.com/Schoolhouse-Rock-Special-Anniversary-Edition/dp/B00005JKTY/ref=pd_bxgy_74_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Z7RXYHW95K1HAAVSV9W Many parents will remember these catchy songs including “This is a Bill,” and “Mother Necessity!”

American History Crafts                                                                                                                         A Book in Time: http://www.abookintime.com/crafts/projectsmainamerica.html Search for crafts by time period. After completing your activity for the time period you are studying, see if you can find a fun craft to do with your family!


The Common Core Standards and International Students

Why should international students study the U.S. Common Core Standards? While learning and studying in an international school has a myriad of benefits, students ultimately interested in studying high school or college courses in the U.S. would benefit from the Common Core Standards for five main reasons.

  1. Students studying in a language other than English can use the Standards to review English vocabulary for the major concepts and skills.
  2. Students studying abroad can read the standards and find gaps in their learning. They can fill these gaps through online classes or independent reading and review.
  3. Colleges and Universities in the U.S. assume that incoming students will be proficient in the standards and classes will be built upon that foundation of knowledge. International students who study the standards will have an understanding of what their college or university will expect of them.
  4. International students applying to schools in the U.S. can discuss the American public school education and compare and contrast it to their international experience in interviews. This is a wonderful place to highlight how the international experience creates a well-rounded student with curiosity and flexibility and unique experiences. Also, keep in mind that while the standards are understood to be the minimum of what a student would learn it is a place to point out the ways in which the specific international education surpasses those benchmarks. Knowledge of the U.S. standards provides a basis for discussion.
  5. Many international schools do not provide courses in American history. Students with this hole in their education can self-study using the standards or take online classes.

The standards provide a way for international students to understand educational expectations for students in the United States. A student can use these standards to ensure their foundation of learning is strong, comprehensive, and ready to expand.

Parents and the Standards

As the Common Core Standards go into practice across the country, many parents have questions about how they can help their child succeed in the new learning environment.

Parents in New Jersey are studying the Common Core Standards so they can help their children at home. Learning what is expected, what the different teaching methods will be, and how a parent can help a child excel should be easier with the national standards. Click here for the link to the article in Newsday.

So far, the Standards for elementary school are in math and language arts. You can find the complete list of standards at the Common Core State Standards Initiative page to find out what your child is expected to know at each grade level.

For the Education.com guide to the standards for parents, click here. This guide explains the standards, discusses how parents can help their child with learning, and gives concrete advice to parents.

Many other articles available online provide guidance and advice for parents negotiating the new standards. A quick online search should provide answers to most common questions.