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Series Info

Episodes: 7

Length: 60 min.

Grade Levels:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Subjects:
Social Studies

Resources:
Web Resources

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Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips

Colonial Williamsburg offers live, interactive field trips to 18th-century colonial America. Carefully planned and historically accurate, these trips are educational adventures that combine live broadcasts and computer on-line technologies with comprehensive classroom lesson plans and resource information.

Schools can view these programs free of charge, but need to register and pay a small fee to receive curriculum materials and on-line interaction. Schools may tape programs and use them within 10 days from the date of broadcast. The tape must be erased within 45 days. Schools that have received a scholarship for this program, or that have registered and paid to participate, may tape the program(s) and keep the tape(s) for the life of the tape.

To register for curriculum resources for a small fee, go to http://www.history.org/history/teaching/eft.cfm

Episode Guide

1. The Bill of Rights — The Bill of Rights protects individual freedoms, but what if the government had too much power and there was no such thing as the Bill of Rights? Explore an alternate reality in which individual rights are limited and life is very different.

2. The Balance of Power — Presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices from the past two centuries compete in a baseball game unlike any you’ve ever seen. Discover how the rules laid out in the U.S. Constitution preserve the balance of power between the three branches of the U.S. government; the executive, legislative, and judicial.

3. Women of the Revolution — Bravery. Loyalty. Sacrifice. Women of the Revolution possessed all of these qualities. Explore the excitement, peril, and individual stories of Deborah Sampson, Mary Perth, Martha Washington, and other women, on both sides of the conflict, who proved their mettle in America’s war for independence.

4. The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race – Colonial Williamsburg’s tradespeople help two teams of students in a race against the clock to help the Continental Army! Quirky “Professor Eddie” is back again, highlighting how students use their math skills to make shirts, bread, cartridge boxes, and more.

5. Harsh World, This World — What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters? Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.

6. Civil War Ironclads – In the Civil War, both the Union and the Confederacy raced to build armored, steam-powered warships that were the ancestors of today’s navies. Meet the people behind and aboard the “ironclads” – and relive the famous 1862 battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack.

7. War of 1812 — A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and others as they struggle to determine what course the United States will take.

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