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Series Info

Episodes: 7

Length: 60 min.

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

Social Studies

Web Resources


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 Global Economy — What we think of as the modern global economy is actually centuries old! Join Maggie, an adventurous rat, as she boards ships using international trade routes to make her way home from England to the American colonies. Along the way, discover the inner workings of the 18th-century mercantile system.  (October 9 & 10)

2. The American Revolution on the Frontier — Premier –  Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight—and on which side. (November 6 & 7)

3. The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race — Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg’s tradespeople to reconstruct an 18th-century coffeehouse. Quirky “Professor Eddie” hosts this engaging science game show! (December 11 & 12)

4. Colonial Idol – Vote for outstanding musical performances in Colonial Idol! This exciting talent showcase features 18th-century music, including Native American songs, military tunes, enslaved people’s work songs and much more. As the judges deliberate, discover how music can influence individuals, shape public opinion and even change history. (January 15 & 16)

5. When Freedom Came — Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves…or did he? Freedom came to enslaved people over the course of many months and years—and it arrived in different ways in different places. Discover how enslaved Americans made everyday choices during the Civil War that helped bring about their freedom. (February 12 & 13)

6. Working Children – In 1775, a young apprentice boy dreams of a better life while working in a Philadelphia print shop. A Mexican-American migrant girl in 1960’s California struggles to harvest garlic all day and keep up with her studies. These and other working children help illuminate the evolution of child labor in America from colonial times to today. (March 12 & 13)

7. Research Rescue Squad — Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! Join the Squad as it tries to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the Internet, and museums. (April 16 & 17)

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