Teacher Review for America's Story from America's Library

A good website for quick historical information.

Miriam K.
Media specialist/librarian
Cornell Elementary School
Coraopolis, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
My 5th grade students are beginning a unit on American geography. I had each of the students pick 3 states out of a hat, as well as PA since that is where we live. The students used this website to answer a few questions on each of the states. I liked that each state has a picture with the capital located as well as when each state received statehood. This was a great way to introduce the states to the kids and then the students in turn introduced their states to the class. We created a huge fill-in map and had the students write down all of their information in each state.
My Take
I loved at this website required almost no setup. You do not need user names or a log-in to get your kids working on this website. This website is best for elementary students and gives a brief overview of the topics. Meet Amazing Americans, States, Time Periods, are just a couple examples of what this website has to offer. While there is good information it is very light information. This would be good to go along with a lesson but can not really stand alone.