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Welcome to our website, where we dive into the captivating world of history education. Whether you’re a seasoned educator or a passionate homeschooling parent, we’ve curated a collection of engaging lesson plans and resources to make your history teaching journey both exciting and informative. Join us as we explore a variety of historical topics, from ancient civilizations to modern events, while incorporating interactive activities and primary source documents that bring history to life.

  • History Lesson Plans: Unveiling the Past: Our history lesson plans cater to different age groups and cover a wide range of topics, ensuring that you can find the perfect resources for your classroom. From exploring ancient civilizations like Egypt, Rome, and Greece to understanding the causes and consequences of World War I and II, our comprehensive lesson plans provide a solid foundation for historical learning.
  • Social Studies Resources: Cultivating Global Citizens: Social studies is an integral part of history education, fostering an understanding of cultures, geography, and citizenship. Our social studies resources complement history lessons by integrating geography into historical narratives, helping students grasp the significance of locations and how they shaped historical events. Additionally, we offer activities that promote global citizenship and encourage students to explore the diverse perspectives that have shaped our world.
  • Primary Source Documents: Hearing Voices from the Past: One of the most effective ways to connect students with history is through primary source documents. We believe in bringing historical figures and events to life by allowing students to engage directly with the voices of the past. Our curated collection of primary source documents, including letters, speeches, photographs, and diary entries, provides valuable insights into different historical periods, fostering critical thinking and historical analysis skills.
  • Interactive History Lessons: Learning Through Engagement: Gone are the days of dry and passive history lessons. Our interactive history lessons encourage active participation and engagement, making learning a fun and immersive experience. Whether it’s organizing mock debates on historical controversies or creating hands-on projects that recreate historical artifacts, our resources ensure that students become active participants in their own learning journey.
  • Black History Month Activities: Celebrating Diversity and Contributions: Black history is an essential part of our collective narrative, and we provide a range of activities to celebrate and honor the contributions of Black individuals throughout history. From biographies of influential figures to lessons on the Civil Rights Movement, our resources offer opportunities for students to explore the rich tapestry of Black history and its significance in shaping society.

As educators, it’s our responsibility to ignite a passion for history in our students. Our blog is dedicated to providing you with the tools and resources necessary to create engaging and meaningful history lessons. By incorporating our carefully curated lesson plans, social studies resources, primary source documents, and interactive activities, you’ll inspire your students to become critical thinkers, empathetic global citizens, and lifelong lovers of history. Join us on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery as we unlock the doors to the past and bring history alive in your classroom.

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Best Online History Games

By Med Kharbach, PhD | Last Update: March 20, 2024

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Online history games are the topic of our blog post today!

For educators, parents, students, and history enthusiasts alike, we’ve curated a selection of interactive history games designed to bring the past to life. With just a browser and an internet connection, you can embark on a fascinating journey through time, exploring the corners of history in an engaging, interactive, and enjoyable way. Say goodbye to the notion of history being a boring subject!

Our collection features three distinct types of history games, as categorized by Karen Schrier : games that offer a representation of the past, games encouraging interaction with historic themes and concepts, and games set within a historical context.

To gain a deeper understanding of these categories, we recommend Karen Schrier’s piece, ‘History and Social Studies: Using Digital Games to Teach History and Historical Thinking’.

As students delve into these games, they’ll not only learn about history but also hone critical skills. From decision-making and perspective-taking to evaluating evidence and comparing sources, these online history games offer a multidimensional approach to learning, making history a truly immersive experience.

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Here are our top picks for online history games:

1. Mission US 

Mission US is an educational media project that helps students improve their history learning. Using interactive narrative games “immerse players in rich, historical settings and empower them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past.”

Popular games offered by Mission US include 1770 The American Revolution, 1866 Westward Expansion, 1907 The Immigrant Experience, 1929 The Great Depression, 1941 World War II, 1960 The Civil Rights Movement, and 1848 The Antebellum Era.

Besides history games, Mission US also offers various educational resources to use with students in class including document-based activities, vocabulary builders, writing prompts, review questions, primary source documents, suggestions for further reading and research, and many more.

2. iCivics 

iCivics is a leading civics education platform that offers a wide range of educational resources that include games, lesson plans, webquests, videos, among others. 

These materials help students learn about different social studies topics including civil rights, governance, citizenship, public policy, the constitution, media, news literacy, and more.

iCivics also offers a number of interesting history games to use with students in class. One interesting history game that stands out to me is Race to Ratify .

“Race to Ratify drops your students into 1787, where the ink is still drying on the new Constitution. Will it become the law of the land or will it fall into the dustbin of history? 

The fate of the young nation is in their hands! Use this game to teach the big ideas at the core of the ratification debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.”

3. Mr Nussbaum history games 

Mr Nussbaum website includes a section featuring numerous engaging history games. Some interesting titles included are:

– Civil War Word Search : “This is an online word search with the Civil War-themed words. Choose with or without a timer.”

– Halls of History – Online U.S. History Game : “This game will test your visual knowledge of American history. There are seven sections to the game, five of which cover historical eras until the Civil War, and two of which cover famous people in American history.”

– American or World History Timeline : “This fun game challenges students to drag and drop the historical events (with brief descriptions) to their correct places on the timeline. Students must complete three boards successfully to win the game. “

– Glamour Legends : “This fun game allows students to dress up George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, or Christopher Columbus in more modern, or more primitive clothes.”

– Who is Your Founding Father? “In this innovative game, students determine the “Founding Father” by evaluating the accomplishments of Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton on a significance scale of 1-10. “

– American Revolution Timeline : “This fun and challenging game requires students to correctly order revolutionary war events along the timeline. Easy and Hard levels are available. Very fun, but very challenging.”

– Not Boring Jeopardy – 13 Colonies Edition : “This is a “jeopardy” like game on the 13 colonies. It’s super fun for classrooms, individuals, or small teams, totally customizable”.

4. Planet 42 History Games 

Planet 42 features over 40 online games to help you learn history. The games come in different formats and styles including arcades, puzzles, racing games, quizzes, and more. 

Examples of history games featured in Planet 42 are American Civil War Puzzles, Cold War Puzzles, Ages of History Game, Seven Wonders Adventure Game, Great Pyramid Puzzle, History Dressing Games, History Figure Games, History Map Games, and many more.

5. Minecraft Education 

Minecraft Education offers a plethora of history games to use with kids and students. Each of these games comes with various resources such as guiding ideas, student activities, learning objectives, performance expectations, and more. Some of the featured history games include:

– Timecraft- History Edu Review : “7 Villages with coordinates allow students to build demonstrations of their understanding of a course or unit in history within an appropriate setting”.

– Titanic : “In this game, students learn about the history of the Titanic, rebuild its inside, and build a redstone circuit to get light to the flower floors”.

– History Blocks : “The purpose of this activity is to guide teachers through an activity in which students reconstruct Unesco world heritage sites Minecraft”.

– Replicating Landmarks : “Students research and recreate a structure from history such as a building, monument, castle, bridge, or other large manmade object.”

6. BrainPOP 

BrainPOP is an educational platform that offers different learning materials for students in grades K-12. These include games, animated movies, quizzes, and more. Subjects covered include social studies, English, Math, Music, Arts, Health, and Technology. 

I conducted a quick search for history games on the site and found a list of interesting history games to use with kids and students. Some of these games are:

– Sortify American Revolution : “Sort colonists and events leading to the American Revolution by common characteristics; pair cause and effect; and order future Presidents.”

– Sortify: Native American History : “Categorize and sort traditional American Indian tribes and attributes of Native American groups before Columbus”

– Sortify: World-Changing Women : “Use strategy to up your points! Show your knowledge of World-Changing Women by sorting these current and historical figures according to self-selected categories”.

– Sortify: U.S. Constitution : “Sort concepts of the U.S. government, including personal rights, the three branches, state powers, and the Supreme Court, into categories”.

7. Printable and online history learning games 

The website, Students Handouts , offers a large collection of interactive games and quizzes to use in K-12 classrooms. The games cover history, math, ELA, Science, Cultural Literacy, and more. 

The games are ideal for studying for tests and reviewing course materials. The history games are arranged into two broad categories: American History Games, and World History Games.

For instance, the World History Games category features games related to the following sub-categories: Early Humans games, Ancient Egypt games, Ancient Civilizations games, Ancient Israel games, World religions games, Ancient India games, Ancient East Asia games, Ancient Greece games, Ancient Rome’s games, Byzantine Empire games, and many more.

8. Ducksters history resources 

Ducksters offers a wide variety of educational resources covering History, Biography, Geography, and Science. The resources in the history section, for instance, are arranged into three main categories: Ancient History, World History, and US History. 

Each category contains various sub-categories. You will find lessons and reading materials covering different historical events.

There are quizzes at the end of each reading material for students to test their historical knowledge. In the US History section, for example, you will find resources on Native Americans, Colonial America, The American Revolution, The American Civil War, Westward Expansion, The Great Depression, Civil Rights Movement, United States Government, US History Pre-1900s, and US History 1900s to Present.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking to breathe life into history lessons and engage students in ways that textbooks just can’t, interactive history games are a game-changer. They offer an immersive, multi-dimensional learning experience that does more than just deliver facts; they ignite curiosity and critical thinking. Whether you’re a teacher looking for fresh classroom strategies or a parent aiming to supplement your child’s education, this diverse list of interactive history games has got you covered.

From Mission US’s narrative storytelling to iCivics’ civic engagement and Planet 42’s gamified quizzes, there’s something for every learner and every historical era. And the best part? These games not only align with academic standards but also offer a plethora of supplementary resources like lesson plans and quizzes.

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Meet Med Kharbach, PhD

Dr. Med Kharbach is an influential voice in the global educational technology landscape, with an extensive background in educational studies and a decade-long experience as a K-12 teacher. Holding a Ph.D. from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada, he brings a unique perspective to the educational world by integrating his profound academic knowledge with his hands-on teaching experience. Dr. Kharbach's academic pursuits encompass curriculum studies, discourse analysis, language learning/teaching, language and identity, emerging literacies, educational technology, and research methodologies. His work has been presented at numerous national and international conferences and published in various esteemed academic journals.

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It’s been said that history will repeat itself if we don’t learn from it. That’s why it’s so important that we find ways to give our students the tools and skills they need to look at the past from multiple perspectives. We have an obligation to tell the whole story—not just part of it. It’s a monumental task, but educators know how to rise to a challenge! To help you get started, here’s a list of the best history websites for teaching and learning.

Teach History website

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this website makes history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible. Quick links make it easy to find lesson plans specifically for elementary, middle, or high school students.

Zinn Education Project

Zinn Education websites for teaching history

Tell the more complete story with downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and grade level. Based on the approach to history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States , these teaching materials emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.

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Gilder Lehrman websites for teaching history

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Teaching American History

Teaching American History website for students

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Welcome to Mission US

Serious history, serious games, casting call for new mission, spirit of a nation.

We are currently accepting auditions for our next mission focused on the experience of Indigenous people in the 1500s and 1600s.

a note to parents and teachers

Mission US is committed to teaching complex topics in American history. We recommend that educators and parents/caregivers preview game content to ensure it is appropriate for your students/children.

A note to parents and teachers

Developed for use by middle school students in the classroom and beyond, Mission US is a deeply-researched, award-winning educational media project with proven positive impact on history learning.

Mission US is part of an expanding body of “serious games” that immerse users in historical and contemporary problems in ways that encourage perspective-taking, discussion, and weighing of multiple kinds of evidence.

The missions are not simulations, nor truly games in the sense that there is no “winning” or “losing,” nor do users get a score or grade. The games are sophisticated interactive narratives grounded in historical scholarship, developed in collaboration with community stakeholders and scholars who are experts in the historical periods that are depicted. We also conduct formative testing with diverse students, and involve educators who help ensure that the material is developmentally and academically appropriate for children in the target age group, grades 5-8.

In addition to serving a growing base of more than three million users in all fifty states, Mission US has garnered praise from educators, parents, students, and critics, and received endorsements from Common Sense Media, the Parents’ Choice Award, the Japan Prize for Educational Media, the International Serious Play Awards, and the Games for Change Award for “Most Significant Impact.” Research has shown that the series increases students’ history knowledge and skills, and is especially effective for reaching struggling learners who have difficulty learning from a textbook.

Before integrating a mission into the curriculum, we strongly encourage parents and educators to preview the entirety of that mission themselves, and make certain it is appropriate for their children/students and community. In the TEACH section of this website, we have provided a vast array of background information, activities, discussion starters, primary source documents, suggestions for further reading and research, and other resources to assist in contextualizing missions for students and helping them to understand the difficult choices and circumstances faced by Americans of different backgrounds.

To learn more about Mission US and our development process, visit the ABOUT section of this website and, as always, please feel free to reach out to the Mission US team at [email protected] .

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1770 the american revolution

For crown or colony.

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A cheyenne odyssey.

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City of immigrants.

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Up from the dust.

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Prisoner in my homeland.

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1960 The Civil Rights Movement

No turning back.

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Teach mission us

Mission US includes extensive teaching materials for each mission. The educator guides feature:

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Classroom activities, overview information, classroom videos, historical background, primary sources & resources, what people are saying about mission us.

“I can’t even express how incredible the whole of @Mission_US is. I used it with students for many years. It is moving and exceptional. I cannot recommend it enough. It is designed for students, but I love it with my heart and so have the adults I know who have played it. The teaching materials (free!) are impeccable. From awareness and basic understanding, to a multitude of writing prompts and primary sources, to connections to current events, they are amazing!”

Carrie Garrett , School librarian and teacher of 27 years, Lexington, KY

“I have used parts of it in 7th grade Social Studies class for several years now and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the content and support materials… My students were very engaged by the game and often played it on their own at home and/or play it multiple times. They identified with the characters and had a much better understanding of the events that they “experienced” in the game. This, combined with the quality of the content, has convinced me that gaming can (and will?) have a place in education.”

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“I just want to give your team a sincere thank you for creating the Mission US modules. I shared the lessons with my 11 year old son and he played both modules with boy characters and helped his sister with the two ‘girl’ modules…for fun! He wanted to keep playing and playing. He enthusiastically completed every piece of the modules, even the knowledge reviews…voluntarily…on his own! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him and his sister interact with the lessons. I know they are both better off for having completed them. I highly recommend your team’s Mission US to any family with middle school-aged students.”

Miriam Pacheco Plaza‎ , Parent

“Dear Mission US, Thank you so much for creating your website! Your games are super fun. I am a 6th grader and, your games made me love history more and made me want to learn a lot more about history! Completing your missions made me feel like I was in that part of history, and was part of it. But now that I have completed all of your missions, and watched all of the videos, I have nothing to do after school. So because me and many other kids love history, PLEASE, make a 4th, and 5th, and 6th mission,and on and on, and on. PLEASE!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much!”

Bailey P , Student

“Students, even those who identified themselves as not liking history at all, fell in love with You know you have a great product when moans of ‘NOOOOOO’ fill the room when you say it is time to move on. The content knowledge students gained from the simulations allowed for much deeper discussion than I have experienced at the fifth-grade level. I will (along with my team) definitely make a part of my curriculum.”

Reviewer , Teachers’ Choice Awards

“These Missions are the best lessons I’ve ever found in any subject area, the most motivational, most flexible and thoroughly supported with background material. I will recommend these often as a great example of what modern schooling should look like.”

Steve Reiner , Teacher

“I teach United States History to new immigrant students (ELLs) at The Brooklyn International High School in Brooklyn, NY. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE your simulations and what an asset it has been for my ELL students. What a way to bring the history alive for them and give them more context than I’m able to provide. They struggle with the games but stick with it and enjoy while learning and reinforcing the concepts and ideas we talk about in class… Thank you for the assistance to my class and my students in learning and enjoying US history.”

Scott Jackson , Teacher, Brooklyn, NY

“I’ve been using MUS in my 7th grade social studies class for about 4-5 years. An excellent engagement tool with an abundance of supporting resources! I constantly introduce the wonderfulness of MUS to teachers! Thank you!”

April Hinds , Teacher

“I teach 4th grade in CO and this addresses our learning targets in ways I would never be able to reach my students through any other typical medium. THANK YOU! This ‘game’ was totally amazing! It teaches history in an empathetic way– I can’t WAIT to use it in my classroom next year!!! I love the simple, but real graphics, the authentic voices, and the true consequences good/bad to my choices as I play.”

Colleen Rafferty , Teacher, Colorado

“I am an educator from Oklahoma and a Cheyenne… I appreciate your efforts of providing a perspective of the Cheyenne in Mission 3. Often times, our perspective is omitted or minimized in US history. I taught US history and I believed students should always learn as many perspectives as possible… I would certainly forward this to teachers and, history teachers in particular.”

Funston Whiteman , High school assistant principal

“I’m 12 and I really like both of your missions I have completed them. I’m wondering if you could make more, though,the sad thing is that most schools don’t teach in this way…The textbooks just don’t engage kids. if my school would put this in the classroom kids might like history more.”

Ben , Student

“I have really enjoyed using these activities with my students… We did each part, discussed it, and I used several of the resource work-sheets to check for comprehension. This is also a great way to teach perspective. Each student shared what they did, the decisions they made, and their fate and perspective… ALL students, regardless of their academic level, were totally engaged throughout the entire time we used this activity. I hope you will do another in the upcoming years.”

Debbie B. Miller , 5th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Somerset, KY

“Just wanted to say thank you for putting together this wonderful website and having it free of charge too! My son (11yrs old) is homeschooled and he has been enjoying the missions all day today. The only problem I have with it is that I can’t get him to stop for other subjects!!! Design and mechanics of the missions are so well done and the educational subject matter is presented in an interesting and engaging way. Love it! Keep up the great work and thank you again.”

Elaine , Homeschooling parent

“I simply wanted to write and thank you for creating such a truly wonderful and immersing mission about the American Revolution. My 8th graders absolutely loved playing today, and at least one went straight home and finished the whole mission. My last period class was so completely absorbed in the mission that I think I could have left and they wouldn’t have noticed for a good half hour… It shows many different perspectives regarding the tensions and eventual conflict, and kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning. Kudos to you all!”

Doug Griffith , Teacher, Statesville, NC

“I’ve been playing mission-us since I was in 8th grade and right now I’m currently a junior. I really enjoy all four missions because it helps you get a feel of the historical era people in the past had dealt with. I also like how we get to choose certain paths for the characters. I really hope this program continues to make different missions because I enjoy all of them.”

Austin , Student

“Games can truly place students in the past / build an emotional connection to the past as well as going to a location. My students constantly bring up what happened to their characters in the @Mission_US games! … I embed the parts throughout my units, which gives kids a concrete basis for more abstract ideas. Their teachers’ guides are amazing, too.”

Michelle Moses , Teacher

“I just wanted to send a thank you for creating this game! My students cheer when they hear we are heading to the computer lab to play. This is the best interactive way for the students to really see what life was like in these time periods, and how their decisions affect the history and the lives of these characters. These games are terrific and I would love to see more available.”

Ticey Christenson , Teacher

“I will never forget when I found this website in 5th grade. I am now in 8th grade and about to go into high school. Thank you for being with me all the way.”

Roy , Student

“My students LOVE these simulations and Mission US exposes them to history in a completely different way from reading and traditional research. They are placed in situations where they can truly consider many of the factors that have impacted the history of our country. There is quality information and we all love the use of primary documents throughout the missions. I also have many students whose reading levels are far below grade level yet can access these materials with the aid of the audio voice overs and working with partners on something they are enjoying. Thank you for the activity guides which save me so much time in figuring out how to accomplish this task. I love that you provide editable documents that I can customize for my unique groups! I cannot thank you enough. I hope you continue to develop amazing resources like these that are free to our students.”

Topez Patterson , K-5 technology teacher, P.S. 123Q, New York City

“You’ve managed to do something wonderful with interactions that books, movies, and story-telling can’t always offer, and what’s more you’ve made it available to everyone by providing it in a browser and making it free… I can’t wait to see more productions and would happily volunteer for and support Mission US.”

Rebekah McFarland , Teacher

“I just had to write to say that this is a truly remarkable game and a wonderful way to learn about such a rich time in our country’s history. I hope you make many more of these covering other historical time periods. Kudos to all involved in bringing this to our children. I grew up learning history the old fashioned way – textbooks! This game makes it all come alive in an interesting way that doesn’t speak down to the children. Really appropriate for all ages. Completely well done in all regards.”

Michele Pullman , Teacher

“I love it. — Okay. I was forced to play this for class and we had to answer questions about the decisions we made and it’s due this coming Monday. I ended up playing this and the bonus games sooo many times because it was great and loads of fun. I don’t know how many praises you get but this was great. I look forward to any updates you create. Thanks soooo much for a good, educational way to spend my free time.”

Maci , Student

About mission us.

Mission US is an award-winning educational media project that immerses young people in transformational moments from U.S. history.

Developed for use by middle school students in the classroom and beyond, Mission US is a deeply-researched, award-winning educational media project with proven positive impact on history learning. To date, more than three million registered users across the country have played and learned from Mission US .

Mission US is committed to teaching complicated and sensitive topics in American history. We recommend that teachers/parents preview game content to make sure it is appropriate for their students/children.

100+ American History Lessons and Activities for Homeschoolers

American History doesn't have to be boring thanks to these 100+ activities and lesson ideas. This ultimate history list is full of notebooking, hands-on projects, living books, field trip ideas, unit studies, and more that your teen will enjoy. Fill your middle school history lesson plans and bring history to life for your tweens and teens. Have I included your favorite hands-on US history project? #USHistory #historyisfun #handsonhistory #educationpossible #homeschooling #tweens #teens

You won’t run out of ideas for teaching history with this list of 100+ American history lessons and activities .

Exploring the history of the United States can easily be much more than just reading dry text books and memorizing a bunch of dates from the past.  It doesn’t have to be boring! Many of our fellow homeschoolers would agree that it can easily be filled with fun American history activities , living books, field trips, and more.

There are so many interesting people and notable events to learn about when studying American history in middle school.

That’s where this ultimate list comes in. I want to help you make your history lesson plans as engaging as possible. Use these ideas, which include unit studies, note booking pages, crafts, recipes, and DIY projects to make history come to life for your middle schooler.

See what exciting things you can do in history this week.

American History doesn't have to be boring thanks to these 100+ activities and lesson ideas. This ultimate history list is full of notebooking, hands-on projects, living books, field trip ideas, unit studies, and more that your teen will enjoy. Fill your middle school history lesson plans and bring history to life for your tweens and teens. Have I included your favorite hands-on US history project? #USHistory #historyisfun #handsonhistory #educationpossible #homeschooling #tweens #teens

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American History Lessons and Activities Make History Fun

Colonial america.

  • 5 Easy Colonial America Map Activities for Kids
  • 6 Resources for Studying Famous Women in History
  • 10 Living Books to Teach Early American History
  • 13 Colonies Travel Brochure
  • Colonial Games for Children
  • Colonial Hands-on History Projects
  • Discover the 13 Colonies Notebooking and Activity Unit  
  • Exploring the 13 Colonies – Books, Videos, and Movies
  • Hands on History: American Revolution Activities
  • Hands on History Ideas for Colonial Times
  • Historical Cooking: Native American Corn Recipes
  • Jamestown Resources
  • Jamestown Unit Study with Food and Building Projects
  • Native American Unit Study
  • Pilgrim and Wampanoag Daily Life
  • Resources for Studying Jamestown
  • Studying Early American History at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
  • The First Thanksgiving: Myth or Facts
  • DIY Wattle & Daub House 

When studying early American history, include as many games and hands-on activities as possible to bring the time period to life. Get your teens involved by mapping out some key points and events from history. These are easy ways to get creative with mapping out Colonial history. You'll be having fun with history while working on geography. We loved the build and create project! #USHistory #colonialhistory #historyisfun #handsonhistory #tweens #teens #geography #homeschooling #educationpossible

American Revolution

  • American Revolution Steps to War Lesson Ideas
  • American Revolution Timeline Resources
  • Ben Franklin: Inventions and Hands-on History
  • Benjamin Franklin Lesson Ideas
  • Ben Franklin Notebooking Pages
  • Homeschooler’s Guide to Benjamin Franklin
  • Betsy Ross Notebooking Pages
  • Declaration of Independence Unit Study
  • Freedom at Last Unit Study
  • Historic Philadelphia Learning Guide
  • Liberty Bell Notebooking Pages
  • The Liberty Bell Timeline & Trivia
  • The Shot Heard Round the World Lesson Ideas
  • Study the American Revolution by Combining Art and History
  • War is Brewing Unit Study

With so many interesting facts to learn about this famous bell, you’ll want to add this Liberty Bell Timeline Trivia scavenger hunt to your lesson plans. It’s the perfect way to add some fun into your American history studies.

Westward Expansion   

  • 6 Easy Pioneer Recipes to Make with Your Teen
  • 6 Pioneer Crafts for Teens to Make
  • American Pioneer Books and Resources for Middle School
  • American Pioneer Hands-on Activities
  • American Pioneer Notebooking and Activity Unit for Middle School
  • Books for Westward Expansion and Early Industrial Revolution
  • California Gold Rush Notebooking Unit for Middle School
  • Celebrating Lewis and Clark
  • Covered Wagon Learning Activities
  • Gold Rush and Wild West Reading List for Teens
  • Hands on History: Early American Quilting
  • Homeschool History Helps: The Alamo
  • Learning About Annie Oakley, a Wonderful Women of the Wild West
  • Lewis and Clark Animal Discovery Journal
  • Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea Unit Study
  • Lewis & Clark Learning Resources
  • Oregon Trail Unit Study
  • Pioneer Life – 8 Learning Activities for Kids
  • Pony Express, Gold Rush, and the Transcontinental Railroad Unit Study
  • War of 1812
  • Westward Expansion Unit Study

Is your middle schooler is studying about the American Pioneers? This unit study is exactly what your older student needs to use along side your American history curriculum. Make your lessons interactive with a wide variety of activities like notebooking, a craft, a period recipe, and more. Plus, helpful resources to aid your teen's research into the American frontier. We love the discussion questions! #pioneers #USHistory #unitstudy #middleschool #tweens #teens #educationpossible

The Civil War

  • Civil War Hands-on Activities for Kids
  • Civil War Notebooking Pages
  • Georgia Civil War Field Trips and Resources
  • History Quest – Habeas Corpus & the Civil War
  • Slavery and the Civil War Unit Study
  • Underground Railroad Simulation

We have found many projects and activities to help our middle school kids to learn more about the American Civil War. We love books, music, art, and of course history hands-on activities. Project ideas for tweens/teens.

Late 1800s to Present

  • 5 Notable Black Inventors
  • 10 Living Books to Teach Modern American History
  • Balto and The Iditarod Trail Unit Study
  • Experience the Great Depression Through Movies
  • High School Modern American History Course Ideas
  • Historical Fiction Series – The Titanic
  • Lessons from Thomas Edison
  • The Life of George Eastman – Founder of Eastman Kodak Company
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study
  • Resources for Studying World War II
  • Statue of Liberty Notebooking Pages
  • The Story of Tin Lizzy Unit Study
  • What Caused World War I?
  • World War I – How Did the US End Up There?
  • World War I Writing Assignment
  • World War II Movies to Watch with Your Kids

The Benefits of Making Mistakes: Lessons from Thomas Edison

American Presidents

  • Homeschool History Helps: The American Presidents
  • Learning About Abraham Lincoln
  • Learning History with Disney Education American Presidents DVDs
  • Lincoln and Washington President Cookies
  • Presidents of the United States Unit Study
  • Presidents Notebooking Pages
  • United States Presidents Fun Fact Cards
  • Using a Presidential Election to Teach Civics

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General American History Resources

  • 10 American History Books Kids Will Love
  • 10 American History Read Alouds
  • 10 Hands-On History and Geography Activities for Kids
  • 4 Shortcuts to Teach Hands-on History
  • 5 American History Resources for Middle School
  • American Girl Meets Minecraft
  • American History Timeline Resource
  • Board Games Make History Fun
  • Hands-on Ideas for Studying Democratic Rule
  • How to Get Your Kids to HATE History
  • How to Use American Girl to Study History
  • FREE State Notebooking Pages
  • Social Studies Actual Size
  • Sure Fire Secrets to Bring American History to Life
  • Teach Early American History Using Videos
  • Teaching Life Skills: Flag Etiquette
  • Virtual Field Trips to Washington DC
  • Women’s History Unit Study Resources

American History Curriculum

  • America Themed Literacy Packs, Fun Facts Cards, Notebooking Pages and more!
  • Exploring Government Curriculum Review
  • History and Geography Curriculum Resources & Reviews
  • Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers History Studies
  • Homeschool Moms Share – Favorite History Curriculum
  • What I’ve Learned Homeschooling with Tapestry of Grace

If your middle schooler is studying Colonial America, then this 13 Colonies Notebooking and Activity Unit Study is exactly what your older student needs to use along side your American History curriculum. It will help make history more interactive with the wide variety of activities included. Things like notebooking, drawing prompts, a craft, a game, a period recipe, and more. Plus, helpful resources to aid your teen's research. #colonialhistory #USHistory #unitstudy #middleschool #tweens #teens #educationpossible

What are your family’s favorite American history lessons and activities?

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Fabulous round-up! Thanks!

We enjoy History and Geography in our home school. In fact my oldest was in an American Girl Doll play at our co-op and super surprised us with her performance. My husband and I also created a new version of the 50 States and Capitals song in which we started in the NE and moved our way west very methodically. We thought it would be easier to learn that way and be more mentally appealing for kids and grown-ups. Hop you get a chance to listen! Thanks for the resources! Stephanie

Stephanie – I love the song!! I will be sure to share it, I know other homeschool families will find it fun and helpful too. Great job!!!

Thank you for your feedback Susan! It means a lot, and thank you for sharing. We hope home schools everywhere will really find it effective.

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5 Excellent Educational Games for Teaching U.S. History

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Calling all U.S. history teachers! Ready to add some life to your lessons with game-based learning? 

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Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the well that is high-quality U.S. history learning games. Surprisingly, there aren’t many – at least that we could find! Did we miss one of your favorites that you believe is worth a spot in our roundup? Or perhaps you’ve been using one of the below resources for years and would like to double down on our recommendation? No matter what you’re thinking, we want to hear from you – be sure to reach out on our Facebook or Twitter!  

Race to Ratify (iCivics)

Platform(s): Web browser, iPad, Android tablets

When it comes to game-based civics education, iCivics is king. But did you know that the nation’s largest civics education platform also launched their first-ever U.S. history game last year? That’s right – Race to Ratify is here, and it drops players smack dab in the middle of 1787 America at the height of the ratification debate. Playing the role of a pamphleteer, players align themselves with the Federalists or Anti-Federalists as they travel across 13 states and hear from opinionated characters, each with strong arguments for or against ratification. Get a behind-the-screens look at the making of Race to Ratify in our interview with iCivics’ Director of Digital Learning Carrie Ray-Hill, then try the game yourself on!  

Mission US (THIRTEEN – New York Public Media)

Platform(s): Web browser, Windows, Mac, iPad

A few moments ago, we declared iCivics as the premier platform for game-based civics education – but when it comes to teaching U.S. history, Mission US takes the cake. Created by THIRTEEN, New York City’s flagship public television station, Mission US offers a suite of five interactive “missions,” each focused on a transformational moment in American history. Winner of Most Significant Impact at the 2014 Games for Change Awards, Mission US is a research-backed resource that ( like iCivics ) offers accompanying educator materials for each mission designed to help teachers incorporate the games into their lessons. 

Minecraft: Education Edition (Microsoft)

Platform(s): Windows, Mac, iPad

In the world of game-based learning, Minecraft: Education Edition needs no introduction – and we’re pleased to report that there are no shortage of history and culture lessons and resources available for U.S. history classrooms. Whether you’re working alongside your students to build the Jamestown Colony , or exploring how Native Americans in each region harnessed their unique environments to obtain food, clothing, and shelter, MinecraftEDU can serve as an extremely versatile tool for a variety of U.S. history lessons – just be sure that your class has the hardware to support the game, as MinecraftEDU is currently not available for Chromebooks.

Sortify (BrainPop)

Platform(s): Web browser

BrainPop’s Sortify is a clever spin on matching games of old – a playful assessment tool that tasks players with categorizing topic-specific vocabulary tiles into self-selected buckets, testing their knowledge of the relationships between and within each category. And while the game supports a wide assortment of topics ranging from parts of speech to dinosaurs, world-changing women and elements of the periodic table, U.S. history educators will likely find the American Revolution and American Indian History versions to be most relevant to their classes. Sortify is simple, yet effective – and you can try it for yourself on BrainPop’s website! 

When Rivers Were Trails (Indian Land Tenure Foundation)

Platform(s): Windows, Mac

Where The Oregon Trail highlights the stories of settlers traveling from Missouri to Oregon, it neglects to tell the tales of the Native Americans who lived on those lands – which inspired the Indian Land Tenure Foundation , Michigan State University’s Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab , and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to team up and create an educational game of their own: When Rivers Were Trails . A 2D adventure told from the perspective of a displaced Anishinaabeg as they journey from Minnesota to California, the game immerses players in indigenous storytelling and culture as they face gritty truths involving personal family relations, tribal stories, and the darker side of history. Learn more about the game in this interview with game creator Elizabeth LaPensée Ph.D., Anishinaabe from Baawaating with relations at Bay Mills Indian Community, then experience it yourself at!

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Last updated February 13, 2024

As teachers, we know how important it is to keep our students engaged in the classroom. But sometimes history lessons can get dull and mundane, leading to a loss of enthusiasm.

To help spice things up, why not tap into the power of technology and incorporate some fun and interactive online games?

Not only will they give your class an extra burst of energy, but these educational games have been proven to help boost student engagement with history topics and enhance their knowledge retention!

Here are 10 of the best history games available online to easily add to your curriculum – let the learning begin!

Related : For more, check out our article on  The Top Geography Online Games  here.

The 10 Best History Games Online

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1. Death in Rome

Death in Rome is a point-and-click adventure game developed by the BBC, which immerses players in the historical setting of Ancient Rome.

The game’s premise is set around a mysterious death, and players must wear their detective hats to unravel the circumstances behind this incident.

Set in 80 AD, the game introduces players to the character of Tiberius Claudius Eutychus. It becomes the player’s task to figure out who murdered him before dawn breaks.

This journey takes players through various aspects of life in ancient Rome, offering a rich, layered learning experience.

This game has also been used in academic settings as a tool for inquiry-based learning, reinforcing its educational value. By blending historical education with elements of mystery and intrigue, Death in Rome provides an engaging and interactive learning experience beyond traditional teaching methods.

URL: BBC History

2.Educational Games For KS3, KS4, KS5 Curriculum

As its name suggests, is a platform that provides educational games tailored specifically for students studying at the KS3, KS4, and KS5 curriculum levels. These games are designed to test and enhance students’ knowledge of history, covering a wide range of topics from ancient civilizations to modern times.

In line with modern technological advancements, these games are now available in HTML 5 format, making them accessible on various devices and platforms.

This ensures that students can engage with the learning material anytime, anywhere, adding to the convenience and flexibility of this learning tool.

The interactive nature of these games challenges students to apply their historical knowledge in different contexts, thereby deepening their understanding of the subject. provides an engaging and challenging learning experience that complements traditional classroom instruction by offering a comprehensive collection of educational history games.

Related : For more, check out our article on  How To Promote Diversity In History Lessons  here.


3. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is not just a game; it’s an immersive world simulation that offers a unique historical perspective. This game is recognized globally as an exceptional educational tool, providing players with an understanding of how civilizations developed, grew, and interacted throughout different historical periods. It’s a captivating journey through time!

URL: Common Sense Media

4. Race to Ratify (iCivics)

Race to Ratify is a fascinating game by iCivics that puts players in the pivotal role of a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. The mission? To gain support for the new Constitution.

This game provides an engaging and interactive way to learn about one of the most significant periods in U.S. history.

URL: iCivics

5. Mission US (THIRTEEN – New York Public Media)

Mission US offers an innovative and interactive approach to learning different periods in U.S. history.

It comprises a series of missions where players assume the roles of young individuals during various historical events. Each mission is intricately designed to provide an immersive learning experience that brings history to life.

URL: Mission US

6. Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is a creative adaptation of the popular game that’s been tailored for educational purposes.

Teachers and students can utilize this platform to explore U.S. history in an engaging, immersive environment. It allows students to build their own historical landmarks, fostering a deeper understanding of historical events and figures.

URL: Minecraft Education

7. Halls of History – Online U.S. History Game

Halls of History offers a unique way to test your visual knowledge of American history.

The game spans various historical eras up until the Civil War, providing a diverse range of topics for players to explore. With its visually appealing interface and interactive elements, it’s a fun and engaging way to learn history .


8. Hangman History

Hangman History adds a historical twist to the classic hangman game. It includes a variety of topics like the Age of Exploration, Medicine through Time, and the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Each round is a unique learning experience, offering players a fun way to test their knowledge of different historical periods.


9. Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail game is a captivating simulation of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail.

From planning the journey to making crucial decisions along the way, the game provides an authentic glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of the pioneers. It’s an educational activity that simulates real historical conditions, making learning history an exciting adventure.

URL: Classic Reload

10. Free Online Educational Games for American History

This interactive online platform is a goldmine for history buffs and students alike, offering many games that delve into various periods of American history.

From the time of Native Americans to the French and Indian War (1754-1763), each game provides in-depth insights and compelling narratives that make learning fun and engaging.

The games are categorized according to historical periods, allowing users to navigate their historical journey easily.


Enhancing Geography Learning in the Classroom and at Home

Have you ever wondered why geography is crucial in our education system? It’s because geography provides us with an understanding of the world around us. It’s more than just memorizing countries, capitals, and landmarks.

It’s about understanding how landscapes form, how cultures develop and interact, and how economic systems are influenced by their physical environments.

So, how can we ensure that geography is taught effectively in our classrooms and supported at home?

In the classroom, geography should be taught as an exciting exploration of our planet. Teachers can use interactive maps, globes, and other visual aids to bring geography to life.

They can incorporate technology like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze spatial data, or virtual field trips to give students a firsthand look at different locations worldwide.

Additionally, real-world examples and current events can be used to illustrate geographic concepts, making lessons more relevant and engaging.

But what about at home? How can parents support this learning?

Parents can encourage their children’s interest in geography at home by incorporating it into everyday activities.

For instance, when planning a family trip, they can involve their child in the planning process, discussing different locations, climates, and cultures.

Parents can also use online resources, like educational games and apps, to make learning geography fun. Furthermore, discussing news stories related to geography can spark meaningful conversations and deepen understanding.

Remember, geography isn’t just about facts and figures. It’s about understanding the complex interconnections between people, places, and environments.

Teaching geography effectively in the classroom and supporting it at home can help our children become informed, globally aware citizens. Isn’t that a goal worth striving for?

Q1: Why is history a vital subject to teach in schools?

History is crucial because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to understand our present.

Students gain a sense of identity and understanding of the world around them by learning about historical events, individuals, and periods. It also helps to develop critical thinking skills as students analyze sources and construct informed arguments.

Q2: How can I make history lessons engaging and interactive in the classroom?

Incorporate storytelling into your lessons, as narratives are often more memorable than facts alone. Use primary sources like letters, diaries, and photographs to bring history to life.

Incorporating technology, such as educational videos, digital archives, and online games can also make lessons more engaging and interactive.

Q3: How can parents support history learning at home?

Parents can encourage their children’s interest in history by discussing family histories, visiting museums or historical sites, and reading historical fiction together.

They can also use online resources, such as educational websites and apps, to further support learning.

Q4: What are some effective strategies for teaching complex historical events or concepts?

Breaking down complex topics into smaller parts can make them more manageable. Start with the basic facts before delving into the complexities. Use visuals, timelines, and mind maps to help students understand the sequence of events and their connections.

Encourage discussion and debate to help students explore different perspectives.

Q5: How can I incorporate current events into my history lessons?

Linking historical events to current issues can make history more relevant and engaging for students.

This could involve comparing past events to current ones, discussing how historical events have shaped the present, or exploring the historical context of current issues.

Remember, history isn’t just about memorizing dates and facts. It’s about understanding how the past has shaped our world today.

Teaching history effectively in the classroom and supporting it at home can help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subject.

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13 Ways To Make History Class Engaging For Students

Learn a variety of strategies on how to make history class engaging for students. Check out in this blog post.

History class is much more than reading out of a textbook. Use these 10 tips to help make history class engaging and relevant to your students.

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13 Strategies To Make History Class Engaging 

I hope you can use some of these 13 tips to help make history class engaging. As a history teacher, it is important to contact local historical sites, museums, organizations, and libraries to see how they can help enrich your program.

Try these lesson ideas to make history class fun.

Tip #1 Use QR Codes

This quick technology can be accessed with personal or school portable technology (phones, iPads, tablets). The QR code embeds information (text, URL, etc) into the code image. Students scan the code with a QR Code reader app and they unlock the information.

I use this in my classroom for introducing vocabulary words in a new unit or for students to access information in a different format. I try to make QR Code activities into scavenger hunts where they must locate the code before accessing information.

Tip #2 Incorporate Movement into Lessons

I love using the cooperative learning strategy called Four Corners. Around the classroom in each corner hang up four different answer cards such as Agree, Disagree, Undecided, and Need More Info (cards can be changed to align better with your lesson). Then ask the class a rich thinking question. Students move to the answer card area that best aligns with their opinion.

In this new opinion group, students discuss their ideas. Ensure that they know they will be held accountable for these discussions either through written or oral means. When first introducing this strategy it is a great idea to have a Need More Information section where the teacher can stand and provide support.

Tip #3 Add Drama

Activities such as Monologues, Wax Museum and Hot Seat make historical figures come to life in your classroom.

Try these lesson ideas to make history class fun.

Tip #4 Use Collaborative Discussion Strategies

Students are not always comfortable discussing in History classes due to their lack of subject area background knowledge. When we have class discussions I try to build up their knowledge and confidence by using strategies such as Think Pair Share or Four Corners Placemats.

Try these lesson ideas to make history class fun.

Tip #5 Bring In Primary Sources

Where possible bring in primary sources. Photos from the time period and archival documents can make history seem more authentic to students. Lots of internet sites (government archives) have access to these excellent pieces of history. A quick Google search will contain lots of ideas. Your local library, historical societies, and museums are also great places to look. Also, the New York Public Library has digitized a lot of pieces that could work in your classroom. You can also find great primary sources at Library and Archives Canada .

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Tip #6 Picture Books

Do not discount the value of picture books in the middle or high school history classroom. Two of my favourite picture books for my Canadian history classes are The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Canadian Railroad Trilogy . The vivid images and storylines bring history alive.

Picture books can also be used to provide background knowledge prior to starting a unit. In English classes, I often use the book Teammates by Peter Golenbock as a mentor text, which discusses Jackie Robinson’s treatment as the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Picture books are fantastic literacy resources to help students learn about a variety of topics and reinforce literacy skills. I have used these picture books to help teach students about Residential Schools. Please purchase these books from Indigenous-owned bookstores.

  • When We Were Alone by David Robertson
  • Stolen Words by Melanie Florence
  • Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad
  • I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
  • Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell
  • Shin-chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell

Tip #7 Browsing Bins

To help ignite and maintain a spark for historical knowledge, create a browsing bin of books related to curriculum topics. Ask your school librarian or media specialist if you can borrow books from the school library that relate to your current unit of study.

Keep these books in a special bin and in a highly visible area to encourage students to look through the materials and possibly check them out at the library. If your school does not have a library, visit your local library or contact any local historical associations to see what materials they can lend your classroom.

Tip #8 Historical Fiction

History classrooms are also literacy classrooms. Students engage each day with written text and make connections and inferences about the people they are studying. Keeping a good variety of historical fiction related to your topics of study can help students extend their classroom learning.

Some favourite books among my students are anything related to major wars or conflicts. The Dear Canada and Dear America series from Scholastic are great places to start for historical fiction. Here are some historical fiction book lists.  

  • Middle School Historical Fiction Books
  • World War Two Themed Novels For Middle School Students
  • World War Two Themed Novels For High School Students

Try these lesson ideas to make history class fun.

Tip #9 Assignment Choice

It is also important that your assignments have different choice options. Students feel more empowered about their learning if given the chance to produce works of their choosing. Providing choices about content and product is a great place to start.

My first major assignment in my Grade 8 History class is having students create a persuasive piece to encourage the British Colonies to join Confederation. Depending on the school year, students have been offered choices in the final product: pamphlet, website, slideshow, etc.

They can also produce the product in either the official language English or French. During historical inquiry assignments, students are given choice over what topics (from a list related to the curriculum expectations) they want to learn about. I match them with other students in the class who want to learn about the same topic.

For my inquiry assignment on Canada at the turn of the century, students can choose from a long list of topics ranging from technology and transportation to arts and culture.

Try these lesson ideas to make history class fun.

Tip #10 Artifacts

Last year, for one lesson I set up my classroom as an interactive museum. The unit was called Canada: A Changing Society 1890-1914 . I tried to find artifacts around my house and relatives’ houses that could potentially represent items from this time period.

I also printed off colour photos of daily living artifacts. Students had to circulate around the classroom in pairs and guess what the object was and its modern-day equivalent. The item that had most of the class confused was the manual meat grinder.

They definitely had a better understanding of the challenges of daily living from touching and seeing the different tools than if we had read about it online or in a textbook. Another year, while studying the settlement of Western Canada, I contacted a local museum and borrowed an educational kit that had replica items from the mid-1800s. Students loved seeing the toys and school materials from this time period.

Tip #11 Virtual Field Trips

The internet has changed the way I teach history. No longer are students only able to access information from library books, they can actually digitally visit the locations we are studying. This past year we used Google Maps to locate major battle sites and visit museum websites. Use Google to help locate interesting virtual field trips for your class this year.

Tip #12 Embrace Virtual Reality

Depending on your school budget Google Cardboard could be a very good investment. This small device allows students to download an app and view places in a virtual reality environment.

Try these lesson ideas to make history class fun.

Tip #13 Use Engaging Curriculum Materials

At the end of the day, you still need to cover the contents of your curriculum. By integrating some of these tips into your daily lessons you will make history class more engaging for your students. If you teach Canadian history check out these units by 2 Peas and a Dog which will help you keep your students engaged. I hope you use these strategies to make history class engaging for your students.

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Fun History Project Ideas & Hands-On Activities

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  • October 27, 2020

History lessons can be dry and boring if you rely completely on a dry and boring textbook. But there is a better way!

It’s so easy to make history come alive with the right books and resources. One of the best ways to make your history lessons fun and interesting is with well-planned hands-on history projects.

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No matter the time period you’re studying, there are some activity ideas you can easily include. Hands-on history projects are a wonderful way to make history lessons come alive for your kids. Now, you don’t need to do a hands-on project every day – but a few well-planned projects can make all the difference.

Hands-on history activities and projects can: 

  • Give you a better understanding of the time and culture.
  • Can help you see historical context and how events and people are related.
  • Engage kids in their learning.

It’s so easy to become passive learners – read this, fill out that worksheet… blah… blah… blah… However, when we find ways to engage our kids in their learning, it makes such a difference. You can do this will read aloud, interesting assignments, and of course, hands-on projects and activities.

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Engaging the minds (and hands) of our kids makes all the difference in their educational experience. Now that you’re convinced to add some hands-on fun to your homeschool day, how should you do it?

Don’t fill your days with meaningless activities. One well-planned and executed activity each week will go much further than a day filled with boring and mindless activities. Best of all, you don’t need a pile of activity books or resources. With just a handful of ideas that can be applied to any time period or culture will be just as useful.

I’ve put together my favourite ways in which we create hands-on learning experiences for History lessons, but as always I’d love to know yours too – so, if there’s one I’ve missed be sure to leave me a comment.

Learn About The Artists Of The Time

When you’re immersing yourself in the culture or time period, take a look at the art from that era or geographical area. Artists, their lives and artwork give us a glimpse of life during that time – how the people dressed and what was important to them.

  • Create art using the same mediums as artists from that time period
  • Use artwork as inspiration for your own creations
  • Read biographies about the artist

Create A Lap Book

Lapbooks and notebooks are a great way to create a capsule of all the things your kids are learning.

They can create little mini-books and interactive booklets filled with details about the time period, the people, the culture… really, anything that interests them. They are a great choice for research assignments.

Kids can research a specific topic and include the information they find in their lap book or notebook. Best of all, a completed notebook or lap book becomes a great addition to your year-end portfolio – displaying everything your kids have studied and learned that year.

Immerse Yourself In The Time Period & Culture

Well-thought-out activities can really immerse you and your kids in the culture and time period of a certain people.

Confession: I know so much about ancient Egyptian history ( believe me, I knocked it out of the park watching a recent episode of Jeopardy and knew the answer to every question for that category! ).

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Why did that happen? Because of how we’ve immersed ourselves in our lessons during that subject – researching maps, making our own fruity mummy, reciting a list of important pharaohs, reading the myths and stories of the people.

No matter the time period or country you’re studying you can apply this in a few different ways:

  • Researching and creating costumes
  • Making a meal using recipes from that country
  • Reading the myths or legends of the country

Play A Game

I love to include games whenever I can – they are such a great learning resource – and who wouldn’t rather play a game than fill out a worksheet?

It can get expensive buying games for every time period you study. Instead, you can opt to find online games or purchase downloadable plans for games that you put together yourself (the bonus being it’s a great craft too!)

Tip: we love to listen to audiobooks while we color, cut out, and assemble our game boards.

Some of my favourite history games available include;

  • BBC Interactive Games
  • KS3 History Games
  • Homeschool Giveaways
  • Wonderfilled Days

Of course, this is just the beginning, a quick Google will help you find hidden gems specifically related to the person or time period your studying. For example, we did some work on Rosa Parks recently and simply googled ‘Rosa Parks Games’ you can add on a specific age or grade if you’re looking for something specific.

We had thousands of results and the top ten were more than sufficient to keep us going for a couple of weeks! I also found a whole host of new websites to bookmark and use as resources for the future which was a huge bonus.

Create A Map

Understanding how one country fits into the geography of an area brings a whole new level of understanding about that place. Taking time to study that country – its hills, borders, mountains, and other details – can help you see their culture and life in a new way.

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You can look at historical atlases or maps. Alternatively, if you’re looking to incorporate crafts then download and print, then color in or even draw your own map of the area.

Consider taking it to the next level and making it even more hands-on by incorporating salt-dough, cookie dough or play dough. We recently covered the Olympics and how they are incorporated into our history both as a nation and worldwide, to make the learning experience more hands-on we followed this incredible salt dough DIY to make some super fun Olympic medals.

Build A 3D Model

Does the country or historical era you’re currently studying have any interesting buildings or inventions? These could be perfect 3D construction models. Either from pre-made kits available online or as a craft.

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For example, the 1930s was the decade in which the Empire State Building was built in New York City. The 102-story Art Deco skyscraper is a fantastic demonstration of the architecture in the 1930s and leads onto a discussion surrounding building materials and skyscrapers / high rise building structures.

This free printable allows you to print off a model of the Empire State Building which can be made into a 3D model. Alternatively, consider using construction blocks such as Lego or Duplo .

Create A Timeline

A history timeline is a wonderful project that every middle school child should create. Seeing how historical events and people fit together gives them a better understanding of historical context and how all those events and people are interrelated.

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You can create one large timeline for the whole period you are studying or, if that feels a bit overwhelming, smaller topic-based timelines can be just as useful.

Consider displaying this timeline in your homeschooling room, in a bedroom or storing it safely so you can get it out and reference/add to it as your knowledge of historical events improves. These free history timelines are perfect for getting you started .

You can look to take this to the next level with a family tree or family timeline too. This is a great way to discuss important dates such as the years grandparents were born and what special events happened during that year. Get the children to interview the member of the family about what life was like back then – they could even write a report on what life was like which leads us nicely onto our final history project idea.

Do Some Creative Writing

For those kids who love journaling and creative writing, history is a great place to let their creativity run wild. They can journal as if they lived during that time period, ‘interview’ a famous figure of the time, or create their own writing assignment ideas.

This is a great way for children to also improve on their spelling, grammar, research and more…

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For a more long-term creative writing project, consider a newspaper. Publish a report once a week as you move through the years week by week. With 52 weeks in a year, you could cover 52 years and of course, this doesn’t have to start when newspapers started. Instead, you could report as though you’re living in Aztec times if you wanted.

Alternatively, you could adapt the reports depending on the time of year. For example, New Year’s eve in the 1930s, Halloween in the 1970s or Christmas in the 1870s.

If your kids are fond of being in front of the camera, consider getting them to record the report on a video camera instead of writing it down. They could even dress the part too.

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Everything you wrote here is so inspiring! From my experience I know that using games is way more fun than flashcards or worksheets! And, as a bonus, most games require at least the skills of strategy and/or speed, too. Each parent should carefully watch their child and adjust the number of tasks to their abilities. It is better to do less practice than force your child to solve tasks which they no longer want to do and which can. We want our children to develop through play. Chess is the perfect example for this matter. Don’t try to play entire game from the very begining of your chess adventure. Use diagrams like those – net-bossorg/chess-puzzles-for-kids-by-maksim-aksanov. Perfect diagrams for the perfect start 🙂

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6 Hands-On History Activities for Homeschoolers

History lessons don’t have to be the dry and boring lessons you remember from your childhood. On the contrary, hands-on history activities can make your history lessons fun and memorable!

Most of us did not enjoy the history textbooks of our youth. Dull textbooks can turn our kiddos off of history, so I strive to make this particular subject engaging and fun!

6 Hands-On History Activities for Homeschoolers

You can read more about how we created an Early American History Timeline and Unit Study  or our  Medieval England Unit Study  as we love hands-on learning!

History is an important subject. We learn so much from our past. Where we’ve been and what decisions have led us to where we are.

6 Hands-On History Activities for Kids

Though some parts of history may be too much for elementary students, we can still provide a captivating historical experience if we only think outside the proverbial box .

So how can we make history a pleasant and educational experience?

Historic recipes offer a fantastic way for kids to have a hands-on experience! Preparing a traditional dish like hardtack, or the Wampanoag recipe Nausamp can bring history to life. Cooking Up Some World History  and Cooking Up Some American History   books can give you inspiration depending on the time period you are studying.

6 Hands-On History Activities for Kids

We love incorporating art into our days. When we find an art form that includes history like  Medieval Chalk Pastels: Video Art Course , Inventors History Video Art Lessons , and the History Art Lessons Subscription we take advantage of all the creativity!

Historical games are fun to add to your studies. Games like marbles , mancala , or cards have been around for hundreds of years. But there are even games today with a historic flair: Timeline Card Games ,  Professor Noggins Card Games,  or Way Back When In History are just a few!

4. Create a Timeline

Creating your own timeline is a great hands-on history activity. The Giant American History Timeline was perfect for us as we traveled from pre-colonization to the modern era! Here are several timelines for Ancient Civilization, and Medieval History .

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5. Dress Up

Dress up in period clothing or better yet, when you dress up, go to a local historical reenactment! Or create your own reenactment!

6. Build It

We’re not just talking about sugar cube pyramids here, although those are quite fun too. But building anything and everything from your historical time periods! Studying Colonial America? Make corn husk dolls, spin wool into yarn with a drop spindle , or make beeswax candles !

Hands-on history activities can make your history lesson memorable and engaging. Try a few of these activities and see for yourself!

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I'm Erin, a homeschooling mom to two intense kids. We are child led with a heavy emphasis on read alouds, games, art, nature hikes, and hands on science! We also traded the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet that only farm life can provide. Though our inside space is now much smaller, our opportunities for exploration in nature and the farm has never been greater. When we're not homeschooling you'll find me curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book!

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40+ Fascinating History Activities that Are Wonderful

As a mother, I understand the need to teach kids the history of their surroundings. This history helps them to broaden their vision👁️ and think differently about different situations. It helps in their development in all aspects of life.

These types of activities help your children make their day more interesting☺️ and productive. They get to spend their time on useful things instead of spending it on phones or TV📺.

Kids love to explore new activities as they get bored🥱 easily. These activities provide your kids with freshness and will add fun to their lives. These activities serve both purposes of enjoyment and education🤓.

Interesting History Activities for Your Kids

You’ve come to the perfect spot if you’re looking for some entertaining😆 and engaging history activities for your kids!

I would recommend engaging and entertaining history activities that will help them develop their skills in all areas, be educational📚 as well as pleasurable, and make them feel good while doing them. 

It will help them gain some knowledge about their history, which can be useful in the future. Their dull 🥱 day will become fascinating with the help of these activities.

I’ve put together a list of fun😎 and useful history activities for you and your children in this blog article. This blog will undoubtedly assist you in discovering some fresh, kid-friendly activities.

Family Timeline

You can gather your kids together and make them draw their family👪 timeline. Let them name all their elders, including great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, and siblings. 

Provide them with chart paper, markers, scissors✂️, and scale. They will have a lot of fun and will get to know more about their family history. This will be an entertaining and fun-filled activity. 

I also made my kids perform this activity at home. Their boring🥱 day got more interesting, and they also got to learn new things. According to me, you should conduct this activity at home🏠 with your kids, as it will serve both purposes of enjoyment and productivity.

Decade Diary

You can make your kids create a decade diary at home🏠 covering all major events in that. Provide your kids with a diary📓, pens, and markers. 

This activity will help your kids learn about their nation’s history and geography. Their writing and observation skills will improve. They can pen down important events like the COVID-19 pandemic, which greatly affected the world🌏.

My kids also performed this activity at home🏠. They created a very insightful and knowledgeable diary covering all major events in our history. This increased their knowledge in terms of the world’s history and geography.

Historical event newspaper

This is a worthwhile and fascinating😆 exercise. You can assign your kids a major historical event. Then, let them do thorough research and analysis on that topic and design a newspaper📰 on it. Provide your kids with chart paper, history books, markers, pens🖊️, and glue. 

This activity will help your kids to gain more knowledge and develop their creative skills. 

I think this is an activity that you should force your kids to complete at home because they will enjoy it so much and learn new skills. You can guide them through this activity as they might face some difficulties while making the newspaper🗞️.

President Timeline

You can assign your children to make a timeline⌛ of presidents. All previous presidents’ names can be written down, along with a note of the significant measures and directives they implemented. 

Your children will gain a better understanding of national politics and the workings of the president’s office🏢 thanks to this. 

They may find this to be a novel experience that they greatly relish and find enjoyable. Provide your kids with chart papers, markers, and black pens🖊️. 

I made my kids do this activity at home🏠. It was banter full of smiles and laughter😆. They got to gain more knowledge in the fields of politics and public affairs. You can let your kids do this activity, as it will make their day useful and productive.

Historical Board Game

You can create a board game covering all major historical events and then let your kids play this. It will require cardboard, colored sheets, black chart paper, markers, glue, and scissors✂️. 

This game will require your kids to make strategies and be competitive to win. You can keep some rewards for them to make the game interesting and exciting😆.

 I also made my kids and their friends play this game at home🏠. The joy and happiness they were feeling were visible on their faces. I strongly recommend you try this activity with your kids at home.

Art history Timeline

You can let your kids prepare a timeline covering all the different art styles🖼️ and movements that happened in the past. This can include events like the Renaissance, ancient art, pop art, impressionism, and expressionism. 

Provide your kids with chart papers, photos of art styles, and markers🖊️. They will get to learn more about their culture, beauty, and art forms.

In my opinion, these types of activities help kids gain confidence😌 and improve their skills, which will aid their development in the future. You should conduct these activities for the betterment of your kids.

Fashion Evolution Timeline

Nowadays, kids are very obsessed with fashion👚. They love to wear trendy clothes and maintain trendy hairstyles. You can make your kids design a fashion timeline covering how fashion changed throughout the years. 

They can write about how fashion has modernized and updated. This will be an interesting😆 activity and will suit your kids’ interests. 

My kids also performed this activity at home. They were so interested in this activity because they loved dressing up and wanted to learn more about the items they were wearing.

You should conduct this activity at home🏡 for your kids to understand that clothes represent a person’s personality, too.

Historical figures ‘Guess who’

You can make your kids guess important historical events or figures through their photos📷. This will be a fun and exciting activity.

 It will test your kids’ general knowledge and current affairs. This will also provide them a chance to learn more about their history and important events that impacted people’s lives. You can also give your kids some hints or clues if they face any difficulty😥.

I also took this test for my kids. It was a very productive🤓 and fruitful activity. I got to know how much knowledge they have about their past. You should also conduct this activity with your kids to test their skills and knowledge.

Historical events as comics

You can let your kids make a comic based on any historical event. This will be a fun😆 and exciting activity. 

Comics are loved and read by most of the kids. They get fascinated by comic characters and their dialogues💭. But have you thought that making a comic will be more interesting? Your kids will get to learn their history alongside having fun making a comic based on it. 

Provide your kids with a notebook📒, markers, scale, and pencil✏️.

In my opinion, this activity will provide some freshness to your kids’ lives. Their creative💡 and inventive skills will improve. To help your children do something worthwhile and productive, assign them this task to complete at home🏡.

Scientific discoveries timeline

You can make your kids design a timeline covering major scientific🧪 discoveries throughout history. 

They will get to learn how machines and technology were improved to the current stage. Provide your kids with chart paper, markers, and scale. This activity will make your kids’ boring🥱 day productive and creative. 

My kids also did this activity at home. They were intrigued by technological developments that the world🌏 had made over the years. They had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things through this activity.

Space exploration timeline

You can make your kids design a timeline covering all space🌃 achievements and failures achieved by their nation. They can write about all the rockets🚀 and satellites launched into space in chronological order. 

To create a perfect timeline, they should conduct proper research and analysis on their topic and provide specific details. Your children will enjoy this activity and learn something new at the same time.

This was a really fun😆 activity for my kids to do. They gained a wealth of knowledge and enhanced their abilities. It is advisable to assign your children this task at home🏡 as well. Their dull day will become more engaging as a result.

War and Peace Timeline

You can give your children the task of creating a timeline that lists all the major wars⚔️ and treaties that have occurred in their country’s history in chronological order. 

They will learn more about geography and history as a result of this. Major treaties like the Treaty of Ghent, the Battle of York, and the Battle of Plattsburgh may be among them. Give your children a scale, markers🖊️, and chart paper.

At home, I forced my kids to complete this task as well. Together, they had a great time looking through and investigating the past. They had a novel and enjoyable experience that will affect their lives going forward.

Prepare a skit

You can gather your kids and their friends🤝 and let them prepare a skit on any major historical event. You can help them in preparing dialogues and the narration of skits. This will help your kids gain the confidence💪 to speak boldly in public and formal places.

Cheer them when they present this skit in front of everyone; it will make them feel comfortable and more energetic.

My kids and their friends did this activity at home🏠. They had a lot of fun preparing a skit together. They got to understand each other more, and their bond got closer and stronger🤝. This skit also got them to relate to that specific historical event.

Natural history timeline

You can let your kids design a timeline covering all changes that happened in nature🏞️ like modernization, deforestation, and development in technology. It can cover all major movements for the protection of the environment🌱. 

Provide your kids with chart papers, markers, pens🖊️, and scales. This will help your kids to gain more knowledge about their environment and the need to protect it. They should know how important it is to reduce globalization and pollution💨 otherwise, the world can be in danger. 

According to me, this is a very fun-filled and educational activity. It will also help your kids to develop good research and observation skills.

Music Timeline

You can let your children create a timeline that traces changes in the music🎶 business. It can discuss the transition of music from record players to mobile streaming. 

These days, kids are really into listening to a variety of musical genres, including pop, jazz, soul, funk, opera, and more. They will become engrossed in this task and give it their all. They will learn more about the advancements made in the field of music🎸 through this activity. 

At home, I forced my kids to complete this task as well. I played a wide variety of music, both old and new. They were interested in learning more. Enjoyment😆 and productivity were the two goals of this activity.

Historical landmarks timeline

You can let your children create a timeline that includes all of the significant historical events. Give your children scissors✂️, markers, pens, chart paper, and scales.

 If they run into any problems with this exercise, you can help. It will assist them in learning🤓 more about their country’s history and significant historical events that have shaped it.

 I think this is a fruitful and educational exercise. To increase your children’s general knowledge, you must force them to perform it at home🏡.

Disease and Medicine timeline

Your children can create a timeline that covers all significant illnesses😷 and the advancements in medical science throughout history. Among these are prominent physicians who conducted studies on the particular illnesses that surfaced. 

Give your children some chart paper, pens🖊️, scales, and markers. It will teach your children more and make them realize how hard it is to find a medical cure.

I made my kids do this activity at home🏠. They got to learn a lot of things about medicine and were curious to know more. Overall, this was a very meaningful and productive activity. It helped them improve their concentration🤔 and creativity.

These fun😆 activities, all related to history, will add extra enjoyment and fun to your kids’ day. Your children will learn more and acquire new skills from these activities. 

Without a doubt, your kids will have a great time and learn a lot from these activities. I hope reading about the history activities your kids can do was enjoyable for you. 

Your children will benefit from their enhanced capacity for creativity and observation 🤏. Kids are always eager to try new things because they love the freshness of them.

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions for me to address or if you have any suggestions for additional activities to include in this list. I would be grateful to hear from you! ❤️

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15 Memorial Day activities to commemorate the holiday

Many of us take the opportunity to gather with friends and family over the long Memorial Day weekend .

Aside from spending quality time with our loved ones, there are plenty of Memorial Day pastimes that will remind us all of the reason for the holiday, which is always observed on the last Monday in May. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 27 .

While popular Memorial Day activities often have a festive element, it's important to remember that Memorial Day is inherently a solemn occasion.

That's why the federal holiday is an opportunity to get involved in your community, whether you're decorating for a parade, visiting a monument, or volunteering with veterans.

These activities will get the whole family involved in honoring and learning about our nation’s history.

Make Memorial Day bouquets

Gather a bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers to bring the Memorial Day spirit home. To add extra pizzazz, secure the bouquet with a flag-themed ribbon and pass the finished product out to neighbors.

Learn more about American history

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of America's past. Pick up a biography, novel, or nonfiction book to learn more about the brave military personnel who shaped our history.

Attend a Memorial Day parade

Hundreds of towns and cities across America host local parades to celebrate Memorial Day. If you happen to be in Washington, D.C., check out the National Memorial Day Parade, the nation's largest.

Mark the National Moment of Remembrance

At 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, take a moment to pause and honor members of the U.S. military who died serving our country.

Watch the National Memorial Day Concert

This annual concert is a Memorial Day must-see. Watch the performance on your local PBS station or livestream it on their website .

Make poppy lapel pins

Poppy flowers became popular symbols for remembrance of fallen soldiers after World War I. You can create your own poppy lapel pin by crafting a paper flower or attaching a real poppy with a safety pin.

Visit a local war monument, museum, or battlefield

There are hundreds of historical sites that commemorate U.S. soldiers across the country. Pay a visit to a nearby battlefield , military museum , or war memorial this Memorial Day.

Visit a national park

Taking in the natural beauty of our country will certainly remind you to honor and appreciate the brave people who fought to protect it.

Many national parks also contain monuments and memorials that honor soldiers and commemorate past battles.

Create Memorial Day decorations

Whether you're going to a local parade or simply observing the holiday at home, create some red, white, and blue decorations that you can display proudly.

Host a patriotic potluck

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than connecting with your community? Gather your friends and loved ones for a holiday potluck.

Bring flowers to a national cemetery

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day due to the practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers.

You can continue this longstanding tradition by volunteering or bringing flowers to one of our national cemeteries. (Of course, make sure they're accepting flowers before you go.)

Find a participating nearby national cemetery here .

Visit a veteran-owned business

While you’re doing your Memorial Day shopping this year, consider supporting a veteran-owned business. You can find a list of local businesses here .

Wear red, white, and blue

This one is the easiest of the bunch: Show off your patriotic style with an outfit that incorporates our flag's colors.

Watch a historical movie or documentary

Immerse yourself in events you’ve only read about in books. Whether based on a true story or simply drawn from history, check out acclaimed movies like “ Dunkirk “ or 2023 Oscar nominee “ All Quiet on the Western Front .”

Volunteer at a veterans organization

While honoring fallen soldiers, we should also think of our living veterans who may need assistance. For a full list of volunteer opportunities and ways to donate your time, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs here .

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Abstract: The use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has increased dramatically in the past 15 years, as, it is considered an important source of managing data od patients. The EHRs are primary sources of disease diagnosis and demographic data of patients worldwide. Therefore, the data can be utilized for secondary tasks such as research. This paper aims to make such data usable for research activities such as monitoring disease statistics for a specific population. As a result, the researchers can detect the disease causes for the behavior and lifestyle of the target group. One of the limitations of EHRs systems is that the data is not available in the standard format but in various forms. Therefore, it is required to first convert the names of the diseases and demographics data into one standardized form to make it usable for research activities. There is a large amount of EHRs available, and solving the standardizing issues requires some optimized techniques. We used a first-hand EHR dataset extracted from EHR systems. Our application uploads the dataset from the EHRs and converts it to the ICD-10 coding system to solve the standardization problem. So, we first apply the steps of pre-processing, annotation, and transforming the data to convert it into the standard form. The data pre-processing is applied to normalize demographic formats. In the annotation step, a machine learning model is used to recognize the diseases from the text. Furthermore, the transforming step converts the disease name to the ICD-10 coding format. The model was evaluated manually by comparing its performance in terms of disease recognition with an available dictionary-based system (MetaMap). The accuracy of the proposed machine learning model is 81%, that outperformed MetaMap accuracy of 67%. This paper contributed to system modelling for EHR data extraction to support research activities.

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