Start a Rock Collection
In this OLogy activity, kids learn about how rocks give us important clues about Earth's history. The activity begins with an overview that explains the evidence rocks hold and how kids can begin to make observations about their different traits. Students are then given step-by-step, illustrated directions for collecting rocks, observing and sorting them, and creating a display of their collection. The activity includes a printable rock chart to help kids make their observations.
Based on a thirteenth-century Icelandic myth, 'Volcano Saga' recounts the tales of a young woman (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) whose dreams foretell the future.
Going Away Party, The
'The Going Away Party,' by Dan Boord and Greg Durbin, is a dramatic work about corruption among Oklahoma county officials. It is based on the true stories of incidents of corruption amongst Oklahoma's elected county commissioners. This segment is from the dramatic 'reenactment,' showing friends and supporters of Burrows, a commissioner sentenced to serve a jail term, at a going-away party.
Ellis Island (a work in progress)
'Ellis Island (a work in progress)' is a haunting, reflective piece on Ellis Island and the immigrants who passed through there. Black-and-white, near-static shots of actors and actresses realistically portraying turn-of-the-century immigrants are combined with color shots of a modern-day tour guide conducting a tour of the buildings. Re-creations of the medical examinations the immigrants underwent and the conditions they lived through are filmed in the run-down buildings of Ellis Island before
Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn
recounts the role of this airport in aviation history and World War II. In 1931, it was among the most advanced airports in the world. From it, early aviators launched pioneering and round-the-world flights during the 1930s. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, its duties as Naval Air Station New York grew rapidly. During the 1942 U-Boat offensive, it provided air cover for ship convoys embarking from New York.
The Liberty Bell: From Obscurity to Icon
helps students analyze -- through maps, readings, and images -- the historical and cultural influences that shaped the symbolic meaning of the Liberty Bell.
Backward to the Future
Oral histories not only help us to recall important memories, but when told to children in the form of storytelling, they also provide a connection to the real world and give children a place within their own community. Oral histories help to explain events in one's life while providing an account of the time remembered. In this lesson, students watch a video of a personal history and learn the difference between primary sources and secondary sources of information. They learn how technology and
What's Growing in That Dish?
In this lesson, students will view the clips of the video discussing the discovery of penicillin and the scientific discovery process. They will then run their own open-ended experiments to see how body molds and bacteria respond to variable substances.
Show Me a Picture and I'll Tell You a Story: Web Photo Journals
Students analyze and evaluate "photo journal" web sites, then create their own Web-based photo journal.
The Thomas Jefferson Papers
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. The collection is organized into ten series or groupings, ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents
Max Boot, 2003 Nimitz Speaker: Does America Need an Empire?
The 2003 Nimitz Speaker Max Boot is Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. His last book, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (Basic Books) was selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He is now writing his next book, a history of military technology revolutions over the past 500
Judith Wallerstein: The Future of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
What lessons have we learned about child and adolescent treatment? What are the critical treatment needs of California's children and families? This program will offer an opportunity to hear from one of the leading authorities on this critical policy and practice issue facing mental health clinicians and social service professionals today. Dr. Wallerstein is an authority on the effects of divorce on children and their families. She is the co-author of the bestseller, The Unexpected Legacy of Di
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Nancy Scheper-Hughes (12/14/99)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Nancy Scheper-Hughes Professor of Anthropology "Studying the Human Condition: Habits of an Anthropologist" This interview took place on December 14, 1999. Complete transcript is available. Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also directs the Doctoral Program in Critical Studies of Medicine, Science, and the Bo
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Manuel Castells (5/9/01)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Manuel Castells Professor of Sociology and Professor of City and Regional Planning "Identity and Change in the Network Society" This interview took place on May 9, 2001. Complete transcript is available. A social theorist, Professor Castells has won the C. Wright Mills Award, and he has received the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association for his li
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Eva Harris (3/15/01)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Eva Harris Assistant Professor of Public Health "Making Science Accessible" This interview took place on March 15, 2001. Complete transcript is available. Eva Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where she does research and teaching on Molecular Biology, Parasitology, and Vir
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Teaching about Thanksgiving
Resources and activities to help you bring historical accuracy, cultural sensitivity, and a broader context to discussions about the quintessentially American holiday.
Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times
Studs Terkel in conversation with Harry Kreisler, Producer and Host of Conversations with History. Introduced by Dave Eggers. This event took place on October 29 2003 at UC Berkeley. Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies, KPFA Free Speech Radio, and "Mother Jones Magazine".
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Steven Weber (4/28/03)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Steven Weber Professor of Political Science "Power in the Information Age" This interview took place on April 28, 2003. Steven Weber is a Professor of Political Science at U.C. Berkeley. His publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S. - Soviet Arms Control; the edited volume, Globalization and the European Political Economy; and forthcoming from Harvard University Press,
Protist Image Data
Protist Image Data (PID) is an online database that provides pictures and short descriptions of selected Protist genera, especially those genera whose species are frequently used as experimental organisms or are important in studies of organismal evolution. Up-to-date information is provided on the morphology, taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of these organisms. Information on PID pages is arranged by the following: Introduction, Appearance, Ultrastructure, Reproduction and Life History,