5th - 8th Grade US History

Name of Resource

Google Expeditions - Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Publisher

Google Expeditions/National Park Service, Google Arts & Culture

Standard

SS5H1 Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

d. Describe the reasons people immigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled

Description

This 360 VR Google Expedition takes students to New York City to study American symbols. At the turn of the century, millions of people immigrated to the USA and the busiest entry points was New York's Ellis Island. Take a tour of the historical grounds and the symbol for arriving to America, The Statue of Liberty.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - How do the images you see through your viewer differ from other images you have seen before?

  • The VR version allows us to see the base of the statue and the broken shackles at her feet.

Question 2 - What benefits were there in locating the immigration station on the island?

  • It was easier form U.S. Immigration Service to control the movement of such a large number of people at one time through the different parts of the process. They could detain people and separate anyone who was sick.

Question 3 - What resources were available to detained people?

  • Family members or friends were allowed to speak on their behalf. Immigrant Aid Societies formed by individual ethnic groups were able to assist their countrymen by translating for them and helping them understand what was happening.

Name of Resource

Google Expeditions - World War II

Publisher

Google Expeditions/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Standard

SS5H4 Explain America’s involvement in World War II.

Description

World War II was the biggest, deadliest war in history. The United States played a key role in winning the war, which changed America’s economy and society. On this expedition, you will view historical photographs to learn about some of the key events of World War II. Visit Pearl Harbor, see how the war changed life on the home front, and explore Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Then learn about D-Day, the war in the Pacific, and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - What happened on December 7, 1941?

  • The Japanese launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Question 2 - How do you think the attack on Pearl Harbor affected Americans?

  • (answers will vary) Americans became united in their effort to win the war. They were willing to make sacrifices, changed jobs, join the military, Women and African Americans entered into new roles.

Question 3 - How did the invention of the atomic bomb change war?

  • The countries who were the most powerful could develop the most sophisticated weapons.

5th-8th Grade World History

Name of Resource

Google Expedition - Holy Places of Jerusalem

Publisher

Google Expeditions

Standard

SS7H2 Analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East).

Description

Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike revere Jerusalem, Israel's capital and one of the world's oldest cities. For thousands of years, Jerusalem, which contains hundreds of major holy sites, has been a destination of sacred pilgrimage for millions of people from around the world. Paradoxically, this hallowed city has also been a focal point for war and political and social unrest. Join this Expedition to take in some of modern-day Jerusalem’s atmosphere and some of the history laid down in its ancient and sacred structures.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - Why do you think this diverse city is still a place of war and unrest?

  • Jerusalem is at the heart of the long-standing dispute between Israelis and Palestinians over territory and resources. Both groups, along with Christian, have deep historical roots in the city, and no group is willing to give up its claim to it.

Question 2 - What is the origin of Israel?

  • The people of Israel (also called the "Jewish People") trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe (see Torah). Abraham, his son Yitshak (Isaac), and grandson Jacob (Israel), are referred to as the patriarchs of the Israelites.

Question 3 - How did Zionists contribute to modern day Israel?

  • Zionists wanted to re-establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Massive numbers of Jews immigrated to the ancient holy land and built settlements. Between 1882 and 1903, about 35,000 Jews relocated to Palestine. Another 40,000 settled in the area between 1904 and 1914. Many Jews living in Europe and elsewhere, fearing persecution during the Nazi reign, found refuge in Palestine and embraced Zionism. After the Holocaust and World War II ended, members of the Zionist movement primarily focused on creating an independent Jewish state.