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Getting Started
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Using the Quest and Challenges
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Literacy and Engagement
Find out how this project supports investigative research, vocabulary acquisition, and content fluency.

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State Historical Society of Iowa
This website provides educational links to the numerous resources of the Historical Society and Museum.

5-12+ Iowa History Online
This site provides Iowa history teachers across the state with instructional tools, suggested benchmarks, and online access to classroom resources.
5-12+ Iowa Heritage Digital Collections
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collections is envisioned as an online collection of Iowa history and culture created by bringing together in digital form documents, images, maps, finding aids, interpretive and educational materials, and other media from collections held by a wide range of organizations throughout Iowa.
5-12+ The Iowa History Project
Online archive of books, pamphlets, journals and news articles about Iowa.
K-12 Camp Silos and Camp Silos Excursions
This site offers resources and virtual adventures about Iowa's farming, pioneer women, archaeology, industrialization, immigration, and the native prairie to present.
K-12+ The Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
The mission of the Office of the State Archaeologist is to develop, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of human past through Midwestern and Plains archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.
K-12+ Exploration in Iowa History Project
The objective of this project is to collect, organize and disseminate primary sources materials for instructional use by elementary and secondary Iowa history teachers.


K-12 Classroom Television

Every year, Iowa Public Television purchases educational record rights for all 105 series included in The Classroom Resource catalog. This IPTV service allows teachers to record programs and retain them as long as they air on IPTV.

Titles include American Grasslands, Freshwater Wetlands, Explore More, Great Campaigns of the Civil War, Great Native American Leaders, Great Native American Nations, the Iowa Heritage, Land Between Two Rivers: Parts 1-3, My America, School to Careers Odyssey, The U.S. Constitution, and Women in American Life.



K-12 Connections

These educational experiences use the video classrooms of the Iowa Communications Network to offer interactive educational events at no cost for instructors and learners physically separated by location. IPTV's K-12 Connections offers complete online registration and support. Teachers are able to learn about session offerings, register for sessions and check the progress of the registration directly from the Web site.

Sessions include Prairie Connections, The History of Flight: 100th Anniversary, The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Genetic Engineering in Iowa, Indian Heritage, Iowa Capitol Virtual Tour, Iowa's Underground Railroad, Legislative Process in Iowa: Keeping Pace with State Government, My America, US Constitution Day Celebration, We the People: Appreciating Our Democracy, and many more!


The People in the Pictures: Stories from the Wettach Farm Photos

This award-winning documentary is a visual essay portraying farm families during the Great Depression through World War II and the postwar years, as seen through the eyes of Iowa photographer Pete Wettach who took nearly 50,000 pictures of rural America over a span of 40 years.



A Century of Iowa Architecture

Iowa Public Television uses a list of Iowa's “50 Most Significant Buildings of the 20th Century” created by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as an opportunity to discover the history of our state in the faces of our buildings. But more than that, this documentary talks with those who design and appreciate buildings to find out why Iowans have reason to be proud of the outstanding structures we see every day.



Living in Iowa

Iowa's only state-wide magazine program takes viewers on journeys across the state to meet people who are making a difference while "Living In Iowa." Stories run the gamut from fascinating people who plan rodeos to writers of Haiku poetry; a family that balloons together to a network of prairie aficionados. The program ends with a special nature moment featuring Iowa scenes.



This Old Statehouse

This award-winning documentary of the restoration of Iowa's state capitol building highlights the work and workers that are restoring Iowa's most important architectural icon, the state Capitol. Through the use of on-the-scene video essays, in-depth interviews, and photos, both historical and contemporary the program documents both the history of the Capitol and the story of its restoration.



Earth Trails: Mississippi River

Designed for grades 6-8, Earth Trails: Mississippi River is an interactive multimedia program that requires students to research, plan, and compose multimedia presentations based on content and issues related to the Mississippi River. Using this innovative resource, students explore the Mississippi River region from the headwaters in Minnesota to the Louisiana delta.


Earth Trails Productions

This online resource extends the flexibility of the CD-ROM program in the classroom. The site includes the Mississippi River Journal, a media vault, a helpful student newsletter, additional Web links, and more.



Explore More

This multimedia project is designed to engage students in problems they can relate to, provide compelling content for investigation, and give students opportunities to form their own points of view. The project features engaging topics, an issue-driven approach, and a variety of technology resources. The four Iowa-based topics are Genetic Engineering , The Future of Energy , Working Landscapes , and Water Quality .



Historical Perspectives on Race in Iowa

This online collection of interviews feature individuals who are important players in Iowa history. The interviewees provide first person accounts of important events and people making the multi-racial history of our great state.



School to Careers

This career development project is for 7-12th grade students, educators and parents. Through video, Web and interactive activities students are introduced to over 200 Iowa career professionals, projects and ideas that help them identify their interests and plan for their futures. The project includes video, discussion boards, and interactive activities.



Henry A. Wallace

This documentary is the story of a man who changed the world. Wallace was an agricultural scientist whose innovations revolutionized the production of food, Roosevelt's Secretary of Agriculture whose New Deal programs changed the way Americans relate with their government, and a politician whose ideas included civil rights and national health insurance. In his lifetime, he was embraced by the country for his vision and challenged by his country to defend his patriotism.



Iowa Press  

The issues and events affecting the lives of Iowans.

Each week Iowa Press explores the issues affecting the lives of Iowans. Newsmakers, policy makers and elected officials join capitol reporters in a weekly discussion.



Market to Market

Market to Market covers the 100 plus billion dollar business of food, and those issues affecting the 56 million citizens of rural America. From global trade conflicts to environmental controversies and changing technologies and emerging enterprises, the program continues to explain the issues, and illuminate the alternatives that challenge rural America.



Living History Farms

At Living History Farms, visitors experience first-hand what it was like to live on an Ioway Indian farm, on a pioneer farmstead, in an early Iowa town, on a farm from 100 years ago and what farming is like today!



Iowa Hall of Pride

The Iowa Hall of Pride showcases the achievements of all Iowans, from student athletes to sports legends, movie stars to scientists. Interactive, hands-on exhibits tell the stories of Iowa heroes while teaching about the state and its history. Whether you're 8 or 80 years old, you are sure to have an exciting time!



Iowa Folklife

Learn about Iowa history and Iowa festival with the Iowa Folklore Web site. Created for the celebration of Iowa's 150th year as a state, this site offers essays, lessons plans, images and links for your classroom.



U.S. & World History Resources


PBS Teachers

PBS Teachers materials are developed by trained and practicing educators. The site includes education's best resources by curricular subject, topic and grade level and standard, tips on how to effectively teach with technology, PBS television programs with extended taping rights for educators, convenient tools for teaching such as recommended books and Web sites, interdisciplinary teaching suggestions, free weekly electronic newsletter highlighting new TV and online programming from PBS, and more.



Freedom: A History of US

Experience the exciting journey through Joy Hakim's story of freedom in America. Explore a webisode and see why the promise of freedom has attracted millions of people from all over the world to come to America. Hear for yourself why generations of men, women, and children have lived for, sacrificed for, and died for that freedom. It is a story that is still unfolding today.



Ken Burns: American Stories

Documentaries of Ken Burns include The Civil War, The Congress, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lewis & Clark, Thomas Jefferson, The West , and many more. Educational resources for these documentaries include curricular areas of civics, history, language arts, math, music, science, and social studies.



NOVA: Saving the National Treasures

NOVA gives viewers a fascinating glimpse of cutting-edge preservation technology, but also explores the background and meaning of the newly restored historical documents now on display at the National Archives. They are America's priceless Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence , the Constitution , and the Bill of Rights .



American Experience

"Some stories can't be told. They must be experienced."

Television's longest-running, most-watched history series brings to life the stories of the people and events that shaped that helped form this nation.



Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

This online resource is designed to bring historically significant map documents into the classroom. Inside are high quality images of historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions of American history.



Primary Source

Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators.



The National Archives Digital Classroom

This online gateway takes educators and students to resources about primary sources, activities and training.



Using Primary Sources on the Web

This brief guide is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online.



National History Day

National History Day is not just one day, but a yearlong education program that makes history come alive through educator professional development and active student learning.



Picturing Modern America 1880-1920

Historical thinking exercises for middle and high school students. Practice doing history the way historians do by "reading photos", interpret visual; sources, and build historical exhibitions.



Iowa Investigative Report

This site, developed by an Iowa secondary educator, challenges students to research and learn about their state by choosing a topic, researching in-depth, and presenting an "investigative report" to their peers. Topics include Native Americans, pioneers, immigrants, Iowa political leaders, 20th century politics, and more!



A Biography of America

This video series presents American history as a living narrative. The series web site allows students to delve further into the topics of the video programs.



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