Educators from four counties and two states participated in a fantastic training that shared this engaging way to teach students 4th grade through 9th grade about US History.
This multimedia project immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. WFSU originally presented this content back in 2013 as a free teacher workshop. Back then, the workshop taught you about the resources, but don’t worry, you’ll find everything you need to get your students started on these history adventures on this page. Begin with the “missions” below.
“For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when tensions result from the Boston Massacre, they choose where their loyalties lie.
In “Flight to Freedom” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?
“A Cheyenne Odyssey” focuses on Westward Expansion from the perspective of one Plains Indian tribe. The life of Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy, completely changes from the encroachment of white settlers, railroad builders, and U.S. expeditions. As the buffalo herds diminish and the government enforces the reservation system, players learn about the persistence of the Cheyenne tribe during national transformations at the end of the 19th century.
To see additional missions, view trailers, and to get started on your journey, step into the world of Mission US: mission-us.org.
As you know, Florida is incredibly rich in history. No matter the issue faced in the United States, similar or overlapping historical events have unfolded on our surrounding lands. As part of our special MISSION US training, WFSU was delighted to welcome Peter Scalco, the Park Manager at Wakulla Springs State Park. Please take a moment to look at the incredible array of history available to you and your students in his PowerPoint presentation, “History in Florida State Parks.”
Members of our workshop training party were able to take part in a very special Wakulla Springs River Boat Tour as part of the workshop activities. The river tour is at Wakulla Springs State Park and is available to teachers and their students throughout the school year. It is a delightful way to discover not only the natural wonders of Florida, but to enjoy land that has supported human activity for hundreds of thousands of years.
Please consider using our beautiful state parks with your students. For more information about each state park, please visit: www.floridastateparks.org.
WFSU, extended the ideas brought forth in this workshop, in a production of WFSU-FM’s local program of Perspectives. Listen to Perspectives: Technology & Teaching.
Chalkboards have become smart boards; composition books have given way to iPads. Technology is remaking our classrooms and the way kids are learning. Guests include Chris Czajka, director of WNET New York’s LAB@Thirteen Educational Materials Project, Astoria Park Elementary Teacher Brian Lassiter, and Florida State University Educational Researcher Dr. Fengfeng Ke.
WFSU wishes to thank WNET and Chris Czajka, director of WNET New York’s LAB@Thirteen for the generous funding that supported the workshop, field experience, and on-going support for educators that are using the MISSION US project with their students. Please check back to this site for updated information about how teachers are using this with their students.