Anthropology and Social Studies

Latest Updates - May 29, 2020

  • Explore Colonial Williamsburg’s online resources webpage to learn more about significant events in history, view the art museum’s collection online, and even take a peek at live webcams of the historic town.
  • Chime into The Henry Ford’s “Innovation Learning Virtual Series” led by museum experts. Go through a series of lessons, activities, and content built around The Henry Ford’s collection and connect to themes such as mobility, agriculture and environment, energy, and more. Registration information for webinars (available via Zoom) are available on this website.

Institute of Science Developed Resources

  • Read an in-depth article on a suit of samurai armor in Cranbrook Institute of Science's Collection.
  • The Institute of Science sometimes loans artifacts to other museums. Right now some wonderful items from the Miami tribe are on display at the University of Miami Art Museum.
  • Several years ago, CIS co-produced a stage musical play called “Jo! Africa to America: A Dance Odyssey.” Over two seasons, one hundred performances reached thousands of Detroit school children. A video of this play is available here.

External Resources We Like

  • Harness the works of Ken Burns to explore American History with Ken Burns in the Classroom at PBS Learning Media’s page.
  • For those wanting a deep dive into Anthropology topics, the Arch & Anth podcast has you covered.
  • Military History buffs will enjoy Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast series. Harlin synthesizes in very dramatic podcasts epic conflicts of history in multi-part podcasts. Episodes sometimes feature very grim detail; parental discretion is advised.
  • Experience the Gettysburg National Military Park through their new Virtual Tour! Take a look at their series of virtual tour spots to learn more about the battle and specific spots on the battlefield.
  • Use some world music in at home learning! A short blog post aimed at teachers, but useful for all.
  • Explore the rich folklife archives of The Library of Congress with the “Folklife Today” podcast series.
  • Get a Native American perspective on the news with “Indian Country Today,” a long-running online newspaper.
  • Sidewalk Detroit is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the Arts to under-used Detroit spaces. Right now they are featuring Facebook Live at home yoga and African Dance live-casts.
  • Take a trip to the famous Lascaux Cave where you can see brilliant prehistoric art.
  • The American Anthropological Association is the largest scholarly association of Anthropologists. It maintains a webpage of resources for K-12 educators that can be found here.
  • Sapiens, a web blog through the Wenner-Grenn Foundation, has many fascinating articles related to Anthropology.
  • JSTOR is a site that provides free access to many academic journals.
  • Google Scholar is a great resource for on-line research that filters out much of the “noise” from ordinary web searches.
  • National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has much to offer.
  • Museum of the Fur Trade has a website with nice content regarding particulars of the fur trade.
  • State Historic Parks at Mackinac is another nice resource for exploring that era of Michigan history.
  • History of Detroit, 1701-2001, a site created for the 300th anniversary of Detroit is an excellent source of local history, as is the Detroit Historical Society web page.
  • For information regarding Michigan’s Native Peoples, the State of Michigan has a page listing Michigan federally recognized tribes with links to each tribes’ websites.
  • The Ziibiwing Cultural Center, founded by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, provides a window into the living world of our State’s Native Peoples.
  • For a look at Native Cultures across the Americas, try the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Humanity in Motion school programs explore history and culture as expressed through human movement in dance, sports, martial arts, and ceremonies. As a sampler of humans in cultural motion, check out this Youtube video regarding a Mayan ball game, or this stage performance of an African American “ring shout.”
  • Historia Civilis has a huge collection of animated videos detailing Roman history. The content is great for all ages. Check out one of their popular videos, The Destruction of Thebes (335 to 334 B.C.E).
  • Stanford Education History Group offers detailed document activities that help students learn critical thinking skills and give them an opportunity to interact with the history directly. You will have to create a free account to gain access.
  • Time Maps provides many lessons as well as many interactive maps that students can use to get a detailed look at whatever place and time period they are interested in.
  • American Battlefield Trust is a YouTube channel that creates videos that detail and reenact specific battles from American History.
  • Oversimplified is a YouTube channel that provides humorous videos on well-known events in world history. This is a good resource if your kids do not enjoy history or maybe have a short attention span.
  • Simple History is a YouTube channel that provides detailed videos of specific events in world history. This channel is more designed for entertainment than it is for education. However, these videos can be effectively used to make a student become interested in history if they are not already.