Is your child wrapped up in books about the American Revolution or the Civil War? Can she list the U.S. Presidents in chronological order? Gifted kids with a penchant for history can consume information at a daunting rate, and it can be hard to keep them satisfied and engaged. Here are some resources that can help.
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s website provides a wealth of information on American history, broken down by era. Lectures and essays are available, as are thousands of primary source documents.
- The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) offers a page of links to various social studies and geography websites; highlights include Castles on the Web and The History of Costume.
- The Museum of the Moving Image hosts The Living Room Candidate, a website full of campaign commercials from Presidential elections dating back to 1952. Election season may be over, but the commercials live on forever. This website also offers lesson plans for classroom use.
- Museum websites in general are often a great resource for gifted kids interested in the art, culture, and artifacts of different historical societies. The Smithsonian, the Exploratorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre are four institutions with particularly well-developed websites that offer a trove of interactive material for students to explore.