Use the TeachingColumbus.org website for local connections to the broader narrative of American history.
Instructional Resources by Unit
Ohio's Place and First Ohioans
- Ohio History Central - An online encyclopedia of Ohio; includes an alphabetical list of events in Ohio History.
- The Evolution of Ohio - This site provides information about the eleven major territories in Ohio such as: economic patterns, population trends, migratory patterns, and historical information.
- Timeline - Teachers and/or students can use the site to create historical timelines of important events.
- Engaging Students with Primary Sources (Smithsonian) - A guide for teachers, includes brief introductions to using documents, photographs, oral histories, and objects for classroom learning.
- Social Studies Skills Tutor - Interactive tutorials on geographic literacy, visual literacy, critical thinking, and analyzing information.
- Ohio's Ancient People - Sample chapter from the Ohio as America online textbook from the Ohio History Connection
Early America and the Ohio Country
- Ohio Frontier - In this lesson students contrast the technological systems of American Indians and early settlers in Ohio.
- Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence (EDSITEment) - See the development of the Declaration as both an historical process and a writing process through role play, creative writing, an introduction to some important documents and a review of historic events.
- American Revolution (Ohio History Central) - Summary of the American Revolution with connection to the Ohio Country
- Celebrate the Constitution (Scholastic) - Students explore the various parts of the U.S. Constitution, then use their knowledge to create their own classroom constitution.
- Bill of Rights (National Constitutional Center) - Help restore the Bill of Rights in this online game.
Northwest Ordinance and Ohio Statehood
- Northwest Ordinance (National Archives) - Original text and transcript of the Northwest Ordinance
- A New Nation (Teaching Columbus) - Summary of Northwest Ordinance, Ohio Statehood, the early national period, and the War of 1812 with connections to Columbus, Ohio
- Founding of Franklinton - (WOSU Columbus Neighborhoods) - Documentary video excerpt with accompanying discussion questions and learning activities from the WOSU Columbus Neighborhoods series
Development of Ohio and American Sectionalism
- The Underground Railroad (Columbus Neighborhoods) - Documentary video excerpt with accompanying discussions and learning activities about the Underground Railroad in Columbus.
- Ohio Inventors (ODE) - Students will gain an understanding of the impacts that inventions have made on the lives of others and how new developments led to the growth of Ohio and the United States.
- The Crow and the Pitcher (EconEdLink) - Students will learn about scarcity and how entrepreneurial ideas, managing natural resources and trading can help lessen scarcity.
- Open for Business (EconEdLink) - This lesson gives students the opportunity to identify risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and distinguish between entrepreneurs who start a business to produce a good or provide a service.
- Shark Tank Activity (CCS) - In this activity, students assume the role of entrepreneur and pitch a new business idea to a group of investors.
- The ABCs of Saving (EconEdLink) - Students participate in an activity in which they must distinguish between short-term and long-term goals. In a second activity, they discover that when they decide to save for a future goal, they are giving up the opportunity to buy something now.