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Life on the Water

How are you connected to the water? The toys you play with, the food you eat, and the way you have fun depends on the men and women who work on America's waterways. Learn the story of a brave girl who worked in a lighthouse and explore the water near you. Read more »

September 11, 2001

Many children have heard of “September 11” or “9/11” but may not understand the shocking events that occurred ten years ago. Use our featured children’s book The Little Chapel That Stood to discuss the events of September 11, 2001, and talk about the community helpers in your hometown or how we remember difficult issues. Read more »

All Aboard the Train!

Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. Explore steam locomotives with the read-aloud book Jingle the Brass and related activities including field trip suggestions, a video of the world’s oldest operable locomotive, and ideas for enjoying railroad lingo at play. Find more »

Coming to America

Whether you think America is more of a melting pot or a salad bowl, immigration has had a huge impact on American history. Explore the experiences of immigrants who came to America and the ways that immigration has changed life in America. Explore more »

OurStory is Going Strong!

OurStory and History Explorer are alive and well! The Thinkfinity Community is closing June 30, 2014, but History Explorer and OurStory will continue to offer FREE standards-based K-12 resources right here. Join our new conversation on Edmodo! Join now »

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