The BHH website was designed for teacher convenience and ease of use. We hope we’ve been successful! The site is divided into three main components:
- 2. The BHH grade-level units and activities (accessible through the Units by Grade icons in the View and Download menu on the right hand side of your screen.)
To get started with BHH curriculum, we suggest reading the After you read these materials, we recommend you next go to the Grade-level Units and familiarize yourself with the types of material we offer. Finally, you may wish to view footage of BHH in the classroom on the Bringinghistoryhome YouTube channel.
Here you will find:
- An introduction to primary source analysis and
- Guides your students may use to analyze primary sources.
You will also find:
- Links to various websites where you can enhance your own knowledge of the history you teach,
- Links to timelines for your units,
- Lists of video titles and additional book titles organized by unit topic, and
- A basic student learning outcome rubric adaptable for any BHH activity.
The Unit Views
Within the Unit views, you will see folders for:
- Unit lesson/activity plans,
- Unit resources, and
- Teacher adaptations.
All Units material are accessible via individual PDF or HTML files. We also provide one complete PDF file for each unit (these may be rather large and contain both PDF and converted HTML content).
Using the Unit Views
Go first to the Step 1: Lesson Plan material. Print the lesson plans (called activities in BHH) and review the standards alignment for the unit. Read through the lesson plans to gain a sense of the unit’s flow. Take note of any special materials or videos you may need for the activities. Label manila folders to match the Activity numbers; for example, the BHH Immigration unit has eight activities, so for that unit you would label 8 folders with Activity 1, Activity 2, etc., up through Activity 8.
Next, go to the Step 2: Unit Resources section and with your unit copy in hand, peruse the documents and other resources in this folder. All the resources are labeled according to the lesson/activity for which they are needed. Print the documents and place each in the appropriate manila folder. For example, in the Immigration unit’s Resource folder for Activity 6, you will find personal accounts and photos. Print the accounts and photos and place the paper copies in your Activity 6 manila folder.
Now visit the Step 3: Teacher Adaptations material. Some of the units may not have anything in this view and will show a N/A in the file column. If BHH pilot teachers have not yet created or submitted unit variations, adaptations or extensions for a particular unit, the Adaptations view will be empty. All BHH adaptations are classroom tested, and we encourage you to include them in your BHH implementation. In some instances, adaptations have been included in the unit lesson plan view. In those cases, the BHH designers have determined the adaptation is essential to the unit.
Finally, look at the Step 4: Bibliographies content and go to the Unit Book List. This includes only titles of the books embedded in the unit and in teacher adaptations. Your library may have some of the titles, and/or you may wish to purchase the titles from a local internet supplier. If your district is not adopting BHH or does not have a budget for the books, you may wish to team up with one or more teachers in your grade and share the expense of purchasing books. If all else fails, don’t hesitate to substitute available titles for those prescribed by BHH. There often exist various children’s books on the same theme. The BHH embedded titles have been classroom tested and chosen to compliment specific lessons. As you contend, however, with titles going out of print, individual and district budget constraints, and the wide variation in library inventories, you should not hesitate to identify new and different titles for your classroom.
We hope you find navigating the BHH site an intuitive, straightforward experience. Please send questions or comments to Elise Fillpot
View and Download Curriculum
Bringing History Home is now in all K-5 classrooms in the Cedar Rapids CSD and Prairie College Community
Dr. Catherine Denial of Knox College has been the BHH lead historian since the project began nine years ago.