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Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips

Colonial WilliamsburgColonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips

Curriculum Areas: American History, Black History, Citizenship, Civics, Government, History, Science, Social Studies, Women's History
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Show Length: Seven 60-minute programs
Usage Rights: Ten day fair use *
Production Date: 2010-2011
Distributor: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 800-761-8331 http://www.history.org
Wyoming PBS Broadcast: See dates and times below.
Internet Site(s): http://www.history.org/trips
Teacher Guide: Available to registered schools.

CLOSED CAPTIONED: YES

The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips are comprehensive learning experiences involving live, interactive television programming, comprehensive teacher's guides, and participatory activities and discussions via the Internet. During these field trips, school-age children travel back in time to experience the 18th century. They witness 18th century events and conversations, speak directly to historical interpreters portraying 18th century characters, and vote on issues of historical importance. They also participate in classroom lessons offered in the teacher's guide and on the Internet, study facsimiles of original documents, and discuss historical issues with other students on the Internet forum. These field trips allow students to visit Colonial Williamsburg without leaving their schools. For grades 4 to 8. Visit http://www.history.org/trips for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these programs free or do I have to pay for them?

  • These programs are free for schools to use either as they air or within ten days if they are using a recording.* For access to the entire field trip site and to interact live with Colonial Williamsburg's historians register on the web site.

How can my school participate in the Colonial Williamsburg Field Trips?

  • See broadcast dates and times below.

  • Standards correlations for Wyoming are now available on the Colonial Williamsburg website.

  • Colonial Williamsburg 2010-2011 Electronic Field Trip Series
    All programs are fed live at 10am and 1pm on the field trip dates; and at 4am for taping on WVIZ/PBS on the dates indicated.
  1. The Will of the People (October 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM)
    One of the most bitter presidential campaigns in U.S. history is part of a surprising lesson for a 21st century student. Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the earliest days of the republic.

  2. The Bill of Rights (PREMIERE) (November 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM)
    The Bill of Rights protects individual freedoms, but what if the government had too much power and there was no such thing as a bill of rights? Explore an alternate reality in which individual rights are limited and life is very different.

  3. Founders or Traitors? (December 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM)
    The months of late 1776 were “the times that try men’s souls.” Join Edward Rutledge, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams as they attend a conference with British Lord Howe, hoping to end the American rebellion peacefully. Discover the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the risks they took.

  4. The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race! (PREMIERE) (January 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM)
    Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg’s tradespeople to reconstruct an eighteenth-century coffeehouse. Quirky “Professor Eddie” hosts this engaging science game show.

  5. Freedom Bound (February 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM)
    Choice, hope, and escape from slavery are highlighted in stories spanning three centuries. Examine the options for slaves willing to risk their lives for freedom. Where could they run? Whom could they trust? Learn how these answers changed over time, from the American colonies' first slave laws to the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.

  6. Women of the Revolution (PREMIERE) (March 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM)
    Bravery. Loyalty. Sacrifice. Women of the Revolution possessed all of these qualities. Explore the excitement, peril, and individual stories of Deborah Sampson, Mary Perth, Martha Washington, and other women, on both sides of the conflict, who proved their mettle in America’s war for independence.

  7. Making History Live (April 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM)
    What makes history come alive? Take a behind-the-scenes look at how historical African American character portrayals are created for Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. From research through performance, experienced museum interpreters share their techniques for bringing the past to life.

* Note about rights to the programs: Schools that register for a field trip may record the program and keep it for the life of the tape. Schools that do not register for the field trip have 10 day fair use rights for their recording. This means that teachers may show the program in the classroom during that 10 day period, and may keep the program for 45 days for information reference or clarification only.