Mr. Nale's
Virtual Classroom


Individual Biographies

  • Edison National Historic Site
    This national site has a nice “Kid’s Corner” with a large number of biographical pictorials of Thomas Edison.
  • The World of Ben Franklin
    He became famous for being a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America’s greatest citizens.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
    Seattle Times’ online information about Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Exploring Leonardo
    “Leonardo da Vinci had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. He was a gentle vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.”
  • Abraham Lincoln Online
    This site includes an enormous amount of information about Lincoln, including listings of outstanding historic sites and a very large number of books.
  • Abraham Lincoln Research Site
    This is a student-oriented educational Web site about Lincoln's life and family. The web master, a retired American history teacher, answers questions by e-mail.
  • Pocahontas (Spectrum Biographies)
    A short biography of Pocahontas produced by IncWell.
  • Betsy Ross Homepage
    Why Ross was selected to make the flag, how she cut a five-point star, and directions of cutting your own five-point star. Works great in classroom discussions!

Collective Biographies

  • 4,000 Years of Women in Science
    This site lists more than 125 names from our scientific and technical past. They are all women!
  • Biography A & E Page
    Has a searchable online database containing 15,000 international names, past and present. This is a commercial site for the Biography television show.
  • Distinguished Women of Past and Present
    These are women who were writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Search for biographies of distinguished women by name or by field.
  • The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
    Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.
  • First Ladies of the United States of America
    Information about the First Ladies of the United States.
  • Gallery of Achievers
    In the Gallery of Achievers, the focus is on individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
    List of internal links to each president of the United States. Includes photographs and links to speeches.
  • Presidents of the United States. 
    In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites also are included to enrich this site.

U.S. HISTORY: General

  • African American History
    Very large collection of African American history links to a wide range of cultural and historical African American concerns.
  • The African American Mosaic
    A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture for the past 500 years, from colonialization through the WPA.
  • American Memory
    Primary documents and historical materials available on the Web from the Library of Congress. Find out about Women’s Suffrage; do a virtual jigsaw puzzle; take guided tours through the site.
  • Black History
    This outstanding Black History site offers a full range of activities and was created to support students as they explore topic related to Black History and African American issues. Try the Black History treasure hunt.
  • Explore
    Produced by WETA (D.C.'s public broadcasting station), this searchable database offers information and visuals about our nation's capital.
  • Library of Congress presents America's Story from America's Library
    The Library of Congress puts the story back in history through images of primary source documents, prints, photographs, maps, recordings and other materials from the past. Along with the fascinating information about people, places and things of interest to kids of all ages, there are songs to listen to, a Krazy Kat cartoon to watch, a scavenger hunt and other fun things to do.
  • National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
    A beautiful site in the family of excellent Smithsonian Web pages, with notes on current exhibitions, research links, publications, recordings, and more. Contains a film video center and links to a select list of Native American sites.
  • New Perspectives on the West
    The truth about the West is far more complicated, and much more compelling than generally known. Visit this Web site and explore the many aspects of the West.
  • South Dakota: A Guide to the Great Sioux Nation
    Imagine a colorful “wacipi,” a powwow filled with traditional singing and dancing. And legendary leaders like Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. This is South Dakota, home of the Great Sioux Nation. Here, you can discover the sweeping prairie that captured your imagination in the movie Dances With Wolves.
  • U.S. Historical Documents Archive
    A number of famous historical documents and speeches from the history of the United States from before the 17th century to the 20th century.
  • Welcome to WestWeb
    An outstanding, topically organized Web site about the study of the American West. Links to dozens of sites on the study of the West.
  • The White House
    Find out about the histories of the White House itself and pets in the White House. Write an e-mail message to the President, and more!


U.S. HISTORY: Pre-Colonial to 1865

  • 1492: An Ongoing Voyage: Columbus
    This Library of Congress exhibition examines the first contacts between Native American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600.
  • The American Civil War
    Learn about American Civil War battles, life stories of important participants, re-enactments, and more.
  • Archiving Early America: Historic Documents from 18th Century America
    The main focus is primary source material displayed digitally. A unique array of original newspapers, maps, and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to our forebears more than 200 years ago. There is information about the documents as well.
  • Caleb Johnson’s Mayflower Web Pages
    This site is the merging of two fields: genealogy and history. It includes detailed information on history, passengers, and documents of the Mayflower. Also contains pictures and bibliographies.
  • California's Untold Stories Gold Rush
    Presented by the Oakland Museum of California, this site offers an interactive learning experience for elementary level children through adults to experience and educate themselves about this important period in American history.
  • The Civil War Net
    This is a very large collection of well-organized links to people, battles, and documents, including letters and diaries of those connected to the Civil War. Also includes reenactment photos and links to many original photos.
  • Civil War Women
    Opportunities to read diaries, documents, and letters revealing women’s lives and experiences during the Civil War. Includes links to great historical photos.
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Visit Colonial Williamsburg and see life in a Virginia colony of 250 years ago. Includes a large educational section on Colonial America.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
    This Web site expands upon every aspect of the PBS film, providing a wealth of biographical and historical information about the time and the major and minor participants in the trip. In addition, leading historical experts will share their thoughts about the meaning of the expedition, and its relevance to 21st century America. Finally, in an interactive tale, you’ll have an opportunity to play the roles of Lewis and Clark yourself.
  • The Oregon Trail
    The story of the trail and those who traveled it. A compendium on the great western journey. Includes great stories in the Fantastic Facts section. Related to the PBS program on the Oregon Trail.
  • Underground Railroad (National Geographic)
    You are a slave in the South before the Civil War. Should you risk escape with Harriet Tubman's help through the Underground Railroad to Canada? Now you must choose.
  • Virtual Reality Tours of the Historical, Scientific, and Cultural Sites of Philadelphia
    This site, presented by the Gilbert Spruance Elementary School, takes you on a virtual tour of Philadelphia, our nation's first capital


U.S. HISTORY: Post Civil War

  • African-American Mosaic
    A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. Includes reproductions of original documents, personal stories, and ex-slave narratives. Part of the Library of Congress online exhibitions collections.
  • Harlem: 1900-1940
    Based on an exhibit at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, this site features photographs, commentary, a timeline and resources.
  • Ellis Island and Immigration
    From the first of January 1892 until mid-November 1954, the federally operated Ellis Island was the primary entry point for immigrants wishing to enter the United States. The island replaced the almost forty year old state facility that had been located in Manhattan, the Castle Garden Immigration Depot. It is now a national park..
  • Lower East Side Tenements Virtual Tour
    Take a virtual tour of 97 Orchard Street--a typical tenement house of nineteenth century New York City.
  • National Civil Rights Museum: Virtual Tour
    Take a virtual tour of the National Civil Rights Movement.
  • The Promise of the Gold Mountain: Tucson’s Chinese Heritage
    Using text and photographs, this exhibit traces the history of Chinese-Americans in Tucson, including their contribution to the building of the railroad, as well as short biographies of some prominent members of Tucson’s Chinese-American community.



  • Castles on the Web
    A beautifully designed and carefully researched site by Ted Monk. A great “Castles for Kids” section.
  • The Food Timeline
    From water and salt to tear-free onions, food has played a big role throughout history.
  • Hercules: Greece’s Greatest Hero
    This is part of the scholarly Perseus Project at Tufts University, but useful to grasp the place of Hercules in myth and history.
  • Ice Treasures of the Inca
    This offers and interactive journey with climber Johan Reinhard to find the great treasures of the Inca. You can follow the step-by-step journey of discovery.
  • Life in Ancient Egypt
    The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has acquired Egyptian artifacts since its founding and now holds about 2,500 ancient Egyptian artifacts.The most significant of these objects, more than 600 of them, are displayed in the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, including daily life and funerary practices with some photographs.
  • RMS Titanic. Destination . . . Cyberspace
    The Titanic departed from Southampton, England, on her first and only voyage Wednesday, April 10, 1912. This site combines eyewitness accounts with paintings of the mighty ship.
  • Secrets of the Lost Empires: Medieval Siege
    Learn about life in medieval castles and how to operate a catapult. For upper elementary and middle school students.
  • Titanic Historical Society
    In the totally unexpected location far from the ocean in landlocked Western Massachusetts in the Henry’s Jewelry building, this unique, privately-owned display is dedicated to the ill-fated liner and open to the public during the owner’s regular business hours. This site includes a wide range of information on the Titanic.