Sunday, December 22, 2013

Interactive History Animation - Daily Life in the Iron Age

Life in the Iron Age is a neat little series of animation from BBC History. Through the series of interactive animations students learn about how fires were started, bread was baked, and wool was spun during the Iron Age. In each animation students gather the materials needed to complete each activity. Each time a student picks up a new material they are shown a short passage of text about the material and how it was used in creating a fire, making bread, or spinning wool. At the end of each animation students have the option to take a short quiz about the activity they just studied.

Applications for Education
For middle school or elementary school students learning about the Iron Age, completing Life in the Iron Age could be a good activity to get students thinking about some of the fun minutiae of history rather than just the big picture themes of history.