Monday, June 15, 2009

The 1900 House - Exploring Life in the Victorian Era

The 1900 House was a PBS television series that air a few years ago. The show is no longer on the air (you can purchase it on DVD still), but the companion website is still live and quite useful. The 1900 House website offers virtual tours complete with video clips of a Victorian Era house. To complement the virtual tours of the house, PBS offers two lesson plans designed to get students to compare their lives today with how they would have lived at the turn of the 20th Century.

Applications for Education
The 1900 House lesson plans are designed for middle school use. Our Town 1900 asks students to search their own towns about where people lived and the type of work they did in their towns at the turn of the 20th Century. The Living Without Technology lesson plan challenges students to live without modern conveniences for 24 hours to experience life as they would have 100 years ago.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
PBS Launches a New Video Portal
Three Ways to Watch NOVA Online
Scavenger Hunt Through History