Pandia Weblinks

Welcome to Pandia Press’s Weblinks! Here you will find helpful internet links to videos, websites, articles, and more for use with many of our courses and study guides. Simply choose the title of your course or study guide below. 

History Quest: Early Times Study Guide

Introduction Unit. What Is History?

10 Prehistoric Cave Paintings:  https://www.touropia.com/prehistoric-cave-paintings/

Unit 1. Paleolithic Times

Ted Ed History of Dogs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_KWmzLObQ4 – This brief video explains this history of our best friends. The vocabulary is quite advanced, but the animation clarifies the meaning.

Unit 2. Neolithic Times

Watch a demonstration of how to make Neolithic pottery in this YouTube video.

 

 

 

 

Unit 3. Civilizations Begin

Use this website to see how your name looks in cuneiform: https://www.penn.museum/cgi/cuneiform.php

Unit 4. Sumer

Find a wealth of additional information about life in ancient Mesopotamia here: http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu

Learn about a very famous piece of ancient artwork, the Standard of Ur: http://www.teachinghistory100.org/objects/about_the_object/ur_standard

A video from TeacherTube that explains how writing got started (contains an ad at the beginning): https://www.teachertube.com/video/cuneiform-250885

Unit 5. Egypt: Part One

Learn how to make a mummy from National Geographic Kids. The illustrations are cartoonish, making them easy to use with those who might be squeamish about mummies:  https://www.natgeokids.com/au/discover/history/egypt/how-to-make-a-mummy/

Information on many of the ancient Egyptian gods:  https://www.historyforkids.net/egyptian-gods.html

Watch a TedEd video about a day in the life of an Egyptian doctor:  https://youtu.be/2rvLEJrQm7g

 

Unit 6. Egypt: Part Two

A fun game Birmingham Museums. This site covers ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and later time periods: http://www.bmkids.org.uk/preload.htm 

You met her in your History Hop! Here’s Hatshepsut’s very own Ted Ed video about the attempts to erase her reign: 

 

Unit 7. Ancient Andes

A video about Peruvian weaving: 

 

Unit 8. Mesoamerica

This site from DK has lots of kid-friendly information about Maya culture:  https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/mayans/

The creation story of the Maya:

Check out the famous Maya ball game in action (with a softer ball than the traditional):

 

Unit 9. Babylon

Here’s a mesmerizing virtual YouTube tour of the Hanging Gardens of Assyria:

Unit 11. Persia

This website summarizes some of the main facts about the Persians:

https://www.historyforkids.net/persian-empire.html

 

Unit 12. Hebrews and Phoenicians

TedED Video about why purple is never used in any country’s flags – includes background on the Phoenicians and their famous purple dye:   https://ed.ted.com/featured/Zeu6QxKu

 

 

Unit 13. Minoans and Mycenaeans

TedEd video that explores the question: Did Troy Really Exist?

 Two websites displaying some of the art of the times:

http://www.historywiz.com/minoans-mm.htm

http://www.historywiz.com/mycenaean-mm.htm

Unit 14. Ancient Greece Develops

Information on what it was like to be a child in ancient Greece:

http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-greek-children.html

 

This TedEd teaches us more about our friend Herodotus, and also includes some information on Sparta:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A542ixwyBhc

 

A TedEd about the origin of the Olympics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHHus8IgYA

 

This TedEd video goes more in depth about Sparta:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7V1a1I5BL0

 

Unit 15. Classical Greece

A TedEd video about life in Athens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar8S6virCwM

 

Unit 16. Macedonians

A website with more information on Alexander the Great:

https://kids.kiddle.co/Alexander_the_Great

 

Unit 17. Ancient India: Part One

An animated virtual tour of the Indus Valley:

indus-valley-civilization

 

A highly interactive website about the Indus Valley from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxn3r82

 

Unit 18. Ancient India: Part Two

An animated video about the life of Ashoka the Great:

https://mocomi.com/ashoka-the-great/

Unit 19. Roman Republic

YouTube video shows how Rome changed the map year after year, very interesting:

 

History Quest does not have in depth coverage of Cleopatra. If you’re interested in learning more about her, check out this TedEd video:

 

YouTube video has a live reenactment of what it was like to be a Roman soldier:

 

A TedEd video for those who can’t get enough on Roman soldiers:

Unit 20. Roman Empire

For those interested in architecture, here’s a video about how arches work:

This 8-minute video is a virtual time-lapse video of what it was like the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii:

A TedEd video about the assassination of Julius Caesar:

 

 

Unit 21. Fall of Rome

A kid’s song that teaches Roman numerals:

 

 

Unit 22. Kushites and Aksumites

This week’s craft project is to make and play a game of Mancala. Here’s a lot more information about the game:

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/mancala-411837

 

 

 

Unit 23. Ancient China: Part One

This YouTube video demonstrates Chinese calligraphy:

 

After you meet Empress Leizu in your History Hop, check out this YouTube video about silk-making:

 

A TedEd video about the history of tea. Only the first minute takes place during ancient times. The rest of the video covers developments regarding tea in later times:

 

Unit 24. Ancient China: Part Two

A brief National Geographic video about the terracotta army:

 

 

Check out this TedEd video about the famous terracotta army:

 

TedEd video will teach you more about the Silk Road:

 

This 30-minute video could serve as an extra lesson on ancient China for those who want to review or learn more:

 

 

Unit 25. Byzantine Empire

A brief National Geographic video about the Hagia Sophia:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/videos/ancient-megastructures/istanbuls-hagia-sophia-1463.aspx

 

TedEd video covers the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire. Only the first part of the video deals with events from ancient times:

Unit 26. Arabia

TedEd video will show you more about Islamic design and makes a great connection for those studying geometry: