It’s hard to believe that the 1900s and even the 1990s can be considered history. I am glad there is a “modern” in front of it. These resources and hands-on activities for studying modern history will go great alongside your history lessons in the modern era.
What is modern history?
OK, this question still has me stumped. What are the years that are considered modern history? I actually will leave this question unanswered, without a definite answer. Why? This is because every source that I read had a different take on what is considered the modern history timespan.
Some sources said modern history was just the 2oth century. While others have the “modern history” title tokened from the advent of the Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries, then through the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Age of Enlightenment Bingo | Amped Up Learning
Some sites I researched don’t even have content for the 1990s or even 2000s, even though they are considered our modern times history. They range from modern history to today.
One part of this recent history that I don’t want my kids to miss is 9/11. September 11th is a significant time in our modern history that I make a point to teach my kids about.
I was in the United States Navy during this time, and I want my kids to learn about it. If you feel 9/11 is also important for your kids to learn then grab this resource to help:
I am still in denial that the 1990s were over 20 years ago. One thing, for sure, is that the modern historical period was a time of significant scientific, political, wartime, technology, and globalization.
Our kids will think this also ancient history, don’t be offended. Embrace the times that shaped how we live today, the times that shaped who we are now.
Explore these hands-on activities for studying modern history in your homeschool.
Modern History Timeline | Time Toast
Modern American History Book List | Fields of Daisies
Hands-on Activities for Modern History | Susan’s Homeschool Blog
You might enjoy the Seven Wonders of the Modern World history unit found in Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research
What is Modern history? Explain Modern history (Video) | Audiodiversiy
1900 Modern History
Modern Thought and Culture in 1900 | Crash Course
Child Labor in Early 1900s Social Studies Interactive Lesson | Mrs P Loves Fifth
1910 Modern History
World War 1 Review Game | Love Learning
Hands-On History Projects: Learning About the World Wars | As We Walk Along the Road
How to make a World War 1 helmet | Adventures in Mommydom
Titanic Lessons, Experiments, Activities, And More! | Teaching with a Mountain View
Culture of 1920s and 1930s Escape Room | Vestal’s 21st Century Classroom
1930 Modern History
World War 2 Task Cards | Students of History
FREE World War II Activities for Homeschooled Kids | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
1940 Modern History
1940s America – visual, textual, engaging 42-slide PPT for HS U.S. History | Greg’s Goods – Making History Fun
History by the Decade: 1940s Coloring Book with Print Copywork | WriteBonnieRose
FREE Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Mini Activity Unit | In All You Do
1950 Modern History
Cold War Activity | Science Spot
Cold War Timeline Activity and Hunt | History Gal
1960 Modern History
1960’s Social Movements: An Interactive Student Activity (Distance Learning) | Learning is a Passion
1970 Modern History
Engaging Activity 1970s Culture Bundle | You Will Love History
1980 Modern History
A Kid Explains the Berlin Wall | A Kid Explains History
FREE Modern History Activities & Notebooking: 1990s – This FREE Modern History Activities and Notebooking: 1990s unit can help you and your family look at five key events.
I hope these free resources on modern history are helpful for your homeschool.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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