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Educator / Teacher Resources for West Virginia Studies

Attention-Students and Visitors—This page is primarily for teachers.  You are welcome to use it, but all the other pages are designed for you.  See the above “Menu of Pages” (in green) and the “Search” box at the top of every page.

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Using the MH3WV.org Website


The website was designed to be usable in the classroom: for research and presentations by the teacher or individually by students;  for homework assignments;  or for home schooling.  It consists mainly of links to other, often primary, resources,  and videos.


  • The website is “responsive”—it will automatically resize to be usable on PCs, tablets and even smartphones.
  • The Header—the site search box, logo, tagline and menu of pages–is at the top of every page.
  • Clicking on a page title loads that page.
  • Each page has a table of contents of the topics on that page.  Clicking on the topic scrolls/jumps down the page to that topic.
  • Results from the site search box (at the top of every page) will indicate which page(s) include your topic.  Once on the page, use CRTL+F to search on that page.  (Search results may include ads from Google.)
  • All Links open in a new Window/Tab. 
  • We do not link to any websites that are commercial or political in nature, nor to any that have an abundance of advertising, unless specifically noted as such.


Most videos do not require an internet connection to YouTube (or Vimeo).  Those schools which have YouTube blocked will now be able to view them.  These videos play on the MH3WV page—you will NOT see comments, thumbnails for “related videos,”  nor advertisements.
All videos and links on the MH3WV website have been screened for appropriateness and language.  But you are still urged to use due diligence and preview any Videos and/or Links you wish to use or assign.

We make regular checks of links and videos, but please let us know of any issues. Or Suggestions!   Email: mh3wv.org@gmail.com


Golden Horseshoe and WV History Bowl

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<< WV Golden Horseshoe and WV History Bowl Links are on MH3WV’s “Golden Horseshoe” Page >>


WV Dept of Education


Explore “WV Dept of Education” Website

     “Educator Resources”


Explore WV Dept of Education’s “Educators” Website

     “WV TREE”



“By August 2016, Teach21 will be replaced with Teacher Resources for Educational Excellence (TREE). The WV TREE is a one stop, grade specific site highlighting WV NxG Standards, resources, and links that are essential to the classroom teacher. The resources include grade specific lessons, professional learning, and guidance documents crafted to help enhance teaching practice and guide the classroom teacher in the art of teaching.”

“. . .  The links will connect teachers with web pages essential to the profession as well as relevant policies that are critical to specific grade and/or content levels. The TREE is designed with the teacher’s busy schedule in mind, one stop, one focus, and tailored for the professional educator.

“This site was designed by teachers to assist colleagues in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction in West Virginia Classrooms. It enables educators to quickly access 21st Century Content Standards, Learning Skills and Technology Tools for WV Schools, as well as other resources that exemplify rigorous and relevant instructional design and delivery.

“Information is easily accessible for teachers, administrators, parents and students. Standards-based units, lesson plans, instructional guides and project based learning designs model the integration of content, learning skills and technology standards, research-based instructional strategies, differentiated instruction and rich classroom assessments, including a culminating performance, product or project with an accompanying rubric.

“At the heart of the triangle is student achievement. The wealth and depth of resources provided support the realization of West Virginia’s goal to prepare students to be successful in tomorrow’s world.”

Explore WV DOE’s “WV Teacher Resources for Educational Excellence (TREE)” Website


     “Social Studies Teacher Resources”


Explore WV DOE’s “Social Studies Teacher Resources” Website

     “Social Studies Calendar”


Explore WV DOE’s “Social Studies Calendar” Website

     “WV State Social Studies Fair”


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Explore WV DOE’s “WV State Social Studies Fair” Website

“Social Studies Educator Resources” – George Sumner, Secondary Education Specialist, Fayette (WV) County Schools

Includes:  CSOs-DBQ-NextGen Tools-Primary Documents-Reading Bundles-Resources-WV Dept of Archives-WVDE Resources

Explore George Sumner’s “Social Studies Educator Resources” Website

WV Public Broadcasting


Explore “WV Public Broadcasting” Website


     “WV Learning Media” – WV Public Broadcasting



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“The go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more!  You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, West Virginia Learning Media is free for educators.

“In partnership with PBS, West Virginia Learning Media provides thousands of videos and learning materials from shows such as Nature and PBS Newshour.

“We also are producing videos and curriculum targeted specifically to West Virginia teachers, parents and students, including:

“1. West Virginia Studies curriculum and videos for 8th graders, including ‘The Road to Statehood’ and ‘You Are There.’

“2. WV STEAM videos designed to inspire middle school students through telling the story of young West Virginians in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

“3. History, art, science and other activities about our national river system: ‘3 Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New.’ ”

Explore WV Public Broadcasting’s “WV Learning Media” Website (Teacher View)

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Explore WV Public Broadcasting’s “WV Learning Media–Student View” Website

     “WV STEAM” – WV Public Broadcasting


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“West Virginia STEAM is a series of videos designed to inspire middle and high school students consider careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. They are produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from the West Virginia Department of Education.”

“West Virginia STEAM is also available as an interactive video on the WVPB YouTube Page.”

Explore WV Public Broadcasting’s “WV STEAM” (teacher view) Website

         “Nanoengineer and the Scientific Method” – WV STEAM

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“Learn how the scientific method is used in the field of nanoengineering and about the career of researcher. The scientific method is used by a researcher in nanoengineering to develop new sources of energy.”

Explore WV STEAM’s “Nanoengineer and the Scientific Method” Website (teacher view) to watch video and access Support Materials and Educational Standards

         “Pipefitter and the Pythagorean Theorem” – WV STEAM

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“An apprentice pipefitter explains how he uses math and science in his every day work tasks in this video for WV Steam.”

Explore WV STEAM’s “Pipefitter and the Pythagorean Theorem” Website (teacher view) to watch video and access Support Materials and Educational Standards

         “Nurse (and) the Frontline of Family History” – WV STEAM

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“A nurse scientist explains why she entered this field, what the career entails, and how she uses genetic research and family health histories to assist patients in this video from WV Steam.”

Explore WV STEAM’s “Nurse (and) the Frontline of Family History” Website (teacher view) to watch video and access Support Materials and Educational Standards

         “The Art of an Iron Alchemist” – WV STEAM

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“A metalworker and art professor explains the mixture of science and creativity, alchemy and engineering that goes into creating his metal sculptures in this video from WV Steam.”

Explore WV STEAM’s “The Art of an Iron Alchemist” Website (teacher view) to watch video and access Support Materials and Educational Standards

         “Forensic Science in the Crime Lab” – WV STEAM

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“Learn about careers in forensic science and see how technology is used to analyze DNA samples from the crime scene. Two forensic scientists explain some of the academic requirements for their profession. They also discus how DNA testing progresses from collecting evidence to suspect identification.”

Explore WV STEAM’s “Forensic Science in the Crime Lab” Website (teacher view) to watch video and access Support Materials and Educational Standards

         “Advanced Manufacturing Technicians are In-Demand” – WV Steam

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“Examine the skills and education necessary to secure a career in advanced manufacturing technology.  Practice solving problems using logic to analyze truth tables and learn how math is used in programmable logic controllers.”

Explore WV STEAM’s “Advanced Manufacturing Technicians are In Demand” Website (teacher view) to watch video and access Support Materials and Educational Standards

     “This Week in WV History” – WV Public Broadcasting & e-WV

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“Explore economic, social, and political events and individuals in West Virginia history with the West Virginia Public Broadcasting series ‘This Week in WV History.’  A guided listening graphic organizer, scripts, and a timeline and extension activity for each month is included in support materials.”  Extensive–and growing–audio series.

Explore WV Public Broadcasting’s “This Week in WV History” Website

     “For Parents and Educators” – WV Public Broadcasting


Explore WV Public Broadcasting’s “For Parents and Educators” Website – includes:

  • WV LearningMedia: Free searchable library of digital content for the classroom K-12+.
  • PBS Parents: Free resources on child development, reading readiness and math. Parents may connect to PBS Kids.
  • Ready To Learn: West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s initiative to promote reading readiness and math skills.

     “The Mine Wars”  –  American Experience  –  PBS

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The Mine Wars WV American Experience    “Go inside the coal miners’ bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with The Mine Wars. The struggle over the material that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.”

Explore PBS/American Experience’s “The Mine Wars” Website

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   “In the first two decades of the 20th century, coal miners and coal companies in West Virginia clashed in a series of brutal conflicts over labor conditions and unionization. Known collectively as the “Mine Wars,” the struggle included strikes, assassinations, marches, and the largest civil insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.   Coal was the engine of American industrial progress at the beginning of the 20th century. It powered . . . “

Explore PBS/American Experience’s “The Mine Wars-Introduction” Website to continue reading


         View “The Mine Wars” – WV Public Broadcasting

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the mine wars wv american experience 2     <<PBS’s license to stream “The Mine Wars” expired on January 16, 2019.  It is currently offered on YouTube, iTunes and other media sites for a fee.  The supplemental materials, such as clips, interviews, timelines, transcripts, etc., are still available on the two websites listed above.>>

<<The Mine Wars is again available on WV Public Broadcasting’s Website–until September 2, 2020.>>

View “The Mine Wars” on WV Public Broadcasting’s Website (1:51:49/2016/PBS)

         “The Mine Wars”  –  “Teacher Resources”

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“PBS LearningMedia has created teacher resources related to The Mine Wars.

[information returning soon]


     “You Are There: West Virginia Statehood” – Video and Lesson Plans – WV Public Broadcasting



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This video from WV Public Broadcasting uses the news desk/reporter format to study the impact of WV statehood on individuals of the time.  Explore the West Virginia Statehood movement through the eyes of individuals who lived during that time period with this video from WV Public Broadcasting. Students will hear news reports from locations around the new state, see interviews with a soldier, people on the street, and learn more about the naming of the state and creation of the state seal and motto.”


Support Materials For Teachers:

Explore PBS Learning Media’s “You Are There: West Virginia Statehood” website to view video and access Support Materials for Teachers   (39:45/2013)

(You may need to create a free account)



     “West Virginia: The Road to Statehood” – Video and Lesson Plans – WV Public Broadcasting

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wv-road-to-statehood“This documentary brings to life the issues, differences and disagreements that divided the Commonwealth of Virginia, turning families and neighbors against one another throughout what is now West Virginia.”

“Explore the events leading to statehood for West Virginia with this documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The five lesson plans provide a guided viewing graphic organizer, primary source documents, maps, and activities to engage students in the study of the presidential election of 1860, the issues of the time, and individuals who played a role in the movement.”

Support Materials for Teachers Include:

  • Road to Statehood: Important Civil War Battles in West Virginia
  • Road to Statehood: West Virginians in the Civil War
  • Road to Statehood: Secession on Trial
  • Road to Statehood: Timeline
  • Road to Statehood: Guided Viewing and the Presidential Election of 1860

Explore PBS Learning Media’s “Road to Statehood” website to view video and access Support Materials for Teachers.   (47:52/2013/WV Public Broadcasting)



     “3 Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New” – Video and Lesson Plans- WV Public Broadcasting

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“3 Rivers: the Bluestone, Gauley, and New documents the economic, social, and political impact of the rivers on Southern and Central West Virginia. Included in Teachers Resources is a cross-curricular unit which addresses the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for 8th grade West Virginia Studies. The video is divided into 4 chapters: Introduction, Bluestone, Gauley, and New. Curriculum is available under the Resource tab by the content area.”

 Support Materials for Teachers Include:

3 Rivers Overview Connection
3 Rivers West Virginia Studies Connection
3 Rivers Mathematics Connection
3 Rivers Language Arts Connection
3 Rivers Fine Arts Connection
3 Rivers Science Connection
3 Rivers Physical Education Connection

Explore WV PBS LearningMedia’s ” ‘3 Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New’ Teacher” Website to access Resources/Standards   (1:26:56/2013/WV Public Broadcasting)



     “YouTube Playlists”WV Public Broadcasting




Includes:    (actual number of videos may vary from number shown)

        • WV@150 – “One minute celebrations of West Virginia’s 150 years” – 50 videos   <<these videos are on the MH3WV “WV150” page>>
        • WV History (40 videos)
        • WV Arts and Culture (Stories about the music, art, and culture of WV – 47 videos)
        • Inspiring West Virginians (3 videos – many people also found in other playlists)
        • WV Music Hall of Fame (23 videos)
        • Lab 304 (Science and research in WV, a project of WV Public Broadcasting and National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in WV – (15 videos)
        • Mountain State Science (13 videos)
        • <<Several of the “Lab304” and “Mountain State Science” videos are on various MH3WV pages.>>
        • Information only – No Link from MH3WV


WV Archives & History

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     “Teacher Resources” – WV Archives & History


WV A&H Teacher Resources Include:

        • Primary Resources
          Links to Archives and History digital resources for 8th-grade West Virginia Studies history clusters
        • Online Resources by County
          A quick way to find resources that Archives and History has online for your county
        • Lesson Plans and Exercises – Educator Resources
          Archives and History educational Web site and primary source activities for classroom use
        • Charts, Graphs, and Maps
          Images for use by teachers in developing their own projects
        • Daily Trivia *
          A useful tool for students studying for History Bowl and/or the Golden Horseshoe
        • Quick Quizzes *
          Multiple-choice quizzes that test knowledge on West Virginia and are a great study tool for the Golden Horseshoe
        • On This Day in West Virginia History *
          One or more events for every day of the year with links to additional information.
        • Online Exhibits
          Archives and History online exhibits on John Brown, statehood, Buffalo Creek, the 1960 presidential primary campaign, gubernatorial inaugurations, and other West Virginia topics
        • The History Center
          Offers links to various features, guides, programs, publications, and history topics. Included are materials on Civil War, Disasters, Education, Government and Politics, Women, and much more.
        • West Virginia History Bowl *
          Teams of students from around the state face off in an academic bowl competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.
        • Audio-Video Clips
          Footage of school integration at Matoaka in 1957, the Farmington mine explosion in 1968, and President Franklin Roosevelt and the Mountain State Forest Festival in 1936 and dozens more clips from the collections of the West Virginia State Archives
        • West Virginia Memory Project Databases
          Search databases on John Brown, photographs, Golden Horseshoe winners, West Virginia Veterans Memorial names, highway markers, and more.
        • West Virginia Archives and History YouTube Channel
        • West Virginia Archives and History Facebook Page
        • (* Links to these are also on the MH3WV “Golden Horseshoe” page)

Explore WV Archives and History’s “Teachers Resources” Website


     “YouTube Playlists” – WV Archives & History


Includes:  (actual number of videos may vary from number shown)

        • An Introduction to the WV Division of Culture & History (9 videos)
        • WV Archives and History (11 videos)
        • Films (18 videos)
        • Ellis Dungan Films (17 videos)
        • Musical Performances (15 videos)
        • WV Heritage Music (19 videos)
        • History Lectures (63+ videos)
        • Recent Videos (92+ videos)
        • Information only – No Link from MH3WV

The WV State Museum at The Culture Center

“To extend your museum experience, we offer programs and activities for learners of all ages.”

Explore “WV State Museum at The Culture Center” Website


     “Teacher Resources” – The WV State Museum at The Culture Center


Very, very extensive list of educator resources and links:

Explore WV State Museum at The Culture Center’s “Teacher Resources” Website

     “Lesson Plans” – The WV State Museum at The Culture Center


Numerous and varied Lesson Plans for 4th through 8th Grades


  • Constructivism
  • Resources and Videos
  • Complete Lesson Plan PDF
  • Pathway Programs
  • Prehistory
  • Frontier
  • Civil War & The 35th State
  • Industrialization
  • Change and Tradition

Explore WV State Museum at The Culture Center’s “Lesson Plans” Website

     “West Virginia:  A Digital Primer” – The WV State Museum at The Culture Center


“Educational Resource Guide”

“This resource seeks to bring the West Virginia State Museum into the classroom in a new digital format. When you navigate to the main screen, you will be presented with icons to choose from grades K-5 and Middle and Secondary. When you select a grade, you can then choose from a variety of topics.  While the topics vary with each grade level, the material corresponds with the NxG CSOs for each grade to ensure your students learn about West Virginia History in a new and exciting way!”

  • Provides a complete list of West Virginia history standards.
  • Provides detailed lesson plans and vocabulary for the specific grade.
  • Offers helpful links to expand the material presented.
  • Offers short videos that connect to each grade’s West Virginia history standards.
  • Provides a focus on museum-centered activities and programs. It includes the current programs we offer, ideas for post-visit activities, an artifact gallery and how to schedule your visit to the West Virginia State Museum.

Explore WV State Museum at The Culture Center’s “West Virginia:  A Digital Primer” Website

     “Virtual/Video Tours” – The WV State Museum at The Culture Center


<<For more information and maps of West Virginia State Museum — as well as virtual and/or video tours of the State Museum and Governor’s Mansion — visit MH3WV’s “Capitol Complex” page.>>

     “Guided Tours” – The WV State Museum at The Culture Center


For Guided Tours of The Culture Center / The West Virginia State Museum: call (304) 558-0162 ext 185.
For Guided Tours of the The West Virginia State Capitol and The Governor’s Mansion: call (304) 558-4839.

Explore “Guided Tours” Website


WV Humanities Council


“The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization providing lifelong learning opportunities to the state’s citizens.  WVHC serves as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Explore “WV Humanities Council” Website


     “e-WV — The West Virginia Encyclopedia” WV Humanities Council



Explore “e-WV–The West Virginia Encyclopedia” Website


     “Teaching WV Studies” – “e-WV–The West Virginia Encyclopedia”



“e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is a valuable reference resource. With 2,300 articles and thousands of photos, maps, and other illustrations, e-WV has the answers to nearly any question about the Mountain State. This e-WV Classroom section offers a selection of lesson plans designed by West Virginia teachers on a variety of topics. e-WV Classroom also directs students to useful articles and interactive quizzes.

“e-WV has a number of other features that are valuable in the classroom:
Interactive Maps that display aspects of the state during different time periods
Portfolios where teachers and students can store items from e-WV
Forums where teachers, students and anyone with a free account can discuss anything of interest.”

“e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia offers a selection of lesson plans designed by West Virginia teachers on a variety of topics.  Plans are available for eighth grade and elementary students and make use of the resources found in e-WV.”  <<“Lesson Plans for WV Studies” list below>>

Explore the “e-WV Classroom” Website


     “Teacher Feature” – “e-WV–The WV Encyclopedia”

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A new feature of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia provides teachers with innovative ways to use the powerful online resource. The e-WV Classroom includes 18 lesson plans for eighth grade that were developed by teachers from several counties, working under the direction of curriculum specialist Margaret Miller. All of the lesson plans meet the West Virginia Department of Education’s standards for social studies and literacy.

“The Classroom section will also be helpful to students who want to learn more about West Virginia. Students will find links to e-WV articles and easy access to the e-WV quizzes, especially helpful in preparation for the annual Golden Horseshoe test.

“Visitors to the Classroom section will find directions for using e-WV’s special features, including interactive maps and the portfolio function.”

Explore the “e-WV Classroom” Website.

Contact Mike Keller at 304-346-8500 or email — keller@wvhumanities.org — if you would like a demonstration of how e-WV can be used in the classroom.

     “Guide to e-WV For Elementary and Middle School Teachers”


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Major Topics:

        • ECONOMY
        • HISTORY
        • POPULATION

  Includes multiple subtopics for each of the Major Topics, links to articles within e-WV, and listings of corresponding CSO’s.

Explore “Guide to e-WV For Elementary and Middle School Teachers” pdf


     “Lesson Plans for WV Studies” – “e-WV–The West Virginia Encyclopedia”


Elementary Lesson Plans:

        • Learning about West Virginia’s Cities and Towns
        • Captured: Noteworthy West Virginians
        • History of West Virginia’s Glass Industry
        • Exploring West Virginia’s Parks and Forests
        • West Virginia’s Natural Resources: Which is Most Valuable?
        • Music by Mountaineers

Eighth Grade Lesson Plans:

  • The Story of Statehood
  • The Two Constitutions
  • Daily Lives and Culture of Native Americans
  • West Virginia and the Revolution
  • Explorers of Western Virginia
  • French and Indian War in Western Virginia
  • John Brown: Hero or Traitor?

  • West Virginia Mine Wars
  • Labor/Management Strategies
  • West Virginia in the Roaring 1920s
  • The Great Depression
  • Economic and Industrial Growth during World War II
  • Transportation’s Role in West Virginia History
  • Fairs and Festivals in West Virginia
  • Recent World Events and West Virginia

Explore the “e-WV Classroom” Website.

Explore e-WV’s “Lesson Plans” Website

     “History Alive!” – WV Humanities Council



History Alive! provides a unique passport to the past. The program brings historical characters to life through portrayals by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their character.

“History Alive! allows audiences to explore history through interaction with historical figures. These presentations are not one-person plays. They are intended to engage audiences in a dialogue with the character.

“History Alive! presenters have conducted thorough research into the characters they portray. They have gained insight into their character after studying primary sources such as autobiographies, journals, letters, speeches and other personal papers. Their presentation is based on scholarship and analysis rather than a script.

The History Alive! program features scholars from around the state who portray historical figures at venues including museums, schools, libraries, community centers, and fairs and festivals.  From Eleanor Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin to Minnie Pearl and Julia Child, these living history performances provide a passport through time for student and adult audiences throughout the Mountain State.

Explore WV Humanities Council’s “History Alive!” Website

Streaming videos of additional presentations are available on the WV Library Commission website.  “Features presenters who portray historical characters, with an emphasis on West Virginia history.”
Explore WV Library Commission’s “Streaming Videos” List

WV Library Commission

“The West Virginia Library Commission is dedicated to providing relevant and useful educational material on West Virginia’s history, culture, and people to the state’s educators, students and lifelong learners of any age.”
Explore “WV Library Commission” Website


     “Streaming Video” – WV Library Commission

A wide range of videos, including additional History Alive! presentations, are available from the Library Television Network.

Explore WV Library Commission’s “Streaming Video” full page list.

     “West Virginia: A Digital Primer, Elementary Edition” 


“Additional resources for teachers, school librarians, parents, and students to further explore the exciting and fasinating events in West Virgina history.  Click on the tabs to find interesting resources relating to information on the state, fun activities, books and videos about WV, and more.”

Explore WV Library Commission’s “West Virginia: A Digital Primer, Elementary Edition” Website

     “WV INFODEPOT” – WV Library Commission

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“Your Personal Guide to Information Exploration”

  • Magazines and Newspapers (Ebsco)
  • Learning Express Lib 3.0
  • Job/Career Accelerator 4.0
  • e-WV West Virginia Encyclopedia
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Scholastic Go!
    • NoveList Plus
    • NoveList Plus for K-8
    • Points of View
    • Clio: Guide to Historical and Cultural Sites
    • Kid Search
    • Searchasaurus
    • WV Archives and History
    • GreenFILE

“Access to [many] WVInfoDepot databases requires a username and password. For passwords or additional information about WVInfoDepot, contact the West Virginia Library Commission or your local academic, school, or public library.”

Explore WV Library Commission’s “WV INFODEPOT” Website






“Named after the ancient muse of history…, Clio is an educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. Built by scholars for public benefit, each entry includes a concise summary and useful information about a historical site, museum, monument, landmark, or other site of cultural or historical significance. In addition, “time capsule” entries allow users to learn about historical events that occurred around them. Each entry offers turn-by-turn directions as well as links to relevant books, articles, videos, primary sources, and credible websites.

“Clio offers a compelling intellectual challenge as professional historians work with local history experts to create and vet entries in an open digital environment. Ambitious in scope, Clio allows scholars and their students to publish humanities scholarship using an innovative digital format that will instantly reach a broad audience in ways that cannot be replicated by traditional forms of publishing. We believe that there is something powerful that occurs when our sense of the past connects with our sense of place. We hope that you will use Clio to connect with the history and culture that surrounds you.”

Explore “Clio” Website

     “Clio in the Classroom”

“Each entry includes concise information, embedded media, and links to primary sources and relevant books and articles. Clio also offers maps and navigation, as well as useful information for visitors to museums, libraries, and historical sites.

“Clio provides institutional accounts to libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions so that their staff can create, expand, and update entries. Clio also provides special accounts for educators that allow them to create and vet entries with their students.”

Clio is free for everyone.

Explore Clio’s “Clio in the Classroom” Website



WV Association of Museums

“Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State”

“The mission of the West Virginia Association of Museums is to serve, educate, advocate for, and enhance communications within the museum community. WVAM carries out this mission by listening to its members and serving their interests and by keeping the members abreast of current standards and activities on a national scale.”

Explore ‘WV Association of Museums” Website

<<Many museums have educational programs and field trips available–see the MH3WV “Museums” page>>

The Heritage Farm Museum

heritage-farm“The Heritage Farm Museum specializes in programs that support learning and are designed to meet the needs of schools and home school families. Ask us to recommend programs that complement your area of study. The Museum can accommodate large groups with advance notice. Picnic facilities available by reservation only. Call to schedule.

“To assist educators in planning a trip to the Farm, the Regional Educational Service Agency 2 has provided an informative listing of how our exhibits support the West Virginia Social Studies Content Standards and Objectives (Grades K-12).”

Explore The Heritage Farm Museum’s “Schools” Website

Explore Heritage Farm Museum’s “Theme Days planned to align with West Virginia curriculum standards” Website (pdf)

“In this video, Mike Perry, co-founder of Heritage Farm Museum and Village, talks about its goals and the value of reassuring young people that they come from the same line that produced the wonders we show.” (3:28/2009)

Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum

“You will definitely want to bring your students to the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia this school year!  The museum allows for an in-depth guide through history, that be directly focused on several different topics to help Match your curriculum from the classroom.

“Each of the school tours is a half-day learning session for your students! NO quickie half hour “experiences” here, but a full morning or afternoon of activities and fun! They will see, do, interact, and have a great time, all while learning valuable lessons and concepts that are already an integral part of your social studies curriculum!

“While we have targeted our tours to specific grade levels, the nature of the social studies instructional goals is such that they can be adapted to a range of grade levels, to make your students’ experience both enjoyable for them and relevant to their class work.

“The cost for these half day programs is only $4.00 per student. There is a $60 minimum fee for all programs. Rates do not include applicable sales tax; tax-exempt organizations and schools must provide us with a copy of your West Virginia Tax Exempt Certificate.  You also receive one complimentary teacher or chaperone admission for each 15 students that participate! Additional adults are more than welcome to join us, at a cost of $6 per person. Advance booking is necessary for all of these programs, and space is limited, so schedule your unique Toy Museum visit today!

“Working with you, we can also customize your visit to achieve YOUR educational goals for your class! Call us TODAY to set up a tour and get the ball rolling! (304) 242-8133 or toll free at 1-877-242-8133 or Email the museum: museum@toyandtrain.com.”

Explore Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum’s “Education” Website

WV Dept of Natural Resources – “For Teachers”
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The WV DNR has many instructional materials and learning opportunities available for teachers to use both in and out of the classroom. They range from simple nature-related crafts and field trip ideas to creating Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS) on school campuses. There are also many publications and two excellent learning trunks for bats and birds that can enhance the classroom experience.”

  • Try-Its!: Several projects to try outside.
  • Kid Krafts: Using art or design to help observe nature in different ways
  • Project WILD: A unique program for teachers that provides training and tools to enhance science and nature learning experiences.
  • Publications: A listing of brochures, checklists and booklets available from the DNR
  • Educational Trunks: A trunk full of fun and exciting learning tools that teachers can use in their classroom.
  • Kid Zone: Link to activities and fact sheets designed for children
  • Amphibian Cooperative Science Project For Students: Students can help state biologists learn more about our diverse amphibians.
  • West Virginia State Wildlife Center: A great place to take students!
  • Archery in the Schools site

Explore WV DNR’s “For Teachers” Website   —  Also check out the “Wildlife Diversity” tab on the left of the page


“Education Programs” – WV Music Hall of Fame

“In addition to documenting and preserving the rich and lasting contributions West Virginians have made to all genres of music, a primary mission of the Hall of fame is to develop and implement educational programs that highlight those contributions for state residents both young and old. Our most visible tool for education outreach is via the Traveling Museum . . . Other educational components of the Hall of Fame include: an interactive map of over 200 WV musical artists, now available on the web; Ideas for Teachers, which offers biographical material and lesson plan suggestions on several of West Virginia’s best-known musicians and songwriters; The Band Wagon, a mobile performance space that, like the Traveling Museum, brings Hall of Fame programs to communities throughout the state; and the HoF has branched out into dance with the “West Virginia Mambo,” a dance instruction program that is offered to schools and other groups.”

Explore WV Music Hall of Fame’s “Education Programs” Website

     “Ideas For Teachers” – WV Music Hall of Fame

“In this unit, you’ll find stories about the childhoods of three of West Virginia’s most-loved musicians: Bill Withers, Billy Edd Wheeler, and Hazel Dickens. You can use the ideas, songs and videos, and stories to teach writing skills while you build student pride in West Virginia. . .”

Explore WV Music Hall of Fame’s “Ideas for Teachers” Website

     “Ideas for Classroom Activities” – WV Music Hall of Fame

Includes:  “Writing assignments;  Whole class discussion;  Online research and activities;  West Virginia history;  You write lyrics for a song”

Explore WV Music Hall of Fame’s “Ideas for Classroom Activities” Website


“Back to School Program” – WV Legislature

wv-legislature-back-to-school“The West Virginia Legislature’s Back to School Program is a national civic education initiative designed to teach our state’s young people the value of the legislative process through interactive classroom visits from local state lawmakers.

“The program is targeted for students grades 3-12 and hopes to encourage these future voters and leaders to grow accustomed to the legislative process and understand that their ideas count.”

Explore The West Virginia Legislature’s “Back to School Program” Website

“Educational Opportunities and Resources” – National Radio Astronomy Observatory




  • Field Trips to the Observatory
  • Download our Field Trip Guide!
  • Programs for Teachers
  • Programs for College Students
  • Quiet Skies Project for 5-12 students, and youth groups


  • What is Radio Astronomy?
  • Fun Activities
  • Excellent Astronomy Links
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Forty Foot Educational Telescope
  • Radio Astronomy Image Gallery
  • Make an Itty Bitty Telescope!

Explore National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s “Educational Opportunities and Resources” Website

Explore Green Bank Observatory’s “Education” Website

“The WV State Bar – School Mentor Program”

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From WV DOE’s “Social Studies Resources” Webpage:  “For those of you who are unaware, the WV State Bar currently has a great program set up on their website called School Mentors.  They have listed by counties attorneys, who are willing to come out into your classrooms.  They are also listed if they are available for Elementary, Middle, or High Schools . . .  If your county does not have available attorneys listed you may try some of the neighboring counties.  This is a great way to easily contact attorneys for activities in your classrooms.  It will not give you their email address at first but it will contact them for you and they will then get in touch with you as soon as possible.  I just wanted to make you aware of this site, because it is a very simple way to get into contact with attorneys who are willing to come out and assist you in your classrooms.”

Explore WV State Bar’s “Mentor Search” Website – to search for “members of the State Bar that have expressed interest in mentoring students.”

“For more information on the Mentor Search contact Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.”

“J. R. Clifford Project” – Friends of Blackwater

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From WV DOE’s “Social Studies Resources” Webpage:   “Friends of Blackwater (“FOB”) is pleased to have added the J. R. Clifford Project to its range of programs that includes heritage education and environmental preservation programs.  A key element of their work is to build awareness and support for the JR Clifford lesson plans in schools around the state. Lesson plans can be downloaded from www.jrclifford.org.   J. R. Clifford (1848-1933), West Virginia’s first African American attorney, is among twelve Civil Rights Pioneers announced as honorees on a 2009 Commemorative Stamp sheet issued by the United States Postal Service.”

“Since December 2004, The J. R. Clifford Project has involved thousands of West Virginians and visitors to the Mountain State in statewide and local educational programs to increase awareness of the life and works of John Robert “J. R.” Clifford. The programs reflect Clifford’s opposition to racism and highlight the supportive role West Virginia has played in upholding American civil rights.”

Explore Friends of Blackwater’s “J.R.Clifford Project” Website

Explore J.R.Clifford Project’s “Educational Resources” Website – also check the Educational Resources dropdown menu at the top of the page for Playscripts, Powerpoint Presentations and Curriculum

“Teaching With Historic Places” – National Park Service

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” ‘Teaching with Historic Places’ offers a series of more than 150 classroom-ready lesson plans that use historic sites as a means for exploring American history. Educators and their students can work through these online lesson plans directly on the computer or print them out and photocopy them for distribution.  “You can browse the collection in several ways, each of which includes a short description of every lesson:

• Location/State
• Theme
• Time period
• Skill
• Primary Source
• National Standards for History
• Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

“Although designed for middle school students learning history, social studies, geography, and other subjects, TwHP lessons are easily adaptable from upper elementary through high school, and even for college courses. Each lesson includes maps, readings, and photographs, all of which are accompanied by questions. At the end, activities pull together the ideas students have just covered and require them to initiate their own research.”

“Each TwHP lesson plan links both to relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12 and also to relevant Performance Expectations for Middle Grades from the national Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.”

Explore National Park Service’s “Teaching with Historic Places – Lesson Plans” Website


     “Teaching With Historic Places” – Arthurdale – Thurmond

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Two locations in WV are included in NPS’ Teaching with Historic Places: Arthurdale and Thurmond.   Very extensive information, with links on first page.  Also use the “Continue” button in the lower right of the page.


“Welcome to historic Arthurdale, West Virginia, a New Deal village built from the ground-up for coal miners and their families during the Great Depression.”        Explore NPS’ Teaching with Historic Places’ “Arthurdale: A New Deal Community Experiment” Website


“Examine the complex and often dangerous daily routines at the Thurmond train depot, and learn how rail workers were immortalized by some of the people they served.”     Explore NPS’ Teaching with Historic Places’ “Thurmond: A Town Born from Coal Mines and Railroads”  Website

“The Civil War – Online Resources” – National Park Service

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Explore National Park Service’s “The Civil War – Online Resources” Website – includes Lesson Plans, Teaching with Museum Resources, Virtual Museum Tours and more.  Also check the dropdown menus at the top for Stories, People, Places.

National Coal Heritage Area


Teacher’s Kit:

“As mining developed into an industry, the coal extracted from the rugged mountains became the fuel that drove the industrial revolution in our country. The story of the National Coal Heritage Area is the story of strong, resilient men and women, of families who spent generations mining coal, of incredible racial and ethnic diversity, of strong, close knit communities, and of isolation, danger and violence. It is a story that runs deep in the roots of West Virginia and other coal mining states.

“The Coal Heritage Highway Authority strives to help teachers share with students and other educators an understanding of and love for the culture and history of an industry that helped foster the growth of industrialization across the United States.

“We have put together a kit designed to help teachers create fun and valuable experiences for their students as they study this important piece of American history.”

“For your free kit please contact us — info@coalheritage.org”

Explore “National Coal Heritage Website — Includes:  “Birth of the Industry, Three Railroads, King Coal, Coal Miners, Company Towns, United Mine Workers, End of an Era, Coal Camp Baseball,” and more.

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<<The websites for each of the National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges, Heritage Areas, etc., have a wealth of resources for educators and students, such as Stories, People and Places.>>


“WV Maps”



     “Maps and Map Files Related to West Virginia Geology” – WV Geological and Economic Survey

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Explore WVGES’ “Map” Websitefor these and many more WV maps–such as additional geologic maps, physiographic maps, mineral maps.


     “Map WV” – WV GIS Technical Center

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“MapWV is a public gateway to online mapping resources in the Mountain State. It allows user access to a wealth of high-quality maps and geographic data via the Internet. All of our maps are free for use by the public. Feel free to use them as you need.”

Explore “Map WV” Website


     “Printable Maps” – WaterproofPaper.com

“Here is a great collection of free printable West Virginia maps. These are .pdf files that download and work nicely with almost any printer. You can print them for use at home, work or school.”  (These three maps are from a commercial website and have the company information in lower left corner.)

Printable State Outline Map pdf

Printable Blank County Map pdf

Printable County Map with County Names pdf


     “Maps” – WV Dept of Transportation


The Official State Highway Map 2010” pdf from the DOT website below is one of the best. Railroads, roads, highways and important locations are clearly shown while waterways are bright blue and easily seen.  Though dated 2010, it is missing only some of the most recent highway construction–such as Corridor H, Rt 9, Rt 10, and the Coalfields Expressway–projects which are shown as under construction but likely are completed now. <<MH3WV will work to keep this map available for WV Studies>>

Additional maps from the DOT:  Official State Highway Map (the 2015 map from the DOT website is not as detailed — nor as accurate — as the 2010 map above) State General Highway Map, State Functional Classification Map, State Highway Base Map, General Highway County Maps (55 Counties – 132 sheets), Alphabetical Listing of County Maps, City Maps (205), Urban Area Maps (26)

Explore WV DOT’s “Maps” Website

     “Topographic Maps” – My Topo

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“Browse and view FREE US Geological Survey, US Forest Service, and NRCan topo maps for the US and Canada.”

This website displays topographic maps which can be zoomed, dragged, and printed.  No charge, no ads (although they will be glad to sell you a map.)

Explore My Topo’s “Interactive Topographic Maps” Website – (This will bring up a map of Spruce Knob. You can go anywhere from there.)

     “US Topo Quadrangles – Maps for America” – US Geological Survey

“US Topo topographic maps are produced by the National Geospatial Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The project was launched in late 2009, and the term “US Topo” refers specifically to quadrangle topographic maps published in 2009 and later. These maps are modeled on the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle maps of the period 1947-1992, but are mass-produced from national GIS databases on a repeating cycle. US Topo maps repackage geographic information system (GIS) data in traditional map form; this benefits non-specialist map users, as well as applications that need traditional maps.

“US Topo maps can be downloaded free of charge from several USGS interfaces. The maps are published in Portable Document Format (PDF) with geospatial extensions (GeoPDF®). They can be viewed and printed with Adobe Reader or comparable PDF viewing software. The geospatial extensions provide limited GIS functionality, such as displaying ground coordinates and measuring distances and areas. Layered PDF files allow users to turn data layers on and off. The maps include layers not present on most traditional topographic maps, such as aerial photo and shaded relief images.”

Explore US Geological Survey’s “The National Map – US Topo” Website


Introductory WV Videos

These can be used to begin your class, introducing WV to your students or to “spice up” a class, or as a teaching tool by asking students to identify the places and events in the videos.          <<These videos, and others, are also found on the MH3WV “Other” page.>>

     “This Is Our West Virginia” – WV Chamber of Commerce

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(The WV Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization–it is not part of WV State Government.)

“A montage showing aspects of life in West Virginia in 2009. From employment to enjoyment, these glimpses of West Virginia culture and geography make up who we are and what we do.”     (5:06/2009/WV Chamber of Commerce)


     “Experience WV” – WV Welcome Video – WV Tourism

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(8:25/2011/WV Tourism)


     “Welcome Video for National Association Of Commissions For Women” – WV Tourism

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(3:00/2012/WV Tourism)



      “West Virginia Morning” – WV Lottery

“This West Virginia Lottery commercial produced by MotionMasters in 2001 shows the beauty of the state of West Virginia.”  (0.59/2014/MotionMasters)



     “Tribute to West Virginia” – American Mountain Theater

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“The cast of the American Mountain Theater [Elkins] takes you through a narrative and musical history of West Virginia in honor of the state’s 150th Birthday.”

Some good WV history lessons and historical photos.    (8:17/2013/American Mountain Theater)

     “150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride”

“West Virginia’s history was brought to life in this magnificent three-dimensional film projected directly onto the face of the State Capitol for West Virginia’s 150th birthday. The 3-D projection was created and produced by Monster Media 3D, and the fireworks show was produced by Zambelli.”    (7:00/2013/WV Sesquicentennial Commission)


WV Studies – Educator Resources

West Virginia Studies – WV History

WV Studies Lesson Plans – WV History Lesson Plans

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