On This Day, Video

Daily Video for June 12 – Baseball Hall of Fame Opens



On June 12, 1939, the first class of baseball players is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  Elected in 1936, prior to the Hall’s opening ceremonies the first players inducted included legends Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson.

Largely established in the hopes of attracting tourists to the Depression ravaged town of Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame was established there under the erroneous claim that Civil War hero General Abner Doubleday invented the game there at a field adjacent to the current Hall of Fame building.

As of 2020, 333 people have been elected to the Hall, mostly former major league players, but also including Negro League players, executives, umpires, baseball pioneers, and managers.  A separate wing also includes baseball writers and broadcasters.

Induction ceremonies are now held in July during “Hall of Fame Weekend”, which also includes a 7-inning game featuring players from each of the 30 current teams and Hall of Fame players.  This year’s ceremony has been canceled, however, due to COVID-19 and the inductees will have their ceremony with the class of 2021 next year.

Learn more about the history of the Hall of Fame:


The first induction ceremony:


Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – Old Stone House, 1865

Photo — “Old Stone House, 1865”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

In another “then and now” photo, we’re visiting Richmond where the Ege family home on Main Street has connections to George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and Edgar Allan Poe.  Today it’s still standing, and pretty much the same,  as a Poe Museum. [GOOGLE MAPS]

April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. “The Old Stone House — so-called ‘Washington’s headquarters,’ 1916 East Main Street.” Wet plate glass negative.

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WideOpenSchool by Common Sense Media


If you are looking for some help to use with your students (in classes or at home!) then this site, just launched by Common Sense Media might be just what you are looking for.

From the launch page, you can select “I’m an educator” or “We’re a family” and then the grade levels you are interested in, either PreK-5 or 6-12.  This will open a very eye appealing table that breaks their resources down by subject and type.

You can take virtual field trips, learn about math and history, or science and the arts.  There’s even a spot to arrange a daily schedule, work on your emotional well being (don’t we all need that right now?), safely watch age appropriate live events, and even life skills and exercises to keep us healthy.

The best part, is knowing this is put together and managed by Common Sense Media, all the material will be age appropriate and safe to view for your students.

Add this one to your toolbox today, as it will be a wonderful resource as we all continue in our remote/online learning classrooms.



Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips — Social Studies (US History)

US History Field Trips

Here’s a few field trips and tours (which is by no means comprehensive) that you can take from home, or send your students on when you’re running low on some remote lessons!

American Battlefield Trust  — Take 360° tours of Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields.

Colonial Williamsburg — Various webcams from the historical district in Colonial Williamsburg (not as busy right now with COVID closures, but great during busy times)

Ellis Island — A 3D vitual tour of Ellis Island from the National Park Service. Change the seasons to see the site throughout the year and learn about US Immigration in the late 19th century.

Museum of the American Revolution — A virtual tour of the entire museum.  Couple this with their online teacher resources for a complete lesson plan!

National Museum of American History — A collection of online exhibits and tours from the Smithsonian Institution.