History For Kids – Pompeii and Herculaneum


Volcano Explorer – learn about volcanoes and even adjust conditions and run a simulation creating a volcano to see what kind of eruption you can create.  Try and make a Plinean eruption – named after the eyewitness of the Vesuvius disaster.


Google Earth Street View /3D Buildings Pompeii – the Google earth bike has made it’s way around the streets of Pompeii taking ground level 360 degree photos of the ruins of Pompeii.  It is now easy to tour all around the city, and even see Vesuvius looming on the horizon.

Many of the ruins have been turned into 3D recreations, if you check on the 3D building layer box on the layers panel.  There are even some new 3D trees in Google earth 6.


Would You Survive – a quiz which takes you through a decision making process to determine if you would have made it out of the city alive.  Fantastic for learning about the signs of a volcanic eruption.


Secrets of Vesuvius – a book by Anthropologist and Archaeologist Sara Bisel.  The book moves back and forth from Historical Fiction and Nonfiction while it recreates the day of the eruption for actual skeletons found on the beach for Herculaneum.  I’ve used the book as a novel study with aged 10-12 year old students.  The idea of a historical, fact based book as a novel study engaged the boys especially!  The book is now out of print, but you can find used copies in online bookstores.


Secrets of the Dead – Herculaneum Uncovered

A video from the PBS series Secrets of the Dead looking at the analysis of the people and Roman society of the Roman seaside town of Herculaneum.  It may be a bit long, but pieces of it would be very useful for engaging students


Pompeii: the Last Day – a video put together by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, following a few citizens of Pompeii on their last day.  It is the recreation of the final day of those immortalized by the famous Pompeii plaster casts. (Also on Netflix)

Great special effects and detail!  when I went to Pompeii I had to find the Fullery of Stephenus, just because I had seen it on this video.

I love Pompeii and Herculaneum.  I’ve taught units on the subject every year, and was lucky enough to visit last year.  I even went geocaching on Mt. Vesuvius!

I have about a million high resolution photos and videos of Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum, and Pompeii – so if you are looking for resources for a project let me know!

This post has photos from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Roman sites along Hadrian’s Wall in England.  It is asking you to guess what they are to have a look at day to day Roman Life.


7 thoughts on “History For Kids – Pompeii and Herculaneum

  1. My name is Heather Bright and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. This blog would be so awesome when I was in school. I thoroughly enjoyed the links that you provided for learning about volcanos. Thank you for making history fun!

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