TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 20, 2017
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Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomDownload individual lessons or the whole curriculum to be used offline. Engage students in an underlying theme or question, helping to bridge between past and present. Lessons are extensive and easy to adapt and use. Use handouts with a whole class, small group collaboration, or individual work. Be sure to download the Teacher Toolkit to take advantage of the extensive lesson resources. Use the Tips in each lesson to enhance your teaching experience, adapt activities to the global classroom, and find more activities and homework ideas. Visit the link to the Museum's companion exhibit, here, for more resources.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomIf your class is participating in the World Water Monitoring Challenge, reviewed here, this is a fabulous tool to incorporate into your lessons. Create a quick poll using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to poll students about their knowledge of environmental issues. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, and then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Use the Eeko Exchange questions and student responses and challenge students to create an online or printed comic using Comic Creator, reviewed here, for younger students (K-3), or Write Comics, reviewed here, for older students. Have students create printed comics (or rough drafts) using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): 20th century (53), authors (121), black history (61), civil war (145), constitution (87), hispanic (17), jefferson (20), lincoln (86), new deal (6), primary sources (90), segregation (15), thanksgiving (37), veterans (21), washington (36), westward expansion (29), womens suffrage (26), wright brothers (25)
In the ClassroomWhen introducing a new unit, show students photos from the era and have them describe what they see and what period they think it is. Find plenty of questions and activities (including a blank analysis organizer for students) in the Teacher's Guides. Also look at Library of Congress: for Teachers, reviewed here. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted for reproduction), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. This tool allows users to narrate a picture. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce this interactive to students on a projector or interactive whiteboard. You may want to start out as a border patrol officer so students will understand the underlying humanitarianism in this job. The officers in this interactive are empathetic and concerned about the health of the migrants. Have students explore individually or in pairs the different migrants, their history, and decisions they have to make while crossing the desert. Be sure to supply earbuds/headphones or have students silence the audio on the computers. There are short biographies of the migrants. Pair weaker readers with stronger readers as necessary. The Migrant Trail is an excellent way to make students think about and discuss a real-world issue in a government class. In an economy class, talk about the role of public policy in citizenship and the financial matters that drive the migrants.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomCheck out the Teacher's Guide first for many curriculum connections and alignment to Common Core. Introduce one of the WebRangers' multimedia resources to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students sign up with a pseudonym; no email address is required. Use the Question of the Week during writing time, and have students share their response with a partner. Use the historic portions to accompany the study of US history or even in geography. Use this site as a precursor activity to an actual trip to one of the parks or as you study states and their major landmarks. Use this in science class as you study animals and habitats. Explore the landmarks in your own city or town and create multimedia presentations about them like the ones shown here. In the Teacher's Resource Guide, find the link to their Twitter account.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to your Civil Rights, Black History, or Heroes unit. Allow students to explore on their own. Use the study guide as a resource for vocabulary, deepening understanding, or for extension activities. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare Nelson Mandela to other Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King. Have students create timelines about Civil Rights (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here. Challenge students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about Civil Rights leaders.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): 1900s (36), 1910s (9), 1920s (16), 1930s (15), 1940s (13), 1950s (12), 1960s (30), 1970s (12), 1980s (9), 20th century (53), africa (177), asia (72), civil rights (123), cross cultural understanding (117), holocaust (39), jews (26), south africa (10), spain (9)
In the ClassroomBecause of the visual impact of this resource, it's perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a complement to a study of the historical period or issue serving as the focus for each theme. Students can hear the voices of children who were affected by the Holocaust, see photographs of Apartheid era South Africa, and view primary source documents related to the life of activist Steve Biko. Allow yourself a little time to play with the site before you use it, as it may not be immediately intuitive. Overall, however, the impact of the images and video found here will add real power to your lessons. Challenge your students to use the search tool to find visual media related to events or topics you are studying and to explain the relationships. Even world language teachers will find the media available here a way to share a rich nuances of another culture.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomIf you focus on current events or on the history or culture of "non-Western" countries, this site should be among your bookmarks or favorites. Encourage students to consider news sources outside of the major US networks or internet based aggregators. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster or simple web page using Tackk, reviewed here, to demonstrate the topic they researched.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): timelines (64)
In the ClassroomBrowse through the already created timelines and find a timeline sequence of articles on a specific topic. Social studies and science students can trace current events over time or follow the changes that occur on a topic such as the latest research on cures for cancer or global warming.
Challenge students to create interactive timelines for any type of class in determining events that were important to its study. For example, discoveries associated with the understanding of the cell, events that shaped their understanding of environmental problems, events that shaped the Industrial Revolution, World Wars, Religion, etc. Use as a project option on a whiteboard in front of the class for a great way to pace and deliver a presentation. Challenge students to create a class timeline highlighting your class's yearly events, units, assignments, and more.
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Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this resource for some excellent background information. Search for more information on the Internet to determine facts and how these facts are used. Create Public Service Announcements outlining the key points. Create a campaign for making small changes in our lives that can add up to a big difference. Have students create multimedia presentations such as an interactive online poster using Visme, reviewed here. Research alternative energy sources and create proposals for change within your district.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomSearch each event listed to learn more about the opinions, circumstances, and facts surrounding each event. Use the timeline as a springboard into discussions of various environmental topics. Challenge small groups of students to finish the timeline up to the current year. Use a tool such as MyHistro Interactive Timeline, reviewed here. Use other applications such as Google Earth or sites that provide pictures and articles from past events. Compare air, water, or other pollution by viewing information or pictures from yesterday and today. Create campaigns of environmental issues. Use multimedia or conventional posters, websites, and podcasts to pass on important information. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Have students create podcasts using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomTo add events to the site, locate the "add event" found at the bottom of the Timelines.com homepage. Follow the very clear (with samples) directions to insert your own event. Viewing the timelines is simple. Click to watch videos, view the maps, click "Like" or "Dislike" or make comments by clicking on the words.
Monitor what students are viewing in the premade timelines. Also, teach students appropriate events to include and check their work before having them submit work so that they are more accurate.
Use the timelines on the site in science class to help students understand the history behind discoveries that they take for granted, such as the the space race. Today's students have never lived in a world where traveling to the moon was not possible, and understanding the history of the event could be very helpful in understanding the magnitude of such an event. This site would also be useful in art or music class. Have students investigate the history of their favorite group or type of music and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. How about a video (including music, of course). Use a tool such as Moovly, reviewed here, and then share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.