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NOVA Online: Easter Island - PBS

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6 to 12
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Ancient mysteries can be a sure-fire way to get students excited about history. The gigantic statues on Easter Island are one of those mysteries. This site, associated with a ...more
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Ancient mysteries can be a sure-fire way to get students excited about history. The gigantic statues on Easter Island are one of those mysteries. This site, associated with a NOVA episode, provides a lot of engaging information about the statues. There are shockwave-enabled exercises that challenge students to try and virtually move one of the statues, to compare the weight of the statues with other ancient monoliths, and an interactive map of the island. Understanding the amazing skills and abilities of these "primitive" people can give students insight into the development of technology over time. This site requires Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): easter (21)

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The site is packed with fun little utilities that would work well either on an interactive white board or at independent computers.

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Native Tech: Native American Technology and Art - Tara Prindle

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3 to 12
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This site features art and cultural information of native Americans, focusing especially on the Eastern Woodlands region. There is information on , Birds & Feathers, Clay & Pottery,...more
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This site features art and cultural information of native Americans, focusing especially on the Eastern Woodlands region. There is information on , Birds & Feathers, Clay & Pottery, Leather & Clothes, Metalwork, Plants & Trees, Porcupine Quills, Stonework & Tools, and Weaving & Cordage. Some of the text passages may be a bit lengthy, but there are also interactive ways for students to get a "hands on" feel, such as with the beadwork interactive game. The sections under Special Features are certain to make the culture come alive for elementary and middle school students.

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Give students a scavenger hunt to learn the basics about the culture you are studying, then allow them to try some of the interactive games, ass based on the content of the site. This would be a great way to build background knowledge while studying American history or literature that deals with Native Americans.

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A Walk in the Forest - Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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4 to 8
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Take these interactive "walks" in a virtual temperate forest of Virginia to learn about biodiversity, soil study, tree identification, seasonal change, forest mapping, amphibians, and...more
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Take these interactive "walks" in a virtual temperate forest of Virginia to learn about biodiversity, soil study, tree identification, seasonal change, forest mapping, amphibians, and more. The walks are part of a larger set of modules on Conservation done by the National Zoo. Each "walk" is available with or without narration. The download is quite lengthy for the narrated version during peak time periods, even over a broadband connection, but weaker readers can more easily understand this spoken version. The small links to each option are below the clip art icons with the descriptions. There are also Acrobat Reader files of teacher materials. Correlation to Virginia science standards is available.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), oil (46), seasons (37), soil (17)

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Assign the students to take the "walks" to learn specific terms and concepts. You may want to start by modeling one of them on a projector. Note: If the download time is a problem, do them as a whole-class activity on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Once you have downloaded the "walk," it will run smoothly. Peak traffic on the site is likely between 11 am and 2 pm Eastern time due to traffic from throughout the U.S.

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Homework High - Channel 4

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5 to 11
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Students - ages 11 to 16 - can solicit the help of a virtual librarian on this British site that offers an "Ask Jeeves" style of homework assistance. A teacher-monitored ...more
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Students - ages 11 to 16 - can solicit the help of a virtual librarian on this British site that offers an "Ask Jeeves" style of homework assistance. A teacher-monitored live advice session is offered during evening hours (U.K. time - roughly 2pm-5pm Eastern time).

tag(s): homework (43)

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While this site does not have all of the answers, and the search method can be a bit awkward (correct spelling is a must!), it is still useful as a resource to point students in the right direction when they need more information about a topic. Bookmark this site on your classroom computer or suggest that parents make it available to their children as an at-home reference.

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Mideast Files

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9 to 12
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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the...more
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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, terrorism, security, religion and much more. Visitors can read translated versions of Middle Eastern newspapers and related commentary on the news of the day. A thought provoking resource for a discussion of recent events in the Arab world.

tag(s): arab (18), iran (12), iraq (32), israel (17), palestine (7)

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Use this site to include up-to-date information about current events in the Middle East, an excellent addition to a U.S. government or history class. Assign cooperative learning groups specific days or weeks to study and present a report on current events, educating their peers for discussion or other various classroom activities. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of the current events using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Easter Egg-tivities - Chateau Meddybemps

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K to 3
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This interactive collection of seasonal, secular games helps early elementary students strengthen mouse skills while tapping into several content areas. Hunt for eggs, play some matching...more
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This interactive collection of seasonal, secular games helps early elementary students strengthen mouse skills while tapping into several content areas. Hunt for eggs, play some matching games, decorate virtual eggs, and read an Easter egg story. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colors (79), easter (21), eggs (6)

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Share this colorful site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner during art class (or even in the regular classroom) and explore the various activities available at this site.
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Christmas Around the World

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3 to 6
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in investigating how Christmas is celebrated in cultures around the world. Materials and online resources are provided; the only thing...more
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in investigating how Christmas is celebrated in cultures around the world. Materials and online resources are provided; the only thing you must contribute is the computer lab.

tag(s): christmas (64), holidays (147)

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Use this webquest on Christmas before the holidays - hopefully in time for a unit or lesson on world religions. While clearly the focus is Christianity, students might still enjoy the varying traditions among other nations - especially the unique ones of Eastern Europe!

Instead of creating a paper or oral report, have students complete the task with an online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. The rubric would still apply, and it would be something new to get students interested in the project.

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Periodical Cicada Page - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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Most of your students have not had the pleasure of meeting and greeting those prolific and vocal insects that appear just once every 13 or 17 years in the eastern ...more
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Most of your students have not had the pleasure of meeting and greeting those prolific and vocal insects that appear just once every 13 or 17 years in the eastern half of the United States. This site profiles these infamous flying, plant-sucking creatures that can wreak havoc among trees and shrubs. Use this resource to introduce students to the behavior, distribution and damaging effects of the cicada. Many images and sound bytes of cicada songs are also included.

tag(s): insects (68)

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Dinosaur Train - PBS Kids

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K to 4
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All Aboard.... the Dinosaur Train! This website takes two topics that kids love (dinosaurs and trains) and turns the experience into a wonderful lesson in language arts, science, social...more
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All Aboard.... the Dinosaur Train! This website takes two topics that kids love (dinosaurs and trains) and turns the experience into a wonderful lesson in language arts, science, social studies, and more. Climb aboard the train and find lesson plans, games (which ARE educational), a field guide (introducing the various dinosaurs), a print option for printable pages of dinosaurs, and a video button to view clips of this educational show. There is also a link for parents and teachers (with lesson plans, class activities, overview of the show, and more).

NOTE: the popularity of this site can make it slow to load, especially at peak times. Open it on the classroom computer before the lesson so it is in the "cache," and avoid heavy traffic times such as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time when schools are online across the U.S.

tag(s): counting (119), dinosaurs (57), measurement (163), paleontology (41), preK (275)

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If you are teaching about dinosaurs, herbivores, carnivores, measurements, and many other topics, share this site on your interactive whiteboard. Share parts of the video clips and then discuss the science concepts discussed. Have students use the "Field Guides" to learn more about specific dinosaurs. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations about the dinosaurs they study. How about creating a class DinoWiki (dinosaur wiki). Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Be sure to list this site on your class website for all of your dinosaur loving students to view at home!

NOTE: Open this site on the classroom computer before the lesson so it is in the "cache," and avoid heavy traffic times such as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time when schools are online across the U.S.
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Mideast Maps from BBC - BBC

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6 to 12
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Prepared as background material to the increasing tensions in Iraq and the rest of the mideast, this BBC map collection offers surprisingly detailed information on force strengths in...more
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Prepared as background material to the increasing tensions in Iraq and the rest of the mideast, this BBC map collection offers surprisingly detailed information on force strengths in various mideastern nations. The page includes links to similarly detailed information on other aspects of this looming conflict.

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Use these maps on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a supplement to text for a discussion or lecture on the war in the Middle East. Because of the focus on the Iraq War, these maps do a great job of emphasizing the impact of the military in these regions. These would be a great addition to a World History or Cultural Geography class.
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The Middle East Media Research Institute

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9 to 12
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The Middle East Media Research Institute has assembled a fascinating collection of translated opinion and articles related to the middle east. Since much of what the Arab world is saying...more
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The Middle East Media Research Institute has assembled a fascinating collection of translated opinion and articles related to the middle east. Since much of what the Arab world is saying never makes it into English translation, this site could offer an interesting glimpse of opinions in the Arab world. Students will be interested in the range of opinions offered.

tag(s): arab (18), israel (17), palestine (7)

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Use the MEMRI translations as a resource for a current events themed assignment. Using this site and a US news organization such as the New York Times or Washington Post, have students find articles of similar subjects and compare the coverage between that of a Middle Eastern Country and American media sources. Have students note items such as bias, focus, information used as well as differences in coverage. Students can do this as a long term research project or as a quick in class activity with a Venn diagram. If completing it in class, use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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Middle East Studies Resources - Columbia University

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9 to 12
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This collection from Columbia University offers listings of web sites covering historical and current political events in the middle east, with emphasis on resources created in middle...more
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This collection from Columbia University offers listings of web sites covering historical and current political events in the middle east, with emphasis on resources created in middle eastern countries. Some material may be overly advanced for K12 use, but interested students can find lots of information at this site.

tag(s): cultures (105), middle east (30)

In the Classroom

This site offers a lot of information about the Middle East that is both revealing and at times surprising. During a unit on the Middle East, access the page on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Select the unit that applies to your unit or subject, and have students explore the site on their own. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). If individual posters are desired, assign each student a subheading and have them read the articles further on their own, then creating a poster summarizing what they have learned. There is information on this page that would work in any history, civics or geography course.

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Chronologies from WebChron - North Park University

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6 to 12
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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution...more
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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution of the first hominids. While the information is strictly limited to dates and events, the site could be useful for building time-lines, or for comparing contemporaneous events in different cultures. From the department of history at North Park University.

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Good resource for lesson development.

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SuperStorm '93 - Storm of the Century - University of Illinois

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The weather wonks in your class will love this presentation from the University of Illinois about the blizzard that engulfed most of the northeastern US in March, 1993. The site ...more
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The weather wonks in your class will love this presentation from the University of Illinois about the blizzard that engulfed most of the northeastern US in March, 1993. The site shows how three storms converged to cause one mega-blizzard. Lots of excellent visuals combined with very understandable text.

tag(s): weather (187)

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Native American Crafts Unit - TeachersFirst

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3 to 6
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This is a collection of craft projects based on toys or articles that Native American or colonial children might have used. There are complete instructions for each item, with illustrations....more
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This is a collection of craft projects based on toys or articles that Native American or colonial children might have used. There are complete instructions for each item, with illustrations.

tag(s): crafts (40), native americans (81), thanksgiving (37)

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Try using this unit with a study of Thanksgiving, colonial settlements, or Native Americans of the eastern U.S. Share the hands-on crafts and be sure to take digital pictures. Ask students to write explanations of the crafts on your class wiki (with the accompanying pictures)! Or include the link to directions for one of these crafts on your class web page for students to try as a summer activity.

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