A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst: Philadelphia

Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the focus of cooperation among the American colonies. A center of nationalist spirit in its own right, Philadelphia was home to the Continental Congresses which met at the time of the Revolution. In 1787, delegates from the states of the newly independent nation again convened in Philadelphia, this time to draft the U.S. Constitution. The sites listed below will help you see all there is to see in this historic city and region.

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Teacher Resources - Philadelphia Museum of Art

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This tool is a great lesson plan resource for correlating art with other curricular areas! Use the drop-down to choose a Primary Curricular Area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science,...more
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This tool is a great lesson plan resource for correlating art with other curricular areas! Use the drop-down to choose a Primary Curricular Area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies). Then choose one of the Academic Art Standards: Aesthetic Response, Critical Response, Historical and Cultural Contexts, or Production, Performance, and Exhibition. Click the resulting lessons to view a PDF that includes artwork images linked to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Common Core standards, and a detailed lesson plan.

tag(s): art history (69), artists (75)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for art projects throughout the year, especially if budget cuts have taken away your art teacher! Use this site as a way to get students interested in art and its relationship with other subject areas and its relevance in our life.

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What is your #Eduwin? - EdReach

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"Every day teachers all across America are taking education forward. What's your #EduWin?" Share and witness the positive impact of American schools by sharing an #Eduwin, a small victory,...more
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"Every day teachers all across America are taking education forward. What's your #EduWin?" Share and witness the positive impact of American schools by sharing an #Eduwin, a small victory, accomplishment, or learning moment from your classroom, told in 140 characters or less. The #Eduwin idea stemmed from EduBloggerCon, a preconference get-together before ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia. Read more about it in this post from the TeachersFirst editor and this one from EdReach's Daniel Rezac.

It takes almost no time to share an #Eduwin. Build media and public awareness of positive teaching stories (and reflect on the good about your career after a bad day). This site provides a simple place to enter your #Eduwin without accessing your Twitter account. It will automatically take you to Twitter where you can log in and send the tweet. You can read the #eduwin messages of others on the same page. Want to know more about Twitter? See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers. Note that #Eduwin can also be added as a hashtag on student projects, wikis, and anywhere search engines might find it! Of course, you can add the #Eduwin hashtag to tweets sent from any Twitter tool, not just from this page.

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Mark this one in your favorites for quick access. Make a habit of reflecting on --and sharing -- the positive steps you witness on a daily basis. Tell your teacher friends. Watch this page for positive words (and ideas) from teachers you have never met.

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Map of Historic Philadelphia in the Late 18th century - Teaching American History.org

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Try this simple, graphically attractive interactive map of Philadelphia during the time of the Founding Fathers. Click on the featured landmarks, and further information about that...more
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Try this simple, graphically attractive interactive map of Philadelphia during the time of the Founding Fathers. Click on the featured landmarks, and further information about that building and its significance during the time of the Revolution appears in a pop up window.

tag(s): american revolution (86), evolution (100), philadelphia (13)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector, and can help students visually imagine the world of 1776 Philadelphia and America's Founding Fathers. Use it to illustrate narratives about the Continental Congress, the writing of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution or to give students a "you are there" feeling when talking about the American Revolution. If you choose to have students "take the tour" on their own, have them work with a partner to write up a script for a tour guide to use and record the "best" one for your class podcast this month.

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Who Wrote the Constitution? - NARA

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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this...more
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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this site lets you learn more about them.

tag(s): colonial america (107), constitution (79), philadelphia (13)

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Independence National Historic Park - NPS.gov

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5 to 12
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Independence National Historic Park is the National Park which encompasses Independence Hall and the surrounding area. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and...more
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Independence National Historic Park is the National Park which encompasses Independence Hall and the surrounding area. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. This site provides directions, operating hours, and other information for those planning a visit. There are also pages which provide additional details on the history of the various buildings and the events that happened in them.

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Independence Day: The History of July 4th - The History Channel

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This website was created to correlate with a video from the History Channel. However, the questions and activities could easily be used without viewing the video. Numerous vocabulary...more
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This website was created to correlate with a video from the History Channel. However, the questions and activities could easily be used without viewing the video. Numerous vocabulary terms are introduced, a variety of questions (and levels of questions) are provided, and extension activities are included. The vocabulary terms provide definitions, audio pronunciations, and more. The questions are thought-provoking and useful in multiple grade levels for class discussion or writing activities.

tag(s): july 4th (9)

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Use this site as a lead-in to July 4 OR prior to a field trip (real or virtual) to Philadelphia and Independence Hall.

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Map of Valley Forge National Historical Park - TeachersFirst

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This PDF file provides a detailed (and very well done) map of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This map is suitable for viewing and/or printing. So before ...more
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This PDF file provides a detailed (and very well done) map of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This map is suitable for viewing and/or printing. So before you head to Valley Forge, be sure to print this helpful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (107), map skills (80), philadelphia (13)

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Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today. Share the map on an interactive whiteboard, so you can use the tools to highlight different areas.
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Map of Philadelphia - TeachersFirst

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This PDF file, provides a detailed map of Philadelphia. Before you head to Philadelphia, print out this useful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the ...more
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This PDF file, provides a detailed map of Philadelphia. Before you head to Philadelphia, print out this useful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (107), map skills (80), philadelphia (13)

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Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today. Share the map on an interactive whiteboard and use the tools to highlight important aspects of a colonial city.
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Teachers' Guide to Valley Forge Events - Tom Beccone

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This guide to the events at Valley Forge was created by an 11th grade high school teacher and his class for their use in studying the Revolution. It presents a ...more
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This guide to the events at Valley Forge was created by an 11th grade high school teacher and his class for their use in studying the Revolution. It presents a comprehensive look at Washington's troops and their circumstances during the winter at Valley Forge.

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Franklin Institute - The Franklin Institute Science Museum

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This website includes information about Benjamin Franklin, lesson ideas for the classroom, field trip ideas for visiting the Franklin Institute and information about the many unique...more
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This website includes information about Benjamin Franklin, lesson ideas for the classroom, field trip ideas for visiting the Franklin Institute and information about the many unique and educational exhibits at the museum. Ben Franklin is one of America's most colorful patriots. His accomplishments as legislator, diplomat, and scientist were recognized as extraordinary even in his own day. Philadelphia's Franklin Institute has a memorial to Franklin. You can include it in your Philadelphia visit, or learn more about it here.

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Carpenters' Hall - Independence Hall Association

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Carpenters' Hall was the site of the first Continental Congress. Carpenters' Hall was a key meeting spot during the struggle for independence. This website provides information about...more
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Carpenters' Hall was the site of the first Continental Congress. Carpenters' Hall was a key meeting spot during the struggle for independence. This website provides information about the history of Carpenters' Hall and a lot of other information about the past and present.

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Independence Hall - National Park Service

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This website provides information about Independence Hall. There are photos and brief descriptions of the State House (now Independence Hall). The website also provides details about...more
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This website provides information about Independence Hall. There are photos and brief descriptions of the State House (now Independence Hall). The website also provides details about the events that took place there.

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St. Patrick's Day Math! - Franklin Institute

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This is the best of the bunch - hands down. Created as part of a collaborative project with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, this site combines an Irish theme with travel information,...more
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This is the best of the bunch - hands down. Created as part of a collaborative project with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, this site combines an Irish theme with travel information, math problems, games, and several entertaining little Java applets. Designed by a team of teachers, this is a site that stays on-theme while teaching a number of different lessons. HOWEVER, some of the materials seem to have been removed over the past years. The remaining pieces perform as advertised.

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The Autobiography Project - Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and One Book, One Philadelphia

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The Autobiography Project took place in Philadelphia during mid-2006, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, but the project can live on in your classroom....more
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The Autobiography Project took place in Philadelphia during mid-2006, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, but the project can live on in your classroom. Use this site to explore autobiographies, then follow the prompts for your students to write their own. The "winning" entries (and the hundreds of others still available for viewing on the site) provide inspiring examples to get you started.

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Be sure to visit the site with your class at the start and again for revision. Maybe ask the students to choose a favorite autobiography before they start their own. Include the link on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class. Consider publishing a booklet of autobiographies from your class, or use the inspiration of the "bus shelter" publication done as part of the Philadelphia project to print yours out and post them in a waiting area within your school.

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Constitution for Kids - Constitution Center

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Philadelphia's new Constitution Center offers a full collection of online information and activities for students. Both format and quality vary, but the Flash activity about the Bill...more
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Philadelphia's new Constitution Center offers a full collection of online information and activities for students. Both format and quality vary, but the Flash activity about the Bill of Rights is a good start. Click elsewhere to learn lots more about the Constitution, how it was created, and what it means today. Requires FLASH.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), constitution (79)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the constitution and the creation of the bill of rights. This would be a great tool to use for a review session, and could break up the monotony of a study guide. Very useful for a US history course.
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Degas and the Dance - Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The "For Kids" Section of the Philadelphia Museum's exhibit page has a brief interactive flash exercise that would be useful for an elementary art lesson. Students can learn about Degas'...more
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The "For Kids" Section of the Philadelphia Museum's exhibit page has a brief interactive flash exercise that would be useful for an elementary art lesson. Students can learn about Degas' subject matter at the Paris Opera House, as well as examine three of his works in closer detail.

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The Delaware River Estuary - Franklin Institute

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This site, developed as part of a cooperative program with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, explores the ecology of the Delaware River estuary, focusing specifically on the oysters...more
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This site, developed as part of a cooperative program with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, explores the ecology of the Delaware River estuary, focusing specifically on the oysters that live in that environment. There are text, images, and a variety of java-based teaching tools. This site is a nice complement to the Chesapeake Bay lessons listed elsewhere on our site.

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