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PBS World Explorers - PBS Learning Media

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4 to 8
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Learn about the journeys of 16 explorers with this series of videos from PBS Learning. This series covers early explorers of the globe as well as modern explorers of space ...more
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Learn about the journeys of 16 explorers with this series of videos from PBS Learning. This series covers early explorers of the globe as well as modern explorers of space such as Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. Choose any video to watch, download, and view national educational standards covered.

tag(s): columbus day (11), explorers (61), marco polo (5), space (205), video (254)

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Videos are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard, with a projector, or create a link on classroom computers for students to view on their own. Since the videos are only four to six minutes long, students could research the era of the explorer to see what else was happening in the world and create an infographic using Easel.ly, reviewed here, to share their findings. Have students create online movie posters to advertise the video they watched (individually, as partners, in small groups, or together as a class) using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, sharing each explorer's route. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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How the Five Major Religions Spread Across the World - Business Insider

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5 to 12
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Discover how the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have spread over the world. Follow this interactive timeline video that highlights the areas...more
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Discover how the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have spread over the world. Follow this interactive timeline video that highlights the areas of the globe where the religion started, as well as the spread of each religion.
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tag(s): explorers (61), religions (61)

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Give a basic overview of the timeline and events leading to each of the major religions in the world. Use as a resource to examine the cultural effects of a single person starting each religion and the reasons why the religion spread. Analyze the reasons leading to the spread of each religion. Use this in conjunction with a unit on explorers. The video is slow to load, so preload and check before using in class.
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Antarctica: The Frozen Continent of the South Pole - Enchanted Learning

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K to 12
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Looking for great information on Antarctica? This site offers a variety of information about explorers, views from space, dinosaur fossils, surviving the cold, and more. ...more
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Looking for great information on Antarctica? This site offers a variety of information about explorers, views from space, dinosaur fossils, surviving the cold, and more.
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tag(s): animals (276), antarctica (29), continents (49)

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Provide this link to students on your class page. Provide time to view various pages of the site to gather general information to discuss as a class. Be sure to share the view from space and the map/geography on an interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class. Identify the various Antarctic visitors (both human and other animals that come and go). Students can write a letter home and pretend to be one of the many visitors using information from this site in their creation. Consider using Throwww, reviewed here, for the letter. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!
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Flying Classroom - Flying Classroom

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K to 9
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Join a journey to eleven countries and three continents as part of a global STEM learning adventure aligned to Next Gen and Common Core Reading standards. The site navigation itself...more
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Join a journey to eleven countries and three continents as part of a global STEM learning adventure aligned to Next Gen and Common Core Reading standards. The site navigation itself takes a little "exploration," but the time is well worth it. Learn about locations around the world as you explore science and technology at each stop along the way. Learn about the captain and crew under Flight Briefing. Follow the clickable flight route under Flight Tracker. Take a flight tutorial at Fly with Us (under Flight Briefings). Explore videos on the Blog and under Flight Briefings. Watch the intro video on the home page. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (276), architecture (84), ecosystems (88), endangered species (38), flight (36), oceans (148), STEM (134), volcanoes (61), weather (188)

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Incorporate this expedition into your units on continents, exploration and explorers (to compare modern exploration with historic expeditions), or science units on flight, energy and more. See the Blog for specific scientific explorations your students can read in groups or as a class. Include this resource in a unit on scientists and what they do. Include some of the readings as informational texts that will generate high student interest. This is a great resource for your gifted students in a regular classroom to extend curriculum and share what they have learned with classmates. For more background for teachers, see the Executive Summary under "About." Have students use a class account to create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Middle school students can use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any of the people on Captain Barrington's journey.
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The All-Star River Explorers - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 6
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Discover the basics of rivers and how they form with this kid-friendly adventure. Read and listen to facts about rivers. View and compare maps from previous centuries to today's maps...more
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Discover the basics of rivers and how they form with this kid-friendly adventure. Read and listen to facts about rivers. View and compare maps from previous centuries to today's maps and learn about changes to rivers through natural and unnatural changes. Explore several in-depth sections including River Basics, River Dollars & Sense, and Ooze, Good & Other Nasty Things.

tag(s): ecology (135), explorers (61), maps (287), rivers (21)

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Have students try out this site on individual computers or as a learning center. Turn sound off or on according to your needs. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. This is a great find for gifted students. Explore the logic or unusual topics (for example, a site where students can do more in-depth investigation related to a "standard" curriculum topic)! This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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Spacehopper - visualised.io

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5 to 12
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Test geography skills with Spacehopper (powered by Google Maps). After viewing a Google Street View interactive image of a location, your goal is to pinpoint the location on the world...more
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Test geography skills with Spacehopper (powered by Google Maps). After viewing a Google Street View interactive image of a location, your goal is to pinpoint the location on the world map. Look around using Street View tools to find information that can help determine where you are. Click to receive up to three clues to narrow down the correct answer. Then click the correct dot showing the location of the image. Check your answer. Receive the answer and location after three incorrect guesses. You can also click the clue button a fourth time and you move on to the next location. Choose specific continents rather than the entire world, if too challenging.

tag(s): cities (25), landmarks (26), map skills (79)

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Display Spacehopper on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to practice problem-solving skills along with geography and map skills. First review how Street View tools work. (Why not allow a student emcee to operate it?) Have students research locations and create an annotated map image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create their own location mysteries and associated questions to put on their Thinglink map image. Or have theme simply "drop" a placemarker in Google Maps and write clues and questions to accompany the placemarker url so classmates can figure out why the location is important. Mysteries could include home ports of explorers, locations of major landforms, environmental disaster sites, author homes, or any location that places your curriculum "on the map." In world language classes, have students write the hints in their new language as they introduce cultural locations related to the language.

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Such a cool way to have interactive geography questions for the whole group. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Start.me - Arjen Robijn

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K to 12
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Create a customized start page including your favorite websites, RSS feeds, and social networking sites with Start.me. Choose from over 20 widgets such as bookmarks, weather, calculators,...more
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Create a customized start page including your favorite websites, RSS feeds, and social networking sites with Start.me. Choose from over 20 widgets such as bookmarks, weather, calculators, or currency converters to personalize content. Drag and drop widgets to any area on your screen. Change backgrounds using images provided or one you upload, or personalize using other options under settings. All saved information is cloud-based, so it is available from any device where you log into your account. Create multiple pages for different needs such as work, home, hobbies, etc. Add the bookmarklet to your browser to add items easily to your start page at any time. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, view the intro video at home to learn more!

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Create a classroom Start.me with frequently used websites and resources for classroom computers. Add pages for specific subjects or topics such as math and science, or for curriculum topics like explorers. If you work with students in several different grade levels or subjects, Start.me is the perfect organization tool for your online resources. Share login information with students for access at home and school. Students working on a group project could put the resources they find on Start.me so everyone in the group can access them. Encourage your gifted students to use this tool to curate and collect resources for extensions of the curriculum beyond the classroom, such as articles and connections with real world applications of science or resources about current events. World language teachers can collect a home page filled with cultural sites and publications in the new language so students can immerse themselves.

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In Charted Waters - Mapping a Brave New World - MSC Cruises

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5 to 12
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Follow a timeline to view and learn about major ocean explorations from 500 BC through 1911. Each mouse click moves you through explorations beginning with Carthaginians reaching the...more
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Follow a timeline to view and learn about major ocean explorations from 500 BC through 1911. Each mouse click moves you through explorations beginning with Carthaginians reaching the Atlantic Ocean for the first time and finishing with Raold Amundsen setting foot on the South Pole. Deceptively simple, this site is worth a visit for a quick look at ocean exploration (and explorers) throughout time. Unlike many explorer sites and textbooks, this site includes explorations outside the western hemisphere.

tag(s): continents (49), explorers (61), maps (287), oceans (148)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on exploration on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops. Have students create their own timelines of explorers (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook reviewed here to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the explorers mentioned on this site.

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Teaching Florida - Florida Humanities Council

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3 to 12
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Teaching Florida will bring Florida's history alive. Study Spanish Influence, Explorers, Native Americans, or Parts of Florida. Lesson plans, primary and secondary resources, maps,...more
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Teaching Florida will bring Florida's history alive. Study Spanish Influence, Explorers, Native Americans, or Parts of Florida. Lesson plans, primary and secondary resources, maps, paintings, and references make the subject matter come alive. Extend your learning by finding resources for summer workshops, district programs, and resources for teachers.

tag(s): explorers (61), florida (11), maps (287), native americans (78)

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Integrate fiction and nonfiction sources into your studies of explorers, Native Americans, or Spanish influences. Compare and contrast the differences between primary and secondary sources. Integrate units of English Language Arts Common core standards and Social Studies standards.
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Machu Picchu Virtual Tour - Machu Picchu Virtual Tours

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8 to 12
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Experience Machu Picchu with this 360 degree virtual tour. Begin with a short introduction to the history of Machu Picchu. Tour the 32 different vantage points (interactive 360 degree...more
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Experience Machu Picchu with this 360 degree virtual tour. Begin with a short introduction to the history of Machu Picchu. Tour the 32 different vantage points (interactive 360 degree images) to enjoy your tour. Explore incredible panoramic views from different angles such as the subterranean path all the way up to the highest point of the Citadel. Control the screen on your own to move images up, down, and in different directions. Click to allow the view to rotate on its own. You will feel like you are really there!

tag(s): architecture (84), explorers (61), peru (6), south america (39), virtual field trips (48)

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Include this Machu Picchu Virtual Tour with your study of South America, Incas, or early explorers. Take a virtual field trip to this historic site from the comfort of your classroom. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the earlier settlers of Machu Picchu.
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All About Explorers - All About Explorers

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5 to 8
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It's true! I saw it on the Internet! Sadly, too many students fall into this trap. All About Explorers was developed by a team of teachers to help late elementary ...more
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It's true! I saw it on the Internet! Sadly, too many students fall into this trap. All About Explorers was developed by a team of teachers to help late elementary school and middle school students sort the garbage from the gold on the Internet. Despite the name of the site, it's not really about explorers at all. In fact, all the biographies of the (very real) explorers on this site are fictional. Teachers can use the site in two ways: The "Treasure Hunt" section allows students to compare the biography on the All About Explorers site with a linked biography on a "real" site and asks them to compare the two and draw conclusions. Alternatively, there is a more comprehensive Web Quest section that allows for a more complete and lengthy lesson with the same object.

tag(s): explorers (61), internet safety (109), media literacy (58), webquests (29)

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The trick in using All About Explorers is to keep the real lesson a secret at the beginning and allow students to come to their own conclusion. Processing that "aha!" moment when students recognize that there is a hidden agenda here will have a much more lasting impression than simply telling students they cannot believe everything they read. Deep inside, students often believe they can easily tell the difference between the Truth and something that is misleading or downright false. All About Explorers will help them see how difficult that can be. They might also learn something about explorers in the process! Extend this lesson by having student groups find another suspect site and create a screencast of that "suspicious" site, pointing out characteristics that indicate an unreliable source. A tool such as Screenr (reviewed here ) or Screencast-o-Matic (reviewed here) will allow them to create a "tour" of the fallacies they find.

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GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

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6 to 12
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (317), inventors and inventions (101), medicine (67), mental health (26), nutrition (154), oceans (148), robotics (25), solar energy (38), STEM (134), trees (30), video (254)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Mars Education - Developing the Next Generation of Explorers - Arizona State University

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K to 12
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The Mars Education Program is a resource for STEM lessons and activities related to Mars and outer space. Mars resources include videos, images, and news on the latest research of ...more
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The Mars Education Program is a resource for STEM lessons and activities related to Mars and outer space. Mars resources include videos, images, and news on the latest research of the planet. Don't miss Ask Dr. C (a beta project) in the Resources menu to pose questions about Mars and see the answers. Stay up to date with the latest information from Mars by perusing The Red Planet Report from the Mars Resources menu. Visit the STEM plans for lessons in exploring, scientific research, and conceptual modeling. Aligned to National Science Education Standards, lessons have been developed for K-12 classrooms. Lessons include complete descriptions of activities, learning objectives, handouts, and assessments to download in PDF format. In most cases, you must open the pdf to see the grade range on the lessons.

tag(s): mars (41), planets (123), scientists (69), space (205)

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View videos on your interactive whiteboard to learn more about the exploration of Mars. Download and use lesson plans during your planet or atmosphere units. Challenge students to create online montages using images, slideshows, or comic strips using a site such as Infinite Canvas (reviewed here) to demonstrate what they have learned and further questions they would like to investigate.
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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms - Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center

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K to 12
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Find maps for use at all grade levels. There are lessons plans, objectives, extension activities and more supporting the use of historic map documents. Information at the K-2 level...more
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Find maps for use at all grade levels. There are lessons plans, objectives, extension activities and more supporting the use of historic map documents. Information at the K-2 level supports information acquisition skills while higher grades address history, geography, and social studies concepts. Instructions for Teachers gives an overview of the site including standards addressed and information on how to display and print supplied images. The map index presents themes such as "Exploration and Encounter" and "The Historical Geography of Transportation." Each theme contains several lessons, all include a printable map and lessons categorized by grade levels from K-12. Many themes also include curator's notes with supplemental images and resources.

tag(s): colonial america (107), explorers (61), map skills (79), maps (287), transportation (40)

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This is a wonderful site to include with your bookmarks for units on transportation, maps, explorers, Colonial America, and more. Print and display maps in your classroom when using the included lesson plans. Have students use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an online bulletin board for information they learn from the maps. Have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a fictitious radio news story from a location they learn about.
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CurriConnects: Explorers - TeachersFirst

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K to 9
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Explorers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Explorers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (128), explorers (61), reading lists (75)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Explorers, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on Explorers. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Hangout NJ - State of New Jersey

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2 to 8
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Hangout NJ is the state's web site for kids. Content includes a scavenger hunt, travel information, games, government information, and information about the Statue of Liberty. The Cartoon...more
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Hangout NJ is the state's web site for kids. Content includes a scavenger hunt, travel information, games, government information, and information about the Statue of Liberty. The Cartoon History portion of the site links to two PDF lessons on continental drift and explorers of New Jersey. There is a short place here for the teacher that explains the curriculum links to the cartoons and promises more lessons to be added in the future. Be sure to explore the site carefully. Some links are not as easy to find as others. On the Cartoon History section near the top are two links - one is to lessons, the other to the Hadro Story - this is an interesting story about the Hadrosaurus dinosaurs found in the state and includes a link to a video of the dinosaur bones.

tag(s): branches of government (48), states (162)

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Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard, then allow them to explore on their own. Share the site as a resource for student state research projects. Challenge your students to create a web exhibit collection about states using a tool such as Bag The Web (reviewed here) to share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions.
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The Explorers' Graveyard - TeachersFirst

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3 to 6
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Combine writing, an explorers' study, and fall celebrations using this activity which asks students to compose an epitaph for an explorer of their choice. Writing and art opportunities...more
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Combine writing, an explorers' study, and fall celebrations using this activity which asks students to compose an epitaph for an explorer of their choice. Writing and art opportunities abound, and the end product makes a great display for parent-teacher conferences.

tag(s): explorers (61), poetry (228)

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Take advantage of this free and interactive lesson plan! Just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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Hawaii School Reports - Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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Find basic facts about the state of Hawaii for school reports at this site. Links within the site lead you to pages with the state symbols including the flag, seal, ...more
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Find basic facts about the state of Hawaii for school reports at this site. Links within the site lead you to pages with the state symbols including the flag, seal, motto, and more. Especially helpful is the information included about the state's weather including water and surf information. Be sure to explore the state history link which includes in-depth information about the state's rich history beginning with the early Polynesian explorers up to present day statehood.

tag(s): hawaii (7), pearl harbor (12), states (162), volcanoes (61), weather (188)

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Brainstorm with Edistorm (reviewed here), having students add sticky notes of things they learn - or questions-- on the online shared whiteboard. Use this site when your class is researching for state reports to gather information.

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Your Expedition - Access Water Project

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This site follows polar explorers and educators on a trek across Antarctica. Through information and facts, learn how each person can make a difference, understand other cultures, and...more
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This site follows polar explorers and educators on a trek across Antarctica. Through information and facts, learn how each person can make a difference, understand other cultures, and empower others to understand the importance of water and concerns for the planet.

tag(s): antarctica (29), natural resources (59), oceans (148), resources (112), water (130), water cycle (33)

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Click on Journal to read updates and learn new information. Click on Education to subscribe to updates and to find curriculum on Peaceful Conflict Resolution, Dare to Dream (setting and achieving goals,) and about Antarctica.

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Explorer Adventures - Disney

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Explorer Adventures provides students with social studies themed quizzes, games and crafts. Try out the "Aton-Ra - The Lost Statue" as students explore Egypt's ancient civilization...more
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Explorer Adventures provides students with social studies themed quizzes, games and crafts. Try out the "Aton-Ra - The Lost Statue" as students explore Egypt's ancient civilization and solve word puzzles using this spelling activity. Try the Explorers Adventure Quiz. Lots here to explore to bring Egypt into your classroom!

tag(s): crafts (41), egypt (67), explorers (61)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for your social studies class. Use the site with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the quiz as a pre-assessment to a unit on explorers. After the unit is complete have students retake the quiz to see what they've learned. Create centers in the classroom with the website. Have the games/interactives as a station, the puzzles on the interactive whiteboard and have the crafts as another center. Post this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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