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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the United States Constitution and to plan projects and classroom activities so students can experience the Constitution as a "living document." Whether you spend one class in celebration of Constitution Day or an entire unit on the Constitution, the ideas included in the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and projects your students will not forget.

 

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Teaching Literacy Through History - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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K to 12
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Meet your ELA standards as you teach history! Explore over 40 free lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards. Browse all lesson plans or use the search feature to ...more
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Meet your ELA standards as you teach history! Explore over 40 free lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards. Browse all lesson plans or use the search feature to find lessons by keywords or grade level. Every lesson contains all materials and procedures needed. Sign up for a free subscription using your school email address to access all information.

tag(s): american revolution (67), bill of rights (26), black history (50), civil rights (92), columbus day (11), constitution (69), elections (63), electoral college (11), franklin (10), gettysburg (29), lincoln (80), roosevelt (9), symbols (17), terrorism (44), thanksgiving (29), washington (30), world war 1 (38), world war 2 (136)

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Use ideas from the lesson plans to supplement your current teaching materials. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their learning from the notes they took during the lesson. Use Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo that represents a part of the lesson taught. Have students create a simple multimedia presentation using Yodio, reviewed here.. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Use Creative Commons images (with credit, of course). Try Compfight, reviewed here.
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Created Equal - National Endowment for the Humanities

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9 to 12
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Four documentary films related to the Civil Rights Movement, available to stream either in part or in their entirety, form the centerpiece of this effort from the National Endowment...more
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Four documentary films related to the Civil Rights Movement, available to stream either in part or in their entirety, form the centerpiece of this effort from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The films cover time periods beginning with the Abolitionist Movement and continuing through the Freedom Marches and the turbulent 1960s. Explore the meaning of freedom and equality in the United States with relevance still today. There are teacher resources, lesson plans, and suggestions for aligning lessons to the Common Core.

tag(s): bill of rights (26), black history (50), civil rights (92), civil war (131), emancipation proclamation (11), segregation (15)

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The documentaries, or the excerpts presented, are all available to stream from the site. While they may be too lengthy to show in their entirety during one class period, they have also been divided into clips according to themes. For example, Equality is part of the full video about Law and the Strategy of Nonviolence. This makes them more adaptable for classroom use. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. The issues raised by these documentaries may be easily incorporated into lessons related to the Civil Rights Movement, modern U.S. history, Black History Month, or civics and government. Use these videos as conversation starters in the classroom.
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60-Second Civics - The Center for Civic Education

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7 to 12
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60 Second Civics offers podcasts covering one important concept at a time in 60-second narratives. They are updated daily. Short Attention Span? This site is perfect for you! There...more
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60 Second Civics offers podcasts covering one important concept at a time in 60-second narratives. They are updated daily. Short Attention Span? This site is perfect for you! There are nearly 2000 podcasts to explore. You can subscribe to the podcast series through an RSS feed, on iTunes, or access them directly through the website. Unfortunately, they do not seem to be searchable by theme or content, so you'll just need to scroll through them if you're looking for a specific topic or issue. Tip: when you hover your cursor over the word PLAY, it doesn't change to a pointing hand. Click on the word anyway to start the podcast. 60-Second Civics is part of a larger site that contains lesson plans, teacher resources, video clips, and a photo gallery on all aspects of citizenship.

tag(s): bill of rights (26), branches of government (39), constitution (69)

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Need a quick lesson starter or attention grabber at the beginning or end of each class? Try a 60-second Civics lesson. If you access the day's podcast via the website, you'll also find a one-question multiple choice quiz that relates to the podcast so you can check for content acquisition. These podcasts are perfect for a civics or government class! Share the podcasts on your projector (or interactive whiteboard) so the entire class can hear the podcast and see the quiz at the end. If you are the adviser for the school news program, these would be a terrific addition, ready to go for you every day. During the run-up to Consitution Day in September, include these in the morning PA announcements. Load the podcast on iTouches or other mobile devices in the media center for students to browse and learn. Encourage students to create their own "stump the teacher" or "stump the student citizen" quizzes based on these podcasts. Use one of the many poll/quiz tools in the TeachersFirst Edge.

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Have Fun With History - havefunwithhistory.com

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4 to 12
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Have Fun With History offers a large selection of history videos on American History topics. These videos (and the topic selection) are a MUST see! Browse through videos coinciding...more
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Have Fun With History offers a large selection of history videos on American History topics. These videos (and the topic selection) are a MUST see! Browse through videos coinciding with monthly topics or sort by people and events. Search using the timelines (People Timeline and Events Timeline). Use the search bar to locate content by specific topic. Videos include links to similar topics and related activities. Don't miss some of the fun in the Thanksgiving section, including presidential turkeys! 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): 1900s (21), aircraft (19), american flag (12), american revolution (67), artists (59), bill of rights (26), civil rights (92), civil war (131), colonial america (102), flags (19), industrial revolution (22), kennedy (26), lincoln (80), martin luther king (33), native americans (65), pearl harbor (9), railroads (9), slavery (63), space (171), thanksgiving (29), underground railroad (11), war of 1812 (12), world war 1 (38), world war 2 (136)

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Mark this one in your favorites for use with almost any history unit. Your visual learners will find history more understandable using the video and interactive options. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Share links to specific videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Have students create timelines (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 a person in a video.
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Texas Law Related Games - Law Focused Education, Inc

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2 to 8
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Texas Law Related Games provides many civics-related games, and many are not specific to Texas laws. Topics include American Symbols, branches of government, Constitution, Bill of Rights,...more
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Texas Law Related Games provides many civics-related games, and many are not specific to Texas laws. Topics include American Symbols, branches of government, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and others. There is a pledge of allegiance that is TEXAS ONLY and one that is U.S. so be sure you click the one you want. There is also an interactive Safety game available in both Spanish and English. Click any game to begin play; most include short instructions. If using an iPad, be sure to choose the link to access game versions that work with iPads. There is a link for teachers to access Lesson Plans and Curriculum in the footer of the page.

tag(s): bill of rights (26), branches of government (39), declaration of independence (13), presidents (113), safety (98), symbols (17)

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Several games require significant reading, so partner weaker and stronger readers if students work independently. Create a link to specific games on classroom computers as a center to use on President's Day, Constitution Day, or any class day studying U.S. Government. If studying your state's laws, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast differences between your state and Texas.
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Founders Online - National Archives and University of Virginia

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Founders Online is an archive from the National Archives of over 119,000 fully annotated primary source documents from six of the nation's founding fathers: George Washington, Benjamin...more
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Founders Online is an archive from the National Archives of over 119,000 fully annotated primary source documents from six of the nation's founding fathers: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Enter any search term or browse by author, recipient, or time period. Each document includes information such as author, recipient, date, and links to other similar documents if available.

tag(s): american revolution (67), colonial america (102), colonization (15), constitution (69), declaration of independence (13), jefferson (16), primary sources (73), washington (30)

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Search and view information from this site on your interactive whiteboard or project. Find documents from similar time periods and events to compare and contrast different points of view. Have students download to create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create timelines (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 any of the founding fathers included on this site.
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The Faculty Project - FacultyProject.org

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Take free online courses offered by outstanding professors from prestigious schools like Dartmouth, Vassar, Duke, and Northwestern. Choose from dozens of courses and lectures covering...more
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Take free online courses offered by outstanding professors from prestigious schools like Dartmouth, Vassar, Duke, and Northwestern. Choose from dozens of courses and lectures covering a broad spectrum of topics. Learn through video, PDF, PowerPoint, discussion boards, and educational articles. Scroll down the site to view course titles and click enroll to begin.

tag(s): china (58), constitution (69), greece (24), greek (38), poetry (211), religions (49), russia (28), sports (80), water (111)

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Allow gifted or advanced students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share this program with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.
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CurriConnects Booklist: By the People - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find books about how our U.S. government works and how to take part in that process. These books include topics such as with what it means to be a citizen, ...more
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Find books about how our U.S. government works and how to take part in that process. These books include topics such as with what it means to be a citizen, how our government works, and the tough decisions that people make -- both citizens and those who work in government. Discover civics-related topics such as voting, creating laws, enforcing laws, and the underlying principles of democracy. The collection includes both true and fictional tales about communities and government and books for all grade levels. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles''''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (102), branches of government (39), congress (24), constitution (69), presidents (113)

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Encourage students to select independent reading from this list as part of a citizenship unit, as a focus for Constitution Day, or in a civics/government class.

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Crash Course - John and Hank Green

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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. 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.

Tip: to watch or share a video without the ads and clutter, use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here to watch the video ad-free!
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tag(s): animals (219), bacteria (27), bill of rights (26), body systems (53), chinese (47), constitution (69), declaration of independence (13), evolution (98), genetics (89), greeks (25), literature (216), meiosis (13), mitosis (10), nutrition (138), religions (49), rome (23), romeo and juliet (6), russia (28), shakespeare (129), water cycle (26)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.
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Mural.ly - Tactivos, Inc.

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7 to 12
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Collaborate with multiple users in real time on this FREE multimedia canvas. Add documents, audio, video, images, and more by uploading them or grabbing them directly from the web....more
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Collaborate with multiple users in real time on this FREE multimedia canvas. Add documents, audio, video, images, and more by uploading them or grabbing them directly from the web. Embed websites in the canvas as well. Click and drag content into place. Invite others to collaborate and share or embed the canvas on your site.

tag(s): book reports (30), creativity (95)

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It is best for the teacher to create a mural (canvas) and provide the link for students to collaborate on for greater accountability. This is great for any class and especially with ESL/ELL or special ed students where pictures, audio, and images are very useful to promote understanding. Students could create book reports like no other. Create a mural of what students think they know about a given topic, and edit the mural to reflect their new understandings as a unit progresses. Even very young students will enjoy suggesting what to add to a whole class mural. Create a presentation for any group project. Prepare your own mural about various subtopics of content to share with students. Create a class bulletin board mural to embed on your site or wiki. Use a mural to collect image references or inspiration for an art project. Visually share what you have been learning with parents and class visitors. Murals are also a wonderful idea collector or "idea bin" at the start of projects. Read more about the idea bin strategy in TeachersFirst's Cycles vs. Checklists: Fostering Creativity in an Accountability World.

If you have gifted students in your class, Mural.ly is a great way for them to "collect" ideas and questions to extend curriculum. If you send them off to find real world examples of curricular concepts, they can "stick" their finds into a board, then return to curate and organize them. This is also a great way for the loner gifted students in different classes to collaborate with advanced students in another classes. Ultimately, they could create a Mural.ly board with images, resources, videos, and quotes for the entire class to explore and answer open-ended questions: a Bill of Rights board that asks which amendment is most important (or could you do without)? , a Newton's Laws board that asks about car designs, etc.

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Center for Civic Education - Center for Civic Education

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The Center for Civic Education offers this site loaded with information and resources that support the democratic process. Choose the resources tab to take advantage of many lesson...more
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The Center for Civic Education offers this site loaded with information and resources that support the democratic process. Choose the resources tab to take advantage of many lesson plans for all grade levels on topics such as President's Day, voting, Women's History Month, and many more. Choose the More Lesson Plans link to see a list of all lessons sorted by grade levels from K-12. Another interesting portion of the site is found at the media tab. Choose from video or photo galleries or the 60 Second Civics option. 60 Second Civics is a daily podcast accompanied with a short question. Previous podcasts are archived for access at your convenience. Subscribe with iTunes or Podcast Alley or visit the page to listen.
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tag(s): branches of government (39), civil rights (92), constitution (69), democracy (12), elections (63), electoral college (11), lincoln (80), martin luther king (33), presidents (113), sept11 (20), washington (30)

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Share a link to the podcasts via your web page or blog. Have students answer the daily question then respond with a short journal entry or with comments on your webpage. Use lesson resources to supplement your current curriculum or commemorate events such as 9/11, MLK Day, Presidents Day, or Constitution Day. View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Assign videos to groups of students to view then report to the class. Rather than a traditional report, challenge cooperative learning groups to collaborate on a topic found on the site using Titanpad reviewed here to share ideas and information.
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Constitution Day - ConstitutionDay.com

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Learn about the U.S. Constitution and the amendments. See the documents and short biographies of each of the founding fathers. Click links to images of the Constitution on the right...more
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Learn about the U.S. Constitution and the amendments. See the documents and short biographies of each of the founding fathers. Click links to images of the Constitution on the right side of the home page. Although this site is short on original content, the founding father biographies make it a worthwhile visit when studying the Constitution and figures in American History. The number of ads for political races hint that the site may have a political bias.
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tag(s): bill of rights (26), colonial america (102), constitution (69), philadelphia (13)

In the Classroom

Share this site with students as a resource for reading and viewing the Constitution. Use this site as a resource for biographical information of the founding fathers of the Constitution. This is a great resource for Constitution Day!

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National Mock Election - National Student/Parent Mock Election

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3 to 12
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The My Voice National Student Mock Election is facilitating comprehensive online voting through a registration process. They are also providing curriculum resources for elementary through...more
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The My Voice National Student Mock Election is facilitating comprehensive online voting through a registration process. They are also providing curriculum resources for elementary through high school grade levels. Registration is optional. It provides access to online voting beginning in October (exact date will change yearly). Choose the curriculum link to find lesson plans with assessments, collaborative learning options, and handouts. Also click the Curriculum Resources link and then Educational Resources to find interactives, links to teacher resources, and current campaign advertisements.

tag(s): civil rights (92), constitution (69), elections (63)

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Use this website to enlighten your students about the election process. The website can be used anytime (not just during the election season). Use the open-ended questions provided as writing prompts for students to write in their journals or class blog. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) to display responses to prompts. Generate ideas for a related research project--or simply have students create a quick "concept collection" of what they learn about elections by making word clouds using Word It Out reviewed here.
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Today's Document - Jon White Studio

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Today's Document is an excellent daily history site based on an RSS feed from the National Archives. This specific page comes up on Constitution Day. Cartoons illustrate the history...more
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Today's Document is an excellent daily history site based on an RSS feed from the National Archives. This specific page comes up on Constitution Day. Cartoons illustrate the history of the document, and link each drawing to the original, primary source document on National Archives with an invitation to dig deeper. Search the archives for previous entries or scroll back through daily cartoons. Explanations often include links to further historical information or click on included tags for similar resources. This site includes documents for several days each month. The site seems to have stopped in 2010, but you can browse back through many valuable documents and explanations, since the "originals" being discussed are historic, not current.

tag(s): american revolution (67), civil war (131), constitution (69), jefferson (16), lincoln (80), presidents (113), segregation (15), washington (30)

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Today's Document would make a fantastic discussion starter in any classroom. It is an interesting, visual way for students to acquire background knowledge about American history and/or the Constitution and government. You may want to display a document on your interactive whiteboard as a bell-ringer (opener) activity, or as a story starter in English class. Cover up the cartoon explanation, and ask students to discuss events that they think took place. In U.S.history, government, or civics classes, use the site as an example, then challenge students to create their own comics to explain a topic using comic-creation tools from this TeachersFirst collection.

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With Liberty and Justice for All - The Henry Ford Museum

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4 to 12
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With Liberty and Justice for All is a special exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. The focus is on the American quest for equal rights, with a special ...more
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With Liberty and Justice for All is a special exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. The focus is on the American quest for equal rights, with a special emphasis on the Women's Suffrage Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. The site includes a video tour of the exhibit, an interactive timeline, a bibliography, and lesson plans with standards for grade levels between fourth grade and twelfth grade. The lesson plans presume a visit to the museum, but could be adapted fairly easily for groups who are unable to visit the museum itself.

tag(s): branches of government (39), civil rights (92), constitution (69), freedom of speech (5), womens suffrage (13)

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While the site is focused on preparing students for a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the site provides good resources and lesson plans for the study of both the Women's Suffrage Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. The interactive timeline would be useful with an interactive whiteboard, and the questions for investigation contained in the student guides and lesson plans are powerful discussion generators regardless of where the lesson is delivered. Consider using the "Constitution IQ Test" for lessons on the government of the United States. The video tour of the exhibit also provides a "virtual field trip" experience.
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Zoodles - Mark Williamson & Rich Humphrey

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K to 3
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety...more
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety of subject areas. Many of the activities come from other sites (Starfall, PBS kids, etc.). But this is a nice compilation of subjects and activities. The safety in this program is that once it is downloaded and opened, children don't view the regular computer toolbars anymore. Thus they can't search the web on their own. To exit the program, click QUIT and OK.

There is a parent play-along mode that helps guide learning experiences in a more personal way. Zoodles has been created to work on virtually any type of computer, including tablets and smart phones. Games are searchable by age (toddler to 8 yrs old), and subject. Many games will also have parent ratings with the educational and fun value of the activity. Creating an account is easy and requires simple user information including email and the child's age. This is used to populate age-appropriate games. There is a premium membership with more features.
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tag(s): addition (213), body systems (53), constitution (69), counting (113), grammar (209), numbers (179), operations (101), phonics (69), preK (230), subtraction (177)

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Create 2 or 3 (or more, as needed) classroom accounts with different age levels to provide diversity for students. Each account then be bookmarked on classroom computers for student use. Share this site through your classroom blog or newsletter as a resource for learning games at home. Use activities from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a classroom activity. Provide this link to parents to use on rainy days or during the summer.
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Social Studies Foldables - Susie Orr

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4 to 8
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Find downloadable pdfs and templates to support US History social studies curriculum. An extensive list of offerings includes items from maps to events to documents etc. The site also...more
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Find downloadable pdfs and templates to support US History social studies curriculum. An extensive list of offerings includes items from maps to events to documents etc. The site also includes limited suggestions on how to use the offerings. There are also links to other maps at this carefully documented site. Scroll down to see the letter from the person who created the originals, as the "Read Me First" note suggests.

tag(s): abolition (7), american revolution (67), bill of rights (26), black history (50), colonial america (102), declaration of independence (13), history day (19), inventors and inventions (96), louisiana purchase (7), maps (242), native americans (65), politics (82), presidents (113), slavery (63), states (157), washington (30)

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Even if you do not have time to explore all the offerings, check the list of activities often to enrich your background information on U.S. historical events and people and your lessons. Search for templates or maps that are useful to what you are currently studying.
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Science (and more) to Music - Dr. Lodge McCammon

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4 to 12
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more....more
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more. Math concepts range from order of operations to quadratic and exponential functions. After choosing a topic, you can listen to the song online, download the mp3, view lyrics, and possibly view an accompanying video. (Not all topics include the video.) Some topics also include a teacher guide with lesson suggestions. This site does mention that you can create your own videos. However, at the time of this review, that feature was not working.

tag(s): africa (178), area (54), atoms (50), bill of rights (26), branches of government (39), cells (94), civil war (131), constitution (69), elements (33), equations (132), exponents (39), factoring (27), factors (39), functions (63), inquiry (33), integers (41), matter (46), nutrition (138), oceans (126), order of operations (29), quadratics (27), rainforests (10), ratios (49), songs (47), sound (87), volume (37), water (111), world war 2 (136)

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Play songs related to math, social studies, or science concepts in class to supplement current lessons. Download and play the tunes on iPods or mp3 players in a listening corner. Have younger students sing along with the songs (reading the lyrics). ESL/ELL students will benefit from such an alternate presentation of concepts, as will any who have strong musical/rhythmic intelligence. Give students copies of song lyrics, and have them create their own songs. After listening to a song, have students create their own song relating to current classroom topics. Suggest some familiar tunes so students do not have to start from scratch. Create a video of the songs and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Yodio - Audio Publishing Enterprises, Inc.

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K to 12
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Yodio allows you to create narration and soundtracks for photos and images using either the computer or cell phone. Yodios are easy to share on social networking sites, using embed...more
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Yodio allows you to create narration and soundtracks for photos and images using either the computer or cell phone. Yodios are easy to share on social networking sites, using embed codes for web pages and blogs, or by emailing to friends. Create a sample project and embed it on your school website, or you can email your project codes. Search through popular Yodios or create your own. There are some excellent examples that could be shared with students so that they better understand the capabilities and possibilities of using this tool. Check out our TeachersFirst Sample: Watch the video here.

tag(s): narrative (20), photography (133), sound (87)

In the Classroom

We recommend watching (and showing the entire class) the introduction to Yodio. Show the introduction on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This gives a good, brief explanation of the features and capabilities of Yodio. To create Yodios, you will need to be able to record sound on your computer or use a cell phone to call the number and record your voice. You will need to be able to locate image files on your computer to upload. Make sure that your photo size meets the site requirements and that you allow adequate time for uploading. If your computer goes to sleep or shuts down during the download process, it will need to start over. Ten minutes for medium sized files should be enough time. Your initial Yodio setup will give step by step instructions and points. If you have a strict filter in your district, try uploading images from home or somewhere without a filter.

Registration requires a cell phone number. If this is a tool you intend on using for a whole class, it may be a good idea to purchase a cheap, pay by the minute cell phone to have the class use. (This maybe something you could work into your school budget if you find yourself using the tool a lot.) Or, have students register from home. This will take more discussion and parent permission slips depending upon your district policies. You may want to use this tool to make materials for younger students rather than having students create their own. Students do need to access email to finish registration requirements. Also, be sure to spell out consequences of inappropriate use/content of yodios. When sharing samples, have them chosen ahead of time for students and warn them about smart searching and other good Internet etiquette.

At the elementary level, create Yodios of books by narrating images and then sharing them with your students or create them together as a class. Have older students create Yodios as alternatives to standard projects such as pamphlets, posters, or presentations. Publish Yodios to your Wikispace or website so students can review each others' work. Have students who are doing fundraisers make commercials using Yodio and publish to school and community websites. Have students make commercials for an chemical element, a Bill of Rights amendment, or an author. Use Yodios to advertise favorite library books or as anti-drug messages. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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Ourdocuments.gov - National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

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8 to 12
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This site offers teachers and students the opportunity to explore documents of a 100 milestones in American history. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965:...more
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This site offers teachers and students the opportunity to explore documents of a 100 milestones in American history. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965: Lee Resolution, Treaty of Paris, Federalist Papers Bill of Rights, Missouri Compromise, Monroe Doctrine, Plessy v. Ferguson, Surrender of Japan, Marshall Plan, Brown v. Board of Education, and many more. The neat part about all the documents is that it shows the entire original document (it can be enlarged and zoomed in on) and then offers information about the document below. Now your students can experience primary sources with explanations.

There is a link called "Tools for Educators" that has a downloadable teacher sourcebook. (Although it's the 2004 edition, only the first part of the sourcebook is about a competition for the year 2005.) The book has resources, how to use the documents, lesson plans, follow up activities, printouts, etc. Although the site is slightly dated, it includes some real gems. The site also offers ideas for librarians, classroom integration tips, and photos and downloadable posters.

tag(s): bill of rights (26), constitution (69)

In the Classroom

Although this site has links for integrating the material for the classroom, teachers could also create a blog site which students can post their thoughts about a milestone document for discussion. A bingo game could be created based on the 100 Milestone documents. Don't let the age group deter you from doing this -students of all ages love a good game of bingo - especially with a prize incentive!

Why not assign individual documents to cooperative learning groups to investigate, read, and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. 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).
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