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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor Pearl Harbor Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you focus on Pearl Harbor for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II or the Holocaust, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Take your classes beyond infamy to inspiration. 

 

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Docs Teach - The National Archives

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6 to 12
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Explore collections of primary documents from US History enhanced with tools for teaching. This site adds the ability to manipulate primary documents to build informative and challenging...more
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Explore collections of primary documents from US History enhanced with tools for teaching. This site adds the ability to manipulate primary documents to build informative and challenging lessons. While a few of the documents and lessons are available for the casual visitor to the site, you need to register (and it's free!) in order to make full use of the amazing resources here. Once you have registered, you can access all the documents and use the activity builder to create lessons which use primary documents to teach sequencing, mapping, weighing evidence, interpreting data, and seeing the big picture. Please note that you do not HAVE to create anything, you can simply use what is already here. (And they do already have a lot to offer.) You will need to create a project if you want to package an activity that you can use now and again later.

tag(s): american revolution (86), civil war (145), digital storytelling (144), great depression (24), industrial revolution (25), primary sources (86), westward expansion (29), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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If you teach history or social studies, you know what a great emphasis is being placed on the use of primary documents in helping students develop an awareness of the perspectives of those who lived during a particular era. Use this site to develop sophisticated lessons using primary documents on US History with the activity builder. Use the ready-made activities (the majority of which are available once you've registered), on an interactive whiteboard or projector for the whole class or assign groups of students to work independently at a computer workstation or at home. These activities encourage higher order thinking among students rather than simply the memorization of facts.

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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 (180), area (66), atoms (56), bill of rights (28), branches of government (48), cells (102), civil war (145), constitution (79), elements (36), equations (155), exponents (42), factoring (31), factors (42), functions (70), inquiry (37), integers (41), matter (58), nutrition (154), oceans (148), order of operations (33), quadratics (32), rainforests (13), ratios (53), songs (52), sound (101), volume (45), water (130), world war 2 (142)

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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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FBI: The Vault - FBI

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8 to 12
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The FBI is in the process of digitizing many of its documents and other items; this website is the growing accumulation of what they are offering so far, but updates ...more
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The FBI is in the process of digitizing many of its documents and other items; this website is the growing accumulation of what they are offering so far, but updates are continuing. You can search by a specific subject, keyword, or time period to view the documents that are available. Once you have found the document you would like to look at, the site has its own viewer. Documents include those handwritten, typed, scanned, etc. Some of the categories in the collection include: Administrative Policy Procedures, Anti-War, Bureau Personnel, Civil Rights, Counterterrorism, Foreign Counterintelligence, Fugitives, Gangs Extremist Groups, Gangster Era, Hot Topics, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Organized Crime, Political Figures Events, Popular Culture, Public Corruption, Supreme Court, Unexplained Phenomenon, World War II, Violent Crime, and others.

If a search does not return something immediately, there is a feature which will notify you of the results of your search at a later time. The time range of these documents is quite wide. Both a simple search and an advanced search make it easy to find interesting data. The A to Z index is a fun place to browse for subjects. Many of the documents are in PDF format.

tag(s): 1920s (16), 1930s (15), 1940s (13), branches of government (48), civil rights (117), cross cultural understanding (115), inquiry (37), politics (99), supreme court (22), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a resource for researching primary documents from different eras in American history. Looking at the authentic documents is always exciting, so share one or two on a projector or interactive whiteboard with your class before assigning students to search on their own. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Have students make a mash-up presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools reviewed here. This is a great find for gifted students (unusual topics, historical documents, fascinating photos)!
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Hebrew Stamps Tell Stories - Jacob Richman

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4 to 12
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This site offers information on Jewish culture. Information is shared by using stamps and is added to yearly. The cultural information includes history, holidays, food, education, Zionism,...more
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This site offers information on Jewish culture. Information is shared by using stamps and is added to yearly. The cultural information includes history, holidays, food, education, Zionism, greetings, games, nature, and art. The target stamps are enlarged and easy to see.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (20), religions (61)

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Use this site when studying world cultures, particularly the Middle East. Have students prepare a similar project on stamps from other countries. Use the stamps on holidays as a jumping off place to study Israeli holidays. If you have created a class wiki, have students add to it using information gathered here. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Anne Frank Guide - Anne Frank Stichting

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8 to 12
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The site provides information about the life of Anne Frank and also enables you to see the role the United States played in the Second World War and the Holocaust. ...more
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The site provides information about the life of Anne Frank and also enables you to see the role the United States played in the Second World War and the Holocaust. This online guide, which can be viewed in almost twenty different languages, helps students create a project or prepare a talk. The Timeline gives an overview of the most important events in the life of Anne Frank and the Second World War. The Search function is a valuable tool that allows you to type in a word and see what sections of the site contains that word, so you get all the information in one place. Although you must register to use the online project maker, you can view images and information about a variety of themes related to the holocaust and World War II by just clicking on the topic or images, without having to log in.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), remembrance day (6), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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You can use this online guide in a variety of ways ranging from simplistic to complex. It can give you project ideas, and you can collect relevant information and images on a variety of related themes, such as persecution and the liberation and aftermath, right from this site. Use this site for research and challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create and share interactive timelines. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here. Students must register to start an online project, which allows them to save all the information they have collected, so that they may come back and continue their work from where they left off. Since your user name is the name that the computer recognizes you by, students can make one up, but teachers should keep a list of the fictitious log in information for future reference.
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The War in Europe - History Place

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6 to 12
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Chronology & photos from The History Place. ...more
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Chronology & photos from The History Place.

tag(s): europe (75), world war 2 (142)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them look at the timeline, and then in groups select 5 events on the timeline that the site failed to go into detail on. Have the students create their own excerpts of those events, including what they think is the most important information. 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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Hawaii School Reports - Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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3 to 6
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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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Old Radio World - OldRadioWorld.com

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4 to 12
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Find a treasury of old radio shows from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. There are seven genres from which to choose (comedy, mystery, western, drama, etc..), and each genre has ...more
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Find a treasury of old radio shows from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. There are seven genres from which to choose (comedy, mystery, western, drama, etc..), and each genre has at least ten different old radio shows for your selection. There is a miscellaneous section that has such treasures as "Voices From History," "World War II News Broadcasts," and "Fireside Chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt." To listen to this program you will need to have QuickTime on your computer. Download of the mp3 files takes a while, so be patient.
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tag(s): 1930s (15), 1940s (13), 1950s (12), listening (91), oral history (12), radio (27), world war 2 (142)

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As a class, listen to a couple of radio shows, taking note about the sound effects heard. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to list the sounds. Have the class speculate about what objects could have created each sound. Post the radio site on your web page and assign the students to determine what household objects are responsible for the sounds for homework. Back in class the next day, use your interactive white board to share the student discoveries. From here it would be natural to have your students create a two or three minute radio show for a topic being studied in history or science. Students could also turn part of a short story into reader's theater (including sound effects) and record it as a radio broadcast. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

Another idea would be to introduce a unit on the 20th century, the Great Depression, or WWII or by having the class listen to a broadcast from that time period. Have them experience radio as it was, with everyone huddled around to listen (and no multitasking!).Talk about how the changes in entertainment formats have changed the way we interact in our homes.

To hone in on listening skills, you could create a worksheet with questions to answer, or have students take two column notes, asking questions about what they are hearing in the left column.

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The American Journey: Modern Times - McGraw Hill

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6 to 12
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McGraw Hill publishes this set of videos as a companion to their textbook "American Journey: Modern Times" which covers US History from the Civil War to the Present. This collection...more
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McGraw Hill publishes this set of videos as a companion to their textbook "American Journey: Modern Times" which covers US History from the Civil War to the Present. This collection of over 50 short videos is designed to accompany sections of the text; the videos are labeled according to the section of the text. There is a short title that will help you locate videos focused on various eras even if you are not using this particular textbook. If that's the case, however, you'll need to do a little digging to see what each video covers, as the titles are very general.

tag(s): civil war (145), great depression (24), presidents (131), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Use these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector as a class opener, or as a transition between lecture and an activity. Their length (2 to 3 minutes) makes them perfect for helping visual learners focus on the main events, or for providing a preview or summary of lecture topics. They may not form the centerpiece of your lesson, but they're nice to have in your "back pocket" to use as an enhancement.
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We Remember Anne Frank - Scholastic

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5 to 12
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We Remember Anne Frankis an opportunity for classrooms to go beyond Anne's diary to meet two of the heroic people who actually knew her and survived to tell her story. ...more
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We Remember Anne Frankis an opportunity for classrooms to go beyond Anne's diary to meet two of the heroic people who actually knew her and survived to tell her story. Use this site to develop empathy and the theme of endurance of human spirit and courage in the face of horrible circumstances which enabled them to risk everything to help Anne Frank. This online project will enable students to understand how the events of World War II led to the Nazi's rise of power and how the Holocaust impacted the lives of real people.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), remembrance day (6), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to initiate cross-curricula ELA/Social Studies projects that utilize technology to provide opportunities for group collaboration and exploration as well as individual learning that connect students to the world beyond their personal locations. Provide a link from your class wiki or webpage for easy access to the interactive timeline, the story of Miep Gies, and the interview with Hanneli Pick-Goslar, one of Anne's childhood friends. Assign students one or more of the many suggested extension activities. Perhaps create a bulletin board display or ask students to interview their grandparents and other family members and then each develop a time line that shows what their families were doing during the years 1941-1945, and share their histories, or compare and contrast life then and now. Challenge students to create interactive online timelines to share with the class using a site such as Timetoast reviewed here.
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Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film - New York Times

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6 to 12
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This slide show with audio commentary chronicles attempts by photographers between 1945 and 1962 to capture atomic explosions on film. While the issue of nuclear proliferation is often...more
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This slide show with audio commentary chronicles attempts by photographers between 1945 and 1962 to capture atomic explosions on film. While the issue of nuclear proliferation is often in the news, tests of atomic bombs are no longer regularly conducted, and students may have little concept of what such an explosion looks like or what impact it has.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), cold war (29), energy (198), world war 2 (142)

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Share this presentation on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students explore on their own (with headsets). Create a class wiki to share their thoughts and reflections on what they saw. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. The 23 photographs in this slideshow are very powerful. Ranging from those that capture the scope and power of the blast itself to a series that show the impact of the blast, students who have not really considered what it means to detonate a nuclear device will find these images sobering. Use the slide show to introduce a lesson on the Cold War, on the end of World War II or on the issue of atomic energy.
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Blipsnips - blipsnips.com

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K to 12
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Use this online application to take videos from either You Tube or Vimeo and snip the unwanted sections by only choosing the part to share with others. After registering, click ...more
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Use this online application to take videos from either You Tube or Vimeo and snip the unwanted sections by only choosing the part to share with others. After registering, click "Create a blipsnip." Enter the URL of the video. Click "Play It" to start watching the video. Click "Tag it" to mark the portion of video you wish to keep. Click "Save and share" to send to others. Blipsnip can also be used by dragging a bookmarklet into your browser toolbar.

tag(s): movies (65)

In the Classroom

This application is very easy to use. Users must create an account and be able to find the URL of a You Tube video they wish to bookmark and share.

Check with your technology department about using You Tube videos in your school. If your school blocks You Tube, ask about getting selected videos unblocked.

Use this application to find little segments of videos that can be used in the classroom. Bookmark (or save in your favorites) the sections and use to show only the parts of what you want. This is great for removing extraneous or unneeded material as well as keeping portions of videos hidden for the purpose of meaningful discussion. Separate World War II videos into separate battles. Clip different cell processes apart from each other in a Biology class. Share the "meat" with your class, and take out the parts of the videos that are not useful for learning. Even in primary grades, the ability to show "clips" from longer videos makes them more classroom-friendly.

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Interactive Map of Auschwitz - BBC

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6 to 12
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This interactive slide show pulls together the geography of German expansion and Hitler's "Final Solution" into a classroom-ready presentation that gives students an overview of German...more
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This interactive slide show pulls together the geography of German expansion and Hitler's "Final Solution" into a classroom-ready presentation that gives students an overview of German death camps with a particular focus on Auschwitz. Beginning with maps of Europe showing Germany's spreading power and leading into increased control of Jews within the Germany empire, the presentation finishes with an overview of the Auschwitz death camp.

tag(s): german (64), germany (28), hitler (10), holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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The slide show makes a good introduction to a discussion of the Holocaust within the context of World War II, and is ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector for use with the entire class. There is text commentary for each slide, so students could explore the site individually at home or in a computer lab as an enrichment activity as well.
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The World at War and FDR's key decisions - Time Magazine

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6 to 12
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Sometimes you just need the right graphic to supplement a lesson. This page is an interactive time line of FDRs programs and actions spanning the World War II era. Clicking ...more
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Sometimes you just need the right graphic to supplement a lesson. This page is an interactive time line of FDRs programs and actions spanning the World War II era. Clicking on a particular entry gets you a somewhat fuller explanation of the event. You should be aware, however, that there are some fairly intrusive ads and popups that come with the page.

tag(s): great depression (24), world war 2 (142)

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We usually study FDRs programs designed to pull the US out of the depression separately from our growing involvement in World War II. This timeline pulls those together and gives a good visual overview. Because it's interactive, it would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector as a backdrop to an introduction or summary of the time period. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here to explain one of the programs or actions they learn about at this site.
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Anne Frank in the World - Utah Education Network

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3 to 12
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Anne Frank in the World 1929-1945 is an online critical thinking unit designed to use the story of a young girl as a catalyst to understand the themes of discrimination, ...more
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Anne Frank in the World 1929-1945 is an online critical thinking unit designed to use the story of a young girl as a catalyst to understand the themes of discrimination, diversity, peace, and justice. It includes several worksheets, readings, images, lessons and objectives delineated for various grade levels, and exposes students to vocabulary and concepts related to the cruel realities that Anne and other victims of the Holocaust endured. What distinguishes this site from many of the others is the sensitivity to Anne's story from her viewpoint, which is invaluable because she was a teenager during the Nazi period and had many similar interests and concerns as today's teenagers.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), remembrance day (6), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use the activities and resources on this site to help students connect global and individual events, and realize that a positive attitude is possible despite terrible misfortune. Use the online resources to help you select the topics, activities, and articles that center around the themes you want to emphasize as a preview or follow up to reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Let the students collect and save their information on a class set of computers, (groups of three students work well.) Work toward one or several of the suggested final products, such as creating a wall poster, collage, or mosaic by using one of the online tools reviewed by TeachersFirst. Have students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Challenge students to use Mosaic Maker reviewed here. You might want to start by having students brainstorm a list of past or present acts of discrimination of which they are aware. Develop their brainstorming list on an interactive whiteboard or projector using bubbl.us, reviewed here, and ask students to think about and associate feelings of the victims of these acts. How might those feelings look in graphic form? Have each student or groups of students choose one example from the list, along with a few words about the feelings that accompany the acts of discrimination, and select online images that reflect those emotions. When students express their feelings onto visual media, it helps them relate to what Anne did by writing in her diary. For more adventurous technology users, all individual or group work can be merged to create an online scrapbook that can be shared with the entire class and families, using Smilebox (reviewed here).
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A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust - University of South Florida

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6 to 12
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Here you will find a wealth of information about the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature. There is an abundance of...more
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Here you will find a wealth of information about the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature. There is an abundance of lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school students. This site is a must see for any teacher who teaches about the Holocaust and possibly for those studying Anne Frank or The Giver.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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Use your projector and/or interactive whiteboard to review what is available with students for the separate sections on the "Timeline," "People," and "Arts." Each separate section has subtitles. "The Arts" includes "Art," "Literature," and "Music." Then there are multiple links for each of these subtitles. One idea is to have the students sign up for an area that interests them (Art as in paintings). You will want to structure the small groups so that each student becomes an expert on one subtopic. "Art" has the subtopics "Ghetto and Camp Art," "Nazi Approved Art," "Degenerate Art" (art that didn't fit the Nazi ideal), and "Art in Response to the Holocaust." Students would report back to the group about the subtopic they researched. The group would put together a collage of the most important information they learned for each subtopic. Then they could create one collage for all "Art" subtitles. A couple of good, online tools for creating the "collage" include Animoto reviewed here, or Glogster reviewed here. Sharing their group collage with the class insures each student will get an overview of the different areas of the Holocaust present on this site.
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tag(s): animals (276), architecture (84), england (57), fashion (10), medieval (27), plants (145), transportation (40)

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Bring history lessons about the 20th century alive by reviewing World War II photographs, videos, and interviews with survivors from the United Kingdom. Then ask your class to upload photographs of artifacts, people, film clips or conduct interviewers with survivors in their own community. Record the interview with a site such as Vocaroo reviewed here. Compare and contrast the experiences of both groups during the War. Have students in family and consumer science research fashion, clothing, food, and/or drink from various locations and time periods. Enrich an anticipatory set about William Shakespeare with photographs of his birthplace, Macduff's castle, the Globe Theatre, and his cottage in Stratford. Younger children will enjoy the numerous digital images of animals and antique toys. Prepare a series of topic albums for students to access and use for research by using the sites "My Album" feature.

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