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Whether you are celebrating Presidents Day or learning about the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, this collection of reviewed resources about presidents provides a rich starting point for research, class study, or multimedia projects. If this list is too broad, use the search tool at the left of this page to find resources on a specific president or within a certain grade range. You may also be interested in TeachersFirst's Resources for U.S. Elections or TeachersFirst's Resources for U.S. Presidential Inaugurations.

 

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Collection: Museum of the American Revolution

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6 to 12
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The Collection Page from the American Revolution Center website includes images and descriptions of their large collection of objects, artwork, and manuscripts. Another highlight...more
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The Collection Page from the American Revolution Center website includes images and descriptions of their large collection of objects, artwork, and manuscripts. Another highlight of the site is the Interactive Timeline. Slide the bar at the bottom of the screen to choose a date then click on any image to view it in high quality along with a description of the item and how it was used. Some items also include a video. Search the LEARN portion of the site for lesson plans.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14), declaration of independence (13), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), great britain (16), lincoln (86), war of 1812 (14), washington (36)

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Allow students to explore the site and timeline. Challenge them to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of locations and events shared on the website. They could also create a Mapskip about your own town's history (with audio stories and pictures included)! Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an American Revolution event or famous figure.
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Civil War 150 - Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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4 to 12
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Civil War 150 is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The site includes...more
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Civil War 150 is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The site includes online exhibits, videos, educational resources, and blog posts. Choose from any topics to explore links that include images, photographs, short essays, and also videos. Also available is a large series of lectures and podcasts given by historians on diverse topics such as Lincoln's Beard - Why Did He Grow It? and Stonewall Jackson, Portrait in a Minute. Some podcasts are in video and they range in length from 3 minutes to almost an hour and a half. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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): 1800s (44), civil war (145), lincoln (86)

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Listen to podcasts in your classroom and view videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a Civil War soldier or important person from that time. Have students create timelines of Civil War events (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).
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Civil War 150 - History.com

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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 ...more
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 Civil War Topics," "Weapons of War," and many others. You will find a clickable infographics with facts and information about the Civil War. View several video clips, including Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech, Confederate Bomb Plot, Gettysburg Battle Strategy, and more. Find out what the experts think were the most important events, battles, and cultural components of the Civil War. View the most popular topics to find additional information on people, places, and events.
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tag(s): battles (16), civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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Mark this site as a Favorite for use during your Civil War unit. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Show students how to use information from infographics and cite correctly using the "cite this" button located with each infographic. This site is perfect for student exploration. Challenge them to come up with their own top 5 lists to compare to the experts' choices. Another idea: have students create a simple infographic sharing pertinent information about the Civil War using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Civil War Interactive Poster - TeachingHistory.org

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6 to 12
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The Civil War Interactive Poster uses historical images and primary source documents as an entry point for conversation about this period in American History. Click on any of the four...more
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The Civil War Interactive Poster uses historical images and primary source documents as an entry point for conversation about this period in American History. Click on any of the four quadrants to view items up close. Click on any asterisk within a quadrant for links to further image, related learning, and teaching resources. Each asterisk also contains a question to begin thoughtful conversations about the images.

tag(s): civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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This site is perfect for students to emcee on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Open up each quadrant to view images and documents provided. Have students discuss their reactions and thoughts on each of the representations before clicking on the asterisk to find specific information. Use teaching resources provided to add context to Civil War lessons. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain information provided by one of the images. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of information from this interactive poster along with other information learned during your Civil War unit.

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Go Social Studies Go! - Kenneth Udhe

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6 to 12
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography,...more
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography, and World Religions. Learn about nine different world religions. There are over ten different regions to explore (Middle East, Caribbean, Russia, China, and more). Topics of US History include slavery in America, political parties, various presidents, inventors, Jamestown, and more. There are also world history topics: Marco Polo, Ancient China, African Empires, Life in Nazi Germany, and many others. Choose any section to find booklets containing images, videos, text, and links to additional resources. Click on links within each section to view content. This site was written by a teacher for his students. The text and content maintain student interest and enjoyment using student-friendly language.
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tag(s): australia (35), china (66), civil war (145), continents (49), england (57), explorers (61), france (40), germany (28), italy (17), japan (61), martin luther king (37), native americans (78), north america (19), religions (61), renaissance (34), romans (35), rome (27), russia (38), south america (39), spain (9), washington (36), world war 1 (54)

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Bookmark this site for use in middle and high school Social Studies classes. Select content to view as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce the site to students and let them explore specific sections on their own. Share a link to the portion of the site desired through your class website or blog. Have students or student groups create online posters using Check This (reviewed here). This site is also a useful reference for students to "look up" a major historic event to better understand historical fiction or even movies. Make it available as a general reference link on your class web page.
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Awesome Stories - AwesomeStories

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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies...more
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created websites. The site includes documents, videos, audio clips and narrations. Topics range from the Women's Movement to Emperor Penguins to Abraham Lincoln to the Easter Story (through medieval/renaissance art) and much more. Search by biography, disaster, trials, flicks, history, philosophy, sports, or the arts. You can also search by lesson plans, narrations, slide shows, videos, images, audio clips, documentaries, and more! You can also take advantage of the Visual Vocabulary to learn vocabulary related to many of the stories and video clips available at this site.

tag(s): art history (70), artists (75), biographies (87), black history (59), civil rights (117), civil war (145), cross cultural understanding (115), disasters (39), earthquakes (48), easter (21), inventors and inventions (101), korea (15), lincoln (86), mars (41), movies (65), natural disasters (20), presidents (131), primary sources (86), resources (112), south africa (10), vocabulary (324), weather (188), womens suffrage (26)

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Use this rich site to support your social studies, history, science, language arts classroom and many others! There is a lot here to explore and many diverse topics. Use the Visual Vocabulary Builder to introduce your students to new vocabulary in a different way. Middle and high schoolers could use the movies to teach about character development and themes. The site includes several lesson plans that help you teach with current movies. Have your students use the site to find historical images to use in presentations. (Be sure to check the licensing on any image you use and cite it properly.) Project the video clips using an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce students to a unit of study. Challenge small groups of students to explore one of the topics presented at this site and share their "story" with the rest of the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Many texts on this site are also useful examples of informational texts for practice of Common Core standards.
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Chart Jungle - Wendy Shepherd

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K to 4
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Find and print many useful charts at Chart Jungle. Topics include story starters, homework charts, reading logs, and more. Chart Jungle also includes alphabet and number flash cards...more
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Find and print many useful charts at Chart Jungle. Topics include story starters, homework charts, reading logs, and more. Chart Jungle also includes alphabet and number flash cards to print and use. Other interesting printables include the digestive system, clocks, and skeletons. Choose any chart to print directly from your computer. Although this site does include a lot of advertisements, there are many timesavers and treasures.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), classroom management (135), flash cards (46), handwriting (18), homework (44), organizational skills (122), presidents (131), printables (38), time (144)

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Use Chart Jungle as a resource for charts for use throughout the school year. Familiarize yourself with this site at the beginning of the school year. Use the reading chart for students to record the minutes spent reading at home. Use the homework charts to help your students stay organized. Share the flash cards link with parents to use at home.

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Picture History - Picture History LLC

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Picture History contains licensed digital images covering 200 years of American History. Search the site using the search box or browse by category, decade, photographer, or anniversary....more
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Picture History contains licensed digital images covering 200 years of American History. Search the site using the search box or browse by category, decade, photographer, or anniversary. Images include information on the subject, date (or approximate date), and image size. Additional topics include nature, life cycles, politics & government, science, health, medicine, and much more. Be aware that these are copyrighted images intended for SALE. This means that Fair Use does not apply because you would be taking away the owner's opportunity to earn income from this property. Register to download high resolution images without watermarks (this option requires a fee). You can send an "e-card" using an image. Click the envelope below the image to send.

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), architecture (84), business (58), digital storytelling (144), images (266), life cycles (25), lincoln (86), medicine (67), politics (99), transportation (40)

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Bookmark and save this site to share during classroom lessons on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share with students as a place to explore to "get the picture" of various events in American History. Use the opportunity to explain why some sites charge for image downloads as a business venture and that taking them, even with a watermark, would be like "stealing." Have students send an e-card of an image to the entire class, written as a participant in the historic event. Use a whole-class email account to send and receive them.

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Literacy Design Collaborative - Literacy Design Collaborative

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The Literacy Design Collaborative supports the development of literacy through a series of templates for use with text when writing. There are also templates for other subjects. Most...more
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The Literacy Design Collaborative supports the development of literacy through a series of templates for use with text when writing. There are also templates for other subjects. Most templates address secondary levels; however, other offerings contain some elementary templates. Template tasks allow you to fill in the blank with learning skills addressed. When completed, you create and produce a high-quality assignment. Three collections are available by choosing the tasks link: the template task collection II, Common Core template tasks, and K-2 template tasks. Use links provided to view instructions and download templates in PDF format. Choose the modules link to view and download complete modules for instruction for English, Science, and Social Studies. Also available at the Literacy Design Collaborative is a series of videos demonstrating changing teacher practice and literacy. Most of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to school (or your meeting) "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): american revolution (86), animals (276), biodiversity (38), canada (30), careers (132), china (66), civil rights (117), cold war (29), ecosystems (88), energy (198), evolution (100), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), india (36), industrial revolution (25), lincoln (86), literacy (103), marine biology (33), photosynthesis (33), poetry (228), pollution (66), professional development (123), shakespeare (131)

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This site is an excellent resource for schools implementing Common Core Standards. Share this site during professional development sessions to view and learn how to use the templates and modules in the classroom. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard and have groups discuss afterwards. View videos from the site during these sessions to understand the framework behind the templates. Download templates and modules for use in your classroom for any content or use templates as a model for creating your own templates.
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Civil War Read-Alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to...more
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to do before, during, and after the read-aloud. Infuse an extra measure of history into your curriculum and tap into the richness of our nation's story while you build reading and listening skills. The books about the Civil War and related topics include a wealth of fictional and informational literature to share with your students. The lists and related activities are segmented into lower, middle, and upper elementary. There are Lexile''® levels for the books (where available). If your library does not have the books you want to use from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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These read-alouds are perfect during February celebrations of Presidents Day and Black History Month but could be used any time. If your social studies curriculum includes the CIvil War or you simply want to connect the interrelated topics of Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, this is a great place to start.

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Classroom Jr. - Wendy Piersall

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K to 3
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Find teacher resources, lesson plans, creative ideas and more at Classroom Jr. Explore the site guide to find bulletin board ideas, book guides, holiday ideas, worksheets and many other...more
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Find teacher resources, lesson plans, creative ideas and more at Classroom Jr. Explore the site guide to find bulletin board ideas, book guides, holiday ideas, worksheets and many other resources for elementary students. Be sure to browse through the printable mad libs located in the worksheet section that are available for everyday use and holidays. This site is a useful resource for ideas and activities throughout the year, despite the annoying ads.
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tag(s): addition (251), alphabet (92), bullying (52), christmas (64), columbus day (11), earth day (112), easter (21), fathers day (12), halloween (40), handwriting (18), holidays (147), july 4th (9), memorial day (13), mothers day (13), phonics (75), poetry (228), preK (281), presidents (131), printables (38), subtraction (208), thanksgiving (37), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for lesson plans and activities for your classroom. Share specific activities such as reading, handwriting, or science worksheets on your classroom website for parents to use at home with their student. Provide this link on your class website for students to use at home on a rainy/snowy day. Substitutes might find some of the activities useful as take-alongs in case lessons do not last a full period.
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History Tools - David Voelker

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History Tools shares many resources for the study of American History. Choose from Historical Sources Online, an online Handout Library, and student projects. Historical Sources Online...more
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History Tools shares many resources for the study of American History. Choose from Historical Sources Online, an online Handout Library, and student projects. Historical Sources Online contains texts in chronological order from 1600-present. Selections include letters from Thomas Jefferson, Gloria Steinem's testimony on the Equal Rights Amendment, and Edgar Allen Poe poems. The Handout Library links to the author's Delicious account. There are several ready-made handouts including an essay rubric and "how to" participate in class discussions.

tag(s): american flag (11), american revolution (86), branches of government (48), civil rights (117), civil war (145), colonial america (107), colonization (16), darwin (11), kennedy (27), lincoln (86), poetry (228), religions (61), slavery (72), washington (36), womens suffrage (26)

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Bookmark and save for use with American History units. Use online source documents in addition to materials currently used in class. Allow students to explore the online documents; then have students create a "word cloud" of key terms from any document using a site such as Tagul reviewed here. Post the clouds on your bulletin board for visual "review." Use the author's essay rubric and class participation information with your class for assessment and participation guidelines.
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Lincoln Learning Hub - Dream Works

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Lincoln Learning Hub is the DreamWork's companion site to the movie Lincoln. Four main components are the core of the site: a timeline, What Would Lincoln Do?, Team of Rivals,...more
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Lincoln Learning Hub is the DreamWork's companion site to the movie Lincoln. Four main components are the core of the site: a timeline, What Would Lincoln Do?, Team of Rivals, and Who's Who in Congress. Click on the timeline to view an interactive display of events leading to the end of slavery. Click on images for a short synopsis of each event. What Would Lincoln Do? offers a look at what Lincoln might do if faced with other national crises such as 9/11 or women's suffrage. Click and drag images to match cabinet posts in the Lincoln administration after reading a short biography. Explore and learn more about members of congress during Lincoln's time in the Who's Who in Congress portion of the site.
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tag(s): 1800s (44), civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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This site would make a great addition to any Civil War or Abraham Lincoln unit. View together on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Create a link to the site on classroom computers. Use the What Would Lincoln Do portion of the site as a spring board for students to debate Lincoln's possible actions on other important world or national events. Have student groups or partners explore the activity and report to the class on their decisions. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about Civil War events using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.

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CurriConnects Book List: 100 Leaders - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This CurriConnects list offers books for student independent reading about leaders. This list of leaders includes a wide sampling from politics to literature and the arts to entertainment....more
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This CurriConnects list offers books for student independent reading about leaders. This list of leaders includes a wide sampling from politics to literature and the arts to entertainment. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL/ELL levels and Lexiles '® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your school or public library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): artists (75), book lists (128), politics (99), presidents (131), scientists (69)

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Use this list as you study any topic that features leaders: the founding fathers, famous scientists, and much more. Encourage students to read about leaders in diverse fields - including the one you are studying - to compare and discuss what makes someone a successful leader and why people rise to the top among their peers across time, place, and circumstance. You could also form an afterschool book club around this list or use the nonfiction listings as practice with informational texts.

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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 (48), civil rights (117), constitution (79), democracy (12), elections (75), electoral college (16), lincoln (86), martin luther king (37), presidents (131), sept11 (21), washington (36)

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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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Discover the Real George Washington - Mount Vernon Ladies Association

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Discover the Real George Washington provides an interactive timeline of George Washington's life. The video/animation is clever, informative, and engaging. The timeline includes...more
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Discover the Real George Washington provides an interactive timeline of George Washington's life. The video/animation is clever, informative, and engaging. The timeline includes videos, images, and even battle maps. You can narrow down the timeline events by choosing a category from the drop down menu (e.g. family life, slave owner) or slide the bar to a date on the timeline. Click on images included on the timeline to view a short description of the event. Be sure to check out the list of timeline highlights included on the site's homepage.

tag(s): american revolution (86), presidents (131), slavery (72), washington (36)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) when studying presidents or to include with your President's Day unit. The reading levels, however, will require adult help or more able partners for many elementary students. Have students create magazine covers of George Washington using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here and include information from the timeline. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of events included on the timeline. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Picturing America - National Endowment for the Humanities

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Picturing America brings masterpieces of art into classrooms and libraries. Click to "Enter the Gallery." or choose from many lesson plans from art available on the site. However, the...more
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Picturing America brings masterpieces of art into classrooms and libraries. Click to "Enter the Gallery." or choose from many lesson plans from art available on the site. However, the link is a little hard to find. Look on the bottom left-hand corner of the main site above the yellow bar to see the link to lesson plans and more. View a list of lessons by poster number and name. Enter the image gallery from the home page to view images along with a short description and biography of the artist. Choose View Resources for a list of resources to accompany the image. Move your mouse along the timeline at the bottom of the gallery to find images by date. Note: Posters of artwork were available for free to classrooms and libraries 2008-2010, but are no longer available. You can, however, download the "images for the Classroom" PowerPoint file to be used offline. Find it at the bottom of the Educator Resources page.

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), african american (113), american revolution (86), art history (70), artists (75), civil war (145), industrial revolution (25), lincoln (86), native americans (78), north america (19), painting (66), presidents (131), war of 1812 (14), washington (36)

In the Classroom

Share artwork and descriptions on your interactive whiteboard or projector to accompany or introduce Social Studies units on the presidents, American Revolution, the 20th Century, and more. Assign different images to groups of students as a starting point for an artist study or biography of the portrait's subject. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate or discuss content of an image using Fotobabble reviewed here.
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Electing the President - How Do You Make Up Your Mind? - History News Network

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History News Network offers this lesson plan challenging students to analyze election issues, compare and contrast opinions, and think about the process of choosing a president. Download...more
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History News Network offers this lesson plan challenging students to analyze election issues, compare and contrast opinions, and think about the process of choosing a president. Download the lesson in PowerPoint format using the link provided, as well as the accompanying worksheet for student use. The worksheet is in Word format. Modify it as necessary to meet your own needs. If you are unable to download the PowerPoint, find procedures and information for teaching on the lesson's main page. That should provide enough information for planning and presenting the lesson. Common Core standards are included.
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tag(s): elections (75), electoral college (16), presidents (131)

In the Classroom

Select components of the lesson as a supplement to your current election unit. Print the worksheet for students to use to identify topics that are important to them. Use information from this lesson to study and consider the influence of Social Media on elections, Have students use Screenr (reviewed here) to make narrated recordings about the use of social media, political advertisements, or any other election topic after completing the lesson on this site.
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