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Black History Month - Time, Inc.

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This highly interactive site provides a kid-friendly overview of Black history, the fight for Civil Rights, and those Americans who have made a major impact on the African American...more
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This highly interactive site provides a kid-friendly overview of Black history, the fight for Civil Rights, and those Americans who have made a major impact on the African American dream. Students can listen to audio clips from pivotal speeches in African American history, participate in an interactive quiz on the fight for equal rights, and explore an interactive timeline.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), civil rights (117), speech (92), speeches (17)

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This site is a great addition to a classroom unit on the civil rights movement. Save the site as a favorite on the classroom computers, and have students work on it pairs, or use it as a learning center. Some of the web quests are basically quizzes in disguise, making them appropriate for review. If using it for review, add the site to your teacher web page so students can access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary - Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary

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7 to 12
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Much more than a biographical resource, this site is filled with interactive treasures and multimedia features. Click on "Online Exhibition" to access a wealth of visual treats and...more
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Much more than a biographical resource, this site is filled with interactive treasures and multimedia features. Click on "Online Exhibition" to access a wealth of visual treats and activities. Set type and print your name on an 18th century printing press, listen to the wisdom of Silence Dogood, or test your knowledge of classic Franklin proverbs and aphorisms. This is an outstanding tribute to the legacy of one of America's most beloved founding fathers.

tag(s): colonial america (107), franklin (12)

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Beyond the items mentioned in the review, this site has a variety of free lesson plans offered for grades k-12. They also list several programs and free resources that can help teachers find more information about Franklin.

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Lighting a Revolution - Smithsonian

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5 to 8
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This online exhibition from the National Museum of American History examines the process of invention, breaking it down into five distinct stages. Enter one of the virtual laboratory...more
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This online exhibition from the National Museum of American History examines the process of invention, breaking it down into five distinct stages. Enter one of the virtual laboratory doors to discover the similarities and differences between Edison's 19th century work on the electric lamp and the development of 20th century lighting devices. The site includes links to materials that explain the science and engineering behind electric lighting and the factors used to determine energy efficiency.

tag(s): electricity (89), inventors and inventions (101)

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Use this resource to frame a student invention unit based on the five stages detailed on the site. Focus the invention process on current or future needs brainstormed by students in class.

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Reconstruction: The Second Civil War - PBS Online

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7 to 12
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This companion site to a PBS series tells the stories of the players involved in the turbulent struggle to rebuild and recover after the Civil War. Mini documentaries, program clips,...more
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This companion site to a PBS series tells the stories of the players involved in the turbulent struggle to rebuild and recover after the Civil War. Mini documentaries, program clips, and vintage photographs highlight the roles played by politicians and ordinary citizens in the North and the South, black and white, Republican and Democrat. Features include an interactive map showing the economic impact the Civil War and Reconstruction had on each state and a Teacher's Guide filled with creative suggestions for incorporating the content into your curriculum.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to watch one of the many "mini-documentaries" in your class to supplement lecture. For each video there are suggested questions and prompts that teachers could easily copy and past to make "follow-alongs" for students. Teachers should also take advantage of the free lesson plans and activity guides hosted on the site. This site has a lot of information and would be great in either a history, geography or civics class.

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In Motion - New York Public Library

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Learn about the twelve waves of migration that helped to shape African American culture. This site contains thousands of images, maps, and pages of text that tell the story of ...more
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Learn about the twelve waves of migration that helped to shape African American culture. This site contains thousands of images, maps, and pages of text that tell the story of the courageous and resourceful men and woman whose journeys had a profound effect on the settlement and development of the Americas. The extensive content is accompanied by a series of lesson plans organized by topic and curriculum area. Aligned to standards.

tag(s): immigration (58), migration (59)

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Use the images on this site to create a picture walk in your classroom to introduce a unit on one of the many topics featured on the site. Select 10-15 of the more descriptive and diverse images, posting them at different points around the classroom. Assigning students to different images, have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds until the whole class has seen all of the images. While students are walking around, have them take notes on what they observe about each image. At the end of the walk, have a class discussion based on their notes. This is a great way to introduce a new topic in a non-lecture format, a relief for history teachers!
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African American World - WNET

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African American culture, history, and experiences are highlighted in this beautifully designed site that explores the courage, talent, and influence of individuals like Sojourner Truth,...more
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African American culture, history, and experiences are highlighted in this beautifully designed site that explores the courage, talent, and influence of individuals like Sojourner Truth, Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, and more. Organized around four main themes - history, arts and culture, race and society, and profiles, the site offers an illustrated, interactive time line - perfect for student research, a "Classroom" section filled with lesson plans and activities, and Brainteaser Quizzes in each of the content sections. Also includes a series of interactive discussion boards. Use these with caution.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in the "Classroom" section of this site! For the younger grades, there is also a kids center that would make a great learning center or station. Save it as a favorite on classroom computers to allow students to access it.

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GOV.com - GOV.com

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9 to 12
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Need an honest, unbiased resource on government news and policy? Tap into this site that delivers verifiable information on everything from FBI press releases, to travel warnings, to...more
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Need an honest, unbiased resource on government news and policy? Tap into this site that delivers verifiable information on everything from FBI press releases, to travel warnings, to White House statements. No media editing, opinion, or commentary provided! Let your students add that!

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Enrich a current events discussion with this resource. Compare what is heard and seen by students in the media with the facts that appear on this site.

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Indivisible - Duke University

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The real-life struggles and stories of Americans living in twelve diverse communities are highlighted in this multimedia documentary. Through photographs and recorded voices, visitors...more
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The real-life struggles and stories of Americans living in twelve diverse communities are highlighted in this multimedia documentary. Through photographs and recorded voices, visitors to this site can catch a glimpse of the community spirit that compels individuals to find ways to improve their lives and surroundings.

tag(s): communities (35)

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Use this site as a springboard to a class project. Ask your students to document the community spirit in their own town, city, or neighborhood using photography, video, and personal interviews.

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Nuremberg Trials - WGBH

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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined...more
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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined this era, and the devastation experienced by citizens of Berlin after World War II. Includes an illustrated timeline with links to related sites, a photo gallery, and transcripts of interviews with a prison guard and an army photographer.

tag(s): courts (15), world war 2 (142)

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Challenge students to think about the similarities and differences between the trial of Saddam Hussein and the Nuremberg trials.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture - University of Virginia

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Tap into this multimedia archive for a comprehensive understanding of the controversial popularity of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel. Text, images, songs, three-D images, and film clips...more
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Tap into this multimedia archive for a comprehensive understanding of the controversial popularity of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel. Text, images, songs, three-D images, and film clips come together to provide a unique historical perspective. Select the "Interpret Mode" for access to an interactive timeline, virtual exhibits, and suggestions on exploring the primary source materials.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72)

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Bookmark as an online resource for student research or as a teacher source for lesson development.

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Multiple Choice Quizzes - SchoolHistory

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8 to 12
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Scan through this collection to find the interactive quiz that will best support your curriculum unit. Topics include Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, the Cold War, the USA in...more
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Scan through this collection to find the interactive quiz that will best support your curriculum unit. Topics include Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, the Cold War, the USA in the 1920s, and much more. Each quiz is self-correcting. Use as a review or as a pre-test to assess student knowledge.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Use this site to review students on important scanning many units of history. Save this site as a learning center or station, and allow students to use it in the days proceeding an assessment. Teachers can also print out some of the quizzes and use them to assess students background knowledge when entering a new unit.

Be sure to post these on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before a major assessment - both in and out of the classroom.

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What Coal Miners Do - UMWA

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7 to 9
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Learn about the realities, dangers, and hardships of work in a mine with this brief, illustrated guide. Along with descriptions of types of coal mines, mining techniques, and related...more
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Learn about the realities, dangers, and hardships of work in a mine with this brief, illustrated guide. Along with descriptions of types of coal mines, mining techniques, and related jobs, the site includes current and vintage photographs of coal miners at work.

tag(s): coal (14)

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Life in a Coal Mining Town

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The January, 2006, mine tragedy in West Virginia is a reminder that the dangers of mining coal have changed very little in the last 150 years. American dependence on this ...more
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The January, 2006, mine tragedy in West Virginia is a reminder that the dangers of mining coal have changed very little in the last 150 years. American dependence on this fuel remains high, despite moves by other industrialized nations to other fuels. This site chronicles the life and memories of miners in a Pennsylvania coal town in the early 20th century. It offers a personalized look at a hard life.

tag(s): coal (14), energy (198)

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Use the "McIntyre" portion of this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on coal's predominance in the 20th century and what the life of a miner was like. Assign cooperative learning groups different portions of the site, with the intentions of summarizing the main points to teach their peers about their separate sections. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Quiz Tree - Sierra Vista Software

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You'll find a huge collection of interactive quizzes on this site, testing student comprehension in many subject areas, including elementary math, foreign language (Spanish, French,...more
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You'll find a huge collection of interactive quizzes on this site, testing student comprehension in many subject areas, including elementary math, foreign language (Spanish, French, Italian), SAT content, science, history, and economics. Some quizzes are multiple choice, others drag-and-drop, but all offer immediate feedback with sound effects. Some quizzes use FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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A great resource for reviewing content or investigating new information. Headphones highly recommended.
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A Concrete Curtain - Deutsches Historisches Museum

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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about...more
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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about the wall's demise, and what life is now like for those who no longer live behind the Curtain. Includes period photographs and a gallery of art work from the East side. Also available in German and French.

tag(s): cold war (29), communism (4), german (64), germany (28)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the cold war in a history or government class. To show what they have learned, have students pick one of the topics and create a digital map summarizing what happened. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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Civil War for Kids - Pocantico Hills Central School

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This site, created for students, by students, provides kid-friendly information about the Civil War - including a timeline of significant events, bar graphs containing data about the...more
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This site, created for students, by students, provides kid-friendly information about the Civil War - including a timeline of significant events, bar graphs containing data about the North and South, easy-to-read maps, depictions of Union and Confederate flags, and much more. Includes biographies of important Civil War-era personalities, links to related sites, and activity sheets.

tag(s): biographies (87), civil war (145), flags (21), lincoln (86)

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Use this site as a learning center or station to supplement a classroom unit on the Civil War. Have students look at all the aspects of the site, as some of the visuals are unique and provide something more tangible to bookwork and lectures.

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Bound for Glory: America in Color - Library of Congress

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This online exhibition from the Library of Congress features more than 70 color photographs - taken between 1939 and 1943 - that vividly capture the effects of the Great Depression...more
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This online exhibition from the Library of Congress features more than 70 color photographs - taken between 1939 and 1943 - that vividly capture the effects of the Great Depression on rural and small-town America and highlight the economic growth that preceded World War II. This is great visual resource for a 20th century American history class. Photography students can use the site to examine how the "Kodachrome" era changed the way we view our collective past.

tag(s): great depression (24), photography (160)

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It's interesting how viewing the images in color makes the viewer feel as though the Great Depression was something far more recent - perhaps due to the dated feeling of black and white images. In a discussion of the Great Depression, spend some time comparing these images and the traditional black and white images seen on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask students about the differences and if one is more revealing or not. This can also lead into a discussion on the reliability of primary sources and the effects of seeing something rather than reading it.

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My America Field Trip - Tramline

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Step through this virtual field trip to "visit" some of America's most treasured national symbols - including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Mount Rushmore, Ft. McHenry, and much...more
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Step through this virtual field trip to "visit" some of America's most treasured national symbols - including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Mount Rushmore, Ft. McHenry, and much more . Includes a list of vocabulary words that may be encountered along the journey and some rather interesting "side trips." This is a "ready to go" activity, but you may wish to add a scavenger hunt component to focus your students as they explore.

tag(s): landmarks (26), symbols (19)

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American Women Through Time - Ken Middleton

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Learn about specific time periods in America's past through the lens of women's history. This site provides a chronology of women's contributions in the United States from the nation's...more
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Learn about specific time periods in America's past through the lens of women's history. This site provides a chronology of women's contributions in the United States from the nation's infancy through the twentieth century. Students can "read more about it" by following links to relevant web sites for each event, or explore helpful research sources (census data, newspapers, diaries, etc.) for each specified area.

tag(s): women (101)

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This is an excellent resource for piecing together American history by examining primary source documents. Have cooperative learning groups investigate women's contributions in various decades and create a video. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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The Arts of the 1940s - John F. Kennedy Center

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8 to 12
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Click on the "Learn More About the '40s" link on this Kennedy Center site to experience an interactive tour of this pivotal decade. The focus is not just on national ...more
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Click on the "Learn More About the '40s" link on this Kennedy Center site to experience an interactive tour of this pivotal decade. The focus is not just on national and world events, but on the cultural components that defined the era. Get a glimpse of the fashion, music, dance, and theater that emerged as World War II drew to a close and the Cold War dawned.

tag(s): 1940s (13), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as an in-class activity that teaches about the culture of the 1940's in a non-lecture format. Placing students in cooperative learning groups, have the groups research different aspects of the presentation with the intentions of summarizing their findings with the intentions of teaching their peers. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). This would be a fun way to incorporate technology and content for a US history classroom!

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