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Atomic Archive

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6 to 12
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While it covers all aspects of American involvement with nuclear activities, this site's coverage of the history of atomic investigation will be particularly attractive to students...more
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While it covers all aspects of American involvement with nuclear activities, this site's coverage of the history of atomic investigation will be particularly attractive to students and teachers. There is a timeline on the history of atomic energy, and the teacher's section includes several activities built on the effort to build the first atomic bomb. There's a lot of content in this site that is too advanced for secondary students, but creative teachers will find lots of opportunities here.

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

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Save this site in your favorites on your class computers and use it as a point of reference for students working on research projects or papers. The information is reliable and plentiful, spanning all issues of atomic energy - from the Manhattan Project to Nuclear Facilities, this site has it all. It is a little advanced, but science and history teachers in the upper levels of high school will appreciate the resources this site has to offer.

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Edison's Miracle of Light - PBS

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This companion to an American Experience episode doesn't offer a lot for teachers, but there's a good timeline showing Edison's life and work, as well as a gallery of some ...more
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This companion to an American Experience episode doesn't offer a lot for teachers, but there's a good timeline showing Edison's life and work, as well as a gallery of some of his most important inventions. You'll need to find other resources to tell the full story, though.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (97)

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Use the teachers guide on this site for free lesson plans and ideas on how to incorporate this site into your classroom. Very useful for the US history teacher.

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Japanese Americans at Manzanar - Library of Congress

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Ansel Adams' images of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp are haunting for both their subject matter and their artistic qualities. This collection from the Library of Congress includes...more
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Ansel Adams' images of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp are haunting for both their subject matter and their artistic qualities. This collection from the Library of Congress includes both scenic photographs and images of the camp's occupants during the war.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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Teachers will need to supply the context for these images, but they are an important historical resource.

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George Washington - A National Treasure

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This site, designed to accompany the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit by the same name, offers a collection of information on Washington for both students and adults. ...more
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This site, designed to accompany the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit by the same name, offers a collection of information on Washington for both students and adults.

tag(s): washington (36)

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There is a very complete teachers' section with more than a dozen lesson plans. (How about Washington's Rules of Civility for a starter?) and teachers can order an education kit based on the exhibit. Lots of possibilities at many grade levels for this one.

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Reporting on Lewis and Clark - SCORE

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Here's a lesson that asks students to take on various roles in reporting on the progress of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The unit stresses research and preparation, and offers ...more
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Here's a lesson that asks students to take on various roles in reporting on the progress of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The unit stresses research and preparation, and offers students opportunities to present what they have learned in a variety of formats. From the California SCORE series.

tag(s): lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Presidents' Day Page - Sheila A. Simmons

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Here's a very simple pictorial introduction to the lives of Washington and Lincoln, created for California's SCORE program. Primary students will have no trouble navigating these pages...more
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Here's a very simple pictorial introduction to the lives of Washington and Lincoln, created for California's SCORE program. Primary students will have no trouble navigating these pages and reading the simple descriptions. This site offers a slideshow with some authentic pictures of both famous presidents. Includes links to literature, class activities, bibliography, and related information. The class activities are ready to go and easy to follow. Most include standards, and all but two of the outside links were working at the time of this review.

tag(s): lincoln (86), presidents (131), washington (36)

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This site is ideal for research projects or a quick President's day activity. Check out the class activities section for some "ready to go" lesson ideas (with standards). Share the slideshow on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Perspectives on the Revolution

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This section of the companion web site to the PBS Liberty series offers a glimpse of daily life in the American colonies. Do you know how many sheep a farmer ...more
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This section of the companion web site to the PBS Liberty series offers a glimpse of daily life in the American colonies. Do you know how many sheep a farmer needed to live comfortably? Learn this and much more from your stop at this site.

tag(s): american revolution (86), colonial america (107), evolution (100)

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If looking for ways to provide a global context to the American Revolution, use the "Global Village" portion of this site over the interactive whiteboard during your unit. Share the site with students, encouraging volunteers to navigate the site and show what other countries were doing during this time period. Have students guess what's going on before, or share their reactions if unexpected. This is a great way to connect the American Revolution to World History.

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Declaring Independence - Library of Congress

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This extensive site from the Library of Congress explains the details of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence as well as the obstacles the Continental Congress faced in publishing...more
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This extensive site from the Library of Congress explains the details of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence as well as the obstacles the Continental Congress faced in publishing their work. Like many of the LoC sites, the narrative works best for secodary students, but the images will be fascinating to younger classes as well. This is a great addition to American history or government units on American independence.

tag(s): american revolution (86), declaration of independence (13), evolution (100)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and go through the "exhibits" offered with students. Allow students to peruse it on their own in cooperative learning groups. This would be a great review activity, as students may only grasp the importance of the primary documents once they have learned the greater context. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Battle of the Battlefields - SCORE

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Here's a group project site that asks students to research Revolutionary War battlefields and select the one that they feel was most important as the site for a new museum. ...more
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Here's a group project site that asks students to research Revolutionary War battlefields and select the one that they feel was most important as the site for a new museum. This project offers lots of web resources for research, but students could also work independently using a school-approved search engine. The site includes teacher instructions and notes. From the California SCORE program. Note: 2 of the links don't work, so teachers will need to find replacement sites for them before using.

tag(s): american revolution (86), battles (16), evolution (100), webquests (29)

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As an alternative, have students present their findings via an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Students will like doing something different than the typical poster, and it means less paper mess around the classroom!

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When Johnny Went Marching Off - SCORE

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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and ...more
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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and then chronicle the events and emotions that soldiers might have experienced during that tour. The site offers a collection of web links for beginning research, but students could also tackle this content using a school-approved search engine. Lots of creative possibilities here.

tag(s): civil war (145), webquests (29)

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For the end project, have students create their memoir in an online book, using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here. This will make it easier for them to update and share the project.

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The Endurance - Kodak

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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance...more
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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance to its sorry fate. It's a great scientific adventure.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), explorers (61)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on exploration in Antarctica. Students can take the virtual tour, filling out a guide or graphic organizer along the way. For help making graphic organizers, we recommend using Mindomo, (reviewed here).
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Twain's Hanibal - Library of Congress

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9 to 12
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This unit from the Library of Congress offers students an exposure to the use of primary resources in the study of history and literature. The Library's collection for this time ...more
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This unit from the Library of Congress offers students an exposure to the use of primary resources in the study of history and literature. The Library's collection for this time period is rich, so there are many highly visual ways to expose students to Twain's world. Students will need to spend some time with this one.

tag(s): mark twain (10)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! Be sure to save it as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval.

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NetState

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4 to 8
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Minimal historical information, basic almanac facts, interesting lists of "famous sons and daughters." This site is far from one-stop shopping, but there's useful information here....more
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Minimal historical information, basic almanac facts, interesting lists of "famous sons and daughters." This site is far from one-stop shopping, but there's useful information here.

tag(s): states (162)

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Use this site as a reference for students working on a research project on the 50 states. Have students work on "state reports" during a unit on the geography of the 50 states, using this site as a point of reference. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Assign students specific states to research and report on, presenting their graphics to their classmates.

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50states.com

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This site offers metalists (most of the content isn't theirs) for each state, including bios of presidents from that state, attractions, public records, and more. There's much more...more
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This site offers metalists (most of the content isn't theirs) for each state, including bios of presidents from that state, attractions, public records, and more. There's much more than history items at this site, which may or may not be an advantage.

tag(s): states (162)

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There are a lot of ads from this site, so if using be sure to forewarn students not to access any of the side links. Use this site if creating state profiles during an American History class. This activity works best if accompanied by a guided graphic organizer or worksheet - we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Explore the States - Library of Congress

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From the Library of Congress's America's Library section, this site offers very brief information on each state, along with links to state-specific events, attractions, or activities....more
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From the Library of Congress's America's Library section, this site offers very brief information on each state, along with links to state-specific events, attractions, or activities.

tag(s): states (162)

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This site offers only the briefest of information.

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The Frontier House - PBS

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What was life like for families in the western plains during the 1880s? Here's a site that follows a team recreating life on the prairie during that time period, complete ...more
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What was life like for families in the western plains during the 1880s? Here's a site that follows a team recreating life on the prairie during that time period, complete with activities for children. Users can read journal entries, and those with fast connection can watch video clips. This is a great "what was life like...?" site.

tag(s): air (163), pioneers (8), prairie (10)

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AMDOCS - Univ. of Kansas

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Created at the University of Kansas, this collection of primary sources offers coverage from the 15th century through the present, making it useful for both early and contemporary history....more
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Created at the University of Kansas, this collection of primary sources offers coverage from the 15th century through the present, making it useful for both early and contemporary history. Many of the documents are on third-party sites, so expect some level of change over time.

tag(s): american revolution (86), history day (23)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the hundreds of available primary sources on this site. History teachers can use these documents for a variety of activities, from supplementing the text to using them to teach students how to analyze the validity of sources. The documents are organized by date, and can benefit both World History classes in addition to American History.

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September 11, 2001 - New York Times

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This site is a collection of the New York Times biographical sketches of those who died in the 9-11 attacks. Poignant, simple, and inspiring, this is a site which invites ...more
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This site is a collection of the New York Times biographical sketches of those who died in the 9-11 attacks. Poignant, simple, and inspiring, this is a site which invites a response.

tag(s): sept11 (21), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Try using it with students as a springboard for writing or other creative expression.

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Mark Twain in his Times - University of Virginia

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This site from the University of Virginia is a welcome addition to the general lack of good Twain material on the web. The site concentrates on Twain's career and the ...more
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This site from the University of Virginia is a welcome addition to the general lack of good Twain material on the web. The site concentrates on Twain's career and the manner in which Sam Clemens turned Twain into an institution. There are also links to critical information and e-texts of Twain's major works, along with illustrations.

tag(s): biographies (87), mark twain (10)

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Good site for lesson ideas, or for independent use by students.

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Wrapped in Pride - Kente Cloth - Smithsonian Institution

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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian...more
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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian shows how the cloth is made and describes the various ways in which Africans use it. The content is adaptable to many age levels.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), kwanzaa (9)

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Use this activity here in your own classroom during a unit on African culture. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to guide the classroom on how and when to wear Kente cloth. Students can do this with their own cloth, just so long as they are still grasping the significance of the real thing. This would be a fun activity during a class period that's devoted to presentations & the like.

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