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World War II As Seen Through Children's Literature - Yale University

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! Be sure to save as a favorite, allowing you to take advantage of it whenever you need.

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Gateway to African American History - University of Chicago

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6 to 12
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This is an extremely comprehensive site covering an assortment of African American historical and cultural topics. Developed by a charter school and housed at the University of Chicago,...more
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This is an extremely comprehensive site covering an assortment of African American historical and cultural topics. Developed by a charter school and housed at the University of Chicago, the site offers a thematic look at the social, political, and cultural history of African Americans in the US. This site is well-organized and comprehensive enough to be meaningful to any student.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (114)

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If looking for new materials or resources for a unit adding multicultural perspectives OR black history month, be sure to check out some of the links on this site! Just make sure to save it as a favorite, allowing for easier retrieval later on.

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American Slave Narratives - University of Virginia

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This site from the University of Virginia provides transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with former slaves in the 1930s as part of the WPA projects. The site includes more...more
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This site from the University of Virginia provides transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with former slaves in the 1930s as part of the WPA projects. The site includes more than a dozen interviews, along with commentaries on the material which help provide context and suggest areas for further study. Excellent primary resource for students trying to understand what slavery was really like.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (114)

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Play the audio portions of this site over the interactive whiteboard to help students understand the reality of living as a slave in the Antebellum South. There is also a transcript teachers could print out to assist students who have trouble discerning the words or need to be guided. This would be a great resource for a US history class studying the lead up the the Civil War.

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Africans in America - PBS

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This is the web site for the 1998 PBS series of the same name. The information is closely tied to the series, which covers the history of Africans in America ...more
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This is the web site for the 1998 PBS series of the same name. The information is closely tied to the series, which covers the history of Africans in America from its earliest settlements through the Civil War.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (114)

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There are brief lesson plans which tie directly to the series, as well as limited links to other resources.

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The African American Mosaic - Library of Congress.

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6 to 12
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The Library takes an overview of African American experiences over the past 300 years in American history. Emphasis is on selected primary sources and their relationship to overall...more
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The Library takes an overview of African American experiences over the past 300 years in American history. Emphasis is on selected primary sources and their relationship to overall black and American development.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (114)

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Use the primary documents on this site to introduce the Slave trade AND the importance of analyzing primary sources in history. Print out 5-6 of the primary sources on this site assigning student groups one of the sources. Have groups analyze and interpret the content of their source with the intentions of presenting their results to the class briefly through a speech. After all the groups have presented their findings, each group will send one representative to the front of the class where students will defend their piece by its validity and reliability. Survivor style, the class will vote off documents in rounds until one piece is left standing - the most valid and reliable. An interesting way to combo both content and historical thinking skills in one class!

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African American History Timeline - Western Michigan University

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4 to 12
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From Western Michigan University's Department of Political Science. The site has a nice layout. Just pick a date/event from the timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement. Short,...more
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From Western Michigan University's Department of Political Science. The site has a nice layout. Just pick a date/event from the timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement. Short, but a great starting point.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (114)

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Teachers can give each student one of these events to research.

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Diversity Employers - Black Collegiate Services, Inc.

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This site has very detailed profiles, history, timelines, and questions. Users can go back to even the main homepage for career planning. ...more
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This site has very detailed profiles, history, timelines, and questions. Users can go back to even the main homepage for career planning.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (114)

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A good resource for teachers to make selections for classroom TV specials, art work and topic ideas.

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Drums Along the Mowhawk

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The title has nothing to do with the book by the same name, but this page offers lots of detail about people and places involved in the American revolution in ...more
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The title has nothing to do with the book by the same name, but this page offers lots of detail about people and places involved in the American revolution in New York state. Developed as a labor of love by a TV producer and web designer, there's a lot of primary source content and surprisingly detailed graphics. Well worth a visit.

tag(s): evolution (102), new york (26)

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Have students read one of the "valley dweller" stories during a lesson on the effects of Revolution and political separation in the colonies. Have students read different stories, or at least choose from one of a few stories, and write a letter based on the reading. Students can write a letter from the perspective of their chosen valley dweller, detailing what life is like to someone not in the immediate area. This is a great way to wrap up a lesson, allowing students to reflect on the days events.

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American President: John F Kennedy - Miller Center - University of Virginia

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Find resources related to John F Kennedy: facts, links to several speeches, and a multimedia gallery. One interesting part of this site is the use of word clouds as part ...more
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Find resources related to John F Kennedy: facts, links to several speeches, and a multimedia gallery. One interesting part of this site is the use of word clouds as part of the page with the links to speeches. Each speech includes a published transcript of the text of the speech along with a word cloud emphasizing the most frequently used words. This is part of a larger collection of all the United States presidents but provides a nice starting point for important events and information related to our 35th president.

tag(s): 1960s (30), kennedy (27), presidents (132)

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View video clips with your class on your interactive whiteboard. Share a link with students for use on any project relating to United States presidents or John F Kennedy. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore the site independently or in small groups. Have students choose one speech and create a simple infographic sharing their findings about its themes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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BrainPOP Free Stuff - BrainPop

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K to 12
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of ...more
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of topics and subjects. The best part is the FREE stuff for BrainPop Espanol, BrainPop Jr, and BrainPop ESL. Some of the specific topics include: Harlem Renaissance, Civil War, Blogs, Angles, DNA, Stocks & Shares, Digital Animation, and MANY others. These were the FREE topics at the time of this review, and of course is subject to change.

tag(s): angles (87), blogs (90), charts and graphs (196), civil war (145), digital storytelling (154), dna (68), energy (203), grammar (214), harlem (9), internet safety (108), main idea (9), mars (42), martin luther king (38), nutrition (158), shakespeare (133), stock market (13), women (92)

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Use this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
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65 History Twitter Feeds - Glenn Wiebe

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This site offers a wonderful list of Twitter feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list ...more
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This site offers a wonderful list of Twitter feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list includes the Twitter name with a link and a short description. Feeds include the Library of Congress, quotes and sayings from Thomas Jefferson, and HistoryDay (see what happened on this day in history). Feeds are separated into categories such as media, educators and students, and military to help navigate the different types.

tag(s): congress (34), history day (24), twitter (47)

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Create a classroom twitter account and choose feeds to follow that relate to classroom studies. Assign different students to follow the feed each week to summarize and review. Challenge students to find other history Twitter feeds to follow. Have students create a Twitter account as a historical figure as part of research projects. Looking for more ways to use twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for Kids - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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This interactive site is especially designed to give upper elementary students an introduction to ancient civilizations, World War 2, and the Victorian era. It contains interactives,...more
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This interactive site is especially designed to give upper elementary students an introduction to ancient civilizations, World War 2, and the Victorian era. It contains interactives, artwork, printables and quizzes.

tag(s): egypt (70), greeks (30), rome (28), victorian (21)

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Introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and try the activities as a whole class. Or have small groups rotate to a whiteboard and manipulate the activities together. Put a link to the activities on your class website and let students use as a center. Use the quizzes as a pretest to see what students already know. When you have finished studying the unit have students retake the quiz to see how much they learned. Print out the provided activities and use for homework or to provide extension activities for more advanced students.
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BridgeURL - BridgeURL

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Share a number of URL's easily with just one link. Simply enter a title, enter the URL's, and click "Create Link." BridgeURL makes it easy to share the URL's. ...more
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Share a number of URL's easily with just one link. Simply enter a title, enter the URL's, and click "Create Link." BridgeURL makes it easy to share the URL's.

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Create a simple link with this free resource. No sign up is required for use. Use the sliders in the two sections to navigate between the links. Hover the mouse over sections to see the 'Next' or 'Previous' link. Click on the box icon on the top of the slider to open the link in a new page. Use BridgeURL for anytime that many links need to be shared such as for projects, research, or webquests.
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Aviation Education: - Federal Aviation Administration

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From the Federal Aviation Administration, this site includes links to many of the sites listed here. Also links to a skit written for elementary and middle school students, and ...more
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From the Federal Aviation Administration, this site includes links to many of the sites listed here. Also links to a skit written for elementary and middle school students, and instructions for building a 1903 Flyer out of Styrofoam. There is a downloadable Wright Brothers Curriculum Guide, and an Orville and Wilber Wright Activity Guide. The downside of this site is that nearly everything must be downloaded and cannot be previewed first, so you spend time waiting for the download without knowing what you're getting first.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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