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Anoka - Halloween Capital of the World - Anoka Halloween, Inc.

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2 to 8
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This simple site provides historical information about Anoka, Minnesota. Do you know what makes Anoka so interesting? It has the unique nickname of the "Halloween Capital of the World."...more
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This simple site provides historical information about Anoka, Minnesota. Do you know what makes Anoka so interesting? It has the unique nickname of the "Halloween Capital of the World." Do you want to know why it is the capital? Visit the site and read all about the history, celebrations, and more. Suddenly a community's claim to fame can become a way to introduce your students to the process of tracing local history.

tag(s): halloween (40), minnesota (4)

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Use this site when studying community and culture. There are many sites that offer Halloween games and printables, but this site offers some real history - check it out! Why not have students research the history of Halloween (or another holiday) in your hometown. Do they have a parade? If so, when did it begin? What year did trick-or-treating begin in your hometown?

Assign cooperative learning groups different cities throughout your state, and have students do "Halloween" (or holiday) research on that particular town. Have the groups create interactive presentations to share with the class. Try having students create videos to share using YouTube or TeacherTube (explained here).

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Who Were The Pilgrims - Plimoth Plantation

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1 to 6
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This informative website presents the students with information on numerous "Pilgrim" topics. There are authentic pictures and a lot of information. Topics include "Who Were The Pilgrims,"...more
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This informative website presents the students with information on numerous "Pilgrim" topics. There are authentic pictures and a lot of information. Topics include "Who Were The Pilgrims," "Who Were The Wampanoag," "The Mayflower," "Building a Home," and more!

On the right side of the website, there is a list of other relevant topics (Thanksgiving, Growing Food, What to Wear, Playing and Learning, What's for Dinner, and several others).

tag(s): colonial america (107), pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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A teacher could use this website for research projects. Incorporate this website into your lessons on pilgrims, the Mayflower, and Thanksgiving. Use this site to help prepare for Colonial Days at your school.

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Plimouth Plantation Just for Kids - Plimouth Plantation

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K to 5
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Hear and see the language of the pilgrims, try recipes, make crafts, read stories, and more with these kids activities from Plimouth Plantation. This site also has printable pages for...more
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Hear and see the language of the pilgrims, try recipes, make crafts, read stories, and more with these kids activities from Plimouth Plantation. This site also has printable pages for younger students. Note: the sound files for the Pilgrim talk require FLASH, and you must turn up your computer's volume! You can get Flash from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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Share this link on your teacher web site for November or try some of the activities in your elementary classroom. The stories would make great read-alouds during Thanksgiving week. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. - The American Heritage Education Foundation

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K to 12
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Social studies, history, and government teachers - be warned - this site may be the best FREE gift you receive this year. To sum it up in one word - ...more
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Social studies, history, and government teachers - be warned - this site may be the best FREE gift you receive this year. To sum it up in one word - WOW! The highlight of this site is ready-to-go lesson plans (with standards) divided by age level (elementary, middle, and high school). These FREE lesson plans are available online via a PDF file or you may order a FREE CD (they say it is a $150 value).

The elementary topics range from Colonial America to U.S. Presidents (with a focus on George Washington) to the History of Thanksgiving to The Pledge of Allegiance and MANY others. The middle school topics include the Declaration of Independence, Our National Documents, The Gettysburg Address, Religious Expression in School, and several others. The high school topics vary from the Mayflower, to Federalists 47, the First Amendment, and more. Each grade level also includes lessons on character education.

In addition to the wonderful lesson plans, the site also highlights the four themes of the foundation: Unity, Progress, Freedom, and Responsibility. There are also links to some fantastic social studies sites and a wealth of research information about America. Some of the lesson plans and printables require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colonial america (107), constitution (79), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), presidents (131), thanksgiving (37)

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Obviously, the lesson plans are useful for all grade levels. Take advantage of these free resources. Many include printable activities for your students to try out. Although the site isn't highly interactive, it does have some great ideas to incorporate into your class to bring history alive.

Make the lesson plans more "technologically advanced" by having students create a wiki or blog entry. Have your high school students complete the lesson on the First Amendment and then have them have a virtual debate about the First Amendment via a class wiki. Have your elementary students complete the lesson on U.S. Presidents and then have each student write a blog entry pretending to be one of the presidents (a great mini-research project). Have your middle school students complete the lesson on the Gettysburg Address and then try to create their own "Address" to talk about the current state of our nation. Have them share their "Address" on a video using YouTube or or TeacherTube (explained here).
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Quiz School: Create a Quiz Online - Proprofs QuizSchool

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1 to 12
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The site calls itself the "YouTube of Quizzes." This site allows you to create ONLINE quizzes. You MUST register to use this site. Registration does require an email address, user ...more
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The site calls itself the "YouTube of Quizzes." This site allows you to create ONLINE quizzes. You MUST register to use this site. Registration does require an email address, user name, and password. Registration takes less than ten seconds, and is very simple.

Once registered, you click to create a quiz. Then you are asked to choose between a personality quiz or a scored quiz. This site offers extraordinary details. At the scored quiz, you are able to provide a title, tags, description, and choose the type of questions (multiple choice, essay, or fill in the blank). It is simple to insert images, change font styles, insert links, and even score the online quiz. You can create a pass/fail quiz, a graded quiz (with YOU determining what qualifies as an A, B, etc..). You are also able to set a time limit, issue a certificate of achievement, and fill in the possible total score.

Once students have taken the quiz, immediate feedback is provided (including a scale of all participants, the correct answers, final score, and grade). This is a fantastic tool to use to create online quizzes!

Caution: this site does include some minor advertisements. At the time of this review, all advertisements were appropriate. But it would be wise to advise students NOT to click off of the quiz onto any of the advertisements or links.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): quiz (84)

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Use this site to create online quizzes. Create a quiz as a review to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students take the quiz independently or in cooperative learning groups. Have students create their own quizzes to use for review or as a final project. Embed your quiz (or provide a link to it) on your class website.

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4th Grade Home Page - Kidport

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3 to 5
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This site, created by Kidport for fourth grade students, offers links to lessons and activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library....more
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This site, created by Kidport for fourth grade students, offers links to lessons and activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject areas only offer one or two activities, while others offer several. The topics include California Missions, arithmetic practice, the food chain, animal comparisons, U.S. presidents, Mexican American War, California Gold Rush, homophones, and other grammar activities.

Although some of the activities are not highly interactive, they are well done and could be very useful in the classroom. Some of the pages do have advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), california (27), gold rush (19), grammar (216), homophones (17), multiplication (227), subtraction (208)

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Check out the unique mix available at this website. Share it with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for enrichment, learning stations, or indoor recess options. List this site in your class newsletter and on your class website for students to use for additional practice at home.
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5th Grade Home Page - Kidport

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4 to 6
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This site, created by Kidport for fifth grade students, offers links to lessons and activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library....more
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This site, created by Kidport for fifth grade students, offers links to lessons and activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject areas only offer one or two activities, while others offer several. Some examples of math topics include measuring angles, adding and subtracting decimals, and measuring distance. Language arts topics include contractions, antonyms, synonyms, compound words, and homophones. Science topics vary greatly and include the heart, human body, bones, muscles, the animal kingdom and more! Social studies lessons focus on the pilgrims, U.S. states and capitals, and the American Revolution.

This site offers a variety of interactive elements (online quizzes, interactive maps and diagrams, and other learning exercises). Some of the pages do have advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): antonyms (26), capitals (24), heart (43), pilgrims (17), synonyms (38)

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Share this site with your families by listing it on your class website for additional at-home practice and enrichment. Use this site with younger gifted students. Share the site with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for learning stations, or indoor recess options.
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Design a Historic Home - Scholastic

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2 to 5
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Come along with Elizabeth Barker to the New World. Help her set up her new Colonial home. Students are presented with an empty room and a list of possible items ...more
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Come along with Elizabeth Barker to the New World. Help her set up her new Colonial home. Students are presented with an empty room and a list of possible items to include in the room (scroll using the arrows on the bottom of the page). Once students click Done Elizabeth will offer her opinion on the room and changes necessary. By scrolling over the items in the room, students are presented with simple reference information about each item. There is also an option to Print. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colonial america (107)

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Use this site to enrich your Colonial Unit. Demonstrate how to use this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work on individual computers to create their room for Elizabeth. Have students print off their rooms and share their choices and reasoning with the class. Have students write a blog entry from Elizabeth's perspective or a letter from Elizabeth (back to her friends in the old town).
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Apples - Manatee School District

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K to 2
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Did you know that Apple flowers are related to roses? Visit this site to learn more about Apples: What is an Apple? What are the parts of an Apple? How ...more
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Did you know that Apple flowers are related to roses? Visit this site to learn more about Apples: What is an Apple? What are the parts of an Apple? How many kinds of Apples are there? Where do Apples grow? How do Apples Grow? What about Johnny Appleseed? Each link includes several hyperlinked texts that take you to pictures, diagrams, or more information. There are also buttons on each page that say "read." This feature reads the information aloud to the student. The site also includes interactives, online quizzes, and lots of yummy apple fun perfect for Fall.

Be aware: at the time of this review, at the link How do Apples Grow?, the clickable definition for the word "picked" was not working. You may need to explain to your students that an apple is "picked" when someone pulls the apple off of the apple tree. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): fall (16), fall festival (5), seasons (37)

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Are apples part of your Fall curriculum? If so, check out this free resource. Use your projector or interactive whiteboard to share the text, photos, quizzes, and audio with your class. Set up a learning station and have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete one segment of the website (such as the Parts of an Apple). Have students take the quiz together. Culminate your unit with a visit to a local orchard (if applicable) and let students dissect their own apples -- and of course eat their project. That's one snack that healthy for everyone! Extend the apple activities by having students make an apple wiki, complete with digital pictures of apples and apple people, poems, and recipes for apple fun.
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Frederick County: A Crossroads of History - Maryland Public Television

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K to 5
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This site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers the history of Frederick County, Maryland. There is also detailed information about transportation of the past and present,...more
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This site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers the history of Frederick County, Maryland. There is also detailed information about transportation of the past and present, civil rights movements in Frederick County, primary sources and secondary sources, architecture, and more. There are lesson plans (with Maryland standards), printable pages, information to use if you choose to share any videos with your students (which is not necessary to use this site), links to learn about the Revolutionary times, War of 1812, The Underground Railroad and the Civil War, and much more.

There is a link for Web Links , these lead to other sites that provide research information. Some of the links include forums, so watch students carefully.

tag(s): civil rights (117), maryland (8), transportation (40)

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If you are teaching about the history of Maryland, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad, or the Civil War, check out the lesson plans available at this website. The printable pages and online student activities offer excellent supplementary lesson ideas.

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The Story of Anne Arundel County - Maryland Public Television

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4 to 8
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This site takes students on a web hunt throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit BWI airport, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, and several other famous landmarks. On the homepage,...more
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This site takes students on a web hunt throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit BWI airport, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, and several other famous landmarks. On the homepage, there are links for kids and teachers. The Kids link takes you directly to the web hunt. The Teachers Page includes ways to implement the lessons into your curriculum, resource links, project ideas, and more.

tag(s): maryland (8)

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Use this site for individual research projects about the eight famous places listed at this site. Assign cooperative learning groups to explore the sites together. Use the link for Shady Side to introduce peninsulas to your students. "Take" your students to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis without leaving school.

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Pathways to Freedom: Maryland & The Underground Railroad - Maryland Public Television

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This informative and interactive website provides information about Maryland's role in the Underground Railroad. Some of the highlights include video clips about Harriet Tubman, lesson...more
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This informative and interactive website provides information about Maryland's role in the Underground Railroad. Some of the highlights include video clips about Harriet Tubman, lesson plans and class activities, printable pages, reference information, details about signs and symbols of the Underground Railroad, and MUCH more. If you are teaching about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad - this site is a must see. Another interesting activity is the "Make Your Own Secret Quilt Message." Be sure to check out the link Classroom Resources for some interesting ways to incorporate this site into your lessons. It would also be a terrific accompaniment for TeachersFirst's Signs in Stitches and Song unit. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat, you can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): 1800s (44), civil war (145), lincoln (86), maryland (8), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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Start your exploration at the link for teachers Classroom Resources. The lesson plans (which include standards) are ready to go and easy to use. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for research projects. Have students write fictitious blog posts pretending they are traveling the Underground Railroad or an illustrated wiki account of their travels.
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Exploring Maryland's Roots - Maryland Public Television

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3 to 9
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This amazing historical site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers information about Maryland's roots (focusing on the 1600s and 1700s). Click on Classroom Resources ...more
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This amazing historical site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers information about Maryland's roots (focusing on the 1600s and 1700s). Click on Classroom Resources to find several lesson plans and activities (all linked to Maryland standards). Lesson plans focus on topics such as plantations and slavery, the colonists' arrival in the New World, the history of the Yaocomaco Indians, and several others. The lessons include interactive activities and/or video clips. There are also printables and a wealth of historical information (great for research). This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): 1600s (11), chesapeake bay (4), colonial america (107), india (36), maryland (8), slavery (72)

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During your Colonial Unit, share the video of the "Diary of the Colonial - Jenny Steiner." Check out all of the lesson plans when teaching about the history of the 13 colonies, slavery, plantation life, life in the 1600s and 1700s. Be sure to read the teacher tips for more ideas. This site is also an excellent resource for research on individual states or colonies (Maryland).
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My fifth graders LOVE this website. Well done. Gail, MI, Grades: 4 - 6
My fifth graders LOVED this website. Gail, MI, Grades: 4 - 6

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WayBack: Plast-O-Matic - PBS Kids GO!

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3 to 8
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Come to this site to learn more about the fantastic invention: Plastic! Click on M.F.P.P.L. to visit an interactive that challenges students to manufacture pieces of missing...more
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Come to this site to learn more about the fantastic invention: Plastic! Click on M.F.P.P.L. to visit an interactive that challenges students to manufacture pieces of missing plastic. The challenge is to create all eighteen items. The

tag(s): 1950s (12), inventors and inventions (99), plastics (9)

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Use this site to teach your students about the importance of plastics in medicine, cooking, and everyday life. Have students try the interactive challenge with a partner. Use this site for research projects on inventions. Have students brainstorm a list of things that they use that are made from plastics. Try some of the science experience (Slime, Anyone) -- sure to excite your students, and possibly get them a bit messy.
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Web Poster Wizard - 4Teachers.org

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K to 12
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Use this terrific online tool for your students to create posters or short reports in a poster format. Create lessons, worksheets, or class pages and instantly publish them online using...more
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Use this terrific online tool for your students to create posters or short reports in a poster format. Create lessons, worksheets, or class pages and instantly publish them online using this free Web Poster Wizard. The teacher sets up an account (for free), and follows simple directions so students can upload images and write about their project or pictures. The site even includes management tools so you can keep separate classes of students and see their work by class.

Plan to spend some time reading through the directions and trying out this tool before you assign it to students. Teachers and students must register and login each time they use this tool. Students can share the URL for their posters with grandparents or parents to show off their good work!

Students will need to know how to locate and upload a file for an image (such as a digital picture) to place it in their poster. If you allow them to use images from the web, the tool asks them to give information on their image source, as well (hooray for ethical use of the Internet!). If you use digital pictures of students, be SURE that you do NOT use full names on the site. You should get parent permission for uploading any student images, even if anonymous.
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tag(s): posters (36)

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Some uses for this simple tool: book reports (take a digital photo of the book cover), biographical posters of famous people (images from the web), "all about me" posters, posters about community members such as veterans of World War II whom students interview and photograph, author posters, fictitious character studies, science posters on processes or terms with accompanying digital pictures to illustrate, etc. The possibilities are endless. Once students know the tool, they can use it over and over.

Teachers, make sure you select the archive option to keep student projects live online for more than a month. Use the Teacher Feature option to create one web page of your class' archived projects. You will want to put your created web page link prominently on your class homepage.

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Picasso - Maryland Electronic Fieldtrips - Thinkport

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3 to 12
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If you are teaching your students about Picasso, visit this website for some new ideas. This site focuses on the years of 1892-1906. There are links to learn more about ...more
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If you are teaching your students about Picasso, visit this website for some new ideas. This site focuses on the years of 1892-1906. There are links to learn more about point of view, reflection, focus, and more. The site includes a timeline of Picasso's life. Teachers, be sure to visit the "for educators" link to find math, social studies, and language arts activities to coincide with teaching about this amazing artist. Several of the paintings allow you to zoom in on certain features of the painting. Be aware, at the time of this review, the forums were closed to additional comments.

tag(s): picasso (6), point of view (9)

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Start out at the "for educators" link for some great ideas to create an interdisciplinary lesson using Picasso in art, social studies, language arts, or math class. Use this site for research projects. In art class, use your interactive whiteboard or projector to show students an up close look at several of Picasso's paintings. Analyze and notate the paintings' composition using the whiteboard tools!

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Scribble States - Armor Games Inc.

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3 to 8
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At this site, students learn about each of the 50 states. They connect dots to create the outline of a state. Students can choose from an assorted number of "exam" ...more
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At this site, students learn about each of the 50 states. They connect dots to create the outline of a state. Students can choose from an assorted number of "exam" questions; they can also choose whether to have questions on the name of the state, its capital, or its state name. The speed of the questions varies also. Students receive a score on the accuracy of their drawing with the mouse and the answer to the question about the state.

This site does have some minor advertisements. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (24), drawing (78), states (162)

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Use this activity as practice with states state capitals, or state shapes. Your visual and kinesthetic learners will benefit from this different approach. This site is accessible to ESL and ELL students; provide them with a map of the states and they can use this activity to familiarize themselves with state names, pronunciation, shape, location, etc.

This site is "interactive whiteboard ready." Try the activity as a class challenge (at the beginning of social studies class). Have students take turns "drawing" the state, and then use the "quiz" questions a class (or team) activity. Once students are familiar with this site, allow them to explore on their own. Have students create their own dot to dot state papers and quizzes to share with the class.
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Google Lit Trips - Google Earth

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3 to 12
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Google Lit Trips collects annotated maps on Google Earth to illustrate the travels found in great works of literature. The site presents the work of teachers and others and continues...more
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Google Lit Trips collects annotated maps on Google Earth to illustrate the travels found in great works of literature. The site presents the work of teachers and others and continues to add maps and content. Literary works are divided by grade level. Each map also provides links to other online material related to the work illustrated, and some trips are accompanied by related podcasts.

"Lit trips" can be reviewed by users so teachers can see comments left by other users. This site uses Google Earth which must be downloaded first. Find full info on Google Earth in the TeachersFirst review, including the link to download.

tag(s): earth (228), literature (275), maps (287)

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Each "lit trip" is extensively annotated and linked to further content, making this an incredibly rich resource for teachers to use in conjunction with teaching works of literature. Students can see graphically the travels of such characters as the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath , or Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey . Using these lit trips on an interactive whiteboard or projector will greatly enhance a class study of the associated work of literature. Alternatively, students might be encouraged to explore these lit trips independently, at home, or in a computer lab, so they can follow links that are of particular individual interest. As a really ambitious project, make it a class task to create a lit trip for a work of literature you are studying, assigning student groups to choose locations and create the placemarkers, then submit it to the Lit Trips site.

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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - Government Printing Office

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1 to 12
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Here's an introduction to American government that even the youngest students can appreciate. Divided into four grade levels, the site explains the structure and purpose of American...more
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Here's an introduction to American government that even the youngest students can appreciate. Divided into four grade levels, the site explains the structure and purpose of American government in age-appropriate terms for everyone from Kindergarteners to high school students. For example, there are four interactive games for your primary students (grades k-2)that make learning about our government fun. Have students learn states' locations by placing them on the map. Color the USA flag, help Ben Franklin out of a maze, or find your way around the liberty bell. There are also age-specific activities divided into grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): constitution (79), franklin (12), states (162)

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With younger grades, use an interactive whiteboard or projector to learn the states' locations with the entire group. This simple site would be great to use in your computer center for individual learning or for some indoor recess enrichment fun. Secondary teachers looking for more than the basics will want to supplement this site with other resources. There is a link for parents and teachers, be sure to take a look!
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Kid's Past - kidsknowitnetwork

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4 to 9
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This online history textbook provides a good reference source for a vast amount of world history told from different perspectives. History that's often missed by K-12 curricula includes...more
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This online history textbook provides a good reference source for a vast amount of world history told from different perspectives. History that's often missed by K-12 curricula includes chapters on Islam, Asia before and after the Middle Ages, Civilization in China, and Africa, for example. In depth coverage of commonly studied topics adds detail and provides research possibilities. Although the main part of the material is text-based, online history games motivate students to review learned materials. Another interesting feature is a list of hundreds of historical and contemporary people and their famous quotes. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): famous people (19), greek (41), greeks (30), renaissance (34), romans (35)

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Save this site in your favorites and use it as a jumping off point for research or lessons on the various topics offered at this site. If you have a history buff in your class, share this site with him/her as a place to spark an individual project, even in world language classes where history and culture are part of the curriculum.
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