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An Uncommon Mission - PacBell

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Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California's many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list...more
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Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California's many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list of resources for California history. The site would also work well as a sample of one artist's conception of reality, since there are many other mission sites to use as comparisons.

tag(s): california (27)

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This site has a TON of activities and lessons planned for a unit based on the art of Father Jerome Tupa! Save the site as a favorite on your classroom computer and browse their large list for activities that will work in your classroom.

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Mark Twain House

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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' ...more
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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' section with a word search, and some very basic information about the house. This one's worth a look for those interested in late 19th century architecture.

tag(s): architecture (83), mark twain (10)

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Teachers wanting to introduce some of Twain's personal life before or after reading one of his books can do just that with this site. Share the site with students on the interactive whiteboard, watching the virtual tour or examining the exhibits. There may not be a ton of information, but this is a great way to get students started on understanding just a little bit more about the famous author.

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American History Timeline Links - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian's attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period....more
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The Smithsonian's timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian's attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period. Part of the attractiveness of this site is the eclectic nature of the results that you get from the various links. If you're interested in teaching history from different angles, there are lots of resources here.

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For virtually every topic in history, there is a corresponding site and activity here! Every topic has a variety of resources, from webquests to free lesson plans. Look at the time-line for your corresponding unit, and take advantage of the free resources the Smithsonian has put together! An excellent resource for any Social Studies teacher.

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Alaska and the Yukon - Quest Connect

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Quest Connect's exploration of Alaska - specifically for students - offers a well-written introduction to the history, native people, and present-day aspects of our northernmost state....more
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Quest Connect's exploration of Alaska - specifically for students - offers a well-written introduction to the history, native people, and present-day aspects of our northernmost state. There are plenty of photos, but they're kept separate from the narrative so some prowling around is in order here.

tag(s): alaska (25), gold rush (19)

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There is also an accompanying set of lesson plans. If your students can't catch the next flight to Anchorage, this might be the best alternative.

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Lewis and Clark - In Their Footsteps - Sierra Club

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The Sierra Club's treatment of the Lewis and Clark expedition concentrates on the wilderness areas the explorers found, what they thought of them, and what those same areas are like...more
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The Sierra Club's treatment of the Lewis and Clark expedition concentrates on the wilderness areas the explorers found, what they thought of them, and what those same areas are like today. You can read from the explorer journals, visit a selection of sites, and learn how to protect the wilderness areas that still exist. The site does a good job with both the historical content and the naturalist's perspective.

tag(s): jefferson (19), lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Use this site as a learning center during a unit on Lewis and Clark and their exploration of the West. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend providing students with a graphic organizer to guide them through and highlight what is most important. For help creating graphic organizers, try - Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Who2

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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links -...more
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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links - many surprisingly good, to more detailed information on the personalities listed. Students could use this one as a starting point for wider web research on a particular personality.

tag(s): biographies (86)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on research projects about a famous historical character. Though the bios are brief, they offer some solid information that could help students in the beginning phases of their research.

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Paul Revere's House

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3 to 6
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A fascinating site! Details the history of Revere's house, the facts behind the legend of his midnight ride, and includes a biography section. Teachers should click on the "Just for...more
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A fascinating site! Details the history of Revere's house, the facts behind the legend of his midnight ride, and includes a biography section. Teachers should click on the "Just for Kids" button for lesson ideas. This site could be used for elementary-level social studies classes.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14), evolution (100), massachusetts (10)

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Use this site as a way to provide more information about one important character in history, Paul Revere. Take advantage of the free activities in the "Just for Kids" section. There is also a biography offered that could easily be read aloud by students from the interactive whiteboard or projector. This would definitely be a great resource for a US history class studying colonial America.

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The Monitor - The Mariner's Museum

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Here's a site about one of the Civil War's two most famous ironclad fighting ships and the effort to find and restore her. The site includes information on the recovery ...more
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Here's a site about one of the Civil War's two most famous ironclad fighting ships and the effort to find and restore her. The site includes information on the recovery expedition as well as the way in which the ship was used in combat during the war.

tag(s): civil war (145), museums (49), navy (9), virginia (16)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them go through the interactive tour of the monitor and take notes, with the end result being that they make a poster using an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). The site has audio features which will probably be the most beneficial for students, so be sure to include headphones near computers.

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Tour the Ship Constitution - U.S. Navy

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This is the Navy's online tour of the oldest commissioned ship in the fleet - the sailing ship Constitution. Though you can tour the ship in Boston, this site gives ...more
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This is the Navy's online tour of the oldest commissioned ship in the fleet - the sailing ship Constitution. Though you can tour the ship in Boston, this site gives online maps and images showing how the ship was constructed and functioned at sea.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14), evolution (100), massachusetts (10), navy (9)

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This one would be great for a study of the American Reovolution, the navy, or the role of the sea in the formation of the nation.

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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial - Time Magazine

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By far the richest resource we've found on the topic, Time's treatment includes an interactive map, essays, journal excerpts, and photoessays. There are also maps showing the distribution...more
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By far the richest resource we've found on the topic, Time's treatment includes an interactive map, essays, journal excerpts, and photoessays. There are also maps showing the distribution of Native American tribes, then and now, and a list of recommended reading and web resources.

tag(s): jefferson (19), lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Use the interactive map as a supplemental resource during a lesson on the two explorers. Share the map on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the route the explorers took, as well as some of the terrain that hindered their travels. Great for a US history class!
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How Air Force One Works - Howstuffworks

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For the fans of Presidential gadgets, Air Force One is the ultimate. Here's a site that really does explain how the president's jet functions and what it looks like on ...more
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For the fans of Presidential gadgets, Air Force One is the ultimate. Here's a site that really does explain how the president's jet functions and what it looks like on the inside. Lots of text, images, and animations will make this one attractive for curious airplane fans.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), flight (36), presidents (130)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on research projects or papers concerning the President and one of the many services surrounding him. This site has a lot of great information and would be a great springboard for further research. Make sure to include this site on any resource sheets concerning their research!
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Historical Alaska Images - Fish and Wildlife Service

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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature -...more
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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature - the only way to access images - finds species easily, but doesn't do as well with place names.

tag(s): air (163), alaska (25), states (163)

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If you're looking for photos of early Alaska, this is a great resource.

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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 (130), 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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NetState

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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 (163)

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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 (163)

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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 (163)

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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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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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The Midnight Ride - Paul Revere House

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A stockpile if information on Paul Revere's midnight ride. There is an interactive map, copies of primary sources, and a few illustrated depictions of his journey. ...more
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A stockpile if information on Paul Revere's midnight ride. There is an interactive map, copies of primary sources, and a few illustrated depictions of his journey.

tag(s): american revolution (86)

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