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Lost Labor

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Social studies students and teachers will find this photo collection fascinating. The images document jobs and industries that no longer exist, but which were important in their day...more
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Social studies students and teachers will find this photo collection fascinating. The images document jobs and industries that no longer exist, but which were important in their day to keep the economy moving. The images date from around 1900 through the 1930s and 40s. Try this one to help answer the question, "What kind of jobs did people have back then?"

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of manual labor before the technological revolution after WWII. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about life pre-modern technology. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Lyndon Johnson Library - University of Texas

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Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician's politician, and the site from his presidential library offers tools that both scholars and students can use to trace his career and the accomplishments...more
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Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician's politician, and the site from his presidential library offers tools that both scholars and students can use to trace his career and the accomplishments of his administration. There's an extensive "Kids' Section" with information on the Johnson Administration.

tag(s): civil rights (119), presidents (130), texas (4)

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Use the kids portion of this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the Johnson Presidency. Based on what they've learned in the site, have students resummarize it in a "breaking news presentation,"using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.
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Centennial of Flight Commission - US government

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This government site offers information the celebration of the Wright Brothers' Flight centennial, as well as a great collection of printable posters and commemorative lesson materials....more
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This government site offers information the celebration of the Wright Brothers' Flight centennial, as well as a great collection of printable posters and commemorative lesson materials. These could make great classroom decorations, and the lesson materials are thorough and grade-specific. Try this one on students interested in the physics of flight or a career in aviation.

tag(s): aviation (39), north carolina (4), wright brothers (25)

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Use the games on this site as a way to help students review the information in learning centers or during a lull in class time. Teachers can also post this on their class wiki to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom!
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Wright Brothers' History - Centennial of Flight Commission

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The US Centennial of Flight Commission has prepared an extensive look at the Wright Brothers and their efforts to build a successful aircraft. This section of a larger site offers ...more
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The US Centennial of Flight Commission has prepared an extensive look at the Wright Brothers and their efforts to build a successful aircraft. This section of a larger site offers details on the journals, the specifications, and the reconstruction of the original Wright flyer. History and physics teachers alike will enjoy this one.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), north carolina (4), wright brothers (25)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered! There are also games that teachers can either print out and use as quick review activities or as a learning center or station. If using as a learning station, save the site as a favorite and have kids peruse it during a unit on Flight, the evolution of transportation or the Industrial Growth of the early 20th century.
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Wright Flyer Project

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The 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight is in fall of 2003, and this site documents an effort to replicate that achievement by replicating the original Wright Flyer....more
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The 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight is in fall of 2003, and this site documents an effort to replicate that achievement by replicating the original Wright Flyer. In turns out to be more difficult than even the experts imagined. Learn more here.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), inventors and inventions (97), wright brothers (25)

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Connecting Minnesota - Forests, Fields, and the Falls

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This is a nicely done animated site about the history of Minnesota for elementary students. It concentrates on major industries of the state as the basis for a portrayal of ...more
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This is a nicely done animated site about the history of Minnesota for elementary students. It concentrates on major industries of the state as the basis for a portrayal of life in Minnesota in the late 1800s. the illustrations and stories have a sort of "comic book" feel, but the information is well designed and well presented. Students in other states will find this a nice introduction to nineteenth century life on the prairie.

tag(s): minnesota (4), states (162)

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Use this site as an introductor or activator on a lesson concerning Westward Expansion. Introduce the site on the Interactive whiteboard or projector, before allowing students to explore the site in pairs. 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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Voices of the Colorado Plateau

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This intriguing site uses images, audio, and video clips to relate the history of the "four corners" region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The site lets users focus ...more
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This intriguing site uses images, audio, and video clips to relate the history of the "four corners" region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The site lets users focus on people, places, or topics, and teachers may find the last of these most useful. Because the site concentrates primarily on audio, it may be more appropriate for middle and high school students.

tag(s): mexico (34), states (162), utah (2)

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Use these oral interviews to enlighten students about a variety of topics that affected people in the Colorado Plateau. One topic includes the Great Depression, which is not entirely Colorado specific. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play the oral interviews concerning the Depression to students. There are a variety of other topics, but this was one in particular that was valid all over the US. This site would be useful in a US history course.
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Connecticut History Online

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This is a large, rich resource about both Connecticut history and industry and commerce in nineteenth century America. There is a collection of archival photos and photo essays. ...more
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This is a large, rich resource about both Connecticut history and industry and commerce in nineteenth century America. There is a collection of archival photos and photo essays.

tag(s): connecticut (4), states (162)

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The classroom section includes lesson plans, as well as a series of very well done "journeys" that describe the industries and people that have had an effect on Connecticut history. Many of these are suitable for use in other states. There's lots of great content in this one.
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Flight History

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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances...more
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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances in which the aircraft were used. Try using this site as a supplement to a study of aeronautics or events of the early twentieth century.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39)

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While some of the information on this site is targeted towards travelers, there is useful information here that can be used to supplement a lecture on the origins of flight and the Wright Brothers. Open the section about the Wright Brothers on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the timeline provided as a guide for students to follow. This would also be a great jumping off point for students working on research projects or papers about the Wright Brothers - save this site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom. This would be useful in a US history or Physics classroom following the evolution of flight.

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Immigration - The Changing Face of America - Library of Congress

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The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress does it again with this survey of the waves of immigration that have swept the American shores. While this site has ...more
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The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress does it again with this survey of the waves of immigration that have swept the American shores. While this site has a number of incomplete "exhibit" areas, the associated lesson plans are there, and well worth a look for those whose curricula include immigration. It may take some trial and error to find those resources that fit best.

tag(s): africa (179), african american (114), china (66), chinese (49), immigration (57), japan (61), japanese (42), migration (58)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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From Slavery to Civil Rights - Library of Congress

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Secondary social studies teachers with a love for primary documents will love this Library of Congress edition of an African American time line. For each time period there are links...more
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Secondary social studies teachers with a love for primary documents will love this Library of Congress edition of an African American time line. For each time period there are links to primary documents - it's a rich collection - for that period. This is the sort of "the way it really was" context that can give life to historical events. Add a little creativity and you can have some great lesson ideas.

tag(s): africa (179), african american (114), civil rights (119), slavery (71)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of African American's struggle for equality. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about what is equal in our society. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!
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Literary Traveler

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Here's a site that combines information about literary figures and their travels. The site blends background information on the lives of literary figures with descriptions of the places...more
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Here's a site that combines information about literary figures and their travels. The site blends background information on the lives of literary figures with descriptions of the places they lived and visited, creating a nice context for a study of the factors that influence an author's work. Secondary English teachers will find this an interesting resource for taking a new twist on a familiar author.

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Animated Engines - privately published

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Looking for a nice animated illustration to add to your discussion of inventors and technology? This site offers accurate "wire-frame" illustrations of how several different types of...more
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Looking for a nice animated illustration to add to your discussion of inventors and technology? This site offers accurate "wire-frame" illustrations of how several different types of internal combustion and steam engines operate. Each includes a step-by-step explanation of how the engine operates, making it easy to compare differences among engine designs. Even grownups will like this one.

tag(s): industrialization (14), inventors and inventions (97)

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WASP on the Web - Wings Across America, Nancy Parrish

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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various ...more
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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various site elements offer glimpses of the people, airplanes, and places that made the WASPs an indispensable element of the war effort. The sounds add some additional realism. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), women (91), world war 2 (141)

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Use the audio/video on this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to show students who the WASPS were as well as the contribution they made to the war effort. This would be a great addition to a lesson on WWII as well as the fight for equality between the sexes. Click on the Gallery and view Above and Beyond about the 38 WASPs who died during in service to their country. The information here is very brief. You may want to ask small groups of students to select three of four WASPs to research and share their stories using a tool like Sway, reviewed here. With Sway, you can have music, photos, videos, and even make it interactive.
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Women Come to the Front - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress does its usually thorough job in this presentation on the roles of female journalists during World War II. These included domestic and foreign assignments. While...more
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The Library of Congress does its usually thorough job in this presentation on the roles of female journalists during World War II. These included domestic and foreign assignments. While we wish more of these images were available on line, there are certainly enough photos in this collection to provide students with a sense of what war meant to America in the 1940s.

tag(s): journalism (51), women (91), world war 2 (141)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the battle front in WWII. The content is still valid, and would be a great center to break up others based on the battles and the men who are normally focused on. A useful resource for a US history classroom.

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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley,...more
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest Coast, the site offers images and text that can enhance any unit on Native Americans. There are also links to tribal web sites.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Native American culture. Have students explore the site with the intentions of presenting summaries of specific cultures or artworks. Have students create a multimedia presentation using YUtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the art, the tribes or the regions (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Modernism - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism ...more
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism that runs from the British arts and crafts movement in the 1880s through to American Art Deco of the 1940s. There are images, text, and video narration for each segment, providing a nice evolutionary tour. Use the pieces together or individually as supplemental material for art history, or as an adjunct to an American or European history class.

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of modernism in the past two centuries. Use the site's images and virtual exhibits to showcase the movement being talked about to compliment your class lectures. Another useful item is that some of the exhibits have a quick video clip that can help introduce the idea to your class in a way that foreshadows the rest of your lecture. Make sure your technology allows for the videos to be seen and not just heard!
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Unified Vision - The Prairie School - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank ...more
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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, William Gray Purcell, and others. In addition to showing works of art, the site offers several interactive tours of Wright houses, many in the twin cities area. Art teachers will use this one as a great American design example.

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U.S. Air Force Museum - U.S. Air Force

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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist...more
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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist with research on aviation history or related topics.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36)

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Click on "museum exhibits" for photos of each plane and weapon featured in the museum. Aerospace teachers can use this site for example photos of planes being studied in class, while history teachers can use those same photos in units concerning the evolution of transportation or warfare. This site truly is an interdisciplinary webpage, and can be used to supplement lectures in many classrooms. E

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Flags of the World

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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On...more
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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On top of that, there's lots of interesting narrative about many of these. It's a great place to look for flag information for research projects.

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Elementary social studies teachers may find this one addictive.

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