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Gauging Your Distraction - Gabriel Dance, Tom Jackson and Aron Pilhofer/The New York Times

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Discover the potential consequences of driving while distracted with this interactive focusing on the impact of driving while texting. Change lanes using your keyboard pad while sending...more
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Discover the potential consequences of driving while distracted with this interactive focusing on the impact of driving while texting. Change lanes using your keyboard pad while sending and receiving text messages. Upon completion of the game, learn your reaction times and how they compare to average response times with and without texting.

tag(s): safety (92)

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If you teach drivers education or health, include this site on your wiki or class website. Share the site with students (and parents) as a valuable addition to the "learn to drive" toolkit. Have students complete the game to learn the consequences of trying to multitask while driving. Have students create commercials about the dangers of texting and driving and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Speke - Speke.co

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Speke is an aggregator of trending social media content from around the world gathered from sites such as Reddit, Vine, Instagram, and Twitter. Create an account to view and sort ...more
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Speke is an aggregator of trending social media content from around the world gathered from sites such as Reddit, Vine, Instagram, and Twitter. Create an account to view and sort the latest information. Each item includes an icon showing the social media source, popularity, and a share button. Click on the map to explore the content by geographic locations. Use caution with Speke when sharing with students, content isn't monitored and links lead to other sites.

tag(s): social media (16), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Explore Speke with students to discover trending topics from around the world. Be sure to explore before sharing Speke with students as content isn't filtered and links lead to other sites. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers to collect and share information such as a Venn Diagram comparing information from two different locations.

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Global Conflict Tracker - Council on Foreign Relations

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8 to 12
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This interactive provides up-to-date information about global conflicts, and specifically the impact on U.S. interests. Colors display the impact on the U.S. with red being more critical...more
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This interactive provides up-to-date information about global conflicts, and specifically the impact on U.S. interests. Colors display the impact on the U.S. with red being more critical and green as limited. Hover over any highlighted area to learn the area affected. Click to find out more such as the number of people affected, recent developments, and background about the conflict. Use filters to view information by region or different types of conflict.

tag(s): conflict resolution (8), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), journalism (46), maps (288), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Bookmark this interactive for use throughout the year when discussing current events or studying different regions around the world. Share the locations using Google Earth, reviewed here, to get a first-hand look at the geography of the region. This tool is a great find for gifted students. Have them explore different regions of conflict and research the background of events in the area. Challenge students to make a multimedia presentation using information found in their research. Use a tool like Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings allows adding polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, and PDFs. Have students create & embed a timeline to their presentation using Dipity, reviewed here, to demonstrate important events in the conflicted area. You may wish to share this tool on your website for parents and students to review when planning a trip, or if they have family in an affected area.

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Data USA - Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo

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6 to 12
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Data USA provides a comprehensive and in-depth look at data across the United States using public government data. Search for data using cities, states, or topics such as education...more
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Data USA provides a comprehensive and in-depth look at data across the United States using public government data. Search for data using cities, states, or topics such as education or occupations. When searching for locations, Data USA provides an exhausting overview of demographics, economy, health, and more for the locations. In addition to searching for data, this site also offers many maps demonstrating statistics for population, median age, workforce, and much more. Choose the stories link to read stories written using the data found on the site.

tag(s): cities (25), communities (35), DAT device agnostic tool (199), data (148), demographics (19), population (60), states (163), statistics (122)

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Bookmark Data USA to use as a resource for finding and comparing U.S. statistics. Explore information about your city or state and compare to other locations. Show students a purpose for these facts by assigning different articles from the Stories section. Dig deeper into current events using this site. Explore the demographics and economy of any place in the news to help understand local issues. If your class has a partner class in another part of the country, Data USA is a perfect resource for sharing and comparing community information. Depending on the topic of study, after exploring this site, challenge students to make a multimedia presentation such as a poster using Check This, reviewed here, an infographic with Piktochart, reviewed here, or a slide show using Slidestory, reviewed here.

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SciTech Daily - scitechdaily.com

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8 to 12
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SciTech Daily is a digest of the latest science news from around the globe. Information comes from major magazines, international newspapers, and more. Browse through the site by topic...more
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SciTech Daily is a digest of the latest science news from around the globe. Information comes from major magazines, international newspapers, and more. Browse through the site by topic or choose links to view the latest or most popular articles. Use the search bar to look for specific information on the site. Subscribe using your email to receive a daily digest of all of the latest site additions.
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tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94)

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SciTech Daily is a great addition to science classrooms as a source of current information. Bookmark this site on classroom computers and allow students to explore and find information of interest. Share pertinent articles on your interactive whiteboard to discuss together. Use SciTech Daily in your English/Language Arts classroom as an excellent resource for non-fiction reading. Have students create a newspaper with science news using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." Have students collect media (videos and more) from multiple online sources including SciTech Daily to show their research findings using a tool such as Dragontape, reviewed here. If articles are too long for some readers, consider using Skim.it, reviewed here, a Chrome extension that reduces articles into a 100-word summary.

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Tough Choices - Bill Chapman

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9 to 12
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Tough Choices offers resources for small groups to discuss ethical real world problems, both past and present. Four different simulations present ethical dilemmas such as those facing...more
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Tough Choices offers resources for small groups to discuss ethical real world problems, both past and present. Four different simulations present ethical dilemmas such as those facing juries and a transplant committee. Also, find links to additional lessons and reading material.

tag(s): debate (41), persuasive writing (55), problem solving (272)

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Use materials from this site when working with debate groups. Take advantage of the ideas on this site for persuasive writing ideas. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different points of view. Have students create blogs discussing their point of view using Throwww, reviewed here, to document their learning and observations. Throwww enables you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. Throwww provides a unique URL for sharing your blog.

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Making the Grade - PBS NewsHour

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Making the Grade is the weekly online accompaniment to the PBS series of the same title exploring issues in education from preK through higher education. Scroll down the page to ...more
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Making the Grade is the weekly online accompaniment to the PBS series of the same title exploring issues in education from preK through higher education. Scroll down the page to view segment titles and a short description of the content. Click the link to see the transcript, watch the video, or listen to the podcast. Each resource also includes links to additional information. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94), professional development (123)

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Use information from this site as part of your ongoing professional development and discussion within your school and district regarding educational issues. Have debate students use this site as a resource for topics or to find information for their viewpoint in a debate. Challenge students to read articles and write about how they would address the issues if placed in a position of power. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation representing their viewpoint using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, and more.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover at Namib Dune (360 view) - NASA

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4 to 12
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This video offers a fascinating 360-degree view of Mars from Bagnold Dunes taken on December 18, 2015. Use the arrows or your cursor to move the image around and view ...more
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This video offers a fascinating 360-degree view of Mars from Bagnold Dunes taken on December 18, 2015. Use the arrows or your cursor to move the image around and view from different angles. The 360-degree playback is currently only supported using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. If your district blocks YouTube or your browser does not support 360, a static view of this same panorama image is available here.

tag(s): explorers (61), mars (41), space (205)

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Share this video (or the images) with students using your projector or an interactive whiteboard as you explore the surface of Mars together. Have students use Twitter Fictional Account Template, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Twitter about an astronaut traveling to Mars. Create a newspaper using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here, with all the latest news on the exploration of Mars. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." Be sure to check out the NASA YouTube channel for additional videos from Mars and the Curiosity Rover.

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Newsela - Students Vote 2016 - Matthew Gross

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Create informed citizens and voters with Newsela's Student's Vote 2016. At their reading level, students learn about the candidates and vote in the "student primary." Newsela publishes...more
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Create informed citizens and voters with Newsela's Student's Vote 2016. At their reading level, students learn about the candidates and vote in the "student primary." Newsela publishes high-interest news articles, from the best news sources, at five reading levels. See the TeachersFirst review here.
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tag(s): elections (75), news (261), newspapers (94), reading comprehension (116)

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If you haven't already, sign up for Newsela and create your class. Add students by using a teacher (or parent) provided code rather than an email address. Go to the Election Text Sets and assign reading-level specific articles to individual students, or download printable PDF copies of the article in any of its reading level versions. Be sure to set up a time for your students to vote on election day.

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Channel One News: One Vote - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company

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Channel One News: One Vote is sure to appeal to and educate young readers. They will meet candidates, and learn how the election process works through engaging videos, infographics,...more
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Channel One News: One Vote is sure to appeal to and educate young readers. They will meet candidates, and learn how the election process works through engaging videos, infographics, and interactive pages. Find a delegate tracker and a field guide to the candidates (both interactive), a Presidential Trail Calendar and Results, information about One Vote's mock election, and more. Scrolling towards the bottom of the landing page you will find 60-second wrap-ups for each week, two quizzes about the importance of voting and where you stand, and various articles.
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tag(s): elections (75), news (261)

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Make sure your students know what the U.S. primaries are about and why voting is so important. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce One Vote to students. Set up a link on class computers, or at a learning center for students to take the two quizzes. They can learn about why each ballot counts and find a match to the candidate they lean towards. This will help them see where they stand on issues like taxes, immigration, and climate change. Each week show the 60-second wrap up and hold a discussion. Consider using a tool like TodaysMeet, reviewed here, so the quiet and shy students have a chance to participate in the discussion, too. View the information about mock elections to see if you would like to set one up for your class or school. Put a link to this site on your class webpage for students to use at home.
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Journeys in Film - Journeys in Film and USC Rossier School of Education

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Journeys in Film provides lesson plans for teaching cultural and global understanding through movies. Use links to download lessons including correlation to standards by subject area,...more
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Journeys in Film provides lesson plans for teaching cultural and global understanding through movies. Use links to download lessons including correlation to standards by subject area, global issue, or culture. This site doesn't provide access to films used in lessons, but it does share options for renting. Other downloads include discussion guides for films with accompanying clips available on the Journeys in Film site.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), holocaust (39), journalism (46), movies (64), video (253), women (101)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans for classroom use. These resources and videos are extremely flexible for classroom use. Use the film clips for current events, and to highlight events from the past. Use a video segment to get students thinking about their understanding of issues, solutions, and whether today's environment has changed from that of the past. View a variety of clips from one theme and discuss events in the clip or use a writing assignment to provide time to process the events. Discuss in what ways these clips are similar and other societal, economic, and political factors that affected them. Be sure to brainstorm how different people, in other areas of the world, would view these issues. Research these issues using resources from other areas of the world. Use Today's News, reviewed here, to see editorials and news clippings that are not of American origin. If you'd like to to create your own clips from these films try using a tool like EDPuzzle, reviewed here.
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New York Times Spanish Edition - New York Times

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Read New York Times articles and original content in Spanish with this site. The information ranges from politics, global news, business, technology - even pop culture. Reading this...more
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Read New York Times articles and original content in Spanish with this site. The information ranges from politics, global news, business, technology - even pop culture. Reading this version of the NY Times will be useful in any Spanish language classroom as well as for ESL/ELL students.
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tag(s): journalism (46), news (261), newspapers (94), spanish (108)

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Use this site as a resource for advanced Spanish language learners for current events projects or for ESL/ELL students to stay up to date on current events- assign students different weeks throughout the semester in which they are to be the class news reporter, keeping their peers up to date and informed. Have students research what's going on via this news site, and present a short presentation at the beginning of class every day during their week. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own news videos using a tool like Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Library of Congress & WGBH

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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast...more
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast programs from the 1940's through the present, over 7000 programs are available for streaming with additions ongoing. In addition to streaming programs, this site also includes curated exhibits on topics of historical significance, such as Climate Change and Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

tag(s): 1900s (33), earth (228), radio (27), religions (61), sports (97), video (253), women (101), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

Bookmark the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for use as primary source material for classroom lessons. Browse by topic or keywords to find videos to share on your interactive whiteboard or share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an important figure from America's recent past. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned from one of the radio programs, videos, or exhibits.

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PenPal Schools - Joe Troyen

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4 to 12
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PenPal Schools connects learners from around the world with three to six-week courses in cross-cultural learning and understanding. After sign up, PenPal Schools matches classes based...more
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PenPal Schools connects learners from around the world with three to six-week courses in cross-cultural learning and understanding. After sign up, PenPal Schools matches classes based on class size and age range. Choose courses from four categories based on global issues or American issues. Each week, students log in to complete an assignment that typically involves viewing a video and reading a news article before answering a set of questions. Assignments are aligned with the Common Core Standards.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), DAT device agnostic tool (199)

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Create an account and participate in different courses as part of your studies of current events. Enrich course content by having students create an annotated image based on discussion questions including text boxes, related links, and even video. Use Thinglink, reviewed here, for this activity. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a tool such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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eLearning Infographics - e-Learning Industry LLC

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K to 12
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eLearning Infographics offers an extensive selection of infographics for educational use. Choose from a variety of topics such as Playing to Learn and The Evolution of Technology in...more
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eLearning Infographics offers an extensive selection of infographics for educational use. Choose from a variety of topics such as Playing to Learn and The Evolution of Technology in Schools. Each infographic displays a category. Click that link to view others with similar topics. Click on the infographic link to see the full image along with links for sharing on social networks and email, or copy and paste the embed code to embed directly onto your website.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (145), infographics (42), professional development (123)

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Take advantage of the infographics on this site for both classroom use and professional development. Introduce a topic by sharing the Infographic and allowing time for students (or peers) to identify various items that they notice about the chart. Allow time to think-pair-share and list questions for further understanding. Choose a new infographic each week and use links for each image to embed on your website or share via social media. Make curriculum content more real with infographics that students can relate to. Consider creating Infographics of material students are learning in class for better understanding and connection with other topics and the world around them. You and students can create a simple infographic sharing information and/or findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Heroes! - The Olympic Museum

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5 to 12
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What makes someone a hero? Explore the four different types of heroes from various periods in history with this virtual exhibition. Scroll through time periods to view images of heroes...more
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What makes someone a hero? Explore the four different types of heroes from various periods in history with this virtual exhibition. Scroll through time periods to view images of heroes through several Olympic periods. Learn about the influences of media and other outside sources on society's perceptions of heroic qualities.

tag(s): greeks (30), heroes (24), journalism (46), olympics (47), sports (97)

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Include this site as part of any unit on the Olympic Games or heroes. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of someone they consider to be a hero, including text boxes, video, and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast two different heroes.
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PBS Election Central - PBS Learning Media

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Stay up to date with current elections and learn about the electoral process with this all-inclusive site from PBS Learning. Take virtual field trips to the floor of Congress and ...more
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Stay up to date with current elections and learn about the electoral process with this all-inclusive site from PBS Learning. Take virtual field trips to the floor of Congress and Presidential Libraries to explore historical themes. Follow the election process with the interactive map to track candidates as they campaign across the country. Other content examines the election process and takes an inside look at the debates. Be sure to check out the Election Collection containing several activities such as Inside the Voting Booth and You're the Campaign Manager.

tag(s): debate (41), elections (75), electoral college (16), presidents (131), speech (92)

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Include Election Central as part of any election unit. Have students research candidate information and compare and contrast points of view. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, or the Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here. Pose a controversial question about an election issue and have students answer as one of the candidates. Use a tool such as WeJIT, reviewed here, for that exercise. Or, challenge students to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a candidate's journey through the election process. Or, using Fakebook, have two candidates debate an issue. Be sure to take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site correlated to National History Standards.
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New York State K-12 Social Studies Resource Toolkit - NYSED

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K to 12
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This toolkit provides materials for teaching social studies topics through inquiry methods. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and begin by choosing from the three-grade level bands...more
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This toolkit provides materials for teaching social studies topics through inquiry methods. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and begin by choosing from the three-grade level bands to view available materials correlated to Common Core Standards. Each grade includes one annotated inquiry labeled with an asterisk. It is suggested to teach these inquiries first as they contain many suggestions and tips for teaching inquiry-based lessons. All inquiries include links to download in Word or PDF format.

tag(s): assessment (100), commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Bookmark this site for use when teaching social studies concepts throughout the year. Although created for New York teachers, activities correspond to Common Core Standards used throughout the country. Be sure to take advantage of all resources available such as worksheets, assessment suggestions, and teaching tips. Share with other teachers as you collaborate and plan together.
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An Illustrated Guide to Income Inequality in America (Shrinking Shares) - Andy Warner

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Learn about the growing gap between upper and lower income families in the United States through a series of cartoon images. Scroll through the page to see all images or ...more
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Learn about the growing gap between upper and lower income families in the United States through a series of cartoon images. Scroll through the page to see all images or click on any image to view as a slideshow. Each cartoon presents information beginning with the Great Depression to demonstrate the progression of the growing gap between top earners and all others.

tag(s): inequalities (29), money (193), statistics (122)

In the Classroom

Include this presentation with your lesson materials for any unit on the 20th Century or current events. Share on your whiteboard (or projector) during an election unit and have students research candidate's proposals for addressing income inequalities. Have students explore this topic further, then have them create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Use this information as a starting point for classroom debates on current events, economics, and more. Challenge students to create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to include income information from around the country. Students can add text, images, and location stops with Animaps!

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KQED Education - KQED

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KQED Education offers a broad selection of resources for educators and students. Scroll through to find news articles and videos that are frequently published, relating to events around...more
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KQED Education offers a broad selection of resources for educators and students. Scroll through to find news articles and videos that are frequently published, relating to events around the world. Use the drop down box at the top of the site to view specific topics such as science or news and civics. The drop down for teachers includes links to resources for professional development and integrating articles into the classroom. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): independent reading (128), news (261), newspapers (94)

In the Classroom

Include a link to KQED Education on classroom computers. Be sure to help your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students by sharing the vocabulary words before reading, either on a handout or by projecting them on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Highlight the vocabulary words in the text as you come to them. Teacher Librarians might want to keep this page open on computers for students who drop by the media center or include news notes from this site as part of your morning announcements. Do you have a student news show on your school TV channel? Find great material here for students to retell in their own words.

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