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80 Days that Changed the World - CNN

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Major events in 20th century history are presented in this impressive CNN site. Visitors can select an era, choose an event, and read a brief synopsis. The video gallery offers ...more
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Major events in 20th century history are presented in this impressive CNN site. Visitors can select an era, choose an event, and read a brief synopsis. The video gallery offers a collection of riveting clips, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Great Crash of 1929, and the fall of Saigon. Follow the link to a Time Magazine site to find special reports on life-changing events that have taken place over the course of the past eight decades. This is an outstanding supplement to a 20th century American history class.

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What was the exchange Rate Then? - Economic History Service

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Add a little bit of economic reality to a 20th century American history lesson. Just choose a country and year, and this site will provide exchange rate data between the ...more
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Add a little bit of economic reality to a 20th century American history lesson. Just choose a country and year, and this site will provide exchange rate data between the United State dollar and foreign currency. Changes in currency units for countries throughout the world and links to related resources are included.

tag(s): currency (19)

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Use this site as an aid for discussing the price differences and comparisons between todays world and now. This information would be great when discussing early American history, when most books and colonizers make reference to British currency. Teachers can either translate the currency before class, or can have students complete it as an in-class activity. One way to do so would be to find a primary document or textbook article that mentions the severity of a tax on the 13 colonies. Have students complete the calculator to find out what colonists were really paying in comparison to what British-bound citizens were paying. use this to spur a discussion that then pro's and con's how severe taxes were and whether they were ample reason to revolt against Great Britiain.

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Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America - NY Historical Society

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He's more than just a pretty face on the $10 bill! Alexander Hamilton's life and influence are examined in this site that presents a timeline of events during and after ...more
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He's more than just a pretty face on the $10 bill! Alexander Hamilton's life and influence are examined in this site that presents a timeline of events during and after his life, highlights from his writings, and a biographical gallery of his peers. Visitors can even test their knowledge of his life and accomplishments with a twenty-question interactive quiz. This is probably more information than your students need to know about Mr. Hamilton, but the site provides a unique approach to understanding some significant events in American history.

tag(s): constitution (87)

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Use this site as a introductory activity for a lesson on the founding fathers. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore it on their own. We recommend creating a graphic organizer or follow-along for the website to insure students are getting the most out of it. What is great about it is that it provides students with a lot of historical and biographical information about Hamilton. This would be a great resource for a US history or Civics class.

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Golden Gate Bridge - PBS

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American history, economics, geography, and culture are explored in this site that presents unique insight into the construction of one of the world's most famous suspension bridges....more
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American history, economics, geography, and culture are explored in this site that presents unique insight into the construction of one of the world's most famous suspension bridges. Built hundreds of feet above the waters of the San Francisco Bay, the bridge stands as a symbol for many of the riveting themes in 20th century American history including the growth of urban areas, the continued development of the West, the New Deal, and the role of labor and labor unions. The site also features a timeline, video clips, a gallery of on-site construction photos, detailed information about people and events, a discussion of mathematical principles, and a helpful teacher's guide.

tag(s): california (27)

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This site is an excellent accompaniment to the movie with the same name by PBS. The teacher guide offers free lesson plans and activities for history, civics, economics, and geography classes. Beyond that there are also online games, discussion boards, and biography information that would make the site a great learning center or station. Save this site as a favorite and refer to it when discussing architecture, the Golden Gate Bridge, or a period lecture on the 1930's.
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FED101

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Your students will actually enjoy learning about the Federal Reserve System, its purpose, history, structure, and functions with this interactive site that includes activities and simulations....more
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Your students will actually enjoy learning about the Federal Reserve System, its purpose, history, structure, and functions with this interactive site that includes activities and simulations. Students can follow how a check clears through the banking system and understand how monetary policies affect the economy. A teacher's guide provides downloadable lesson plans, printable versions of quizzes, and links to Federal Reserve materials that can be ordered at no cost. Check out the Classroom Guide link for tips on presenting the information to your students. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Flash Required.

tag(s): money (182)

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Use this site as a way to visually explain to students to processes of the Federal Reserve and our banking system. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard and guide students through the guide. The basic definitions will require more explanation but they provide excellent starting points and lecture guides. This would be a great resource/activity in a US history course before explaining the Great Depression. This will help students grasp the greater consequences, particularly the economics portion that is typically tricky to explain.
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Stories from a Small Planet - PBS Frontline

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Bring current events to life in your classroom with this resource that connects students with international events. Politics, economics, geography, and culture are addressed by lesson...more
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Bring current events to life in your classroom with this resource that connects students with international events. Politics, economics, geography, and culture are addressed by lesson plans (aligned to national standards) that challenge students to think deeply about global issues. Articles are written at a fairly high reading level and issues are complex. This is definitely a high-powered resource for concentrated analysis and serious discussion.

tag(s): air (146), politics (99)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and readings to help connect students to the content being taught in your social studies class. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow easy retrieval later on.

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New Money!

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This site promoting the new U.S. $20 bill includes some games and activities that might interest elementary teachers. The information about anti-counterfeiting measures included in...more
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This site promoting the new U.S. $20 bill includes some games and activities that might interest elementary teachers. The information about anti-counterfeiting measures included in the bill may also be of interest to secondary teachers.

tag(s): currency (19), money (182)

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Geography/Economics Lessons for Children's Books

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Hooray for the teachers in Maryland who linked children's literature to economics and geography. This site offers a collection of lessons based on popular children's books, each of...more
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Hooray for the teachers in Maryland who linked children's literature to economics and geography. This site offers a collection of lessons based on popular children's books, each of which ties to an elementary concept of economics (well, commerce, really) or geography. The selection of titles is also interesting.

tag(s): business (58), maps (292)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! Just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Universal Currency Converter

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While currency exchange rates aren't part of every math curriculum, this site can illustrate both the changing relationships among currencies and the wide range of international currencies...more
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While currency exchange rates aren't part of every math curriculum, this site can illustrate both the changing relationships among currencies and the wide range of international currencies with which international traders must contend. Try this one as fodder for some interesting algebra word problems.

tag(s): currency (19), money (182)

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This site would be great in a geography or World History classroom, helping students review for a final assessment. Have students "plan" a trip to some of the places/times studied in your class. Have them maintain a budget with their trip, and use this site to help students translate their financial dealings to have it all make sense. This is a great way to get students thinking about the mechanics of travel, as well as a great way to review the geography of the places being studied - both culturally and physically.

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Global Edge - Michigan State University

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This Michigan State University site provides a rich collection of resources for examining global economics with high school economics students. This particular section of the site has...more
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This Michigan State University site provides a rich collection of resources for examining global economics with high school economics students. This particular section of the site has resources on the business climate and economic data of almost 200 countries. The site also lists resources for further research about international trade, financial markets, and business news.

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Use this site as a resource for research projects or papers within in an economics or government classroom. Students can use the databases to find important sources. Post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage, allowing them to access the database both in and out of the classroom. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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The Color of Money - U.S. Bureau of Engraving

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This U.S. Bureau of Engraving site is dedicated to exploring the recent changes to the U.S. $20 note. The site provides an interactive look at the new bill and the ...more
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This U.S. Bureau of Engraving site is dedicated to exploring the recent changes to the U.S. $20 note. The site provides an interactive look at the new bill and the changes made to prevent counterfeiting. There is also an interactive learning center with flash sites where students can explore the new bill, design their own currency, and play a currency trivia game.

tag(s): currency (19), money (182)

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Use the interactive video quiz as an activator or introductory activity during a unit or lesson on US currency. The information on the $100 bill is interesting, relevant, and does a great job at hooking students into the content. This would be useful for an economics or government classroom.

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Commanding Heights - WGBH

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Subtitled "The Battle for the New Economy" this is an extremely well-crafted site about international economics and economic development from 1910 to the present. It concentrates on...more
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Subtitled "The Battle for the New Economy" this is an extremely well-crafted site about international economics and economic development from 1910 to the present. It concentrates on the emergence of a single international economy. Produced by Boston PBS station WGBH, this site is unique in that the broadband version includes most of the video materials from the television version of the series, but in more "user-friendly" chunks. This would be an outstanding supplement to a secondary study of macroeconomics, world cultures, or international development. If at all possible, use the broadband version. Super!! Requires Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use the interactive timeline as a supplement to a lecture or discussion on international use and dependance on oil. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard, allowing student volunteers to read and continue through the timeline. The lesson plans provided in the educators guide can provide other ideas on how to use the site - be sure to look through them if working on a lesson on globalization in the economy!
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How Gas Prices Work - How Stuff Works

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While not specifically written for students, this introduction to the supply and demand for petroleum is a real world example of the numerous factors that can affect pump prices and...more
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While not specifically written for students, this introduction to the supply and demand for petroleum is a real world example of the numerous factors that can affect pump prices and make a fill-up more expensive. Secondary economics classes will have fun with this one.

tag(s): oil (43), supply and demand (5)

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Assign this reading before a class discussion on the economics of gas prices. The article itself may be over the heads of some lower achieving reading students, so be sure to spend a few minutes before the discussion allowing cooperative learning groups to discuss what they read before the discussion. This would be great for an economics or government class discussion the impact of globalization on natural resources.

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Economics - MIT Open Courseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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High school economics teachers, especially those teaching AP students, may find MIT's online course materials useful. MIT has committed to putting its entire curriculum on the web, and these early offerings include syllabi, reading materials, and a variety of subject-specific class notes. Before using these pages, teachers, students, and parents should all be aware of what Open Courseware is and is not.

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WorldoMeters - Osearth

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World cultures or government classes will find the multidimensional counters on this site a wonderful way to illustrate the growth (or depletion) population, resources, and other global...more
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World cultures or government classes will find the multidimensional counters on this site a wonderful way to illustrate the growth (or depletion) population, resources, and other global activity. It's a very tangible illustration of the rate at which things are changing in our world. Teachers can be creative with this one.

tag(s): ecology (139), population (63), resources (109)

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This is a really great way to demonstrate a lot of the concepts taught in a Cultural Geography or US government class. Assign cooperative learning groups to investigate a portion of this site, based on what's being taught at the time. A good example would be having environmental sustainability group looking at water and land resources, as well as the growing population. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here

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About Checking - Consumer Debit Resource site

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This is a detailed introduction to checking accounts that would be suitable for high school students who are willing to read the detailed content. The site offers information on different...more
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This is a detailed introduction to checking accounts that would be suitable for high school students who are willing to read the detailed content. The site offers information on different types of accounts, an explanation of how checking accounts work, and information on typical account fees and types of banks. If you're working with a motivated student, turn him or her loose on this one. Be sure to try the Checkbook Basics interactive section with your high school students learning basic consumer skills. Any high school teacher with a course on "living in the real world" will appreciate this site.

tag(s): banks (10), money (182)

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Economics Mini-Quests - Ecnomics for Tomorrow

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Created by Economics for Tomorrow, these quests give students a chance to use the web to explore the economics behind common activities like careers, shopping, taxes, and manufacturing....more
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Created by Economics for Tomorrow, these quests give students a chance to use the web to explore the economics behind common activities like careers, shopping, taxes, and manufacturing. Each quest sets up the economic issues, then provides one or more web links students can use to explore the situation. These could be a neat way to sneak economics into social studies, world cultures, history, or the like.

tag(s): careers (140), webquests (27)

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Use the tools on this site to help students review economics lesson. If saved on classroom computers this site could be used as a learning center OR posted on the classroom website to allow them to review on their own. There are a lot of links here so be sure to peruse it to find the appropriate one for your classroom.

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Bet the Farm! - Columbus Science Museum

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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to...more
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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to illustrate all the factors that go into any business, and the presentation is sure to hold students' attention. From the Columbus Science Museum. The site requires FLASH and may take some time to open. If you do not have the most current version of Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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There's lots of depth to this one. A thorough preview will help you decide how deeply students should work.
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Advertising in America - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has created a site which presents information and images from early American adverstising efforts - 1850-1920. The site uses the Library's standard HTML layout,...more
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The Library of Congress has created a site which presents information and images from early American adverstising efforts - 1850-1920. The site uses the Library's standard HTML layout, and as usual, the stars of the exhibit are the archival images that have been digitized and included. If advertising is a measure of society's interests, this site offers a unique glimpse into the past.

tag(s): advertising (35), industrialization (14), news (263), newspapers (96)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on the Industrial Revolution. The site shows the growth of the economy and its impact on the private sector in a way students most likely have not thought about. Separate students into cooperative learning groups and have them create advertisements for the many inventions and technologies that were developed during the time period. Use the site for inspiration!

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Shop Til You Drop - TeachersFirst

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A math and consumer science lesson that lets students build a budget and and menushop to fit their allotted funds and menu. Designed for use on-line, this unit could ...more
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A math and consumer science lesson that lets students build a budget and and menushop to fit their allotted funds and menu. Designed for use on-line, this unit could also be done off-line using newspaper sale advertising. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): money (182)

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Teachers may also find this lesson useful with older special education or life skills students. Technology options include using web sources for shopping information and coupons and for creating the student projects.

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