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The Nile File - Liverpool Musems.org

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3 to 6
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Explore the Nile with Nakht-Amun, an ordinary ancient Egyptian! Dig below the glamour and glitz of Pharaohs and pyramids to discover the daily life of ordinary Egyptians. This simple...more
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Explore the Nile with Nakht-Amun, an ordinary ancient Egyptian! Dig below the glamour and glitz of Pharaohs and pyramids to discover the daily life of ordinary Egyptians. This simple and delightful site offers an easy-to-read tour through everyday ancient life at home and in school followed by a quiz. Each section contains a nugget of information accompanied by drawings, photographs or animations of architecture, artifacts and maps. Underlined words and a clickable glossary take the explorer to brief descriptions and images of arts and crafts, common occupations, temples, and gods. The site includes two simple off-line activities for creating dioramas and drawing Egyptian figures with a grid. The Nile File is presented by the Liverpool Museums in England and does contain unique English spellings of some common words.

tag(s): art history (70), egypt (67)

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This site can be a great introduction to a unit on Egypt for young learners. Put a link to this site on a classroom computer that can be used as an activity center for the Egyptian unit of study. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to take the entire class on an interactive tour of life on the Nile.

As a language arts activity, have students adopt the persona of an ordinary Egyptian and write a week-long journal or blog entries about their daily life. Tie in the visual arts by posing and tracing students' outlines on butcher paper on the floor. Students can strike an Egyptian-style pose that reflects their chosen person or occupation, and then draw in the clothing, headwear, and jewelry. Cut out these life-size images and combine them to create an Egyptian wall of stories. Let students fill in the background with hieroglyphic symbols.

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World History for Us All - San Diego State University

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7 to 12
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Bring history alive for your students with the powerful and innovative World History for Us All! This model curriculum offers middle and high school teachers a vast treasury of teaching...more
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Bring history alive for your students with the powerful and innovative World History for Us All! This model curriculum offers middle and high school teachers a vast treasury of teaching units, lesson plans, and resources that presents the human past as a single story. Help your students understand history by connecting people, cultures, regions, and time to larger historical patterns. The website is organized into nine eras that address three essential questions and seven key themes in addition to the History, Geography, and Time, and the Past and Future sections.

Teachers can present a sweeping historical overview with any of the nine Big Eras in a few class periods or delve into an era in deeper detail with their students. Each of the nine Big Eras of world history, plus the History, Geography, and Time and the Past and Future sections, offers one Panorama Teaching Unit with a PowerPoint Overview presentation. Panorama units address very large-scale developments in world history through landscape teaching units and close-up teaching units.

Besides helping teachers meet state and national standards, this site offers teachers fabulous research-based curricular activities and makes history into a manageable content area for instruction. The site includes a clickable "Curriculum at a Glance" overview feature that takes you to the standards, teaching units, three essential questions, and seven key themes. This site requires Flash and Adobe. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): continents (50), evolution (100), industrial revolution (25), migration (59), oceans (148), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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World History for Us All provides teachers pedagogical support to develop both a curriculum and a mindset to present history in a manner that engages students and elicits their curiosity. Complete units are available as web pages or downloadable PDF documents. The PowerPoint presentations can be viewed online or downloaded into PowerPoint on classroom computers. This informational, user-friendly site is a must for new teachers to help augment their adopted textbook. Consider spending an inservice day with your history department exploring the site together.
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Adventure Island - National Geographic

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2 to 5
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Welcome to Adventure Island. At this interactive site students learn to read map symbols by learning how they are created from more complex drawings or photos. They also learn to ...more
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Welcome to Adventure Island. At this interactive site students learn to read map symbols by learning how they are created from more complex drawings or photos. They also learn to read map keys. By listening to the questions the tour guide asks them, students can quickly answer and receive verbal feedback for answering well. This activity would work well with ESL, ELL, and special education students since it combines easy directions, pictures, and instant feedback. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): map skills (80), symbols (19)

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This activity would work well as a cooperative learning activity or on individual computers.. If individual computers aren't available, this site would also be ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector.

Have students create their own map symbols and map key as they try their own hand at mapping. ESL and ELL students, as well as the general student body, will benefit from creating their own set of oral directions to read and have other students respond to.
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See GIS in Action - National Geographic

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2 to 7
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Students learn how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can help them solve problems and navigate. After selecting an animal, they hear its distinctive cry, learn facts about it, and...more
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Students learn how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can help them solve problems and navigate. After selecting an animal, they hear its distinctive cry, learn facts about it, and become familiar with the variety of animals on different continents. Learn about the humpback whale, bald eagle, Africa, Asia, America, and more. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (276), habitats (84)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops as you study about habitats. Assign a group of children to each featured animal, and use this site as the starting point for a research project. Have students create similar posters, PowerPoint slides, or wiki page on other animals. If individual computers aren't available, this site would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Find the Sunken Treasure - National Geographic

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2 to 6
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This game provides practice with the concept of map grids in an engaging way. Students use a special explorer's tool to search for metal objects hidden on the ground floor ...more
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This game provides practice with the concept of map grids in an engaging way. Students use a special explorer's tool to search for metal objects hidden on the ground floor of the ocean. They learn the technique of searching by a grid. The After searching for a limited amount of time and with tools of limited energy and search capacity, they examine their finds and see their final scores. Whatever they uncover creates great interest in playing this game again and again. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): radio (27), sun (71)

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Send your students on a virtual treasure hunt! This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Students can repeat the game with different results. Use this site to integrate map skills, coordinates in math class, oceanography, and more!
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Test Designer - Tribrio, Inc.

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K to 12
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Test Designer allows teachers to quickly and easily create multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions for tests and worksheets. Browse through thousands...more
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Test Designer allows teachers to quickly and easily create multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions for tests and worksheets. Browse through thousands of previously-created tests in subject areas such as Algebra, Earth Science, Geography, U.S. History, and Vocabulary. Test Designer also provides simple graphics that can easily be added. Teachers can e-mail tests and worksheets to students, teachers, and parents. Make sure to allow plenty of time to read directions and maneuver the site prior to creating tests. There are some minor unobtrusive advertisements at this site. The required membership is free!

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97), vocabulary (324)

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Use this website to create personalized quizzes and tests for your students. You could also ask students to design their own tests for each other to review using your teacher log-in or appoint a student "quizmaker" each week for the content your class has covered, making this an assignment that each student does once per semester.

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Digital Dialects - Craig Gibson

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Want to learn just a little or a lot of a new language? This is a great place to start learning vocabulary and basic phrases. The reviews and games are ...more
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Want to learn just a little or a lot of a new language? This is a great place to start learning vocabulary and basic phrases. The reviews and games are in cute interfaces, but there aren't many sound files. Since the description says the developer is adding more to the site each day, hopefully there will be more pronunciation added. The scope of the site is amazing: 44 languages. The languages include Albanian, Bosnian, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and MANY others. The sound files, few as they are, feature native speakers pronouncing the basics. The games allow the student learner to guess and practice as much as possible by presenting the same words several times. The advanced feature provides more advanced vocabulary and the geography features the geography of the language group. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): arab (18), arabic (20), chinese (48), french (88), german (64), greek (41), hebrew (14), italian (33)

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Try a few words in another language with your class as you study world geography and history! This site is especially useful in ESL, ELL, and world language classrooms. Have your students plan a pretend vacation and study a few words of the target language before they go. Ask students to go beyond the games by guessing the answers before they appear on the screen.
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The Gift of Gatsby - Anissa Hambouz & Javaid khan

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8 to 12
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This site requires students to read a New York Times article about Gatsby (accessed through the site) and respond with a quiz and writing assignment. The entire activity ...more
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This site requires students to read a New York Times article about Gatsby (accessed through the site) and respond with a quiz and writing assignment. The entire activity is geared for comprehension of Gatsby in the urban classroom, but makes interesting discussion and learning in any classroom that teaches The Great Gatsby. Standards are included with the lesson plan.

tag(s): literature (275), new york (26)

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The article and the accompanying interactive quiz are online, so it is essential for students to do this in a computer lab or an Internet-ready classroom. The plan includes classroom discussion of the quiz after students take it, homework as follow-up, evaluation, vocabulary, extension and interdisciplinary activities, as well as links to related sites on great books and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Rivers and Coasts - BBC

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This interactive website does a thorough job of explaining the water cycle. The specific links (or activities) include What is a River?, What is a Coast?, The Water Cycle, ...more
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This interactive website does a thorough job of explaining the water cycle. The specific links (or activities) include What is a River?, What is a Coast?, The Water Cycle, How do Rivers Change?, How do Coasts Change?, People and Rivers, People and Coasts, & What Happens When Rivers Meet the Coast? This website makes the difficult concepts easier to understand by comparing rivers to sliding boards and making other comparisons that kids can visualize. There is a Teachers and Parents link that includes lesson plans, standards, explanations of the online activities, printable pages, and more. The website does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rivers (21), water (130), water cycle (33)

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Use this website as an anticipatory set for a unit or lesson about rivers or coasts. The activities are ideal for viewing on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Or use this website as a learning center. Have students keep a journal (or create a simple worksheet) to answer the questions presented (the links listed on the website). Have the students write a few sentences to explain what a river is, how rivers change, or any of the other topics. For more ideas, see the Teachers and Parents link.
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Ocean Life - Scholastic

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K to 9
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This website offers an introduction to the Scholastic Explorer's Ocean Life project. Students travel to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and other places to explore the ocean and animals. Students...more
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This website offers an introduction to the Scholastic Explorer's Ocean Life project. Students travel to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and other places to explore the ocean and animals. Students get to learn about real-life ocean explorers. There are also interactive challenges, sure to excite your students. A detailed Teacher's Guide is included. Most of the activities are geared towards students in grades 4-9. However, there are lesson plans (with standards) for students in kindergarten through grade 9. Links to plans for older students are no longer active. Some of the activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): environment (317)

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This site is a wonderful addition to a unit about the ocean and ecosystems. Check out the lesson plans and see what is available for your grade level. If you teach grades 4-9, be sure to check on the interactive activities available at this website - perfect for your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Explore a Pyramid - National Geographic

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2 to 8
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Students use an online "robot" to explore a pyramid in Egypt. They must decipher codes using hieroglyphs. The ride into the pyramid's chambers is quite exciting since the screen shows...more
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Students use an online "robot" to explore a pyramid in Egypt. They must decipher codes using hieroglyphs. The ride into the pyramid's chambers is quite exciting since the screen shows what the robot sees as it travels down the passageways. Students can manipulate the robot's light in order to see all around the room he arrives in and to locate the hidden hieroglyph. After finding four hieroglyphs, he puts them in order to try and find a hidden room. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as a preview before a museum visit or to begin a unit on ancient Egypt. Review the objects you've seen with hieroglyphs by playing this game. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students on computers. Have students design their own set of hieroglyphs with meanings and write short notes to each other.
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Statetris - mapmsg.com

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In this activity, students check their knowledge of geography by playing a game similar to Tetris. Students are able to choose a "puzzle map" of a continent, country, state, or ...more
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In this activity, students check their knowledge of geography by playing a game similar to Tetris. Students are able to choose a "puzzle map" of a continent, country, state, or province. Some examples of the locations offered include Africa, USA, Italy, Europe, France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, South Carolina, and many others. After selecting the puzzle map location, students can choose a difficulty level of easy, medium, or difficult. The easy level has the shape labeled and a non-rotating piece. The medium level offers the name of the state or country, but the piece rotates in a circle. The difficult level offers no names and a rotating puzzle piece. In this game, shapes fall from the top of the screen, students have to maneuver the shape into the correct location on the continent before it reaches the bottom. Watch out - this site is addictive! This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): continents (50), maps (288), states (163)

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This is a great geography review tool. Demonstrate the maps that coordinate with your curriculum on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work individually or in pairs on laptops or a classroom computer cluster.
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Around The World in 80-Seconds - Scholastic

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This interdisciplinary math/ geography practice activity challenges students to answer several math questions in 80-seconds. Each correct answer flies Maggie and her helicopter to a...more
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This interdisciplinary math/ geography practice activity challenges students to answer several math questions in 80-seconds. Each correct answer flies Maggie and her helicopter to a new destination in the world. Students can choose a difficulty level of easy or hard. They can also choose to play the game using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a mix of all four. This activity is also available in Spanish here . This math journey requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), maps (288), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to make this "flight" a class challenge. Assign a few students to be "recorders." Have them record the names of the cities, countries, and/or continents that you visit. Make this into a thorough geography lesson by having students complete research the locations that Maggie visits during her journey.

This website is also ideal for individual computers. This allows students to practice the particular math operation that they need most help with AND differentiates so that students can work at an easy or difficult math level. Provide a link to this site in your class newsletter or on your class web page, so students can practice their math and geography skills at home.
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Nations Illustrated - AMIXIMA Corp.

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K to 12
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Are you looking for pictures of countries throughout the world? If so, this website is your one-stop destination. At this website you will find over 7,000 pictures (more are added ...more
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Are you looking for pictures of countries throughout the world? If so, this website is your one-stop destination. At this website you will find over 7,000 pictures (more are added everyday). The pictures are from countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. The countries are each broken down into sub-categories by city or even topic (such as "The Morocco Landscape"). In addition to the pictures, you can also break down many of the pictures into slide puzzles to recreate or even send them as an e-card to friends or family.

The Terms of use state that photos may be used for personal, non-commercial use and that you must abide by copyright restrictions with each photo. Any restrictions to use are listed in the information below each picture. Be sure to personally model ethical behavior and have your students learn to credit the photos, no matter how they are used. Use any photo information provided, including the title and URL where you can see the picture.

Caution - although this website is appropriate for all ages, since users can submit photographs, please view the photos before sharing them with your class. Some of the activities at this website require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180), air (163), architecture (84), asia (73), countries (77), europe (75), south america (39)

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There are countless ways to integrate this website into your lesson plans. Why not use your interactive whiteboard to visit a different location every week. Or simply share images of the "real world" setting of a story you are reading or current events article. This website also enables students to locate "real" pictures for research projects. Why not create a scavenger hunt (using PowerPoint or another program). Provide clues for the countries to "scavenge" and then have students research the information to figure out the correct country and use the Nations Illustrated website to copy/paste pictures from each of the locations. The students can create a picture scrapbook of their scavenger hunt.
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Famous People - BBC

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K to 3
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This website offers an excellent introduction to several famous people including Henry VIII, Pocohontas, Columbus, Nightingale, and others. Since this site was created by the BBC, you...more
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This website offers an excellent introduction to several famous people including Henry VIII, Pocohontas, Columbus, Nightingale, and others. Since this site was created by the BBC, you may find some "famous people" that your students aren't familiar with. Each famous person is highlighted with a slideshow about his/her life and achievements and a review quiz. There are also links for Journeys and a Timeline . Both of these links feature all of the famous people. There are links for parents and teachers to learn more about the website. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): britain (35), explorers (61), great britain (16)

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Have students use this website for research projects about the famous people. Create a learning center featuring this website. Have students choose one person to learn about, view the slideshow, and then take the online quiz. If individual computers aren't available, all of the activities are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not highlight one famous person each week during a unit about explorers. Share the slideshow early in the week and then review using the quiz and journey activities. Have students help to create a bulletin board highlighting the famous people by drawing pictures, writing stories, or creating a map that relates to the "famous person of the week." Once you have "met" some world-famous people, connect to your local world by doing a class "report" on a "famous person" within your school community using PowerPoint: perhaps the head cook in the lunchroom or the principal. Be sure to include digital pictures.
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Power Point Games - Jefferson County Schools

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2 to 12
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This site contains several templates for familiar TV games useful for teacher (or student) created review. The activities include Concentration, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to be a...more
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This site contains several templates for familiar TV games useful for teacher (or student) created review. The activities include Concentration, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Password, Twenty Questions, and others. Most of the games are done in PowerPoint. Depending on the version of PowerPoint you have, the formatting may be slightly off once you input your words, questions, or answers. Original games created by a teacher complete the offerings. Our editors note that the sound files included with some templates may be copyrighted material, and TeachersFirst does not condone the use of this content without the permission of the copyright holder(s). Most templates are "clean" of such potential problems. This website requires PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat. Download both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): air (163)

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Use these templates with any subject you wish to review: foreign language word lists, social studies terms and concepts, science, language arts, art, music, sped, etc. These activities offer an excellent method to review information through a fun and different approach. Teachers can also have students create their own versions of review games.
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The Ring of Fire - Enchanted Learning

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2 to 6
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This website offers information about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire. The website features maps and interactive graphics showing the Ring of Fire, printable pages, diagrams, a cloze...more
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This website offers information about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire. The website features maps and interactive graphics showing the Ring of Fire, printable pages, diagrams, a cloze activity, an interactive quiz, and directions for making your own volcano.

tag(s): fire (25), maps (288)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to share the information available at this website. Then have your students work in pairs to complete the cloze activity (project the choices on a screen). Further integrate the information into their schema by having them write the entire cloze paragraph (in a journal or on a blank sheet of paper), rather than just filling in the blanks.

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The Wilderness Classroom - The Wilderness Classroom Organization

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3 to 8
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas,...more
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas, and even dog sledding through Manitoba. The site provides archived experiences along with photos, expedition maps and notes from the trail. There are lesson plans, printable pages, standards, podcasts, video clips, and more. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): amazon (9), mississippi (6), peru (6)

In the Classroom

Use the downloadable lesson plans, printable pages, standards, and kid libraries to organize the unit in conjunction with the expedition. Follow upcoming expeditions in real time live in the classroom. Project the expeditions on an interactive whiteboard or screen. Allow students to participate in scheduled live chat sessions with the expedition members or e-mail them personally, using a class email account or student email within school policies.
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Mysterious Places: Ancient Civilizations Modern Mysteries - Mysterious Places

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4 to 12
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Students are always fascinated by the mysteries of the past, and wondering how those in ancient history managed feats of construction that would be difficult even today. Perhaps nothing...more
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Students are always fascinated by the mysteries of the past, and wondering how those in ancient history managed feats of construction that would be difficult even today. Perhaps nothing sparks student interest more than the phrase, "no one knows". This site seeks to explore several "mysterious places" in the world--places whose origins or purposes are lost to antiquity. In addition, the sponsors of the site hope to raise money to ensure these monuments are not endangered in the future. Currently, the featured locations include Easter Island, Stonehenge, the dwellings of the Tellem people of Mali, West Africa, and the Mayan cities of Mexico (still under construction). Each section contains stunning photography, and a variety of resources on the history and mystery of the site. A section entitled "educator link" promises lesson plans and other teachers' resources, but is not finished. The site offers great potential, some of which has already been realized. It's worth checking out now, and perhaps in the future when more of its resources are up and running. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (180), easter (21), mayans (12), mysteries (25)

In the Classroom

This site might be offered to students doing independent research or included as "real" mysteries during a reading or literature unit on mysteries. The information could augment a lesson plan from a standard text with its lovely photos. It could be an option for exploration by accelerated students who have completed a unit on ancient history. Teachers should be aware that there is an on-line forum as a part of this site which requires registration. Its content is completely peripheral to the site, and students should simply be instructed to avoid it.
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Volcanoes: Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions - Annenberg Media

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8 to 12
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This website highlights the many active volcanoes worldwide and answers the question, "Can we predict volcanic eruptions?" The highlight of this website is the "case files" students...more
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This website highlights the many active volcanoes worldwide and answers the question, "Can we predict volcanic eruptions?" The highlight of this website is the "case files" students read through to predict an eruption. Other topics include Melting Rocks, Dynamic Earth, Judging Hazards, Forecasting, & Coping With Risk . One of the video clips requires QuickTime, some of the interactive activities also require FLASH. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): plate tectonics (23)

In the Classroom

Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to take your students on this volcanic adventure. Have your students take on the role of "weather chasers." Study the case files together, read about the warning signs, and see if your students can "track the volcano."
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