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CIA World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency

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6 to 12
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Get the facts fast. Use a simple pull-down to find a country of the world and learn all about its significant data. The information is separated into categories:Introduction, Geography,...more
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Get the facts fast. Use a simple pull-down to find a country of the world and learn all about its significant data. The information is separated into categories:Introduction, Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues. All the information is presented in a dry, factual format (mostly numbers) but provides an excellent way to compare countries, draw inferences, and predict trends, hypothesize cause/effect, and more. By researching the data, your class can look for possible connections between demographics and economics, for example.

tag(s): data (150), demographics (19), population (62)

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Provide this resource as a link on your teacher web page or in class for supporting data to be used in discussions or debates. In math classes, use the data to create and compare graphical representations of real-world data. In geography classes, use the information to draw connections between physical features of a nation and its economy. World language classes can compare the various nations that speak the language they are studying.

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Information Finder - BBC

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1 to 3
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This unusual website is interactive and provides students with the unique challenge of determining which types of reference books should be used to find specified information. Some...more
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This unusual website is interactive and provides students with the unique challenge of determining which types of reference books should be used to find specified information. Some of the reference books include an atlas, a book about flags, a book about wildlife, and a few specialized weather books. The website provides a Teachers/Parents link that provides general standards for this interactive game. The entire activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (290), atlas (6), matching (24), weather (194)

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Use an interactive whiteboard and let students take turns to help your students understand the various forms of informational texts. Or set up this site as a center in the library/media center to remind students where to look for information.
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Barnaby Bear Stories - BBC

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K to 1
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This website is an awesome introduction to geography and more! The site offers two illustrated, interactive stories. Both involve an adorable bear named Barnaby. One story takes students...more
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This website is an awesome introduction to geography and more! The site offers two illustrated, interactive stories. Both involve an adorable bear named Barnaby. One story takes students to Paris, the other to Australia. The stories also contain new vocabulary words to learn, engaging questions, and creative storylines. The entire activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): australia (35), france (40)

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Use the site with or without audio (don't forget headphones or speakers). Use this website as a learning center for small groups of students to explore together. Or make the journey a class adventure by using an interactive whiteboard. This website could also be used to teach basic geography vocabulary, awareness of geographic locations (Australia), and reading skills together.
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Homework High - 4Learning

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5 to 10
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer ...more
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer at Homework High. The variety of topics includes math, science, history, geography, English and language (including French, German, and Spanish). The website also provides links to other websites for additional practice. There are also tips for improving study skills.

tag(s): french (90), german (65), homework (45), spanish (109)

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Include a link to this website on your classroom newsletter or from your teacher web page for student help at home.

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History Detectives Kids - PBS

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3 to 6
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This History Detective for Kids site features the same stars that investigate on the adult program. Your class will find many things to do, including examining the parts of ...more
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This History Detective for Kids site features the same stars that investigate on the adult program. Your class will find many things to do, including examining the parts of a detective's kit, submitting a photo of a mystery object, coming back to the site weekly to check for a new clue, and solving a real mystery. With video clips of mysteries in history and mystery games, children will forget they're "in school." Users can create an individual identity by joining the detective's club. For safety's sake at school, you may want to create a teacher account that you use as a class. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Use the History Scene Investigators area to teach basic geography and U.S. landmarks on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Find many lesson ideas for teaching inquiry, hypothesis-testing, and problem-solving processes in your science curriculum using the games available on this site---see the Teacher Area.
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My Wonderful World - National Geographic Education Foundation

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3 to 12
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This website is all about our Wonderful World - Geography! There is something here for everyone (students, teachers, and parents). The website provides information, quizzes, interactive...more
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This website is all about our Wonderful World - Geography! There is something here for everyone (students, teachers, and parents). The website provides information, quizzes, interactive games, and more than can be mentioned. The interactive maps will make the study of world cultures far more engaging and "real" as your students navigate on their own. The site draws together resources that National Geographic had separately and add links to other good interactive sources. You truly have to explore this website to understand all of the material available. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): cultures (107), politics (100)

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Start out by checking the teachers' link. Get your interactive whiteboards ready for the games and activities, and be sure to share the link on your teacher web page for serious global involvement.
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You Do It: Safety - The Alaskan Pipeline

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4 to 8
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This unique (and quick) web activity challenges students to examine various sections of Alaskan terrain and choose the type of pipeline strategy that works best for each. There are...more
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This unique (and quick) web activity challenges students to examine various sections of Alaskan terrain and choose the type of pipeline strategy that works best for each. There are details and a survey guide provided. Use this activity to help students with problem solving skills and to further their understanding of plate tectonics, landforms, and climate in a real world application. Be sure to extend it in talking about the challenges of any geographic feature or landform in building structures. If you are studying basic geography concepts or structures, be sure to include the challengs of terrain and climate in your own region.

tag(s): alaska (25), plate tectonics (25)

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This activity would work well individually or as a whole class project using an interactive whiteboard. A great follow-up would be to create photographic slides of geographic challenges and the structures used to meet them in your own area (use a digital camera!).

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Resources for Primary Teachers - Woodlands Junior School

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Here is another wonderful website created by the Woodlands Junior School. This website is basically a compilation site for teachers. There are links and activities for math, science,...more
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Here is another wonderful website created by the Woodlands Junior School. This website is basically a compilation site for teachers. There are links and activities for math, science, special needs, history, geography, health, holidays, and many other subject areas. The website also offers many lesson plans - find the lesson plans by clicking on the subject. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences! Most of the activities are interactive and require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): gifted (94), holidays (152)

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This website is ideal for interactive whiteboards. The amount of topics and information is truly amazing. Don't miss this incredible resource!
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Panoramas.dk

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K to 12
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message...more
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message on the home page for directions and details, then explore the current features and several years of archives for 3D virtual tours from major world capitals to true "experiences" such as Times Square and white water rafting. Even the tour of a Banyan tree will amaze you. Bring the world into your classroom for geography, landforms, world cultures, foreign language study, or literary settings. Be in the midst of festivals or atop the Sydney Bridge. The site requires Quicktime. The Welcome section can help you troubleshoot. Or you can get Quicktime from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Just be sure to share in full screen (high band) view , if you can! Click the FULL SCREEN QTVR FEATURE > ARCHIVE to find more choices. There is also a link to Arounder, a collection of European Capitals in 3D tours.

tag(s): images (275), landforms (46)

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Use a projector--or better yet, an interactive whiteboard--to take students atop the Eiffel Tower, to the high Sierras, or aboard a Mars explorer. Allow student to navigate on the whiteboard. Nte that Shift and Ctrl keys alow you to zoom, as well. Be sure to click at the top of the 3D view to Read More about the image. These tours will make landforms real, culture come alive, and science a visual art form. As you introduce terms and place, use images! You could even use a tour as a writing prompt for poetry or descriptive writing. Include the link on your teacher web page for students to "tour the world" outside of class or feature one location a week to broaden class horizons on a classroom desktop.

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What a GREAT idea! Thank you. I found one with mountain biking and vistas. I'll put it up early in the period and come back to it in the end and have them write their exit cards about it. Then I will revisit it in a week or two when we start talking about metaphorical language. Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12
I plan to use this as a way to start the school year with my sixth grade G/T kids. I will display a panorama on an interactive whiteboard-- one of mountains with peaks and valleys. I will ask, "Why would I show you this and say that this is our classroom this year?" The students will write down an idea on a slip of paper, guessing why I might use this as an introduction to my class. They will most likely introduce all of the classroom conduct and learning environment issues that I want to touch upon that first day: peaks and valleys during the year, some rugged terrain, studying mountains and geography, some amazing views (everyone's opinions), and more. It will also get them thinking in analogies and allow me to see how quickly some of them do this and how literal others are. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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Primary Homework Help - Mandy Barrow

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K to 5
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples...more
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples of the specific activities include, "Saving the Environment", "Fraction Monkeys", and "Ancient Egypt". The site provides a huge amount of topics and a wide range of activities. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): fractions (236), grammar (215), habitats (85), homework (45), human body (126), measurement (160), money (191), spelling (167)

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This website would be an excellent resource to use with an interactive whiteboard. You may also want to provide this link on your teacher web page for parents to use at home. Nearly all subject areas (and topics) are included. Do yourself a favor - and utilize this excellent resource! Learning support teachers will love the opportunities for their students to get extra practice.
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Interactive World Map - Mr. Nussbaum

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4 to 12
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This delightful map of the world encourages students to scroll across the map; facts about the selected country appear at the bottom of the page. The data includes the country's ...more
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This delightful map of the world encourages students to scroll across the map; facts about the selected country appear at the bottom of the page. The data includes the country's capital, population, and size. Other information specific to each country appears in an adjoining paragraph. Check out the Interactive Scavenger Hunt for up to 20 questions related to the map. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): capitals (24), countries (78)

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Use this scavenger hunt as a competitive activity on laptops or interactive whiteboard while reviewing world geography. If your require students to learn the world map, be sure to include this link on your teacher web page for review. As an extra challenge, ask students to compose their own questions that may or may not be answered within the information available here.
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Mapping Our World - OxFam- Cool Planet for Teachers

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3 to 8
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Explore world geography in an interactive site ideally suited for interactive whiteboard or individual exploration. Content includes map skills, the globe, terms, geographical context,...more
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Explore world geography in an interactive site ideally suited for interactive whiteboard or individual exploration. Content includes map skills, the globe, terms, geographical context, and more. This site is created to align with British curriculum, but the topics are quite parallel to those in the U.S.

tag(s): globe (14), maps (293)

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Use the curriculum links Acrobat .pdf file to find the topics that connect to your curriculum needs, then open the page on your interactive whiteboard and get started. Include the link on your teacher web age for students to use as review, as well.
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Map of Valley Forge National Historical Park - TeachersFirst

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This PDF file provides a detailed (and very well done) map of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This map is suitable for viewing and/or printing. So before ...more
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This PDF file provides a detailed (and very well done) map of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This map is suitable for viewing and/or printing. So before you head to Valley Forge, be sure to print this helpful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (108), map skills (82), philadelphia (13)

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Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today. Share the map on an interactive whiteboard, so you can use the tools to highlight different areas.
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Map of Philadelphia - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This PDF file, provides a detailed map of Philadelphia. Before you head to Philadelphia, print out this useful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the ...more
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This PDF file, provides a detailed map of Philadelphia. Before you head to Philadelphia, print out this useful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (108), map skills (82), philadelphia (13)

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Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today. Share the map on an interactive whiteboard and use the tools to highlight important aspects of a colonial city.
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Zero Footprint Carbon Calculator - Zero Footprint.net

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9 to 12
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This tool allows you to calculate your contribution to greenhouse gasses by answering questions about lifestyle and behavior. A kids'...more
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This tool allows you to calculate your contribution to greenhouse gasses by answering questions about lifestyle and behavior. A kids' version is also available. The calculator is intended for adults but is quite applicable to teenagers, especially those who drive a car. This site also includes ways to "offset" carbon emissions through tree planting, etc. Some of the information is part of initiatives for which the organization solicits funds, but the research and data are informative and sobering.

This resource was featured in a recent New Teacher Hotline Podcast as one of the Tech Toolbox resources. Hear more about it on the podcast .

tag(s): carbon (21), carbon footprint (11), climate (92), climate change (65), earth (231), earth day (112), environment (321)

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Share this and the kids' calculator on your teacher web site and ask students to come up with a plan to decrease their carbon emissions as part of your unit on environmental issues. This could be a "real world" connection in geography study of natural resources or a science class on climate change.

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Cogito - Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

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7 to 12
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This powerful site will challenge your brightest students and get everyone thinking. Designed to spark interest of young scientists and thinkers in real world issues, this site is run...more
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This powerful site will challenge your brightest students and get everyone thinking. Designed to spark interest of young scientists and thinkers in real world issues, this site is run by Johns Hopkins' famous program for gifted youth. Find feature articles on current research, Nobel laureates, and hot topics such as global warming. Explore the links for MANY outstanding sites not specifically for "education" as much as for real-world investigation and learning.

tag(s): careers (137), energy (203), gifted (94), summer (13)

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Teachers with high level, AP, or gifted students will want to explore this site during the summer months for inspiration and resources to use throughout the year. If your gifted program requires individual projects, send your students here to find ideas and to get energized! Even "regular" teachers, especially in the sciences, will want to share some of the current research topics and interviews that fit their curriculum. If you are looking for ways students and environmental clubs can get involved, check out the "Get Involved" section in the Sites and Tools menu.

One simple way to use the Interviews in a regular science classroom would be to have students research and act out an interview with a "mock" scientist, explaining what he/she does in order to expose students to the many fields included in the sciences.

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Wearin O' The Green - kate.net

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K to 12
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Wearin O' The Green offers a comprehensive listing of Irish information for both adults and children. Teachers should be able to find lots of ideas and facts here (information about...more
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Wearin O' The Green offers a comprehensive listing of Irish information for both adults and children. Teachers should be able to find lots of ideas and facts here (information about Ireland, St. Patrick's Day, Irish Dancing, language and more). Some of the links require FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ireland (12), st patricks day (14)

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Search this site to find activities relevant to your class. Have students use this site to find research information about various topics related to St. Patrick's Day. Have students create multi-media projects: a wiki, blog, PowerPoint, or another.
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National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

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K to 12
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The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. ...more
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The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

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Within the Classroom Resources section of this website to look for free lesson plans and classroom activities. The lessons are organized by grade level, so be sure to pass it along to peers in other grade levels. Save this one as a favorite to allow for easy access and retrieval.

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The Big Wide World Webquest - The Museum of Television & Radio

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2 to 6
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This site pulls together understanding of environment, geography, the earth and its setting in space, cultures, animals, and more. It forms a "core" for what social studies (and science)is...more
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This site pulls together understanding of environment, geography, the earth and its setting in space, cultures, animals, and more. It forms a "core" for what social studies (and science)is all about. To figure out how the "Big Wide World" works, students will work with partners to investigate one area of the world (globe, plants, people, cultures, language, animals) and come up with rules about how this area works. The individual areas join with other areas and determine how the areas relate to each other. A teacher guide included. Active X is required on some website links.

tag(s): animals (290), cultures (107), environment (321)

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Use this Webquest to introduce the connections between major social studies and science concepts. After students work in groups to investigate the different areas, bring the class together to share. Guide a class discussion to show how the different areas are linked and work together. Use the Relationship Wheel (see Teacher Guide) as a bulletin board to support understanding. The site information says it can be used in grades K-4, but non-readers cannot do the tasks without a reader! For independent workers, it is better suited (and quite applicable)for grades 2-6.

If you do this at the start of the school year, you can revisit the overarching connections as you begin study of each sub-area so you are connecting to prior knowledge every time. Teachers in later grades could even recall the overarching questions as they continue with the study of these topics. Be SURE to put the link on your teacher web page for students to revisit throughout the year.

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Road Trip Through Washington - Bellingham Public Schools

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3 to 5
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This interactive investigation involves planning a road trip through the state of Washington. This web activity provides an enormous amount of information. The steps of the project...more
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This interactive investigation involves planning a road trip through the state of Washington. This web activity provides an enormous amount of information. The steps of the project are detailed step-by-step. Students need to complete research and then create a brochure to persuade their parents to take this road trip.

tag(s): washington (36)

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This site provides a "Teacher Tips" page with details, lesson schedule, rubrics and more! You could use this as a model for similar investigations of other states, as well.

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