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Safe Drinking Water - National Academy of Sciences

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4 to 12
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Students may not understand that healthy, safe drinking water is not found everywhere. Use the sections in this site to read information, view videos, and explore water-related issues...more
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Students may not understand that healthy, safe drinking water is not found everywhere. Use the sections in this site to read information, view videos, and explore water-related issues and exhibits. Students can view water sources, how water is treated and processed, and infrastructures that deliver the water. Use the atlas to access visuals of safe drinking water, sanitation, precipitation, population, and other water related data. Use the links along the bottom to access printable versions of the resources, links to other resources, and a glossary of terms used. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): environment (322), natural resources (59), resources (109), water (130)

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Have students look at areas of this site and bring information to a small group or round table discussion of issues. Students can then research areas of the world affected by these issues as well as affected areas in the United States. Use issues as a debate using resources shown on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Have students write a blog post about issues that require comments from other class members.
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Map Collections Home Page - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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The Library of Congress offers this searchable database of historical maps, which includes a large collection of city maps, maps of military battles and campaigns, maps related to transportation...more
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The Library of Congress offers this searchable database of historical maps, which includes a large collection of city maps, maps of military battles and campaigns, maps related to transportation and communication, and maps focused on exploration and discovery. Within each category, you can search geographically or by time period. Each map accessed can be navigated using a zoom feature for better viewing. Maps cover a wide range of national and international subjects.

tag(s): battles (19), environment (322), maps (292), transportation (41)

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Teachers with interactive whiteboards or projectors will find these maps a natural companion to lessons involving history, geography, and cultural changes. Sometimes seeing a map drawn at the same time as the event under discussion can lend a whole new understanding of the culture of the people being studied. It's far more dramatic to imagine sailing into the unknown on a voyage of discovery while you look at the only maps available to those aboard.

Be sure to have students use the whiteboard tools to draw in their own "corrections" or annotations showing the movement of people or strategies used in battles. Since thee resources are in the public domain, you are allowed to copy them into your whiteboard software and keep the student annotations atop the maps, as well. The maps also make good visuals for "mock" blog entries by historical figures!

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Google Sky - Google

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K to 12
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Google Sky is a great way to view the planets, constellations, birth of galaxies, and other items in the universe. It uses some of the best images from the Hubble ...more
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Google Sky is a great way to view the planets, constellations, birth of galaxies, and other items in the universe. It uses some of the best images from the Hubble Telescope and other observatories around the World. Select thumbnail images along the bottom of the screen to quickly access planets, constellations, stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Use layers that are created using different wavelengths such as x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light. Type in the name of your favorite planet, star, or constellation in the search field to find it quickly and then zoom in for greater detail and information. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): planets (127), stars (64)

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No matter what subject you teach, bring the wonder of the night sky to your students. Google Sky provides a look at millions of stars and galaxies in the universe which can be a springboard to many activities in your class using art, geography, math, and writing. Use Google Sky as a complement to a planetarium field trip by showing the solar system in your classroom. Use Google Sky to track the life of a star from birth to death, begin discussions and multimedia presentations of mythological orientations of names, and histories or trajectories of planets. Elementary teachers will enjoy being able to share the night skay to accompany or inspire writing poems and stories aout the stars. Find great resources from Google here.
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Geography for Kids - kidsknowitnetwork

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4 to 10
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This online geography book for children uses a mostly text-based format with in-depth information about the Earth, Describing Our Planet, Our Atmosphere, Atmospheric Temperatures, Atmospheric...more
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This online geography book for children uses a mostly text-based format with in-depth information about the Earth, Describing Our Planet, Our Atmosphere, Atmospheric Temperatures, Atmospheric Pressures, Atmospheric Moisture, The Hydrosphere, and The Biosphere (chapter titles). Pictures, songs, graphs, and charts spice up the relentless text! There is also a link for Geography Games for Kids with interactive educational activities about various continents, latitude and longitude, capitals, and more.

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tag(s): atmosphere (29), earth (233)

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Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computers. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use some of the topics as introduction activities to a new unit in geography class. If you are teaching latitude and longitude skills, be sure to check out the interactive Geography Games link. Provide this link on your class website, so students can practice their geography skills at home.
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Kid's Past - kidsknowitnetwork

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4 to 9
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This online history textbook provides a good reference source for a vast amount of world history told from different perspectives. History that's often missed by K-12 curricula includes...more
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This online history textbook provides a good reference source for a vast amount of world history told from different perspectives. History that's often missed by K-12 curricula includes chapters on Islam, Asia before and after the Middle Ages, Civilization in China, and Africa, for example. In depth coverage of commonly studied topics adds detail and provides research possibilities. Although the main part of the material is text-based, online history games motivate students to review learned materials. Another interesting feature is a list of hundreds of historical and contemporary people and their famous quotes. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): famous people (23), greek (41), greeks (32), renaissance (32), romans (36)

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Save this site in your favorites and use it as a jumping off point for research or lessons on the various topics offered at this site. If you have a history buff in your class, share this site with him/her as a place to spark an individual project, even in world language classes where history and culture are part of the curriculum.
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Behind the News - ABC News Australia

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6 to 12
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This site presents an oral and visual summary of weekly news stories from Australia. Transcripts of the broadcasts are also available. Look at the new stories, but also enjoy the ...more
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This site presents an oral and visual summary of weekly news stories from Australia. Transcripts of the broadcasts are also available. Look at the new stories, but also enjoy the archives. The Teacher Zone page includes worksheets and other suggestions of ways to use the stories for learning. The Student Zone shows videos and still photos of related news stories submitted by other students. There are also quizzes, polls, and other features..

Be aware, although most of this site is free, there are a few items (for example, CDs) that are for a fee. This site opens slowly and requires a FAST Internet connection. This site requires Flash and Windows Media Viewer. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): australia (35), news (262), point of view (10)

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Use this site as a way to teach point of view and bias in news reporting. Have students compare the Australian broadcast on topics that are also covered by U.S. media. How do the presentations of the main points differ? Have your students rewrite an American news story from what they think the Australian point of view might be. Use this site when teaching current events or world cultures, particularly Oceania. If you have technically-capable students, have them create annotated, side-by side comparisons using multimedia/video software and clips from these and American broadcasts (with appropriate citations, of course).
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Explore Mars - National Geographic

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3 to 8
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Students explore the planet of Mars using a land rover, searching for evidence of life. They learn to read a map key and to determine location coordinates. They learn basic ...more
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Students explore the planet of Mars using a land rover, searching for evidence of life. They learn to read a map key and to determine location coordinates. They learn basic facts about how a global positioning system works by reading from square to square and from communicating facts about its position and movements. This web activity challenges students to get from the starting point to spots of ice on the map. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): coordinates (31), mars (40), space (220)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Use this website to teach students map skills and how to read coordinates. Use this site to integrate math, science, and geography lessons. Have students create grids on top of other simple maps on your interactive whiteboard or paper after they finish this activity.
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Visual Geography - Boris Kester and Nana Bj?rnlund

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5 to 12
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This site offers rich geographical information visually: through photographs. Students select a continent to investigate. (Note: all continents except Antarctica are included.) After...more
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This site offers rich geographical information visually: through photographs. Students select a continent to investigate. (Note: all continents except Antarctica are included.) After viewing pictures of one country on that continent, they can click for a more in-depth examination and more pictures, listen to the native language of that area, click on another country to make a comparison, and take a quiz on that information. They can also select certain categories to learn more about transportation, education, religion, people, etc.

tag(s): climate (93), continents (49), countries (80)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a world cultures or geography unit or lesson on an interactive whiteboard or projector. This site offers a visual approach to studying and comparing other countries and interesting research information to use for independent projects. This site is also excellent for enrichment. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class. Use this site to introduce the countries your ESL and ELL students represent. Have your ESL and ELL students guide the interactive picture tour for the class. World language teachers can use this site as part of their cultural studies.

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LearnCalifornia - California State Archives

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4 to 12
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Step back into California's golden past with LearnCalifornia.org! This lively site combines the collections of the California State Archives with Internet resources to bring students...more
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Step back into California's golden past with LearnCalifornia.org! This lively site combines the collections of the California State Archives with Internet resources to bring students and teachers along the exciting journey through California history. Even teachers in other places will find curriculum resources and activities relevant to major events that had an impact well beyond California. Click the Student section to select among many research topics such as the Great Depression, the Gold Rush, California regions, Japanese interment, and planning a railroad. Each topic has links to scholarly research, primary and secondary sources, photographs, maps, and student response work sheets. Click the Teacher section to explore the online and offline lesson plans that accompany the topics and are aligned with the California Department of Education's History-Social Science content standards. The site includes a test bank with multiple-choice tests that are appropriate for grades 4 through 12. The extensive resources of LearnCalifornia are searchable by keywords and contain links to other sources of historical information that can be used in the classroom. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): california (27), primary sources (92), westward expansion (29)

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Use the online lessons to introduce historical topics in whole class activities with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Offline lessons can be used where there is not student access to computers and can be printed and reproduced for classroom use. Students can choose a topic to research, write, and present to the class using the wonderful documentation and photographic collections of the California State Archives.
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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 (49), evolution (101), industrial revolution (26), migration (59), oceans (161), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (143)

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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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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 (296), habitats (86)

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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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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 (88), quizzes (101), vocabulary (323)

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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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2 to 12
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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 (17), arabic (20), chinese (50), french (91), german (67), greek (41), hebrew (20), italian (36)

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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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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 (322)

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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 (70), 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 (49), maps (292), states (165)

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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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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 (7), mississippi (6), peru (7)

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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 (172), easter (20), mayans (13), mysteries (23)

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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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Online Newspapers - Web Wombat Pty Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Never again wonder where to find a newspaper. This site accesses thousands of newspapers with just a simple sign-in from the drop down information search page. There are newspapers...more
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Never again wonder where to find a newspaper. This site accesses thousands of newspapers with just a simple sign-in from the drop down information search page. There are newspapers included from South East Asia, Central America, Middle East, and nearly every country throughout the world. There are some minor advertisements at this website.

tag(s): africa (172), asia (71), central america (12), middle east (36), news (262), newspapers (96)

In the Classroom

Students can update reports and research by accessing newspapers from around the world. Any of your favorite newspaper learning activities can transfer to a newspaper in another part of the USA or world. Foreign language teachers and students will enjoy using the foreign presses for authentic learning. Social Studies teachers can assign students to compare points of view on world issues or perceptions of the U.S. via various newspapers.

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Earth Album - Europa Technologies

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K to 12
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This breath-taking website allows you to explore amazing photos from all around the world courtesy of Flickr and Google Maps. You are presented with a map of the world.Simply click...more
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This breath-taking website allows you to explore amazing photos from all around the world courtesy of Flickr and Google Maps. You are presented with a map of the world.Simply click on the specific area where you want to view pictures of. Some of the pictures feature simply a title. Others go into great details about the picture (many in English, others in the native language of the area). The picture info is entered by the people who share the pictures on Flickr.You can zoom in on specific areas to view pictures (i.e. you can zoom in on specific states or countries within the continents). Click on the smaller picture to enlarge and view details about the picture. The website even allows you to view pictures of the oceans, seas, and other bodies of water throughout the world. The pictures are beautiful and introduce students to the culture of the specific area. When you click to go to an area, a row of pictures appear. To return to the main map, simply click on the icon with the globe and magnifying glass. This site is extremely simple to use. Images change as the public enters new photos. Be sure to check back frequently for new photos.

Safety warning: Since Flickr photos are contributed by the general public, you will want to preview what comes up on Flickr or join Flickr and tag your own set of photos to use.

tag(s): africa (172), antarctica (30), arctic (46), asia (71), australia (35), europe (73), maps (292), north america (18), south america (38)

In the Classroom

Share this fabulous website with your class. You may want to use an interactive whiteboard or projector with younger students to "take them on a journey around the world." As you read literature selections about far-away places, use these pictures to help students "picture" the stories. Ask the students to choose the state, country, or continent to tour. You could also use this site for independent research, but you will have to preview the possible choices ahead of time. Share this link on your class newsletter or website for families to view together at home.

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