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Adventures in the Past- Virtual Site Visits - US Bureau of Land Management

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"Archaeological, historic, and fossil sites are unique portals to the past," declares this site as it invites you to visit locations around the U.S. as ways to learn about archelogical...more
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"Archaeological, historic, and fossil sites are unique portals to the past," declares this site as it invites you to visit locations around the U.S. as ways to learn about archelogical finds, natural formations, and historical preservation sites that teach about the early U.S. and its Native American predecessors. Many of the virtual visits are created by BLM, and those that are not warn you before you leave the site. The locations included spread across most of the western U.S. and Alaska.

tag(s): archeology (32), fossils (44)

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Take your class on a "field trip" without leaving the classroom. Give them a list of things to find out as they explore a location on their own computers or "travel" together on a projector. Younger students will need help with text passages.

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Create a Timeline - Ourtimelines.com

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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic ...more
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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic or personal) and their beginning/ending dates, and click the "generate" button.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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History Explorer - Smithsonian

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This multimedia site explores various facets of American history through Lessons, interactives, Themes and more. Visitors can view objects that are part of the Smithsonian collection,...more
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This multimedia site explores various facets of American history through Lessons, interactives, Themes and more. Visitors can view objects that are part of the Smithsonian collection, navigate between historical eras, or filter the information by selected themes (Arts and Culture, Politics and Reform, etc.) Items in the exhibit are linked to National Museum of American History websites that provide more in-depth information.

tag(s): agriculture (54), american revolution (86), famous people (19), japan (61), japanese (42), jazz (15), lincoln (86), politics (99)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. There is enough information in "exhibit" details to provide a starting point for students trying to decide what to base a research project on. Recommend the site to students who are having difficulty picking a project subject.
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The Sport of Life and Death - Mint Museum of Art

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Learn about the land and culture of Mesoamerica with this engaging site that draws visitors into the ancient world of athletes and gods. After exploring maps and timelines, and learning...more
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Learn about the land and culture of Mesoamerica with this engaging site that draws visitors into the ancient world of athletes and gods. After exploring maps and timelines, and learning about the elements of the sport, visitor can participate in a unique version of the Mesoamerican Ballgame - the most outstanding feature of the site. To play, students must enter correct responses to content-specific questions. Points are earned by choosing correct answers. Lose the game, and find out why this was know as "the sport of life and death!" Contains great material for a Web hunt.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Meso-American history. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to explore it on classroom computers in their cooperative learning groups. This would be a great center in a World History course, primarily for Middle School grades.
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Life at the End of the Road - University of North Carolina

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This beautifully illustrated site explores the people, land, and culture of Patagonia. Visitors can investigate each of three thematic sections and experience the lives and landscape...more
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This beautifully illustrated site explores the people, land, and culture of Patagonia. Visitors can investigate each of three thematic sections and experience the lives and landscape of this remote region through audio interviews and photographs. Click on the "Timeline of Patagonia" link to take an interactive tour through the amazing history of the region - from 9,000 BC to the present.

tag(s): south america (39)

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You'll have to provide the framework for use of this site in the classroom, but it's an outstanding resource for a study of South American culture. Also available in Spanish.
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Official U.S. Time - National Institute of Standards

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Click on the interactive map of the United States to select a time zone and view the exact time (within .02 seconds) as well as a map of the world ...more
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Click on the interactive map of the United States to select a time zone and view the exact time (within .02 seconds) as well as a map of the world that shows where the sun is shining and where it is night.

tag(s): time (144)

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Costa Rica: Land of Pure Life - PBS

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From volcanoes to marine turtles, explore some of Costa Rica's natural wonders. Two lesson plans - one on frogs, the other on volcanic soil - are included in the Teacher ...more
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From volcanoes to marine turtles, explore some of Costa Rica's natural wonders. Two lesson plans - one on frogs, the other on volcanic soil - are included in the Teacher Resources section. While a bit heavy on text, and a bit lacking in photographs, the site has great content for student research. Aligned to national standards.

tag(s): oil (45), soil (17), volcanoes (61)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted within the "Teacher Resources" portion of this site. This could be a great resource for a World History classroom, or for a Earth Sciences class.

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Outline Maps

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This great collection of black and white, printer-friendly outline maps represent every continent, many countries, various regions of the United States. American historical maps - showing...more
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This great collection of black and white, printer-friendly outline maps represent every continent, many countries, various regions of the United States. American historical maps - showing the Lewis and Clarke routes, the original thirteen colonies, etc. - are also included. Each map is available with or without labels and royalty free for classroom and personal use. Requires Acrobat Reader.

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

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Use the maps on this site as an introductory activity for any and all history units that correspond with geography. Use the blank maps as formative assessments to determine what students already know about the spacial context of the events being studied. After the unit is over have students fill out the blank maps again to assess how much they learned over the course of the unit. Save this one as a favorite on your classroom computer!
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Polar Husky - NOMADS

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Participate in an amazing exploration with this virtual field trip of the Arctic. Follow the Team Arctic Transect 2004 and their 31 polar huskies on an unforgettable 3,000-mile adventure...more
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Participate in an amazing exploration with this virtual field trip of the Arctic. Follow the Team Arctic Transect 2004 and their 31 polar huskies on an unforgettable 3,000-mile adventure as they explore Nunavut, Canada's newest territory. Learn about arctic climate changes, meet Inuit Elders and students in remote communities, and discover the ecology of this isolated region. The team consists of six educators and explorers who comprehensively document their experiences on this interactive site. Free registration is required to download the curriculum and activity guide, and to participate in the on-line classroom features.

tag(s): arctic (44), canada (30)

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Use the GoNorth! adventures to supplement a unit on Geography or Climate changes. Make sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later.

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Mummies in Peru - National Public Radio

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Enrich a study of Latin America with this intriguing article and related links from National Public Radio. In 2002, the National Geographic Society announced the discovery of more than...more
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Enrich a study of Latin America with this intriguing article and related links from National Public Radio. In 2002, the National Geographic Society announced the discovery of more than 2,000 Inca mummies in Peru. Photographs, images, and sound bytes provide a glimpse into the work done by on-site archaeologists. Follow related links to learn more about the process of mummification and what mummies can tell us about the societies in which they lived.

tag(s): peru (6)

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Use the images on the site to show students examples of archaeological digs, and the mummies found from this specific time period. Show the images of the interactive whiteboard, allowing sufficient time for students to describe what they observe in each picture. These images could be made into a visual discovery activity or to supplement a lecture.

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Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition - Missouri Historical Society

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This on-line exhibition allows visitors to follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, explore the cultural landscape they encountered, and browse through a collection of over 350 artifacts...more
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This on-line exhibition allows visitors to follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, explore the cultural landscape they encountered, and browse through a collection of over 350 artifacts that document the first transcontinental journey across North America. Highlights of this beautifully designed site include an interactive map, audio clips providing sounds associated with each place along the journey, and readings from words written by members of the expedition. Links to related themes are provided throughout the site. This is an outstanding resource that accurately presents many facets of this pivotal even in American history.

tag(s): lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! This would be a great resource for a US history site, regardless of the grade level. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval when necessary.
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Sweet Science of Chocolate - Exploratorium

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This truly engaging site will whet your students' appetites for learning. The history and origin of chocolate (from its start in the Amazon rainforests to its invasion of Europe) is...more
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This truly engaging site will whet your students' appetites for learning. The history and origin of chocolate (from its start in the Amazon rainforests to its invasion of Europe) is presented through photographs, images, and an easy to understand text. Possible health effects, both positive and negative, are discussed, and the process of "tempering" is explored with a step by step experiment that can be reproduced in the classroom. A virtual tour takes visitors inside the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory in San Francisco for an up-close look at the chocolate making process. Created by the Exploratorium. (Requires RealVideo)

tag(s): chocolate (7)

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The article entitled "Chocolate invades Europe" is a great way to show how one good can affect the entire economy of a continent. Share the article on the interactive whiteboard or projector to allow students to read together in class. As a class create a Venn Diagram discussing what they know about chocolate now to another product such as sugar, tobacco, or even slaves if your class is mature enough to look at the economics of the issue. This is a great find for US and World history teachers.

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The Exploration of Canada- Pathfinders and Passageways - National Library of Canada

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This site has wonderful resources for learning about Canadian history and Canadian explorers. Whether you're interested in early exploration in general, or specific history of the Nation,...more
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This site has wonderful resources for learning about Canadian history and Canadian explorers. Whether you're interested in early exploration in general, or specific history of the Nation, this site has information on each of Canada's multiple explorers, as well as a sequential look at the evolution of the landmass. A great site for social studies resources from the 11th through 20th Centuries.

tag(s): canada (30), landforms (45)

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This site is a little text heavy, but the information is all interesting and pertinent to a study of world explorers. Use this site as a point of reference when learning about the explorers who began to colonize our neighbor to the North. The site has a lot of information but would also be great for shorter investigations. Refer students to the site if working on research projects of papers about explorers. The information makes for a great jumping off point, and is reliable.

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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley,...more
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest Coast, the site offers images and text that can enhance any unit on Native Americans. There are also links to tribal web sites.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Native American culture. Have students explore the site with the intentions of presenting summaries of specific cultures or artworks. Have students create a multimedia presentation using YUtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the art, the tribes or the regions (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Discover Peru

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Here's a guide to Peru created by a pair of students. There are links on Peruvian history, climate, and lots more. While not fully authoritative, this content seems well suited ...more
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Here's a guide to Peru created by a pair of students. There are links on Peruvian history, climate, and lots more. While not fully authoritative, this content seems well suited to a student-to-student application.

tag(s): peru (6)

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This would be a great resource for a beginning Spanish or World History class. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce to students one of the many countries that predominantly speaks spanish, or plays a role in World History. This would be a great resource for students working on presentations or research projects.

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Chocolate and Culture - Field Museum

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Who wouldn't love a series of lessons about chocolate? Chicago's Field Museum offers this site with extensive educational materials in PDF format. The lessons begin in the rainforest...more
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Who wouldn't love a series of lessons about chocolate? Chicago's Field Museum offers this site with extensive educational materials in PDF format. The lessons begin in the rainforest and move on to the introduction and production of refined chocolate products. Along the way there are many topics to discuss and ponder.

tag(s): chocolate (7), south america (39)

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Try this one for a tasty addition to a unit on rainforests, American industry, or related topics.
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Adventure Learning Foundation

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This searchable site provides resources for teaching geography and culture. Currently, the page's "expeditions" are limited to Baja California, American Southwest, Southern Africa,...more
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This searchable site provides resources for teaching geography and culture. Currently, the page's "expeditions" are limited to Baja California, American Southwest, Southern Africa, Oaxaca Mexico, and Peru.

tag(s): africa (180), mexico (34), peru (6)

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There are lesson plans and links for each expedition.

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Boston Navy Yard - National Park Service

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The National Park's site on the Boston Naval Shipyard. ...more
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The National Park's site on the Boston Naval Shipyard.

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Valley Forge - National Park Service

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National Park Service's site on Valley Forge. ...more
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National Park Service's site on Valley Forge.

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Boston Freedom Trail - National Park Service

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National Park Service's site on the Boston Freedom Trail and Guided Tours. ...more
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National Park Service's site on the Boston Freedom Trail and Guided Tours.

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