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Clouds Over Cuba - John F Kennedy Presidential Library

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7 to 12
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Recount the weeks leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive and immersive documentary. View a 25-minute documentary covering the crisis from its 1959...more
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Recount the weeks leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive and immersive documentary. View a 25-minute documentary covering the crisis from its 1959 beginnings when Castro overthrew Batista. Watch 40 minutes of expert interviews on 15 related topics. Don't miss the 10-minute "What If?" film that offers a feasible alternative scenario had the crisis escalated to nuclear war. Choose from links within the documentary to explore almost 200 photos, documents, archive films and audio files. The files include the entirety of JFK's secret ExComm recordings, primary sources revealing the secret discussions over 13 days that eventually led to the deal that ended the crisis. One interesting feature is the sync to mobile element. Click this feature to receive a pin to use on your mobile device allowing sync to location within the documentary and documents already accessed on your computer. The videos do NOT require Flash, however this reviewer could only view it on Mozilla FireFox.

tag(s): 1960s (27), kennedy (25), primary sources (92)

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Explore this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a class. Allow students to explore the site on their own. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about one of the main participants of the crisis, or one of the daily events using the Newspaper Clipping Generator, reviewed here. Choose individual chapters to view using links provided instead of viewing the whole documentary if time is an issue. Have students use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of Cuban Missile Crisis events. Include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos as desired. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to create a visual comparison of JFK vs Castro or comparing the Cuban Missile Crisis to modern day events such as 9/11. This would be an outstanding inspiration for a History Day project.
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Longform - longform.org

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6 to 12
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Longform recommends new and classic fiction and non-fiction from around the web. Read articles on a browser or save to read later with Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, or Kindle. Articles...more
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Longform recommends new and classic fiction and non-fiction from around the web. Read articles on a browser or save to read later with Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, or Kindle. Articles include every imaginable topic. There are publications as "well-known" as New York magazine and as "low-profile" as the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Search for a topic using the search bar or scroll through current offerings on the home page. Narrow down choices by method of reading such as Instapaper or Kindle format. You can also find podcasts about featured publications and articles. Click on an article's title to read online or print using links provided. Choose the read later button to save to your Longform account. Registration using an email address and password is required for this option.

tag(s): expository writing (43), independent reading (130), poetry (221), reading lists (79), writing prompts (94)

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Create a classroom account and save articles to use with classroom topics or for independent student reading. Find informational texts to use for Common Core practice. Share this site with students to create their own account to find articles to read. This is definitely a site that you want to list on your class wiki, blog, or website. Teachers of writing can use these articles as examples of different writing styles and of writing with audience and voice in mind. Select more controversial articles to use as writing prompts.

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Pictolang - Michael R. Shaughnessy

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5 to 12
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages...more
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more). Choose your language and the type of photos you wish to find. Picture Match offers a word with an assortment of images to match correctly. Word Match is the opposite of Picture Match - one image is offered with several words. Choose the correct word to match the image. Both of these activities also ask you to choose the language. The most difficult game is the Analyst Game. This activity "tests your visual intelligence." One image is presented, you choose the correct culture represented by the image. (Try it - not as easy as it sounds!)

tag(s): arabic (20), chinese (50), cross cultural understanding (122), french (93), german (68), images (274), italian (36), japanese (45), maps (294), spanish (111)

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Use Pictolang to help students learn and review languages on their own. This is a perfect site for ESL/ELL students, world cultures class, and world language studies. Display the Analyst Game on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and play together as a class or as a small group center. Discuss images featured and why they represent different cultures. Allow ESL/ELL students to explore the site using the ESL (North America) option to match images to the English word. This is a great link to add to your class website for world language (or ESL/ELL) students to use for additional practice.

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Welcome to The Dirksen Center's Editorial Cartoon Collection - The Dirksen Congressional Center

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5 to 12
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This archive of political cartoons focuses on those featuring Everett Dirksen, but in so doing, presents commentary on a large number of important political topics during the time period....more
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This archive of political cartoons focuses on those featuring Everett Dirksen, but in so doing, presents commentary on a large number of important political topics during the time period. Dirksen was a Republican Congressman and Senator from Illinois between 1933 and 1969. Both because he was a powerful politician (at one point the Senate Minority Leader) and a distinctive looking man, he was a favorite among political cartoonists of the time. We know that the analysis of political cartoons can be an effective teaching tool in that it requires a thorough understanding of the issues and context of that time period. This archive is searchable by date (beginning in 1950 and concluding with Dirksen's death in 1969) and by topic (including the Civil Rights Act, Vietnam, Nixon, Kennedy, Ford, nuclear testing, labor relations and foreign policy). There are lesson plans tied to a number of the cartoons.

tag(s): 1950s (11), 1960s (27), civil rights (121), comics and cartoons (65), media literacy (63)

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Applicable to nearly every political issue from the 1950s and 1960s, this archive will assist students in understanding these turbulent decades. Analyzing political cartoons helps students grasp the adversarial nature of politics and brings the debate alive. The cartoons can be enlarged for use on an interactive whiteboard as a catalyst for class discussion, distributed for small group discussion or debate, or used as a writing prompt for further study. There are lesson plans associated with many of the cartoons with ready-made discussion questions. Additionally, there are general suggestions for using political cartoons effectively in a classroom setting. Have students create an online or printed comic related to a current political topic. Use one of the tools and the ideas included in this collection.

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Poem Hunter - PoemHunter.com

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6 to 12
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PoemHunter is a search engine (and more) for finding poems, lyrics, and quotations. Know only part of a poem or quotation? Type it in the search box to find the ...more
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PoemHunter is a search engine (and more) for finding poems, lyrics, and quotations. Know only part of a poem or quotation? Type it in the search box to find the entire original source. Choose from hot poems or specific topics on the home page. View and explore the top 500 poets and/or the top 500 poems. Read the Poem of the Day that includes three poems: one classic, one modern, and one viewer submitted. Choose from the poets, poems, quotations, or lyrics tabs to narrow your search to specific topics. Become a member to save favorite poems for further reference. Be aware: many of the pages include comments from users. While all were appropriate at the time of this review, it is always best to preview!
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tag(s): authors (123), literature (273), poetry (221), quotations (25)

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Bookmark PoemHunter to use as a resource for finding poetry or quotations for classroom use. Share with students to find poems based on personal interest or specific topics. Use as a model when students create their own poems. Challenge students to create their own poems to be shared on a class poetry wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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World History TimeMap - TimeMaps Ltd

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5 to 12
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See the history of the world from 3500BC to 2005AD! TimeMaps offers a look at every nation, empire, and civilization as one story using maps. Choose a date or time ...more
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See the history of the world from 3500BC to 2005AD! TimeMaps offers a look at every nation, empire, and civilization as one story using maps. Choose a date or time period to begin exploration. Use pinpoints located on the map to view specific information about that location. Use timelines located under the map to narrow down topics within a time period. For example, at 100 AD choose to view information by Ancient Rome, Mayan Civilization, Medieval India, or Ancient China. This is an excellent site for providing an overview and exploration of world civilizations during any given time period. Choose the "Are You a History Teacher" link to find several suggestions for using TimeMap in your classroom along several different lesson plans.
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tag(s): 1600s (14), 1700s (29), 1800s (49), 1900s (37), 20th century (51), africa (170), asia (71), china (63), egypt (70), europe (73), greeks (32), india (34), israel (17), maps (294), mayans (13), north america (18), romans (35), timelines (62)

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Explore time periods together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Find the time period you are teaching then explore pins to view more information about different civilizations during that time. Assign students different civilizations to research during a time period using TimeMaps as a starting point. Have students create their own comics to explain a civilization using comic-creation tools from this collection.

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Excellent interactive and visual timeline for students!! It's free!! Jackson, MD, Grades: 6 - 12

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Historical Thinking Interactive Poster (Elementary) - National History Education Clearinghouse

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3 to 7
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Think like a historian using this interactive poster! Consider how your life would have been different if you were born as a slave, an immigrant, living in the city, etc.. ...more
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Think like a historian using this interactive poster! Consider how your life would have been different if you were born as a slave, an immigrant, living in the city, etc.. Think about how your wardrobe would be different. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of the quadrants and click. More information, activities, and links will appear. Each of the quadrants also has additional teaching resources. On the far left column you will find links to "What Is Historical Thinking?" a video, "What are primary sources?" and "What are secondary sources?" This site is content RICH and definitely worthy of your time. Some of the video clips require Flash.

tag(s): history day (24), primary sources (92)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and teach your students how to think like a historian. There are some interesting links here for you and your students to investigate. For instance, there is a link to discover how different the lives of kids were in the past. View the primary sources to look at what nineteenth century kids read, what their toys were, and how the clothes looked. There are also links for using primary sources, and surfing the net successfully. You may want to go through each quadrant with the entire class, or you might want to assign groups to become "specialists" in a quadrant and have them present it to your class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Google World Wonders Project - Google

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6 to 12
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How about a field trip to all the Wonders of the World? Imagine the cost, the time, the paperwork! Google has an alternative. Using Street View technology, view virtual field ...more
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How about a field trip to all the Wonders of the World? Imagine the cost, the time, the paperwork! Google has an alternative. Using Street View technology, view virtual field trips to dozens of the World Heritage Sites across the globe and on every continent. Sites include links to 3D models, user submitted photographs, YouTube videos and other content that will enrich your "visit" to the site. The collection is searchable by location or by theme (for example: architecture, palaces and castles, places of worship, and natural wonders). There are also downloadable educators' packets associated with the sites with further classroom resources and suggestions.

tag(s): archeology (32), architecture (83), cross cultural understanding (122), virtual field trips (52)

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Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard, enabling your classroom to become a virtual window on the world. Indulge in a quick "visit" to a site associated with a historical issue in your curriculum. Compare and contrast various architectural styles across cultures. See how humankind has built places of worship in keeping with different religious viewpoints. Groups of students or individual students might be asked to design their own field trip, choosing a collection of sites, researching them, and presenting their personal journey to the rest of the class. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Consider using the in-depth examination of one of these sites as an enrichment activity for high achieving students, or as an independent project. Be sure and explore the downloadable educators' packets yourself for more suggestions and classroom resources.
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Virginia Trekkers - David Clough, Brad Fernald, Frank Fitzpatrick, & Alfonso Favale

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2 to 8
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the...more
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the Blue Ridge Mountains) from offerings on the left side of the site. Choose from the subtopics offered to view videos and information correlated to Virgina State Standards. View over 50 podcasts filmed around the state. Each podcast includes additional information, state standards, and some include online activities. Choose the activities option games that match up with podcasts but can also be played independently. Many of the activities are suitable for students in all areas of the country such as Simple Machines from the Past and Patriotic Symbols. View the link for USA Trekkers to visit other states.

tag(s): civil war (143), explorers (64), native americans (78), simple machines (35), symbols (18), virginia (16), virtual field trips (52), watersheds (15)

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Explore the podcasts and activities for use in your classroom. Create links on classroom computers to games and podcasts. Use the site's podcasts as a model and have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating important information and locations near you. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Has your field trip budget disappeared? Take a virtual field trip to the many regions of Virginia with your class by watching podcasts together on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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The Gettysburg School Bus: The Civil War in the Classroom - Barbara Sanders

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7 to 12
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The Gettysburg School Bus is a blog for educators all about the Civil War created by an Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her stated purpose is to tell...more
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The Gettysburg School Bus is a blog for educators all about the Civil War created by an Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her stated purpose is to tell stories, answer questions, and provide information that creates interest in learning about the Civil War along with the people living through those times. Search the site through tags, recent posts, or archives. Be sure to check out the lesson plans for many classroom ideas.

tag(s): 1800s (49), battles (20), civil war (143), gettysburg (27), gettysburg address (18)

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This is an excellent site to bookmark and save for many Civil War resources including lesson plans, first hand information on Gettysburg, and Civil War articles. Have students choose one of the blog posts from the site then create magazine covers of information included using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Have students create an online presentation on the Battle of Gettysburg using Prezi (reviewed here). Use lesson plans included on the site to supplement your current Civil War unit.

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Poetry and Music of the War Between the States - civilwarpoetry.org

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7 to 12
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of ...more
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of the War links. Listen to popular music of the day such as Oh! Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home. Explore poetry separated into categories including battles, soldier life, and the home front. Other options for exploring the site include searches by title, first lines, and authors.

tag(s): 1800s (49), battles (20), civil war (143), poetry (221)

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Include this site with your Civil War unit resources. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Or challenge cooperative learning groups to use one of the many other multimedia presentation TeachersFirst Edge tools found here.

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The Civil War - Hershey Middle School

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7 to 12
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by ...more
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by categories such as battles, databases, medicine, women, and many others. Each site contains a link along with a short description of the content included. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find information on the magazine project such as required content, use of images, and focus of articles.

tag(s): 1800s (49), battles (20), civil war (143), gettysburg (27), gettysburg address (18), primary sources (92), slavery (68), underground railroad (12)

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Use this site as a resource for a class magazine project (doesn't have to be Civil War) - use ideas for any topic. Share a link to this page on your classroom website for students to access Civil War resources included. Have students create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.

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Navajo Code Talkers - Navajo Code Talkers Foundation

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6 to 12
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The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the story of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. Their unbreakable code played...more
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The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the story of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. Their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war's end. Choose the link to the "Code Talkers" to read their story from beginning, through the battles, and coming home. Learn more about the code in that portion of the site by scrolling over words to view the translation and understand more about the only unbroken code in modern military history. Meet four of the code talkers through their bio and photos available on the site.
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tag(s): native americans (78), world war 2 (142)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during your World War II unit or a unit on Native Americans. This would be a great link to share during Native American Heritage Month. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of the Code Talkers vs other World War II battle units or cryptographers.
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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms - Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center

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K to 12
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Find maps for use at all grade levels. There are lessons plans, objectives, extension activities and more supporting the use of historic map documents. Information at the K-2 level...more
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Find maps for use at all grade levels. There are lessons plans, objectives, extension activities and more supporting the use of historic map documents. Information at the K-2 level supports information acquisition skills while higher grades address history, geography, and social studies concepts. Instructions for Teachers gives an overview of the site including standards addressed and information on how to display and print supplied images. The map index presents themes such as "Exploration and Encounter" and "The Historical Geography of Transportation." Each theme contains several lessons, all include a printable map and lessons categorized by grade levels from K-12. Many themes also include curator's notes with supplemental images and resources.

tag(s): colonial america (105), explorers (64), map skills (81), maps (294), transportation (42)

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This is a wonderful site to include with your bookmarks for units on transportation, maps, explorers, Colonial America, and more. Print and display maps in your classroom when using the included lesson plans. Have students use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an online bulletin board for information they learn from the maps. Have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a fictitious radio news story from a location they learn about.
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Findery - Makes Places Come Alive! - Caterina Fake

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3 to 12
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Findery lets you place notes and images on a virtual map that others can see (if you make it public.) Type in a location to go anywhere in the world. ...more
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Findery lets you place notes and images on a virtual map that others can see (if you make it public.) Type in a location to go anywhere in the world. Google map technology shows that location along with any notes that exist there. Add your own notes and images after registering on the site. Use the regular search bar for other searches of places such as Great Wall and countless other locations. Since the general public can add notes to locations, previewing is a good idea!

tag(s): earth (230), map skills (81), maps (294), virtual field trips (52)

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Use this site anytime you discuss a world location. Search the site to find notes placed by people and images of the actual location. Have your class take pictures and upload your own notes of your school and community. Use this in world language classes to explore other countries and cultures. Going on a field trip? Search Findery to see if there are notes about the location. You may find some interesting information to have in mind before leaving! Upon your return, have students place their own images and write notes for others to view. Create a class account then ask students to find items placed on the maps. Next, have them save as favorites to use with a larger project or to be included as part of a newspaper article about their topic using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.

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Lincoln Learning Hub - Dream Works

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5 to 12
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Lincoln Learning Hub is the DreamWork's companion site to the movie Lincoln. Four main components are the core of the site: a timeline, What Would Lincoln Do?, Team of Rivals,...more
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Lincoln Learning Hub is the DreamWork's companion site to the movie Lincoln. Four main components are the core of the site: a timeline, What Would Lincoln Do?, Team of Rivals, and Who's Who in Congress. Click on the timeline to view an interactive display of events leading to the end of slavery. Click on images for a short synopsis of each event. What Would Lincoln Do? offers a look at what Lincoln might do if faced with other national crises such as 9/11 or women's suffrage. Click and drag images to match cabinet posts in the Lincoln administration after reading a short biography. Explore and learn more about members of congress during Lincoln's time in the Who's Who in Congress portion of the site.
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tag(s): 1800s (49), civil war (143), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (27), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), slavery (68)

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This site would make a great addition to any Civil War or Abraham Lincoln unit. View together on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Create a link to the site on classroom computers. Use the What Would Lincoln Do portion of the site as a spring board for students to debate Lincoln's possible actions on other important world or national events. Have student groups or partners explore the activity and report to the class on their decisions. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about Civil War events using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.

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Murder at the Met: An American Art Mystery - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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5 to 12
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Find a mystery in art, and use art to solve the mystery. Tour American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts that reside at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to solve the ...more
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Find a mystery in art, and use art to solve the mystery. Tour American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts that reside at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to solve the murder of Virginie Gautreau AKA Madame X, painted by John Singer Sargent. The scenario is an evening gala in 1899, and you put clues together using either your mobile devices or a computer. Players must examine the art work since you are witnesses. There are weapons and possible crime scenes. There are three possible avenues to take to reach the solution, so the game can be played multiple times.

tag(s): art history (74), artists (78), critical thinking (119), interactive stories (31), mysteries (23), thinking skills (17)

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Whether teaching art history or a unit on mysteries and deductive reasoning, students will learn from using this program. Though there is a place for students to keep notes, they should also keep their own notes about the clues, especially why they choose the ones they mark "highly suspicious." If you and your students liked this site you might also enjoy "Mysterious Places: Ancient Civilizations Modern Mysteries" reviewed here with its lovely photographs to go along with the mysteries. A natural follow up would be to have your students write their own mysteries. "Mystery Writing Lesson Plans" reviewed here is just the place to give you some ideas! Challenge gifted students to create similar mysteries using subject matter in any science or social studies class.

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Tracking American Poverty & Policy - Demos

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6 to 12
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Take an interactive look at poverty in America. Begin with an overall look at poverty statistics; then follow the links to break down information by race, gender, and more. Click ...more
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Take an interactive look at poverty in America. Begin with an overall look at poverty statistics; then follow the links to break down information by race, gender, and more. Click on each pie chart to receive additional information and statistics. Other areas of the website include articles discussing economic issues, links to publications, and multimedia links to discussions on poverty. You can change the year from which the stats are displayed (from 1967 through 2010) so it is very useful to compare the statistics.

tag(s): 1960s (27), 1970s (11), 1980s (8), demographics (19)

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The interactive graphics are perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. View statistics together as a class then have your class research statistics for your community. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of your community to national statistics or to compare years or decades.

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MyHistro Interactive Timelines - Jaanus Vihand

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3 to 12
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Create interactive timelines of geographically-located events on Google Maps and share them on the web for free. Hover over events on the Google map (or use Google Earth) to enlarge...more
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Create interactive timelines of geographically-located events on Google Maps and share them on the web for free. Hover over events on the Google map (or use Google Earth) to enlarge and view a summary of relevant information. Click play to scroll through events in chronological order. Create your own or browse many of the timelines on the site. No registration is necessary to view timelines already created by others. Sign up with an email account to create or comment on timelines. Create a new timeline, including a title, select a category, and add as many stops on the timeline as you wish. Share using Facebook, Twitter or an RSS feed. Click "embed/share" to copy a url to share with others or an embed code to use in a blog, wiki, or other site. Choose from three privacy level settings to customize viewing options. Be aware: the comments are not moderated, so please preview.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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Consider creating a class account with a single login and password. Ask students to initial their timelines as well to indicate ownership. There are many ways to include this in class. Every topic in history, literature, sciences, and the arts has dates and recorded events. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to learn about the history of the Olympics, famous people, events, literature, and more. Have students create timelines to share research projects. Use the timeline as a visual tool to discuss events in literary works or the life of a scientist, political figure, or pop artist. Create animal life cycles mapped to their habitat, author or presidential biographies, or even timelines of the events and causes leading to a war. Make a timeline using local, national, or international current events. Elementary students could even interview grandparents and create a class timeline about their grandparents' generation for Grandparents' Day. For collaboration, link up with another classroom in another town (or another country) to build a timeline that shares events in each local area so students can see what was happening at the same time in another location (maybe in the opposite hemisphere: compare weather and seasons!) Students can use the timeline as a visual aid during presentations. Student groups can work on different aspects of the same time period to share with the rest of the class. For example, in studying World War II, one student group can create a timeline of Japanese occupation, another of the German occupation, and so forth. The timelines are perfect to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector as well as on a class wiki.

Challenge your gifted students by having them create mapped timelines of contrasts: The life cycles (and locations) of two migrating species, the events leading to the end of World War II in Europe and the Pacific, the lives of two famous Americans from two different centuries. They could embed the results in a wiki page so other students can view and comment (or ask questions).

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Reading Like a Historian - Stanford History Education Group

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6 to 12
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The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages you in historical inquiry. Each of the 75 lessons revolves around a central historical question. Each lesson features sets of...more
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The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages you in historical inquiry. Each of the 75 lessons revolves around a central historical question. Each lesson features sets of primary documents modified for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and more. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on issues from King Philip's War to the Montgomery Bus Boycott (and more). Next, they make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. Choose from the units menu to find lessons divided into 12 units: introduction through the Cold War Culture/Civil Rights. Read a short overview, then choose from the list of included lessons. Most lessons are in PDF format and may include PowerPoint presentations with additional images and/or maps to use with the lesson.

tag(s): american revolution (86), civil rights (121), civil war (143), cold war (30), colonial america (105), colonization (15), emancipation proclamation (12), new deal (6), slavery (68), world war 1 (56), world war 2 (142)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for American history lessons throughout the year. The final segment of each lesson, the "Central Historical Question," has been noted as the most important part. If you don't have time for the full lesson, incorporate the historical question into your lesson plans as part of your classroom discussion, or journal activities. Perhaps you can use it as an essential question for your unit. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the central historical question. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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