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Torah Tots - torahtots.com

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K to 6
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Torah Tots teaches young children all about Jewish traditions and holidays through games, coloring pages, and music. Select holidays to take an adventure based on holidays such as Chanukah,...more
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Torah Tots teaches young children all about Jewish traditions and holidays through games, coloring pages, and music. Select holidays to take an adventure based on holidays such as Chanukah, Yom Kippur, Passover, or Rosh Hashanah. Other sections teach about the Jewish Calendar, Jewish history, and offer traditional Jewish music.
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tag(s): hanukkah (14), holidays (151), jews (26), puzzles (203), religions (68), rosh hashanah (7), yom kippur (7)

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Keep this site in mind as an easy place to find lists of the Jewish months, Jewish symbols, information about Judaism, and plenty of information about Jewish holidays. Classes studying world cultures, the Hebrew language, and/or international holidays can learn from this site and also use it as a model to create similar games and projects for other cultures and languages. Select music for students to listen to while completing coloring pages and puzzles. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast traditional Christmas activities with Hanukkah events.
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Tom Richey's YouTube Channel for AP History - Tom Richey

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This engaging YouTube channel offers an excellent variety of videos for AP U.S. and European History and AP Government. Additional offerings include review sessions about South Carolina...more
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This engaging YouTube channel offers an excellent variety of videos for AP U.S. and European History and AP Government. Additional offerings include review sessions about South Carolina history. Each video explains different topics in history through lecture. Videos range in length from one minute to over an hour. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): 1700s (29), 1800s (49), 1900s (36), advanced placement (24), american revolution (89), black history (59), colonial america (107), england (55), france (39), germany (28), greece (26), greeks (31), industrial revolution (25), jefferson (19), romans (35), rome (27), russia (37), spain (7), video (276), washington (35), world war 1 (53)

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Mark this one in your teacher favorites to find videos to use in AP History and Government classes. Be sure to share videos with students and parents, especially videos with study plans for AP tests. Create a link to this YouTube channel on your class website or blog for students to access at home.

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How the Five Major Religions Spread Across the World - Business Insider

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5 to 12
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Discover how the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have spread over the world. Follow this interactive timeline video that highlights the areas...more
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Discover how the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have spread over the world. Follow this interactive timeline video that highlights the areas of the globe where the religion started, as well as the spread of each religion.
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tag(s): explorers (62), religions (68)

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Give a basic overview of the timeline and events leading to each of the major religions in the world. Use as a resource to examine the cultural effects of a single person starting each religion and the reasons why the religion spread. Analyze the reasons leading to the spread of each religion. Use this in conjunction with a unit on explorers. The video is slow to load, so preload and check before using in class.
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Ramadan - BBC Schools

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This page from BBC Schools provides a simple overview of the Islamic celebration of Ramada. Read through to find the meaning of Ramadan and how it is celebrated. Choose the ...more
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This page from BBC Schools provides a simple overview of the Islamic celebration of Ramada. Read through to find the meaning of Ramadan and how it is celebrated. Choose the links on the side for classroom activities, videos, and worksheets.

tag(s): holidays (151), ramadan (10), religions (68)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and learn about Ramadan together with your class. Take advantage of the classroom activities and worksheets provided. Share the videos with your class on your interactive whiteboard or use as part of a classroom center. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here.
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Frontline: The Gulf War - WGBH Educational Foundation

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8 to 12
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While the US Gulf War may seem more a current event than history, the conflict is now 25 years in the past. Public Broadcasting's Frontline presents an overview of the ...more
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While the US Gulf War may seem more a current event than history, the conflict is now 25 years in the past. Public Broadcasting's Frontline presents an overview of the Persian Gulf crisis in 1990, including oral histories, maps, a timeline, and descriptions of the weapons and technology used by US and Allied forces. The site, first launched in 1996, now offers some fresh perspectives in light of current events.
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tag(s): 20th century (51), middle east (36), terrorism (47)

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War in the Middle East has been a fact of life for today's students. Use the resources here to help students understand the current conflict in the context of the Persian Gulf crisis of 1990. Many of the major decision makers involved in the Gulf War are still politically active today. Challenge students to explore their influence over time. How have attitudes toward this conflict changed as the violence has persisted?

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Ramadan Chant - The Learn English Kids

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This short video provides an entertaining song featuring children's roles as a part of the Ramadan celebration. Create an account and log in to print the words to the song ...more
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This short video provides an entertaining song featuring children's roles as a part of the Ramadan celebration. Create an account and log in to print the words to the song and download an activity.

tag(s): holidays (151), ramadan (10), songs (52)

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Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to your Ramadan unit. Ask students to share what they know about this holiday. Use the video embed code to embed on your class web page or blog for viewing at home.
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Celebrating Ramadan: A Resource for Educators - Outreach Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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1 to 6
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This PDF, designed for educators, provides information and resources for understanding the historical, social, cultural, and doctrinal elements of Ramadan. Scroll through to find in-depth...more
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This PDF, designed for educators, provides information and resources for understanding the historical, social, cultural, and doctrinal elements of Ramadan. Scroll through to find in-depth descriptions of Ramadan events and traditions. The included lesson plans offer opportunities for understanding and hands-on learning of Ramadan traditions.

tag(s): holidays (151), ramadan (10)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and bibliography found on this site as part of your Ramadan curriculum. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to locate places around the world with large Ramadan celebrations. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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40 Maps that Explain the Middle East - Max Fisher

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Learn about the complex and changing borders and demographics of the Middle East through the view of 40 different maps. The maps offer a look at the region from many ...more
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Learn about the complex and changing borders and demographics of the Middle East through the view of 40 different maps. The maps offer a look at the region from many perspectives such as religion, Arabic dialects, and Oil and Gas in the Middle East. Click any map to view the larger image. All maps also include a short explanation of the contents and many include links to additional information. A few maps are presented via video on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): iran (13), iraq (32), israel (17), maps (292), middle east (36), religions (68)

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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. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create a link to these maps on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Use an online tool such as an Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different countries, religions, or time periods included in the maps.

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Wide Angle Window Into Global History - PBS

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6 to 12
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Looking for videos and resources that peer into Global Issues? Start with this resource! Click the Video Bank to view resources by themes: conflict, power, human rights, social structures,...more
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Looking for videos and resources that peer into Global Issues? Start with this resource! Click the Video Bank to view resources by themes: conflict, power, human rights, social structures, migrations, economic systems, factors of production, or political systems. Also, view the video bank by location in the world. Videos in each theme are up to several minutes in length and are clips of larger videos. Click on the video of choice, to view the video on a larger screen, see the guiding questions, read the background essay and transcript, and find related links. Text can easily be printed using the print function along the bottom. Videos are easily downloaded, with directions for both PC and Mac users. View the country and region map along the left side along with the accompanying lesson plan. Additionally, click on Lesson Plans instead to display the following for each global issue: overview, learning objectives and standards, media components (with links), and materials. Be sure to note the Prep for Teachers along the bottom of each lesson plan.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (118), cultures (108), maps (292)

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These resources and videos are extremely flexible for classroom use. Use the film clips for current events, and to also highlight events from the past. Use a video segment to get students thinking about past incidents, solutions, and whether today's environment has changed from that of the past. View a variety of clips from one theme and discuss events in the clip or use a writing assignment to provide time to process the events. Discuss in what ways these clips are similar and other societal, economic, and political factors that affected them. Use any of these videos to find any current events that are still dealing with the same issue today. Be sure to brainstorm how different people, in other areas of the world, would view these issues. Research these issues using resources from other areas of the world to see editorials and news clippings that are not American. Note: Use the country code after your search term or use this news search. Were there other people interviewed about any of these issues? Who are they and what did they say? Consider creating videos showcasing a variety of viewpoints. Use one of the video tools reviewed at the TeachersFirst Edge. Besides the viewpoint of each video, what would be a common question that all videos within the theme have in common? How does the bubble of our American culture hamper our understanding of other people both here in the U.S. and abroad? Research the history and culture of the various areas to identify factors responsible for the themes portrayed by this resource.

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Egyptian Gods - Jo Edkins

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4 to 12
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Use this site as a reference to learn about Egyptian Gods. Find out about Egyptian monsters, some myths tied to nature, and the Egyptian number system, too. At the bottom ...more
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Use this site as a reference to learn about Egyptian Gods. Find out about Egyptian monsters, some myths tied to nature, and the Egyptian number system, too. At the bottom of the page are links to more resources for Egyptian Gods.

tag(s): egypt (70), myths and legends (25)

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Use this site as a starting point to learn about Egyptian Gods for world history and ancient religions classes. It is also an excellent introduction to a unit on Egypt for young learners. Put a link to this site on a classroom computer as an activity center for the Egyptian unit of study. Assign student pairs or small groups a god and to research the myths about that god. Students could create a class book retelling a favorite myth for each god using Creative Common images to illustrate the myth. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Wikimedia Commons, reviewed here. Images and myths can be completed in Classroom Authors, reviewed here, for actual book production. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class.

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Retronaut via Mashable - Timescape

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7 to 12
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Retronaut is an archive of historical photos, though not your typical photos. These images are sometimes quirky, and generally unexpected. Many have explanations about the period. View...more
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Retronaut is an archive of historical photos, though not your typical photos. These images are sometimes quirky, and generally unexpected. Many have explanations about the period. View images of 1970's rock stars with their parents (Elton John, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton to name a few). See Selma's Children, What Parisian Fancy Ladies wore in 1906, history's first women aviators, and much more. Explore the site by Most Popular, Featured, or The Latest. Click on an image to view a "capsule" with other related images. Some of the images have links under them for attribution, and you can see and read even more about that topic. Under latest, this reviewer found topics that were just added five days before, so you may want to check back if you do not find what you're looking for. Warning: At the time of this review there were two topics that may be inappropriate for the classroom. Use the URL of the topic you wish to share in a new window or tab of your web browser.
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tag(s): 1700s (29), 1800s (49), 1900s (36), 20th century (51), advertising (34), cultures (108), images (271), maps (292), medicine (70), politics (98), transportation (41)

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Share Retronaut via Mashable with students to explore images from a given time or relating to any historic topic to get an interesting perspective not typically seen in textbooks. Create capsules using images to share for any classroom project or allow students to create their own in conjunction with classroom presentations. Use Wellcome Images, reviewed here, with over 100,000 historical images if you do not find what you want on Retronaut. Galleries are not moderated, so check before sharing on your interactive whiteboard or projector. You can always use the URL of the topic you wish to share on a new tab of your web browser.

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Maptia - A World of Stories - Dorothy Sanders, Dean Fischer, and Johnny Miller

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6 to 12
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Maptia is a bold, beautiful world of thoughtful and inspiring stories told through photographs by photographers, adventurers, and writers. Explore stories categorized by places, themes,...more
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Maptia is a bold, beautiful world of thoughtful and inspiring stories told through photographs by photographers, adventurers, and writers. Explore stories categorized by places, themes, and storytellers. Stories focus on portraying an individual perspective of the location and why it matters on a personal level. Find a collection of inspiring stories by people and organizations who are making a difference in many corners of the world. When browsing through offerings, information includes a short synopsis along with the location featured and an estimate of time to read the story. Create an account to add your stories. Bookmark and save favorites for viewing at any time. Maptia works well for viewing in all browsers, but it is optimized for Chrome and Safari when creating stories.

tag(s): creative writing (167), digital storytelling (153), narrative (22), photography (158)

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Share Maptia on your interactive whiteboard or projector to discover personal stories from anywhere in the world. Share with students as examples of personal narrative writing. Challenge students to create an account and add their own personal stories. To find even more stories like those under Causes see The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heros, reviewed here, and follow their ten steps for writing about people who make a difference. Create a class account and bookmark favorites. Share with students through a link on your class web page. Display photographs for use as a creative writing prompt.

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PeaceMaker - Impact Games

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PeaceMaker is an interactive inspired by real events in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Download the interactive game and install on most Windows or Mac computers in English, Arabic,...more
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PeaceMaker is an interactive inspired by real events in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Download the interactive game and install on most Windows or Mac computers in English, Arabic, or Hebrew. The game is based on real life events (completed in 2007 and copyright 2010). Click to read the Blog about the game in the context of events today. Once installed, choose one side of the society to lead and work to curb violence and find a path to peace. Along the way make decisions based on events that pop up in the world map. Your choice should lead to satisfying the needs of your people, and work toward a mutually satisfying cooperation with the other side. Be sure to watch the trailer for an overall view of activity components. This trailer and other videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): conflict resolution (9), israel (17), middle east (36), palestine (7), problem solving (286)

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Include Peacemaker in units on current world events or the Middle East to help students understand the complexities in this tumultuous zone. Download and install PeaceMaker onto classroom computers (or request it from your tech department if you do not have admin access). Let students peruse it individually or in pairs. Share the activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss moves together as a class. PeaceMaker would be an interesting opening to any unit on conflict resolution, international conflict, or decision-making skills. You can also discuss the changes in the Middle East since this version was created, asking student groups to read current articles and then create a description of what they would ADD or change in the game to make it reflect the current Mid East developments
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Stuff You Missed in History Class - Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey

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7 to 12
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Explore interesting history tidbits and background information about world events including topics from Atlantis to Vikings. Scroll through the list of topics and find links to various...more
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Explore interesting history tidbits and background information about world events including topics from Atlantis to Vikings. Scroll through the list of topics and find links to various podcast episodes with archives going back to 2008. Click to play the episodes or download any episode in mp3 format using the download link. Episodes are approximately 30 minutes in length. You can also search for specific topics using the search tool.
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tag(s): archeology (32), black history (59), civil rights (121), civil war (142), cross cultural understanding (118), mental health (26), native americans (78), podcasts (57), religions (68), vikings (10), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (141)

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Use podcasts from Stuff You Missed in History to enrich current lessons or lure students into thinking history can actually be "cool." Provide a link on class computers or your class website for students use. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of one of these events (with audio stories and pictures included)! Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the people in these lesser known historic events.

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Big History Project - Big History Project LLC

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Big History Project is a free, online social studies course designed for secondary students tracing from the Big Bang through the history of humanity. This course takes a VERY broad...more
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Big History Project is a free, online social studies course designed for secondary students tracing from the Big Bang through the history of humanity. This course takes a VERY broad view of the "big picture" to provide greater perspective in how we see history. View course information in 2 sections with 10 units covering a time span of 13.7 billion years. Each unit contains between 20-30 modules including projects, discussion topics, and assessments. All are aligned to Common Core Standards. Other course offerings include Project Based Learning activities, videos, animations, infographics, and much more. A simpler, shorter version of the course for the general public is available under "Not an educator?. Click on "Check out our public course."

tag(s): agriculture (58), geologic time (9), industrialization (14), solar system (119)

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Use Big History Project as a complete year-long course in your high school. Adapt portions of the project for use within current classroom content. Share videos or use lessons or animations as part of any unit. If you employ Project Based Learning activities, use the three PBL learning activities embedded within the project. Be sure to read through the FAQ provided on the site for guidance on using the Big History Project in your classroom.

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Giza 3D - Dassault Systemes

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6 to 12
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This tool is a stunning 3D reconstruction and tour of the Giza pyramids, Sphinx, and other structures. Watch a guided tour both around and inside the structures. This tour also ...more
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This tool is a stunning 3D reconstruction and tour of the Giza pyramids, Sphinx, and other structures. Watch a guided tour both around and inside the structures. This tour also shows structures at various points in history. To view in 3D, the 3D Lifeplayer needs to be installed. Note: This site may take a little time to load.

tag(s): architecture (84), egypt (70), pyramids (29)

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View this site in the classroom using a projector or interactive whiteboard. View the reconstruction of these artifacts from information collected during its discovery. Use the 3D tour to view the Necropolis, join a guided tour of the monuments, and look at the collected objects reconstructed from the site. Bring the history of Egypt to life. This is a powerful tool to show the role of Archaeology in reconstructing history. Compare this site to the work of archaeologists at Jamestown or other historic locations to talk about different techniques of science used to reveal history.

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Migrations Map - Martin De Wulf

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6 to 12
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Where are migrants coming from and where have migrants left? Find answers using Migrations Map's interactive map. Click on any country to view a short overview of population, gross...more
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Where are migrants coming from and where have migrants left? Find answers using Migrations Map's interactive map. Click on any country to view a short overview of population, gross domestic product per capita, child mortality, disease rate, and more. Choose arrivals or departures to view the number of immigrants to and emigrants from the country and percentages on where they come from or go. Simply click on the country of your choice to begin. Note that much of the data displayed is from 2007, so is better for longer term trends than for recent times. Read "About" for more about the data sources.

tag(s): immigration (59), maps (292), population (63)

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Use Migrations Map during your study of any country to view immigration and emigration statistics in social studies, science, health, or even world language classes. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Ask WHY these immigration patterns exist. What factors lead to immigration? What environmental impacts does it have? Be sure to point out the data lag -- is from 2007. You can also send them to find updated stats at the World Bank and other online sources. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Engaging Students With Primary Sources - Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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6 to 12
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The Smithsonian Institution offers a printable guide to using primary sources in any classroom. View examples of how to do it and suggestion! Explore each of the main sections including...more
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The Smithsonian Institution offers a printable guide to using primary sources in any classroom. View examples of how to do it and suggestion! Explore each of the main sections including documents, photographs, oral histories, and objects for ideas and tips. Each activity is aligned to National Center for History in the Schools standards. The guide is in PDF format for easy printing and use.

tag(s): primary sources (92)

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Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year as a guide for using primary sources. Use some of the lesson strategies with other primary source collections
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Geodia Ancient Mediterannean Time Map - University of Texas

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Geodia is a time map representing human activity in the Mediterranean Sea area from approximately the fourth millennium BC to ca. 330 AD. Browse the map by culture or region. ...more
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Geodia is a time map representing human activity in the Mediterranean Sea area from approximately the fourth millennium BC to ca. 330 AD. Browse the map by culture or region. Use your own word term search. Clicking on links in the timeline provides a pin on the map to the location along with an image thumbnail representing the period. Read the FAQ on how to use Geodia to learn the details of navigation.

tag(s): africa (172), egypt (70), greeks (31), italy (15), maps (292), timelines (63)

In the Classroom

Display and use Geodia on your interactive whiteboard when discussing ancient cultures. View images and timeline representations to understand other cultures in the region at the time. Allow students to explore Geodia on their own. Have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and locations to represent all information learned.

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Saylor - Free Online Courses Built by Professors - Michael J Saylor

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8 to 12
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Choose from almost 300 courses to take for free at Saylor. Topics range from general education to computer science and professional development. There is a K-12 area that includes Common...more
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Choose from almost 300 courses to take for free at Saylor. Topics range from general education to computer science and professional development. There is a K-12 area that includes Common Core information (for teachers or parents), test prep, and English lessons. Explore a specific area of study to find courses or choose the course list to view all offerings. Some courses include a full textbook and/or a full set of video lectures and are listed on the content matrix. Each course lists learning outcomes, course requirements, and a course overview. Create your own eportfolio to enroll in courses, track progress, download transcripts, and engage with the online community. Pass the final exam of each course to receive a certificate of completion.

tag(s): professional development (162)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.

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