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A Concrete Curtain - Deutsches Historisches Museum

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8 to 12
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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about...more
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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about the wall's demise, and what life is now like for those who no longer live behind the Curtain. Includes period photographs and a gallery of art work from the East side. Also available in German and French.

tag(s): cold war (29), communism (4), german (64), germany (28)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the cold war in a history or government class. To show what they have learned, have students pick one of the topics and create a digital map summarizing what happened. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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Don't Gross Out the World! - Bill Haduch

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2 to 8
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Find out how much you know about customs around the world with this entertaining, interactive quiz that focuses on table manners in various countries. A fun and eye-opening introduction...more
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Find out how much you know about customs around the world with this entertaining, interactive quiz that focuses on table manners in various countries. A fun and eye-opening introduction to the sometimes humorous etiquette that defines a culture. You MUST have the latest Flash player plug-in to see this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on global culture. Have students complete the site individually on classroom computers. While it's not something likely to be tested by state standards, it is a great way to get students interested in the differences between cultures AND provide a break from more intense learning centers.
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Journey of Mankind - Bradshaw Foundation

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5 to 10
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This beautifully designed site take visitors on an animated 160,000-year virtual migration of man. Beginning in the tropics of East Africa, the illustrated, annotated journey reveals...more
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This beautifully designed site take visitors on an animated 160,000-year virtual migration of man. Beginning in the tropics of East Africa, the illustrated, annotated journey reveals the many climatological events that governed the routes of early man. This is a spectacular resource, perfect as a foundation for a world cultures class, or for a study of world climate in science. The site states that it may require time to load (and it does!). Do not try this one a dial-up. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): migration (59)

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Use this site as an introductory activity during a lesson on human evolution and travel out of man's birthplace. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard, either viewing it as a class or letting students look at it in cooperative learning groups. If using it on the interactive whiteboard, have student volunteers take turns interacting with the timeline - although be sure to pause between every scene to allow understanding and analysis of the material.
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Cover Art: The Time Magazine Collection - National Portrait Gallery

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9 to 12
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This impressive collection of magazine cover art represents some of the world's most compelling personalities and some of Time's most memorable art work. You'll find portraits of queens,...more
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This impressive collection of magazine cover art represents some of the world's most compelling personalities and some of Time's most memorable art work. You'll find portraits of queens, presidents, popes, athletes, and entertainers - the famous as well as the infamous. Each portrait is accompanied by brief biographical information and sound clips.

tag(s): famous people (19), news (261)

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This site would be useful in a Art History or US government class studying the impact of the media on politics. Have students explore the site on the interactive whiteboard, allowing them to be hands on with the material - avoid being the Vanna White of the board! As students are navigating the site, focus their attention on how many presidents and political figures are featured - as evidenced on the link entitled "Most Featured Person." This could lead into a great discussion of how exposure can affect politicians, as well as the difference between good and bad press.

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Country Reports - ClassBrain

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4 to 12
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Make this resource available for the next round of student reports. Locate a country of choice from the alphabetized list, and browse through an impressive collection of annotated sites...more
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Make this resource available for the next round of student reports. Locate a country of choice from the alphabetized list, and browse through an impressive collection of annotated sites addressing everything from economy and government to foods and cultural events.

tag(s): countries (77)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers about another country. Be sure to post the resource on any student handouts and on your teacher wiki or webpage to allow students to access the information both in and out of the classroom.

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Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption - The Field Museum

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8 to 12
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the ...more
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery - which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome).

tag(s): volcanoes (61)

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Use the interactive time-line on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on ancient Pompeii. Because there is a lot of content on this site, we recommend creating a guide to help students grasp the basic concepts. For help with graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Find the State

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4 to 6
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Use this interactive site as a review game for recognizing and locating each of the fifty states. The game provides instant feedback and the opportunity to rethink an incorrect response....more
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Use this interactive site as a review game for recognizing and locating each of the fifty states. The game provides instant feedback and the opportunity to rethink an incorrect response. Great for independent practice.

tag(s): states (163)

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Use this site as a review activity for students at the end of a unit on US geography. Teachers can have the class complete it together on the interactive whiteboard OR as a learning center or station. Include this link on your class website (or wiki) for students to practice both in and out of the classroom.

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History of Halloween - History Channel

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Turn Halloween into a history lesson with this History Channel site that traces its origin from an ancient Celtic festival to the modern-day practices of trick-or-treating and Jack-o'-lantern...more
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Turn Halloween into a history lesson with this History Channel site that traces its origin from an ancient Celtic festival to the modern-day practices of trick-or-treating and Jack-o'-lantern carving. Includes some hauntingly intriguing video clips (some with specific ties to American history), ghost stories, and recipes.

tag(s): halloween (40), holidays (147)

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This is a great site to show students how history can impact their everyday! One good project would be to use this site as an introduction to Halloween activities. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector. There are several different "histories" on the site, such as the history of the Jack o'Lantern, or the origins of Halloween, or the origins of several ghost stories. Have students look at the site in pairs, and create a poster of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as Padlet (reviewed here). Have students display their posters, and then use the free craft ideas offered to celebrate the holiday in your class!

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The Journey of Christopher Columbus - McGraw-Hill

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5 to 7
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Follow Christopher Columbus on his 1492 journey to the new world with this informational site that reveals details of his life before the voyage, excerpts from his journals, a timeline,...more
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Follow Christopher Columbus on his 1492 journey to the new world with this informational site that reveals details of his life before the voyage, excerpts from his journals, a timeline, descriptions of the native people he encountered, and his activities after his return. Nice resource for a unit on explorers.

tag(s): explorers (61)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the famous explorer. Because of the large amount of information, this activity would work best with a guide to highlight for students what is most important. For help creating such graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). This would be a useful resource within a US history classroom.

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South Africa: Ten Years On

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The South African policy of apartheid and the changes that have taken place in the ten years since it came to an ended are examined in this multimedia site. Narrated ...more
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The South African policy of apartheid and the changes that have taken place in the ten years since it came to an ended are examined in this multimedia site. Narrated slide shows with personal reflections and impressive photographs provide an unforgettable cultural and social snapshot of a nation evolving.

tag(s): africa (180), south africa (10)

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Use the slide-show presentations on this site as learning centers or stations during a unit on Apartheid. The focus is on the effectiveness the new government has had on ending racial strife, and would be an excellent resource for a class debate. This would be a very useful site for a US government or World History class.
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Hidden Countries - Thinks.com Ltd.

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2 to 4
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Need an extra activity to add some spark to world geography class? Challenge your students to find the names of twenty countries hidden in this collection of ten sentences. Move ...more
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Need an extra activity to add some spark to world geography class? Challenge your students to find the names of twenty countries hidden in this collection of ten sentences. Move your mouse over each sentence to reveal the answers.

tag(s): countries (77)

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This is surprisingly difficult, so teachers as even at the secondary level could use these little riddles as brain warmers to begin class during a unit or lesson on geography. Have students complete them over the projector, with students competing to see who can get the most right during an a lotted period of time or together as a class. Great way to get students thinking and focused on geography!

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Name the Continents - Playkidsgames.com

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2 to 3
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Practice the names and location of the continents with this simple but effective click and drag activity. Use in the computer lab for independent reinforcement or with an interactive...more
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Practice the names and location of the continents with this simple but effective click and drag activity. Use in the computer lab for independent reinforcement or with an interactive white board in your classroom.

tag(s): continents (50)

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Have students complete this activity as a class over the interactive whiteboard, reviewing the continents. Don't play Vanna White for this one - have student volunteers come up and move the continent names themselves, one volunteer at a time. This is a great way to review the content after lecture or Direct Instruction.

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State and Regional Folk Tales - S.E. Schlosser

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5 to 7
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This repository of folk tales from throughout the United States, organized by state and region, provides students with a great literary tapestry of American culture. Add to a unit on...more
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This repository of folk tales from throughout the United States, organized by state and region, provides students with a great literary tapestry of American culture. Add to a unit on your state's history, or use to supplement your reading curriculum. You MUST have Flash to see this site. Requires Internet Explorer 5 or higher, or you can use the most current version of other browsers (see HELP link at the bottom of the Art 21 page for more information).

tag(s): states (163)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, before allowing students to explore the site independently. Use the stories as a writing prompt - after students have explored for a set amount of time, have them write their own ghost stories about areas in the state. To tie it into history, teachers can make them time-pieces, with the stories required to be related to a certain unit or period of time.
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1492 - An Ongoing Voyage - Library of Congress

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This site from the Library of Congress takes a detailed look at the variety of peoples and civilizations that were thriving on the American continents before they were "discovered"...more
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This site from the Library of Congress takes a detailed look at the variety of peoples and civilizations that were thriving on the American continents before they were "discovered" by the Europeans. The content includes native peoples of the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and North America. Try this one as a counterpoint to a traditional explorers unit, or as part of a study of the Maya, Inca, or other native cultures.

tag(s): explorers (61), native americans (78)

In the Classroom

Use the images on this site to create a picture walk activity in your classroom. Select 10-15 of the more descriptive images, preferably with different subjects. Assign students to stand at specific images, rotating every 30-45 seconds. In that time, students should quickly jot down what they observe, infer and predict about each. After the walk is done, have a class discussion based on the notes that students have taken. This is a great way to introduce the beginnings of the New World in a non-lecture format.

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Excellent Explorers - University of Richmond

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Designed for third graders, this webquest offers a great way for students to explore the explorer of their choice from a set of selected links. The site asks for independent ...more
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Designed for third graders, this webquest offers a great way for students to explore the explorer of their choice from a set of selected links. The site asks for independent research on each explorer, and it expects a portfolio of maps, descriptions, and other facts as the result. Depending on your requirements, this site could serve as a packaged explorers unit. Well worth a look. Aligned to national standards.

tag(s): explorers (61), webquests (29)

In the Classroom

Use this webquest to help students understand more about the explorers who came to the New World, as well as some critical thinking skills. Have students complete the task in cooperative learning groups to review and re-enforce content learned in lecture or discussion. Social Studies teachers will appreciate the hands-on activity!

Since the webquest was created, just a few of the links included have ceased working. Teachers will need to test all of them quickly and find replacements for sites where necessary.

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Explore the World - Lonely Planet

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3 to 6
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Explore the planet and visit each major continent with the click of the mouse. This interactive world map offers general information about each country, a collection of "Fast Facts"...more
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Explore the planet and visit each major continent with the click of the mouse. This interactive world map offers general information about each country, a collection of "Fast Facts" that are ideal for student research projects, image galleries, information on national holidays and events, and much more.

tag(s): continents (50), countries (77)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers. Be sure to post the site on your classroom wiki or webpage to allow students to access the information both in and out of the classroom.
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Name That State - Primary Games

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Students can practice recognizing each of the fifty states with this interactive activity. As each state is highlighted on the map, students must select the correct name from a choice...more
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Students can practice recognizing each of the fifty states with this interactive activity. As each state is highlighted on the map, students must select the correct name from a choice of four. Nice review activity.

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them compete in teams to see which can recognize the most states! An excellent site for review, it can also be posted on your class web page or wiki to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom!

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Religion Facts

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9 to 12
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Supplement a World Religions class with this excellent, comprehensive, and easy-to-use site. Impartial facts and useful information on each of the world's major religions are provided...more
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Supplement a World Religions class with this excellent, comprehensive, and easy-to-use site. Impartial facts and useful information on each of the world's major religions are provided along with featured in-depth articles and comparison charts.

tag(s): religions (61)

In the Classroom

The fast facts on this site are a great way for students and teachers to quickly review the principles of a religion before learning about it within a history classroom. Often towards high school, the focus veers from a basic explanation of the religion to more of a discussion on the religion's impact on society. For those needing a refresher, this would be a great way to summarize via interactive whiteboard or projector. Providing students with a greater context can only help their understanding.

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Outside My Window

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8 to 12
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This intriguing, international project connects your classroom with others throughout the world through digital photographs. By capturing views from classroom windows and sharing them...more
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This intriguing, international project connects your classroom with others throughout the world through digital photographs. By capturing views from classroom windows and sharing them via the Internet, students can begin to compare and contrast their lives with those of others living in very different cultures. The project provides opportunities for students to send email messages and join in a discussion forum - so teacher supervision is a must. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): cultures (105)

In the Classroom

This project and activity is fairly straightforward - just take a look at the project page to get a sense of what it's all about. This idea could easily be incorporated in a geography or world history classroom to increase global awareness and connectivity.

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Welcome to EternityTravel.com - Museum of Science, Boston

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Get a unique glimpse of Egyptian culture with this quirky, interactive site that takes a contemporary tongue-in-cheek approach to understanding ancient burial customs. Visitors, operating...more
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Get a unique glimpse of Egyptian culture with this quirky, interactive site that takes a contemporary tongue-in-cheek approach to understanding ancient burial customs. Visitors, operating within a budget set by the pharaoh, must shop carefully for the services and items they feel they will need in the afterlife. Before "checking out," shoppers receive product analysis and feedback on their selections. Truly entertaining and eye-opening!

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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This would be a very cool learning center or station during a lesson on the Egyptian burial rituals. Save this one as a favorite on classroom computers and have students work on it in pairs or cooperative learning groups. To assess student learning, have students present their results via digital story-telling. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo detailing their purchase as though they were attempting to sell it to you or their peers. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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