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World Continents and Oceans - Sheppard Software

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2 to 4
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This interactive game challenges students to correctly identify specific oceans and continents while keeping track of accuracy and speed. A great independent review activity. This site...more
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This interactive game challenges students to correctly identify specific oceans and continents while keeping track of accuracy and speed. A great independent review activity. This site requires Flash.

tag(s): continents (50), maps (295), oceans (161)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard as a review game post-instruction about the continents and world oceans. Separate students into cooperative learning groups and have a team competition over the interactive whiteboard to see which team can complete the map the quickest. It's a quick game, but students will definitely get into it and the repetition of seeing other teams complete it will make the activity more effective!
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Place the State - Sheppard Software

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4 to 8
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Drag each state to its correct position on the map. This interactive game keeps track of "average miles of error" and challenges students to learn more about names and locations ...more
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Drag each state to its correct position on the map. This interactive game keeps track of "average miles of error" and challenges students to learn more about names and locations of states. No hints are provided.This site requires FLASH.

tag(s): states (165)

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What a great way to have students know American geography better than physically moving the states in their places? Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing cooperative learning groups to complete the activity on classroom computers. Have a class challenge as students try and compete to see which group can get the lowest average error mileage. This would be a great refresher before a US history class (particularly before a unit on the Civil War where state geography is important) or during a Geography class first learning the basics!
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Mysteries of the Nile - PBS Online

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7 to 12
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Take a virtual field trip though the pyramids, temples, and architecture of ancient Egypt. The most impressive feature of the site is a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of...more
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Take a virtual field trip though the pyramids, temples, and architecture of ancient Egypt. The most impressive feature of the site is a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of the Pharaohs that offers dozens of impressive 360 degree photos. Originally designed as a companion site to a NOVA program, the site could be the focus of a great computer lab activity for an ancient history unit.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities housed in the "classroom resources" portion of this site! This site would be great for ANY unit on Ancient Egypt, regardless of the grade level.

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World Map - Holt, Rinehart and Winston and MapQuest

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4 to 12
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Search this virtual atlas by clicking on a continent, country, or region, or use the alphabetical "Map List" index. Geographic and economic information, current population, and state/national...more
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Search this virtual atlas by clicking on a continent, country, or region, or use the alphabetical "Map List" index. Geographic and economic information, current population, and state/national flags are also included with each map. Uses for this site go beyond basic geography. Project these maps in class during discussions of current world events. Available in Spanish.

tag(s): countries (81), maps (295)

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Use this map as a learning center or station when needed in a World History or Geography class. This could be a good way to review basic information about continents and oceans, or could be used for a more in-depth look of the geography of said countries. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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Berlin Wall Online

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8 to 12
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This comprehensive site covers all aspects of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to its symbolic presence today. History students can find outstanding information in the...more
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This comprehensive site covers all aspects of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to its symbolic presence today. History students can find outstanding information in the form of a timeline, facts and FAQs, a collection of memories from Berliners, and vintage photos.

tag(s): cold war (30), german (67), germany (28)

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This site has a lot of resources that could be used in a class discussing the Cold War and how it specifically impacted what was East and West Berlin. For one, teachers can use the images to supplement a lecture or to prompt discussion. There are also eye-witness accounts in which people reflect on their experiences with either side of Berlin's wall. Open one of the transcripts on the interactive whiteboard or projector to share with the class. Have students respond in a reflection piece how a wall in the middle of their school, home or town would affect them and what their own reaction would be. This is a great way to tie the concept of the wall to something more personal and help them connect it.

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World Myths and Legends in Art - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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9 to 12
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Explore how myths and legends have taken visual form in the works of artists with this online gallery of 26 masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Apart from ...more
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Explore how myths and legends have taken visual form in the works of artists with this online gallery of 26 masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Apart from the art, students can learn about what a myth actually is, and read about multicultural mythological themes. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and teaching materials.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on myths & legends. This would be a great introductory activity, as a lot of the content is defining and providing examples that differentiate the two. This would be a great resource for a Language Arts teacher.

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Kids and Teens Action without Borders - Action Without Borders

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3 to 12
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways ...more
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways to turn your ideas into reality. Plenty of real-life examples are provided, but some creative brainstorming in your classroom is a must. Dozens of lesson plans, covering everything from environmental issues to economics and human rights are provided in the "For Teachers" section.

tag(s): civil rights (119)

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Introduce this site in a civics or government course in order to show students how important political awareness and activism can be - and how they can get involved. Dependent on your class, it may not be important to advocate that they join the cause - but more introduce it and let them know that they can. This might be better at the end of a civics course, culminating all the information they have learned thus far and showing a practical application of it.

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America's Stone Age Explorers - NOVA

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7 to 12
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Who were the very first Americans? This site explores evidence found by archeologists, examines artifacts found throughout the United States, and involves visitors in interpreting Stone...more
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Who were the very first Americans? This site explores evidence found by archeologists, examines artifacts found throughout the United States, and involves visitors in interpreting Stone Age tools. Includes interactive activities and a downloadable teacher's guide.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans located in the classroom activities section. (located in the teacher guide) These lesson connect the history lesson to biology and the study of genetic traits, a very interesting inter-disciplinary focus.
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Africa for Kids - PBS

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4 to 6
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Guided by Femi, a young Nigerian, students can learn about the culture of Africa by taking a virtual tour of the country, reading and listening to an interactive folk tale, ...more
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Guided by Femi, a young Nigerian, students can learn about the culture of Africa by taking a virtual tour of the country, reading and listening to an interactive folk tale, learning to play the kalimba, and making a traditional Dogon mask. Click on Teacher Tools for a teacher's guide and related lesson plans.

tag(s): africa (168)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station during a unit on World Cultures. There are audio portions of this site, so be sure to include headphones!

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Christmas Around the World Worksheet - Aussie SchoolHouse

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Guide your students' research of Christmas customs with this printable worksheet. ...more
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Guide your students' research of Christmas customs with this printable worksheet.

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World Advent Calendar - Woodlands Junior School

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2 to 6
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Make this interactive calendar part of your daily routine during the holiday season. Each day of Advent, students can click to open a window and discover answers to questions about...more
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Make this interactive calendar part of your daily routine during the holiday season. Each day of Advent, students can click to open a window and discover answers to questions about Christmas celebrations throughout the world.

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Scrooge for Mayor

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8 to 12
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This Web Quest engages students in examining the complexities of Victorian society through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge. Having developed a new attitude after visitations from the three...more
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This Web Quest engages students in examining the complexities of Victorian society through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge. Having developed a new attitude after visitations from the three spirits, Scrooge is ready to change the world by running for mayor of London. Students - working as campaign managers - must help Ebenezer develop campaign points and outline strategies to woo the public into accepting his ideas for social reform. Aspects of Victorian life described in A Christmas Carol, form the basis for this activity, although it could easily be adapted to any of his other novels.

tag(s): christmas (54), dickens (13), england (56), holidays (144), victorian (20)

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This would actually be a great resource for a government class working right before the holidays! During a unit on campaigns, use this activity as a way for students to think outside of the box in applying their lessons. This could even be used alongside a language arts classroom studying "A Christmas Carol," to ensure all students are up to snuff on Scrooge's character. This is a fun way to look at political campaigns with an interdisciplinary focus.

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Eye of Rom - PBS

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Use cardinal directions to navigate through four ancient mazes and find the individual pieces of the Eye of Rom. Great activity for practicing compass directions. ...more
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Use cardinal directions to navigate through four ancient mazes and find the individual pieces of the Eye of Rom. Great activity for practicing compass directions.

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard, and have student volunteers take turns moving the required directions to review a lesson on the compass directions. The game is quick, but students will enjoy the practice and the brief challenge. Make sure to let students control the interactive whiteboard - it tends to increase motivation for participation!

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Trivia Plaza Geography Quiz - Triviaplaza.com

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6 to 8
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Use this interactive geography quiz as an independent review activity or for Geography Bee preparation. Select from a variety of topics and regions of the world. Some of the ...more
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Use this interactive geography quiz as an independent review activity or for Geography Bee preparation. Select from a variety of topics and regions of the world. Some of the advertising is rather annoying, but the quizzes themselves are great.

tag(s): continents (50), countries (81), quiz (88), quizzes (104)

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Use the "celebrate Birthdays" to create a "this day in history" display for the classroom. The other sections of the website would be excellent to review for any subject, so find the appropriate subject and have students open the site on individual computers. In groups of 2-3, have students compete to see who can get the highest score! Be sure to post the site on your class webpage, allowing students to use the site for review before a summative assessment.

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Christmas Around the World

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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in investigating how Christmas is celebrated in cultures around the world. Materials and online resources are provided; the only thing...more
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in investigating how Christmas is celebrated in cultures around the world. Materials and online resources are provided; the only thing you must contribute is the computer lab.

tag(s): christmas (54), holidays (144)

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Use this webquest on Christmas before the holidays - hopefully in time for a unit or lesson on world religions. While clearly the focus is Christianity, students might still enjoy the varying traditions among other nations - especially the unique ones of Eastern Europe!

Instead of creating a paper or oral report, have students complete the task with an online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. The rubric would still apply, and it would be something new to get students interested in the project.

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Solar Folklore - Stanford SOLAR Center

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5 to 7
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Make the connection between scientific understanding, literature, and cultural diversity with this fascinating collection of myths and legends that reflect our human attempts at explaining...more
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Make the connection between scientific understanding, literature, and cultural diversity with this fascinating collection of myths and legends that reflect our human attempts at explaining the sun in terms of our own world views. Solar tales from the indigenous peoples of Australia, the Americas, and Mesopotamia are included, along with Judeo-Christian views and observations of ancient astronomers.

tag(s): planets (128), solar system (119), sun (71)

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Take advantage of the free and interactive lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Under the "educators" section are plenty of ideas, categorized by grade level and subject. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Kids Web Japan - Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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3 to 6
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Take your students on a virtual tour of Japan with this beautifully designed site that investigates Japanese culture from a kid's perspective. It's easy to navigate and filled with...more
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Take your students on a virtual tour of Japan with this beautifully designed site that investigates Japanese culture from a kid's perspective. It's easy to navigate and filled with easy-to-understand text, pictures, and interactive surprises. Complete a virtual origami airplane, compose a tune on the koto, and learn to say some basic everyday phrases in Japanese. There is SO much to see and do on this site. Provide some direction for your students before turning them loose.

tag(s): cultures (105), japan (60), japanese (45)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Japanese culture. Because there is a lot of content on the site, we recommend creating a guide to help highlight what is most important for students. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Decoding the Past - Smithsonian Center for Education

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What can artifacts reveal about the ancient men and women who created them? This site encourages students to think about the type of information human-made objects can reveal about...more
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What can artifacts reveal about the ancient men and women who created them? This site encourages students to think about the type of information human-made objects can reveal about people of the past and present. The three print-friendly lesson plans are the true treasures on this site. With incredible detail they walk through the process of setting up a series of archaeological tasks and provide related worksheets and charts. Topics explored include identifying artifacts, dating soil layers, and interpreting artifacts using typology.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! Lessons are offered for Science, Language Arts and History classrooms - each with a useful review of the topic to help refresh teachers. Make sure and save this one as a favorite to your desktop!

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Ancient History: Egyptians - BBC

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6 to 12
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Enrich a unit on ancient Egypt with the outstanding interactive games, multimedia galleries, and articles available on this site. Students can practice problem-solving skills as they...more
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Enrich a unit on ancient Egypt with the outstanding interactive games, multimedia galleries, and articles available on this site. Students can practice problem-solving skills as they attempt The Pyramid Challenge or become a Mummy Maker. The virtual tour of King Khufu's pyramid is excellent. So are the interactive galleries and "Voices from Ancient Egypt" features.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (28)

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If you study mythology of various cultures or ancient civilizations, this site has many features that will allow you to send students exploring. Create a simple web scavenger hunt for students to discover the basics, or have them use this site to compare the Egyptians to other civilizations, creating a concept map to illustrate similarities and differences (and include URLS to link to images or content they find here a "proof").
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Terra Server USA - U.S. Geological Survey

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2 to 6
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Enter an address in the United States, and view an aerial photo or topographical image of the location. Although the images are several years old, they do provide a great ...more
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Enter an address in the United States, and view an aerial photo or topographical image of the location. Although the images are several years old, they do provide a great perspective for students learning to read and interpret maps.

tag(s): maps (295)

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Though the potential for distraction is great, when managed properly this can be a very cool tool for a US geography classroom. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of location, relative OR absolute. Have students look up their addresses OR for security's sake, the address of the school and other city locations. Have students describe the absolute location they see on the map and compare it with what they know of the relative location. Seeing the difference visually may be what separates the two for a student confused on the matter.

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