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History Interactive - Michigan Epic

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While it is a work in progress, Michigan Epic's flash-based K-12 world history and social studies offerings promise to be a wonderful addition to social studies teachers' inventory...more
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While it is a work in progress, Michigan Epic's flash-based K-12 world history and social studies offerings promise to be a wonderful addition to social studies teachers' inventory of lesson materials. Standards referenced and thoughtfully designed, these presentations will engage students while offering significant content. The precise approaches vary by topic and grade level, so there's always something new around the next corner. This one's a real winner.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources concerning a variety of US history events. The resources include everything from simple lesson plans, to primary sources and web quests. Be sure to take a look at the site before you begin any unit to see what you can add to your classroom.
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Documentography

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Featuring on-line portfolios by young photographers with social conscience, this site offers images that might be used as part of a photography course or in a world cultures class as...more
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Featuring on-line portfolios by young photographers with social conscience, this site offers images that might be used as part of a photography course or in a world cultures class as examples of the power of image and the issues that confront many third world nations. The selection of photographers changes periodically.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), photography (160), south america (39)

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Use these pictures as writing prompts in a language arts class, allowing students to be creative as they want. Have students pick their photos, or assign randomly - and have them construct a poem, essay, sonnet, (whatever is being studied) about what they see in the picture. Great for a student with writer's block!
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Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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This flash-based jungle adventure for elementary students asks users to make decisions about a jungle journey during the presentation. Along the way, the site introduces students to...more
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This flash-based jungle adventure for elementary students asks users to make decisions about a jungle journey during the presentation. Along the way, the site introduces students to the work of biologists and researchers in the African jungle habitats. It's an engaging presentation that could be used individually or in group sessions.

tag(s): africa (180)

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Use this activity as a learning center or station during a unit on African cultures and biomes. As means of assessment, once students have completed the quest have them write a letter back to their "Grandfather" detailing what they learned on their quest. A great way to combine creative writing with science & history!
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Mysteries of ?atalh?y?k - Science Museum of Minneapolis

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Though it only recently crossed our browsers, this site from the Science Museum of Minneapolis chronicles the excavation several years ago of a prehistoric settlement in Turkey. The...more
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Though it only recently crossed our browsers, this site from the Science Museum of Minneapolis chronicles the excavation several years ago of a prehistoric settlement in Turkey. The documentation and other content could have applications in a world cultures class, or as part of an introduction to the science involved in archaeology.

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There are a LOT of virtual tours and activities during a lesson or unit on archaeological excavations or the study of neolithic history. Have students look at the activities as learning centers or stations within cooperative learning groups. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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New France - New Horizons - Canadian Archives

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9 to 12
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This history of French exploration and settlement in what is now Canada is elegantly designed, and it shows the striking contrast between the aims of French colonists and those of ...more
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This history of French exploration and settlement in what is now Canada is elegantly designed, and it shows the striking contrast between the aims of French colonists and those of their English counterparts to the south. Because the site relies almost entirely on archival images - with minimal explanatory text - it may be difficult for some students to use effectively. Still, the site offers a marked contrast to the "colonizing America" stories students hear more frequently.

tag(s): canada (30), colonial america (107), explorers (61), france (40)

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Use the images from this site to create a visual discovery activity. Select a few of the most powerful images and put them in a slideshow to show students. Show the images to students via interactive whiteboard or projector, and have students write down what they observe, infer and predict from each. After the class has finished with their reflections, go back to the images and discuss with students what they wrote down. Make sure when explaining the images and their importance that you are sure of what you are trying to portray with them. There is not a lot of information on this site beyond photos, so it will require information from elsewhere. Regardless, this is a great way to lead students through a lesson rather than a straight lecture.
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How to Play Dreidel

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Here is a site with a full set of rules for playing the popular Hanukkah game. ...more
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Here is a site with a full set of rules for playing the popular Hanukkah game.

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Use the directions to teach students how to play dreidel during a lesson or unit on Judaism. Although it's not something they absolutely need to know - it would be a fun break for students, and may give some more cultural awareness that a textbook would not be able to.

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Schools and Computer Viruses - PBS

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Here's a discussion and lesson plan about computer and biological viruses that asks students to do some critical reading and postulating about virus containment. There's more to this...more
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Here's a discussion and lesson plan about computer and biological viruses that asks students to do some critical reading and postulating about virus containment. There's more to this lesson than initially meets the eye, including some interesting opportunities for discussing virus protection strategies. With a little creativity, this one could be an interesting addition to a biology, computing, or social studies class.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! Perfect for a math or science classroom.
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Ancient India - British Museum

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The British Museum's site about ancient India has seemingly endless nooks and crannies, each of which leads to a flash-based encounter about the history and culture of India. Try it...more
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The British Museum's site about ancient India has seemingly endless nooks and crannies, each of which leads to a flash-based encounter about the history and culture of India. Try it as part of a world cultures course, and introduction to Buddhism or Hinduism, or a look at the geography of the Indian subcontinent.

tag(s): india (36)

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Careful searching should lead to content for almost any grade level.
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Churchill Papers - Cambridge University

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Those interested in Sir Winston Churchill will find this site's offerings more than ample. An online biography and chronology will probably be most helpful, but there are also links...more
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Those interested in Sir Winston Churchill will find this site's offerings more than ample. An online biography and chronology will probably be most helpful, but there are also links to various collections of Churchill's papers, and also to several online features designed for use in British schools. Americans will likely find these materials most relevant to a unit on World War II.

tag(s): britain (35), churchill (5), england (57), world war 2 (142)

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What a cool way to bring some personality to the characters that often seem too stoic to be human. Use the primary sources on this site during an introductory activity about the characters predominantly studied in WWII. Show students some of the materials over the interactive whiteboard or projector during a lecture on Churchill, Stalin and Truman.

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Hinduism for Schools

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Schools that study religions of the world will find this introduction to Hinduism interesting. Though it appears to have been done for a British audience, its introduction and explanations...more
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Schools that study religions of the world will find this introduction to Hinduism interesting. Though it appears to have been done for a British audience, its introduction and explanations will work well for middle and high school students. The site could also be useful as an extension for a unit on India or world cultures.

tag(s): religions (61)

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This site does a great job of explaining the belief system of Hindu in a way thats easily understood by students. Use this site as an anticipatory activity, introducing Hinduism during a unit on world religions. Have students explore the site and create quick online books to help highlight the major concepts that can later be used to help them review. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Frontline Teachers Guide - PBS Frontline

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The PBS Frontline series regularly challenges viewers' assumptions about controversial issues. This teacher portal for the series offers direct access to supplementary materials for...more
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The PBS Frontline series regularly challenges viewers' assumptions about controversial issues. This teacher portal for the series offers direct access to supplementary materials for many current and past programs, all sorted by subject area. If your field is government or social studies and you enjoy letting students wrestle with ideas, you will find lots of possibilities in this one.

tag(s): politics (99)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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American Journeys - Wisconsin Historical Society

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The Wisconsin Historical Society offers this collection of first-hand accounts of historical events, from the early explorers through the settling of the United States. After a quirky...more
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The Wisconsin Historical Society offers this collection of first-hand accounts of historical events, from the early explorers through the settling of the United States. After a quirky search process, the site ultimately displays scanned images of venerable publications containing the material. While this approach is certainly historically accurate, it may be limiting for use with secondary students.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on the "teachers" portion of this site! Teachers can also use this site to search for primary sources that can be utilized in their classroom during a unit on early American exploration.

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Earth and Moon Viewers

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This one's far better than first appearances might indicate. Click one of the many links to see surprisingly detailed, documented images of earth and the moon, complete with full data...more
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This one's far better than first appearances might indicate. Click one of the many links to see surprisingly detailed, documented images of earth and the moon, complete with full data on location and time. Many of the images include zoom capabilities and other nifty features.

tag(s): latitude (13), longitude (13), maps (287)

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Geography teachers will find lots of possibilities in this one.

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Spell Binder - Channel 4

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If your curriculum includes the middle ages, renaissance, or the evolution of the scientific method, you will find this British site about science and "magic" in Elizabethan England...more
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If your curriculum includes the middle ages, renaissance, or the evolution of the scientific method, you will find this British site about science and "magic" in Elizabethan England covers a surprisingly large chunk of content. The British vernacular may challenge some middle schoolers, but older students will understand the challenging bits from context.

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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Teachers will want to preview this one, just to figure out which of the many possible paths to follow.
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Story of Africa - BBC

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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that...more
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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that developed in Africa itself, their relationships with one another, and their infamous encounters with Europeans. This is historical content that goes beyond art and artifacts to explore civilizations themselves.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113)

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Teachers may find this one useful as a component of an African American cultural unit or in studying world cultures.
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Stonehenge Project

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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American...more
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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American audiences will likely want to know more about the people who did the building and the purpose of this huge project. Archaeologists still puzzle over how the construction was accomplished.

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Teachers may want to try this one as an adjunct to an astronomy unit, or as part of a study of ancient civilizations.
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Folklore and Mythology Online Texts

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4 to 12
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If you're searching for usable texts for a folklore or mythology unit, here's a ready resource. This listing draws from a wide range of sources, so some inconsistency in quality ...more
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If you're searching for usable texts for a folklore or mythology unit, here's a ready resource. This listing draws from a wide range of sources, so some inconsistency in quality is inevitable. The breadth of selection, which includes tales from many different cultures, more than compensates.

tag(s): folktales (65), greek (41)

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Use this site to find stories from all over the world during a lesson/unit on storytelling. Incorporating stories from different cultures can insure that these wont all be repeats for students, as well as adds a multicultural perspective. Peruse the site ahead of time to proof the stories and either print them or have students read that at different computer stations.

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The War After the War - American Radioworks

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A team that includes former National Public Radio correspondents has created an audio-based web site that examines the various political, military, social, and economic issues with...more
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A team that includes former National Public Radio correspondents has created an audio-based web site that examines the various political, military, social, and economic issues with which both Americans and Iraqis must cope in post-war Iraq. It is an impressionistic view, but interesting nonetheless.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Iraq war and the War on terror that has pervaded US foreign politics for the better half of a decade. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity would work best with a follow-along or guide. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Lesson Plans from the State Department - U.S. State Department

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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam...more
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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis look particularly interesting.

tag(s): cultures (105), foreign policy (16)

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There's a wealth of information here; teachers will need to examine it closely to see how it might fit into secondary government or history curricula.
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Who's Who in Post-War Iraq - BBC

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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for ...more
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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for influence in that nation. This one would make a great backgrounder for a discussion on balancing power in Iraq in the effort to build a democratic government there.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the War on Terror and the fighting in the Middle East. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity works best with a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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