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Truth, War, and Consequences - PBS

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It has its own point of view, but the companion site for this PBS Frontline presentation covers many of the issues connected with stabilizing post-war Iraq and making it a ...more
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It has its own point of view, but the companion site for this PBS Frontline presentation covers many of the issues connected with stabilizing post-war Iraq and making it a functioning nation again. Try using this one as a discussion starter to explore the many interrelated issues.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities offered on this site! They not only incorporate the material on the website, but also current events in the Middle East. This is a great resource for a US government or history class.
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Vietnam - Journeys of Mind, Body, and Spirit - American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History offers this elegant, Flash-based examination of Vietnamese culture and life. The content includes both a story line and a look at how a culture...more
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The American Museum of Natural History offers this elegant, Flash-based examination of Vietnamese culture and life. The content includes both a story line and a look at how a culture that is thousands of years old has adapted to the new millennium. This one would be a great addition to a secondary world cultures class. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): asia (73), vietnam (36)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to take your students on a virtual journey to Vietnam (yesterday and today).
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Beyond the War in Iraq - NPR

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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis...more
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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis on political, economic, cultural, and military issues and their relationships with one another. Try this one as a starting point for an in-depth current events discussion.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use this site as a resource for a class discussion on the effects of the Iraq war on both US soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This allows students to prepare for a class discussion adequately. This would be a great resource for a US government or history class.
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Rulers

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Deceptively simple and not at all pretty, this site offers a wealth of information on the historical governance of scores of countries. (Where else could you find a chronological list...more
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Deceptively simple and not at all pretty, this site offers a wealth of information on the historical governance of scores of countries. (Where else could you find a chronological list of the prime ministers of Spain?) It doesn't offer complete histories, but secondary students studying the history of other countries may find its synopsis-by-ruler an interesting starting point.

tag(s): countries (76), presidents (131)

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Save this site as a favorite on your class wiki or webpage and refer students to it for reference. It's best use would be to help students compile the executive history of a country and search that way, rather than searching for information on a specific ruler. This would be a great starting point for a student studying monarchy in a particular country such as Britain or Saudi Arabia.

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Churchill - PBS

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One of the twentieth century's real giants, Churchill's accomplishments go well beyond the content on this companion site to the PBS series of the same name. While most famous as ...more
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One of the twentieth century's real giants, Churchill's accomplishments go well beyond the content on this companion site to the PBS series of the same name. While most famous as a World War II leader, his influence on the British government stretched from the 1920s well into the 1950s. This site is a great introduction, but serious secondary students should be prepared to delve more deeply.

tag(s): churchill (5), middle east (30), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII. Because there is a lot of information on this site, it would probably work best if students had a graphic organizer to guide them through. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Classics Unveiled

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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers...more
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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers and secondary students will find interesting. If you teach Latin, "Salve!" - there are great resources here.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), latin (22), romans (35), rome (27)

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Use this site as a way to approach the tons of information students are expected to learn about the Roman empire. Assign students into pairs or cooperative learning groups, and have them choose one of the many topics to research in the "Rome Exposed" section. Have each student group research their topic, with the intent to present their information to the class. Have each group prepare a quick presentation by creating online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Books can be read and presented to the class via interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Korea - Unfinished War - American Radioworks

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While it deals specifically with the Korean War, this American Radioworks site's interviews (both sound and transcripts) are an interesting window into the broader aspects of American...more
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While it deals specifically with the Korean War, this American Radioworks site's interviews (both sound and transcripts) are an interesting window into the broader aspects of American and international life during the period immediately after World War II. Of these secondary themes, the information on the evolution of race relations in the United States in the 1950s is particularly interesting.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), korea (15), racism (18)

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Use the articles on this site to supplement the text & lecture during a unit on the cold war OR about civil rights. (There are articles about integrating the army as well as detailed reports about various aspects of the cold war) This is a great resource for a higher-level American history class.

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Antarctic Slang Dictionary

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Geography, world cultures, and science students exploring Antarctica may want to prowl through this glossary of terms used at the scientific stations in Antarctica. While the site is...more
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Geography, world cultures, and science students exploring Antarctica may want to prowl through this glossary of terms used at the scientific stations in Antarctica. While the site is useful mostly to give a sense of the off-beat flavor of this environment, it does have some interesting "life in Antarctica" elements between the lines. Teachers and parents should preview this one thoroughly before turning their students loose on it.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), slang (15)

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If studying Antartica in depth, use this vocabulary as a way to show students what living on "The Ice," is like. Have students write short stories or letters, from the perspective of someone who is there - using the vocabulary on this site. Students will probably be entertained at how ridiculous some of it sounds, but it will definitely get them engaged in the topic.

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GeoSpy - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers this Flash site that will quiz elementary students on their knowledge of continents, countries, and the like. There's plenty of auditory and visual reinforcement,...more
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National Geographic offers this Flash site that will quiz elementary students on their knowledge of continents, countries, and the like. There's plenty of auditory and visual reinforcement, and the site scores each child's performance. Even the little guys can handle this one.

tag(s): continents (49), countries (76), maps (287)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a review of basic geographic information. Have students complete the site on classroom computers individually, either post-instruction or before a major assessment. We recommend posting the site on your classroom wiki or webpage, to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.
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Geography/Economics Lessons for Children's Books

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Hooray for the teachers in Maryland who linked children's literature to economics and geography. This site offers a collection of lessons based on popular children's books, each of...more
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Hooray for the teachers in Maryland who linked children's literature to economics and geography. This site offers a collection of lessons based on popular children's books, each of which ties to an elementary concept of economics (well, commerce, really) or geography. The selection of titles is also interesting.

tag(s): business (58), maps (287)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! Just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Captive Passage - Mariner's Museum

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The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va. offers this very complete site on the origins of the West African slave trade. While its extensive text is densely written, good organization...more
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The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va. offers this very complete site on the origins of the West African slave trade. While its extensive text is densely written, good organization makes the information manageable, and the illustrations are extensive enough to provide some visual interest. Depending on their level of interest, middle or high school students should be able to handle this one effectively. Teachers will want to explore the various activities and the slavery quiz.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72)

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Use this site as an introductory activity during a unit on the Middle Passage and the African Slave trade. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups OR individually on classroom computers. Because of the large amount of content on the site, we recommend creating a guide or graphic organizer to lead students through the exhibit. For help with graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Universal Currency Converter

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While currency exchange rates aren't part of every math curriculum, this site can illustrate both the changing relationships among currencies and the wide range of international currencies...more
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While currency exchange rates aren't part of every math curriculum, this site can illustrate both the changing relationships among currencies and the wide range of international currencies with which international traders must contend. Try this one as fodder for some interesting algebra word problems.

tag(s): currency (20), money (193)

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This site would be great in a geography or World History classroom, helping students review for a final assessment. Have students "plan" a trip to some of the places/times studied in your class. Have them maintain a budget with their trip, and use this site to help students translate their financial dealings to have it all make sense. This is a great way to get students thinking about the mechanics of travel, as well as a great way to review the geography of the places being studied - both culturally and physically.

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Indian Parliament - Government of India

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Those studying the Indian subcontinent may be interested in the home page of India's constitutional government. It includes schedule and proceedings information for both houses of parliament,...more
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Those studying the Indian subcontinent may be interested in the home page of India's constitutional government. It includes schedule and proceedings information for both houses of parliament, as well as links and other facts and information about government in India.

tag(s): asia (73), democracy (12), india (36)

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A World History or government class could use this site to compare and contrast the government structure of India to that of the United States. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and use an online venn diagram to compare what they're reading about India to what they already know about the US. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This would be a great segway into a discussion of the effects of globalization, varying cultures, or even a dialogue on how India came to have the government they do.

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Imaging Everest - Royal Geographic Society

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Would-be explorers chained to their computers will find this British chronicle of mountain-climbing in Nepal a great escape. The photo collections are available thematically, and they...more
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Would-be explorers chained to their computers will find this British chronicle of mountain-climbing in Nepal a great escape. The photo collections are available thematically, and they include some interesting categories dealing with the culture of the Himalayas. Of course, there are the obligatory homages to the climbers, especially Hillary. Many of these images aren't available elsewhere.

tag(s): mountains (13)

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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain.

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Anne Frank the Writer - Smithsonian

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This site documents the US Holocaust Museum's recent exhibit about Anne Frank's unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished...more
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This site documents the US Holocaust Museum's recent exhibit about Anne Frank's unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished works, and a series of links for additional information. This one could be an interesting bridge between a writing assignment and the study of World War II.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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Use the virtual exhibit as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII in a history class or during a study of her book in an English class. This would be a great way to introduce Anne Frank, the exhibit serving to put all students at the same level of understanding of her life. If in need of some sort of assessment to see what students have learned from the site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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The Greeks - PBS

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Part of the PBS Civilizations series, this site explores ancient Greece, complete with virtual tours of the acropolis and the Parthenon temple. In the Greeks Interactive section, students...more
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Part of the PBS Civilizations series, this site explores ancient Greece, complete with virtual tours of the acropolis and the Parthenon temple. In the Greeks Interactive section, students can view interactive maps and experiment with the Greek alphabet. There is also an educational resources section, complete with lesson plans for using the site.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Ancient Greeks. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups on classroom computers. Have students research specific aspects of the site, with the intentions of students "teaching" their peers about the many different sections. Have students create paper-posters OR use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Oral Histories of the Holocaust

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This site, created by High School Students in San Francisco, presents personal oral Holocaust accounts in written and audio formats. The site provides a unique perspective on the manner...more
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This site, created by High School Students in San Francisco, presents personal oral Holocaust accounts in written and audio formats. The site provides a unique perspective on the manner in which the Holocaust affected so many lives, by providing the detailed accounts of six survivors. Due to the nature of the subject matter, teachers may want to limit access of this site to older students.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (20), world war 2 (142)

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Beyond the obvious testimonials this provides to the content, this site can also be used as the perfect example of how students can complete a similar project. During a modern history unit, select a topic that students have the potential to interview their own family members on. Instead of the typical tape recording, try a new technology similar to one used on the website. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Peter and Paul, and the Christian Revolution - PBS

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Though not as interactive as other installments in the PBS Empires series, this site has helpful resources for tracing the history of Christianity in the context of High School ...more
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Though not as interactive as other installments in the PBS Empires series, this site has helpful resources for tracing the history of Christianity in the context of High School World Cultures and Western Heritage courses. The timeline, in particular, helps illustrate the simultaneous evolution of the Roman Empire and Christianity.

tag(s): religions (61), rome (27)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. This site would be an interesting perspective to examine the monstrosity that was the Roman Empire, and how it impacted areas all over the world.

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Egypt's Golden Empire - PBS

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A wonderful glimpse of life in Egypt from 1550-1200 BC. This site's ancient Egyptian resources examine each of the pharaohs, as well as provide information about daily life in Egypt....more
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A wonderful glimpse of life in Egypt from 1550-1200 BC. This site's ancient Egyptian resources examine each of the pharaohs, as well as provide information about daily life in Egypt. The interactive map and hieroglyph translator provide an interesting lens through which students can view life in this era. Like other PBS empire sites, this site has a listing of lesson plans for expanding on these resources.

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

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities offered on this site. This would be a great resource for a World History classroom, middle or high school!
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Queen Victoria's Empire - PBS

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Part of the PBS Empires series, this site provides a detailed look at the reign of Queen Victoria. With articles on the queen, her family, and the events of the ...more
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Part of the PBS Empires series, this site provides a detailed look at the reign of Queen Victoria. With articles on the queen, her family, and the events of the era, this site provides a wealth of useful information. There is also an interactive game to test your knowledge of the era, as well as a list of lesson plans for the site.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), victorian (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities listed on this page! The interactive game can also be used to help students review for an assessment on Queen Victoria within a learning center or station. This would be useful in a British or World History Classroom.

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