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Lost Liners - PBS

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World history, U.S. history, rhetoric and debate, health, and technology are addressed by this comprehensive examination of some of the greatest disasters in maritime history - the...more
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World history, U.S. history, rhetoric and debate, health, and technology are addressed by this comprehensive examination of some of the greatest disasters in maritime history - the Titanic, the Lusitania, and the Empress of Ireland. Full lesson plans (these are really outstanding!), aligned with national standards are provided. Topics include The Blame Game (a great role-playing experience), Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Higher (a comparison of the Titanic and Challenger disasters), and Titanic Artifacts (what we've discovered about the lives of those lost). Students can even learn about effective Internet search strategies in the Lost Liners scavenger hunt activity.

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Click on the section entitled "teacher resources" and take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered. Most require a basic knowledge of the 5 major liners that sank, so the day before activities have students explore the site on the interactive whiteboard or individual computers. To assess what students are learning, put them in groups and have groups select a liner that they will be researching. Groups will go through the information offered by the site and possibly other sites in an effort to attain images and information about their lost ship. Have groups create an online graphic telling the story of their liner and its immediate impact. 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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Mysterious Mummmies of China - PBS Nova

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In the late 1980s, perfectly preserved 3,000 year old mummies began appearing in a remote desert in China. Surprisingly, they possessed the physical characteristics of Europeans and...more
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In the late 1980s, perfectly preserved 3,000 year old mummies began appearing in a remote desert in China. Surprisingly, they possessed the physical characteristics of Europeans and did not appear to be ancestors of the modern-day Chinese. Where did they come from? How were they preserved? What can linguistics reveal about such ancient people? The site explores these unsolved mysteries and makes connections to similar finds throughout the world.

tag(s): china (66), europe (75)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient China in a World History classroom. Because there's a lot of content on this site, try creating a guide to help students understand what's the most significant. For help creating graphic organizers easily, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Polar Husky - NOMADS

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Participate in an amazing exploration with this virtual field trip of the Arctic. Follow the Team Arctic Transect 2004 and their 31 polar huskies on an unforgettable 3,000-mile adventure...more
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Participate in an amazing exploration with this virtual field trip of the Arctic. Follow the Team Arctic Transect 2004 and their 31 polar huskies on an unforgettable 3,000-mile adventure as they explore Nunavut, Canada's newest territory. Learn about arctic climate changes, meet Inuit Elders and students in remote communities, and discover the ecology of this isolated region. The team consists of six educators and explorers who comprehensively document their experiences on this interactive site. Free registration is required to download the curriculum and activity guide, and to participate in the on-line classroom features.

tag(s): arctic (44), canada (30)

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Use the GoNorth! adventures to supplement a unit on Geography or Climate changes. Make sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later.

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Mummies in Peru - National Public Radio

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Enrich a study of Latin America with this intriguing article and related links from National Public Radio. In 2002, the National Geographic Society announced the discovery of more than...more
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Enrich a study of Latin America with this intriguing article and related links from National Public Radio. In 2002, the National Geographic Society announced the discovery of more than 2,000 Inca mummies in Peru. Photographs, images, and sound bytes provide a glimpse into the work done by on-site archaeologists. Follow related links to learn more about the process of mummification and what mummies can tell us about the societies in which they lived.

tag(s): peru (6)

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Use the images on the site to show students examples of archaeological digs, and the mummies found from this specific time period. Show the images of the interactive whiteboard, allowing sufficient time for students to describe what they observe in each picture. These images could be made into a visual discovery activity or to supplement a lecture.

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eHistory - Ohio State University

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This incredible resource is not just for history fans! The comprehensive and well-organized site includes a timeline of events, a glossary, battle outlines, biographies, and thousands...more
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This incredible resource is not just for history fans! The comprehensive and well-organized site includes a timeline of events, a glossary, battle outlines, biographies, and thousands of images and maps. Topics include ancient history, the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and much more. A true gold mine for history teachers and students.

tag(s): battles (16), maps (287), timelines (62)

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The great resources offered by this site include the primary sources collection and the vast amount of multi-media presentations offered. Search this site for resources you can use in your own classroom - the video collection would be particularly helpful to supplement information from the previous and current century.

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National Portrait Gallery

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This virtual gallery highlights personalities that have had a profound impact upon Great Britain and the world. Click on "Search the Collection" to take a tour of the gallery rooms,...more
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This virtual gallery highlights personalities that have had a profound impact upon Great Britain and the world. Click on "Search the Collection" to take a tour of the gallery rooms, and browse through portraits of famous British men and women from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Project this Web site in the classroom to illustrate authors, political figures and personalities from British history and literature. Samuel Johnson, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, The Bront? Sisters, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill are among the thousands of Britons represented.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), painting (66)

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Take advantage of the free images on this site! Search the site for images or portraits of individuals being studies to supplement a lecture. This site would be particularly useful in studying Early American history - giving students a face to connect with the names they have heard about so much.

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Shakespeare for Kids - Folger Library

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Kids of all ages can enjoy delving into the life of Queen Elizabeth and the works of William Shakespeare. Explore full texts of plays in PDF format, word games and ...more
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Kids of all ages can enjoy delving into the life of Queen Elizabeth and the works of William Shakespeare. Explore full texts of plays in PDF format, word games and puzzles, historical lessons (some are interactive), and fun facts about Shakespeare and his theater. A word of caution: many of the activities on this site require prior knowledge of Shakespearean plays and characters. Choose wisely based on the level and language skills of your students, and the depth of your study of Shakespeare. Use to introduce the Elizabethan era, review important concepts, or extend a literature unit with a bit of history. Created by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Requires Adobe Acrobat.

tag(s): elizabethan (17), england (57), plays (37), shakespeare (131)

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Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard before allowing students to use it individually or with a partner. Have students review the site during a unit on courtship, courtly love and of course - Queen Elizabeth. Have students explore the site and create a quick presentation of what they learned. Students can create brief online posters using a tool such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition - Missouri Historical Society

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This on-line exhibition allows visitors to follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, explore the cultural landscape they encountered, and browse through a collection of over 350 artifacts...more
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This on-line exhibition allows visitors to follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, explore the cultural landscape they encountered, and browse through a collection of over 350 artifacts that document the first transcontinental journey across North America. Highlights of this beautifully designed site include an interactive map, audio clips providing sounds associated with each place along the journey, and readings from words written by members of the expedition. Links to related themes are provided throughout the site. This is an outstanding resource that accurately presents many facets of this pivotal even in American history.

tag(s): lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! This would be a great resource for a US history site, regardless of the grade level. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval when necessary.
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Diving Under the Antarctic Ice - Scripps Oceanographic Institution

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This site documents three Antarctic scuba diving expeditions with spectacular images of sponges, jellies, sea spiders and much more! Explore the Gallery and Field Guide to view and...more
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This site documents three Antarctic scuba diving expeditions with spectacular images of sponges, jellies, sea spiders and much more! Explore the Gallery and Field Guide to view and read about the fascinating creatures that live beneath the ice. Students can find out what it's like to dive in the Antarctic and read journal entries written by the two of the divers. High quality photos are combined with comprehensive written descriptions, but the reading level of the text is fairly advanced, so consider projecting images and providing oral summaries for younger students.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), oceans (148)

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These images are very original, and could be used to show students examples of various types of life forms. For example, a teacher working on lessons about the different kingdoms or species, might find some really interesting photographs here they can use within instruction. Also useful for earth science teachers studying the ocean and the types of life living in it.

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Secrets of the Pharaohs - WNET

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This PBS site offers a 3-D tour of the Great Pyramid, a step-by-step guide illustrating how mummies are made, and a virtual peek at some of the treasures in King ...more
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This PBS site offers a 3-D tour of the Great Pyramid, a step-by-step guide illustrating how mummies are made, and a virtual peek at some of the treasures in King Tut's tomb. The use of mummy DNA to reveal secrets of the time period is briefly explained, but links are provided to companion sites that provide much more depth. One of the most impressive features of the site is an interactive map of ancient Egypt. Created by PBS.

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

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Use the historical maps on this site to assist student understanding of Egyptian tombs and pyramids. Share the content on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a class discussion or lecture as visual aids. This would be a great resource for a World History classroom.
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Medici - Godfathers of the Renaissance - PBS

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Take an interactive, insider's tour of 15th century Florence, and explore the Renaissance through several different themes: art, politics, architecture and science, and religion. Meet...more
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Take an interactive, insider's tour of 15th century Florence, and explore the Renaissance through several different themes: art, politics, architecture and science, and religion. Meet the "godfathers" of the Renaissance who will give you tips on how to be a Medici mobster. Discover which Renaissance figure you most resemble. The companion art gallery includes gorgeous images of Renaissance art. If projecting images in the classroom, remember that clothing is a bit scarce in the Sistine Chapel, so consider the maturity level of your students.

tag(s): italy (17), renaissance (34)

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Use the interactive timeline in your classroom on your interactive whiteboard or projector to give students more context about the Renaissance. The site provides some valuable information about the Medici family, who were an important influence on the Renaissance.
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1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art - University of Virginia

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Tour the most influential show in the history of American art. The paintings and sculptures featured in this collection of 18 virtual galleries document of the emergence of modernism,...more
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Tour the most influential show in the history of American art. The paintings and sculptures featured in this collection of 18 virtual galleries document of the emergence of modernism, the radical break with artistic tradition, and the corresponding public reactions. The nature of many of the representative works makes this site most appropriate for mature students. Use this resource to generate discussion and encourage analysis of how this historic exhibition affected the development of American art. Created by the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia.

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. A very interesting site for an art history classroom.

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Adventures of Cyberbee

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Library specialist Linda C. Joseph has assembled a useful, interactive, and entertaining collection of resources for students and teachers. Use the "primary source of the month" feature...more
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Library specialist Linda C. Joseph has assembled a useful, interactive, and entertaining collection of resources for students and teachers. Use the "primary source of the month" feature to spark discussions about why such a resource is so valuable. Links to Web treasure hunts, projects, and helpful how-to advice on a variety of Internet-related topics are included.

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Panorama: The North American Landscape in Art - Virtual Museum of Canada

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The Virtual Museum of Canada created this online exhibit of landscape art. The images not only reflect the natural environment but also convey messages about the history, industry,...more
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The Virtual Museum of Canada created this online exhibit of landscape art. The images not only reflect the natural environment but also convey messages about the history, industry, and belief systems embraced by cultural groups throughout North America. Informational texts can be displayed in French, Spanish, or English. Use this multi-disciplinary resource to supplement the art curriculum, add visual meaning to the study of a cultural group, or challenge reading and comprehension skills in foreign language class.

tag(s): art history (70), north america (19)

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Use this site as a learning center or station to supplement the text during a unit on Westward Expansion. 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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Terra the EOS Flagship - NASA

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Terra is an Earth Observing System designed by NASA to monitor, measure, and protect the Earth's environment and climate system. This site contains breathtaking, up-to-date satellite...more
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Terra is an Earth Observing System designed by NASA to monitor, measure, and protect the Earth's environment and climate system. This site contains breathtaking, up-to-date satellite images of our planet, and interactive experiments that can be done in the classroom to illustrate how NASA uses Terra's remote sensing to understand how and why the Earth changes. Comprehensive and extensive information on the earth's atmosphere, oceans, land, life, heat and energy is provided. Because the site is updated daily, it can serve as a continually evolving visual aid for earth science classes.

tag(s): maps (287)

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Use this site in a cooperative learning activity, having students research a specific aspect of the site. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here, displaying what they have learned. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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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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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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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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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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