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Schools and Computer Viruses - PBS

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9 to 12
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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 (288)

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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.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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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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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 (77), 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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6 to 12
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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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