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Dictionary of Units of Measurement - University of North Carolina

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4 to 12
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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science,...more
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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science, math, geography, and other subject areas. The reference possibilities are also extensive. Add this one to your toolkit of web reference specialties.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Iraq and Saddam Hussein - the War on Terrorism

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9 to 12
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East California University's librarians have created a very useful, thematic collection of current links to resources dealing with Iraq and efforts, peaceful and otherwise, to bring...more
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East California University's librarians have created a very useful, thematic collection of current links to resources dealing with Iraq and efforts, peaceful and otherwise, to bring it into compliance with UN mandates. For secondary students, the topic headings themselves will serve to demonstrate the complexity of the situation.

tag(s): iraq (32), terrorism (49), united nations (8)

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Teachers will find a rich set of resources here for comparisons, case-building, and other challenging activities.

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Quest for Immortality; Treasures of Ancient Egypt - National Gallery of Art

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6 to 12
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The National Gallery's presentation of Egyptian tomb artifacts offers many stunning images that could enhance the study of Egypt at any grade level. The accompanying narrated slide...more
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The National Gallery's presentation of Egyptian tomb artifacts offers many stunning images that could enhance the study of Egypt at any grade level. The accompanying narrated slide shows (you'll need a RealPlayer) turn the site into an on-screen lecture tour. The vocabulary, however, is "over the heads" of elementary and many middle school students. Visit this one if you're studying Egypt, and decide how it fits best into your classroom.

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

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Use the 10 minute video-clip as an introductory activity during a unit Ancient Egypt. Share the video on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a classroom discussion or lecture on the topic. A very detailed resource for a world history classroom!
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Who's Who in Iraq - BBC

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This BBC site begins by admitting that Saddam Hussein is really the only "who" in Iraq, but it goes on to identify some of the other leading figures in a ...more
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This BBC site begins by admitting that Saddam Hussein is really the only "who" in Iraq, but it goes on to identify some of the other leading figures in a regime known for rapid personnel shifts. Older students may find this one useful as a way of putting faces to some of the names that are certain to be in the news in the days and weeks ahead.

tag(s): iraq (32), middle east (30)

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Although this site is a few years out of date, it still has some pretty good information as to how Hussein came to power as well as the political make-up of his regime before it toppled. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to read the information in cooperative learning groups. Use this site as the basis of a biography of Saddam Hussein, before allowing students to explore other avenues in their groups. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of their biographies using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. This is a great activator to a lesson on unit on the War in Iraq as well as the role of the UN in international conflicts. This could easily benefit a cultural geography, US history or government class.
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Chocolate and Culture - Field Museum

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Who wouldn't love a series of lessons about chocolate? Chicago's Field Museum offers this site with extensive educational materials in PDF format. The lessons begin in the rainforest...more
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Who wouldn't love a series of lessons about chocolate? Chicago's Field Museum offers this site with extensive educational materials in PDF format. The lessons begin in the rainforest and move on to the introduction and production of refined chocolate products. Along the way there are many topics to discuss and ponder.

tag(s): chocolate (7), south america (39)

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Try this one for a tasty addition to a unit on rainforests, American industry, or related topics.
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Islamic Arts - Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization

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The Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization offers an almost encyclopedic site on art and design in the Islamic world. The site includes extensive galleries and detailed articles...more
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The Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization offers an almost encyclopedic site on art and design in the Islamic world. The site includes extensive galleries and detailed articles on the various topics presented. Art or art history teachers will find this one an outstanding source of examples of art and craft from this complex culture.

tag(s): crafts (41), middle east (30)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to this unit or as review. This site would be a great resource for a classroom studying Islamic culture and history.

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Celebrating Yom Kippur - Council of American Hebrew Congregations

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The Council of American Hebrew Congregations offers a brief explanation of this high holy day at the start of Jewish the new year, along with a description of customary holiday ...more
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The Council of American Hebrew Congregations offers a brief explanation of this high holy day at the start of Jewish the new year, along with a description of customary holiday observances.

tag(s): holidays (147), yom kippur (7)

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Share this information for students to use in comparing religious traditions in different cultures. Create a comparison/contrast "map" to promote cross-cultural understanding using a free online tool such as bubbl.us, reviewed here. Student groups can make their own maps or work together as a class on interactive whiteboard.

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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah - Council of American Hebrew Congregations

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The Council of American Hebrew Congregations offers a brief explanation of this Jewish high holy day, along with a description of customary holiday observances. ...more
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The Council of American Hebrew Congregations offers a brief explanation of this Jewish high holy day, along with a description of customary holiday observances.

tag(s): holidays (147)

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Include this site as a resource as you study religious traditions and celebrations of different cultures. Have students create a holidays and celebrations wiki, with different groups explaining events in different cultures. Or try writing children's books to promote cross-cultural understanding. Make the books interactive using an online tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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GeographyIQ

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7 to 12
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This is an elegantly designed geography site offering vital statistics and more for many, many countries. It's a "just the facts" approach, but there are lots of them. The site ...more
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This is an elegantly designed geography site offering vital statistics and more for many, many countries. It's a "just the facts" approach, but there are lots of them. The site includes a novel currency converter feature.

tag(s): demographics (19), maps (287), population (60)

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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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King Tut One

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This privately published site offers an interesting introduction to the Ancient Egyptians. The text portions are far better than the visuals, but there are a number of features that...more
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This privately published site offers an interesting introduction to the Ancient Egyptians. The text portions are far better than the visuals, but there are a number of features that illustrate and describe the various features of the various Egyptian tombs and pyramids. The content should readily adapt to uses from elementary through high school.

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

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Use the kids site as a review for students towards the end of a unit on Ancient Egypt. Within the section are puzzles that could easily be printed OR completed on classroom computers if you have enough. Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard before allowing students to use it individually or with a partner.
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Galileo's Battle for the Heavens - PBS/Nova

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This site from the PBS Nova series chronicles Galileo's life, experiments, and scientific accomplishments. Users will find a detailed time line, articles about Galileo's accomplishments,...more
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This site from the PBS Nova series chronicles Galileo's life, experiments, and scientific accomplishments. Users will find a detailed time line, articles about Galileo's accomplishments, and a nice series of interactive "experiments" illustrating his fundamental discoveries. Great site for the study of astronomy, inventors, or the Renaissance.

tag(s): galileo (7), gravity (46), moon (72), renaissance (34), solar system (119)

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A teachers' guide is in the works, but was unavailable at the time of this review.
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Aneki.com- Country Information, Regional and World Rankings

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This Canadian site offers quick, easy access to vital statistics and rankings for 10 regions and more than 190 countries. This is a handy compilation of stats ranging from the ...more
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This Canadian site offers quick, easy access to vital statistics and rankings for 10 regions and more than 190 countries. This is a handy compilation of stats ranging from the typical like population and life expectancy to the less common such as nuclear arms, and HIV prevalence.

tag(s): atlas (6), countries (76)

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This quickly addicting site would be great in a Math classroom studying statistics OR in a World History class doing the same. Students can focus one one angle of a ratings list, or can look at a specific country and see how they rank across the spectrum. This could be used in a Government or World History classroom.

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The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela - PBS Frontline

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A detailed look at Mandela's life and the revolution he helped lead. The site contains interviews, film clips, and a "viewers' and teachers' guide." The site is a well-organized companion...more
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A detailed look at Mandela's life and the revolution he helped lead. The site contains interviews, film clips, and a "viewers' and teachers' guide." The site is a well-organized companion to the PBS Frontline documentary of the same name.

tag(s): africa (180), racism (18), south africa (10)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered for ideas on how to integrate this site into your classroom! This would be a great resource for almost any Social Studies teacher.
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Adventure Learning Foundation

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This searchable site provides resources for teaching geography and culture. Currently, the page's "expeditions" are limited to Baja California, American Southwest, Southern Africa,...more
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This searchable site provides resources for teaching geography and culture. Currently, the page's "expeditions" are limited to Baja California, American Southwest, Southern Africa, Oaxaca Mexico, and Peru.

tag(s): africa (180), mexico (34), peru (6)

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There are lesson plans and links for each expedition.

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Who2

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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links -...more
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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links - many surprisingly good, to more detailed information on the personalities listed. Students could use this one as a starting point for wider web research on a particular personality.

tag(s): biographies (87)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on research projects about a famous historical character. Though the bios are brief, they offer some solid information that could help students in the beginning phases of their research.

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Berlin Wall - The Newseum

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The Berlin Wall and the Press is a short video (just over 14 minutes) that presents life on both sides of the Berlin Wall including escapes and protests. Find three ...more
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The Berlin Wall and the Press is a short video (just over 14 minutes) that presents life on both sides of the Berlin Wall including escapes and protests. Find three activities (downloadable in PDF format) to prepare students to analyze the impact of the Berlin Wall. The video is a fascinating presentation with primary sources about the origins of the wall from both western and Soviet perspectives. There are also nine Optional Extension Activities; these cover everything from graffiti art on the wall, to writing personal journals as one of the residents of East Berlin, to researching the unification of Berlin after the wall came down, and even more. Two of the activities help increase student awareness of political unrest in other parts of the world (China's Tiananmen Square Nov. 1989; Tehran, Iran June 2009; Tunis, Tunisia Jan. 2011; and Cairo, Egypt Jan. 2011), asking students to research challenges and criticisms of the press while trying to report on them.

tag(s): china (66), cold war (29), egypt (67), german (64), germany (28), iran (12), politics (99)

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Teachers should plan on spending ample time previewing the site before using it in class. Initially view the video as a class and have a discussion. You might want to use a backchannel tool like TodaysMeet, reviewed here, for the discussion. The advantage of a backchannel chat is that every student has a voice, no matter how shy. Have small groups choose which of the extension activities they would like to investigate. Allow students to create a final project other than an essay to share their findings and present to the class. Suggest something like an online poster using Checkthis, reviewed here, or a simple infographic using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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Best of History Web Sites

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9 to 12
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Maybe there really can be "too much of a good thing." This site is an immense catalog of resources (ie. other websites, lessons plans, content) for social studies teachers. Due ...more
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Maybe there really can be "too much of a good thing." This site is an immense catalog of resources (ie. other websites, lessons plans, content) for social studies teachers. Due to the sheer volume of material, it would be wise for teachers to have a clear idea of what they are looking for before opening up the site. Casual "grazing" here might easily lead to a becoming lost on the web.

tag(s): europe (75)

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Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop and use it as a reference for virtually everything! It's amazing how many resources they have managed to find - incredibly more helpful than a Google search would have been.

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NPR Middle East Transcripts - National Public Radio

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National Public Radio offers this index to transcripts and audio files of its recent reporting on the Middle East. Users can read or listen to each report. There are also ...more
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National Public Radio offers this index to transcripts and audio files of its recent reporting on the Middle East. Users can read or listen to each report. There are also additional links to middle east resources from NPR and other sources. Great site for "beyond the headlines" information.

tag(s): israel (17), palestine (7)

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The entire NPR news feed is also available at this site.

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Muslims - PBS

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7 to 12
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From the PBS Frontline program by the same name, this teachers' guide expands significantly on the content of the film itself. There are lots of discussion ideas, an Islam timeline,...more
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From the PBS Frontline program by the same name, this teachers' guide expands significantly on the content of the film itself. There are lots of discussion ideas, an Islam timeline, background information on Muslim customs in several different countries, and nice summations of the major tenets and observations of the faith.

tag(s): religions (61)

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This content could be useful in social studies or world cultures classes, whether you use the film or not.

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The Middle East Media Research Institute

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9 to 12
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The Middle East Media Research Institute has assembled a fascinating collection of translated opinion and articles related to the middle east. Since much of what the Arab world is saying...more
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The Middle East Media Research Institute has assembled a fascinating collection of translated opinion and articles related to the middle east. Since much of what the Arab world is saying never makes it into English translation, this site could offer an interesting glimpse of opinions in the Arab world. Students will be interested in the range of opinions offered.

tag(s): arab (18), israel (17), palestine (7)

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Use the MEMRI translations as a resource for a current events themed assignment. Using this site and a US news organization such as the New York Times or Washington Post, have students find articles of similar subjects and compare the coverage between that of a Middle Eastern Country and American media sources. Have students note items such as bias, focus, information used as well as differences in coverage. Students can do this as a long term research project or as a quick in class activity with a Venn diagram. If completing it in class, use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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