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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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Sweet Science of Chocolate - Exploratorium

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4 to 8
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This truly engaging site will whet your students' appetites for learning. The history and origin of chocolate (from its start in the Amazon rainforests to its invasion of Europe) is...more
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This truly engaging site will whet your students' appetites for learning. The history and origin of chocolate (from its start in the Amazon rainforests to its invasion of Europe) is presented through photographs, images, and an easy to understand text. Possible health effects, both positive and negative, are discussed, and the process of "tempering" is explored with a step by step experiment that can be reproduced in the classroom. A virtual tour takes visitors inside the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory in San Francisco for an up-close look at the chocolate making process. Created by the Exploratorium. (Requires RealVideo)

tag(s): chocolate (7)

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The article entitled "Chocolate invades Europe" is a great way to show how one good can affect the entire economy of a continent. Share the article on the interactive whiteboard or projector to allow students to read together in class. As a class create a Venn Diagram discussing what they know about chocolate now to another product such as sugar, tobacco, or even slaves if your class is mature enough to look at the economics of the issue. This is a great find for US and World history teachers.

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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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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.

tag(s): resources (112)

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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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Godchecker

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This is a site about mythology and the gods of dozens of different cultures. While its irreverent tone and layout may be attractive to some elementary and middle school students, ...more
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This is a site about mythology and the gods of dozens of different cultures. While its irreverent tone and layout may be attractive to some elementary and middle school students, the design sometimes gets in the way of the content itself. That said, there are resources here that are tough to find elsewhere. Teachers will want to use this one selectively, and only after some previewing.

tag(s): aztecs (8), greek (41), greeks (30), romans (35)

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Use this site as a reference for students studying ancient religions. Assign students different gods/religions, with the intentions of researching and presenting their results to the class. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. 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 about the God's life. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, 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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Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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

tag(s): africa (180)

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

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

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

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How to Play Dreidel

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

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

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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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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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Earth and Moon Viewers

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

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

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Geography teachers will find lots of possibilities in this one.

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Spell Binder - Channel 4

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

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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

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

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

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

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6 to 12
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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.

tag(s): calendars (44)

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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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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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