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Discover Peru

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6 to 12
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Here's a guide to Peru created by a pair of students. There are links on Peruvian history, climate, and lots more. While not fully authoritative, this content seems well suited ...more
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Here's a guide to Peru created by a pair of students. There are links on Peruvian history, climate, and lots more. While not fully authoritative, this content seems well suited to a student-to-student application.

tag(s): peru (6)

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This would be a great resource for a beginning Spanish or World History class. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce to students one of the many countries that predominantly speaks spanish, or plays a role in World History. This would be a great resource for students working on presentations or research projects.

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Staying Alive

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Here's the personal side of AIDS, told from an international perspective in an MTV-style presentation that should hold the attention of teens and other students. Combining facts with...more
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Here's the personal side of AIDS, told from an international perspective in an MTV-style presentation that should hold the attention of teens and other students. Combining facts with personalities, the site offers facts, opportunities for action, and examples of other teens' experiences. Share this one with your students; it's available in several languages.

tag(s): diseases (66), hiv/aids (18)

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Extend the experience of this site by having your students write a blog post from the point of view of a young person with HIV/AIDS, perhaps in another culture.
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Al-Bab.com

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6 to 12
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We have great difficulty finding understandable, unbiased sites about the Arab world. This one, created by an independent British scholar, does a credible job of making a very different...more
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We have great difficulty finding understandable, unbiased sites about the Arab world. This one, created by an independent British scholar, does a credible job of making a very different culture accessible and understandable to Western readers. There is a wealth of resources, including news summaries and extensive cultural information.

tag(s): arab (18), egypt (67), iran (12), iraq (32), jordan (5), palestine (7)

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Teachers may find this site most useful as a backgrounder for their own use, though there is much here that, with proper guidance, would be useful for students.

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Global Connections - The Middle East - PBS

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6 to 12
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Here's a really first-rate treatment of the Middle East, its three primary religious subtexts, and the relationship of these to issues like global economics, literature, and history....more
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Here's a really first-rate treatment of the Middle East, its three primary religious subtexts, and the relationship of these to issues like global economics, literature, and history. Users will find a wealth of time-lines, as well as a series of "connecting questions" about issues like the role of women, nation-states, and the impact of stereotypes on international perceptions about this region. Lots of "extended thinking" opportunities here.

tag(s): arab (18), israel (17), middle east (30)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities available on this site! Because of the international focus, this would be great in a world history course OR a US government class.
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Battle of Midway - National Park Service

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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" outlines the background for the outbreak of the war with Japan and uses maps and historical photos...more
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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" outlines the background for the outbreak of the war with Japan and uses maps and historical photos to teach about the battle of Midway and the island's strategic importance in World War II. This site could be a nice add-on to a study of World War II, Japan, or the geography of the Pacific region.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Teachers will appreciate the inclusion of printable versions of the maps.

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BBC Country Profiles - BBC

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Here's the BBC's collection of profiles on dozens of countries. Written with a decidedly Euro-centric focus, American teachers will find this collection an interesting resource for...more
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Here's the BBC's collection of profiles on dozens of countries. Written with a decidedly Euro-centric focus, American teachers will find this collection an interesting resource for comparing perspectives on international relations. Well worth a visit for its depth of information.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), countries (77), europe (75), north america (19)

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Use the country profiles as activators or introductory activities to a lesson on a specific current event. Before students are able to understand happenings of today, it can be beneficial to provide them with a greater context, as seen here. To create a multimedia presentation with the information, have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here)) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Elie Weisel - First Person Singular - PBS

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This web site from the PBS program by the same name offers a biography of the author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as a teaching guide linked to ...more
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This web site from the PBS program by the same name offers a biography of the author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as a teaching guide linked to the program itself. History, social studies, or English teachers may find this content useful in a unit on the holocaust or in a discussion of World War II.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), world war 2 (142)

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This site is a very moving resource for covering WWII and the Jewish Holocaust. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in the teaching guide on this site. US and World history teachers will appreciate this one.

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Egypt - Secrets of an Ancient World - National Geographic

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National Geographic's Egypt site offers a pyramid time line, an explanation of how and why pyramids developed, and a general introduction to ancient Egyptian civilization. There's a...more
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National Geographic's Egypt site offers a pyramid time line, an explanation of how and why pyramids developed, and a general introduction to ancient Egyptian civilization. There's a wealth of material here, so some previewing would be in order, especially when working with younger students.

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

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The site also includes a small collection of lesson plans.
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Panda Central - San Diego Zoo

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The San Diego Zoo's panda pages offer a plethora of photos and other information about China's most reclusive citizens. Besides being undeniably cute, pandas make a great preservation...more
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The San Diego Zoo's panda pages offer a plethora of photos and other information about China's most reclusive citizens. Besides being undeniably cute, pandas make a great preservation study with some interesting international overtones. It now includes a live webcam stream of the pandas 24 hours a day

tag(s): animals (276), china (66), endangered species (38), species (29)

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Both elementary and secondary teachers will find this one useful.

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

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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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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 (40), 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 (288), 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 (45), 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 (77)

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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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6 to 12
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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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