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Digital Public Library of America - Digital Public Library of America

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5 to 12
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The Digital Public Library of America is a central portal pulling together the collections of US libraries, archives and museums. These individual collections are available in a single...more
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The Digital Public Library of America is a central portal pulling together the collections of US libraries, archives and museums. These individual collections are available in a single large database. The DPLA does not actually have any collection of its own; rather it provides direct links to individual artifacts that reside in other collections across the US. Artifacts include text, images, video clips, and more. You can search the DPLA using a timeline, using a map, or using a more traditional search box. The timeline feature makes accessing topics such as "civil rights" by decade very helpful. Creating a free account allows you to save searches. The DPLA also "collects" groups of artifacts into exhibitions.

tag(s): 1910s (9), 1920s (16), 1930s (15), 1940s (13), 1950s (12), 1960s (30), 1970s (12), 1980s (9), 20th century (51), data (148), museums (49), primary sources (86)

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Adding the DPLA to your classroom bookmarks or introducing students to this resource will put a wealth of information into students' hands, aggregated into one place. Consider this a museum/archive/library specific search engine. Because each search links to an artifact or document which may actually be the property of any of dozens of different entities, students will need to understand that copyright and the ability to download material may vary depending upon where the original item "lives." Be sure to demonstrate how to FIND the rights information. Challenge students to explore basics on an artist, an author, or a social studies topic such as "civil rights" or "Martin Luther King" to see an overview in many media using the timeline display. Be sure to test the searches in advance to know which terms yield reasonable results.

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A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome - Ray Laurence

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6 to 12
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What was life like for a teenager in ancient Rome? Watch the clever portrayal of the life of Lucius Popidius Secundus, a seventeen-year-old living in Rome in 73 AD. Packed ...more
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What was life like for a teenager in ancient Rome? Watch the clever portrayal of the life of Lucius Popidius Secundus, a seventeen-year-old living in Rome in 73 AD. Packed full of information about life in ancient Rome, it is hard to believe this video is just short of seven minutes long. Along with the video is a feature called Dig Deeper where you will find explanations and links to more detailed information about ancient Rome. The video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27), video (254)

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This video is short and interesting enough to have students watch it on their own either at a classroom learning station or -- if you're into flipping your classroom -- at home. On their own or with a partner, have students answer the 5 multiple choice questions and 3 open answer questions by clicking on the button labeled "Think." Then you might consider having groups of four read the additional information inside Dig Deeper. Assign small groups to investigate the links that go with the information and report out to the class the new knowledge they discover. For a mini project like this consider using a program like Spicynodes, reviewed here. Another project suggestion would be to have small groups of students investigate the ancient Roman life of different social classes and ages. You could have them produce a video like the one produced here by using a program such as xtra normal, reviewed here, or Stupeflix reviewed here. Latin teachers will also find this video fitting for the cultural portions of their curriculum.
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What So Proudly We Hail: Making American Citizens Through Literature - Amy and Leon Kass

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Be inspired to love American History! Development citizenship and awareness by using this ten-part curriculum of short stories, speeches, and songs. The curriculum consists of three...more
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Be inspired to love American History! Development citizenship and awareness by using this ten-part curriculum of short stories, speeches, and songs. The curriculum consists of three categories. The Meaning of America explores the American character and identity through the "close reading" of classical short stories such as "To Build a Fire" and "Man Without a Country." The American Calendar examines the purpose of the American holiday, proposing the celebrations help to unite us and attach us to our country. Songs for Free Men and Women scrutinizes national songs for meaning and how they emotionally attach us to our nation. All of this curriculum is inquiry based. It also offers suggested discussion questions, study guides, author biographies, and video discussions to model how higher-level-thinking conversations about each text should sound. What So Proudly We Hail uses primary texts, has rigor, is inquiry based, and has many essay topics and writing prompts aligned to the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. A few of the blog entries include helpful information about the Common Core standards.
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tag(s): democracy (12), guided reading (47), holidays (147), literacy (103), literature (275)

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This comprehensive program can be a bit overwhelming at first look. You might want to pick just one, high interest short story lesson, perhaps Jack London's "To Build a Fire." This lesson and many others lends itself to small group discussion and work. The introduction makes observations and asks questions to encourage active reading and deep discussions that you may want to use as a class. Whether you and your students complete the lesson as a class or in small groups, you may want to use a program like Today's Meet reviewed here to enable all students to have a voice. If using small groups, have students post what the group decided are the answers on Today's Meet so everyone can see all answers. Where answers differ, have students go back into the reading and cite evidence to support their answer on Today's Meet for all to see. Teachers of gifted and music can choose selected ideas from this site, as well. A teaching team could make this site the focus of a year-long effort with so much material available. Upper elementary teachers and higher can make holidays and patriotic songs far more meaningful through close reading and class discussions
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Newspaper Map - newspapermap.com

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5 to 12
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Use this colorful map to locate and read newspapers from around the world. Click on map pins to locate newspapers or search using filters such as languages. Use the key ...more
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Use this colorful map to locate and read newspapers from around the world. Click on map pins to locate newspapers or search using filters such as languages. Use the key to locate newspapers in each language. Yellow pins indicate English language newspapers, Spanish pink, etc. Don't worry if newspapers are not in a language you need. Choose the links provided to translate into one of many options. When ready, click on a pin to go to the newspaper's home website.

tag(s): arabic (20), cross cultural understanding (115), french (88), german (64), japanese (42), media literacy (58), newspapers (94), portuguese (18), russian (26), spanish (108)

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Newspaper Map is a great resource for locating news and culture from around the world. Share with your students to show them different perspectives on world events. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast coverage between two newspapers. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here after reading and comparing many different articles. Explore this site during Newspaper in Education week or as part of a unit on the basics of journalistic writing. World language teachers can use newspapers to teach about both language and culture. Have world cultures or social studies students learn about local culture through advertisements and articles and share their findings using a screencast (or screenshots) of the newspaper and talking about their discoveries. A free tool like Screenr, reviewed here, works well for screencasts.

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ESL Discussions - Sean Banville

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7 to 12
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ESL Discussions is a resource of over 600 discussion questions. They could be used in ESL/ELL lessons, speaking practice, debate clubs, and as needed for any speaking activities. Categorized...more
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ESL Discussions is a resource of over 600 discussion questions. They could be used in ESL/ELL lessons, speaking practice, debate clubs, and as needed for any speaking activities. Categorized alphabetically, topics include everyday themes such as donuts as well as more controversial topics such as marijuana. Teachers working with K-12 students will want to select the questions rather than sending students to the site since there are also some very sensitive topics. Choose a topic to view two sets of questions to spark conversations: one for student A and another for student B. Choose the link to print questions in either Word or PDF. Although this site has a lot of advertisements, there are some very interesting topics to discuss/share.
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tag(s): debate (41), speaking (24)

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Bookmark this site to use anytime you want to develop and promote discussion skills in your classroom. After students have completed their discussion questions, have them present their findings to the class then create a quick poll (with no membership required) using kwiqpoll (reviewed here). Share with ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers as a resource for promoting discussion and speaking skills with their students. Use this site for teacher-selected topics in debate club, speech class, and more. Some of the topics could even make good blog prompts.
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CurrClick - Staley Krause

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1 to 12
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Browse over 30,000 free ebook (pdf format) titles and games available for immediate download at CurrClick! Scroll through the book list or choose from specific publishers to search...more
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Browse over 30,000 free ebook (pdf format) titles and games available for immediate download at CurrClick! Scroll through the book list or choose from specific publishers to search for titles. Topics range from basic phonics readers to the Declaration of Independence to many others! Some of the topics are religious based (mostly Christian). If you are in a public school, you may want to avoid those topics. Narrow your search by choosing the link to free ebooks. Enter your search term to find available titles. Appropriate ages for each book are provided as you scroll through. Add desired books to your cart. Create an account using your email and password and then check out. After check out, titles are available for immediate download in PDF format.
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tag(s): ebooks (42)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year for materials to use with any unit. Check back often, as new titles may be added! Display documents on your projector or interactive whiteboard to teach almost any language arts skills: highlighting parts of speech, subject/predicate, etc. Teacher notetaking or working with informational texts using these free texts. Be sure to use the FREE search to avoid paid texts. This would be a good site to share with students on your class website, blog, or wiki.
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Collection: Museum of the American Revolution

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6 to 12
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The Collection Page from the American Revolution Center website includes images and descriptions of their large collection of objects, artwork, and manuscripts. Another highlight...more
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The Collection Page from the American Revolution Center website includes images and descriptions of their large collection of objects, artwork, and manuscripts. Another highlight of the site is the Interactive Timeline. Slide the bar at the bottom of the screen to choose a date then click on any image to view it in high quality along with a description of the item and how it was used. Some items also include a video. Search the LEARN portion of the site for lesson plans.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14), declaration of independence (13), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), great britain (16), lincoln (86), war of 1812 (14), washington (36)

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Allow students to explore the site and timeline. Challenge them to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of locations and events shared on the website. They could also create a Mapskip about your own town's history (with audio stories and pictures included)! Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an American Revolution event or famous figure.
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If It Were My Home - Andy Lintner

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3 to 12
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If it Were My Home compares living conditions of one country to those of another. Allow the site to use your location when accessing the home page. This allows a ...more
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If it Were My Home compares living conditions of one country to those of another. Allow the site to use your location when accessing the home page. This allows a comparison from your location to others places around the globe. Select a region on the globe to compare. Choose from countries included in that region. View a map comparison. See statistics and comparisons such as oil consumption, economic statistics, and birth rates. Expand comparisons by clicking on the arrow. Scroll down the page to view more information and suggested reading materials about your chosen country. Share comparisons using social media buttons located below the map or email using the link provided.
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tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), australia (35), canada (30), cross cultural understanding (115), diseases (66), europe (75), globe (14), hiv/aids (18), south america (39), statistics (122)

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Ask each student to choose a country to compare to their country of origin. Have students pair up with a partner and compare their chosen countries to the country of origin. Tie in a creative writing project, and have students imagine that they are moving from their country of origin to their chosen country. Students can use the information and comparison as inspiration for their fictional story about what life would be like in their new home. Use the statistical data in If it Were My Home for some real world mathematical comparison between countries. Create infographics to compare the two countries using a tool such as Venngage, reviewed here.

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360Cities - 360 Cities s.r.o.

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K to 12
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning...more
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning in circles with excitement. The pictures are out of this world! View 360 degree panoramic pictures from Mars or under the sea. Travel to snowy mountain tops and many more of the Internet's largest collection of uploaded panoramic images. 360Cities panoramic aerial shots are also available as well as navigable views of cities, natural landscapes, and more. The most popular panoramic pictures are listed for your convenience. This website has panoramic views of all Seven Wonders of the World, which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Are you looking for a site to showcase your own panoramic shots or do you want to learn how to take panoramic shots? 360Cities "how to" section offers tools to create and upload your own panoramic pictures. View the existing pictures for free or use an email address to create a free account to upload your own panoramic pictures. Paid upgrades are available. 360Cities also has an app for iOS devices. View the 360Cities blog linked on the site for more information.
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tag(s): images (266), landforms (45), landmarks (26), virtual field trips (48)

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The 360Cities panoramic pictures provide a vivid visual experience to enhance any lesson. Students can search and view the panoramic setting of a reading passage or novel. Need to paint a picture for students about a historical topic? View the image on 360Cities. Activate schema with these vivid images. Bring Science to life as you explore the many natural wonders of our world and even space. Explore these exciting worlds through the panoramic pictures. Visit businesses and famous landmarks around the world for a free virtual tour. Looking for creative writing prompts? Use the images for poems or story starters. Teaching geometry? Have students locate geometric figures in the pictures. Provide students an image and challenge them to create a virtual tour as they explore the image. Use web 2.0 tools or the students' artistic talents to create travel brochures for the panoramic pictures. Record the tours as a screencast or present orally. Use the "how-to" section to have your students create their own panoramic pictures. Take a panoramic shot of your classroom to post on your website or blog. Use DSLR cameras or cell phones to create your panoramic pictures.

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Szoter - szoter.com

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K to 12
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version ...more
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version that runs on your desktop. Launch then choose from options to annotate such as load local image, capture camera image, make screenshot, or load image url. After your image loads, choose from editing options such as scaling image, drawing tools such as lines, arrows, and circles, and add text. When finished, save to your computer or publish and share to Twitter, Facebook, or copy the url provided.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), images (266)

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Capture a screenshot of websites or software and annotate with directions for student use. Have students label and identify objects in an image. Label parts of a plant, continents, landforms, etc. Practice new words in a different language by asking students to label and identify objects in that language. Create a storyboard using several annotated images as a story starter. Art students can annotate images to point out design elements or annotate images of their own work to talk about the creative decisions they made. Share annotated Szoter images on your class website or blog to tell about a field trip or class event.

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America in Class - The National Humanities Center

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5 to 12
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Discover American History lessons correlated to Common Core reading and social studies literacy standards, especially those that require close reading and evidence. The goal of these...more
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Discover American History lessons correlated to Common Core reading and social studies literacy standards, especially those that require close reading and evidence. The goal of these lessons is to use primary resources, background information, and the analytical strategies suggested to meet the Common Core standards. In addition to these outstanding American History lessons, also find free online seminars and secondary sources. The secondary sources, under TeacherServe, include essays on topics in American literature and history.

tag(s): abolition (7), american revolution (86), civil war (145), colonial america (107), colonization (16), democracy (12), native americans (78), primary sources (86), slavery (72), women (101)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to help your class learn the background information and read the material through once. Work through the lesson together; then consider assigning groups of four students to go through the readings again, discovering the answers to the essential questions. Have students post the group's answers on a back channel chat program such as Today's Meet reviewed here so all groups can see all answers. Where answers differ, have students go back into the reading and cite evidence to support their answer on Today's Meet for all to see.

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Slave Stories - International Slavery Museum, Liverpool England

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7 to 12
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Follow the stories of four African slaves as they were taken on board a transatlantic slave ship in 1780. Begin as you meet your guides from four different tribes. Choose ...more
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Follow the stories of four African slaves as they were taken on board a transatlantic slave ship in 1780. Begin as you meet your guides from four different tribes. Choose a story teller to begin. Each guide begins to tell the story of their family life and cultural information. Click on underlined terms to view more information or find the definition to a vocabulary word.

tag(s): africa (180), black history (59), cross cultural understanding (115), slavery (72)

In the Classroom

View this site together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. It would be an interesting counterpoint if your class is reading Paula Fox's The Slave Dancer, even though the time frame is not identical. Allow students to explore on their own. Challenge cooperative groups to read a specific "journey." What was the biggest surprise in the story? What did they already know about slavery? Have groups use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of slavery voyages. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.

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Term.ly - Agile Tortoise, Inc.

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5 to 12
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Search this online dictionary to find definition, part of speech, and ranked lists of words. Search alphabetically or use the search box. The ranking shows words that are specific synonyms....more
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Search this online dictionary to find definition, part of speech, and ranked lists of words. Search alphabetically or use the search box. The ranking shows words that are specific synonyms. It also includes antonyms when available. For adjectives, offerings include words that are similar as well as the definition and synonyms. With a free sign-up, you can keep lists of favorite words. A "bookmarklet" available on the site allows you to select text on any website and click it to look it up using Term.ly for definitions and other assistance. Definitions can also be shared on social network sites with an easy click. This is a comprehensive, adult level dictionary and contains adult level words, some inappropriate for classroom usage. Supervise accordingly.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), famous people (19), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Use this site when learning science and social studies vocabulary words (or famous people). Add the bookmarklet for students to use with complex informational texts. Use this site for research projects and to explore the "root" of a word. Remember to use caution and supervision when referring students to any adult level dictionary. This is a site that you may want to use as a classroom activity (on your interactive whiteboard or projector). If you choose to allow students to register independently (or list this link on your website). be sure to check school policy about student registrations. The favorite word list feature could be quite handy for students to "collect" their own vocabulary words

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Civil War 150 - History.com

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6 to 12
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 ...more
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 Civil War Topics," "Weapons of War," and many others. You will find a clickable infographics with facts and information about the Civil War. View several video clips, including Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech, Confederate Bomb Plot, Gettysburg Battle Strategy, and more. Find out what the experts think were the most important events, battles, and cultural components of the Civil War. View the most popular topics to find additional information on people, places, and events.
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tag(s): battles (16), civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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Mark this site as a Favorite for use during your Civil War unit. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Show students how to use information from infographics and cite correctly using the "cite this" button located with each infographic. This site is perfect for student exploration. Challenge them to come up with their own top 5 lists to compare to the experts' choices. Another idea: have students create a simple infographic sharing pertinent information about the Civil War using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Hungry History - The History Channel

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3 to 12
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such ...more
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such as spices and basic staples. Articles are listed by most recently added. You can also search by Top Categories. Many articles also include a video.
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tag(s): cooking (34), cross cultural understanding (115), holidays (147), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Be sure to include this resource in a unit discussing foods. Students can research and report on a various types of food. Compare the nutritional strengths and weaknesses of different cultures. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Discuss how various grains are a major underpinning of most holiday celebrations. As you view each of these resources, be sure to note the various grains that are often used. Report on different cultures and celebrations around the world. Students can even create many of these dishes to share with classmates and gain understandings of various cultures. How does the food reflect the natural resources of a region? How does it relate to the culture's religion? World language students can trace historical foods of the culture they are studying and even share them at a world language fair.
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Freebook Sifter - FreebookSifter

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K to 12
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business &...more
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Children's eBooks, Fantasy, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Politics & Current Events, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Teens, Travel, and many others. At the time of this review, there were over 69,000 free eBooks listed on the site.

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This site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.

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A Europe of Tales - europeoftales.net

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3 to 10
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A Europe of Tales offers visual and auditory experiences of the myths and legends in Europe, easy for younger student to understand. The Flash animations do include written text,...more
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A Europe of Tales offers visual and auditory experiences of the myths and legends in Europe, easy for younger student to understand. The Flash animations do include written text, so reading is required. There is music and sound effects along with the text and images. Choose from 8 languages to begin. Click on one of the five countries to start exploring: Iceland, Italy, Brittany, Finland, or Scotland. Within each country find options for stories to view. Click on links within these stories to view actual images, additional facts, maps, and tasks (teaching suggestions). As is typical of many original (not "Disneyfied") folk tales, some subject matter is a little dark and relates to death. Preview for appropriateness in your classroom.

tag(s): europe (75), folktales (65), myths and legends (25), narrative (24)

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Choose myths and legends to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site is perfect for when you are studying European countries or when teaching a unit on myths and legends. Students could explore in small groups to discover similarities to more familiar folktales. Another idea: use this site in your world language class. Explore the site in the language you are teaching. The site is offered in French, Italian, and several other languages. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of different folk tales and story patterns.
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Mapping History - University of Oregon

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7 to 12
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Discover interactive and animated representations of historic events and time periods. Choose from American, European, Latin American, or African history. Within each of these choices...more
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Discover interactive and animated representations of historic events and time periods. Choose from American, European, Latin American, or African history. Within each of these choices is a list of modules. Each module provides information and interactive content such as timelines or maps that guide you through the specified time frame. The slider at the bottom of the map allows you to move in time.

tag(s): 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), africa (180), alaska (25), american revolution (86), central america (13), civil war (145), cold war (29), colonial america (107), colonization (16), explorers (61), great depression (24), greece (26), greeks (30), hawaii (7), industrialization (15), italy (17), maps (287), native americans (78), romans (35), slavery (72), south america (39), spain (9), war of 1812 (14), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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View modules together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide links to selected modules on your class webpage or blog. Use as one source for students to create their own maps. Using a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of any specific time period or event. With Mapskip students can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Go Social Studies Go! - Kenneth Udhe

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6 to 12
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography,...more
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography, and World Religions. Learn about nine different world religions. There are over ten different regions to explore (Middle East, Caribbean, Russia, China, and more). Topics of US History include slavery in America, political parties, various presidents, inventors, Jamestown, and more. There are also world history topics: Marco Polo, Ancient China, African Empires, Life in Nazi Germany, and many others. Choose any section to find booklets containing images, videos, text, and links to additional resources. Click on links within each section to view content. This site was written by a teacher for his students. The text and content maintain student interest and enjoyment using student-friendly language.
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tag(s): australia (35), china (66), civil war (145), continents (49), england (57), explorers (61), france (40), germany (28), italy (17), japan (61), martin luther king (37), native americans (78), north america (19), religions (61), renaissance (34), romans (35), rome (27), russia (38), south america (39), spain (9), washington (36), world war 1 (54)

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Bookmark this site for use in middle and high school Social Studies classes. Select content to view as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce the site to students and let them explore specific sections on their own. Share a link to the portion of the site desired through your class website or blog. Have students or student groups create online posters using Check This (reviewed here). This site is also a useful reference for students to "look up" a major historic event to better understand historical fiction or even movies. Make it available as a general reference link on your class web page.
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Awesome Stories - AwesomeStories

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4 to 12
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies...more
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created websites. The site includes documents, videos, audio clips and narrations. Topics range from the Women's Movement to Emperor Penguins to Abraham Lincoln to the Easter Story (through medieval/renaissance art) and much more. Search by biography, disaster, trials, flicks, history, philosophy, sports, or the arts. You can also search by lesson plans, narrations, slide shows, videos, images, audio clips, documentaries, and more! You can also take advantage of the Visual Vocabulary to learn vocabulary related to many of the stories and video clips available at this site.

tag(s): art history (70), artists (75), biographies (87), black history (59), civil rights (117), civil war (145), cross cultural understanding (115), disasters (39), earthquakes (48), easter (21), inventors and inventions (101), korea (15), lincoln (86), mars (41), movies (65), natural disasters (20), presidents (131), primary sources (86), resources (112), south africa (10), vocabulary (324), weather (188), womens suffrage (26)

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Use this rich site to support your social studies, history, science, language arts classroom and many others! There is a lot here to explore and many diverse topics. Use the Visual Vocabulary Builder to introduce your students to new vocabulary in a different way. Middle and high schoolers could use the movies to teach about character development and themes. The site includes several lesson plans that help you teach with current movies. Have your students use the site to find historical images to use in presentations. (Be sure to check the licensing on any image you use and cite it properly.) Project the video clips using an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce students to a unit of study. Challenge small groups of students to explore one of the topics presented at this site and share their "story" with the rest of the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Many texts on this site are also useful examples of informational texts for practice of Common Core standards.
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