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Zamzar - Zamzar

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K to 12
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Need an offline copy of a video? Need to make changes to pdf documents? This online tool allows you to download videos or convert files between different formats, including conversion...more
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Need an offline copy of a video? Need to make changes to pdf documents? This online tool allows you to download videos or convert files between different formats, including conversion of .pdf files to Word documents and Word to .pdfs. You can also convert music, video, and photo files to different formats of your choice. This is a VERY useful tool. Select the file to import or the URL of the video to download, the change to be made, and receive a link to the converted file in the new format via email. Then click to download the file from the link. You have only 24 hours to retrieve the file (RIGHT- click to download or Save Target as)!

The documents are editable after conversion. Images will not be as "editable" as text. The text comes in within a text box, but can be edited. Be aware that many school email spam filters may block the Zamzar emails because they view them as "spam." If emails do not come through or you cannot download from Zamzar's link, request the converted files be sent to a home email address and bring them to school "on a stick."

Be aware: there are MANY advertisements at this site, so this many not be a site that you want students to explore independently. Also, the site mentions having to register. You do not need to register to use most of the features.
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Mark this tool in your favorites for easy access. Teachers should model ethical use of electronic resources (other people's work) for students. Making a "derivative work" from someone else's pdf handout should include a printed credit within the new document, giving credit for the original source, Ex. "Adapted from a handout by xxx available at www.theoriginalhandout.pdf." Such derivative use should only be done when the original copyright permits it, such as using materials that grant permission for classroom use. Be sure to give proper credit for videos and other files you save locally.
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One main problem with the site is that you need to enter the email address and wait for the email to download the file. There is a nice pdf conversion site http://www.pdfaid.com where you can convert and download the file instantly. Disclaimer: I am the owner of the website. pdf, , Grades: 0 - 12

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CLEO: Draw the Buddha's Face - Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online

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4 to 12
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Come along on this drawing adventure with Andy Weber, artist extraordinaire. This site presents a detailed Flash presentation showing students how to draw Buddha's face using a grid....more
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Come along on this drawing adventure with Andy Weber, artist extraordinaire. This site presents a detailed Flash presentation showing students how to draw Buddha's face using a grid. At this site you can print off drawing sheets (Word documents) of a blank grid or a grid with Buddha's face. Other links allow you to watch the artist's technique, learn how to add color, an "About the Buddha's Face" link to learn more about the characteristics of the face, and more! This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): drawing (76)

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Share certain links on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Print off the drawing sheets for students to try on their own. Have students work in cooperative learning groups to research various "themes" about Buddha or Buddhism in general. Have them draw a picture to narrate (and share what they learned) using a site such as UtellStory, reviewed here.
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Cinco de Mayo Words - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Cinco de Mayo. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Cinco de Mayo...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Cinco de Mayo. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Cinco de Mayo vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12)

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Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study Cinco de Mayo. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Make Beliefs Comix - Bill Zimmerman

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2 to 12
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Make comics to prompt writing, assess understanding, or as digital storytelling. Looking for an alternative to a quiz or an assignment of boring vocabulary definitions written on notebook...more
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Make comics to prompt writing, assess understanding, or as digital storytelling. Looking for an alternative to a quiz or an assignment of boring vocabulary definitions written on notebook paper? Trying to find a way to prompt students to write even short passages? Trying to teach simple dialog to ESL/ELL students? Working on appropriate language and interpersonal skills with emotional support students? Looking for a creative way to make clever newsletter additions, bulletin board items, or class rules? Use this great online tool for both students and teachers to create web-based or printed comic strips from a selection of characters and voice bubbles-- and with your OWN text! Our editors made a sample for you to see.

This site also features writing prompts. To find the writing prompts, click to Enter The Site and then scroll to the bottom of the page. The link for Writer Prompts can be found on the bottom right side of the site. The Writer Prompts link will lead you to the creator's blog, with many writing prompts (with new prompts added often). This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), digital storytelling (147), writing (361), writing prompts (92)

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This one is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Demonstrate the tool on the whiteboard or projector and allow the class to create a strip together before you share the link on your teacher web page. Have students create strips as a quiz or other assignment and email the links to you. No more papers to carry around and grade! Build a collection of comics on different curriculum topics to use as anticipatory sets/activators or to spark discussion. Have younger students make comic strip greeting cards for Mother's Day. The possibilities are endless.

The site creators tell us that Makebeliefscomix accepts accent marks and characters from Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin, Portuguese, in addition to English, they hope soon to add Chinese and Japanese.

Use the writing prompts to excite reluctant writers. Visit often, as new prompts are added weekly.
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Mother's Day in the Classroom - The Graphics Cupboard

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K to 5
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This all-inclusive website provides language arts activities, math fun, and numerous crafts. Specific activities include similes, poems, reading comprehension, mazes, math worksheets,...more
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This all-inclusive website provides language arts activities, math fun, and numerous crafts. Specific activities include similes, poems, reading comprehension, mazes, math worksheets, and more. There is also a simple list of literature to use in your classroom to acknowledge this special day. The printable pages require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): mothers day (12), preK (281)

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This site is a good one to search for quick and easy ideas to celebrate Mother's Day. Save this site in your class favorites and use this site as a learning center for partners to explore together.
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Taking the Fifth - Pearson Education

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3 to 6
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This site offers a quick 5-question quiz. Test your students' knowledge Cinco de Mayo with this quiz. Be aware: there are LARGE advertisements at this site (all appropriate, but a ...more
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This site offers a quick 5-question quiz. Test your students' knowledge Cinco de Mayo with this quiz. Be aware: there are LARGE advertisements at this site (all appropriate, but a bit distracting).

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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While studying Cinco de Mayo and/or Mexico, share this quick quiz on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Inauguration Scrapbook - Inauguration Scrapbook.com

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3 to 12
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This site offers a very eclectic sampling of publicly-submitted photographs (slideshow) from the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. Photographs include captions, personal stories,...more
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This site offers a very eclectic sampling of publicly-submitted photographs (slideshow) from the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. Photographs include captions, personal stories, items created to celebrate the event (for example, a skateboard), ice sculptures, and MANY others. If you plan to print any pictures, be sure to check on the permission to re-use.

tag(s): inauguration (11), presidents (130)

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Share this slideshow on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Choose a picture to use as a writing prompt. Share this site around President's Day. Have students find (or create) their own picture or photo of President Obama. Challenge students to narrate the photo using an online tool such as UtellStory, reviewed here.
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President Lincoln's White House on Emancipation Day Visit - The White House Historical Association

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Take your students on this colorful journey to the White House in 1863, the day that Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Tad Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son, is your guide....more
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Take your students on this colorful journey to the White House in 1863, the day that Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Tad Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son, is your guide. Learn about the roles of congressmen, messengers, widows, diplomats, and society women/spies. Choose the proper attire from the 1860s. Learn more about famous Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Tad Lincoln, William Seward, Noah Brooks, Elizabeth Keckley, and several others. Use your arrow keys to explore the grounds and rooms of the White House. Authentic representations of sounds you may have heard in 1863 are sprinkled throughout the pages of this site. What a fabulous addition to President's Day, a unit on slavery, or any unit on the 1860s. This site does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): emancipation proclamation (12), lincoln (86), slavery (72), white house (14)

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Share a brief introduction to this rich website on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner and explore the MANY facets of this unique website. Have groups choose to research the roles of a congressman, messenger, widow, diplomat, or society woman/spy. After they have explored the site, have the groups create a fictitious wiki between the role they explored (congressman, messenger, etc..) and President Obama. What would the president say to these people from the past? What interactions would occur?
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The Teachers' Corner - The Teachers' Corner

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K to 12
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This is a great site to mine for quick lesson plans, ideas on thematic units, or simply daily writing prompts. There are detailed lesson plans available for math, arts and ...more
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This is a great site to mine for quick lesson plans, ideas on thematic units, or simply daily writing prompts. There are detailed lesson plans available for math, arts and crafts, nutrition, health, music, math, reading, physical education, technology, writing, science, and social studies. Visit the Seasonal Items link to find even MORE resources related to Read Across America, 100th Day ideas, Daily seasonal writing prompts, and much more! Many of the links will take you to other sites, but the onsite printable worksheets and calendars make it worth a visit. Note: the site is laden with advertising, something TeachersFirst users may not appreciate! This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): fractions (239), nutrition (153), parts of speech (68), phonics (74), speech (91), themes (12), writing (361)

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Although this site has a TON to explore, one of the best places on this site is the daily writing prompt section (find seasonal prompts at the Seasonal Items link). You can share them on your interactive whiteboard or projector with a picture and fact about the day and a question requiring a written answer. This is a great discussion starter or activating strategy with any grade level and it can already be posted when the kids enter the room or used as a prompt for blogging. Whatever subject area you teach, if you are looking for some new strategies to reach your students, check out this site.
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A Tribute to Mothers.... Mother's Day - TheMothersDay.org.uk

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This website offers a tribute to mothers. Learn about the history of Mother's Day, how to say mother in various languages, jokes, quotes, poetry, gift ideas, recipes, information about...more
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This website offers a tribute to mothers. Learn about the history of Mother's Day, how to say mother in various languages, jokes, quotes, poetry, gift ideas, recipes, information about Mother Teresa, craft ideas, and more.

tag(s): mothers day (12)

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Use this website to provide some education about Mother's Day. Have your students learn how to pronounce "Mother" in other languages. Have your ESL and ELL students share how to say mother in their native languages. Teach about Mother Teresa, learn about the history of the holiday, read the poems, and explore this website together.

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Who Came Up With Mother's Day and Why? - HowStuffWorks

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"How Stuff Works" created this simple explanation of the history of Mother's Day. This is a great reference for teachers to have while preparing for their classroom's Mother's Day activities....more
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"How Stuff Works" created this simple explanation of the history of Mother's Day. This is a great reference for teachers to have while preparing for their classroom's Mother's Day activities. This site highlights the connection of Mother's Day to Greek Mythology, U.S. history, European history, and more. There are some unobtrusive advertisements at this site.

tag(s): greek (41), mothers day (12)

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Share this historical site with your students on a projector or interactive whiteboard. List this link on your class website during Spring. Parents may be surprised to learn how this holiday came to be!

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Holiday Zone: Cinco de Mayo - Julie Vickery- Smith

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This Cinco de Mayo site offers a small but nice collection of recipes, games, activities, language exercises, and crafts to incorporate into a class celebration. At the time...more
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This Cinco de Mayo site offers a small but nice collection of recipes, games, activities, language exercises, and crafts to incorporate into a class celebration. At the time of this review, one of the interactive games was not working. There are also links to more information (several of which are out of date). However, the links that are active, offer lots of detailed information. Be aware: this site does include unobtrusive advertisements.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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Use this site to prepare for your classroom's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the additional sites or a specific topic and create a multimedia presentation: a PowerPoint, video, or blog entry.

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Cinco de Mayo - BellaOnline

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This site offers a booklist all related to Cinco de Mayo. Try out these two books and related hands-on activities that explore the traditions and culture of Mexico. There is...more
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This site offers a booklist all related to Cinco de Mayo. Try out these two books and related hands-on activities that explore the traditions and culture of Mexico. There is also a link to other sites for additional information. MOST of these sites were working, at the time of this review. This site does include some advertisements.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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Read the stories to your class and try some of the activities together!

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Cinco de Mayo - Kiddyhouse.com

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This site offers great detailed information about Cinco de Mayo. Highlights include "When is Cinco de Mayo?," "What is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated About?,"Why is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated...more
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This site offers great detailed information about Cinco de Mayo. Highlights include "When is Cinco de Mayo?," "What is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated About?,"Why is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated on a Much Larger Scale in the United States?," and many other links and printables. Be aware: this site has not been kept up to date and many of the "extra" links are no longer working, however the information is still useful.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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Use this informational site about the history behind the May 5th holiday as the focus of a teacher-made Web hunt. Check out the links at the end of the narrative for printable coloring activities and Word searches.

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Cinco de Mayo - abcteach

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Celebrate with this collection of activities that includes an informational essay with reading comprehension questions, a coloring page, and printable worksheets for poetry and creative...more
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Celebrate with this collection of activities that includes an informational essay with reading comprehension questions, a coloring page, and printable worksheets for poetry and creative writing tasks inspired by the Mexican holiday. Many of the printables require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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Share this informative site with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore this site together. Why not challenge students to create a news broadcast highlighting the holiday. Tape the broadcasts and share them on a site such as Teachers.TV (explained here).
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The China Guide - The Great Wall of China - The China Guide

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The China Guide offers a fantastic panoramic video of the Great Wall of China. Throughout the panoramic video, viewers can choose to enter various areas of the structure and "walk"...more
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The China Guide offers a fantastic panoramic video of the Great Wall of China. Throughout the panoramic video, viewers can choose to enter various areas of the structure and "walk" to other areas and towers along the wall. Snippets of history and other explanations are provided while taking the tour. The site provides a realistic opportunity for students to view the Great Wall of China in a manner other than pictures. Many of the photos appear in pop-up windows, so you need to turn off your pop up blocker for THIS site only. Be aware: this site was created by a travel agency, so you will encounter some advertisements for booking trips. This site does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): china (66)

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This site would be a great introductory lesson into a unit on China. Show the panoramic video on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students to conduct the walk by choosing where the video takes them. Have students explore this site with a partner and then find a photo (legally permitted) of the Great Wall of China. Have students use UtellStory, reviewed here, to narrate the photo that they chose. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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What is Weather - BBC

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As the name suggests...this site is all about weather. The main links include About Weather and Weather and People. There are also links for parents and teachers. The...more
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As the name suggests...this site is all about weather. The main links include About Weather and Weather and People. There are also links for parents and teachers. The teachers' link includes lesson plans (with UK standards), activities, extensions, printables, and more! Use the About Weather link to teach about wind direction, wind force, precipitation, temperature, sunshine, visibility, and clouds. Each topic includes a short interactive. Note that temperatures are given in Celsius! At the Weather and People link, you can teach about the housing, sports, and clothing of various cities throughout the world. The activities link the housing, sports, and clothing to the climate in specific areas. This site is simple to use (for both teachers and students) and makes the complicated "world of the weather" much more simple to understand. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): climate (92), sun (71), temperature (29), weather (189)

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If weather or climate is the topic - this site is a must-see! Start your journey at the Teachers' link to learn more about the activities and gain some new ideas for your own classroom. Correlate your social studies (geography and culture) with your science (weather) lessons. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students work in pairs to explore this site. Have cooperative learning groups create PowerPoint presentations about the weather in their town (or a researched location).
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Race Bridges for Schools - Race Bridges for Schools

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This is a teacher and professional resource containing lesson plans and links for promoting diversity and addressing racial divides. This site contains excellent lesson plans on diversity,...more
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This is a teacher and professional resource containing lesson plans and links for promoting diversity and addressing racial divides. This site contains excellent lesson plans on diversity, discrimination, multiculturalism, and tolerance. Each plan focuses on a person or event of a specific racial group, or a problem common to all multicultural groups. The plans do not specify a grade level, though many could be adapted for use from middle elementary level to high school. From Japanese internment to celebrating Thanksgiving in an American school, the plans and activities are excellent, varied, and fresh. The lesson plans are VERY detailed and provide objectives, but no correlation to standards. Many of the individual stories are available in MP3 format. You can listen to the stories using Windows Media Player or on any MP3 player, as well. Some of the lesson plans require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): black history (59), diversity (36), native americans (78), racism (18)

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Use the lesson plans that are relevant to your class as you study different cultures, history, racial tensions in the U.S. , or even character education. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. With older students, have cooperative learning groups explore different lessons. Have the groups create a multi-media presentation sharing their discoveries. Have the groups create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon . You could also use this site as the core of a contemporary topics debate series.
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Nova Roma: On Roman Numberals - Nova Roma

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Use the "On Roman Numerals" page to learn how Roman Numerals are used. Visit the Roma Nova main page for more information about Roman culture. ...more
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Use the "On Roman Numerals" page to learn how Roman Numerals are used. Visit the Roma Nova main page for more information about Roman culture.

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Use the Roman numeral converter to enter a year (ex. 1500.) Note the Roman Numeral that corresponds to the number. Enter another number (ex. 1499) and note the difference. Share the converter on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students determine the rules for using Roman numerals based upon the results. Then have them "predict" the answers while a student game-show host operates the converter for the class.

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Colonial America - University of Richmond

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What if you could travel back in time to the earliest days of American history? Through the Colonial America web quest, each student will take on the role of a ...more
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What if you could travel back in time to the earliest days of American history? Through the Colonial America web quest, each student will take on the role of a farmer, slave, artisan or woman from the colonial time period. They will research the character traits using the web quest and organize the information with the included graphic organizers. In conclusion, each small group will come together and create a play in order to share the stories of our colonial American ancestors with the class. The webquest has not been updated for a few years, so it would be wise to double-check links before using it in class. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. Some of the outside links require QuickTime. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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In the Classroom

After completing the webquest, have a "Play Day" and invite family members, other classes, and administration to come to the classroom and watch the plays. Video record the plays and post them to the class web page for those who could not make it to class. Share the videos using a site such as Teachers.TV (explained here).

Be sure to list this site (and activity) on your class website. Ask parents to assist with character research at home by providing the web quest link on the class web page. Don't forget that parents may be able help with props for the plays.
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