A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst: Philadelphia

Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the focus of cooperation among the American colonies. A center of nationalist spirit in its own right, Philadelphia was home to the Continental Congresses which met at the time of the Revolution. In 1787, delegates from the states of the newly independent nation again convened in Philadelphia, this time to draft the U.S. Constitution. The sites listed below will help you see all there is to see in this historic city and region.

 

 

 

 

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WHYY I Like This Book - WHYY Philadelphia

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WHYY I Like This Book is an initiative of the Philadelphia PBS channel to promote student literacy in their community. View 60-second videos created by the finalists exploring what...more
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WHYY I Like This Book is an initiative of the Philadelphia PBS channel to promote student literacy in their community. View 60-second videos created by the finalists exploring what motivates readers.

tag(s): book lists (121), literacy (82), video (243)

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Share these videos with students as an example of how to create and share a book talk for other readers. Before creating videos, enhance student learning by using a storyboard creation tool like Story Map, reviewed here, to plan and arrange your story. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to extemd student learning and share video book talks and suggestions with classmates.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Teacher Resources - Philadelphia Museum of Art

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This tool is a great lesson plan resource for correlating art with other curricular areas! Scroll down to choose a Primary Curricular Area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social...more
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This tool is a great lesson plan resource for correlating art with other curricular areas! Scroll down to choose a Primary Curricular Area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies). Then choose one of the Academic Art Standards: Aesthetic Response, Critical Response, Historical and Cultural Contexts, or Production, Performance, and Exhibition. Click the resulting lessons to view a PDF that includes links to artwork images at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Common Core standards, and a detailed lesson plan.

tag(s): art history (74), artists (73)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for art projects throughout the year, especially if budget cuts have taken away your art teacher! Use this site as a way to get students interested in art and its relationship with other subject areas and its relevance in our life.
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Independence National Historic Park - NPS.gov

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Independence National Historic Park is the National Park which encompasses Independence Hall and the surrounding area. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and...more
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Independence National Historic Park is the National Park which encompasses Independence Hall and the surrounding area. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. This site provides directions, operating hours, and other information for those planning a visit. There are also pages which provide additional details on the history of the various buildings and the events that happened in them.

tag(s): colonial america (90), constitution (86), philadelphia (9)

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Map of Valley Forge National Historical Park - TeachersFirst

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This PDF file provides a detailed (and very well done) map of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This map is suitable for viewing and/or printing. So before ...more
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This PDF file provides a detailed (and very well done) map of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This map is suitable for viewing and/or printing. So before you head to Valley Forge, be sure to print this helpful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (90), map skills (57), philadelphia (9)

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Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today. Share the map on an interactive whiteboard, so you can use the tools to highlight different areas.
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Map of Philadelphia - TeachersFirst

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This PDF file, provides a detailed map of Philadelphia. Before you head to Philadelphia, print out this useful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the ...more
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This PDF file, provides a detailed map of Philadelphia. Before you head to Philadelphia, print out this useful map. The map requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (90), map skills (57), philadelphia (9)

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Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today. Share the map on an interactive whiteboard and use the tools to highlight important aspects of a colonial city.
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Franklin Institute - The Franklin Institute Science Museum

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This website includes information about Benjamin Franklin, lesson ideas for the classroom, field trip ideas for visiting the Franklin Institute and information about the many unique...more
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This website includes information about Benjamin Franklin, lesson ideas for the classroom, field trip ideas for visiting the Franklin Institute and information about the many unique and educational exhibits at the museum. Ben Franklin is one of America's most colorful patriots. His accomplishments as legislator, diplomat, and scientist were recognized as extraordinary even in his own day. Philadelphia's Franklin Institute has a memorial to Franklin. You can include it in your Philadelphia visit, or learn more about it here.

tag(s): colonial america (90), franklin (8), philadelphia (9)

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Carpenters' Hall - Independence Hall Association

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Carpenters' Hall was the site of the first Continental Congress. Carpenters' Hall was a key meeting spot during the struggle for independence. This website provides information about...more
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Carpenters' Hall was the site of the first Continental Congress. Carpenters' Hall was a key meeting spot during the struggle for independence. This website provides information about the history of Carpenters' Hall and a lot of other information about the past and present.

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Independence Hall - National Park Service

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This website provides information about Independence Hall. There are photos and brief descriptions of the State House (now Independence Hall). The website also provides details about...more
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This website provides information about Independence Hall. There are photos and brief descriptions of the State House (now Independence Hall). The website also provides details about the events that took place there.

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St. Patrick's Day Math! - Franklin Institute

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This is the best of the bunch - hands down. Created as part of a collaborative project with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, this site combines an Irish theme with travel information,...more
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This is the best of the bunch - hands down. Created as part of a collaborative project with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, this site combines an Irish theme with travel information, math problems, games, and several entertaining little Java applets. Designed by a team of teachers, this is a site that stays on-theme while teaching a number of different lessons. HOWEVER, some of the materials seem to have been removed over the past years. The remaining pieces perform as advertised.

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