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State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets - State Historical Society of Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website offers a special section for teachers, featuring sets of historical materials that tell the story of Iowa's past. These sets contain...more
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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website offers a special section for teachers, featuring sets of historical materials that tell the story of Iowa's past. These sets contain items like old photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts, each focused on different parts of Iowa's history, from the early days to the present. Alongside these materials, are guides filled with questions and activities designed to help students explore and understand the history of Iowa more interactively and engagingly. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), iowa (3), primary sources (117)

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Have students select a specific primary source from the collection that interests them, such as a letter, photograph, or map, and use a digital annotation tool like Kami, reviewed here to have students annotate the document, noting interesting details, questions they have, and their interpretations of the source's significance. After exploring various primary source sets, students choose a theme or event in Iowa history to focus on for a virtual museum exhibit. Use a platform like Netboard, reviewed here where students can add to a virtual exhibit that includes images, text, and primary sources from the site. Utilize the grade level lesson plans and implement some of the suggested lessons.
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Teacher Resources for the Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore Museum of Art

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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content...more
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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content for detailed lessons. Click the menu on the left, then slide down and click Learn to find Art to Go, Teacher Guides, Family Activities, and more. Sign up for Art to Go monthly email that contains a printable full-color image of an artwork at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A brief commentary focuses on teaching ideas, while the challenge project invites students to try this idea and bring it into their own style. There is a plethora of ideas and lessons on this site.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), museums (44)

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Have you been trying to incorporate different sources into your social studies content? Use the content areas found in this collection. In gifted classrooms, use these activities for choice enrichment activities to deepen content knowledge. Use the artwork to inspire a narrative or informative writing prompt. Art classes have immediate lesson plans. Use it as a quick lesson in case of a sub. When going on a trip to your local museum, begin by investigating the content found in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Assign students the opportunity to uncover the mystery of artwork in your own museum to increase interest and motivation during your visit. Students then work on a multimedia project, find one for them to use here, of what they discovered and present it to the class. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Express for Education, Animatron, Renderforest, and Google Slides.
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40 Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips: No Permission Slips Needed - Kimmie Fink

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K to 12
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On this We Are Teachers page, find a curated list of virtual field trip resources to enhance students' learning experiences. These virtual experiences allow students to explore museums,...more
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On this We Are Teachers page, find a curated list of virtual field trip resources to enhance students' learning experiences. These virtual experiences allow students to explore museums, historical sites, natural wonders, and other educational destinations from the comfort of their classrooms or homes! On this site, you'll find descriptions and links to various virtual field trip opportunities, and some resources provide tips for integrating them into lesson plans and activities. Many of these virtual trips are available on multiple YouTube channels. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. In addition, some of these virtual field trips are sourced from several other sites and organizations; we advise that you review the privacy policies of these external sites to ensure compliance with their district's privacy policies.

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Virtual field trips can immerse students in diverse learning experiences that allow teachers to go beyond the boundaries of their classroom. Find a virtual field trip that is relevant or connected to an upcoming unit. Begin by conducting an anonymous poll using a tool like Poll Everywhere, reviewed here or Mentimeter, reviewed here showing images from one of the virtual field trips you've chosen. Display images showcasing significant landmarks, main attractions, or features of the location. Students can post their wonderings, insights, or prior knowledge about the destination based solely on the images. This can ignite curiosity and generate excitement as students speculate about where the destination is. After gathering students' responses, announce that you'll be "taking them there" virtually through an upcoming virtual field trip! During the virtual field trip, integrate presentation tools using Pear Deck, reviewed here. Incorporate interactive question slides throughout the virtual field trip to prompt students to reflect on their learning, make connections, and apply their knowledge. You can even intersperse the presentation with interactive quizzes, polls, or collaborative brainstorming sessions. You can use this to keep the field trip active and engaging rather than a passive sit-and-get activity. Wrap it up by challenging students to become virtual field trip creators! Let them select a destination they want to "visit" and design an ideal virtual field trip experience for their peers. You can provide a template or criteria for students to consider when planning their virtual field trips. Students can use creation tools such as Google Slides, reviewed here or Canva Education Templates, reviewed here to create brochures or presentations that outline the details of their virtual field trip. Then, set a time for their "field trip pitch day," where students present their virtual field trip proposals to their classmates!

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An Educator's Guide to Orange County Diversity - Heritage Museum of Orange County

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6 to 12
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An Educator's Guide to Orange County provides many lesson plans and resources based upon Orange County's efforts to share information responsibly and work towards social justice. Although...more
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An Educator's Guide to Orange County provides many lesson plans and resources based upon Orange County's efforts to share information responsibly and work towards social justice. Although created with a focus on Orange County, many lessons are adaptable for use with students in any location. In contrast, other lesson plans can be used without adapting to local needs. Most lessons include a PDF containing lesson information and a slide presentation; others include graphic organizers and student handouts. The resource portion of the site consists of walking maps, links to local archives, and social media projects. Lesson plans include correlations to Common Core and Social Justice standards.

tag(s): 1800s (73), 1900s (73), agriculture (49), california (16), climate change (88), commoncore (75), cross cultural understanding (156), cultures (132), diversity (38), gold rush (15), immigrants (33), railroads (14), westward expansion (38)

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Use these guides as created or adapt the lesson plans to develop social justice lessons based on your local history. Visit the OK2Ask archive of Jumpstart Student Research Projects with the Edge Browser, reviewed here to learn tips and tricks to support students when conducting research using the Edge Browser. As a final project, ask students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create a virtual field trip through your town or state that includes links to videos and images that share the story of your location.
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Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote - The History Channel

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The History.com page "Women Who Fought for the Vote" tells the story of how women in the U.S. fought to be allowed to vote. It talks about important women and ...more
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The History.com page "Women Who Fought for the Vote" tells the story of how women in the U.S. fought to be allowed to vote. It talks about important women and significant moments in the women's voting rights movement, illustrating this through articles, pictures, and videos. This website is a great place to learn how women won the right to vote with the 19th Amendment.

tag(s): elections (80), women (137), womenchangemaker (28), womens suffrage (44)

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Use the videos on this site to introduce a unit on the suffrage movement. Use this site as part of a larger unit of study on voting rights. Host a "living museum" in the classroom where students, in character, share their figures' stories with visitors. Introduce students to the key symbols and slogans of the women's suffrage movement. Then, have them create their own suffrage posters using art supplies or Canva Edu, reviewed here, incorporating symbols, slogans, and images they learned about. Using the posters, have a voting rights march around the school.

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Belva Lockwood: Suffragist, Lawyer, and Presidential Candidate - Library of Congress

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The "Headlines and Heroes" blog from the Library of Congress shines a spotlight on Belva Lockwood, an extraordinary woman who broke barriers as a suffragist, lawyer, and the first woman...more
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The "Headlines and Heroes" blog from the Library of Congress shines a spotlight on Belva Lockwood, an extraordinary woman who broke barriers as a suffragist, lawyer, and the first woman to officially run for President of the United States. Through this blog, you can explore Lockwood's remarkable journey, highlighting her fight for women's rights and her candidacy in the 1884 and 1888 presidential elections. The blog not only dives into Lockwood's achievements and challenges but also showcases a collection of historical documents, photographs, and newspaper clippings that bring her story to life. Clicking on the images and links will open historical documents.

tag(s): primary sources (117), womenchangemaker (28), womens suffrage (44)

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Using a platform like Padlet, reviewed here have students create a virtual museum exhibit that showcases artifacts, photographs, and documents related to Lockwood's life, including her campaigns for women's suffrage and her presidential runs. With a tool like Snappa, reviewed here have students design infographics that highlight Lockwood's major accomplishments, the challenges she faced, and her contributions to women's rights. These infographics can be shared on social media or displayed around the school to educate others about Lockwood's contributions to women's history. Use the newspaper primary resources to introduce students to Lockwood. Have students download the newspaper PDFs and annotate the article, highlighting items they find interesting. Use the tools found at SmallPDF, reviewed here for the annotating.
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Shirley Chisholm - National Women's History Museum

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This site helps people learn about Shirley Chisholm's significant role in American politics and how she broke new ground for women and people of color in government. The site from ...more
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This site helps people learn about Shirley Chisholm's significant role in American politics and how she broke new ground for women and people of color in government. The site from the National Women's History Museum tells the story of an important woman in politics. It talks about her life from the beginning, how she became the first African American woman in the U.S. Congress, and her presidential run in 1972. The page shows how she worked hard for education and jobs for minorities.

tag(s): black history (125), pioneers (9), politics (113), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Using a tool like Adobe Express Video, reviewed here, have students create short digital biographies of Shirley Chisholm, incorporating images, text, and voice narration to share her story. Have students use the website to gather facts about Shirley Chisholm's campaigns and her efforts to bring about social change. Then, using a tool like Canva Education Templates, reviewed here have them choose an issue and create their political poster. To extend learning, have students research current politicians who embody Chisholm's legacy and prepare presentations on how these figures continue to fight for equality and justice.

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The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth - National Museum of African American History & Culture

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This site is dedicated to the historical legacy of Juneteenth and offers an in-depth exploration of this significant date in American history. It provides a comprehensive overview of...more
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This site is dedicated to the historical legacy of Juneteenth and offers an in-depth exploration of this significant date in American history. It provides a comprehensive overview of Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery in the United States, and delves into its historical context and significance. The site features a rich collection of articles, photographs, and educational resources that shed light on the events leading up to June 19, 1865, and this day's ongoing impact and celebration. Additionally, it includes personal narratives and historical documents that offer insights into the African American experience and the struggle for freedom and equality. This resource serves as an educational tool for understanding the importance of Juneteenth in American history and its relevance today.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), civil war (134), holidays (163), Juneteenth (22), slavery (76)

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Have students express their understanding of Juneteenth through creative art by exploring the different themes of Juneteenth. After students explore the toolkit, they can create artwork or digital posters representing what Juneteenth means to them, using multimedia software like Canva, reviewed here. They can use the shareable graphics as inspiration. Facilitate a class discussion or debate on the impact of Juneteenth today, using resources from the toolkit to start the conversation. Students can use digital platforms like Flip, reviewed here, to share their thoughts and responses. To enhance your study on black history, have your students research the history of Juneteenth and its significance. They can then create a digital timeline using a tool like Padlet, reviewed here showing key events that led up to Juneteenth and what happened afterward.
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The Story of My Life - Using Biographies to Enhance and Extend Instruction - TeachersFirst

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Biographies are crucial to learning about our past, present, and future. This article is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed...more
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Biographies are crucial to learning about our past, present, and future. This article is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and shares book suggestions and activities for including biographies in any classroom. Browse the activities to find recommendations for specific biographies and resources for additional book lists. Find directions for creating body biographies and other tools to help students identify important biographical information. Extension activities include information on living wax museums and "You Become the Biographer," an activity for students to conduct interviews and create a biographical presentation. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): biographies (94), book lists (161), interviews (14)

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Browse this article to find activities and book lists for use in your classroom when teaching biographies. Take advantage of dozens of downloadable templates available from Free Templates, reviewed here to help students organize their biographical research. When students are ready to share their learning, use Adobe's Animate from Audio, reviewed here to create videos with animated characters that tell a story using the student's recorded voice. Watch this tutorial video to learn how to create engaging animated videos using your voice!
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Naval History and Heritage Command - U.S. Navy

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Naval History and Heritage Command contains various information about the U.S. Navy, including information about the history of the Navy, links to Navy-related blogs and articles, archival...more
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Naval History and Heritage Command contains various information about the U.S. Navy, including information about the history of the Navy, links to Navy-related blogs and articles, archival records, and much more. Use the dropdown links at the top of the page to access content with labels, including research, collections, and museum links. Browse topics such as notable ships, people, and exploration and innovation. Use the site's search bar to find information on any navy-related topics.

tag(s): korea (19), navy (8), vietnam (35), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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Include this site for you and your students to use when researching historical events that involve the U.S. Navy. For example, search for World War 2 to find links sharing information about aircraft, training, notable personnel, and the flag. Consider using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here to enhance learning by sharing articles with students on ActivelyLearn. ActivelyLearn allows students to read articles, take notes, and take assessments on the website. Extend learning by asking students to share their research by creating websites using Carrd, reviewed here or another free website creation tool.

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Drawn to Art: Tales of Inspiring Women Artists - Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Drawn to Art shares comics created by student illustrators from the Ringling College of Art and Design that tell the story of female artists. Although made with middle school students...more
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Drawn to Art shares comics created by student illustrators from the Ringling College of Art and Design that tell the story of female artists. Although made with middle school students in mind, the comics and stories will inspire readers of all ages. Female artists featured in the comics represent a diverse collection of backgrounds, ethnicities, and artistic styles.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), comics and cartoons (54), women (137)

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Share this site with students as you research different types of art, inspiring women, or diverse cultures. Ask students to select one of the featured artists to explore further. Many of the comics portray events from specific periods of history, such as World War II and the Civil War. Include them with your lessons about these events to provide a human and artistic perspective of the period. Challenge students to create a comic featuring their favorite artist inspired by this collection. Use artificial intelligence (AI) image generators such as Bing, reviewed here to create the comics by providing instructions to include the artist and background in the artist's style..

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Using Photographs and Cartoons to Teach About Eleanor Roosevelt - Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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These lesson plans provide directions and instructional materials for students to learn about Eleanor Roosevelt using photographs and cartoons. Lessons should take two forty-five-minute...more
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These lesson plans provide directions and instructional materials for students to learn about Eleanor Roosevelt using photographs and cartoons. Lessons should take two forty-five-minute class periods. All resources are included; however, some links to the National Archives don't work. Visit the National Archives: Educator Resources, reviewed here to search and find the document analysis worksheets shared in the lesson. Sample rubrics for the thematic essay are provided as an assessment for the lesson.

tag(s): 1900s (73), comics and cartoons (54), primary sources (117), roosevelt (12), women (137), womens suffrage (44)

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Include this lesson plan as a resource to engage and introduce students to the role of Eleanor Roosevelt in her husband's administration and public reaction to her activities. Find additional primary source documents to use in your lessons at Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Visionary provided by the National Park Service, reviewed here and Children of the Great Depression, reviewed here that includes letters written to Mrs. Roosevelt by children. Find additional resources for teaching with cartoons at Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons, reviewed here and by watching the archive of OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom, reviewed here. As an alternative assessment to a written essay, ask students to design a political cartoon using the comic strip templates provided by Canva, reviewed here.
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Understanding & Celebrating Juneteenth - National Museum of African American History and Culture

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This printable document from the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides information and resources to support students' understanding of Juneteenth. Content...more
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This printable document from the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides information and resources to support students' understanding of Juneteenth. Content includes the history of Juneteenth and the importance of why young children should be included in Juneteenth celebrations. Additional sections share suggestions on when and how to discuss slavery with young children and suggested questions for age-appropriate discussions about slavery. Other links to books and online resources are available at the end of the document.

tag(s): black history (125), civil rights (195), Juneteenth (22), slavery (76)

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Use this document as a resource for understanding Juneteenth while taking advantage of the suggestions for discussing slavery and civil rights in age-appropriate ways. Share this information with parents to help them understand the history of Juneteenth. As you talk about the questions found in this article, use Draw.Chat, reviewed here to add and share student comments and add images to enhance understanding. For example, ask students to describe "freedom" and then use text boxes to add their comments. During your discussion, upload images that depict freedom in several different forms. Extend learning by asking students to write and share stories using the prompt found in this document to tell about positive changes they would like to make in the world. Use PDFescape, reviewed here to write the stories, then, use PDF to Flipbook Converter, reviewed here to turn their PDFs into an online flippable book.
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Life is a Blank Canvas: Exploring Painting and Painters - TeachersFirst

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Life is a Blank Canvas is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares information and resources...more
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Life is a Blank Canvas is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares information and resources about paintings and painters. Begin with the Background Knowledge section that shares some basic history of art, mediums, and techniques over the previous 45,000 years. The Activities section shares books that provide an overview of art history and artists, along with suggested resources and activities. In the last part of this article, there are some recommendations for extension activities, such as virtual museum tours and prompts for students to compare various artists. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), book lists (161), museums (44)

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Include this article with your other resources for teaching art to find activities and book lists for your classroom. Integrate art into any area of your curriculum using suggestions found in this article. For example, this article shares tips for books about Jackson Pollock and discusses integrating the study of gravity with art as it relates to paint spatter. Extend lessons on gravity using additional artists such as those found in Google Arts and Culture, reviewed here. Use the search feature using the keyword gravity to discover several online exhibits, such as Bending Gravity at the Guggenheim Museum and Gravity and Grace at the Hayward Gallery.
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Everything to Learn: Diving Into the Life and Art of Edmonia Lewis - TeachersFirst

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Everything to Learn: Diving Into the Life and Art of Edmonia Lewis is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here...more
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Everything to Learn: Diving Into the Life and Art of Edmonia Lewis is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities that support the study of music through picture books and hands-on activities. Information in this article's Introduction and Background Knowledge sections provides readers with biographical information on this first female American sculptor of African American and Native American descent to rise to fame on the global art stage. Shared activities and books offer resources for learning more about Lewis and lessons for students to learn about and participate in creating sculptures. Additional extension activities include an option to compare and contrast the work of different artists and an idea for students to create a sculpture representing their personal history. Content in this article includes correlations to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): african american (111), artists (78), book lists (161), native americans (91), sculpture (21)

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In addition to taking advantage of the lesson ideas and books shared on this page, find more ideas at the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page, Resources Related to the Visual Arts, reviewed here. If your students cannot visit a museum to view sculptures in person, take a virtual visit through Google Arts and Culture, reviewed here. Begin your exploration at Google Arts and Culture by searching for sculptures, Edmonia Lewis, or visit any museum collections to learn more about sculptures.
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National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional...more
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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional resources for educators and students. Browse through the homepage to view current exhibits and events; online events are clearly labeled, and there is a different section with a link to all online resources. Be sure to visit this site section to find links to various topics, including poetry, Native American women, and much more. Select the link from the dropdown box at the top of the page to view materials provided for educators. Included in the resources for educators is Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative, reviewed here, which offers many teaching resources, including lessons, media, and professional development webinars. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): explorers (65), native americans (91), primary sources (117), professional development (394), thanksgiving (24), westward expansion (38)

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Be sure to bookmark this site for use with lessons on Thanksgiving, using primary sources, or when teaching about Native Americans. Consider using curation tools such as Padlet, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize resources for easy retrieval. Padlet and Wakelet are also handy when sharing information and resources with students. As you begin your lessons on American Indians, begin with a formative assessment to gauge your students' understanding of the topic. Use an easy online quiz tool such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to engage students in your learning activities. As you continue in your lessons, continue to motivate and engage students using Wooclap, reviewed here, to review information either in class or as a homework activity. Instead of testing to assess knowledge upon completing your unit, offer students the opportunity to share their understanding of content in various ways. Examples include creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, an explainer video made using Clipchamp, reviewed here, and an interactive map built using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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Artists and Theory Resources - TeachersFirst

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Delve into this collection that shares an eclectic assortment of resources related to artists and theory. Ideal for Youth Art Month (YAM) and throughout the year, learn about various...more
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Delve into this collection that shares an eclectic assortment of resources related to artists and theory. Ideal for Youth Art Month (YAM) and throughout the year, learn about various artists through their websites and the information available through many art museums. In addition, learn about many different art theories from Impressionism to Romanticism to Contemporary, and more. Read all about these topics and more in the resources shared in this curated list.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), museums (44)

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Find new tools to try when planning your art lessons. Each review includes technology integration ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your lessons more productive.

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Science at Home - Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Find ideas for science activities using everyday household items, learn from engaging videos, play games, and complete professional development courses at this fantastic site offered...more
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Find ideas for science activities using everyday household items, learn from engaging videos, play games, and complete professional development courses at this fantastic site offered by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Choose the Science at Home activities to find engaging activities to complete at home, such as making slime or creating a rubber band bungee cord to drop an egg safely. Each activity includes a list of items needed, instructions, and a simple explanation of the science concept. Many activities also include video demonstrations. The video portion of the site shares information on various topics such as hatching baby chicks and understanding forces used in elevators. Be sure to visit the educators' part of the site that includes directions for learning labs, science education webinars, and Jr. Science Cafes, sharing discussions with professionals in the medical field and the impact of COVID.

tag(s): architecture (64), circuits (20), dna (44), energy (130), engineering (120), forces (37), gravity (41), light (52), natural resources (38), plants (147), recycling (45), solar energy (34), sounds (43), STEM (265), water cycle (22), weather (165)

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This site is a must-have for all teachers of science. Bookmark the resources found on the site to use when planning science lessons. Share the science education webinars with your peers for professional development sessions. Share the at-home lessons with parents in your classroom newsletters or updates; consider sharing a monthly activity for students to complete at home. If necessary, create travel kits for students who don't have the needed resources at home. Another option is to ask a volunteer to conduct labs and experiments with students during center time at school. Engage students using Flip, reviewed here, to provide a prompt for students to respond on a video sharing the results of their experiments. Extend learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to explain their understanding of the science concepts explored.

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Untold History - Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement

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Bring history to life with the short 2-minute videos and animations found at Unknown History. The videos engage students in history by sharing little-known stories and tales from the...more
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Bring history to life with the short 2-minute videos and animations found at Unknown History. The videos engage students in history by sharing little-known stories and tales from the past. Return often to view new weekly additions. Scroll through the home page to find the most recent topics, or select the "all videos" link to choose by collections. The subjects in the collections include America Explained, Museums of Artifacts that Made America, Hidden Figures, and more. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): democracy (19), great depression (28), medicine (55), presidents (121), speeches (18), sports (78), symbols (15), women (137)

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These short videos are perfect to use in many different classroom settings to engage students in various history topics. Share a video at the beginning of a lesson, then use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather student's questions for further investigation of the concept. Extend learning by asking groups of students to go further in-depth to learn more about the content of the shared video. Have students share resources by creating a collection in Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet's templates as a starting point for student presentations. Enhance student learning by creating short video presentations based on a different unknown event in history. Use Renderforest, reviewed here, to create animated videos, or Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here, as a resource for easily creating video explanations.

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Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative - Smithsonian Institute

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Find support for teaching about Native Americans with the many resources found at Native Knowledge 360. Access live and recorded professional development webinars that feature guidance...more
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Find support for teaching about Native Americans with the many resources found at Native Knowledge 360. Access live and recorded professional development webinars that feature guidance on the proper use of primary sources, understanding problematic narratives about Native Americans, and much more. Browse through the lesson resources to view and use featured activities, handouts, digital posters, and more. The search feature includes tools to filter searches by grade level, subject, region, or format of resources. Several lesson options are available in Spanish. This website also offers free virtual field trips led by museum educators; advance registration is required. These events fill up quickly; sign up to receive newsletters and updates to receive notification in advance of event signups.

tag(s): native americans (91), thanksgiving (24), westward expansion (38)

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Replace some (or all) of your current written Native America resources with the genuine artifacts and stories available for viewing on this site. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize important information and resources found on this site to share with students. As students learn about Native Americans, instead of written or oral presentations, ask student groups to create quizzes for their classmates using a quiz-creation tool like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy resource for creating and sharing quizzes for teams of two. As a final project, transform and extend student technology and learning by using Book Creator, reviewed here, to create class books sharing information about Native Americans. Book Creator is a digital book creation site offering the ability to add images, text, video, and more. Be sure to share student-created books on your class website or blog after publication.
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