TeachersFirst's Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to June 19, 1865, it commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were now free. Inexcusably, this occurred over two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth became an official federal holiday in 2021, though it had been celebrated informally, especially in African American communities, for over 150 years. For teachers, Juneteenth provides an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the history of slavery, the decades-long fight for emancipation, and the continual journey toward racial equality in America. Recognizing this day allows meaningful discussions about freedom, perseverance, and progress. Use this curated list to learn more about Juneteenth and find resources to share with your students. View our full collection of resources related to Juneteenth here

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Juneteenth Resources - TeachersFirst

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to June 19, 1865, it commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce...more
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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to June 19, 1865, it commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were now free. For teachers, Juneteenth provides an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the history of slavery, the decades-long fight for emancipation, and the continual journey toward racial equality in America. Recognizing this day allows meaningful discussions about freedom, perseverance, and progress. Use this curated list to learn more about Juneteenth and find resources to share with your students.

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Help your students to learn more about Juneteenth. Find resources on this list for students to use in cooperative learning groups. Read each resource's Classroom Use section to learn ways to incorporate the information in your lessons.

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

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3 to 12
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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 (109), black history (123), civil war (134), holidays (159), Juneteenth (22), slavery (75)

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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 multimdia 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 Gilder Lehrman Collection - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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The Gilder Lehrman Collection, hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a remarkable online archive offering access to a vast array of primary sources in American...more
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The Gilder Lehrman Collection, hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a remarkable online archive offering access to a vast array of primary sources in American history. Its collection encompasses more than 70,000 items, ranging from artifacts to documents, covering important moments and figures in American history from the 16th century to the present. This resource is an invaluable tool for educators and students, providing a deep dive into the events, figures, and themes that have shaped the United States. Accounts are needed to use some aspects of the site. Please check your district's policies before having students create accounts.

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Teachers use the provided discussion questions to enhance your unit of study. Use the questions to activate knowledge or to assess students. Students can search the site for primary sources that can be downloaded and used in reports or presentations. Display maps on whiteboards to show students important places in history. Have students view the online exhibitions centered around historical figures and events. English teachers can use the primary source documents to discuss writing structures and illustrate how written English has changed over the years.

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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth - TeachersFirst

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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares...more
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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares book ideas and resources for teaching about Juneteenth. This resource includes background knowledge information, activities, book suggestions, and ideas for extending learning. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): black history (123), book lists (159), civil rights (194), emancipation proclamation (11), Juneteenth (22), slavery (75), texas (7)

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Use the suggested activities and book lists to find resources for teaching about Juneteenth in your classroom. Include these lessons as part of Black History Month and when teaching about United States history and civil rights. Engage students in learning about Juneteenth by asking them to create interactive presentations using Genially, reviewed here. Search for Juneteenth on Genially to find a template to use when presenting Juneteenth to students or for students to use to share their knowledge on this topic. Extend learning using Figjam, an online interactive whiteboard part of Figma, reviewed here to share additional resources, add polls, diagrams, sketches, and more using Figjam.
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Lifting as We Climb Juneteenth Event - Penguin Classroom/Evette Dionne and Julia Torres

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Lifting as We Climb is the recording of the June 2022 conversation between author Evette Dionne and school librarian Julia Torres about Juneteenth, the battle for Black women to receive...more
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Lifting as We Climb is the recording of the June 2022 conversation between author Evette Dionne and school librarian Julia Torres about Juneteenth, the battle for Black women to receive voting rights, and more. Over approximately an hour, the two women discuss the process of writing the book of the same name and the efforts undertaken by African-American women to overcome stereotypes and lift their status in communities.

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Share this video with students after reading Lifting as We Climb or during your lessons on women's rights and civil rights. Use Vibby, reviewed here to highlight, annotate, or clip portions of the video to enhance learning. For example, when discussing Juneteenth, use Vibby to clip that portion of the discussion in the video to share with students. Extend learning by asking students to interview community members on their experience as Black women. Have students share the information learned modeled upon this video by creating and recording a discussion of Juneteenth, civil rights, or women's rights. Use Vmaker, reviewed here to create, edit, and share their video recordings.

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The Birth of Juneteenth; Voices of the Enslaved - Library of Congress and Neely Tucker

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This article highlights the firsthand accounts and narratives of formerly enslaved individuals to shed light on their experiences and the impact of the announcement of the Emancipation...more
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This article highlights the firsthand accounts and narratives of formerly enslaved individuals to shed light on their experiences and the impact of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. It shares how the transmission of the news of freedom was delayed, along with the reactions and celebrations of the newly freed enslaved people. The article includes many links to primary source materials, including an extensive collection of stories from "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 - 1938."

tag(s): black history (123), civil rights (194), civil war (134), Juneteenth (22), primary sources (115), slavery (75)

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Bookmark and save this article to use when planning lessons on Juneteenth, slavery, or the Civil War, both as a resource of quality information and to access the many primary source links found in the article. Visit the Library of Congress: For Teachers, reviewed here to search and find many more Juneteenth-related documents. Engage students in learning more about Juneteenth by asking them to research information through different focus points. For example, this article discusses specific cities, people, and architecture. Ask students to share their learning by creating infographics using templates from Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here.

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Teaching Juneteenth - Learning for Justice and Coshandra Dillard

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This article discusses several lenses for teaching Juneteenth and recognizing the challenges those fighting injustices face. Focus topics include Culture as Resistance, Understanding...more
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This article discusses several lenses for teaching Juneteenth and recognizing the challenges those fighting injustices face. Focus topics include Culture as Resistance, Understanding Emancipation, Backlash to Freedom, and American Ideals. Within each subject, the author discusses why each perspective is relevant to student understanding of the importance of Juneteenth as part of American history. No account is required to read this article on Learning for Justice; however, free registration allows readers to bookmark the report as a favorite and add it to a learning plan.

tag(s): black history (123), civil rights (194), civil war (134), Juneteenth (22), racism (76), slavery (75)

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Include this article with your other resources for teaching about Juneteenth, Civil Rights, and slavery to use as a guide for lesson planning. As you gather resources to teach about each focus topic, organize information using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a column within your Padlet for each topic, then add links to your teaching resources. Alternatively, use Wakelet, reviewed here to save and organize resources by creating a collection for each topic. Engage students in Juneteenth lessons using Curipod's lesson generators, reviewed here. For example, use the Did You Know generator to create slides with information about Juneteenth or the Lesson Hook Generator to build a set of slides with open-ended questions for students to discuss. Extend student learning by asking them to create and share podcasts exploring Juneteenth through the different lenses discussed in the article. Buzzsprout, reviewed here offers free tools for creating and sharing professional-looking podcasts.

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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.

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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 PDF to Flipbook Converter, reviewed here to turn their PDFs into an online flippable book.
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What is Juneteenth, and Why is it Important? - Ted-Ed

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When did slavery actually end in the United States? Learn about the story of Union General Gordon Granger and his march of troops into Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, as ...more
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When did slavery actually end in the United States? Learn about the story of Union General Gordon Granger and his march of troops into Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, as he announced that all enslaved people were free by completing this interactive lesson and video presentation. In addition to the animated video, this lesson includes multiple and short response questions, additional resources to dig deeper, and further discussion questions. Create a free account with Ted-Ed to save and customize this lesson. The video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable.

tag(s): black history (123), civil rights (194), Juneteenth (22), slavery (75), texas (7)

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Share this lesson with students to complete at school or as a flipped learning lesson. On their own or with a partner, have students answer the multiple-choice and open-answer questions by clicking on "Think." Then, consider having small student groups read the additional information inside the Dig Deeper section and investigate the links with the information. Following that, have groups share the information with other class members. For a mini project like this, consider using the tools available at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here for students to create presentations, infographics, and other visual media. Another project suggestion would be to have small groups of students investigate the story of Juneteenth further through different perspectives, such as that of a soldier, Texas citizens, or children. You could have them produce an animated video using a program like moovly, reviewed here.

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Juneteenth - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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This site shares several Juneteenth teaching resources provided by The Gilder Lehrman Institute. These resources include a video conversation with an author of a Juneteenth book, links...more
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This site shares several Juneteenth teaching resources provided by The Gilder Lehrman Institute. These resources include a video conversation with an author of a Juneteenth book, links to curated primary source documents, and a four-lesson teaching unit. Many shared documents also include explanations and insights from Gilder Lehrman curators.

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Include the resources found on this site with your current Juneteenth resources. Consider organizing and curating your resources using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a Wakelet collection for your professional use and a collection to share and collaborate with students. Engage students in learning using Perusall, reviewed here, to digitally annotate and discuss the primary source documents shared on the Juneteenth site. Use Perusall to create a flipped learning activity and have students view shared documents and provide comments and questions about the information. As students learn more about emancipation and Juneteenth, encourage them to learn about and share the stories of those featured in these lessons and their research. Enhance learning by having students produce podcasts that bring the stories of enslaved people to life using a free podcasting tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Buzzsprout includes many features that support easy use by students and educators, such as the ability to schedule the release of episodes on your choice of date and time and the option to add links to show notes.
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Juneteenth Activities and Lesson Plans for Students - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Shaped Staff

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Teach, celebrate, and acknowledge Juneteenth using the lesson plans available for educators of elementary through high school students found on this site. Begin with a National Freedom...more
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Teach, celebrate, and acknowledge Juneteenth using the lesson plans available for educators of elementary through high school students found on this site. Begin with a National Freedom Day download for high school-age students with directions for a student-planned learning fair created for use with both in-person and online learning. Plans for middle school include a persuasive writing activity, research writing, and creative writing projects. Ideas for elementary students ask them to brainstorm ideas and then create an informative bulletin board.

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Include the teaching ideas and activities provided on this site with your other lessons on Juneteenth, Emancipation, or slavery. Engage students in learning about Juneteenth by sharing a timeline of events leading up to Emancipation and beyond, including the recognition of Juneteenth nationally. Create your timeline using the timeline creator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, or use the Wikipedia Timeline Generator, reviewed here, provided by Class tools. Extend learning by asking students to share their understanding of Juneteenth using a presentation tool such as Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive images and presentations. Once you are signed in, members can search Genially's Inspiration area to find a reproducible template for a Juneteenth interactive image.
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Change Begins at School - Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help...more
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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help teachers address sensitive issues that arose in the aftermath of the tragedy. Select the Classroom Resources section to find and filter TeachableMoments lessons. Sort by topic area, subject, and grade level or search by keyword. Each lesson includes instructions and background information as well as links to supporting material. The site is constantly updated with lessons relating to current events. Many activities include links to YouTube videos, if your district blocks YouTube; the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): bullying (49), climate change (87), conflict resolution (9), disasters (36), diversity (38), elections (80), holidays (159), Juneteenth (22), politics (113), racism (76), religions (75), social and emotional learning (81), women (137)

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Engage students in any of the provided lessons by starting with a simple poll using Slido, reviewed here. For example, ask students if they are familiar with the topic discussed, have experienced a similar emotion, or display an image on your whiteboard and ask students if they know what it represents. Enhance learning throughout any of the lessons by sharing additional resources using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here. Add links to videos, articles, or online activities related to the lesson's content. As you complete lesson activities, extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, flyers made with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, or infographics created with Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.

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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Learn about holidays such as Yom Kippur, Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, Father's Day, and many others! Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items. Not seeing a holiday you want such as 100 days of school? Use the search bar at the top!

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Spotify for Podcastors (was Anchor), reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts.

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Woo! Kids Activities - woojr.com

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Find crafts, activities, and printables for kids at Woo! Search for materials by holiday, age group, or by using the keyword search bar. Resources just for teachers include lesson plans,...more
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Find crafts, activities, and printables for kids at Woo! Search for materials by holiday, age group, or by using the keyword search bar. Resources just for teachers include lesson plans, templates, and poetry starters. Be sure to check out the recipe section for snack ideas and kid-friendly meal suggestions. This site would be a good one to leave for your substitute to use; it's high interest, no sign-in, thorough directions, and some have worksheets. This site does include some distracting advertisements.
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Use Woo! as a starting point for lesson ideas and activities, then go beyond worksheets to challenge your students. Ask your students to create their own templates and review materials using Google Documents. Incorporate game-play into your lessons using Bamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy game creation tool that creates multiple types of games for two teams. Incorporate questions into videos using Playposit, reviewed here. Students and teachers can comment and add responses directly into this video resource.
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Kid World Citizen - Becky Morales

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K to 6
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Kid World Citizen offers a large variety of resources to encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international...more
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Kid World Citizen offers a large variety of resources to encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international learning activities. Look for topics on specific countries using the map search. Be sure to check out the For Fun area with links to movies, music, games, and toys.
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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year when teaching about countries, holidays, and for cross-cultural literature resources. Choose a country to explore each month using resources found on the site. Learn about your students' backgrounds to find countries and regions to explore using activities on the site. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast your culture with that of a different country.

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Barat Primary Source Nexus - Barat Education Foundation

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2 to 12
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Find high interest primary sources for anything from teddy bears to Abraham Lincoln to King Kamehameha and much more. There are also primary sources for world connections for Serbia,...more
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Find high interest primary sources for anything from teddy bears to Abraham Lincoln to King Kamehameha and much more. There are also primary sources for world connections for Serbia, Iran, and Cambodia. Common Core emphasizes "reading" of visual sources of information, and this is the perfect source. Be sure to click on Learning Resources and Teaching Resources for lesson plans for Literature Links, Lesson Plans, Tech Tools, Integrating Tech, and much more. This is a growing resource, so be sure to sign up for their newsletter. The Primary Source Nexus is the online support resource for the TPS-Barat Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program. This is a great place to look for ideas to use for History Day! For instance, use the search bar to find several resources for Juneteenth. Preview before sharing with students.

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Take a look at the free professional development for using primary sources for teachers. Search for Connecting to the Common Core, where there are writing prompts for K-5 plus a link to the triangle activity. Download and use the PDF for the Thinking Triangle. Have older students research an interest and report to the class using a tool like Slides, reviewed here.
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Civil War Trust - Civil War Trust

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The Civil War Trust website is a comprehensive collection of all things related to the Civil War. Find battlefields by searching by state, year, or name of the battle. Each ...more
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The Civil War Trust website is a comprehensive collection of all things related to the Civil War. Find battlefields by searching by state, year, or name of the battle. Each battle listed includes a short recap with pertinent information such as dates, union and confederate commander names, number of forces engaged, casualties, and end result. Links to maps and other articles are also included. There are lists of sites offering many lesson plans for elementary through high school level, a glossary of civil war terms, links to primary sources, coloring book and crossword puzzle pages, and overviews of the Civil War. The student section contains links to photos, books for kids, and websites geared towards kids. Be sure to also check out the links to photos, battle apps, news, and more located under the site title at the top of the home page. Another great portion of the site is the gallery of pictures in 3-D. Click the link provided to receive a free pair of 3-D viewing glasses! There is so much more to see on this site. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Civil War resources.
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tag(s): battles (18), civil war (134), emancipation proclamation (11), gettysburg (15), gettysburg address (11), Juneteenth (22), lincoln (60), slavery (75)

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Bookmark and save this site as an excellent resource for Civil War materials. Display different battle information on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to discuss as a class. Share this site with students to use as a resource for class projects. Ask them to collect facts and resources using a bookmarking tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Google Earth, reviewed here, to create an audio (and visual) tour of pertinent battle sites. Challenge your students to use a site such as Sutori, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline of important battles. With Sutori you can include text, images and collaboration. Have students make a multimedia presentation using Genial.ly, reviewed here.

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Edsitement - EdSitement

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Find lesson ideas and more for literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history and social studies at the reworked site that was once part of MarcoPolo. Book...more
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Find lesson ideas and more for literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history and social studies at the reworked site that was once part of MarcoPolo. Book articles, data bases, educational gaming, professional development events, sound, film, video resources, and resource website lists all aid teachers and learners. A calendar keeps you up to date with famous dates in history.

tag(s): art history (86), cultures (132), Juneteenth (22), literacy (107)

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Use Edsitement for lesson ideas in language, history, literature, and cultures. Find multiple sources to give a deeper comprehension on the subject matter. In history classes, keep the ongoing calendar in your favorites to celebrate an important historical day every day. Lesson plans cover multiple grade levels in many different subject areas. Resources can enrich, or even to give further explanation to current topics of study.

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Watch Know Learn - Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

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What is Watch Know? Short for "You Watch, You Know," it provides explanations for students. Finding bits of information to help students can be frustrating as resources are disorganized...more
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What is Watch Know? Short for "You Watch, You Know," it provides explanations for students. Finding bits of information to help students can be frustrating as resources are disorganized on the web and may be hard to find." Watch Know" is a free site that organizes small video clips to help with the understanding of a variety of topics in subject areas. Search by age (3-18+). You can click and drag the age filter to the youngest and oldest ages to include. Videos are also organized by sequence of topics taught. The site is an ongoing project with input from educators and organizations interested in education of children. Registration is not required to view the videos. Creating and saving videos to the site, as well as commenting, require registration. You can monitor site recent changes and additions using the "Change Log."

tag(s): computers (105), crafts (50), decimals (84), environment (240), ethics (23), fractions (159), holidays (159), Juneteenth (22), scientific method (47), video (256), vocabulary development (90), writing (315)

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Search for videos relevant to your upcoming units or share the link with older students to search on their own. Use clips as engaging openings to units or as a review at the end. Have students identify the main points in the video and relate it back to class information. Students can use the examples on the site to create their own videos about a topic they have studied that could be beneficial to others.

If you do join the site to submit videos (for more adventurous technology users), we recommend uploading, commenting, and participating in the project (the creation and growth of WatchKnow) as a whole-class collaborative activity. If your students create videos, critique them locally before submitting them to the site as the "bests" from your class.

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DocsTeach - Digital Vaults - National Archives

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This site offers digitized National Archives of the U.S. organized according to general category. You can finally explore and share primary source documents interactively through this...more
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This site offers digitized National Archives of the U.S. organized according to general category. You can finally explore and share primary source documents interactively through this site. Start from 13 popular topics for educators. For a more in depth look at each subject and its associated categories, search by Relevance, Title, Date, and Popularity. An added feature at the bottom of the opening page is the "Create Fun & Engaging Activities" tab. Be sure to check out the menu on the left. Especially interesting for students and educators will be the Activity Tools with items like Analyizing Documents, Discussion Topic, Compare and Contrat and several more. Students can also create their own pathways, writing about connections they find between certain archived items. In another section, students can create their own historical posters and movies from the archives. You can create a collection of items from the archives to retrieve or look at later, as well. This feature requires a free membership created by email address.

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Use this site as an anticipatory set for a unit in history or on inventions. Share a collection of images or invention drawings on a projector or whiteboard and ask what the invention will do. Or use the site as the starting point for individual or group projects. After demonstrating on an interactive whiteboard or projector, have students use laptops or lab computers to "collect" resources related to their assigned inventor, decade, or era in American history. Check your school policy regarding accessing student email. If students cannot have their own email accounts, consider using a "class set" of GMail subaccounts (managed by you), explained here. This tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. This would provide anonymous interaction within your class. Students can use their log-ins to collect resources.

Since the documents are in the public domain (are not copyrighted), students may also download and use the files as part of other projects, such as video compilations, Powerpoint presentations, or multimedia of any sort. To access the resources in non-Flash format, click the small link to "research this record in ARC" in the detailed view of the item. You can then view and Save As for use elsewhere. Be sure you teach students about copying the URL and relevant information from this ARC page to cite the source and give credit in any presentation they make. This site is excellent for enrichment or projects for the gifted, as well. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class for students who are working in History Day projects or other assignments for your class.

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