Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude the Civics Renewal Network with your other resources for teaching civics content. Include activities on this site as part of self-guided lessons created using Microsoft PowerPoint Online, reviewed here, or add to classroom lessons created with NearPod, reviewed here. Extend student learning by asking them to become creators using a digital storytelling tool such as Elementari, reviewed here. Elementari includes features that bring students' stories to life, such as animations, font choices, and drag-and-drop text.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomCreate a free PBS Learning Media account to add this video and resources to a learning activity. Then, easily add questions related to the video on a slide presentation that includes the video and other resources from PBS or your device. Assign Learning Media lessons to a class you create, to Google Classroom, or get a quick assign code to share with students to access the lessons without signing in. Creating and assigning a task with several learning activities works well with flipped and blended learning activities. Extend learning by asking students to research and learn about other Hispanic leaders. Ask them to share their knowledge by creating interactive images using Genially, reviewed here, explainer videos using moovly, reviewed here, or podcast episodes hosted on Buzzsprout, reviewed here.
In the ClassroomUse this map to find historical primary source information by location for various classroom uses. Use the data to supplement your current curriculum; for example, see articles from different sites that discuss Civil War events to engage students in understanding and learning about varying perspectives of life during that period. Ask students to use images (including proper use of copyright) and annotate information to explain the featured events. Class Tool's Image Annotator, reviewed here, is an easy-to-use resource for adding hotspots to images that include a title, description, and links if desired. As an extended learning activity, ask students to share their understanding of the topic by creating an interactive timeline using templates found at Canva Timeline Infographic Creators, reviewed here.
In the ClassroomInclude some of the suggested classroom uses for this resource found in the Instructional Guide (PDF). This book and the suggested activities work well as part of lessons on racism, slavery, and African-American history. Consider using the historical information from the book and other primary sources to create timelines with your students showing the important events during the story. Find various free online timeline creation tools located here. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to have students create simple videos using just photos and their own voices.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInclude 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomVisualizing data and creating maps just became easier for teachers and students. Help your students understand current events worldwide by creating a map and embedding it on your classroom website or learning management system. For example, use maps in science to track migration patterns, explore climates, or map weather events. Teachers of students aged 13+ years can have students create and edit maps in real-time from anywhere. Build upon your student's knowledge by adding layers to your maps to show new information. Teachers of younger students can create maps for student viewing to map a story or show animal habitats.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have for middle and high school social studies teachers. Allow several days for students to complete individual case studies; if time is an issue, assign portions of a case instead of completing the entire activity. Another option is to share a case study as an ongoing flipped learning activity to complete over two or more weeks or as a supplement for gifted students to use as an independent learning activity. If assigning as a long-term activity, ensure students complete the registration and save their work. Then, as students complete the final activity of writing a news story, share their articles as a PDF using PDF Convertor, reviewed here, then upload all of the PDFs to the PDF to Flipbook Converter, reviewed here, to create a flippable magazine that includes all student-written articles.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBe 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 simpleshow video maker, reviewed here, and an interactive map built using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): coding (82), computational thinking (37), computers (97), digital citizenship (81), engineering (117), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (73), STEM (243), video (251), virtual field trips (79)
In the ClassroomUse this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, extend learning by asking students to share their learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomThis unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. Using the wordplay section, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to further explore concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomThis unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. First, using the wordplay section, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to further explore concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomPrint lesson plans during Native American Month, as a supplement to social studies lessons about cultures and states, or during geography lessons. Lesson plans are available in PDF format or as Google Documents; save any lesson to your Google Drive as a copy of the original document and edit it to fit your curriculum or adapt it as desired to fit current lessons. Use any or all materials found on this site as a personalized learning lesson for students to complete in person or remotely. For example, add a video, poem, and reflective activity, and additional materials to a SchoolStack, reviewed here, an activity that offers students a choice of learning materials and activities. Consider asking students to work in collaborative groups to research indigenous people based on their interests. For example, have a group explore dance, another their art and sculpture, and a group that researches geographic locations of the different tribes. Ask each group to share their learning by creating simple websites made with Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Telegra.ph provides simple website creation tools without all the distractions of backgrounds, templates, and other distractions. Easily add text, images, and links to any Telegra.ph site.
Grades2 to 5
In the ClassroomThese activities would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. First, using the wordplay section of the lesson, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to extend learning about the concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
Grades2 to 5
In the ClassroomThis unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. First, using the wordplay section of the activities, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to extend learning about concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude this database with your other resources when studying Black history, the Civil War, or American History during the early to mid-1800s. Engage students by sharing this site and allowing them time to explore on their own by searching by your location. Each of the ads provides interesting details and descriptions that provoke class discussions and perspectives on the treatment of enslaved people. As students learn and research more information about fugitives from slavery, use Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive images that share additional information about the location, the role of enslaved people, and possible journeys to freedom. As an extension activity, ask groups of students to collaboratively create a map of the journey to freedom of some of the enslaved people found in the site's database using Google My Maps, reviewed here. In addition to mapping the journey, Google My Maps allows you to add links to additional information, videos, and primary source information to provide a complete overview of the difficulties encountered as a fugitive from slavery.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): podcasts (65)
In the ClassroomShare these podcasts with your students to use when learning related material. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find podcasts to incorporate into your lessons.
GradesK to 12
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