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Patriotic Music for July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! - Celebrations Sounds

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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district ...more
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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (9), memorial day (14), veterans (20)

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Use this music as background when students work on projects, especially those for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. Share this one on your teacher web page just in time for summer so students and parents can enjoy patriotic background music during their holiday celebrations.

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Top 10 American Patriotic Songs | Iconic American Songs - U.S. Entrepreneur TV

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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are ...more
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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are represented, too. The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (9), memorial day (14), sept11 (17), veterans (20)

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Choose a few of the more recent songs, and discuss why they are considered patriotic as a class. Then, use as background music when students work on projects for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran's Day.

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Reading Treks: Henry's Freedom Box - TeachersFirst

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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis...more
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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis for a virtual journey that tells the story of Henry's journey to becoming a free man. Activities correlate to Common Core Standards, National Standards for Social Studies and Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards. In addition to teaching ideas for working with the map, this Reading Trek also includes extension activities and links to additional helpful resources.

tag(s): civil rights (165), civil war (127), diversity (31), slavery (60)

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Discover the many lesson ideas and activities found in this Reading Trek as an accompaniment to your current lessons for this novel. Incorporate Henry's Freedom Box into units when studying the Civil War, American history, civil rights, or diversity and justice. Include the shared activities along with others of your choosing to create an interactive online lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, quizzes, links to learning activities, and much more in your interactive lesson.
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Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing - The Kennedy Center

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Square Dancing is considered a uniquely American dance form, although it has strong roots in 17th Century English and French dance forms. This lesson for grades 3-5 uses the inquiry...more
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Square Dancing is considered a uniquely American dance form, although it has strong roots in 17th Century English and French dance forms. This lesson for grades 3-5 uses the inquiry process to introduce students to square dancing and guide them through completing a "Kids Guide to Square Dancing." As a final project, groups of students create an instructional video and perform a square dance for their peers. The lesson includes links to videos, supporting lessons, and suggestions for making the instructional video presentation. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): dance (23), process writing (37)

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Use this lesson as an alternative to typical informational writing prompts. Engage students in learning about square dance as you introduce the first activity that asks students to share what they know about square dancing using an interactive whiteboard tool such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. For example, create a board with two sections - use one section for students to share what they know and the second section for sharing what they would like to learn. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize resources for students to use when researching the guide to square dancing. Include a column for videos, another for music, and another with tips on how to write an instructional guide. Enhance the video portion of lessons using playposit, reviewed here, to add comments that highlight specific portions of the video such as types of dance steps or choreography.

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Teaching Hard History in Grades K-5 - Learning for Justice

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This archived recording of a September 2019 webinar shares strategies based upon Learning for Justice's framework for teaching elementary students about slavery. The webinar includes...more
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This archived recording of a September 2019 webinar shares strategies based upon Learning for Justice's framework for teaching elementary students about slavery. The webinar includes several downloads and links to lessons, texts, and explanations of strategies focusing on telling complete stories and making connections. The webinar is approximately an hour long and accessible after completing a short registration form.

tag(s): civil rights (165), difficult conversations (45), slavery (60)

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Take advantage of this free professional development to learn new strategies and access resources for teaching about slavery to students in elementary school. The information in the webinar provides ideas for teaching difficult history topics using current classroom materials and suggesting additional resources and teaching strategies. Consider viewing this webinar with other elementary teachers across grade levels as part of your professional development and understanding scaffolding of information throughout the elementary grades and preparing for middle and high school content. Although this webinar is for elementary teachers, it is also a helpful tool for upper-level educators to understand methods for teaching young students and applying them to middle and high school lessons. As you participate in the webinar and discuss the content, use Threadit, reviewed here. Threadit is a tool that incorporates video conversations as a tool for collaboration. Begin a thread with a question or conversation starter, asking participants to analyze current teaching materials based on the webinar's strategies. Following this conversation, discuss ways to bolster your instruction based on learned teaching strategies.

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Jazz - BrainPOP

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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson ideas and activities that provide opportunities to listen to different types of jazz, learn about famous jazz artists, and understand the roots of jazz from its start in New Orleans.

tag(s): 1920s (8), commoncore (79), jazz (15), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Use resources on this site as part of any lesson on music, musicians, and the early 1900s. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore independently. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo video, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Ask students to research a jazz musician, share their favorite songs, or explore a neighborhood famous for jazz. You could enhance learning and challenge older students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards.
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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History - Learning for Justice

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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat...more
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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat Russo at SUNY Oswego, these simple ideas offer guidelines that ensure Black history lessons are meaningful and relevant.

tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), martin luther king (39), politics (101), racism (71), rosa parks (9)

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Bookmark and use the information provided in the article as a guideline for teaching Black history, not just during Black History Month but throughout the year. Find many Black History resources at the TeachersFirst Black History Special Topics page, found here, or within many of the Reading Treks, found here. The Reading Treks share virtual field trips of resources based upon literature and include many Black history selections. Celebrate your students' learning throughout the year using digital tools to create virtual field trips using Google My Maps, reviewed here, or creating interactive infographics using Canva Infographic Templates, reviewed here.

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20th Century America (1945-2000) Resources - TeachersFirst

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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and ...more
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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. In addition, the Cold War, a period of tension between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies, continued for decades. The latter half of the 20th Century was also a tumultuous time for Civil Rights. Strong African American leaders who worked for social justice included Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Little Rock Nine. It was also a time of innovation and technological advancements. Read all about these events and more in the resources shared in this curated list.

tag(s): 20th century (48), black history (90), civil rights (165), cold war (24), korea (18), martin luther king (39), middle east (40), rosa parks (9), segregation (16), vietnam (31)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons related to American History 1945-2000. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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20th Century America (1900-1945) Resources - TeachersFirst

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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students ...more
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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students understand how these years changed the country. Find resources in this collection related to the economic, social and technological milestones seen during this time. We will include resources that introduce the opening of the Panama Canal, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, The Great Depression, Mahatma Gandhi, World War I and II, the first winter Olympics, US Immigration Act of 1924, the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps, the segregation era, the Roaring Twenties and prohibition, The Ford Model-T, Lindburgh's first nonstop flight from NY to Paris, the construction of the Empire State Building and the Hoover Dam. Discover these topics and many others in this collection.

tag(s): 20th century (48), great depression (27), holocaust (40), immigration (58), japanese (46), segregation (16), stock market (8), world war 1 (62), world war 2 (136)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to American history during the years of 1900-1945. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.

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Resources Related to Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Bring Colonial America to your class with the reviewed resources shared in this section. The colonial history of the United States covers the period of time from 1607 to 1776, ...more
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Bring Colonial America to your class with the reviewed resources shared in this section. The colonial history of the United States covers the period of time from 1607 to 1776, when the thirteen colonies joined together to declare their independence. Therefore, the term Colonial America also refers to the thirteen colonies located on what is now the eastern coast of the United States. People came to the New World for many different reasons: religious freedom, commerce, and starting new lives after serving time in jail. Education was important to the colonies, and the economy was based most often on farming and trade.

tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), colonial america (92), colonization (18)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons related to Colonial America. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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American Civil War Resources - TeachersFirst

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For over a century, America's Northern and Southern states had been in conflict over several issues, including cultural values, the federal government's power, slavery, and other economic...more
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For over a century, America's Northern and Southern states had been in conflict over several issues, including cultural values, the federal government's power, slavery, and other economic interests. The bloodiest conflict in the history of our union was fought from 1861-1865 between the states that supported the federal union and the southern states that voted to secede and then form the Confederate States of America. This curated collection shares many resources and tools to help your students visualize what America was like during those tumultuous times.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil war (127), lincoln (58), slavery (60)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding of Civil war times using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Resources Related to the Revolutionary War - TeachersFirst

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Take your students back in time to the late 1700s, as the 13 colonies began their quest for freedom from British rule. These resources share information and tools to engage ...more
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Take your students back in time to the late 1700s, as the 13 colonies began their quest for freedom from British rule. These resources share information and tools to engage your students as they learn how the colonies came together to form the United States of America. Resources are shared for all grade levels and include classroom use ideas.

tag(s): american revolution (73), colonial america (92), colonization (18), washington (23)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons about the Revolutionary War. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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Brother Against Brother: Books to Help Teach Civil War - TeachersFirst

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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities....more
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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities. In addition, browse through the extension activities to find additional suggestions to support student learning about the Civil War. Information is correlated to AASL National School Library Standards and ISTE Standards for students.

tag(s): book lists (125), civil war (127), underground railroad (10)

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Create a list of suggested books for students using Padlet, reviewed here. Encourage students to add comments in short book reviews for other students to use as a resource. Enhance learning by incorporating books found on this list into your other resources to create a learning unit using Blendspace, reviewed here. Use Blendspace to add videos, articles, quizzes, and more to create engaging multimedia lessons.
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Native American Month Resources for Teachers - Library of Congress

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Start your search for Native American Heritage Month lessons and activities with the resources provided by the Library of Congress. This site includes a Teacher's Guide and primary...more
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Start your search for Native American Heritage Month lessons and activities with the resources provided by the Library of Congress. This site includes a Teacher's Guide and primary source resources from the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, and other national institutions. Lesson focus is on many different types of primary sources, including maps, artwork, and music.

tag(s): native americans (82), primary sources (99)

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Bookmark this site to use not only for Native American Heritage Month but as a supplement for any lessons that include activities that teach about Native Americans. Take advantage of the many free primary source Strategy Guides available at Read Write Think, reviewed here, for teaching with primary sources. For example, search for the Inquiry Charts (I-Guide) Strategy Guide to download and use the printout that helps students focus on the content of any primary source. Create an inquiry chart using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to complete as a group. Enhance learning through the use of a video add-on tool such as edpuzzle, reviewed here. edpuzzle offers options to add comments and questions into videos to help students focus on important concepts. Extend learning by asking students to share their understanding of Native Americans using a variety of online tools. For example, ask students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create maps sharing information of different tribes found around the United States. Another option is to use Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, and offer students options for creating videos or webpages sharing facts and information learned during your unit.
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How the West Was Won: Using Literature to Enhance the Study of Westward Expansion - TeachersFirst

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Teach students about westward expansion using the book suggestions and teaching ideas found at this TeachersFirst Exclusive. Resources include activities for an extensive list of picture...more
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Teach students about westward expansion using the book suggestions and teaching ideas found at this TeachersFirst Exclusive. Resources include activities for an extensive list of picture books and chapter books. In addition, this resource contains links to virtual field trips and interactives as well as recommended videos.

tag(s): louisiana purchase (5), native americans (82), railroads (12), westward expansion (36)

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When teaching about the westward expansion, you and your students will enjoy and learn from this site's many resources and ideas. Check with your school's media specialist to see if your library, or the public library, contains the suggested books to share with students at a literacy center. Extend student learning using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, and ask students to create infographics and timelines to share facts about this period of growth of the United States. Extend learning by asking students to create multimedia projects such as digital books created using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many tools for students to personalize projects by including video, images, audio recording, and text.
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Picking Up the Pieces: Exploring Reconstruction Through Literature - TeachersFirst

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Understanding Reconstruction following the trauma of the Civil War is an important concept taught in American History classes. This TeachersFirst Exclusive provides a short synopsis...more
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Understanding Reconstruction following the trauma of the Civil War is an important concept taught in American History classes. This TeachersFirst Exclusive provides a short synopsis of Reconstruction and the political implications of governing in a post-Civil War era. In addition, this exclusive shares many resources for teaching about Reconstruction. Choose from several chapter books and picture books that include suggested lessons and teaching activities. Other inclusions feature suggestions for virtual field trips, videos, primary source links, and music. All information correlates to AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil war (127), lincoln (58), literature (220), slavery (60)

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Be sure to see all of the many ideas and activities shared on this site to engage students as they learn about Reconstruction. Organize and share resources with students using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here. Netboard makes it easy to share links, documents, text, and more into one easily accessible location. Extend learning by asking students to share their knowledge using the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Options include tools for creating videos, web pages, and graphics to demonstrate understanding of learning objectives.
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Core Knowledge - The Core Knowledge Foundation

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Core Knowledge provides a free, sequenced curriculum for grades K-8. Content includes most subjects including language arts, history and geography, science, and math. Visit the curriculum...more
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Core Knowledge provides a free, sequenced curriculum for grades K-8. Content includes most subjects including language arts, history and geography, science, and math. Visit the curriculum page to find and download an overview of course sequences and curriculum by grade level and subject. Each set of materials contains a comprehensive set of resources correlated to Common Core Standards. Materials include lesson directions, student handbooks, assessments, and all printed materials necessary for the content shared. Email registration is required to access and download materials.

tag(s): commoncore (79), professional development (286), Teacher Utilities (123), worksheets (65)

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Save this site for use as an entire curriculum, or use the materials to supplement your current resources. Use the materials to differentiate learning activities for your students. Provide students additional support using content found at lower grade levels or challenge gifted students with materials from a higher grade level. Use Duck Soup, reviewed here, as an alternative to printed assignments and convert any page into an e-sheet gradable activity.
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A Whole New World: Using Books to Help Teach Students About Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested...more
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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested book includes a summary as well as suggested teaching activities. Then, browse through the extension activities to find additional support materials that have a virtual tour of colonial cities, a suggested research project, and ideas for using Google Expeditions to take students on a virtual reality field trip.

tag(s): colonial america (92), colonization (18)

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Bookmark and save this resource to use when teaching about Colonial America. Engage students in learning by incorporating suggested book titles that help students understand colonial times through a personal perspective. Help students compare and contrast current times to the colonial time period using a Venn Diagram. Canva's Venn Diagram Creator reviewed here, includes easy to use tools for creating and sharing a variety of Venn Diagrams. Extend learning by asking students to create animated videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to tell the story about a character or event from colonial times.

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Unsung Hero Projects - Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes celebrates the untold stories of heroes worldwide and throughout history by sharing student-created project-based learning activities. First,...more
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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes celebrates the untold stories of heroes worldwide and throughout history by sharing student-created project-based learning activities. First, browse through the shared projects page to find stories about lesser-known heroes of civil rights, wars, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Then, open any project to learn about the featured unsung hero and the storytellers that created the project. In addition to the completed projects, this site shares a project-based learning tool that provides a ten-step tutorial for creating and sharing student projects.

tag(s): american revolution (73), civil rights (165), civil war (127), heroes (19), Project Based Learning (12), STEM (225), vietnam (31), world war 1 (62), world war 2 (136)

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Share this site with students to learn more about the "everyday" people involved with historical events. Consider starting a project-based learning activity for your students. Learn more about project-based learning at the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page devoted to project-based learning, found here. Help students organize resources found in their research using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create Wakelet collections for each project that includes links to articles, videos, and other relevant information to be used in their project. As students prepare to complete their projects, share a storyboard creation tool such as Storyboard Generator, reviewed here, to help plan videos, podcasts, websites, or plays.

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Diversity Toolkit - National Education Association (NEA)

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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence...more
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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence for Teachers, Class and Income, Social Justice, and more. Each subject includes a short introduction, a discussion of the main issues, and suggestions for teaching strategies. Use the links within each of the issues to find support resources.
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tag(s): civil rights (165), difficult conversations (45), diversity (31), racism (71)

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Use this toolkit to identify different facets of diversity to include in your lessons about social justice and inequalities in society. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a resource to create and share your lessons with students. Create a Wakelet that includes links to your instructional resources, including videos, online information, and uploaded documents. Include in your Wakelet a link to a different collection that is created as a collaborative space for students to add text responses, videos and reflections. Have students upload a video into the collection directly from Flipgrid, reviewed here. For example, visit this collection entitled "Diving into the Civil Rights."

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