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Mary Ann Shadd Cary - National Park Service

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The National Park Service (NPS) website features a dedicated page on Mary Ann Shadd Cary, an African American activist, educator, and journalist. This page provides a concise overview...more
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The National Park Service (NPS) website features a dedicated page on Mary Ann Shadd Cary, an African American activist, educator, and journalist. This page provides a concise overview of her life, highlighting her role as the first female African American newspaper editor in North America and her activism for abolition and women's suffrage. It highlights key moments in her life, including her work establishing schools for African Americans and her legal career after being one of the first women to attend Howard University Law School. There is a link at the bottom to an article about her house. It contains a complete lesson plan.

tag(s): black history (125), slavery (76), underground railroad (12), womenchangemaker (28)

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Have students gather facts about Mary Ann Shadd Cary from the NPS page to understand her significance in history and using a simulated social media platform like Fakebook, reviewed here have students create hashtags and digital posts that could have supported Cary's advocacy work, focusing on her key messages. Utilizing the essential question: Were free African Americans living in the US before the Civil War truly "free"? Use the lesson plan at the bottom of the page to have students learn about her home in Washington, DC. Using a drawing program like Google Drawings, reviewed here have students draw their own historical house and add one fact that they learned.

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Ida B. Wells and the Activism of Investigative Journalism - Library of Congress

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The "Headlines and Heroes" blog by the Library of Congress spotlights Ida B. Wells, a key figure in early investigative journalism who fought against lynching in the late 1800s and...more
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The "Headlines and Heroes" blog by the Library of Congress spotlights Ida B. Wells, a key figure in early investigative journalism who fought against lynching in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It talks about how Wells used her research and writing to reveal the truth about lynching to the world. The post shows her important role in the fight for civil rights and how her work helped shape journalism. It uses old documents and stories to make Wells' achievements and the challenges she faced clear to readers. Clicking on the images and links will open historical documents.

tag(s): black history (125), civil rights (195), journalism (72), womenchangemaker (28)

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Using a podcasting tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here have students produce a podcast episode that discusses Wells' life. Have students pretend to interview Wells for the podcast. Create stories using Book Creator, reviewed here that highlights Wells' major achievements, the challenges she overcame, and her impact on civil rights and journalism. Share those those stories with another classroom or post them on your class webpage. Create a timeline of important events from Wells' life. Choose a timeline creation tool located here.
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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 First Women to Design and Build Aeroplanes:Lillian E. Bland and E. Lillian Todd - Gillian Saunders-Smits

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This article shares information about two female changemakers from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean who designed aircraft in the early 1900s. The article includes a short biography...more
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This article shares information about two female changemakers from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean who designed aircraft in the early 1900s. The article includes a short biography of each woman, including their inspiration for designing aircraft. Additional information contains excerpts from descriptions of their planes, images of model designs, and a photograph of Ms. Todd with her airplane.

tag(s): aviation (38), engineering (120), STEM (265), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Include this article with your other resources when teaching about women changemakers, life in the early 1900s, or technological changes. As an additional resource, add the picture book about the life of E. Lillian Todd, Wood, Wire, and Wings by Kirsten W. Larsen, to your class library or watch the YouTube video discussion of the book here. Organize and share resources with students using Symbaloo, reviewed here or Padlet, reviewed here. Use MyLens, reviewed here to create a timeline of women's contributions to airline design. MyLens uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate timelines based on your prompt; start with a prompt such as "women airplane designers" to produce a timeline featuring other trailblazing women in airplane design. Extend learning by asking students to design and share a presentation about women changemakers by creating videos using Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here or with Google My Maps, reviewed here to tell the story of women changemakers worldwide.

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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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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 (125), book lists (162), civil rights (195), emancipation proclamation (11), Juneteenth (22), slavery (76), 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, reviewed here, an online interactive whiteboard, to share additional resources, add polls, diagrams, sketches, and more using Figjam.
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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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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.

tag(s): 1900s (73), 20th century (59), bill of rights (28), civil rights (195), civil war (134), cold war (30), constitution (88), elections (80), electoral college (22), Juneteenth (22), maps (207), native americans (91), presidents (121), primary sources (117), railroads (14), slavery (76), supreme court (27), war of 1812 (14), women (137), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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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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Patsy Mink - My Hero

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This short biography of Patsy Mink highlights her accomplishments and lifelong advocacy for women's equity. This article includes information about her family history, ways she fought...more
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This short biography of Patsy Mink highlights her accomplishments and lifelong advocacy for women's equity. This article includes information about her family history, ways she fought racial discrimination, successful elections, and how she introduced and co-authored the legislation known as Title IX, The Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. Also included is a YouTube video featuring Patsy Mink. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): biographies (94), heroes (22), politics (113), women (137)

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Include this biography of Patsy Mink in lessons on heroes, women in history, famous politicians, the 1900s, or influential Hawaiians. Use a curation tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here or 3x3 links, reviewed here to share articles, videos, and activities easily with students. Use Timelinely, reviewed here to engage students and extend learning by adding information to the YouTube video included on this site. For example, use the 20th Century America (1945-2000) TeachersFirst Special Topics Page, reviewed here to find additional historical context to learn about women's political roles during the 1970s, then include a link to those resources on the video using Timelinely. As an alternative to a book report or written research project, provide students with different opportunities for sharing what they know at the end of your unit using Choice Boards. Activities to include might be creating interactive timelines with Canva Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, a web site created with Google Sites, reviewed here, or an explainer video made with Animaker, reviewed here. Learn more about incorporating choice boards into any classroom by watching the archive of OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation (Part 1), reviewed here.

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Virginia Geographic Alliance - Radford University

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The Virginia Geographic Alliance provides teaching resources for all educators focusing on Virginia history and geography. Visit the teaching resources dropdown link to choose from...more
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The Virginia Geographic Alliance provides teaching resources for all educators focusing on Virginia history and geography. Visit the teaching resources dropdown link to choose from many different categories of information, including Virginia Studies, African-Americans in the Atlantic world of the 1700s, and world geography. The site includes many lesson plans, resource documents, and links to outside resources. Lesson plans are shared as downloadable Microsoft Word documents.

tag(s): maps (207), virginia (14)

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Visit the Virginia Geographic Alliance to find teaching materials that provide information specific to Virginia and the Atlantic coast to include when teaching geography, states, and American history lessons. Curate and organize your teaching resources into collections using Wakelet, reviewed here. As you gather resources and include them in your lessons, consider ways to incorporate technology to enhance instruction. For example, engage students in lessons by creating quizzes using Quizziz, reviewed here. Create a quiz as an introductory activity for use as a preassessment before introducing a new unit on American states. Enhance learning using Pear Deck, reviewed here to create interactive and engaging content. As a final assessment, provide choices for students to demonstrate understanding using technology tools such as Site 123, reviewed here, to create an informational website or Animaker, reviewed here to design an animated video.

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New American History - University of Richmond

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New American History offers free digital media resources for teaching American History for middle and high school teachers, along with a few resources for upper elementary-level educators....more
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New American History offers free digital media resources for teaching American History for middle and high school teachers, along with a few resources for upper elementary-level educators. The included content focuses on connecting America's past to the present; find much of this content under the tabs at the top of the site to journalism, audio, video, and maps resources. Use the link on the home page to find the search tool to find resources. The filters include options to search by term, learning topic, reading level, grade level, standards, and learning strategies. Lesson plans include all information and resources for teachers, and most have a link to a student version.

tag(s): american revolution (82), black history (125), branches of government (62), civil rights (195), civil war (134), colonial america (95), colonization (20), constitution (88), elections (80), emancipation proclamation (11), environment (237), great depression (28), immigrants (33), immigration (63), inequalities (23), native americans (91), primary sources (117), racism (76), segregation (18), underground railroad (12), womens suffrage (44), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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This site is an excellent resource for American History teachers; be sure to add it to your collection of teaching resources. Each lesson provided by New American History includes several ideas for using digital tools within the teaching tips; take advantage of these ideas to engage students in learning and differentiate instruction for learning styles and abilities. Google Jamboard, reviewed here is often suggested for use as a teaching tool; however, Jamboard will be shut down at the end of 2024. Use Figjam, reviewed here as an alternative. Figjam allows members to migrate Jamboards into projects in just a few steps. As students complete activities such as KWL charts, use the graphic organizer templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here to share students' ideas. Extend learning by asking students to use Canva tools to show what they know by creating infographics, presentations, flyers, and other multimedia projects.

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The Teaching of the Bill of Rights - Lou Frey Institute

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The Teaching of the Bill of Rights podcast is shared on Sound Cloud, reviewed here by the Lou Frey Institute and features a discussion with national...more
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The Teaching of the Bill of Rights podcast is shared on Sound Cloud, reviewed here by the Lou Frey Institute and features a discussion with national civic education coordinator Kathleen Munn from the National Archives. The episode shares a conversation about teaching the Bill of Rights using primary source documents found in the archives and how archivists use primary source documents to ground discussions of the Bill of Rights through the actions of real people. Ms Munn also shares teaching ideas such as using Venn Diagrams to help students understand abstract concepts of rights and limits using student rights in the classroom and how they overlap with the Bill of Rights document.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), podcasts (79), primary sources (117), professional development (393)

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Listen to this podcast episode to gather ideas on developing lessons that teach the Bill of Rights in meaningful ways that foster students' understanding using scaffolds to students' frames of reference. Use the podcast as a model for students to create a Bill of Rights podcast as a learning activity. Create ten groups, then ask each group to design and create a podcast with each group discussing one of the original rights using a free podcast creation tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Visit the National Archives Educator Resources page, reviewed here to find additional activities and lesson ideas. After learning about the Bill of Rights, have students play That's Your Right, reviewed here, a digital card game provided by the Annenberg Institute. Challenge students to increase proficiency by beginning with the easiest level, then try to move successfully to the most difficult level.

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I really like this idea. My 5th graders will enjoy this podcast. jenna, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Voices of U.S. - Why We Serve Virtual Field Trip - Discovery Education

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This 21-minute virtual field trip via video is a wonderful visual and audio way for students to learn about Veterans Day history and why men and women serve--starting with Armistice...more
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This 21-minute virtual field trip via video is a wonderful visual and audio way for students to learn about Veterans Day history and why men and women serve--starting with Armistice Day and celebrating the end of World War I and how Armistice Day turned into Veterans Day. There is an explanation of the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The video introduces several Veterans, explaining why they served and other reasons for serving in the military. There are also resources for teachers, parents, and students in grades 3 through 8.

tag(s): holidays (163), veterans (20)

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First, use Padlet, reviewed here and ask students to list what they know about Veterans Day, making columns for history, Memorial Day, the different divisions of the military, and why people serve in the military. Next, introduce this virtual field trip on your whiteboard or projector using Clipchamp, reviewed here to pare down the virtual field trip video to what is appropriate for your age group. Finally, enhance learning by asking students to go back into Padlet and input what they've learned about Veteran's Day and why people serve.

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Women Aviators in World War II: Fly Girls - Edsitement

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Bookmark this excellent lesson plan about Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. You will find Guiding Questions to help kick off your discussion about women in...more
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Bookmark this excellent lesson plan about Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. You will find Guiding Questions to help kick off your discussion about women in World War II. The lesson plan includes objectives, standards, a thorough preparation briefing with all the necessary links, three detailed activities for students, suggestions for assessments, and lesson extensions.

tag(s): aviation (38), women (137), world war 2 (150)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Once the class has gone through however many lessons you choose, enhance learning by having small groups of students investigate one or more extension activities and share their learning by developing a multimedia presentation. Students can choose multimedia presentation formats using Genially, reviewed here.

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Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens - The Smithsonian Institution

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Find an abundance of games and learning activities for kids and teens at this engaging site from the experts that The Smithsonian Institution provides. Scroll through the homepage to...more
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Find an abundance of games and learning activities for kids and teens at this engaging site from the experts that The Smithsonian Institution provides. Scroll through the homepage to find activities divided into several categories, including Art, History, and Culture activities and collections, Science and Nature, Art, History activities and collections, and an Art Meets Science collection. Activities include webcams, interactive ebooks, and simulations. Many of the included materials are in Spanish; some activities require downloading from the AppStore from Google Play.

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Add Fun Stuff for Kids and Teams to your science and art bookmarks to use across many different content areas. For example, one activity is called Journey Through an Exploded Star; share a link to this interactive with students to explore before introducing lessons on stars and supernovas. Ask students to share their learning and add questions using IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. Create an IdeaBoard with two columns (or more if desired), then share the link with students to share information and questions with peers. Encourage student engagement in animal-related learning by introducing them to the Art Meets Science Collections. Afterward, ask students to create multimedia projects incorporating animals as art to showcase scientific concepts like habitats, conservation, and human interactions. Find many different templates and presentation ideas at Genially, reviewed here.

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History Maps - Nono Umasy

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7 to 12
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HistoryMaps provides an extensive collection of historical maps that span a wide range of periods and geographic locations, from ancient civilizations to modern-day nations. Easily...more
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HistoryMaps provides an extensive collection of historical maps that span a wide range of periods and geographic locations, from ancient civilizations to modern-day nations. Easily navigate and search for specific maps based on various criteria, such as region, period, and theme. The maps are also presented in high resolution, allowing for a detailed examination of each map's cartographic features and historical context. HistoryMaps also provides valuable educational resources, including articles on the history of cartography and tutorials on how to read and interpret historical maps. These resources are a great way to deepen one's understanding of maps' role in shaping history. In addition, information is available in several languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, and more.

tag(s): american revolution (82), china (62), civil war (134), explorers (66), japan (56), maps (207), medieval (31), religions (76), russia (33), south america (36), timelines (51), vietnam (35), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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Share these maps and information on your whiteboard during classroom discussions as a visual tool for students to understand the geographic location of events and use it to provide context for relationships between different events. As students study history, ask them to create interactive timelines using Timeline JS, reviewed here, which includes images, videos, and documents to detail events. Extend learning by asking groups of students to create presentations using different multimedia tools to provide an overall understanding of the content. For example, ask one group to create a timeline and another to create an interactive map using Zeemaps, reviewed here, and have another group use Adobe Express Free Video Maker, reviewed here, to create a video presentation.

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iCivics- Patsy Mink - iCivics

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6 to 12
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iCivics features a video entitled "Patsy Mink: Changing the Rules," which tells the story of Patsy Mink, a Japanese-American woman who became the first woman of color in Congress and...more
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iCivics features a video entitled "Patsy Mink: Changing the Rules," which tells the story of Patsy Mink, a Japanese-American woman who became the first woman of color in Congress and worked tirelessly for civil rights and equal opportunities for women. The video provides an engaging and informative introduction to the life and legacy of Patsy Mink. In addition, they have included a lesson plan that contains discussion questions, activities, and additional resources to help teachers incorporate the video into their curriculum. Create a free account to download teacher resources.

tag(s): civil rights (195), congress (39), politics (113), women (137)

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The video "Patsy Mink: Changing the Rules" can promote your student's critical thinking and civic engagement and teach students the contributions of women and people of color to American politics and society. Use the video as a launching pad to discuss women's history and representation in different fields, such as STEM or sports. Have students research prominent women in science, engineering, or athletics and compare their experiences to Patsy Mink's using a digital graphic organizer tool such as mindmaps, reviewed here. Assess student understanding by creating an interactive quiz game with Quizlet Live, reviewed here, or Kahoot, reviewed here.

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Visualizing History - Clio Visualizing History

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3 to 12
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Cliohistory.org is an educational organization that develops engaging online history projects designed to assist educators through documentaries, websites, and other media. Viewers...more
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Cliohistory.org is an educational organization that develops engaging online history projects designed to assist educators through documentaries, websites, and other media. Viewers learn about various American historical events through virtual history and photography exhibits. A few examples are: Votes for Women, Quilts As a Visual History, Native Americans: Our First Historians, among others. Some exhibits contain ready-made lesson plans, and videos for grades 3-12.

tag(s): history day (40), native americans (91), womens suffrage (44)

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Engage your students in learning about history with interactive maps, multimedia resources, and primary and secondary sources. All students, especially visual learners, will find these resources help them connect with historical events and figures more personally to make history feel more relevant and engaging. Enhance learning by having students create a timeline of historical events using Padlet, reviewed here. Use the exhibits as writing prompts to analyze historical information. Have students explore an exhibit as a resource for a research project, then create a multimedia presentation of their findings using Genially, reviewed here, where students will have a choice for their presentation format.

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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 (125), civil rights (195), Juneteenth (22), slavery (76), 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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