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The British Are Coming! Using Literature to Bring the American Revolution to Life - TeachersFirst

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The British Are Coming! is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here. Following a short introduction...more
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The British Are Coming! is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here. Following a short introduction and background knowledge, this article shares picture and chapter book ideas and suggested activities that provide information and context relating to events surrounding the American Revolution. In addition, several suggestions are included that share links to virtual field trips that also enhance students' understanding of the revolution. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): american revolution (82), book lists (162), colonial america (95), colonization (20), franklin (11), heroes (22), virtual field trips (79), washington (25)

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Bookmark this site with ideas about the American Revolution to engage students through literature. Some books and activities include links to lessons and teachers' guides that provide additional information and classroom support. Use Curipod, reviewed here, to quickly create engaging lessons and activities related to your book studies. For example, Curipod can create slides with themes such as lesson hooks, what do you infer? and exit tickets; use any of these options to generate ideas for discussion questions based on the theme of any books shared in this article. Enhance student learning by creating timelines based on information in the books read. ReadWriteThink Timeline, reviewed here, is easy for students of all ages to use for creating and sharing timelines.

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D-Day: How Allied Forces Overcame Disastrous Landings to Rout the Nazis - History Channel

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Learn about Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, using the timeline, videos, and map featured on this site outlining the key events and locations...more
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Learn about Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, using the timeline, videos, and map featured on this site outlining the key events and locations associated with D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 1944. Information on the site discusses the planning, preparation, and execution of the operation, including details about the landing beaches, the airborne assault, and the subsequent battles. It also highlights the significance of D-Day in turning the tide of World War II and ultimately leading to the Allied victory in Europe. Scroll through the timeline to view each event, or visit the three bars at the top of the page to go directly to any of the seven featured events. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): d day (9), world war 2 (150)

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Introduce this timeline to students to highlight the importance of D-Day and the detailed planning of this operation. Ask students to use this interactive as a model and create a timeline using eStory, reviewed here to tell the story of other significant World War 2 events, such as the German invasion of Poland or the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ask groups of students to choose different events, then combine all of the timeline presentations into one larger presentation that tells the story of World War 2. Curate all the timelines into one document using Sway, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here.

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C-Span Classroom - C-Span

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C-Span Classroom offers free, video-based classroom materials for teachers. Browse the links on the site to find Bell Ringers, Lesson Plans, and additional teaching resources. Other...more
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C-Span Classroom offers free, video-based classroom materials for teachers. Browse the links on the site to find Bell Ringers, Lesson Plans, and additional teaching resources. Other tools include a Constitutional Clips video series, Classroom Deliberations based upon current issues, and On This Day in History featuring significant historical events using video clips.

tag(s): branches of government (62), civil rights (195), constitution (88), declaration of independence (15), elections (80), electoral college (22), environment (237), journalism (72), nasa (29), STEM (265), supreme court (27), video (261)

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Bookmark this site to access many video resources and lessons to teach social studies topics. Include lessons and activities as part of interactive lessons created with Microsoft PowerPoint Online, reviewed here. Include quizzes, videos, links to documents, and more to create flipped or blended learning lessons on Microsoft PowerPoint Online that differentiate student abilities and interests and a resource for students to complete lessons individually at their own pace. As a final learning activity and to enhance learning, ask students to share their understanding of the content by creating short video clips made with FlexClip, reviewed here. Modify templates provided by FlexClip to create a short but content-rich overview of the lesson that shares student understanding of the information.

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1619 in America: 400 years ago, a ship arrived in Virginia, bearing human cargo - USA Today

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This article published on USA Today provides background and context to the arrival of the first African Americans in Virginia in 1619, marking the beginning of slavery in the United...more
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This article published on USA Today provides background and context to the arrival of the first African Americans in Virginia in 1619, marking the beginning of slavery in the United States. The content highlights this event's historical significance and impact on African Americans and their descendants, including the enduring legacy of systemic racism and inequality in the country. In addition, the article also discusses ongoing efforts to commemorate and honor the contributions of African Americans to American history and society.
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tag(s): 1600s (20), african american (111), american revolution (82), civil rights (195), civil war (134), colonial america (95), slavery (76)

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Share this article with students during your studies of American History, Civil Rights, and slavery. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share information with students such as videos, articles, and other media. Engage students by creating interactive timelines using Canva Timeline Templates, reviewed here, or eStory, reviewed here, to deepen understanding and provide historical context to the events of 1619. Take advantage of the 1619 Project Curriculum, reviewed here, to find additional resources for students in all grades.

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Judy Huemann - Life and Legacy of the Mother of the Disability Rights Movement - The Huemann Perspective

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This site brings together many of the excellent resources on the web about Judy Huemann and the disability movement. Find podcasts with disabled changemakers and their supporters. Resources...more
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This site brings together many of the excellent resources on the web about Judy Huemann and the disability movement. Find podcasts with disabled changemakers and their supporters. Resources offer a plethora of information, lessons, videos, books and book guides, disability resources for asserting your rights, and much more. Central to the disability rights movement is Section 504 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which stipulates that individuals with disabilities "should not be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Find a downloadable "Curriculum Guide for Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights," found under 504 Sit in History. Judy Huemann led protests, including a 26-day sit-in at Health Education and Welfare's San Francisco headquarters, calling the federal government to issue regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
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tag(s): bias (22), character education (75), disabilities (29), women (137)

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Include this site with other resources featuring women role models, biographical topics, and career exploration information. Since this website has extensive information from around the web, consider using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, as a resource to share information and sources with students. While "Patient No More" is for high school and beyond, there are parts that can be pulled out for your elementary students. For instance, there are videos you can use with Edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add comments and discussion questions for younger students. In addition, there is an observation chart where students wander around their environment, recording where there are examples of accessibility or a lack of accessibility.

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Maya Angelou - Unit - Kids Disover

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In this unit, students will discover the actual human behind the famous name Maya Angelou. The unit has three parts: Tough Beginnings - Maya as a child and teenager, Talent ...more
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In this unit, students will discover the actual human behind the famous name Maya Angelou. The unit has three parts: Tough Beginnings - Maya as a child and teenager, Talent to Spare - Maya as a young adult and her early career, and More than Words - Inspiration. Many students may not know that she was the first African American streetcar conductor in San Francisco and a singer and songwriter. Part three, More Than Words: Inspiration, has a timeline from 1971-2008 and colorful images of her later in life. In the last two parts of the unit find four discussion questions called Think Piece. At the bottom of the landing page are three different word activities. You will need to have a free Kids Discover membership to access this unit.

tag(s): african american (111), authors (104), biographies (94), black history (125), poetry (190), women (137)

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This unit is geared for 5th-6th grade readability (Lexile level 750-890). Introduce your students to this unit on your interactive whiteboard or a projector. The first part, Tough Beginnings, is very interesting, describing that Maya didn't speak for five years and why. Once you get through that part and the Think Piece that goes with it, let students read the rest in pairs or small groups. For the Think Piece(s), create a class Google Jamboard, reviewed here, where students can record their answers and include sticky notes and images. Depending on the age of your students, you may want to create a guided reading activity using Read Ahead, reviewed here.

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The 1619 Project - New York Times

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This 100-page PDF contains the original Pulitzer Prize-winning story by Nikole Hannah-Jones that provoked a national debate on race and history. Scroll past the advertisements to view...more
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This 100-page PDF contains the original Pulitzer Prize-winning story by Nikole Hannah-Jones that provoked a national debate on race and history. Scroll past the advertisements to view the original article, images sharing this story, and 17 literary works depicting critical moments in African-American history.
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tag(s): 1600s (20), african american (111), american revolution (82), civil rights (195), civil war (134), colonial america (95)

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This document is part of the 1619 Project Curriculum, reviewed here, which includes a comprehensive set of teaching materials for students of all grades. Include a link to this document on student devices for students to access the information at any time; however, consider using smaller portions of the paper during your lessons due to the length and intensity of the content. For example, select a couple of pages and save them as a separate file using a PDF converter tool such as PDF Converter, reviewed here. In addition, PDF Converter includes tools for adding images, highlighting text, and drawing lines on documents. Use these tools to highlight important information and additional images to add context. For more difficult-to-read portions of this document, copy and paste the text into Summarize This, reviewed here, to view a summary of the highlights.
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Women Advancing Equality - Patsy Mink - The Asian America Education Project

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Find everything you need to learn about Patsy Mink, a powerful Asian-American woman. Elected to Congress in 1964, she collaborated to craft Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination...more
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Find everything you need to learn about Patsy Mink, a powerful Asian-American woman. Elected to Congress in 1964, she collaborated to craft Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination in education and federally funded activities due to gender. There are activities and discussion questions for grades 1-6 based on an essay for students, an article, and a short video.

tag(s): bias (22), character education (75), racism (76), women (137)

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Use this lesson in your American history units or studies about famous women. Create a reading guide for your younger students and struggling readers using Read Ahead, reviewed here, then introduce this lesson on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Extend student learning by having them participate in a Flip, reviewed here, discussion with their peers. Ask them to explain what they learned about Patsy Mink and women in general, then have them listen to and comment on their classmates' impressions. Use this Flip topic throughout the year to add students' thoughts about other famous people you study during the school year.

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The U.S. and the Holocaust - PBS Learning Media

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Find lessons, professional development, videos, and image galleries provided through firsthand testimony of Holocaust witnesses and survivors at this site shared by PBS as a supplement...more
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Find lessons, professional development, videos, and image galleries provided through firsthand testimony of Holocaust witnesses and survivors at this site shared by PBS as a supplement to Ken Burn's three-part series on the Holocaust. Choose resources sorted into topics: Media, Public Opinion, and Individual Choice, Immigration and the Refugee Crisis, Nazism and Antisemitism, and World War II and the Holocaust. Select any topic to view lessons and media correlated to state standards.

tag(s): europe (75), germany (25), holocaust (41), primary sources (117), world war 2 (150)

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Engage students in learning about the many different stories behind the Holocaust by including materials found on the PBS site within your lessons. Enhance learning by asking students to work in small groups to analyze primary source documents related to the U.S. response to the Holocaust. For example, share The Timeline of the Holocaust at Teaching With Testimony, reviewed here as a resource for understanding the timeline of events that features many primary source images. Extend student understanding and reflection of the Holocaust through a debate activity. Divide the class into two groups and have them debate whether the U.S. should have done more to help Jews during the Holocaust. Encourage students to research and prepare arguments and provide opportunities for both groups to present their cases and respond to each other. Create and edit videos using an online tool such as FlexClip, reviewed here.
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Civics Renewal Network - The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Univ of Pennsylvania

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This site is provided by an alliance of thirty-seven non-profit, non-partisan organizations to offer free online civics resources to classrooms. Curated collections include voting and...more
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This site is provided by an alliance of thirty-seven non-profit, non-partisan organizations to offer free online civics resources to classrooms. Curated collections include voting and elections, media literacy, subjects to learn at home, teaching the 19th Amendment, controversial topics, and a Constitution Day toolkit. In addition to selecting topics, you can view the information by choosing from narrower topics, including citizenship, history, branches of government, and more. Use the dropdown box for Collections at the top of the page to find resources correlated to Common Core, NCSS, and National Standards for Civics and Government. Links to resources include videos, free online courses, classroom presentations, and many other tools for classroom civics lessons. Note: the vast majority of items included are free; however, a few link to resources require payment.

tag(s): branches of government (62), constitution (88), democracy (19), elections (80), electoral college (22), media literacy (103), politics (113), supreme court (27)

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Include 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.
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Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist Video - PBS Learning Media

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This four-minute video teaches students how Cesar Chavez established the United Farm Workers union to advocate for farm workers. In addition, this resource includes a lesson plan that...more
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This four-minute video teaches students how Cesar Chavez established the United Farm Workers union to advocate for farm workers. In addition, this resource includes a lesson plan that integrates the video into a broader topic that features learning about Chavez by examining a primary source document that displays an image of Chavez organizing workers outside of a supermarket in 1969 (click view the lesson plan then click procedure and click the image). Share the link with students through your Google Classroom or on your class website with the provided link. Additional options offer registered users the ability to build a custom lesson that includes the video and other resources added by the teacher.

tag(s): agriculture (48), hispanic (28), migration (44)

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Create 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.
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Exploring Chronicling America Newspapers - Library of Congress

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This site is a companion to Chronicling America, reviewed here, a database for searching digitized American newspapers dating back to 1690. This...more
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This site is a companion to Chronicling America, reviewed here, a database for searching digitized American newspapers dating back to 1690. This map allows you to find information by clicking the map's dots and then using a slider bar to find information based on a timeline. Select and click any dot to view the name and essential details about the newspaper provided at that location, along with links to the digitized material. Information includes the number and beginning dates of digitized issues. Many areas include several publications. Use the arrows located in the popup box to view and access links to all publications for the area.

tag(s): 1800s (73), 1900s (73), journalism (72), news (229), newspapers (91), primary sources (117)

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Use 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.

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Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad - TeachersFirst

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Follow along on this Reading Trek virtual journey of resources about Harriet Tubman's life. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed...more
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Follow along on this Reading Trek virtual journey of resources about Harriet Tubman's life. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, that will help students understand the life and times of Harriet Tubman. 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. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), civil rights (195), diversity (38), racism (76), slavery (76), women (137)

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Include 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.
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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. Scroll down the landing page...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. Scroll down the landing page to find the 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.

tag(s): 1800s (73), civil rights (195), emancipation proclamation (11), Juneteenth (22), slavery (76)

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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 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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Felt - Interactive Map Creator - felt.com

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Felt is a free map creator that makes it easy for anyone to create and work with maps. Under the Use Cases tab on the top right, you'll find Education ...more
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Felt is a free map creator that makes it easy for anyone to create and work with maps. Under the Use Cases tab on the top right, you'll find Education with ideas for teaching with Felt. Easily share your maps with others by sharing a link or embedding them in another tool. Felt's simple toolbar makes it easy to map data or routes and add notes, links, or images. Pinning locations, adding notes, coloring specific areas, clipping out any location to emphasize, and adding layers to your maps allows you to map just about anything you could imagine! You must be at least thirteen years old to create a free account to create maps. This site is currently in a public beta version.

tag(s): map skills (56), maps (207)

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Visualizing 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.

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Journalism in Action - PBS Newshour Classroom

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Learn about ten critical historical events as an investigative journalist using this interactive site created for middle and high school students. The events, starting in the 1760s...more
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Learn about ten critical historical events as an investigative journalist using this interactive site created for middle and high school students. The events, starting in the 1760s and the early republic, continue to gender equality from the 1850s to the present. Each activity includes primary sources that provide perspective on how these cultural events affected civic life. Begin each activity with an introduction that includes an overview, essential questions, and information about relevant journalists during that period. Next, begin the investigation by examining primary sources and completing the included social media activities. The final portion of each event looks at the outcome reported by journalists and offers an opportunity for users to create their own front-page news story. Educator Guides provide guidance for using these interactives and their correlation to national standards. Registration isn't required; however, it is highly recommended as it allows you to complete case study questions within the site and save progress. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): 1700s (36), 1800s (73), 1900s (73), 20th century (59), american revolution (82), civil rights (195), civil war (134), immigrants (33), immigration (63), journalism (72), mental health (34), presidents (121), Research (83), vietnam (35), womens suffrage (44), world war 2 (150)

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This 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.
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National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

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

tag(s): explorers (66), native americans (91), primary sources (117), professional development (393), thanksgiving (24), westward expansion (38)

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

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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (90), computational thinking (41), computers (106), digital citizenship (90), engineering (120), problem solving (225), social and emotional learning (83), STEM (265), video (261), virtual field trips (79)

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Use 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.

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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - The Kennedy Center

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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources...more
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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources include lessons for grades K-8 that focus on learning about indigenous people through integrating the arts with science, social studies, and language arts. Other resources include videos that feature Native Americans discussing their crafts through interviews and storytelling. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. Lessons correlate to National Core Arts Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (155), cultures (132), dance (26), holidays (163), native americans (91), north america (14), stories and storytelling (42)

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Print 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.
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Freedom on the Move - Cornell University

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Freedom on the Move is a compilation of thousands of stories of fugitives from North American slavery. The database uses "runaway ads" from newspapers to provide details on the individual...more
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Freedom on the Move is a compilation of thousands of stories of fugitives from North American slavery. The database uses "runaway ads" from newspapers to provide details on the individual lives involved in the anti-slavery movement. Begin by selecting the link to search the database of over 10,000 ads. Narrow results using filters for locations and type of ads, information on the runaway or enslaver, and the date of the runaway event. The download search offers many more filters and is available to download as a CSV or JSON file. Also, be sure to visit the area for K-12 educators that includes lessons and teaching activities for grades 3-8.

tag(s): black history (125), civil rights (195), civil war (134), primary sources (117), slavery (76)

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Include 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.

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