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American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. - The American Heritage Education Foundation

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K to 12
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Social studies, history, and government teachers - be warned - this site may be the best FREE gift you receive this year. To sum it up in one word - ...more
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Social studies, history, and government teachers - be warned - this site may be the best FREE gift you receive this year. To sum it up in one word - WOW! The highlight of this site is ready-to-go lesson plans (with standards) divided by age level (elementary, middle, and high school). These FREE lesson plans are available online via a PDF file or you may order a FREE CD (they say it is a $150 value).

The elementary topics range from Colonial America to U.S. Presidents (with a focus on George Washington) to the History of Thanksgiving to The Pledge of Allegiance and MANY others. The middle school topics include the Declaration of Independence, Our National Documents, The Gettysburg Address, Religious Expression in School, and several others. The high school topics vary from the Mayflower, to Federalists 47, the First Amendment, and more. Each grade level also includes lessons on character education.

In addition to the wonderful lesson plans, the site also highlights the four themes of the foundation: Unity, Progress, Freedom, and Responsibility. There are also links to some fantastic social studies sites and a wealth of research information about America. Some of the lesson plans and printables require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colonial america (108), constitution (88), gettysburg (25), gettysburg address (17), presidents (123), thanksgiving (34)

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Obviously, the lesson plans are useful for all grade levels. Take advantage of these free resources. Many include printable activities for your students to try out. Although the site isn't highly interactive, it does have some great ideas to incorporate into your class to bring history alive.

Make the lesson plans more "technologically advanced" by having students create a wiki or blog entry. Have your high school students complete the lesson on the First Amendment and then have them have a virtual debate about the First Amendment via a class wiki. Have your elementary students complete the lesson on U.S. Presidents and then have each student write a blog entry pretending to be one of the presidents (a great mini-research project). Have your middle school students complete the lesson on the Gettysburg Address and then try to create their own "Address" to talk about the current state of our nation. Have them share their "Address" on a video using YouTube or or TeacherTube (explained here).
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2nd Grade Home Page - Kidport

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1 to 3
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This site was created for second grade students. It offers links to activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject...more
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This site was created for second grade students. It offers links to activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject areas only offer one or two activities, while others offer several topics. The topics vary greatly and include addition, subtraction, multiplication, dinosaurs, Earth, the solar system, continents, oceans, compound words, contractions, and more! Much of the site consists of interactive quiz style questions (rather than background information). But this site does have a little bit of everything.

Although some of the activities are not highly interactive, they are well done and could be very useful in the classroom. Some of the pages do have advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (224), continents (51), dinosaurs (54), oceans (166), subtraction (186)

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Use the activities at this site as an anticipatory activity for a new topic, or review prior to the big quiz. The site's activities would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector. List this site in your class newsletter and on your class website for students to use for additional practice at home.

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5th Grade Home Page - Kidport

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4 to 6
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This site, created by Kidport for fifth grade students, offers links to lessons and activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library....more
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This site, created by Kidport for fifth grade students, offers links to lessons and activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject areas only offer one or two activities, while others offer several. Some examples of math topics include measuring angles, adding and subtracting decimals, and measuring distance. Language arts topics include contractions, antonyms, synonyms, compound words, and homophones. Science topics vary greatly and include the heart, human body, bones, muscles, the animal kingdom and more! Social studies lessons focus on the pilgrims, U.S. states and capitals, and the American Revolution.

This site offers a variety of interactive elements (online quizzes, interactive maps and diagrams, and other learning exercises). Some of the pages do have advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): antonyms (26), capitals (23), heart (40), pilgrims (17), synonyms (36)

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Share this site with your families by listing it on your class website for additional at-home practice and enrichment. Use this site with younger gifted students. Share the site with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for learning stations, or indoor recess options.
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Build Planet Earth - reachtheworld.org

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2 to 8
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This site offers two interactive geography challenges. Choose either Build Planet Earth or Map Countries and Cities . Both activities require students to drag and...more
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This site offers two interactive geography challenges. Choose either Build Planet Earth or Map Countries and Cities . Both activities require students to drag and drop various geographical locations onto a blank globe. Some of the "places" that students drag and drop onto the globe include the North Pole, South Pole, continents, bodies of water, countries, and cities. Although the placement is a bit tricky, the globe grabs the item when it is close to being in the correct position. If students choose to continue, they can opt for the easy or difficult level to add smaller bodies of water and mountain ranges. This is a great way to make geography come alive. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): cities (27), continents (51), countries (82), rivers (24), water (131)

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Use this when studying the various continents or as an introduction to world geography. For a variation, have students draw the continents, mountains, and bodies of water and make their own matching activities. Have the ESL and ELL students in your classroom show where they're from and let them talk about special geographic features.
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Coast to Coast - PBS Kids GO!

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1 to 5
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Coast to Coast presents students with an interactive board game. Students can choose to play the game independently or with a partner (2 players). The players are presented...more
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Coast to Coast presents students with an interactive board game. Students can choose to play the game independently or with a partner (2 players). The players are presented with a series of geography questions that they must answer correctly to travel across the gameboard. The questions involve state capitals, state abbreviations, state shapes and locations, and other state facts. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (23), states (165)

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Have students travel across the country with a partner. Have the groups keep a list of the questions asked, and how many questions each student answered before they crossed the map (minimum is seven). Use this site as a review prior to a quiz or test about the states. After students do state reports, have them write questions for a "life size" board game on a large map in your school multipurpose room or playground. Shuffle the questions for teams to traverse the country!
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Frederick County: A Crossroads of History - Maryland Public Television

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This site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers the history of Frederick County, Maryland. There is also detailed information about transportation of the past and present,...more
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This site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers the history of Frederick County, Maryland. There is also detailed information about transportation of the past and present, civil rights movements in Frederick County, primary sources and secondary sources, architecture, and more. There are lesson plans (with Maryland standards), printable pages, information to use if you choose to share any videos with your students (which is not necessary to use this site), links to learn about the Revolutionary times, War of 1812, The Underground Railroad and the Civil War, and much more.

There is a link for Web Links , these lead to other sites that provide research information. Some of the links include forums, so watch students carefully.

tag(s): civil rights (120), maryland (8), transportation (46)

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If you are teaching about the history of Maryland, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad, or the Civil War, check out the lesson plans available at this website. The printable pages and online student activities offer excellent supplementary lesson ideas.

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The Story of Anne Arundel County - Maryland Public Television

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4 to 8
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This site takes students on a web hunt throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit BWI airport, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, and several other famous landmarks. On the homepage,...more
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This site takes students on a web hunt throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit BWI airport, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, and several other famous landmarks. On the homepage, there are links for kids and teachers. The Kids link takes you directly to the web hunt. The Teachers Page includes ways to implement the lessons into your curriculum, resource links, project ideas, and more.

tag(s): maryland (8)

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Use this site for individual research projects about the eight famous places listed at this site. Assign cooperative learning groups to explore the sites together. Use the link for Shady Side to introduce peninsulas to your students. "Take" your students to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis without leaving school.

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Pathways to Freedom: Maryland & The Underground Railroad - Maryland Public Television

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This informative and interactive website provides information about Maryland's role in the Underground Railroad. Some of the highlights include video clips about Harriet Tubman, lesson...more
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This informative and interactive website provides information about Maryland's role in the Underground Railroad. Some of the highlights include video clips about Harriet Tubman, lesson plans and class activities, printable pages, reference information, details about signs and symbols of the Underground Railroad, and MUCH more. If you are teaching about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad - this site is a must see. Another interesting activity is the "Make Your Own Secret Quilt Message." Be sure to check out the link Classroom Resources for some interesting ways to incorporate this site into your lessons. It would also be a terrific accompaniment for TeachersFirst's Signs in Stitches and Song unit. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat, you can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): 1800s (48), civil war (142), lincoln (83), maryland (8), slavery (66), underground railroad (11)

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Start your exploration at the link for teachers Classroom Resources. The lesson plans (which include standards) are ready to go and easy to use. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for research projects. Have students write fictitious blog posts pretending they are traveling the Underground Railroad or an illustrated wiki account of their travels.
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Exploring Maryland's Roots - Maryland Public Television

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3 to 9
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This amazing historical site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers information about Maryland's roots (focusing on the 1600s and 1700s). Click on Classroom Resources ...more
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This amazing historical site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers information about Maryland's roots (focusing on the 1600s and 1700s). Click on Classroom Resources to find several lesson plans and activities (all linked to Maryland standards). Lesson plans focus on topics such as plantations and slavery, the colonists' arrival in the New World, the history of the Yaocomaco Indians, and several others. The lessons include interactive activities and/or video clips. There are also printables and a wealth of historical information (great for research). This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): 1600s (14), chesapeake bay (4), colonial america (108), india (32), maryland (8), slavery (66)

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During your Colonial Unit, share the video of the "Diary of the Colonial - Jenny Steiner." Check out all of the lesson plans when teaching about the history of the 13 colonies, slavery, plantation life, life in the 1600s and 1700s. Be sure to read the teacher tips for more ideas. This site is also an excellent resource for research on individual states or colonies (Maryland).
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My fifth graders LOVE this website. Well done. Gail, MI, Grades: 4 - 6
My fifth graders LOVED this website. Gail, MI, Grades: 4 - 6

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Scribble States - Armor Games Inc.

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3 to 8
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At this site, students learn about each of the 50 states. They connect dots to create the outline of a state. Students can choose from an assorted number of "exam" ...more
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At this site, students learn about each of the 50 states. They connect dots to create the outline of a state. Students can choose from an assorted number of "exam" questions; they can also choose whether to have questions on the name of the state, its capital, or its state name. The speed of the questions varies also. Students receive a score on the accuracy of their drawing with the mouse and the answer to the question about the state.

This site does have some minor advertisements. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (23), drawing (78), states (165)

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Use this activity as practice with states state capitals, or state shapes. Your visual and kinesthetic learners will benefit from this different approach. This site is accessible to ESL and ELL students; provide them with a map of the states and they can use this activity to familiarize themselves with state names, pronunciation, shape, location, etc.

This site is "interactive whiteboard ready." Try the activity as a class challenge (at the beginning of social studies class). Have students take turns "drawing" the state, and then use the "quiz" questions a class (or team) activity. Once students are familiar with this site, allow them to explore on their own. Have students create their own dot to dot state papers and quizzes to share with the class.
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Google Lit Trips - Google Earth

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Google Lit Trips collects annotated maps on Google Earth to illustrate the travels found in great works of literature. The site presents the work of teachers and others and continues...more
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Google Lit Trips collects annotated maps on Google Earth to illustrate the travels found in great works of literature. The site presents the work of teachers and others and continues to add maps and content. Literary works are divided by grade level. Each map also provides links to other online material related to the work illustrated, and some trips are accompanied by related podcasts.

"Lit trips" can be reviewed by users so teachers can see comments left by other users. This site uses Google Earth which must be downloaded first. Find full info on Google Earth in the TeachersFirst review, including the link to download.

tag(s): earth (222), literature (266), maps (294)

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Each "lit trip" is extensively annotated and linked to further content, making this an incredibly rich resource for teachers to use in conjunction with teaching works of literature. Students can see graphically the travels of such characters as the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath , or Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey . Using these lit trips on an interactive whiteboard or projector will greatly enhance a class study of the associated work of literature. Alternatively, students might be encouraged to explore these lit trips independently, at home, or in a computer lab, so they can follow links that are of particular individual interest. As a really ambitious project, make it a class task to create a lit trip for a work of literature you are studying, assigning student groups to choose locations and create the placemarkers, then submit it to the Lit Trips site.

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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - Government Printing Office

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Here's an introduction to American government that even the youngest students can appreciate. Divided into four grade levels, the site explains the structure and purpose of American...more
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Here's an introduction to American government that even the youngest students can appreciate. Divided into four grade levels, the site explains the structure and purpose of American government in age-appropriate terms for everyone from Kindergarteners to high school students. For example, there are four interactive games for your primary students (grades k-2)that make learning about our government fun. Have students learn states' locations by placing them on the map. Color the USA flag, help Ben Franklin out of a maze, or find your way around the liberty bell. There are also age-specific activities divided into grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): constitution (88), franklin (11), states (165)

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With younger grades, use an interactive whiteboard or projector to learn the states' locations with the entire group. This simple site would be great to use in your computer center for individual learning or for some indoor recess enrichment fun. Secondary teachers looking for more than the basics will want to supplement this site with other resources. There is a link for parents and teachers, be sure to take a look!
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Place Spotting - Martin Fussen

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2 to 12
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An EASY way to try making your own online content for the first time! At this site, students get practice using Google Maps' satellite technology and user-created hints to locate ...more
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An EASY way to try making your own online content for the first time! At this site, students get practice using Google Maps' satellite technology and user-created hints to locate a place from a Place spotting "quiz," as pictured with a Google map. A world map below the "quiz" location image allows them to explore the globe and zoom in to pinpoint the location shown in the "quiz" map. Students use hints to narrow their search area. Be aware, MOST of the hints are in English, but there are a few in other world languages.

Once students or class find the map location, they can choose to try other maps or send a map "quiz" to others. The real power of Place Spotting is that students, teachers, and whole-class groups can also create their Own Place Spotting "quizzes" with accompanying hints using the "Create" page. Here is a sample made by the TeachersFirst review team. This site also includes a blog and search option (i.e. to find maps in specific languages).
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tag(s): landforms (49), latitude (14), longitude (14), maps (294)

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Click Create to create your own place spotting "quiz" for others to solve. The simple steps have numbered directions. Be sure to enter the security "code" and click "Store" for your quiz to be saved. Note that you may decide whether to make it "private" (invisible to others except by invitation). Share the quiz you create by copy/pasting the URL that shows after you click "store." You can always find it again using the search tool, but knowing the URL allows you to give it to others as a link. You might want to "collect" your class Place Spotting links in a Word document (for safe keeping) or on a class wiki.

The only safety concerns are if kids write questions or use places that might lure people to their school or identify themselves (their own house, for example). Check the box to make the quiz private if it is so revealing that you want to keep it only for those you know (GET THE URL and be sure the teacher keeps the list. Private ones cannot be found using the search!). Kids can use them to quiz each other if the teacher/kids shared the group of "private" ones as links on a teacher web page, class wiki, or in a word document (clickable).

Use this site when studying the concept of satellite imagery and map skills. Contrast this site's technology with that of a hand held GPS device. Discuss the map skills needed to use it, including the comparison of the ZOOM tool with a map scale. This is a great activity for ESL and ELL or weaker readers since there is little language involved! Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector for a daily "map challenge" or as an anticipatory set/activator at the start of any place-related lesson. Choose places as a class and create your own maps, or have students work in cooperative learning groups to create their own maps about places in their community, landmarks of local history, or cultural sites of countries they study in world languages (be sure to mark private, if they are maps that reveal too much information). Classes could build a community treasure hunt of local history or a landform "find-it" on their wiki, simply by including the URLs -- even add digital pictures of the actual location with each "quiz." You will want to us the areas with higher-resolution images for landform study! Older students can put links or embed the quiz on their blogs or wikis, too. Literature lessons could include Placespotting quizzes for major sites in the stories (assuming they are real) or important places in the author's life. You may want to list this site on your class website; families could map out vacation spots, countries of ancestry, and more.
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Flags of the World - fotw.net

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4 to 12
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With 35,000 pages to explore and more than 60,000 flag images, this site probably contains the most extensive information about flags of the world than anywhere on the web. Pages ...more
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With 35,000 pages to explore and more than 60,000 flag images, this site probably contains the most extensive information about flags of the world than anywhere on the web. Pages are ordered by country for easy access to flags, or pages can be accessed by clickable maps. Search the site using its search engine for flag information. Click on the Links and Related Links to find additional information about countries and their map histories. Note: These links take you off this main site and some of those sites may contain ads that may be insecure. Vexillology (study of maps) enthusiasts have known about and contributed to this site for years. Classroom teachers can now reap from the informational rewards. This site does include some advertisements and custom flags for a fee.

tag(s): flags (22), maps (294)

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Social studies teachers, definitely save this site in your favorites for your state and country reports. Use the information provided for research projects.

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Gateway to the Summer Games - EdGate

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2 to 8
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Bring the spirit of the games into your classroom! These nicely designed lesson plans, organized by grade level, address topics including characteristics of the ancient games, national...more
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Bring the spirit of the games into your classroom! These nicely designed lesson plans, organized by grade level, address topics including characteristics of the ancient games, national anthems and customs, and women in the Olympic arena. Fun Olympic facts, information on health and exercise, and creative activities for learning about life in ancient Greece are also provided. Although these activities were originally created for the 2004 Olympics, nearly all of the information is applicable to any year of Olympic events (specifically, the summer Olympics). Some of the lesson plans and other activities require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): greece (27), olympics (52)

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Use this information to enhance your Olympic unit. The lesson plans and activities require very little preparation. Challenge your students to research the various countries that have hosted the Olympics in the past and create multimedia presentations to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Safe Drinking Water - National Academy of Sciences

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4 to 12
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Students may not understand that healthy, safe drinking water is not found everywhere. Use the sections in this site to read information, view videos, and explore water-related issues...more
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Students may not understand that healthy, safe drinking water is not found everywhere. Use the sections in this site to read information, view videos, and explore water-related issues and exhibits. Students can view water sources, how water is treated and processed, and infrastructures that deliver the water. Use the atlas to access visuals of safe drinking water, sanitation, precipitation, population, and other water related data. Use the links along the bottom to access printable versions of the resources, links to other resources, and a glossary of terms used. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): environment (321), natural resources (58), resources (106), water (131)

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Have students look at areas of this site and bring information to a small group or round table discussion of issues. Students can then research areas of the world affected by these issues as well as affected areas in the United States. Use issues as a debate using resources shown on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Have students write a blog post about issues that require comments from other class members.
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Google Sky - Google

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K to 12
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Google Sky is a great way to view the planets, constellations, birth of galaxies, and other items in the universe. It uses some of the best images from the Hubble ...more
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Google Sky is a great way to view the planets, constellations, birth of galaxies, and other items in the universe. It uses some of the best images from the Hubble Telescope and other observatories around the World. Select thumbnail images along the bottom of the screen to quickly access planets, constellations, stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Use layers that are created using different wavelengths such as x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light. Type in the name of your favorite planet, star, or constellation in the search field to find it quickly and then zoom in for greater detail and information. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): planets (131), stars (69)

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No matter what subject you teach, bring the wonder of the night sky to your students. Google Sky provides a look at millions of stars and galaxies in the universe which can be a springboard to many activities in your class using art, geography, math, and writing. Use Google Sky as a complement to a planetarium field trip by showing the solar system in your classroom. Use Google Sky to track the life of a star from birth to death, begin discussions and multimedia presentations of mythological orientations of names, and histories or trajectories of planets. Elementary teachers will enjoy being able to share the night skay to accompany or inspire writing poems and stories aout the stars. Find great resources from Google here.
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Geography for Kids - kidsknowitnetwork

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4 to 10
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This online geography book for children uses a mostly text-based format with in-depth information about the Earth, Describing Our Planet, Our Atmosphere, Atmospheric Temperatures, Atmospheric...more
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This online geography book for children uses a mostly text-based format with in-depth information about the Earth, Describing Our Planet, Our Atmosphere, Atmospheric Temperatures, Atmospheric Pressures, Atmospheric Moisture, The Hydrosphere, and The Biosphere (chapter titles). Pictures, songs, graphs, and charts spice up the relentless text! There is also a link for Geography Games for Kids with interactive educational activities about various continents, latitude and longitude, capitals, and more.

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tag(s): atmosphere (29), earth (222)

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Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computers. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use some of the topics as introduction activities to a new unit in geography class. If you are teaching latitude and longitude skills, be sure to check out the interactive Geography Games link. Provide this link on your class website, so students can practice their geography skills at home.
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Kid's Past - kidsknowitnetwork

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4 to 9
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This online history textbook provides a good reference source for a vast amount of world history told from different perspectives. History that's often missed by K-12 curricula includes...more
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This online history textbook provides a good reference source for a vast amount of world history told from different perspectives. History that's often missed by K-12 curricula includes chapters on Islam, Asia before and after the Middle Ages, Civilization in China, and Africa, for example. In depth coverage of commonly studied topics adds detail and provides research possibilities. Although the main part of the material is text-based, online history games motivate students to review learned materials. Another interesting feature is a list of hundreds of historical and contemporary people and their famous quotes. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): famous people (23), greek (41), greeks (33), renaissance (32), romans (35)

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Save this site in your favorites and use it as a jumping off point for research or lessons on the various topics offered at this site. If you have a history buff in your class, share this site with him/her as a place to spark an individual project, even in world language classes where history and culture are part of the curriculum.
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Connect The States - PBS Kids GO!

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K to 3
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Learn the state flags, state animals, popular food from the state, the shape of the state, and more at this interactive matching activity all about the United States. Come along ...more
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Learn the state flags, state animals, popular food from the state, the shape of the state, and more at this interactive matching activity all about the United States. Come along with Buster (from the PBS Show, Arthur) to play this matching game. Students are presented with a game board with sixteen pictures (Buster has his own board also). Students flip cards from the deck in the middle of the screen to see if they have the matching picture on their game boards. Each picture is a state, state flag, state animal, popular food, or other cultural information about the state. The best part of this site is that it provides full audio, so even non-readers can easily navigate and learn the states. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animals (319), flags (22), maps (294), states (165)

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Use this website as a learning center on a cluster of computers or on individual computers in the lab or classroom. With younger students you may want to introduce this activity using an interactive whiteboard or projector. This site would work well in any class learning about the states that comprise the United States (regular education, ESL, ELL, or others). Create a class game about your home state (or country, if not from the USA). Have students research and create "game cards" about the state flag, shape of the state, state animal, and other "stately" information.
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