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National Cowboy Museum - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

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Learn about the exploration and pioneers of the American West through two online unit studies for middle school students. "Emigrants Crossing the Plains" utilizes the paintings of Albert...more
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Learn about the exploration and pioneers of the American West through two online unit studies for middle school students. "Emigrants Crossing the Plains" utilizes the paintings of Albert Bierstadt created during his journeys along the Oregon Trail. "End of the Trail" focuses on the sculptures of James Earle Fraser depicting spiritual representations of Native Americans. Each unit includes an introduction, discussion questions, and three teaching activities. Be sure also to check out the link on this site to the "Wandering Western Chest" that includes reading suggestions and lesson ideas for grades 3-5.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), native americans (80), westward expansion (31)

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Add these teaching units to your current resources for teaching about westward expansion of America, Native Americans, the 1800's, or explorers. Have students research and discuss other artwork depicting American expansion, ask them to use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and curate their saved resources. Ask students to build a timeline of events based on westward expansion or Native Americans using Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or choose from other timeline creation tools located here. Include images, web links, and videos to create interactive timelines. Use the "Wandering Western Chest" links as a starter to creating your own Western Chest. Include books, artifacts, drawings, and more and share as an introduction to your western unit.
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Cowboys - History Channel

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Investigate the American cowboy's history and their part in westward expansion with this article and video from the History Channel. Discover the Spanish influence on ranching in the...more
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Investigate the American cowboy's history and their part in westward expansion with this article and video from the History Channel. Discover the Spanish influence on ranching in the states in the 1500's and the evolution into what is now recognized as the American cowboy. This page also includes links to additional information on cowboys and related information about westward expansion.

tag(s): 1800s (50), 1900s (38), explorers (68), westward expansion (31)

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Bookmark this History Channel site for use when teaching about the American west. Ask students to include it with their other resources and share using a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam is a collaborative bookmarking site and allows you to share information and add comments. Copy portions of the article into Wordsift, reviewed here, to create a word cloud to highlight and visualize often-used words and terms. Use this information as a basis for further research. After completing research, have students create explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, or create a story map explainging western life using Story Maps, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to use...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to use Flipgrid, a video discussion platform, to increase student voice in your classroom. This tech tool can enhance social learning through sharing short videos centered around a topic. Getting started is easy, and after this session, you will be ready to use Flipgrid to encourage every student to share what they know. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic classroom Flipgrid; 2. Understand ways to use Flipgrid to increase student voice in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Flipgrid in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (115)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Formative Assessment with Infographics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the use of infographics as a formative assessment strategy can both engage students and improve learning. This workshop will help you understand what infographics are, what makes them effective, and how powerful they can be when infused into content-area instruction. Infographic creation requires the application of a range of critical skills, such as synthesis, analysis, organization, and creativity. In order to summarize and convey information correctly, clearly, and concisely, students must understand the material and their audience. Join us and learn how to get started using infographics for formative assessment. Participants will: 1. Understand what infographics are and the elements that make them effective; 2. Explore strategies for using infographics to gather evidence of student progress; and 3. Plan for student use of infographics as formative assessment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): infographics (50)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make the material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (2), differentiation (45), Microsoft (37), Special Needs (33)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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Smarthistory - Khan Academy Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

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Smarthistory is a collection of videos and essays for the study of art and cultural heritage from the Paleolithic period to the present time. Explore the different topics on the ...more
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Smarthistory is a collection of videos and essays for the study of art and cultural heritage from the Paleolithic period to the present time. Explore the different topics on the home page including a brief history of western culture, learn the difference between art and crafts, and a short history of religion in art. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): africa (164), art history (81), asia (72), continents (51), cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (108), europe (73), north america (18), paleontology (42), religions (67), south africa (12)

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Share this site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own or in groups. Have small groups divide up the topics to investigate. Then have students with the same topic meet together to become the expert on that topic (in cooperative learning, this is known as Jigsaw). Have each student in the Jigsaw group create an Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, where they can make digital notes with lines, text, or shapes. Once they form back into their original small group they can report what they learned to the other group members. Instruct students to collaborate using a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create and label a map with information found on Smarthistory and additional research. With Click2Map students can include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos! Challenge students or groups to make a multimedia presentation sharing the art and heritage of different countries using a tool like Visme, reviewed here, where students can choose the type of interactive presentation they would like to present.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Sutori - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge through digital stories. Text, audio, video, discussion forums, and quiz questions bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created visual stories and timelines as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Sutori in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Sutori; 2. Explore three different ways to use Sutori in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Sutori in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), timelines (57)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new Google Earth web. Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google Earth's showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. Participants will: 1. Get acquainted with the key features of Google Earth web; 2. Explore interactive guided tours with Voyager; and 3. Start building your own Tour for Google Earth web. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (27)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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MetKids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Explore over 5,000 years of art in three exciting ways at this vibrant site from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the menu at the top find Explore the Map, ...more
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Explore over 5,000 years of art in three exciting ways at this vibrant site from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the menu at the top find Explore the Map, where you choose red or yellow markers to explore fun facts and videos about art from all over the world. Next, hop into the Time Machine to learn more about specific time periods, geography, and big ideas such as inventions or creatures. Also find, Watch Videos that teach about celebrations, share art made by kids, or provide detailed directions for creating your art.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), inventors and inventions (90), myths and legends (24)

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This site is perfect for use on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Ask them to find information for a specific period of time or country and label what they find important using Webnote, reviewed here, then share their findings on a timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Enjoy the videos for creating and sharing art in your classroom. Take a virtual field trip with your students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you explore the museum together.

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Hardcore History - Dan Carlin

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Hardcore History is a series of podcasts that digs deep into historical events and characters, then analyzes them from multiple angles. Instead of telling stories from our past, these...more
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Hardcore History is a series of podcasts that digs deep into historical events and characters, then analyzes them from multiple angles. Instead of telling stories from our past, these podcasts compare and contrast events over time. Titles include The American Peril and King of Kings taking an introspective look at topics such as was Alexander the Great as bad of a person as Hitler? Each podcast link also includes text or images to accompany the content. You can also listen to these podcasts on the Hardcore History YouTube Channel located here. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): germany (27), greeks (33), nuclear energy (25), religions (67), romans (35), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (139)

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Include portions (or all) of these podcasts as part of your in-depth look at historical events. Have cooperative learning groups create their own podcasts discussing events and characters in history. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Use an online tool such a Lucidchart, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers to organize historical information. Create a link to podcasts on your class page for students to listen to at home, then discuss in class. Alternatively, flip your class and have students view and react to the podcasts on YouTube using VideoANT, reviewed here. With VideoANT student's can add comments and ask questions as they watch videos.

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Hamilton - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History/Ron Chernow

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides an extensive collection of resources on Alexander Hamilton. Scroll through the site to find essays, primary sources, teaching...more
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides an extensive collection of resources on Alexander Hamilton. Scroll through the site to find essays, primary sources, teaching resources, and more. Create a free account with a school-affiliated email address to access the site and all of its features.

tag(s): 1700s (29), american revolution (85), constitution (88)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site when teaching about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Make a splash with visual learners by starting class with artifacts from this site displayed on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Explore primary sources and historical texts as part of a Common Core literacy program cooperating among English, reading, and history teachers. Have students sign up to enjoy access to all the resources. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore information on the site and become Hamilton "experts." Have the groups create presentations to share with the class about what they learn using Presentious, reviewed here, or Slides, reviewed here.
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You Decide: Jefferson or Hamilton? A Biography of America - PBS Learning Media California

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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose...more
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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose the vision that you believe would be best for America. Throughout the interactive, view several sets of statements and make choices before coming to a final decision. When complete, compare your thoughts to others who voted.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (88), jefferson (20)

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This interactive provides a perfect introduction to any unit on the Constitution. Ask students to complete the short quiz, then compare their response to others. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to view responses from your class. Have students make an interactive multimedia presentation after researching Hamilton or Jefferson using a tool like Sway, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Take advantage of the discussion questions on this site to encourage students to think about the visions of our government leaders.

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Alexander Hamilton: Early Influences - PBS Learning Media California

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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton...more
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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton and discussion questions. This site also includes correlation to National Standards for History.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (88)

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View this video together as a class as an introduction to lessons on Alexander Hamilton, the Constitution, or slavery. Flip your lessons and have students watch the video before class. Use the Discussion Questions from the site to challenge students to research other Founding Fathers. Have students or groups share what they know about Hamilton using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Encourage students to research Alexander Hamilton's later life, then upload a photo they have encountered (with proper credit, of course) and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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Immigrant Stories - Immigration History Research Center Univ of Minnesota

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Immigrant Stories is a collection of videos sharing personal and family immigration stories. Add your story to the collection by following posted instructions and video tutorials. View...more
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Immigrant Stories is a collection of videos sharing personal and family immigration stories. Add your story to the collection by following posted instructions and video tutorials. View all of the stories here. Each short video includes information about the participant and a downloadable transcript. Click on tags to find additional videos from participants discussing the same country or region.

tag(s): immigrants (22), immigration (60), migration (58)

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Have your ESL/ELL students share their stories here (with permission from parents) when doing a biography writing unit. Have all students search for stories of immigrants whose ethnic background resembles their own. Have each student choose one story to read about and share a quick multimedia project with the class, such as a simple online posters using PicLits, reviewed here. Ask students who have a relative who is an immigrant to interview them, and then use a tool such as the 3 Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare the experiences. This could be done using a story from the same country, or other countries. Use stories from this site as a writing prompt for a poem or digital story about an aspect of immigrant life, asking students to put themselves in the immigrant's shoes. For presentations of digital stories challenge students to use UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows narrating and adding text to a picture. For the advanced digital atudent and teacher challenge them to create their story as a game using Pencil Code Gym, reviewed here.
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Military History Now - NH Mallett

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Military History Now is dedicated to sharing the strange, off-beat, and lesser-known aspects of military history. Scroll through the site to find interesting stories of the military...more
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Military History Now is dedicated to sharing the strange, off-beat, and lesser-known aspects of military history. Scroll through the site to find interesting stories of the military from around the world, both recent and long ago. Recent posts include the story behind the famous "I Want You" poster featuring Uncle Sam and 10 Most Famous Battle Cries. Use the keyword search to find specific information, or click on related links in posts to find more information on a topic.
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tag(s): battles (20), famous people (23), veterans (16)

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Military History Now is an excellent addition to any history classroom. Share information from posts with students to add background information to any topic. Encourage students to browse the site on their own to find little-known facts to share with others. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share information learned.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection Stories - National Museum of African American History and Culture

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These Collection Stories look at the personal feelings and interpretation of the objects staff members have cataloged in the Museum. These stunning short stories focus on items from...more
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These Collection Stories look at the personal feelings and interpretation of the objects staff members have cataloged in the Museum. These stunning short stories focus on items from historical events and famous people. One example is Dress for the Occasion; view the first day of school dress worn by Carlotta Walls as she entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957 as part of the Little Rock Nine's integration efforts. Other stories take a look at Muhammed Ali, Carl Lewis, The Wiz: The Supersoul Musical 'Wizard of Oz,' and the watches that survived a brutal assassination (Moments Captured in Time).

tag(s): african american (108), black history (57), cross cultural understanding (124)

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Share stories from this collection to provide a personal look at events from African-American history in the United States. Use stories as an example, and ask students to find additional artifacts from the National Museum and research to discover the story behind the item. Have younger students use Kiddle, reviewed here, a kid-friendly search engine to find documents about their particular object. Younger students could bring an item from their home to tell the story of its history. For either of these ideas, encourage students to create online books for sharing the stories using a tool such as Ourboox, reviewed here. Ask students to find local residents with knowledge of historical events to come talk to your class about the "behind the scenes" story, or set up a Skype call with an African-American leader. Use these stories for informational reading in your Language Arts classroom, and as a wonderful resource to use for covering the informational reading standards required with the CCSS.

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Chronas - Dietmar Aumann

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6 to 12
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Chronas is an interactive timeline of world history. Move the timeline bar along the bottom of the map to view the world map as it appeared during that period. Click ...more
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Chronas is an interactive timeline of world history. Move the timeline bar along the bottom of the map to view the world map as it appeared during that period. Click on any country to see that nation's Wikipedia entry. Other map icons allow users to load images for the selected year and browse through data such as populations by religion and culture. Chronas includes many features buried in the maps and timelines, be sure to watch the short introductory video with an overview of the basic features. If your district blocks YouTube, this video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): 1600s (14), 1700s (29), 1800s (50), 1900s (38), explorers (68), maps (294), religions (67), timelines (57)

In the Classroom

Introduce Chronas on an interactive whiteboard and demonstrate how to use the timeline and find the many features available. Allow time for students to explore on their own. Use this site to reinforce your students' understanding of timelines. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a particular period or ruler. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Piktochart, reviewed here.

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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 Curriculum - AFS Intercultural Program

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7 to 12
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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 curriculum has 22 lesson plans, and examines the volunteer service of Americans, primarily during the period of U.S. neutrality...more
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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 curriculum has 22 lesson plans, and examines the volunteer service of Americans, primarily during the period of U.S. neutrality before entering the war. Each lesson has extensive resources and activities, including national and global standards, objectives, background essay, essential questions, instructions, activator or introduction, extension activity, assessments, teaching tips, student materials and handouts, plus links to maps, articles, websites, books, and videos. Lessons are primary-source-intensive with a wide variety of text types, promoting historical analysis skills and construction of knowledge. The topics include discussions of why people volunteer, what are humanitarian organizations, and what were women's roles in volunteer service in World War I as related to women's fight for equality. Also find how humanitarian relief efforts get organized and sustained and how young volunteers are involved in world affairs, historically and today, to explore. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is a partner to AFS Intercultural Program and helped develop this resource.

tag(s): europe (73), maps (294), primary sources (93), womens suffrage (25), world war 1 (55)

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Download individual lessons or the whole curriculum to be used offline. Engage students in an underlying theme or question, helping to bridge between past and present. Lessons are extensive and easy to adapt and use. Use handouts with a whole class, small group collaboration, or individual work. Be sure to download the Teacher Toolkit to take advantage of the extensive lesson resources. Use the Tips in each lesson to enhance your teaching experience, adapt activities to the global classroom, and find more activities and homework ideas. Visit the link to the Museum's companion exhibit, here, for more resources.

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Civil Rights Movement Interactive Map - NewseumEd

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8 to 12
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This interactive map includes links to newspaper coverage of civil rights stories from around the nation beginning with 1954 through 1965. Choose any year to view several front pages...more
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This interactive map includes links to newspaper coverage of civil rights stories from around the nation beginning with 1954 through 1965. Choose any year to view several front pages with coverage of major events. Read each front page by clicking "view larger image". For additional information on similar topics, scroll to the bottom of the page to find links to more artifacts.

tag(s): black history (57), civil rights (119), newspapers (98)

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Share a link to this site on your class website and allow students to explore on their own. Discuss their findings and interpretations of media coverage of civil rights events in class. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast media coverage in two different cities. Ask students to investigate newspapers from additional locations, then create a presentation sharing their findings using Prezi, reviewed here.

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