Grades7 to 12
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In the ClassroomShare these maps and information on your whiteboard during classroom discussions as a visual tool for students to understand the geographic location of events and use it to provide context for relationships between different events. As students study history, ask them to create interactive timelines using Timeline JS, reviewed here, which includes images, videos, and documents to detail events. Extend learning by asking groups of students to create presentations using different multimedia tools to provide an overall understanding of the content. For example, ask one group to create a timeline and another to create an interactive map using Zeemaps, reviewed here, and have another group use Adobe Express Free Video Maker, reviewed here, to create a video presentation.
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the resources in this article to introduce Ancient China to students of all ages. For example, when sharing YouTube videos with students, use Timelinely, reviewed here, to create an interactive learning experience by adding comments, highlighting important information, or linking to Google Map locations. Enhance instruction using Nearpod, reviewed here, to create and share interactive lessons available to use as live presentations or as flipped or blended learning activities. Finally, be sure to visit Nearpod's library to find several Ancient China presentations to use or modify to fit your needs.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomVisualizing 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.
Grades5 to 12
tag(s): art history (82), body systems (41), business (48), chinese (43), drawing (61), environment (231), financial literacy (93), french (72), geology (64), japanese (46), latin (21), music theory (45), narrative (15), novels (27), nutrition (132), oceans (139), OER (42), photography (128), plagiarism (33), poetry (182), psychology (66), robotics (22), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (22), space (210), spanish (102), STEM (243), writers workshop (32)
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): 1600s (20), 1700s (36), 1800s (66), 20th century (50), american revolution (81), civil war (130), colonial america (92), colonization (18), gettysburg (16), gettysburg address (12), native americans (86), OER (42), washington (24), westward expansion (37)
In the ClassroomThis site is an excellent addition to any middle or high school social studies curriculum. Bookmark this site to include with your other lesson resources. Use individual lessons to supplement your lessons through a new viewpoint since many of the tasks encourage students to think of history through the eyes of a traveler. Each lesson begins with a series of focus questions to keep in mind throughout the article. Engage students in learning and provide support for focusing on important information using Read Ahead, reviewed here. This handy tool lets you transform any text into a guided reading activity that highlights critical components of the text. As students collaborate on learning activities, enhance learning by using Notejoy, reviewed here, as a collaborative note-taking tool. Ask students to add the preview questions listed before the lesson and any other focus points, then share ideas and responses in Notejoy throughout the reading and discussions of the content. As a final learning extension, ask students to use Open-Ended History as a model for telling history through the eyes of a storyteller or from the perspective of one location. Use Vizzio, reviewed here, to create interactive timelines using animated maps. Include text descriptions, images, and videos as part of your interactive timelines.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): china (60), climate change (84), colonial america (92), egypt (46), explorers (61), greeks (30), japan (55), maps (206), medieval (31), primary sources (105), religions (71), romans (33), slavery (70), vikings (10), women (116)
In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have for any history teacher. First, bookmark the site for students to use as a multimedia encyclopedia and media resource. Then, include it with your other teaching resources to find engaging classroom lessons. Have students use the images on this site when creating presentations (using proper attribution, of course). Enhance student learning by having them use Genially, reviewed here, an excellent tool for students to use to create interactive and multimedia presentations. Have students add images to presentations, then create "hotspots" that link to outside resources such as videos, articles, or student-created texts.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): africa (134), asia (68), cold war (28), environment (231), europe (74), greeks (30), industrial revolution (20), migration (45), north america (14), population (45), religions (71), south america (36), world war 1 (64), world war 2 (141)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use in whole as your history curriculum or use parts of lessons to supplement your current instruction. Collaborate with your peers to modify and adjust information in these units to suit your needs. If using Microsoft Word, share your document with peers and add highlights and comments as you adjust the unit. If using the PDF version, use the tools found at SmallPDF, reviewed here, to annotate, merge with your current materials, or convert to another format. As you use this curriculum to view the world from a global perspective, use Google Earth, reviewed here, to create a collaborative project by adding markers to areas around the world to create virtual tours of historic events told through the lens of different locations and perspectives.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude links to videos found on this channel to help students understand the complicated family trees found throughout history. After watching the videos, ask students to use an organizational tool such as Genially, reviewed here, to diagram family trees for American Presidents, European Royalty, Asian Dynasties, or other ruling families. When finished, use a timeline creator such as Vizzio, reviewed here, and find the "layered timeline" to view information in chronological order that includes additional information such as text, images, and primary documents.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to racism and discrimination. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this site with students and allow them time to explore on their own. Encourage students to find and share interesting art and activities with their peers. Use Padlet, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for students to share items from this site. Ask them to include a link to a favorite portion, then add a comment on why they found it interesting. Include information from Arts & Culture when studying historical events to provide interest and perspective on that period. Have students use a map storytelling tool such as Google My Maps, reviewed here, to add information found on this site and others to tell the story of art around the world throughout history.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): maps (206)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use as a reference during any number of social studies lessons. Use the maps available from this website to provide information for settings found in literature. Ask students to compare and contrast old maps with current maps to include with a digital storytelling project created with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Have students create flyers in Adobe Express representing information from the past and then include them and other visuals to create a visual essay using the video creation tool within Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students research places and events discussed in the book to create interactive timelines. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools at located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of the locations shared. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the Ancient History Encyclopedia as an activator before teaching any unit on ancient times to share the stories of any period instead of just learning dates. Share the period in time with your students and allow them to explore the site to find items of interest to share with others. Replace paper and pen by using an online bulletin board site like Pinside, reviewed here, and have students share their findings. As you move on through your lessons, extend learning by asking students to use an animated map-making tool like eStory, reviewed here, to tell the story of events from their chosen topic. eStory offers tools for using current or historical maps to create an animated path including text and uploads of source materials.
Grades6 to 10
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