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Resources Related to the Revolutionary War - TeachersFirst

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Take your students back in time to the late 1700s, as the 13 colonies began their quest for freedom from British rule. These resources share information and tools to engage ...more
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Take your students back in time to the late 1700s, as the 13 colonies began their quest for freedom from British rule. These resources share information and tools to engage your students as they learn how the colonies came together to form the United States of America. Resources are shared for all grade levels and include classroom use ideas.

tag(s): american revolution (74), colonial america (92), colonization (17), washington (22)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons about the Revolutionary War. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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War to End All Wars: Looking at World War 1 Through the Eyes of Literature - TeachersFirst

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Discover and learn about events leading up to and including World War 1 by incorporating the many activities and literature suggestions found within this portion of TeachersFirst's...more
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Discover and learn about events leading up to and including World War 1 by incorporating the many activities and literature suggestions found within this portion of TeachersFirst's Help! I Lost My Media Specialist page. Begin with the Background Knowledge information to understand the events leading up to the World War and follow through to the global impact of the war. Next, choose from the shared book list to find books to share during your lessons, along with suggested teaching activities. Additional suggestions include extension lessons to enhance learning. All information correlates to AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1900s (51), 1910s (7), 1920s (7), europe (69), primary sources (99), veterans (19), world war 1 (59)

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Be sure to see all of the many ideas and activities shared on this site to engage students as they learn about World War 1. Organize and share resources with students using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here. Netboard makes it easy to share links, documents, text, and more into one easily accessible location. Extend learning by asking students to share their knowledge using the tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Options include tools for creating videos, web pages, and graphics to demonstrate understanding of learning objectives.
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World History Encyclopedia - World History Foundation

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The World History Encyclopedia takes encyclopedias to the next level through the addition of media, timelines, teaching materials, and much more. Use the keyword search to find specific...more
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The World History Encyclopedia takes encyclopedias to the next level through the addition of media, timelines, teaching materials, and much more. Use the keyword search to find specific information or select the index to find content in alphabetical order or by region or date. Explore interactive maps of prehistoric sites, the Roman Empire, and more. This encyclopedia also shares many downloadable lessons and curated collections. Finally, don't forget to visit the media library to find images, videos, 3D images, and audio recordings.

tag(s): china (59), climate change (74), colonial america (92), egypt (43), explorers (60), greeks (29), japan (54), maps (220), medieval (27), primary sources (99), religions (64), romans (31), slavery (56), vikings (10), women (99)

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This 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.
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World History for Us All - Public History Iniative, Department of History, UCLA

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World History for Us All is a free curriculum for middle and high schools that offers history as a single story instead of unconnected stories of various civilizations. The teaching...more
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World History for Us All is a free curriculum for middle and high schools that offers history as a single story instead of unconnected stories of various civilizations. The teaching units are divided into nine significant eras and include history, geography, and time and a look at the past and future. Each unit addresses the same three essential questions that offer the opportunity to explore history through a focus on the bigger picture. Select the link to any unit to see an overview of the content and download the unit in a PDF or DocX format. All materials correlate to state and national standards.

tag(s): africa (137), asia (69), cold war (23), environment (220), europe (69), greeks (29), industrial revolution (20), migration (38), north america (13), population (51), religions (64), south america (38), world war 1 (59), world war 2 (134)

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Bookmark 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.
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IWitness Activity Library - USC Shoah Foundation

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This activity library includes over 400 ready-made lessons and activities in various languages that focus on teaching about the Holocaust. These resources are a companion to the main...more
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This activity library includes over 400 ready-made lessons and activities in various languages that focus on teaching about the Holocaust. These resources are a companion to the main IWitness site, < a href="/single.cfm?id=14082">reviewed here. Use the filters to narrow resources by type, language, or subject area. Lessons are also correlated to several different standards, including ISTE and Common Core. After selecting an activity, view a summary and click the download link to access all links for lesson materials such as videos and a PDF teaching guide.

tag(s): civil rights (152), difficult conversations (44), empathy (27), holocaust (39), social and emotional learning (56)

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Include lessons from the IWitness site with your lessons related to the Holocaust and when teaching about prejudice and empathy. Increase comprehension of the complex ideas related to the Holocaust and prejudice using mind maps to organize and clarify information for students using a digital mind mapping tool such as MindMup,reviewed here. MindMup offers various tools that make it easy to build simple mind maps for use with younger students or enhance learning in more complex ways by adding links to documents, videos, and images. Extend learning by asking students to design and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to tell the story of the Holocaust and share stories of how to build empathy for others.
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Useful Charts YouTube Channel - Matt Baker

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Each week, Useful Charts adds a new video that explores history through family tree charts. Follow along to find out who would be King of France today if still ruled ...more
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Each week, Useful Charts adds a new video that explores history through family tree charts. Follow along to find out who would be King of France today if still ruled by a monarchy or travel further back in time to explore Chinese emperors' lineage. Select the Playlists to find several different compilations of videos, including several royal family trees. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): asia (69), china (59), egypt (43), europe (69), famous people (20), france (34), germany (25), politics (100), presidents (115), romans (31)

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Include 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 History in Motion, reviewed here, to view information in chronological order that includes additional information such as text, images, and primary documents.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Learn about the Holocaust through the digital resources offered by the Holocaust Museum. Start with an introduction to the Holocaust containing key facts, articles, and a media gallery...more
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Learn about the Holocaust through the digital resources offered by the Holocaust Museum. Start with an introduction to the Holocaust containing key facts, articles, and a media gallery featuring a variety of Holocaust-related topics. Explore the many free resources for educators to teach about the Holocaust. These resources contain lesson plans, guidelines for teaching the Holocaust, poster sets, podcasts, and more. Explore the Museum's collections to view documents, artifacts, and discover the first-hand stories of those that survived the Holocaust.

tag(s): europe (69), germany (25), holocaust (39), world war 2 (134)

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Use these free materials as the starting point for any lessons on the Holocaust. Go on a virtual field trip of the museum to engage students' interest in the causes and outcomes of the Holocaust. Be sure to help students understand the personal toll of the Holocaust by visiting the "Who Were the Victims?" portion of the site. Organize your lessons using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Add articles, videos, and documents into an ActivelyLearn lesson to guide students through the learning process. Easily differentiate materials based on student interests and abilities within your ActivelyLearn unit. As a culminating project, and to enhance student learning, ask students to share what they learned using Story Maps, reviewed here. Ask students to create story maps for individuals involved with the Holocaust, or to tell the story of events leading up to the Holocaust.
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Google Arts and Culture - Google

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Visit over 2,000 museums without leaving home through the lens of Google Arts & Culture's presentations. Explore the studios of famous artists, take a selfie to find the piece of ...more
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Visit over 2,000 museums without leaving home through the lens of Google Arts & Culture's presentations. Explore the studios of famous artists, take a selfie to find the piece of art that looks like you, or take tours of historical cities through virtual trips. Use the menu (the three lines at the top-left of your screen) to choose from the different collections, themes, and experiments. Other choices include searches by artist, historical events, and art movements. You won't want to leave the profusion of engaging content at this site!

tag(s): art history (74), artists (72), museums (40), virtual field trips (66)

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Share 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.

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Images of Early Maps - Tony Campbell

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Images of Early Maps is a curation of links to free maps found on the Internet organized by continent and themes. Select a link to go to the list of ...more
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Images of Early Maps is a curation of links to free maps found on the Internet organized by continent and themes. Select a link to go to the list of map links that includes a short description of the map features and time period. Pay attention to the bolded words; these indicate links to high resolution and large collections of maps.

tag(s): maps (220)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for you and your students to find maps from different periods around the world. Share maps with students using a bookmarking tool such as SearchTeam, reviewed here. Links to maps found through this site are perfect for use when creating a historical timeline. Have students include links using History in Motion, reviewed here, to tell the story of a state, country, or important changes over time.

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Old Maps Online - Klokan Technologies GmbH

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Discover historical maps from around the world through the gateways provided in Old Maps Online. Browse old maps or use the search to find maps by specific location; use filters ...more
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Discover historical maps from around the world through the gateways provided in Old Maps Online. Browse old maps or use the search to find maps by specific location; use filters to narrow down to specific years, publishers, and more. The timeline option allows you to drag sliders to specific date ranges. Move the map around to fit any area into the red square to narrow down the maps provided. Click on any of the results shown on the right-hand side of the screen to view a description, date produced, and map information.

tag(s): maps (220)

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Bookmark 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 Spark in K-12, reviewed here. Have students create flyers in Adobe Spark representing information from the past and then include them and other visuals to create a visual essay using the video creation tool within Adobe Spark in K-12.

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Reading Treks: Refugee - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using Refugee, written by Alan Gratz. Use the robust teaching guide with students in grades 6-9 as they learn about the struggles of Joseph and his family as they escape from Nazi Germany. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): europe (69), germany (25), immigrants (27), immigration (54), world war 2 (134)

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Take advantage of the many ideas offered on this Reading Trek to enhance and extend student learning. Use virtual field trips offered online to take students to places around the world to learn more about world populations and immigration. This TeachersFirst Special Topics page provides a curated list of free virtual field trips from around the world. Offer students a variety of digital storytelling tools to share their knowledge of immigration. Some free options include Wakelet, reviewed here, Beautiful.AI, reviewed here, and Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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BBC Bitesize - BBC

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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site...more
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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site is very easy to use for students in any location. Begin by selecting from three main grade bands - primary, secondary, and post-16. Within each grade band, narrow down choices even further by age. If looking for a specific content area, scroll down to almost the bottom of the home page to select "view all subjects." Content includes quizzes, videos, articles, learning guides, and more. Registration isn't required, but it allows you to save items as favorites.

tag(s): game based learning (158), quizzes (83), video (242)

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Bookmark and save this site to take advantage of the many resources on this site to supplement classroom instruction in any topic. If you teach history, use Bitesize to provide information to students from the British perspective. Add links to games or quizzes on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share resources with students. Organize games and online activities into columns based on different topics to make information easy to find. Have students compare and contrast British terms and units of measurement with your system of measurement and common phrases. Use a Venn Diagram creator like the one found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to show comparisons with the British examples. If working with older students, enhance learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a tool for collaborative discussions of the articles found on Bitesize. Share the URL of an article using Fiskkit and ask students to highlight portions within the story to discuss the content.

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Timeline of the Holocaust - Echoes & Reflections

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Take a deep dive into the Holocaust with this interactive timeline and supporting standards-based lesson plans. Created for educators, Timeline of the Holocaust uses sound pedagogy...more
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Take a deep dive into the Holocaust with this interactive timeline and supporting standards-based lesson plans. Created for educators, Timeline of the Holocaust uses sound pedagogy to present the story of the Holocaust as a shared human experience. In addition to the timeline and lesson plans, this organization offers frequent webinars and online courses that support professional learning focusing on instructional practices for taking full advantage of all of the site's offerings. Registration is required to access most of the content. The videos on the timeline are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): commoncore (78), germany (25), hitler (9), holocaust (39), world war 2 (134)

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Although the timeline is a must-use portion of this site, be sure to go beyond the timeline to view and use the many other relevant items offered both when lesson planning and providing instruction. Visit the "Prepare" link to find video resources and a list of Students' Toughest Question to help you prepare for student reactions to the topic of the Holocaust. The "Teach" link provides complete lesson plans in a ready to print format. Because the Holocaust is such an emotional topic to teach, it lends itself to the use of many technology tools for students to share their thoughts and reactions both publicly and privately. As students research online information, ask them to take digital notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here. Using digital notes makes it much easier to share their notes and questions with you and peers using the provided URL. Share important online articles with your students using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Think of Fiskkit as a collaborative editing and discussion tool. Ask students to add comments to any area of the article, sharing their thoughts and insights into highlighted areas. Allow students to grapple with the Holocaust on a personal level using private journals. Penzu, reviewed here works across all devices to offer a fully customizable diary for journal writers. As a culminating project, ask students to retell the story of the Holocaust with the use of an animated timeline using History in Motion, reviewed here, to include text, videos, images, and historical maps.
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Rick Steves Classroom Europe - Rick Steves

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Share the best of European art, history, and culture through video presentations by Rick Steves, a renowned authority on European travel. This site features over 300 searchable video...more
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Share the best of European art, history, and culture through video presentations by Rick Steves, a renowned authority on European travel. This site features over 300 searchable video clips of 3 to 5 minutes in length. Use the search tools to narrow topics by theme, historical eras, or countries. Create an account to save videos to playlists and share with students. You will also find videos for the Middle East. If your school blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): architecture (62), england (52), europe (69), france (34), germany (25), italy (13), medieval (27), middle east (37), religions (64), renaissance (32), spain (11), Teacher Utilities (115), video (242)

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View the videos as a class on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to learn about countries or periods studied. Take advantage of the search tool to find videos by themes to provide a comprehensive look at the themes in various parts of Europe. For example, select the Renaissance to view information about this period in France, Italy, Austria, and Portugal to provide a larger context of these events. Create playlists to share with your students for social studies topics. Have students include information from the videos on this site to create a website using Webnode, reviewed here, to share their findings. Ask students to use the templates found on Webnode to enhance their learning style while including images, videos, and their writing. One idea is for students to create a website through the persona of a person living in one of the countries or different a period sharing their way of life. Ask students to modify their learning by creating timelines using Timelinely, reviewed here, to document events from European history. Use Timelinely to include maps, videos, images, and more to create an interactive timeline experience.

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Ancient History Encyclopedia - Jan van der Crabben

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If you think ancient history is dull and boring, you haven't seen the Ancient History Encyclopedia! Discover the ancient world through engaging text, video, and interactive features....more
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If you think ancient history is dull and boring, you haven't seen the Ancient History Encyclopedia! Discover the ancient world through engaging text, video, and interactive features. Explore the site in many different ways including the index, timeline, maps, and media library. Each portion of the site includes a robust search feature including filters for narrowing down information to desired dates, media formats, and more.

tag(s): aztecs (7), cultures (97), greece (25), japan (54), maps (220), mayans (9), mesopotamia (4), myths and legends (23), religions (64), romans (31), vikings (10)

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Use 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 History in Motion, reviewed here, to tell the story of events from their chosen topic. History in Motion offers tools for using current or historical maps to create an animated path including text and uploads of source materials.

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The Graphics Fairy - The Graphics Fairy LLC

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Choose from over 5,000 free images, tutorials, and project ideas at The Graphics Fairy. Most images feature vintage topics. Visit the "New Here?" section of the site for a quick ...more
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Choose from over 5,000 free images, tutorials, and project ideas at The Graphics Fairy. Most images feature vintage topics. Visit the "New Here?" section of the site for a quick overview of finding and using images including copyright terms. Use the link to categories in the header bar to find and select images. Be sure to also check out the tutorials for printing and transferring images to clothing, furniture, and other items.
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tag(s): animals (264), architecture (62), design (83), images (254), plants (135), shakespeare (91), victorian (16)

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Bookmark and save this site to use as a resource for finding vintage-style images. Because many items on the site feature vintage topics, this site works well with many social studies and literature lessons. Share images on the site to demonstrate architectural features, images from Shakespearean times, or medieval costumes. Ask students to use images from the site as part of written reports (using appropriate copyright attribution). Then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online flippable book. If you only have a word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format. Ask students to work in groups to design and create their own period-appropriate costumes based on images found on this site. Use a tool such as Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, and share their work as part of a multimedia presentation with their peers.

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Imperial War Museums - IWM

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The Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in the United Kingdom with a focus on conflicts from World War I through current times. The War and Conflict ...more
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The Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in the United Kingdom with a focus on conflicts from World War I through current times. The War and Conflict portion of the site contains many resources for teaching and learning about wars through quick reads, photo, and video stories. Choose any war to browse through information and images. Be sure to check out the Learning Resources that includes teaching suggestions and PowerPoint downloads. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): afghanistan (6), churchill (7), cold war (23), d day (7), holocaust (39), world war 1 (59), world war 2 (134)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site as you teach about wars and conflict. Use this information to compare and contrast British involvement in conflicts vs. those in your country. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to describe images taken during wartime. Create a class wiki about the conflict you are studying. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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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, interactive site from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the menu at the top find Explore the ...more
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Explore over 5,000 years of art in three exciting ways at this vibrant, interactive site from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the menu at the top find Explore the Map, where you choose and double click 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 (74), artists (72), inventors and inventions (68), myths and legends (23)

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This site is perfect for use on classroom computers or for a blended class for students to explore on their own. Streghthen student learning by asking them to find information for a specific period of time or country and label what they find important using Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Next, transform classroom technology and extend learning by showing students how to embed media into an interactive time line using Sutori, reviewed here. With Sutorie you can include images, text, and collaboration, or Preceden, reviewed here, for creating multi-layer timelines for over lapping events.

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Grant Woolard YouTube Channel - Grant Woolard

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This YouTube channel features many videos exploring the world of music. Particularly interesting are the Classical Music Mashups. These videos combine the works of classic composers...more
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This YouTube channel features many videos exploring the world of music. Particularly interesting are the Classical Music Mashups. These videos combine the works of classic composers into one clever mashup and challenge viewers to identify how many of the timeless tunes they can identify. Other videos on the site include a Disney music mashup, Sounds of America, and a National Anthem mashup. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): composers (16), music theory (36), musical notation (32)

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Music teachers will enjoy using these mashups to introduce classical music to students. Even if you're not a music teacher, challenge your students to identify the different composers and their compositions found in these videos. After viewing a video, explore full-length compositions and other pieces by each composer. Challenge musically-inclined students to make their own mashup of any music. Use a tool like Soundtrap, reviewed here, where you can blend tracks together using the Soundtrap editor. Share student videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Gifted musical elementary students will also enjoy creating their own music mashups!

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ABMC Education - Understanding Sacrifice - American Battle Monuments Commission & Dept of Veterans Affairs

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ABMC Education's Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse...more
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ABMC Education's Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find Northern Europe and Mediterranean battle sites or learn about individual fallen heroes. Choose the Activities link to view lessons correlated to Common Core Standards for grades 6-12. Search options also allow you to find lessons by grade level or subject. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): battles (18), heroes (19), veterans (19), world war 2 (134)

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This site is a must-see for any teachers of World War II history. Take students beyond the information about battles to learn about individuals and their role and sacrifices. Be sure to take advantage of the extensive information included in each activity including assessments, lesson extensions, and adaptations. Have students choose one of the stories, then research the battle to learn more about the event's relationship to the war. Extend student learning by having them create maps using Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose various locations on a map of battle locations to tell the story of fallen heroes. Ask local veterans to visit your classroom and share their stories with your class.

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