Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse anime to engage students in many topics by creating anime-style images with this resource. Spark creativity in writing projects by creating and displaying portraits with several moods, then ask students to create a story that accompanies the featured images. Share the images with students and ask them to include them on their story document created using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Extend learning by allowing students to include anime images as part of comic strip stories created using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here. Create comics that tell the steps and outcomes of science experiments, describe Japanese landmarks, or retell folk tales. It's a good idea to require students to create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. When using AI-generation tools, always provide guidance on using resources ethically, creatively, and responsibly.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): american revolution (80), china (60), civil war (127), explorers (61), japan (55), maps (204), medieval (31), religions (74), russia (33), south america (35), timelines (46), vietnam (33), world war 1 (67), world war 2 (142)
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.
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 (44), drawing (60), environment (233), financial literacy (93), french (72), geology (64), japanese (47), latin (21), music theory (45), narrative (15), novels (27), nutrition (133), oceans (140), OER (43), photography (129), plagiarism (32), poetry (182), psychology (67), robotics (22), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (22), space (209), spanish (102), STEM (245), writers workshop (31)
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 (68), 20th century (56), american revolution (80), civil war (127), colonial america (92), colonization (18), gettysburg (15), gettysburg address (11), native americans (87), OER (43), 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 (204), medieval (31), primary sources (106), religions (74), romans (33), slavery (69), 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.
tag(s): american revolution (80), asia (68), central america (15), ethics (23), greece (26), industrial revolution (20), north america (14), religions (74), renaissance (31), romans (33), south america (35)
In the ClassroomShare WisdomMaps with students as a blended learning activity by allowing students to explore a shared map before discussing ideas together as a class. Provide a collaborative Google Jamboard, reviewed here, and ask students to add sticky notes with information discovered through their exploration. Consider either creating columns for information found and another for questions that need further exploration. Use the WisdomMaps found on this site as a model for students to create maps using MindMeister, reviewed here, that correlate with your current classroom curriculum.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomYou and your students will enjoy and learn from 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 create digital books sharing their knowledge of American symbols using Book Creator, reviewed here. Extend learning by asking students to use tools found at Knight Lab, reviewed here, to create timelines, maps, and interactive images sharing their understanding of the treatment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): africa (134), asia (68), cold war (27), environment (233), europe (74), greeks (30), industrial revolution (20), migration (44), north america (14), population (45), religions (74), south america (35), world war 1 (67), world war 2 (142)
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.
Grades4 to 10
In the ClassroomUse the videos and lesson activities included on this site as part of any unit on discrimination, WWII, and American History. Engage students in learning as you start your unit using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Ask students to add sticky notes or text to a prompt that asks them what they understand about discrimination or events during WWII. Instead of providing a worksheet for students to respond to the questions included in this activity, use edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add questions and discussion activities within each video. Extend learning further by asking students to create blog posts using Edublogs, reviewed here, to discuss discrimination against the Japanese during WWII and reflect upon how that impacts Japanese Americans in current times.
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 (204)
In the ClassroomBookmark 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 Raindrop.io, reviewed here. Links to maps found through this site are perfect for use when creating a historical timeline. Have students include links using eStory, reviewed here, to tell the story of a state, country, or important changes over time.
Grades8 to 12
tag(s): 1600s (20), 1700s (36), 1800s (68), 1900s (69), 20th century (56), architecture (63), art history (82), artists (76), china (60), greece (26), medieval (31), photography (129), renaissance (31), romans (33)
In the ClassroomShare this site with art and history teachers to use for cross-curricular lessons and activities to enhance instruction. Use a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share ideas with students. For example, when teaching about 20th Century history, create a Padlet with a column that includes ideas from the 20th Century Photography collection, add a column with 20th Century fashion, and another column with links to music from the same time period. Use the information from your Padlet collection along with your current lessons to provide students with an overview of the culture of the time along with the historic information. Have students use a timeline creator such as Timeline JS, reviewed here, to provide a chronology of art incorporated with important dates in history. Ask another group of students to create interactive maps using Google My Maps, reviewed here, that include images, links, and videos to tell the story of art and history in different areas of the world.
Grades10 to 12
tag(s): anthropology (10), business (48), careers (135), cells (79), communication (134), french (72), geology (64), literature (217), media literacy (98), nutrition (133), oceans (140), OER (43), psychology (67), sign language (10), spanish (102), speech (67), statistics (114), women (116), writing (308)
In the ClassroomUse these excellent free course materials in a variety of ways. Share courses with students with specific career interests not covered by traditional curriculums such as aerospace or anthropology. Provide students the opportunity to participate in college-level learning experiences without risk by using materials found in the courses on the site. These courses are perfect for use with gifted students to offer them content at a level that challenges them. As students learn from the information found in the courses on this site, ask them to reflect and share their learning through a digital portfolio created with Pathbrite, reviewed here. Students can even include their digital portfolio as part of their college application process at many universities.
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
tag(s): civil war (127), colonial america (92), concept mapping (17), debate (38), democracy (19), evaluating sources (28), greece (26), inquiry (25), maps (204), mexico (29), middle east (43), native americans (87)
In the ClassroomInstead of using paper documents, scan the included PDF or Word documents into Google Classroom or your school student/teacher platform to share and assign to students. Be sure to include mentor texts for student use. Enhance student learning by asking students to use highlighting and note-taking tools within their word document to provide documentation for their responses. Although this site includes many high-quality graphic organizers, create your own and using Diagramo, reviewed here to engage students and personalize for your classroom use. Have students use a digital portfolio tool to share their investigations. Spaces, reviewed here includes many resources for creating online portfolios and web pages. Consider sharing the activities found on this site with your peers as a model for redesigning lessons you already use in your classroom. Use Padlet, reviewed here to collaborate and share ideas, activities, and resources as you work toward incorporating inquiry lessons into your classrooms.
Grades8 to 12
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