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BouncyMaps - Mapping Worlds

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BouncyMaps provides maps from a different perspective than physical size, showing how large the map would be based on other criteria. Choose from the provided topics to see maps change...more
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BouncyMaps provides maps from a different perspective than physical size, showing how large the map would be based on other criteria. Choose from the provided topics to see maps change size proportionally to population, economy, religion, and more. Use the button to toggle back and forth between the regular and bouncy maps. Scroll down past each map to view a list of countries and data used to create the map.

tag(s): agriculture (46), maps (218), minerals (16), population (51), religions (57), visualizations (13)

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BouncyMaps is an excellent way to help students visualize large numbers and provide perspective to data. Use the embed code found on the site to share on your webpage or download images and data using the provided links. Start a discussion using one of the regular maps and hover over countries to show details. After reviewing a standard map, switch to the BouncyMap to show how it changes based on data. This site is an excellent one to share with students to explore during computer centers or at home. After allowing students time to look on their own, ask them to choose one map that surprised them and discuss their findings. Ask them to research the information further with the goal of trying to learn why there are such differences between countries. When finished, ask students to share their findings by creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, or another free infographic creation tool. When teaching world history, these maps provide context when teaching about major conflicts. For example, when teaching about tensions in the Middle East, refer students to the religious maps to help them understand how different populations of Jewish people and Muslims within that area are key to the conflicts.

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Gez.la Virtual Trips - gez.la

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Gez.la uses open-source resources to share over 150 virtual trips around the world. Take a virtual trip to visit museums, historical places, zoos, and more from your computer. Use the...more
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Gez.la uses open-source resources to share over 150 virtual trips around the world. Take a virtual trip to visit museums, historical places, zoos, and more from your computer. Use the placemarks on the map to select a location, or use the filters to choose by type of tour or location. Choose your tour from the list for a short description of the content, then select the link to go to the virtual tour.

tag(s): virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of this site to visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams of bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use it as a starting point for additional research. ENL/ESL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a class anticipatory guide, center activity, home connection, or extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to guide their own learning. Extend learning and challenge students to create their own virtual tours using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps includes tools for you to add routes, images, videos, and more to create virtual field trips anywhere in the world.

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Persuasive Maps - Cornell University

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7 to 12
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This interesting site uses maps not to convey information but as a tool to influence opinions or beliefs. The author's selection of maps to persuade and influence others is a ...more
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This interesting site uses maps not to convey information but as a tool to influence opinions or beliefs. The author's selection of maps to persuade and influence others is a deliberate strategy because, unlike some other forms of communication, most people believe maps to be honest and factual. The collection includes more than 800 maps using various persuasive tools, including select use of color, intentional exclusion of information, and unusual choices of graphics and color. Browse the collection by subject, date posted, or look through the entire collection. Each link leads to a map found in the collection; open the thumbnail to view additional information, including the date of the map's creation and collector's notes providing context and background to the image.

tag(s): maps (218), persuasive writing (51)

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Explore this site together as a class or allow students time to explore on their own. Select maps that correspond to your current teaching units; for example, when teaching about the Civil War, browse through many maps related to that time period and slavery. Save several examples in a Padlet collection, reviewed here, and ask students to analyze the map features and how they might be used to influence and persuade others. Have students create webpages to share their discussions on the features of persuasive maps using an easy website creation tool such as Carrd, reviewed here. Ask students to use the download link provided with each image to download the image and share it on their webpage. Enhance learning further by using digital annotation tools to add text, videos, and additional information to the downloaded image using Thinglink, reviewed here, then embed the Thinglink image on the webpage along with other student work. Extend learning further by asking students to think of other examples used in modern times to persuade and influence options such as infographics, social media posts, and commercials.

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Useful Charts YouTube Channel - Matt Baker

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7 to 12
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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 (67), china (57), egypt (42), europe (68), famous people (20), france (32), germany (25), politics (100), presidents (114), romans (29)

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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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Mr. Betts' Class YouTube Channel - Timothy Betts

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6 to 12
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Learn history by watching the humorous and informative videos found on Mr. Betts' Class YouTube Channel. The videos present topics such as The 13 Colonies Song set to Queen's Somebody...more
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Learn history by watching the humorous and informative videos found on Mr. Betts' Class YouTube Channel. The videos present topics such as The 13 Colonies Song set to Queen's Somebody to Love and World War Two as a Friend's theme parody using memes and song parodies. Most of the videos are under ten minutes long, making them easy to incorporate within current lessons and activities. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): bill of rights (24), colonial america (91), elections (74), electoral college (18), explorers (59), great depression (23), pilgrims (14), presidents (114), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (131)

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Engage students by sharing videos from this YouTube channel at the start of history units corresponding to video topics. Enhance student learning with these videos by using edpuzzle, reviewed here, to create interactive lessons that include voice comments and questions embedded into the video. Extend learning and challenge your students to create their own history videos using a video creation tool such as Biteable, reviewed here. Integrate student-created clips with animations and footage from Biteable's stock library to produce professional-style videos in no time!

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Road Maps: Around the World Adventure - University of Arizona Latin American Studies

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Take a digital journey exploring Latin America and the Middle East's cultures and history through this collaboration between the University of Arizona's Centers of Latin American Studies...more
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Take a digital journey exploring Latin America and the Middle East's cultures and history through this collaboration between the University of Arizona's Centers of Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Begin your journey as a student or view the teacher's guide, including tips, exploration activities, and lesson extensions. As students complete each of the trips, they receive certificates of completion. All activities are provided through Google Word documents, maps, and forms. Some activities lead to videos hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): central america (13), cross cultural understanding (139), maps (218), middle east (38), south america (36), spain (11)

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Take advantage of these materials to engage students in an online adventure as they explore and learn about Latin America and the Middle East. As students learn about the different countries and cultures, engage curiosity by asking them to search and share additional information beyond the provided content. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources such as websites, articles, and books to supplement knowledge. Enhance student learning by asking students to choose a country of interest or cultural practices to explore further, then share their learning by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here. Include students' websites within your Padlet for others to use as a learning resource. Use this road map as a model for students to create road maps for other countries and cultures. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share virtual field trips that include images, videos, and more.

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Understanding Empathy - TeachersFirst

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Empathy is our desire and ability to understand and share another person's feelings and use that information to guide our actions. It's the foundation of respect and inclusivity and...more
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Empathy is our desire and ability to understand and share another person's feelings and use that information to guide our actions. It's the foundation of respect and inclusivity and is an essential component of relationship building, resolving interpersonal conflicts, and understanding cause and effect. In this collection, we share resources that will help you create lessons and experiences that cultivate empathy in your students and informational websites about this important topic.

tag(s): empathy (24), perspective (11), racism (58)

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Help your students to develop empathy for others. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page or on your school's LMS.

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Resources on Racism and Discrimination - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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As educators, it's our duty to teach our students to respect people of all races, genders, orientations, and cultures, both in our classroom and in the outside world. Racism, sexism,...more
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As educators, it's our duty to teach our students to respect people of all races, genders, orientations, and cultures, both in our classroom and in the outside world. Racism, sexism, and orientation discrimination can be difficult topics to broach in the classroom but are essential to discuss as students find their voices and form their understanding of the world. In this collection, we share resources about combatting racism, lesson plans about the human cost of discrimination, and additional activities to spark meaningful discussion and encourage students at all grade levels to treat all people with respect.

tag(s): black history (81), empathy (24), racism (58)

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Find 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.

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Fiveable - Amanda Doamaral

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10 to 12
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Fiveable offers a small collection of free learning experiences for students preparing to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Resources include study guides, live stream learning sessions,...more
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Fiveable offers a small collection of free learning experiences for students preparing to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Resources include study guides, live stream learning sessions, weekly study plans, and trivia activities. Visit the Resources dropdown box to access different learning activities. Some resources require you to create a free account; others are available without registration.
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tag(s): advanced placement (25), literature (218), psychology (63), statistics (112), test prep (74)

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Take advantage of the free resources found on Fiveable to guide instruction in your AP classes and to share with students to prepare for AP Exams. Include a link to weekly study plans on your class website to share with students. Encourage students to use online study tools to enhance learning. For example, use Knowt, reviewed here, to create quizzes from your documents and assess learning. Keep students motivated by designing Escape Room activities using Room Escape Maker, reviewed here. Use critical information required to pass the AP exam as questions to solve the puzzle to escape the room successfully. Enhance learning by having tech-savvy students create escape rooms for their peers to use as a study activity.
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Google Arts and Culture - Google

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6 to 12
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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 (75), artists (75), 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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6 to 12
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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 (218)

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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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6 to 12
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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 (218)

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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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Teaching with Testimony - Discovery Education and USC Shoah Foundation

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6 to 12
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Engage students through the use of testimonials of holocaust and genocide survivors as a guide for planning for a better future. Teaching with Testimony provides several activities...more
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Engage students through the use of testimonials of holocaust and genocide survivors as a guide for planning for a better future. Teaching with Testimony provides several activities for middle and high school students that use first-hand testimonies as the starting point for lessons in empathy, injustice, immigration, and more. Download the standards-based lesson plans that include lesson procedures, student handouts, background biographies, and all additional materials related to the lesson.

tag(s): character education (64), civil rights (142), emotions (41), empathy (24), holocaust (37), immigration (57), social and emotional learning (43)

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Be sure to view these free materials to use as a supplement to your current social studies lessons and character education activities, including empathy. These materials also are an excellent way to demonstrate the use of primary sources as a learning tool. As you build supplemental materials to include with these activities, use Padlet, reviewed here, for you and your students to curate online information instead of sharing a list of links. Use Padlet's shelf option to organize your resources by topic. For example, divide your Padlet into sections for biographies, videos, newspapers, and books related to the resource studied. Enhance learning when sharing online articles for students to view together by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative study tool. Fiskkit offers the ability to collaborate by adding highlights, tags and comments on information, and to label information as true or false. As a final project and to extend learning, ask students to use Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, to share their projects demonstrating their inspiration for the future. Adobe Spark offers a variety of creation tools, making it easy to provide options for students to choose how to share their learning. Provide students the option to create a video, build a webpage, or create a series of custom graphics as part of a multimedia presentation.
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OK2Ask: Increase Student Achievement and Engagement in Your Classroom with Simulations - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest to reach students. When used properly, instructional simulations can empower student learning, helping students to set goals, seek feedback, and demonstrate what they have learned. Learn to choose simulations that model the relationships between concepts studied. In this session, we will discuss how to best use simulations in the classroom to increase student achievement, allow students to reflect on what they have learned, and transfer their knowledge to new problems and situations. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the value of using simulations in the classroom; 2. Explore instructional simulations; and 3. Plan for the use of simulations in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (236)

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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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Art History Teaching Resources - Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR)

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8 to 12
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This site is a collaborative resource for curating and sharing art history teaching content. Begin with the Lesson Plans to find ideas divided into three broad themes, each with several...more
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This site is a collaborative resource for curating and sharing art history teaching content. Begin with the Lesson Plans to find ideas divided into three broad themes, each with several subtopics. Each lesson includes background information, ideas for content, and suggestions for after-class activities. Visit the Resources section of the website to find information for AP Art History, book suggestions, podcast ideas, and much more. Art and History's e-journal provides articles and a forum for educators to share and learn about teaching art history.

tag(s): 1600s (15), 1700s (33), 1800s (54), 1900s (48), 20th century (48), architecture (66), art history (75), artists (75), china (57), greece (24), medieval (25), photography (129), renaissance (30), romans (29)

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Share 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.

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Kwanzaa - Sandbox and Co.

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K to 1
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Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa at this site. Learn the terms used about this holiday through an interactive quiz, make a pasta necklace...more
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Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa at this site. Learn the terms used about this holiday through an interactive quiz, make a pasta necklace or chain, and see 10 decorations to put you in the mood for Kwanzaa.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (139), holidays (130), kwanzaa (14)

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Introduce your students to Kwanzaa by taking the quiz to see how much they know about Kwanzaa. Then in pairs or small groups, have students research the terms. As students research, substitute paper and pen journals by asking younger students to create a blog using a tool like Penzu, reviewed here, to share what they are learning with fellow students. A great blogging tool for older students is Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph have students click on an icon to upload related images, add YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Engage older students, by having them create a poster about Kwanzaa using a tool like DesignCap, reviewed here, and then upload the poster to their blog about the terms and what they've learned about this December holiday.

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Kwanzaa Activities and Fun Ideas for Kids - Child Fun, Inc.

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3 to 6
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Discover a little about the history, principles, and traditions of Kwanzaa and enjoy the activities on this site. You'll find suggested activities for each principle and several others...more
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Discover a little about the history, principles, and traditions of Kwanzaa and enjoy the activities on this site. You'll find suggested activities for each principle and several others about dress and food.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (139), holidays (130), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use for Kwanzaa and to help children from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Introduce simple activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark this site on your classroom computers to use during center time. Share this link on your class website for families to access at home.

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All About Kwanzaa - CBC Kids

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Learn all about the traditions, food, and dress of Kwanzaa and then vote on your favorite aspect of this December holiday. Read about the special meaning for each of seven ...more
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Learn all about the traditions, food, and dress of Kwanzaa and then vote on your favorite aspect of this December holiday. Read about the special meaning for each of seven candles.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (139), holidays (130), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use during December and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Have students look at the site in pairs and create a bulletin board of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as Padlet, reviewed here. With Padlet you can create columns for each of the holidays celebrated in December. Have students display their bulletin boards.

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Ducksters Holidays - Kwanzaa - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI),

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Learn some fun facts about Kwanzaa in addition to learning about its history, principles, and symbols. Visit Ducksters to learn the details, ...more
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Learn some fun facts about Kwanzaa in addition to learning about its history, principles, and symbols. Visit Ducksters to learn the details,

tag(s): africa (135), cross cultural understanding (139), holidays (130), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use for the December holidays and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Have students look at the site in pairs, and create a poster of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as DesignCap Poster Creator, reviewed here. Have students display their posters using social media with the provided link, download to your computor, or print the posters.

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Open Course Library - Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover...more
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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover a variety of content in all subject areas. Use the search feature to narrow down available information. Most links lead to course information found on shareable Google Documents.

tag(s): anthropology (10), business (47), careers (132), cells (83), communication (25), french (68), geology (64), literature (218), media literacy (82), nutrition (139), oceans (141), OER (32), psychology (63), sign language (9), spanish (91), speech (71), statistics (112), women (96), writing (281)

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Use 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.

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