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Mysteries of Catalhoyuk - Science Museum of Minneapolis

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This site from the Science Museum of Minneapolis chronicles the excavation several years ago of a prehistoric settlement in Turkey. The documentation and other content could have applications...more
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This site from the Science Museum of Minneapolis chronicles the excavation several years ago of a prehistoric settlement in Turkey. The documentation and other content could have applications in a world cultures class, or as part of an introduction to the science involved in archaeology.

tag(s): archeology (31)

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There are a LOT of virtual tours and activities during a lesson or unit on archaeological excavations or the study of neolithic history. Have students look at the activities as learning centers or stations within cooperative learning groups. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online interactive infographic to share using Visme, reviewed here.

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How to Play Dreidel

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Here is a site with a full set of rules for playing the popular Hanukkah game. ...more
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Here is a site with a full set of rules for playing the popular Hanukkah game.

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Use the directions to teach students how to play dreidel during a lesson or unit on Judaism. Although it's not something they absolutely need to know - it would be a fun break for students, and may give some more cultural awareness that a textbook would not be able to.

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Ancient India - British Museum

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The British Museum's site about ancient India has seemingly endless nooks and crannies, each of which leads to a flash-based encounter about the history and culture of India. Try it...more
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The British Museum's site about ancient India has seemingly endless nooks and crannies, each of which leads to a flash-based encounter about the history and culture of India. Try it as part of a world cultures course, and introduction to Buddhism or Hinduism, or a look at the geography of the Indian subcontinent.

tag(s): india (32)

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Careful searching should lead to content for almost any grade level.
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Hinduism for Schools

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Schools that study religions of the world will find this introduction to Hinduism interesting. Though it appears to have been done for a British audience, its introduction and explanations...more
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Schools that study religions of the world will find this introduction to Hinduism interesting. Though it appears to have been done for a British audience, its introduction and explanations will work well for middle and high school students. The site could also be useful as an extension for a unit on India or world cultures.

tag(s): religions (70)

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This site does a great job of explaining the belief system of Hindu in a way thats easily understood by students. Use this site as an anticipatory activity, introducing Hinduism during a unit on world religions. Have students explore the site and create quick online books to help highlight the major concepts that can later be used to help them review. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Earth and Moon Viewers

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This one's far better than first appearances might indicate. Click one of the many links to see surprisingly detailed, documented images of earth and the moon, complete with full data...more
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This one's far better than first appearances might indicate. Click one of the many links to see surprisingly detailed, documented images of earth and the moon, complete with full data on location and time. Many of the images include zoom capabilities and other nifty features.

tag(s): latitude (14), longitude (14), maps (294)

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Geography teachers will find lots of possibilities in this one.

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Spell Binder - Channel 4

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If your curriculum includes the middle ages, renaissance, or the evolution of the scientific method, you will find this British site about science and "magic" in Elizabethan England...more
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If your curriculum includes the middle ages, renaissance, or the evolution of the scientific method, you will find this British site about science and "magic" in Elizabethan England covers a surprisingly large chunk of content. The British vernacular may challenge some middle schoolers, but older students will understand the challenging bits from context.

tag(s): renaissance (32)

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Teachers will want to preview this one, just to figure out which of the many possible paths to follow.
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Story of Africa - BBC

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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that...more
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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that developed in Africa itself, their relationships with one another, and their infamous encounters with Europeans. This is historical content that goes beyond art and artifacts to explore civilizations themselves.

tag(s): africa (166), african american (109)

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Teachers may find this one useful as a component of an African American cultural unit or in studying world cultures.
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Stonehenge Project

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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American...more
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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American audiences will likely want to know more about the people who did the building and the purpose of this huge project. Archaeologists still puzzle over how the construction was accomplished.

tag(s): calendars (47)

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Teachers may want to try this one as an adjunct to an astronomy unit, or as part of a study of ancient civilizations.
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Folklore and Mythology Online Texts

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4 to 12
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If you're searching for usable texts for a folklore or mythology unit, here's a ready resource. This listing draws from a wide range of sources, so some inconsistency in quality ...more
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If you're searching for usable texts for a folklore or mythology unit, here's a ready resource. This listing draws from a wide range of sources, so some inconsistency in quality is inevitable. The breadth of selection, which includes tales from many different cultures, more than compensates.

tag(s): folktales (50), greek (41)

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Use this site to find stories from all over the world during a lesson/unit on storytelling. Incorporating stories from different cultures can insure that these wont all be repeats for students, as well as adds a multicultural perspective. Peruse the site ahead of time to proof the stories and either print them or have students read that at different computer stations.

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Lesson Plans from the State Department - U.S. State Department

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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam...more
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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis look particularly interesting.

tag(s): cultures (108), foreign policy (15)

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There's a wealth of information here; teachers will need to examine it closely to see how it might fit into secondary government or history curricula.
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Who's Who in Post-War Iraq - BBC

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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for ...more
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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for influence in that nation. This one would make a great backgrounder for a discussion on balancing power in Iraq in the effort to build a democratic government there.

tag(s): iraq (30)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the War on Terror and the fighting in the Middle East. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity works best with a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Beyond the War in Iraq - NPR

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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis...more
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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis on political, economic, cultural, and military issues and their relationships with one another. Try this one as a starting point for an in-depth current events discussion.

tag(s): iraq (30)

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Use this site as a resource for a class discussion on the effects of the Iraq war on both US soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This allows students to prepare for a class discussion adequately. This would be a great resource for a US government or history class.
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Rulers

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Deceptively simple and not at all pretty, this site offers a wealth of information on the historical governance of scores of countries. (Where else could you find a chronological list...more
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Deceptively simple and not at all pretty, this site offers a wealth of information on the historical governance of scores of countries. (Where else could you find a chronological list of the prime ministers of Spain?) It doesn't offer complete histories, but secondary students studying the history of other countries may find its synopsis-by-ruler an interesting starting point.

tag(s): countries (82), presidents (123)

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Save this site as a favorite on your class wiki or webpage and refer students to it for reference. It's best use would be to help students compile the executive history of a country and search that way, rather than searching for information on a specific ruler. This would be a great starting point for a student studying monarchy in a particular country such as Britain or Saudi Arabia.

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Churchill - PBS

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One of the twentieth century's real giants, Churchill's accomplishments go well beyond the content on this companion site to the PBS series of the same name. While most famous as ...more
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One of the twentieth century's real giants, Churchill's accomplishments go well beyond the content on this companion site to the PBS series of the same name. While most famous as a World War II leader, his influence on the British government stretched from the 1920s well into the 1950s. This site is a great introduction, but serious secondary students should be prepared to delve more deeply.

tag(s): churchill (6), middle east (40), world war 2 (138)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII. Because there is a lot of information on this site, it would probably work best if students had a graphic organizer to guide them through. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Classics Unveiled

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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers...more
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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers and secondary students will find interesting. If you teach Latin, "Salve!" - there are great resources here.

tag(s): greece (27), greek (41), greeks (33), latin (21), romans (35), rome (25)

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Use this site as a way to approach the tons of information students are expected to learn about the Roman empire. Assign students into pairs or cooperative learning groups, and have them choose one of the many topics to research in the "Rome Exposed" section. Have each student group research their topic, with the intent to present their information to the class. Have each group prepare a quick presentation by creating online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Books can be read and presented to the class via interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Antarctic Slang Dictionary

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Geography, world cultures, and science students exploring Antarctica may want to prowl through this glossary of terms used at the scientific stations in Antarctica. While the site is...more
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Geography, world cultures, and science students exploring Antarctica may want to prowl through this glossary of terms used at the scientific stations in Antarctica. While the site is useful mostly to give a sense of the off-beat flavor of this environment, it does have some interesting "life in Antarctica" elements between the lines. Teachers and parents should preview this one thoroughly before turning their students loose on it.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (46), slang (14)

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If studying Antartica in depth, use this vocabulary as a way to show students what living on "The Ice," is like. Have students write short stories or letters, from the perspective of someone who is there - using the vocabulary on this site. Students will probably be entertained at how ridiculous some of it sounds, but it will definitely get them engaged in the topic.

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Indian Parliament - Government of India

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Those studying the Indian subcontinent may be interested in the home page of India's constitutional government. It includes schedule and proceedings information for both houses of parliament,...more
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Those studying the Indian subcontinent may be interested in the home page of India's constitutional government. It includes schedule and proceedings information for both houses of parliament, as well as links and other facts and information about government in India.

tag(s): asia (73), democracy (14), india (32)

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A World History or government class could use this site to compare and contrast the government structure of India to that of the United States. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and use an online venn diagram to compare what they're reading about India to what they already know about the US. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This would be a great segway into a discussion of the effects of globalization, varying cultures, or even a dialogue on how India came to have the government they do.

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Imaging Everest - Royal Geographic Society

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Would-be explorers chained to their computers will find this British chronicle of mountain-climbing in Nepal a great escape. The photo collections are available thematically, and they...more
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Would-be explorers chained to their computers will find this British chronicle of mountain-climbing in Nepal a great escape. The photo collections are available thematically, and they include some interesting categories dealing with the culture of the Himalayas. Of course, there are the obligatory homages to the climbers, especially Hillary. Many of these images aren't available elsewhere.

tag(s): mountains (16)

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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain.

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Anne Frank the Writer - Smithsonian

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This site documents the US Holocaust Museum's recent exhibit about Anne Frank's unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished...more
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This site documents the US Holocaust Museum's recent exhibit about Anne Frank's unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished works, and a series of links for additional information. This one could be an interesting bridge between a writing assignment and the study of World War II.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (41), world war 2 (138)

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Use the virtual exhibit as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII in a history class or during a study of her book in an English class. This would be a great way to introduce Anne Frank, the exhibit serving to put all students at the same level of understanding of her life. If in need of some sort of assessment to see what students have learned from the site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Visme, reviewed here.
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Peter and Paul, and the Christian Revolution - PBS

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Though not as interactive as other installments in the PBS Empires series, this site has helpful resources for tracing the history of Christianity in the context of High School ...more
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Though not as interactive as other installments in the PBS Empires series, this site has helpful resources for tracing the history of Christianity in the context of High School World Cultures and Western Heritage courses. The timeline, in particular, helps illustrate the simultaneous evolution of the Roman Empire and Christianity.

tag(s): religions (70), rome (25)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Visme, reviewed here. This site would be an interesting perspective to examine the monstrosity that was the Roman Empire, and how it impacted areas all over the world.

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