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Every culture tends to focus on its own way of thinking and doing. In order to prepare our students for life, twenty-first century classrooms must foster cross-cultural understanding as a vital aspect of learning in today's global society. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students build a better understanding of other cultures, especially China, through related projects and classroom activities. We welcome suggestions of additional free teaching resources for our team to review. Please mention "cross-cultural" in your message. View all of our resources related to cross-cultural understanding.

 

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Our Africa - SOS Children

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5 to 12
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Learn about Africa through the eyes of its children with these eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching videos and articles. Choose a country to begin your exploration, or select from...more
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Learn about Africa through the eyes of its children with these eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching videos and articles. Choose a country to begin your exploration, or select from categories including health and children. Each portion of the site shares information about the topic or country along with one or more videos.

tag(s): africa (166), agriculture (60), climate (95), cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), south africa (12), sports (100), women (94)

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Introduce Our Africa to students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have groups research information about the country of their choice and present their findings in a brochure or interactive poster using Sway, reviewed here. Compare and contrast student's living conditions in their country vs. an African child's country using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.
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Children and Youth in History - Center for History and New Media

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9 to 12
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources...more
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources by world regions take the time to read the introductory essay that includes strategies for using these items successfully. Be sure to take advantage of the well-developed teaching modules including lesson plans, teaching strategies, and more.

tag(s): africa (166), china (63), england (56), japan (60), slavery (67), south america (40)

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Save time with the ready-to-go, free resources found on this site during your studies of geography and cultures. Compare and contrast life in your area to those around the world. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, as they learn about children around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Diversity Workshop - USC School of Social Work

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9 to 12
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Diversity Workshop is a training guide for facilitating discussions on diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training focuses on two key areas - the concept of...more
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Diversity Workshop is a training guide for facilitating discussions on diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training focuses on two key areas - the concept of culture and identity. Different activities offer participants the opportunity to learn about and practice ideas within each concept.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), diversity (33)

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Take advantage of the activities shared within the guide to use as part of community building in your classroom or to teach diversity. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Before and after activities have students or groups collect ideas and thoughts about diversity using Dotstorming, reviewed here. The Dotstorming application creates free online bulletin boards. Embed Dotstorming on your class website for students to access at home.

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Global Oneness Projects - Global Oneness Project

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8 to 12
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Search this site to find photos, articles, and videos used to explore various issues spanning the world. Learn about different lifestyles and cultures from all over the globe. Sign...more
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Search this site to find photos, articles, and videos used to explore various issues spanning the world. Learn about different lifestyles and cultures from all over the globe. Sign up for the newsletter to receive more free lesson plans, stories, videos, and more to go along with spreading cultural awareness.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124)

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Promote global awareness by sharing the videos, articles or photos and using the accompanying lesson plans to enhance the learning experience. Explore how other cultures are different from your own using the artifacts found on the site. Have the students watch the videos on their own and complete a discussion about the video on a discussion board or in class. Starting a new study of a different culture? Use one of the videos as an anticipatory set. Share the video on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Global Virtual Classroom - AT&T and Give Something Back International Foundation

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1 to 12
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Join the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) and bring students from other regions and countries into your classroom - virtually! Global Virtual Classroom has been around for a long time...more
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Join the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) and bring students from other regions and countries into your classroom - virtually! Global Virtual Classroom has been around for a long time and has learned what is needed to create global citizens. They've done everything for you from Lessons, Resources, and a Web Design Contest, to directions for becoming part of the community, providing a list of other educators who would like to participate, and a Clubhouse for your students. Be sure to register by mid September each year!

tag(s): competitions (14), cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), wikis (21)

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Take students to another place, encourage them to understand other cultures and create global citizens by signing up to join GVC. After introducing GVC on an interactive whiteboard or projector, create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to vote for which country or region to communicate with and share information. Begin a blog for each student to share reflections. Consider asking the partner teacher to have their students blog, too, and encourage students to respond to each others' blogs. Students' writing improves when they have an authentic audience. Haven't started blogging yet? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics.

Another idea would be to use a projector and Lino, reviewed here, (no membership required) to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge about the culture with whom students will be working. Lino creates virtual sticky notes on a bulletin board. Once the project is underway, go back to Lino occasionally, and add what they learned and whether it coincides with the students' original ideas. Before culminating the project, ask the partner class if they will fill in the areas and ideas missed on your Lino. Consider starting a lunch time or after school club for students to have more time to participate in the Clubhouse.

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OmniLibros - Carthage College Center for Children's Literature

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K to 12
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Find recently published (since 2010) English-language children's literature that promotes global understanding through this annotated bibliography. Choose the Indices tab to search...more
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Find recently published (since 2010) English-language children's literature that promotes global understanding through this annotated bibliography. Choose the Indices tab to search by title or grade level. Narrow the search using the keyword search tool. Be sure to check out the Book Map, and find books by country. Click on the marker on the country to view and go to those resources.

tag(s): book lists (131), cross cultural understanding (124), literacy (107), maps (298)

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This site is perfect for finding reading material with settings from all over the world. Encourage students to choose a place that interests them, and then find books set in that location. Use this tool as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard about setting or geography. Be sure to share a link to this tool on your class website or blog for students to use at home.

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Kid World Citizen - Becky Morales

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K to 6
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Kid World Citizen offers a large variety of resources to encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international...more
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Kid World Citizen offers a large variety of resources to encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international learning activities. Look for topics on specific countries using the map search. Be sure to check out the For Fun area with links to movies, music, games, and toys.
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tag(s): back to school (62), chinese new year (3), christmas (56), cross cultural understanding (124), earth day (105), hanukkah (14), holidays (141), italy (15), mexico (33), ramadan (9), thanksgiving (34)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year when teaching about countries, holidays, and for cross-cultural literature resources. Choose a country to explore each month using resources found on the site. Learn about your students' backgrounds to find countries and regions to explore using activities on the site. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast your culture with that of a different country.

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The Great Human Odyssey - A World of Extremes - CBC

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6 to 12
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The Great Human Odyssey is a powerful journey into the lives of three different cultures and the lives of nomads. Explore the sea, desert, and tundra as you become the ...more
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The Great Human Odyssey is a powerful journey into the lives of three different cultures and the lives of nomads. Explore the sea, desert, and tundra as you become the nomad and view life from a first person perspective. Along the way click on icons as they pop-up to provide additional information through videos and photographs.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), deserts (18), oceans (165), tundra (20)

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The Great Human Odyssey is perfect for use with an interactive whiteboard or projector. View the different sections together to learn more about life in extreme climates. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the nomads. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast student lifestyles with those on this site. Compare the three nomadic lifestyles presented with the Venn Diagram - 3 Circles, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to locate places found on this site and explore areas close by. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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The Wonderment - Kidnected World

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3 to 9
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Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills in a world of wonder. Once you sign up for Wonderment, a social platform for kids, choose a bot or secret identity. Given ...more
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Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills in a world of wonder. Once you sign up for Wonderment, a social platform for kids, choose a bot or secret identity. Given a choice to follow many different paths, kids determine the subject of interest. The paths are real-world problems from around the globe. View a video, story, or idea. Design a response using text, photos, or a video. Join a chat to allow comments or ask questions to make global connections. After each posting, special points are added to make the bot design more elaborate. A personal Wondermeter rises with each response. Through donations, this non-profit brings technology to children around the world. A call for adults to serve as mentors to respond to each child challenges adults to join in the fun and make the world a better place. Register with email. Children under 13 need parent or teacher approval to participate. Watch the two short videos to see an explanation for The Wonderment and How It Works.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), enrichment (12), gifted (88), listening (88), problem solving (296), social media (25), social networking (113), social skills (22), speaking (25)

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Wonderment is a problem based learning adventure for each student around the world to communicate and collaborate with other students. This venue allows great lesson ideas for digital citizenship and digital footprints. Begin by choosing a path for the entire class and feature on an interactive whiteboard. Have students work in small groups to choose their best response. Discussions after can focus on creativity, problem solving, and collaboration between the group and others from around the world. In a gifted class, use as a way to challenge kids to break through the "right answer" and find the "best answer." Use this as a model for finding authentic needs in your community. Be sure to share a link to this tool on your class blog, website, or Edmodo account. Use this tool as the answer for the parents who always want more challenge and enrichment for their students at home. Be sure to share at a staff meeting to spread the wonder for other students and adults.

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Ducksters - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI)

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2 to 8
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Ducksters is a safe, extensive, educational portal for kids. Find a wide choice of content such as interactives, sports, movies, and music. Begin by choosing a category to explore choices....more
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Ducksters is a safe, extensive, educational portal for kids. Find a wide choice of content such as interactives, sports, movies, and music. Begin by choosing a category to explore choices. The study category includes extensive information such as world history, many biographies, science explanations, and information on all continents and many countries. Interactive subjects include math times tables, checkers, and guess the country. There is a TON here to explore.
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tag(s): addition (227), african american (109), american revolution (85), animal homes (62), animals (323), artists (82), biographies (91), china (63), civil rights (119), civil war (144), cold war (30), continents (51), countries (81), data (162), division (161), egypt (66), elements (34), energy (208), environment (323), explorers (66), fractions (229), friction (14), geometric shapes (173), greece (26), habitats (107), human body (133), inventors and inventions (91), keyboarding (40), mean (26), median (23), mode (16), multiplication (212), planets (129), presidents (123), puzzles (203), recycling (62), renaissance (32), rome (24), solar system (122), sound (106), sports (100), subtraction (187), sun (69), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (140)

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This site is a perfect addition for use with a biography unit. Explore and share information categorized by topics such as Civil Rights, the Cold War, and Ancient Greece. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a president, famous scientist, or nearly any other real or fictitious person. Be sure to create a link to the site on your class webpage or newsletter for students to explore at home. Create a link on classroom computers for students to use the interactives during center time.
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Very safe and reliable. Everyone else is my school thinks ducksters is stupid but I love ducksters. Ry, CA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Visualizing Cultures - MIT

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8 to 12
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We see cultures through our own eyes, a lens that is influenced by our own frame of reference and experiences. Another way to learn about cultures is to view them ...more
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We see cultures through our own eyes, a lens that is influenced by our own frame of reference and experiences. Another way to learn about cultures is to view them through the eyes of others through an examination of images created by others. Visualizing Cultures brings us images from Asia, many not widely circulated before, that illustrate historical events such as the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the Black Ships, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Each set of images is accompanied by narratives, lesson plans, and printable handouts to provide context. While we may have seen photographs of Hiroshima's devastation, we can now view the story through the eyes and drawings of Japanese survivors.

tag(s): asia (72), china (63), cross cultural understanding (124), japan (60), perspective (10), visualizations (13)

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Perspective taking is an important skill in learning about other cultures and other time periods. To Western eyes, these images will provide a fresh look at historical events. It is important to note, and to help students understand, that the images are uncensored and may depict a way of seeing others that, to us, may seem racist or disrespectful. Screen the images to determine how they might be best used to help students see the world through others' eyes, and how to manage a discussion of these themes.
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Asian Art Museum Educator Resources - Asian Art Museum

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5 to 12
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Find a large selection of resources for teaching and learning about Asian art at this resource provided by the Asian Art Museum. Choose from over 100 lessons and activities aligned...more
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Find a large selection of resources for teaching and learning about Asian art at this resource provided by the Asian Art Museum. Choose from over 100 lessons and activities aligned to Common Core Standards. View almost 300 pieces of art and watch over 400 videos presented in an easy-to-use format. Search by keyword or type of resource (In the Spotlight, Most Popular, or What's New). If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): art history (80), artists (82), asia (72), china (63), chinese new year (3), cross cultural understanding (124), japan (60), korea (18)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to explore on their own or in collaborative groups. Have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online sticky note boards. Bookmark and use this site to find resources for Chinese New Year activities. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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Image Atlas - Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz

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5 to 12
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Use Image Atlas to search images from several countries instantly! Click the words "Atlas selection" to checkbox the countries you want from among several dozen. Enter the image search...more
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Use Image Atlas to search images from several countries instantly! Click the words "Atlas selection" to checkbox the countries you want from among several dozen. Enter the image search term and choose to either sort them alphabetically or by GDP. For example, search the word "beauty" to view the differences in images of beauty in a variety of countries. Try "home" to see different homes or "lunch" to see differing foods. Try "school" or "teacher" to see how differently they are portrayed (or are they?). Click on each image to view the article from which the image originates. Some of this content may not be appropriate for the classroom. You may want to preview search results, before you share them. Or better yet, complete the searching together with a student or class.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), images (278), photography (155)

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Use this tool to compare images that portray words you have searched and hypothesize about cultural differences. GO beyond the images to compare the articles that contain the images. This tool would be especially relevant in social studies, health, and other subjects where a difference in meaning across the world can be discussed. This tool may be useful if doing reports on countries. If you are allowing older students to search on their own, be sure to set firm guidelines/rules ahead of time! As with ANY image search, it all depends on the terms you enter!

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The China Game - Asia Society

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1 to 8
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Follow the dragon to each city on the map while learning about China and its culture. At each city, stop to answer a multiple choice question about Chinese rulers, cities, ...more
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Follow the dragon to each city on the map while learning about China and its culture. At each city, stop to answer a multiple choice question about Chinese rulers, cities, or culture. View the city locations on the map as well as the location of the dragon and the number of remaining stops. This activity does require reading; however it could be used in lower grades as a whole-class activity.

tag(s): china (63)

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The China Game would make a great addition to classroom centers as part of your Chinese New Year celebration or study of countries and cultures. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have pairs of students explore on their own. Have students create an annotated image of China including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Historical Photographs of China 1850-1950 - University of Bristol

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6 to 12
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Explore over 8000 images of China from 1850-1950. Images come from both private albums and public collections from throughout the world. Search for images by keyword or begin exploration...more
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Explore over 8000 images of China from 1850-1950. Images come from both private albums and public collections from throughout the world. Search for images by keyword or begin exploration with sets featured on the site's home page. Click on any image to view location, date, people, and other key information related to the photograph. Choose any tag associated with an image to view related images. Download images using links provided. Explore connections from the resource to find related images by time, people, and place. The permissions for each images are included at the right (Creative Commons, etc).

tag(s): 1800s (49), 1900s (37), china (63), images (278)

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Share with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to view actual images taken in China from 1850-1950. Allow students to explore keywords such as fashion, specific cities or locations, or schooling to view images taken over the 100 year time span. Challenge your students to use a site such as Timetoast reviewed here to create timelines of images found using keyword searches. (Most images offer a version available under a Creative Commons Share-alike license.) Be sure they include image credits!

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Sacred Stories - The British Library Board

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4 to 12
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This visually stunning site offers stories from six world religions. At the time of this review, there were twelve stories in all. All stories are read aloud, animated, and subtitled...more
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This visually stunning site offers stories from six world religions. At the time of this review, there were twelve stories in all. All stories are read aloud, animated, and subtitled (you can turn on or off). The stories use artwork from the British Library collection and stay true to the religious beliefs. For instance, the Islamic text uses no human or animal figures while telling the stories. Instead, they use beautifully changing geometric patterns. By clicking on the home button, you can discover for yourself the origins of the text and the "contrasts and crossovers" for three of these religions by investigating "Understanding Sacred Texts." Click on the "Home" button at the top right and find teachers notes and student activities.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), hanukkah (14), holidays (141), religions (68)

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Ancient History and World history teachers will delight in this site! Use this site at a learning station (headphones would be a good idea) and allow students to talk about what they think they know about the religion before viewing the text. Follow up after with what know after viewing the content and completing the student activities. This site would also be an excellent extension for the gifted students in your classroom. Consider having the gifted students explore the three religions that have the "contrasts and crossovers." Language arts teachers can use this site to meet the goals of Common Core State Standards (cross curricular studies and nonfiction reading). Challenge students to find other myths and legends from other cultures that "crossover" with these or other well-known tales.
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Lalo.li - Franz Enzenhofer

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K to 12
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Type a message and Lalo.li will read it aloud using a voice synthesizer. Adjust message quality using the word gap, speed, amplitude, and pitch icons. Just click on the circle ...more
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Type a message and Lalo.li will read it aloud using a voice synthesizer. Adjust message quality using the word gap, speed, amplitude, and pitch icons. Just click on the circle and turn to change the quality. Copy and paste the URL to share your audio message or use links to share via social networking such as Facebook and Twitter. Here is a sample . At the time of this review, the site only worked using Firefox or Chrome.

tag(s): text to speech (18)

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This would be great for ESL/ELL learners; have them type a short sentence and listen to the playback to verify that the sentence is correct. It would also be a great practice for beginning readers. Use your interactive whiteboard and have the class tell a very brief story or say a sentence. After typing the sentence into the program, user a pointer for each word as the synthesizer reads it, or have students take turns pointing out the words. Share tonight's homework on your class web page as a link to an audio reminder simply by typing or pasting in the assignment and copying the link to place it on your web page.

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When I tried to use it with Safari on a new Mac in 10.7, it said I needed to use only Firefox or Chrome Too bad.

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Yong's China Quest - Lotherton Hall, Leeds Museums and Galleries

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Yong's China Quest is an excellent learning game set in China. Learn about the country while solving puzzles in three different levels. Explore Beijing Olympic mascots, ivory figurines,...more
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Yong's China Quest is an excellent learning game set in China. Learn about the country while solving puzzles in three different levels. Explore Beijing Olympic mascots, ivory figurines, dragon robes, and the use of authentic swords while gaining wisdom to help solve puzzles. Playing is simple. Point and click to learn about China and its traditions. This link will lead you to the main page. From here, you can click Start Interactive to begin at level 1. At the bottom of the screen there are links to go to level 2 or level 3.

tag(s): china (63), cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), game based learning (139)

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Use the activity in a center as part of your Chinese New Year lesson activities. Allow students to try the quest on your interactive whiteboard as a center activity. Keep a list of items found while solving puzzles, and have students research more information on them.
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China: People and Places - Discovery Education

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This lesson plan created by Discovery Education attempts to teach students about the characteristics of Chinese writing and language. Through discussion and an activity, the lesson...more
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This lesson plan created by Discovery Education attempts to teach students about the characteristics of Chinese writing and language. Through discussion and an activity, the lesson also attempts to cover some basic fundamental concepts of language. There are additional activities to continue the lesson if need be.

tag(s): china (63), chinese (50), writing (368)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.

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All About China - EnchantedLearning.com

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This page from EnchantedLearning has basic information about China, as well as map activities, printable booklets, information on Chinese culture and review activities. The map activities...more
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This page from EnchantedLearning has basic information about China, as well as map activities, printable booklets, information on Chinese culture and review activities. The map activities are as basic as coloring a map of China, to a more difficult plotting activity of major Chinese landmarks, rivers and geographic regions.

tag(s): china (63), chinese (50)

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Use the mapping activities from this site as a classroom activity during a unit on Chinese geography or history. Print out the mapping worksheets, and have student pairs or cooperative learning groups complete the activity. This would be a great way to review Chinese geography, or bring in contextual information about the geography during a unit on Ancient or modern China.

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