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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.

 

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Dib Dab Doo and Dilly too... A smarter safer way to search the Internet - Dibdabdoo.com

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K to 7
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Here you will find a "kid-appropriate" search tool featuring countless general topics: Facts & Reference, Computers/The Internet, The Arts, Strange & Mysterious, Hot Topics, The World,...more
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Here you will find a "kid-appropriate" search tool featuring countless general topics: Facts & Reference, Computers/The Internet, The Arts, Strange & Mysterious, Hot Topics, The World, Science & Math, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Nature, and several others. Within each of the main topics are subtopics. For example, in the Classroom section you will find English, Foreign Langauges, Math, History, Reference Tools, Shapes, Woodwork, Colors, Art, Religion, Philosophy, Social Studies, and Homework Help. There is a ton here to explore! The information includes articles and images/photos.

tag(s): alphabet (92), animals (276), animation (63), clip art (10), colors (79), comics and cartoons (74), cooking (34), crafts (40), creative writing (166), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), dance (28), dinosaurs (57), disabilities (20), diseases (66), drawing (78), fitness (49), flags (21), folktales (65), geometric shapes (163), grammar (216), homework (44), insects (69), journalism (46), measurement (159), museums (49), mysteries (25), numbers (204), nutrition (154), oceans (148), operations (126), origami (17), painting (66), photography (160), poetry (227), psychology (64), rainforests (13), religions (61), search engines (65), seasons (37), sign language (8), social networking (112), spelling (168), sports (96), trivia (17), vocabulary (324), weather (188)

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Help students learn about narrowing and refining research by demonstrating this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. As you start a project, take the time to SHOW how to use this tool to save time and find appropriate resources. Allow students to explore this site on their own finding relevant information from the various topics. If time permits, have students research a specific topic and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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What's Going On Now - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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8 to 12
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Are we living in the worst of times? Or is history simply repeating? This site looks at the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s through the lens of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album ...more
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Are we living in the worst of times? Or is history simply repeating? This site looks at the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s through the lens of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album "What's Going On." But more importantly, the site challenges us to examine the similarities between those days and the world the youth of today has inherited. The French have a saying, "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose," or the more things change, the more they remain the same. Compare the unrest related to the environment, to social change, to veterans issues. What about drugs, poverty, and faith? How are these issues expressed through popular music? This site presents compelling resources in music, video, and historical commentary, as well as strong teacher guidance to enable you to create powerful, involved lessons based on these questions. Fifty years ago, it was a call for "relevance" in the classroom; today, we search for "authentic" instruction. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

tag(s): 1960s (30), civil rights (117), cross cultural understanding (115), ecology (135), racism (18), veterans (19), vietnam (36)

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History teachers struggle for "coverage," or the ability to teach across all eras. U.S. History teachers often don't get to the Vietnam era, but these resources are a superb reason for pressing forward. Teacher resources include a number of guided investigations and classroom listening guides that can be incorporated in their entirety or adapted to complement lessons on the Vietnam era in a recent U.S. History class, on social change for a Sociology class, or on contemporary music as an agent of political protest for a music class. For independent or gifted learners, this site could provide the basis for sustained small group inquiry as part of curriculum differentiation. Start by asking students to explore the site and write a blog post about their initial impressions.
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Dia de los ninos, Dia de los libros - American Library Association

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K to 8
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Celebrate Children'sDay/Book Day for both Spanish and English speakers. Find resources for teachers, librarians, and families that include book lists, websites, information about partners,...more
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Celebrate Children'sDay/Book Day for both Spanish and English speakers. Find resources for teachers, librarians, and families that include book lists, websites, information about partners, webinars, and a collection of library stories from around the country. An interactive map gives access to celebrations occurring in your area, and a free registration entitles you to free stickers and buttons. The day is observed in April each year.

tag(s): book lists (126), cross cultural understanding (115), literature (275)

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Put this site on your calendar for Children's Day/Book Day in April. Use the book lists as reference for multi-cultural offerings. Have your own "in class" Children's Day/Book Day. Make it a themed affair: multicultural, non-fiction, science-fiction, or whatever relates to your language arts/reading classes. Challenge students to read a book and then share the story by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Ask older writers to create their own children's book using Bookemon, reviewed here, and read it with a younger reading buddy in honor of the day.
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Melting Pot Math - Franklin Institute

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5 to 8
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This site shares different problem sets based in different countries and cultures across the world. Each set of problems comes with all of the necessary information to solve the questions....more
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This site shares different problem sets based in different countries and cultures across the world. Each set of problems comes with all of the necessary information to solve the questions. The problems focus on arithmetic, and many of them are story problems that provide information about the culture from which they are drawn. At the end of each set of problems is a link to answers. Countries included are China, India, England, Mexico, Italy, Ivory Coast and Kenya, Ireland, Russia, Germany, and Caribbean Nations. There are many science related problems on topics such as earthquakes and animals.

tag(s): architecture (83), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), problem solving (272)

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Share these problems with students when studying different geographic locations around the world. Use the problems on this site as examples and have students create their own math word problems with a multicultural foundation. Build social studies into limited class time by doing it during math!

When studying different geographic locations or cultures introduce students to word problems from that area and have individual students use a program such as Evernote reviewed here, to take notes about what they learn about the culture from the problem. Or, have small groups of students use Titanpad reviewed here to collaborate for note taking about what they are learning about the culture.
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Big Think - Big Think

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7 to 12
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This ...more
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This website is a phenomenal source for information and news. The philosophy of Big Think is that as we "move to the knowledge era" that you will be able to better function if you know more and understand what you know. This website was awarded one of TIME magazine's best websites of 2011 for news and information. Please screen any articles that you wish to share BEFORE sharing with your students. Some content is NOT appropriate for the classroom. This is not a site you want to send students off to explore on their own.
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tag(s): brain (72), business (58), cross cultural understanding (115), environment (317), news (261), politics (99), psychology (64)

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Choose a story that relates to your topic that you are teaching such as science or even music with a story such as "How Music is Good for Your Brain." Share the story with your students. Discuss the writings, and then use it as a platform on how students should approach the things that they are learning in class. This way they develop critical thinking skills and extract the most important information and leave the accessory facts to the side. Assign specific articles to cooperative learning groups to read and explore together. Then have students create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Not Just Sushi - Dr. Min Liu and Team

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6 to 10
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Not Just Sushi is a webquest about the Japanese culture, current and historical, centered around food as an entry point. There are three quests for you to choose from and ...more
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Not Just Sushi is a webquest about the Japanese culture, current and historical, centered around food as an entry point. There are three quests for you to choose from and for your students to complete: Creating a Japanese Travel Guide, Creating a Japanese Cookbook, and Creating a Japanese Restaurant. Students will learn historical, geographical, cultural, nutritional and other information about major Japanese food, through this site and links provided on this site. For students to use the notepad, a tool to take notes on what they find as they explore virtual Tokyo, you need to register them. If you do not want your students to use the notepad, you do not have to register; just have your students log in as guests. Once you have chosen (and clicked on) a restaurant or residence to explore, you will hear a conversation in Japanese with balloons in English. Be sure to click around on the image to learn information and to find the resource links. Though the website states this is for sixth grade, it is suitable for a range of grades.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), japan (61), webquests (29)

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Create small groups of students, then use your interactive whiteboard or projector introduce the site. There are descriptions and plans under the "Teacher's Guide" for each of the three projects. You may want to post the link to the directions on either your website, or use PearlTrees reviewed here not only for the project directions, but to direct your students to only one or two of the sites listed.

Students making the "Travel Guide" can use an online program like SimpleBooklets reviewed here to present their final project to the class, or My Brochure Maker reviewed here if you want the brochures for your bulletin board. Students creating the "Cookbook" can use a site such as Bookemon reviewed here. Students interested in completing the "Japanese Restaurant" project can simply create a menu by using a site like Web Poster Wizard 7332reviewed here.
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Mathematical Chronology - School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of St Andrews

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6 to 12
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This site provides a wonderful chronology of mathematical information starting about 3000 BC on up to the 21st Century. Information can be accessed in several ways. Upon entering the...more
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This site provides a wonderful chronology of mathematical information starting about 3000 BC on up to the 21st Century. Information can be accessed in several ways. Upon entering the site there is a timeline across the top and all information included is in list form on the main page, simply scroll through to view all items. Searches can be narrowed to defined time periods by mousing over that area on the timeline or typing dates into the blank box at the right of the timeline. There is also a link to a chronology index which leads to time periods already broken into smaller portions. Also available is a biographical index which can be used by time period, or choose female mathematicians or use the alphabetical index as an option.

tag(s): biographies (86), cross cultural understanding (115), timelines (62)

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Use this site as a resource when studying different time periods in history to understand math concepts and famous mathematicians of the time. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to provide background on the development of math concepts over time. Share this site with students to use when researching mathematicians. Allow students to explore the site for information relating to certain countries and their contributions to mathematics.

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OPB: Art Beat at School - Oregon Public Broadcasting

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K to 12
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Here you will find an online collection of streaming video clips from OPB's Oregon Art Beat television series. In addition, there are 100 lesson plans designed for K-12 teachers to...more
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Here you will find an online collection of streaming video clips from OPB's Oregon Art Beat television series. In addition, there are 100 lesson plans designed for K-12 teachers to use in the classroom. Each of the lesson plans has related materials such as worksheets and scoring guides to use with the activities. Discover a variety of ways to integrate the Arts across all subject areas with this innovative set of learning resources.

Searching this site is very flexible. You can search by categories (music, drawing and painting, historical and cultural perspectives, dance, architecture, landscape, films, sculpture, and many more) by clicking on the "search video" tab. You can also search by entering a keyword. There is also an advanced search where you can search by topic categories, curriculum categories, as well as keywords.
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tag(s): architecture (83), art history (69), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), dance (28), drawing (78), geometric shapes (163), painting (66), plays (37), sculpture (21), video (253)

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This site will help any teacher answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?" You will also find ways to show connections between the arts and other fields of endeavor. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Here are just a few examples of how you can use the Arts in your academic classes:

In math when studying geometric patterns, you might want to show the video about quilt artist Mary Bywater Cross. She likes to take a traditional pattern, blow it up, figure out where to cut to make the repeat in her geometrical patterns, how to achieve symmetry and balance in her designs, and how to make it all work in the quilt she envisions. Mary is also a quilt historian, so your students will also gain background knowledge about quilts and wool.

In science, view quantum physicist-turned-sculptor, Julian Voss-Andreae's stainless steel sculpture based on the molecular structure of an antibody.
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FBI: The Vault - FBI

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8 to 12
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The FBI is in the process of digitizing many of its documents and other items; this website is the growing accumulation of what they are offering so far, but updates ...more
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The FBI is in the process of digitizing many of its documents and other items; this website is the growing accumulation of what they are offering so far, but updates are continuing. You can search by a specific subject, keyword, or time period to view the documents that are available. Once you have found the document you would like to look at, the site has its own viewer. Documents include those handwritten, typed, scanned, etc. Some of the categories in the collection include: Administrative Policy Procedures, Anti-War, Bureau Personnel, Civil Rights, Counterterrorism, Foreign Counterintelligence, Fugitives, Gangs Extremist Groups, Gangster Era, Hot Topics, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Organized Crime, Political Figures Events, Popular Culture, Public Corruption, Supreme Court, Unexplained Phenomenon, World War II, Violent Crime, and others.

If a search does not return something immediately, there is a feature which will notify you of the results of your search at a later time. The time range of these documents is quite wide. Both a simple search and an advanced search make it easy to find interesting data. The A to Z index is a fun place to browse for subjects. Many of the documents are in PDF format.

tag(s): 1920s (16), 1930s (15), 1940s (13), branches of government (48), civil rights (117), cross cultural understanding (115), inquiry (37), politics (99), supreme court (22), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a resource for researching primary documents from different eras in American history. Looking at the authentic documents is always exciting, so share one or two on a projector or interactive whiteboard with your class before assigning students to search on their own. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Have students make a mash-up presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools reviewed here. This is a great find for gifted students (unusual topics, historical documents, fascinating photos)!
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Lyrics Gaps - lyricsgaps.com

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5 to 12
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Learn a new language through music and lyrics! Choose English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Dutch, Danish, or Romanian. Register for FREE and...more
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Learn a new language through music and lyrics! Choose English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Dutch, Danish, or Romanian. Register for FREE and learn the new language. Each language has different activities: karaoke, interactive cloze activities, videos, and more. You can choose among three different difficulty levels. Some activities even have the option to "double click" to read a definition of a word. You also have the ability to submit your own songs and language activities to the site. Note that this site is fairly new and only ha a few hundred songs at the time of this review. Help contribute to the offerings!
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), french (88), german (64), greek (41), italian (33), japanese (42), portuguese (18), russian (26), songs (52), spanish (108)

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This is a wonderful find for ESL/ELL and world language teachers. Teachers may prefer to do a class registration and use the offerings of the site with the entire class. Challenge your students to create (and submit) their own songs/activities in a new language. If school policy does not allow students to share songs on a site, have students create their own in-class presentations of songs and similar exercises using one selection from this site as a model.
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American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music - Smithsonian Institute

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5 to 12
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See a comprehensive look at the music and cultural influences of the Latin American music community on contemporary U.S. music. With 24 separate music styles including salsa, merengue,...more
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See a comprehensive look at the music and cultural influences of the Latin American music community on contemporary U.S. music. With 24 separate music styles including salsa, merengue, boogaloo, East L.A. punk, and hip hop, this site offers a broad range of genres. It also includes explanations of the musical genres, interviews with leading musicians of each, biographies of musicians, chances to listen to musical examples using the online jukebox, and an opportunity to do mixing of musical types using the embedded radio. Other features include an archived blog and a list cities around the country and where to find these music communities within that town. Extensive classroom support includes lesson plans, handouts, maps, timelines, and activities/games at all K-12 levels.

tag(s): biographies (86), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), hispanic (18), mexico (34), south america (39)

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When studying music or Latin America, introduce your units with a clip from a specific type of music. Assign other types of music for your students to research; allow them to choose by listening to a section of a song and seeing what they like. Challenge students to find current examples of one of the genres and then create reports or reviews of the music using Reel Surfer, reviewed here. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Colours in Cultures - Information is Beautiful: David McCandless

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6 to 12
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This circular infographic shows colors connected with 85 specific emotions in a variety of cultures. What emotions do colors suggest in a culture? How does culture convey emotion through...more
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This circular infographic shows colors connected with 85 specific emotions in a variety of cultures. What emotions do colors suggest in a culture? How does culture convey emotion through color, and how does this vary from culture to culture? You can see examples of other similarly designed visualizations by clicking on "Select Visualization."

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), colors (79), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), graphic organizers (43), infographics (42), psychology (64), visualizations (14)

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Use this site to promote visual literacy and as an example for reading graphs. Have students select another topic and make a similar graph of their own. Use one of the graph makers available at the site "Statistics - Johnnie's Math Page" (reviewed here). Look at paintings from different cultures and ask how color interacts with other artistic elements like shape, design, placement, etc. to convey meaning. Have students make an assortment of works of the same design, varying color choice depending on which culture is going to view the work. If you have student creating infographics, this chart is a must in selecting font colors and more to guide emotional impact of the graphics.

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Mapping America: Every City, Every Block - NY Times

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This interactive map shows racial distribution in every community in the U.S. The information is provided by the Census Bureau's American Community Surveys from 2005 to 2009. You can...more
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This interactive map shows racial distribution in every community in the U.S. The information is provided by the Census Bureau's American Community Surveys from 2005 to 2009. You can view the overall distribution; other maps allow you to select one specific racial distribution. Racial groups included are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, and other. The map is zoomable so you can view neighborhoods delineated by specific streets.

tag(s): african american (113), census (19), cross cultural understanding (115), hispanic (18), maps (288), racism (18)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects and organization including making assumptions about neighborhood breakdowns, relationship to poverty levels, and effects of industrialization. Compare known cities or towns, including those known as affluent or distressed. Have students select a map view from this site to kick off a project about a family member and the community where he/she lived. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create their own maps (with audio stories and pictures included)! It might be helpful to use screenshots from these maps as images in their projects. Mac users press Command+shift+4 to save the screenshot image on you computer. Windows users, press the PrntScrn key, then paste the "copied" image into a document or slide.
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Teachers: World Food Programme - World Food Programme

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3 to 10
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This site is full of learning activities and resources from the World Food Programme, developed by educators to be used in the classroom. Inspire students as global citizens through...more
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This site is full of learning activities and resources from the World Food Programme, developed by educators to be used in the classroom. Inspire students as global citizens through these lessons and service learning opportunities. The lesson plans and classroom activities cover all grades and subject areas, with themes ranging from "What to do about Malnutrition" to "The Millennium Development Goals." Classroom activities can be found by going to the link on the right-hand side of the page. Activities are labeled by age range, subject, and general category of the lesson (such as collaborative learning & problem solving or addition & subtraction of decimals). After choosing a lesson, click on download to access the lesson in an easy to print pdf document. Lessons are very detailed, including an overview, aims and objectives, materials needed, lesson procedure, and activity sheets. Another excellent resource within the site is titled Hunger 101. Resources in that section include useful information and resources for discussing hunger in the classroom. In the future, the site intends to include more resources such as teaching materials and maps for the classroom. The site also includes links to sign up for their Facebook page, Twitter feed, and blog.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), nutrition (154), service projects (25)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow them time to explore on their own. Use lessons from the site in your classroom. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Service groups, student councils, and gifted programs can find many ideas for service projects and fundraisers through this site.
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Project Explorer - projectexplorer.org

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5 to 12
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This site is a marvelous, award-winning collection of well-organized blogs, photos, lesson plans, and videos exploring cultures all around the world. Enter the locations from a clickable...more
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This site is a marvelous, award-winning collection of well-organized blogs, photos, lesson plans, and videos exploring cultures all around the world. Enter the locations from a clickable world map. Organized by level, it begins with upper elementary and goes through middle school, high school, and beyond. Sections focus on educator and professional needs as well as ordinary citizens. Countries featured (at the time of this review) include Mexico, Jordan, and South Africa. All levels have a special section on Shakespearean England. A series featuring similar offerings for the country of Thailand is under development.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), countries (77), cross cultural understanding (115), england (57), jordan (5), mexico (34), shakespeare (131), south america (39)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge of a selected country as you start your study of its geography, people, and other cultural items. Have students in language classes create similar videos and/or blogs that feature items of interest in countries whose languages they are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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The World's Harvests - Time Magazine

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4 to 10
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This photo essay shares a wonderful gallery of pictures of farmers harvesting different crops, using various tools, from around the world. You will also want to note the diverse containers...more
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This photo essay shares a wonderful gallery of pictures of farmers harvesting different crops, using various tools, from around the world. You will also want to note the diverse containers storing the harvested items. Nutrition, world languages, or cultures classes can use this site to explore what food and agriculture are like in other cultures.
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tag(s): agriculture (54), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), nutrition (154)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set to introduce a unit or lesson on nutrition around the world on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use it also to explore differences in farming methods and food storage practices worldwide. Have students create similar photo essays in groups, comparing harvests from different regions of the U.S. using Thinglink, reviewed here. Thinklink allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Students can use Creative Commons Search, reviewed here, or Compfight, reviewed here, to find pictures you are ALLOWED to use without copyright problems, simply by giving credit.

Have students work in pairs to create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, to illustrate the different harvests from around the U.S.
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Slavery Footprint - How Many Slaves Work For You? - MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER

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7 to 12
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Slavery Footprint calculates the number of forced laborers involved in making the products we buy as consumers (such as beans in our coffee). Questions are based on the food...more
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Slavery Footprint calculates the number of forced laborers involved in making the products we buy as consumers (such as beans in our coffee). Questions are based on the food you eat, clothes you own, and even the sports you do. There is even the option to add detail about certain commodities to allow the program to make a more precise calculation. The result gives you the exact number of slaves that "work for you" in the supply chains of your consumption. An interesting portion of the site goes into detail about the methodology used for determining the number of slaves "working" for the respondents. The site also provides their definition of a slave: "Anyone who is forced to work without pay, being economically exploited, and unable to walk away." Be sure to share the opening portion of the site, "What? Slaves work for me?" with students for a wonderful explanation of slavery and the purpose of the site. Note: There is one question in the survey about paying for sex. While sexual slave trade is a very real issue in today's world, you may not want your less mature students to encounter this question. Only you know your school community's tolerance for such discussions.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), ecology (135), slavery (72)

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Have students complete individual surveys and graph results, use the information for a basis of class discussions on economy and each individual's impact on the environment. Complete one survey for the entire class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) using average information found from students. Show the impact of changes in lifestyle by completing new surveys by making lifestyle changes. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here) to create a fictitious radio news story from information they learn at this site. Have students use a mapping tool such as Google Earth (reviewed here) to create an audio (and visual) tour of countries included on the survey.

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Wonderful Houses Around the World - Yoshio Komatsu

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3 to 8
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This site offers a look into homes around the world, complete with fascinating shapes and photos from the inside and outside. The site is actually the table of contents for ...more
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This site offers a look into homes around the world, complete with fascinating shapes and photos from the inside and outside. The site is actually the table of contents for a book. You could buy the book (but it is not necessary). Simply visit this site to enjoy this marvelous array homes. The inside view of the homes features residents going about their daily activities. Since the images are small, you may want to use the Zoom controls on your computer to enlarge for a better view. (Command and + on a Mac, Ctrl and + on a Windows machine).
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tag(s): architecture (83), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), design (84), homes (12)

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Include this as you study homes and communities. Talk about why homes vary from place to place. Talk about the role of local resources in home design. Have students do similar drawings of their own homes and investigate building materials and their sources in your area. Check out the ancestry of your students and see who has origins that might include houses from these locations. Ask your international students to share information and drawings of the types of homes featured in their countries. Have your students design a new type of home for today's world, incorporating some of the interesting features from these homes; they can display them using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here or an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon - Michael Shaughnessy & Jason Parkhill

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K to 12
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This site features a wonderfully specific pictorial database of "every day" images that define cultures. Images are Creative Commons licensed and can be used by download (three sizes)...more
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This site features a wonderfully specific pictorial database of "every day" images that define cultures. Images are Creative Commons licensed and can be used by download (three sizes) or direct link. At the time of this review, general topics included German, ESL (American,) French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, and a few others. Besides offering a photograph (in three sizes) of something specifically Chinese or something only found in Japan, the vocabulary label for the object shown as well as its translation into its language of origin is available and indexed. There is also a detailed guide for teachers offering many wonderful suggestions of how to use CAPL in the classroom. The suggested activities include using images as objects, visual "texts," media illustrations, and narratives as well as ideas for using the images to teach vocabulary and culture. More is added to this site frequently, so be sure to check back!

tag(s): arabic (20), architecture (83), china (66), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), france (40), germany (28), japan (61), russia (38), spanish (108)

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Language students can use these images to create online posters using a tool such as Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here. Have students make a visual lexicon of new vocabulary words. Use interest in some of the pics here as a jumping off point for more cultural exploration. Talk about what items we would photograph in the U.S. that are culturally specific and rich in cultural meaning (for example, the Green Bay Packers stadium).

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Global SchoolNet - Global School Net

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4 to 12
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Find ways to include your class in online, project based learning. This site offers living curriculum in a world laboratory that promotes lifelong learning. A series of different programs,...more
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Find ways to include your class in online, project based learning. This site offers living curriculum in a world laboratory that promotes lifelong learning. A series of different programs, including International school Cyber Fair, Doors to Diplomacy, Mosaics of Life, Geogame, Online Expedition, and Letters to Santa all encourage global technology. Global SchoolNet engages youth in project based, online learning activities to promote creativity and communication, while increasing global understanding. A Projects Registry and Collaborative Learning Center contains great ideas for projects. Webby award winner Global SchoolNet has been a top ten educational website for five years in a row. This is a great resource for busy teachers!
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), service projects (25)

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Go global with your class this year! Set your technology goals to include many of the different global project based learning sites in a condensed easy to find manner. Link your class to other classes around the world. Join in online expeditions, competitions for your students, or even an online teacher award. Join in the Newsday Project and have your students publish articles for the world to see. Several International resources provide lesson plans for teachers for problem based technology projects. Information for different competitions bring your class into the cutting edge of global technology problem based learning. Join the list serve to keep updated with the latest happening in global education.

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