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Whether you are celebrating Presidents Day or learning about the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, this collection of reviewed resources about presidents provides a rich starting point for research, class study, or multimedia projects. If this list is too broad, use the search tool at the left of this page to find resources on a specific president or within a certain grade range. You may also be interested in TeachersFirst's Resources for U.S. Elections or TeachersFirst's Resources for U.S. Presidential Inaugurations.

 

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Lesson Unit: Choices and Commitments - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides...more
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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides an opportunity for a creative response to the lesson content.

tag(s): civil war (144), lincoln (86)

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There is enough background information that teachers have several different options for presenting the material. This unit could form the basis for several weeks' study of the Civil War.

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American Indians of the Pacific Northwest - University of Washington

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6 to 12
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The University of Washington has created this site to document cultural and historic materials dealing with northwest Native peoples. Segmented by tribal groups, the collection includes...more
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The University of Washington has created this site to document cultural and historic materials dealing with northwest Native peoples. Segmented by tribal groups, the collection includes images and text, as well as search capabilities.

tag(s): native americans (78)

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Use this site as a reference point to search for primary source material concerning Native American tribes of the Northwest. These materials could easily supplement a unit on Native Americans, Westward Expansion, tensions between the US government and the various tribes, etc.

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The Renaissance

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9 to 12
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This elegant site - part of a college-level world culture series - presents the Italian Renaissance and discusses the social, political, and economic trends which contributed to the...more
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This elegant site - part of a college-level world culture series - presents the Italian Renaissance and discusses the social, political, and economic trends which contributed to the flowering of renaissance art and culture. Excellent, dense content would be suitable for advanced high school research, or as background reading for teachers working with this subject. From Washington State University.

tag(s): renaissance (32)

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Use this site as a source for research projects! The information is a little text heavy, but it provides a lot of great information for students to search for a start to their thesis.

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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

tag(s): middle east (36)

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Rome

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This site from Washington State University provides college-level depth on the evolution, flowering, and decline of the Roman empire. The treatment includes political, social, and military...more
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This site from Washington State University provides college-level depth on the evolution, flowering, and decline of the Roman empire. The treatment includes political, social, and military history in sufficient detail that teachers should be able to use this site as a resource for planning an entire unit on Roman history, even at the high school level. Serious students will find a rich resource of factual information.

tag(s): romans (36), rome (27)

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Include this link on your class website (or wiki) for students to practice both in and out of the classroom. The information is more encyclopedia-like, but can help fill in the holes that students may have about the textbook or lectures. Students can use the site as a reference or for review before assessments.

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FDR and the Supreme Court - National Archives

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Franklin Roosevelt's plan to pack the Supreme Court was a landmark test of the Constitution's separation of powers. This lesson plan from the Library of Congress explores the implications...more
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Franklin Roosevelt's plan to pack the Supreme Court was a landmark test of the Constitution's separation of powers. This lesson plan from the Library of Congress explores the implications of Roosevelt's plan and asks students to argue both sides of the question.

tag(s): roosevelt (16), supreme court (24)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan and classroom activities hosted on this website! US history and government teachers will appreciate this one - just make sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Washington

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The state's home page. ...more
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The state's home page.

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The American Presidents

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tag(s): biographies (92), presidents (130)

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Use this site as a point of reference for information about our Presidents. Students could use this site as a spring board for research projects, or historical heads. For historical heads, have students draw inside of a blank outline of a human face graphic representations of the president chosen for their project. Students should be able to describe and explain all representations, but it's a great way for them to organize their ideas and provide more memorable symbols for facts that they need to know.

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The Papers of George Washington - University of Virginia

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This site includes letters written both to and from George Washington. Important papers and letters are singled out, as well as an entire section of selected Revolutionary War documents....more
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This site includes letters written both to and from George Washington. Important papers and letters are singled out, as well as an entire section of selected Revolutionary War documents. This site would be of value to students serious about completing in depth research on the man or his major historical events in his life.

tag(s): presidents (130), primary sources (92), washington (35)

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In a discussion of the Revolutionary War or the Founding Fathers, use the pictures and images to supplement your lecture. Very rarely do students get to see time-period appropriate maps, and those provided on the site can be used to show and diagram major battles. The site also provides some excellent primary sources that complement such a unit. An excellent one to look at is his famed "Farewell Address," which can be used for both a revolutionary unit and any on American Diplomacy. Have students read the address as a class, following it with a discussion on how this speech impacted American foreign relations for the next 200 years. A great site for any resources on Washington!

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CollegeBound Math - Washington State University

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College-bound students can use this site from Washington State University to see if their math skills are up to par with the requirements of introductory college math. There are study...more
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College-bound students can use this site from Washington State University to see if their math skills are up to par with the requirements of introductory college math. There are study problems, a sample quiz, and other resources for those whose math needs a bit of a brush-up.

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Vive La France! - Washington Post

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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post ...more
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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post and AP newswires, get today's exchange rates for world currencies. You can even get today's weather forecast throughout France. With links to over 200 countries, this site lets you create a World's Fair in your classroom.

tag(s): france (38), french (91)

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Use this site as a starting point for any and all research projects based on France. Students can research current events, history, geography and economic statistics all from the homepage. Post this site on assignment worksheets requiring research as well as your teacher wiki or web page.

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GeologyLink

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9 to 12
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This is a comprehensive resource for geology students and faculty, providing links to research data, lecture notes, teaching materials, and geology projects. Developed by the University...more
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This is a comprehensive resource for geology students and faculty, providing links to research data, lecture notes, teaching materials, and geology projects. Developed by the University of Washington with support from Worth Publishing. Lots of depth, but the site assumes a working knowledge of the field.

tag(s): geology (79), paleontology (41)

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The Mad Scientist Network

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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains ...more
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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains the functions of organs and how they work together. A great research tool for biology students! Nice animation, including a guided tour of the human body with key points outlined. From Washington University Medical School.

tag(s): human body (131)

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Teachers of younger students will find material useful for background to their teaching.

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Live from Earth and Mars Educational Modules - University of Washington

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This site from the University of Washington includes lesson plans and projects for students relating to meteorology and space science. ...more
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This site from the University of Washington includes lesson plans and projects for students relating to meteorology and space science.

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Camp David - US Government

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A brief background on Camp David and what the President uses it for. ...more
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A brief background on Camp David and what the President uses it for.

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Presidential Debates Information

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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates. ...more
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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates.

tag(s): debate (44), presidents (130)

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If teaching about the historic 1960 television debates, use the videos and transcripts to provide students with something more tangible than the summary in their textbook. Click on the debate history section of the site, selecting the year 1960. There are multiple transcripts and videos that can easily be printed or viewed on the interactive whiteboard. To show the impact of technology, have students listen to the debate before watching - and also select a winner. After, have students repeat the activity; this time through watching the video. Have a class discussion on how seeing the candidates affected their opinions, and whether a similar effect occurred in 1960. Great for a US government classroom!

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American President: John F Kennedy - Miller Center - University of Virginia

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Find resources related to John F Kennedy: facts, links to several speeches, and a multimedia gallery. One interesting part of this site is the use of word clouds as part ...more
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Find resources related to John F Kennedy: facts, links to several speeches, and a multimedia gallery. One interesting part of this site is the use of word clouds as part of the page with the links to speeches. Each speech includes a published transcript of the text of the speech along with a word cloud emphasizing the most frequently used words. This is part of a larger collection of all the United States presidents but provides a nice starting point for important events and information related to our 35th president.

tag(s): 1960s (28), kennedy (27), presidents (130)

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View video clips with your class on your interactive whiteboard. Share a link with students for use on any project relating to United States presidents or John F Kennedy. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore the site independently or in small groups. Have students choose one speech and create a simple infographic sharing their findings about its themes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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