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Things to Learn With: Learning Almanac - Cheryl Davis

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6 to 12
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Find meaningful ways to teach 21st century skills in all curricular areas. Spend some time with this collection of lesson ideas that utilize Google Docs, other Google tools, and some...more
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Find meaningful ways to teach 21st century skills in all curricular areas. Spend some time with this collection of lesson ideas that utilize Google Docs, other Google tools, and some 2.0 programs such as wikis and YouTube across the curriculum. Browse through the outstanding resources which are perfect for middle school and beyond.

tag(s): blogs (90), charts and graphs (196), communities (36), experiments (73), geology (82), literature (276), news (265), search strategies (29), spreadsheets (18), statistics (124), tutorials (47), wikis (21)

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For example, use the lesson It's a Statistical World to bring statistics and the use of spreadsheets into the classroom. Follow project ideas, suggestions, and how to's to complete the activity. Specific examples, suggestions, and tutorials for using the resources are given throughout. Find unbelievable ideas that are exceptional for many curricular areas. Mark this one in your Favorites to use when you need inspiration or a new approach to curriculum that never seems to "stick" the way you wish it would.
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Maryland Kids Page - Maryland Secretary of State

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3 to 8
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Learn about the state of Maryland and its' laws, history, symbols, and more at this site presented by the Secretary of State of Maryland. The site is divided into sections ...more
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Learn about the state of Maryland and its' laws, history, symbols, and more at this site presented by the Secretary of State of Maryland. The site is divided into sections with sub-categories included on the home page. The history portion includes a great deal of information including a timeline of Maryland, women's history, Native American history, and African-American history, plus famous Marylanders. The government portion of site includes a very nice graphic demonstrating the bill-creation process. Learn all the state symbols such as the state song, bird, and even the state dog in the state symbols portion of the site. Be sure to visit the geography links and choose fun stuff to find lots of fun facts and state trivia.

tag(s): biographies (88), maryland (8), states (163)

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Challenge your students to go past PowerPoint and make an online presentation using Animoto (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge. Share the page with the bill-creation process on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) with students and have them compare with other states' processes. Create a scavenger hunt including information from the site and have students explore the pages to find answers. Share the site with students as a resource for state research or famous American projects.

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Maine Secretary of State Kids' Page - Maine Secretary of State

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3 to 8
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Learn all about Maine (for kids) without having to leave the room! The "All About Maine" portion of the site includes information about the state including famous people, a history...more
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Learn all about Maine (for kids) without having to leave the room! The "All About Maine" portion of the site includes information about the state including famous people, a history timeline, maps, state symbols, and more. Be sure to check out the "Tree of Facts" that includes information outlined in the image of a tree. Another useful link takes you to a list of children's books about Maine. The "Fun and Games" section includes several activities for kids including a symbols matching game, recipes, a coloring book, and more.

tag(s): maine (4), states (163)

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Challenge your students to go past PowerPoint and make an online presentation using Animoto (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge. Review the list of books about Maine to use as resources for Guided Reading or class read-alouds. Share the site with students when preparing state research projects. Demonstrate the Tree of Facts and challenge students to create their own Tree of Facts for the state they are researching.
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Louisiana Kids Page - Louisiana House of Representatives

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3 to 6
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This easy to navigate site includes basic information for kids about the state of Louisiana. Click on each of the icons to go to a different place on the site ...more
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This easy to navigate site includes basic information for kids about the state of Louisiana. Click on each of the icons to go to a different place on the site such as state symbols, learning about how a bill becomes a law, activity and coloring books/pages, and a quiz on state facts. Note: completing the quiz online requires entering your institution (school) name and email address before answers can be submitted. Rather than using your personal or professional email, create a FREE gmail account. Activity book pages can all be easily printed by using the print portion of your toolbar.

tag(s): branches of government (50), louisiana (11), states (163)

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Share the portion of the site on How a Bill Becomes a Law on your interactive whiteboard and compare to your state's law-making procedures. Have your students create an online "scrapbook" on states using Smilebox (reviewed here). Allow students to explore the site to gather information for state research projects.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Kids' Website - Kentucky Secretary of State

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3 to 6
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Find interesting facts and information about the state of Kentucky at this site created for kids. The site is divided into several portions including Kentucky Government, Kentucky Civics...more
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Find interesting facts and information about the state of Kentucky at this site created for kids. The site is divided into several portions including Kentucky Government, Kentucky Civics for Kids, Games, and more. Each section is broken into smaller categories to make finding information easier. Choose "All About Kentucky" to find symbols, geography, a history timeline, places, business and industry, and Kentucky facts and fun. The government page includes an explanation of the state constitution, framework, and information about elected officials. Teachers from all states may find the civics glossary useful that is located in the civics section of the site.
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tag(s): branches of government (50), states (163)

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Create a scavenger hunt including information from the site for students to complete while exploring the site. Have your students create an online "scrapbook" on each of the states using Smilebox (reviewed here). Print and use activities from this site with students.
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Kansas Kids - Kansas Secretary of State

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Explore and learn about Kansas with this bright, kid-friendly website. Click on the flower icons to learn about the state with printable activities. Activities include a math skills...more
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Explore and learn about Kansas with this bright, kid-friendly website. Click on the flower icons to learn about the state with printable activities. Activities include a math skills quiz, Kansas information true/false, and an activity matching hometowns to famous Kansans. Be sure to visit the "Lets Color" link for coloring pages that include facts and information about the state that can be easily printed and copied. The car icon sends you to the "Lets Travel" portion of the site with links to interesting places to visit in the state including the Eisenhower Museum, the Governor's Mansion, and the Kansas State Fair. Teachers, be sure to visit the teachers and parents portion of the site. It is a bit hidden, so search on the bottom left-hand portion of the home page for the words "Teachers and Parents". Click on the link to find a printable Kansas Fun Book, Kansas at a Glance, and much more.

tag(s): biographies (88), states (163)

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Have your students create an online "scrapbook" on states using Smilebox (reviewed here) and including information found on the site. Print out coloring pages and quizzes from the site for students. Share this site with students when doing research for state projects or famous Americans.
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Just For Kids - Idaho - State of Idaho

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3 to 6
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Learn a Little and Have Some Fun! Idaho's government website for kids offers facts, information, and history about the state. Capital Building Trivia offers an extensive history...more
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Learn a Little and Have Some Fun! Idaho's government website for kids offers facts, information, and history about the state. Capital Building Trivia offers an extensive history about their capital building including construction dates, materials used (four types of marble among them), and estimated replacement cost in today's dollars. The School Report Resources section contains all the vital state information such as the state seal, motto, flag, population statistics, and more. Be sure to check out all of the information about the famous Idaho state potatoes included in this section. At the time of this review, one of the links on the "Student Links" page, was no longer active.

tag(s): states (163)

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Have students use a tool such as Padlet (reviewed here) to create an online bulletin board to use to display information they learn about Idaho. Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Then allow students to explore on their own when researching state information.

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Hawaii School Reports - Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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Find basic facts about the state of Hawaii for school reports at this site. Links within the site lead you to pages with the state symbols including the flag, seal, ...more
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Find basic facts about the state of Hawaii for school reports at this site. Links within the site lead you to pages with the state symbols including the flag, seal, motto, and more. Especially helpful is the information included about the state's weather including water and surf information. Be sure to explore the state history link which includes in-depth information about the state's rich history beginning with the early Polynesian explorers up to present day statehood.

tag(s): hawaii (7), pearl harbor (12), states (163), volcanoes (65), weather (194)

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Brainstorm with Edistorm (reviewed here), having students add sticky notes of things they learn - or questions-- on the online shared whiteboard. Use this site when your class is researching for state reports to gather information.

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Interactive Colorado Map - Colorado.com

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2 to 6
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You can find interesting facts and information about the state of Colorado by visiting this interactive website. Learn about 14er's (no, not 49er's) found in the state, people and places,...more
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You can find interesting facts and information about the state of Colorado by visiting this interactive website. Learn about 14er's (no, not 49er's) found in the state, people and places, and Colorado facts. Be sure to visit the link with Colorado podcasts to view many videos about wildlife found in the state, activities to do such as biking and water rafting, and snowshoeing. Also available for download from the site are puzzles and pictures in pdf format. Many portions of the site containing facts that are also available to print easily.

tag(s): mountains (15), states (163)

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Have students create a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here to show information learned from the site. Share the site with students to use when researching for state reports. Create a scavenger hunt with facts from the site for students to explore and find during computer time.
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Maps of War

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9 to 12
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This site offers a collection of Flash presentations that illustrate geopolitical aspects of war and religion. It's an eclectic mix: one animation traces the spread of world religions...more
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This site offers a collection of Flash presentations that illustrate geopolitical aspects of war and religion. It's an eclectic mix: one animation traces the spread of world religions over time and over a world map. Another looks at the American death tolls associated with each U.S. conflict and associates the President and political party associated with each war. A third examines the various political entities that have held territory in the Middle East. Visually, the animations are fabulous, but in order to be more than good looking, they would need to be paired with significant teacher context-setting, which is not presented on the site. For example, what does it mean that there have been more U.S. casualties in wars under Presidents who were Democrats than in wars under Republican Presidents? That factoid is the subject of one of the animations. The creator of the site does not name him/herself, saying only that the animations are intended to be unbiased and factual.

tag(s): iraq (32), middle east (35), religions (67)

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The animations would be stunning on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and teachers doing a unit on world religions or trying to backfill a history of Iraq would find certain presentations very useful. Be sure to click "View Full Screen" to fill your projector or whiteboard screen. American history teachers could use the animation on U.S. wars and casualties as an overview. The animations can be streamed from the site, or the whole package can be downloaded for use locally. On the whole, however, the site still leaves questions: Why these topics? Despite claims to the contrary, is there a political message here somewhere? Be sure to open this discussion with your students, as well. Since the site has "professional looking" glitz, should we believe it without any knowledge of its creator? If not, how can we check its accuracy?
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Mr. Donn's Social Studies - Mr. Donn

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K to 8
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This is a site that contains numerous links to lessons and websites on various social studies and world history subjects. There are numerous subjects: Age of Exploration, Roaring 20s,...more
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This is a site that contains numerous links to lessons and websites on various social studies and world history subjects. There are numerous subjects: Age of Exploration, Roaring 20s, 50 states, World Geography, African Kingdoms, and countless others. There are lesson plans, links, videos, and more.
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tag(s): 1920s (16), africa (180), archeology (32), china (68), civil rights (123), civil war (145), colonial america (108), egypt (70), great depression (25), greece (26), holidays (152), immigration (58), india (36), industrial revolution (25), japan (62), mayans (12), mesopotamia (6), native americans (78), psychology (64), religions (67), renaissance (35), resources (112), rome (28), slavery (72), westward expansion (29)

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This is the perfect site for Social Studies and History teachers. Use this site for background information when planning lessons. Place this link on your classroom computers to provide students with safe places to research. Several topics have video clips that are perfect for showing on a projector or interactive whiteboard. If using this site for research, challenge students to create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Independence Day Around the World - Chartsbin

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2 to 12
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see ...more
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see the date of its independence from that country. All countries that used to be part of Great Britain are the same color; color coding for other former empires indicates the empire's former holdings. Data comes from reliable government and other statistical sources. At the bottom of the page, related charts that may be of interest show: Father's Day around the World, Mother's Day around the World, Halloween Celebrations around the world and more.
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tag(s): colonial america (108), holidays (152), july 4th (8)

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Keep this site in mind as a reference source when students study world cultures or foreign languages. Challenge students to use this site to create research projects about individual (free) nations around the world. Have individual students or cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation using a tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of the country they researched (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum - The International Civil Rights Center & Museum

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5 to 12
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum site highlights the non-violent protests of the 1960's Greensboro, NC sit-in movement. This site has links to the history of the sit in...more
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum site highlights the non-violent protests of the 1960's Greensboro, NC sit-in movement. This site has links to the history of the sit in movement and other civil right movements. There is also a section of photos and videos that is continuously being updated, so be sure to check back frequently. Though this site is relatively new, there are several good historical timelines and chronologies.

tag(s): 1960s (30), african american (114), black history (62), civil rights (123)

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Have your students use the information about the people of the sit-in movement to write a biography. Add drama to your classroom and have students pretend to be one of the protesters. Have them write a monologue and present it to the class. Have students create public service announcement posters using Piclits (reviewed here). Use the announcements that can be found in the image gallery for examples.
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Arizona Kid's Page - State of Arizona

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3 to 8
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Learn more about the state of Arizona with this site offering facts and information just for kids. Choose the Natural Wonders link to learn about the many natural wonders and ...more
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Learn more about the state of Arizona with this site offering facts and information just for kids. Choose the Natural Wonders link to learn about the many natural wonders and national parks within the state such as the Grand Canyon, the town of Tombstone, and the Apache Trail. Get a brief geographical background on the formation of the state by choosing the Arizona History link tracing the known time range of man living in the state back 20,000 years. Learn about state facts, emblems, motto, and much more in the facts section (did you know Arizona has official state neckwear?). Be sure to check out the state photos section for realistic images of many portions of the state and of it's natural wonders.

tag(s): national parks (18), native americans (78), natural resources (60), westward expansion (29)

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Share this site with students when working on state research projects. Display photos included on the site with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector when discussing Arizona, the Grand Canyon, or other areas of the state. Copy and use the coloring pages with the state seal, flag, and other images when learning about the state of Arizona. Rather than having students create a traditional research project, have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

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Around the World (About 20,000 Times) - Wall Street Journal

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5 to 12
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This site shares great summary of the U.S. space shuttle program. An interactive graph shows icons organized by year for each space mission. Clicking the icon shows the vital ...more
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This site shares great summary of the U.S. space shuttle program. An interactive graph shows icons organized by year for each space mission. Clicking the icon shows the vital information about each mission, including the date of the mission, distance it covered, the duration of its flight, its orbital altitude, and the number of earth orbits it made. Each icon has different symbols to describe the mission visually. There is a clear explanation of the icon meanings. Click on just one orbiter to see its missions; sort by date, mission type, mission duration, spacecraft, altitude, and number of orbits. There is a color coded summary of each of the shuttle (Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor).
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tag(s): nasa (39), space (217), timelines (64)

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Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of part or all of the space program. Assign your students to find online visuals (in the public domain) of certain aspects of the space shuttle program. Then have students create an online book of images and captions about their mission choice using Bookr (reviewed here). (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr).

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Snag Learnng - Snagfilms LLC

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3 to 12
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point,...more
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point, the history of various forms of music, effects of desert winds, and more. Choose your subject matter from the tab along the top. Choose a grade level band as well to find videos appropriate for different age groups. Warning: as topics frequently change, be sure to preview before you share.
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tag(s): movies (72), twitter (47), video (274)

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Use videos in your subject area to inform students about the topic being studied. Share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider using backchannel while viewing the documentary to allow students to express their feelings and thoughts. Try using the site "Get your students talking about what you want them to talk about" (reviewed here). Follow viewing with blog posts that include student reactions and topics related to what has been discussed in class.
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South American Cultures - Discovery Education

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5 to 9
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At this site you will learn about festivals in South America and create charts and essays based on the research. There is a lesson plan complete with discussion questions, links ...more
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At this site you will learn about festivals in South America and create charts and essays based on the research. There is a lesson plan complete with discussion questions, links (one of which was not working at the time of this review), vocabulary WITH audio, and more. Classes with international students can draw on them for knowledge and cultural object contribution. A video is available for purchase to add to information about South America, but the lesson plan suggestions will work without it.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (117), portuguese (20), south america (40), spanish (109)

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Use this when studying South American countries or at a time when Americans celebrate traditional rites, such as Thanksgiving. This site offers a great opportunity to make your Mexican and other Spanish speaking students feel valued in the classroom. This is an excellent site for research.

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Blackbaseball's Negro Baseball Leagues - Blackbaseball

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6 to 12
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This new site focuses on the Negro Baseball Leagues from their beginnings in the late 19th century until the time that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Much ...more
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This new site focuses on the Negro Baseball Leagues from their beginnings in the late 19th century until the time that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Much of the content is the work of James A. Riley, one of the foremost experts in the study of the Negro Leagues. The site includes information on players, teams, video clips, resources and current issues.
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tag(s): baseball (36), black history (62), civil rights (123), sports (98)

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Use the site as a resource during Black History Month for students who are researching the Negro Baseball Leagues, or players who were part of the leagues. Tie together current events (during baseball season) with this historical site. Have cooperative learning groups create venn diagrams using an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare the Negro Baseball Leagues to the baseball teams of today. What was the same, what is different? The site might also be useful in discussions of the Civil Rights movement or as a part of a look at segregation in the early 20th century. Check back frequently, as the site is clearly expanding and will have more information in the future.
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Colonial Gardener - Colonial Williamsburg

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Try your best to grow the beautiful gardens of Colonial Williamsburg! The more flowers you grow, the greater your point total. To grow beautiful flowers you need to hoe and ...more
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Try your best to grow the beautiful gardens of Colonial Williamsburg! The more flowers you grow, the greater your point total. To grow beautiful flowers you need to hoe and weed the gardens, the better you do, the more elaborate the garden. This activity is easy to follow, simply press on the x or z button to control the actions in the garden. Clicking on "more information" will give you information about the actual gardens and people of Colonial Williamsburg.

tag(s): colonial america (108), colonization (17), plants (155)

In the Classroom

Display and try the activity on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on plants to demonstrate the growth and care of plants in a garden. During a unit on Colonial Times allow students to try this activity to see what it was like to do chores in the Colonial Days. This is a great one for a learning station and/or cooperative learning groups!
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A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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Take a virtual tour of major colonial sites along the U.S. east coast using reviewed resources from TeachersFirst. If you are planning a real vacation or simply want to tour ...more
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Take a virtual tour of major colonial sites along the U.S. east coast using reviewed resources from TeachersFirst. If you are planning a real vacation or simply want to tour via computer, this collection offers information and places to see in Boston, Plymouth, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Roanoke Colony, and St. Augustine.

tag(s): boston (14), colonial america (108), jamestown (11), philadelphia (13), roanoke (7), williamsburg (12)

In the Classroom

Use this colonial tour as a starting point for a virtual experience of colonial America. Assign different student groups to each colonial location, and have them create an extended virtual "tour" using a tool such as Google Earth, reviewed here, or (simpler) Mapskip, reviewed here. Then have the groups take each other's tours to "discover" the colonies! If you don't have enough time for an extended project, share aspects of the tour and supplement by sharing photos from Google Earth's Panoramio layer on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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