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Lewis & Clark Lesson - National Park Service

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5 to 8
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A part of the Teaching with Historic Places series from the National Park Service, this lesson presents artifacts, maps, and images from the Lewis and Clark expedition and asks students...more
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A part of the Teaching with Historic Places series from the National Park Service, this lesson presents artifacts, maps, and images from the Lewis and Clark expedition and asks students to draw conclusions about the nature of the expedition and its activities. There is a wealth of other supplementary material and background information as well.

tag(s): lewis and clark (15), native americans (78)

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Countdown to Kitty Hawk - Experimental Aviation Association

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6 to 12
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A site maintained by the Experimental Aviation Association and the Ford Motor Company, it is focused on the replication of the "Wright Flyer" the plane flown by the Wright Brothers...more
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A site maintained by the Experimental Aviation Association and the Ford Motor Company, it is focused on the replication of the "Wright Flyer" the plane flown by the Wright Brothers in 1903. Most of the site consists of side by side comparisons between the original Flyer and the 2003 replica. Not as rich as many of the other sites about the Wrights.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Use the images on this site to supplement powerpoint lectures and displays about the Wright Brothers. Students can also use this site as a resource for research projects, for images and primary sources.

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Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company

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Billed as a virtual museum, the site is divided into "wings." There is an enormous amount of information on this site! The History "wing" includes biographies of the ...more
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Billed as a virtual museum, the site is divided into "wings." There is an enormous amount of information on this site! The History "wing" includes biographies of the Wright Brothers, information about the history of flight and some little known facts in an area called "aviation's attic." Along the side are links to music files with music of the early 1900s such as the Wrights might have listened to. The Adventure "wing" looks at models of airplanes and the science of flight, and includes more music files. The "Information Desk" includes news about local Dayton, Ohio commemorations of the centennial of flight. No lesson plans and no areas specifically for educators, but lots of facts and pictures spread out all over the site.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a lesson on the Wright Brothers and their impact on flight. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Assign each group a "wing" or subsection to read and research with the intent being for them to present their findings to their peers. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report that their classmates know virtually nothing about. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. This makes the most sense if the reports and presented chronologically so students can piece together the history of the Wrights brothers.

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The Wright Brothers - Henry Ford Museum

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Maintained by the Henry Ford Museum, a small site focused on biographies of the Wright Brothers and a time line of their flights. The main Henry Ford Museum site ...more
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Maintained by the Henry Ford Museum, a small site focused on biographies of the Wright Brothers and a time line of their flights. The main Henry Ford Museum site has more information on the historical context of the times in which the Wrights lived.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Although it's a short site, this would make a great learning center during a unit on the Wright brothers and the history of flight. Based on the information on the site, have students create "historical heads" about the wright brothers. Simply have students draw the outline of a head, and fill the head with illustrations that represent the achievements and events in the brothers' lives! This would be a great tool to help students review as well as introduce the topic.

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The Wright Stuff - PBS

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From the PBS American Experience Site, this site includes both RealAudio clips and transcripts of interviews with two historians about the Wright Brothers, a Quick Time movie of a recreation...more
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From the PBS American Experience Site, this site includes both RealAudio clips and transcripts of interviews with two historians about the Wright Brothers, a Quick Time movie of a recreation of the Wright Brothers' flight, and narrative about the PBS American Experience program on the Wright Brothers. "Read More Learn More" is simply a (non-hyperlinked) bibliography.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Use the audio interviews as a group activity during a lesson on the Wright Brothers and the history of flight. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Centennial of Flight: Rediscovering the Challenges of Flight - NASA

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2 to 12
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Click on "Educator Resources" for a collection of lesson plans focused on the NASA project to replicate the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flight. Includes information on meeting national standards,...more
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Click on "Educator Resources" for a collection of lesson plans focused on the NASA project to replicate the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flight. Includes information on meeting national standards, assessment activities, profiles on famous people related to flight and further internet resources.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Lesson plans focus on all grade levels from K-12.

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Wright Brothers' Flying Machine - PBS Nova

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This companion site to the NOVA program of the same name includes some slick interactive components that would let student experience some of the problems with which the Wright brothers...more
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This companion site to the NOVA program of the same name includes some slick interactive components that would let student experience some of the problems with which the Wright brothers had to grapple to make their airplane fly. These help illustrate how the two reverted to "first principles" in solving problems, rather than building on the theories of others. This one puts lots of information into readily available form.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Use the teachers guide to search for lesson plans and classroom activities for your history classroom. The lessons guide teachers with incorporating the site into their classroom - a great find for a US history classroom!
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Railroad Pictures

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4 to 12
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This searchable collection of old railroad photos could be a useful reference for a student doing a research paper on American history, industrialization, transportation or commerce....more
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This searchable collection of old railroad photos could be a useful reference for a student doing a research paper on American history, industrialization, transportation or commerce. While the site permits very specific searches, most students will likely find even a general search returns useful images.

tag(s): railroads (10)

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Use the images from this site to supplement a lecture on transportation and the railroads. They are extremely detailed images and can be searched to find those that meet the time period being studied.

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Electronic New Jersey

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6 to 9
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This site is the work of a team of New Jersey high school teachers and professional archivists who set out to create a set of history modules using historical artifacts. ...more
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This site is the work of a team of New Jersey high school teachers and professional archivists who set out to create a set of history modules using historical artifacts. While users will find more text than images, the lessons link to key themes of the American revolution, the Civil War, and other major curriculum areas, and there are plenty of "What do you think?" questions interspersed throughout the presentation.

tag(s): american revolution (86), civil war (145), evolution (100)

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Tall Ship Rose

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Though no longer used as a training vessel, this site about the Rose continues to show how sailing ships functioned as military vessels. There are several 360 degree quicktime images,...more
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Though no longer used as a training vessel, this site about the Rose continues to show how sailing ships functioned as military vessels. There are several 360 degree quicktime images, a "ropes" quiz, and a variety of text to explain how it all fit together. Tie this one into a discussion of explorers, the growth of international commerce, or the American clipper ships and gold rush.

tag(s): navy (9)

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Use the virtual tour on the interactive whiteboard to explore what ships were like in the early 18th century and before. This would be a great resource during a discussion of the military resources Americans had during the Revolution - the site can also be used as a learning center through incorporating the quizzes on classroom computers. A very cool site for a US history class!
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Washington State Pioneer Life - University of Washington

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Washington State's pioneer life database includes lots of archival photos presented in a searchable format that's light-years ahead of many similar efforts in other states. Teachers...more
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Washington State's pioneer life database includes lots of archival photos presented in a searchable format that's light-years ahead of many similar efforts in other states. Teachers and students will likely find the sections on early Alaska, the Klondike, and the Yukon of particular interest. There's great term-paper fodder in this one!

tag(s): alaska (25), gold rush (19), washington (36)

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Use this site to search for primary sources during a unit on the Gold Rush that brought so many people to the Alaskan frontier. Primary sources could be used to teach both the content and historical thinking skills in your classroom. Divide students into 5-6 groups, with each group assigned a different primary source to read and evaluate. (Sources should come from various perspectives to make the game more interesting) Have the groups present quick summaries of their source to the class, making sure to mention who the author is and whether or not there could be bias. After all have presented, have each team pick a representative to argue in front of the class as to why their source is the most reliable and valid. After all have made their argument, have the class vote off the least reliable "survivor style" until you are left with just one!
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Changing the Face of Medicine - NIH

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6 to 12
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Here's a site that documents the achievements of female physicians while also providing lesson plans and information that will show students (at all levels) how physicians do their...more
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Here's a site that documents the achievements of female physicians while also providing lesson plans and information that will show students (at all levels) how physicians do their work. The biographies of women physicians - some dating back into the 19th century - are probably the strongest section of this site, but the lesson plans and Flash activities are also well worth a look. This site could be used in history, career planning, science, or women's history studies.

tag(s): medicine (67), women (101)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in this site! There is also a recommended book list which could be a great addition to a classroom reading list, or as a list students can choose from for a book report. This is an excellent site for any study of women in the workplace and the evolution of the medical field.
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Travels in America - Library of Congress

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9 to 12
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Observations of foreigners (especially Alexis de Tocqueville) have long been a staple of secondary American history classes. This Library of Congress resource offers a searchable collection...more
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Observations of foreigners (especially Alexis de Tocqueville) have long been a staple of secondary American history classes. This Library of Congress resource offers a searchable collection of reflections by other authors, including Hector St. John de Cr?vecoeur and Charles Dickens. While their observations are not always flattering, these writings can be a great way to get students to "think outside the box" when discussing American institutions.

tag(s): dickens (13), states (163)

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Use the primary sources in this site in a "survivor" activity that not only teaches the content how teaches students how to analyze primary sources too. Separate students into groups and assign each group a different primary source to analyze and interpret with the intentions of presenting their findings to the class. After presentations, have a representative from each group go to the front of the class and present an argument why their source is the most reliable and why it presents the clearest picture of the early US government. Have the class vote off the least reliable in rounds until there is just the one left! Students will leave the class understanding the content AND how to analyze sources for future reference.

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Historic Wings - Feature Stories

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If you'd like to incorporate elements of the history of aviation into a unit on science or history, this site's nice collection of features on significant aviation history events could...more
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If you'd like to incorporate elements of the history of aviation into a unit on science or history, this site's nice collection of features on significant aviation history events could be useful. There's a nice selection of items that spread over the years from the 1920s through the present. There could be more depth, but the essential information is presented well.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39), explorers (61)

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Each of the individual web explorations could easily be used to introduce separate units within a history class. When applicable, select the exploration you would like students to work on and save it as a favorite on classroom computers. Have students go through the information and make a quick and small poster to show what they have learned. We recommend an online poster creator such as Padlet (reviewed here). The site offers information commonly left out of textbooks, but still relevant enough to apply to the Standards of Learning. They definitely make for interesting activators or introductions to units.
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Churchill - PBS

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

tag(s): churchill (5), middle east (30), world war 2 (142)

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

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While it deals specifically with the Korean War, this American Radioworks site's interviews (both sound and transcripts) are an interesting window into the broader aspects of American...more
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While it deals specifically with the Korean War, this American Radioworks site's interviews (both sound and transcripts) are an interesting window into the broader aspects of American and international life during the period immediately after World War II. Of these secondary themes, the information on the evolution of race relations in the United States in the 1950s is particularly interesting.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), korea (15), racism (18)

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Use the articles on this site to supplement the text & lecture during a unit on the cold war OR about civil rights. (There are articles about integrating the army as well as detailed reports about various aspects of the cold war) This is a great resource for a higher-level American history class.

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Charles Lindbergh

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Fans of the famous pilot will find this site has almost anything ever recorded about the aviator and his journeys. There is also information on several efforts to recreate the ...more
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Fans of the famous pilot will find this site has almost anything ever recorded about the aviator and his journeys. There is also information on several efforts to recreate the Ryan aircraft that Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic to Paris. Try this site as an add-in to a unit on the 1920s, an examination of the history of flight, or a unit on famous explorers or Americans.

tag(s): 1920s (2), aviation (39), explorers (61)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and use it to introduce a lesson on the history of flight. Play the video clips for students before or after a lecture, depending on whether or not you want to preview or re-enforce the information.

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Fission - Moments of Discovery - American Institute of Physics

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Pretty it isn't, but this site about the serendipity surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission (and many other scientific achievements) emphasizes how a combination of knowledge,...more
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Pretty it isn't, but this site about the serendipity surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission (and many other scientific achievements) emphasizes how a combination of knowledge, research, and happy coincidence contributes to many scientific advances. It's a great point of view for physics and science students to see.

tag(s): energy (197), nuclear energy (24)

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Use the audio files on this site to introduce one of the corresponding topics in a science class over the interactive whiteboard. There are also teacher guides that provide a few simple ideas as to how to work these files into your classroom. This could be a great way to show a case study in your classroom, providing something tangible for students to listen to, supplementing their normal text.

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Captive Passage - Mariner's Museum

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8 to 12
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The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va. offers this very complete site on the origins of the West African slave trade. While its extensive text is densely written, good organization...more
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The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va. offers this very complete site on the origins of the West African slave trade. While its extensive text is densely written, good organization makes the information manageable, and the illustrations are extensive enough to provide some visual interest. Depending on their level of interest, middle or high school students should be able to handle this one effectively. Teachers will want to explore the various activities and the slavery quiz.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72)

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Use this site as an introductory activity during a unit on the Middle Passage and the African Slave trade. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups OR individually on classroom computers. Because of the large amount of content on the site, we recommend creating a guide or graphic organizer to lead students through the exhibit. For help with graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Founders' Constitution - University of Chicago

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This site from the University of Chicago offers links to the philosophical and political source documents on which the Constitution is based. There is a wealth of content in this ...more
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This site from the University of Chicago offers links to the philosophical and political source documents on which the Constitution is based. There is a wealth of content in this one. Faculty who want to explore the origins of American government will find this site useful both for its thematic organizational structure and its wealth of resources. Secondary students will likely need some guidance in working with these materials.

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Use this site as a resource for students preparing for a classroom debate based on one or more articles of the constitution. This site is more useful if the debate is set into the time period of the Revolution, allowing students to treat the primary sources as though they were writings from contemporary peers rather than distant founding fathers. A great resource for a US history or government class.

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