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U.S. Air Force Museum - U.S. Air Force

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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist...more
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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist with research on aviation history or related topics.

tag(s): air (150), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36)

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Click on "museum exhibits" for photos of each plane and weapon featured in the museum. Aerospace teachers can use this site for example photos of planes being studied in class, while history teachers can use those same photos in units concerning the evolution of transportation or warfare. This site truly is an interdisciplinary webpage, and can be used to supplement lectures in many classrooms. E

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Flags of the World

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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On...more
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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On top of that, there's lots of interesting narrative about many of these. It's a great place to look for flag information for research projects.

tag(s): flags (22)

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Elementary social studies teachers may find this one addictive.

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Photos from the Chicago Daily News: 1902-1933 - Library of Congress

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Historical images always fascinate, and this searchable collection from the Library of Congress' outstanding American Memory collection offers students and teachers a wonderful look...more
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Historical images always fascinate, and this searchable collection from the Library of Congress' outstanding American Memory collection offers students and teachers a wonderful look at daily life in American during the early twentieth century. While elementary students may enjoy looking at the images, older students will find this a great source of illustrations for research projects.

tag(s): chicago (5), illinois (9), primary sources (93)

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Teachers will need to supply their own context and creativity in using this site, but it's a rich resource nonetheless.

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Native American Dioramas - University of Michigan

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This is a collection of images showing lifestyles of about a dozen different Native American tribes. The text and descriptions are minimal, and the site seemed sluggish when we ...more
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This is a collection of images showing lifestyles of about a dozen different Native American tribes. The text and descriptions are minimal, and the site seemed sluggish when we tried it. If you're looking for examples of different Native cultures, however, these would be a good start.

tag(s): india (37), native americans (77)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit of Westward expansion or colonization. Allow students to view the images to garner a more realistic vision of what Native Americans were like during that time period. Use the images as inspiration for students to create their own dioramas, although be careful in making sure that the students don't create exact replicas of the originals.

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Ghost Town Gallery

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This site's eclectic collection of photos from ghost towns in the American west offers both history and some excellent photos. While the curriculum connections may be sparse, these...more
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This site's eclectic collection of photos from ghost towns in the American west offers both history and some excellent photos. While the curriculum connections may be sparse, these images give a sense of what life was like in these mining and farming towns more than 100 years ago.

tag(s): gold rush (19), pioneers (8)

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Try this site for a "what would life have been like?" lesson.

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A Mohawk Iroquois Village - New York State Museum

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This online exhibit from the New York State Museum uses drawings, text, and illustrations to show how the Mohawk built villages and dwellings. There are also firsthand accounts, plans...more
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This online exhibit from the New York State Museum uses drawings, text, and illustrations to show how the Mohawk built villages and dwellings. There are also firsthand accounts, plans for a model longhouse, annotated illustrations, and examples of artifacts. This could be a useful site for study of Native American tribes and cultures.

tag(s): native americans (77), new york (26)

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When They Were Young - Library of Congress

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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children...more
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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children are important, and why teachers teach. Try showing one of these pictures to your class and asking them to write about what the child in the picture might be thinking or doing.

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Use the images on this site to inspire some creative writing! Allow students to explore the site on classroom computers, picking one of the images to choose as the subject of a creative writing piece. Have students write an essay, poem, editorial - depending on what's being studied, based on what they see in their image. Attach the images to their pieces, and it could make a great display in your classroom too! A fun site for a Literature or Language classroom.

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Prints and Photographs On Line - Library of Congress

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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers...more
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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers will find this a rich resource for "what was life like then?" images, old maps, and other printed matter. Note that not all of these images are guaranteed "copyright free," but this collection was established largely for educational and research uses, so most images are freely usable in that context.

tag(s): air (150), maps (293), posters (39)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing any number of the topics hosted. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about historical events. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Life in the White House - US Government

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Created by the White House, this "inside look" offers lots of current photos, images and interviews. There are also a number of historical tidbits scattered through the site - just...more
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Created by the White House, this "inside look" offers lots of current photos, images and interviews. There are also a number of historical tidbits scattered through the site - just enough to show how the nation's first home has changed over the years. Add this one to your list of "What's it really like???" sites.

tag(s): white house (14)

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Have cooperative learning groups explore this site during a lesson on the White House and its' history. 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 - summarizing the history of the White House. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. This would be a great review activity before an end of the year assessment, or a quiz on the topic.
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National Constitution Center

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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive...more
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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive Constitution, podcasts, and educational resources including lesson plans and games.

tag(s): bill of rights (29), civil rights (121), constitution (87)

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Take advantage of the many games and lesson plans featured on this site. Include with your Constitution Day activities.
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Hispanic Historic Places - National Park Service

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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in the U.S. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS...more
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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in the U.S. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with Historic Places series. These lessons are a nice way to integrate Hispanic themes and contemporary accounts into an American history unit.

tag(s): hispanic (17), resources (112)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans listed on this site! A great resource for a history or geography classroom, just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Native American Historic Places - National Park Service

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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Native Americans. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with...more
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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Native Americans. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with Historic Places series. These lessons are a nice way to integrate Native American themes and contemporary accounts into an American history unit.

tag(s): india (37), native americans (77), resources (112)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval.

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Colonial Toys and Games

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This page is almost entirely text, but it provides some good background information on toys, games, and recreation for colonial children. Teachers will likely find it more useful as...more
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This page is almost entirely text, but it provides some good background information on toys, games, and recreation for colonial children. Teachers will likely find it more useful as a resource for developing lesson content.

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Circle of Stories - PBS

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Native American cultures offer wonderful examples of oral traditions and storytelling. This site from PBS provides examples of these, a look at some common story themes, and audio...more
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Native American cultures offer wonderful examples of oral traditions and storytelling. This site from PBS provides examples of these, a look at some common story themes, and audio files with a number of different stories. Try using this one in a study of Native Americans or as part of a unit on stories from different cultures.

tag(s): oral history (12)

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Use the educators guide to find ways to incorporate this site into your classroom, either through lesson plans or classroom activities. This would be a very useful site for a US history or English teacher, studying Native American Culture and story-telling.
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An Uncommon Mission - PacBell

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Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California's many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list...more
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Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California's many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list of resources for California history. The site would also work well as a sample of one artist's conception of reality, since there are many other mission sites to use as comparisons.

tag(s): california (27)

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This site has a TON of activities and lessons planned for a unit based on the art of Father Jerome Tupa! Save the site as a favorite on your classroom computer and browse their large list for activities that will work in your classroom.

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Mark Twain House

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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' ...more
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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' section with a word search, and some very basic information about the house. This one's worth a look for those interested in late 19th century architecture.

tag(s): architecture (84), mark twain (10)

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Teachers wanting to introduce some of Twain's personal life before or after reading one of his books can do just that with this site. Share the site with students on the interactive whiteboard, watching the virtual tour or examining the exhibits. There may not be a ton of information, but this is a great way to get students started on understanding just a little bit more about the famous author.

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American History Timeline Links - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian's attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period....more
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The Smithsonian's timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian's attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period. Part of the attractiveness of this site is the eclectic nature of the results that you get from the various links. If you're interested in teaching history from different angles, there are lots of resources here.

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For virtually every topic in history, there is a corresponding site and activity here! Every topic has a variety of resources, from webquests to free lesson plans. Look at the time-line for your corresponding unit, and take advantage of the free resources the Smithsonian has put together! An excellent resource for any Social Studies teacher.

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Alaska and the Yukon - Quest Connect

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Quest Connect's exploration of Alaska - specifically for students - offers a well-written introduction to the history, native people, and present-day aspects of our northernmost state....more
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Quest Connect's exploration of Alaska - specifically for students - offers a well-written introduction to the history, native people, and present-day aspects of our northernmost state. There are plenty of photos, but they're kept separate from the narrative so some prowling around is in order here.

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

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There is also an accompanying set of lesson plans. If your students can't catch the next flight to Anchorage, this might be the best alternative.

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Lewis and Clark - In Their Footsteps - Sierra Club

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The Sierra Club's treatment of the Lewis and Clark expedition concentrates on the wilderness areas the explorers found, what they thought of them, and what those same areas are like...more
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The Sierra Club's treatment of the Lewis and Clark expedition concentrates on the wilderness areas the explorers found, what they thought of them, and what those same areas are like today. You can read from the explorer journals, visit a selection of sites, and learn how to protect the wilderness areas that still exist. The site does a good job with both the historical content and the naturalist's perspective.

tag(s): jefferson (20), lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Use this site as a learning center during a unit on Lewis and Clark and their exploration of the West. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend providing students with a graphic organizer to guide them through and highlight what is most important. For help creating graphic organizers, try - Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Who2

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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links -...more
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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links - many surprisingly good, to more detailed information on the personalities listed. Students could use this one as a starting point for wider web research on a particular personality.

tag(s): biographies (91)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on research projects about a famous historical character. Though the bios are brief, they offer some solid information that could help students in the beginning phases of their research.

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