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The Pilgrims - National Park Service

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A Short history of the Pilgrims, from the National Park Service. They also have images, videos and information on Cape Cod National Park. ...more
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A Short history of the Pilgrims, from the National Park Service. They also have images, videos and information on Cape Cod National Park.

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How the Grinch Stole Election Day

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Humor for election day (based on the election of 2000). Although this resource was created for the 2000 election, the background information and story is valuable for teaching about...more
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Humor for election day (based on the election of 2000). Although this resource was created for the 2000 election, the background information and story is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history.

tag(s): elections (75)

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This would be a cute way to teach students about the events of the 2000 election and the voting process. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, either playing the audio version or have students take turns reading the lyrics. VERY useful for a US history or Government classroom.

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Presidential Biographies - IPL

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Though the title is probably misleading, this site's collection of information about the presidencies of our nation's leaders has plenty of facts, but little context. One of the more...more
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Though the title is probably misleading, this site's collection of information about the presidencies of our nation's leaders has plenty of facts, but little context. One of the more interesting features are the links to historical documents from different presidencies. This one's useful for very basic research, but it lacks the "who did what" aspects that can make history really interesting.

tag(s): presidents (131)

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Because this is a very organized presentation of the presidents, it would be extremely easy to compare presidents about very specific points. This would be useful in a class discussion of political party differences, campaign spending & finance, and legislation decisions. For comparison purposes, we recommend using an online Venn Diagram to be used on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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This would be good for students doing their own research. Dan, OR, Grades: 0 - 6
This would be great for students doing their own research. Dan, OR, Grades: 0 - 6

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Apollo 11

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Brief narrative with clickable photos and audio files recounts the course of the mission. From The History Place. ...more
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Brief narrative with clickable photos and audio files recounts the course of the mission. From The History Place.

tag(s): moon (72), space (205)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of Space travel. The audio and images on this site would work really well either on the whiteboard or placed within a powerpoint lecture. This would be a useful resource for an American History course, especially as all the information is practically laid out in lecture format.

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Photos from the Library of Congress - Library of Congress

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This site offers examples from the Library of Congress collection of civil war photos by Matthew Brady and other photographers of the era. ...more
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This site offers examples from the Library of Congress collection of civil war photos by Matthew Brady and other photographers of the era.

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Useful as an introduction to the use of primary source materials in teaching history.

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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 (145), 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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Pearl Harbor - Battleship Row

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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors....more
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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors. There are also links to related content about Japanese and American forces during the conflict.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (142)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the events of Pearl Harbor to students. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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The Battle of Britain - Royal Air Force

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The Royal Air Force developed this site to comemmorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the British successfully avoided invasion by the German Reich. The site...more
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The Royal Air Force developed this site to comemmorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the British successfully avoided invasion by the German Reich. The site explains how the battle evolved and highlights the role of the Air Force in the fight.

tag(s): britain (35), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a point of reference for students working on research projects or papers, or for a quick refresher before teaching a unit on the Battle of Britain. The site is text heavy, so make sure your readers are able to handle it before assigning it.

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Places where women made history. - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this cybertour of locations in New York and Massachusetts that were important in the women's literary, rights, and suffrage movements. The presentation...more
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The National Park Service created this cybertour of locations in New York and Massachusetts that were important in the women's literary, rights, and suffrage movements. The presentation is dated, but useful for showing where people lived and events happened.

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Use the maps and timelines on this site over the interactive whiteboard and projector to guide students through a class lecture or discussion of the Seneca Falls Convention. The images are a little dated, but do a great job of putting the convention in perspective with other event locations. This would be useful in a US history classroom.

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Thomas Jefferson - Life and Labor at Monticello - Library of Congress

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Students can approach this online exhibit from the Library of Congress at several levels. Elementary students can make use of the collection of captioned images (click to enlarge them)....more
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Students can approach this online exhibit from the Library of Congress at several levels. Elementary students can make use of the collection of captioned images (click to enlarge them). Older students can benefit from the discussion of Jefferson's experiments with farming, physics, and practical contraptions. Great exposure to a man who studied everything.

tag(s): jefferson (19)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father. 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 Jefferson. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Spy Letters of the American Revolution - University of Michigan

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This site offers a collection of resources dealing with spies and espionage during the American Revolution. In addition to copies of actual letters, there are stories about famous spies...more
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This site offers a collection of resources dealing with spies and espionage during the American Revolution. In addition to copies of actual letters, there are stories about famous spies and their impact on the conflict. There are also several neat "experiments" showing how to create secret codes, invisible ink, and other spy tricks. From the University of Michigan.

tag(s): american revolution (86)

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In the "Teachers Lounge" section of this website there are resources for study questions, classroom activities, themes and projects concerning primary sources. This site is an excellent way to get students interested in a time period of which they may think they know everything already. Teachers can also tie the information they learn here into a classroom discussion of espionage and its use in our world today. Definitely check this site out if looking for some fresh ideas on the American Revolution.

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Ben Franklin - Franklin Institute

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Ben Franklin is one of America's most colorful patriots. As this site from the Franklin Institute shows, his accomplishments as legislator, diplomat, and scientist were recognized as...more
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Ben Franklin is one of America's most colorful patriots. As this site from the Franklin Institute shows, his accomplishments as legislator, diplomat, and scientist were recognized as extraordinary even in his own day.

tag(s): american revolution (86), evolution (100), franklin (12)

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Within the "learn more" section are k12 resources that list several lesson plans and interactive exhibits and games that could easily be used as learning centers or stations. Have students work on them in the beginnings and ends of a unit, having the material serve as both introduction and review. Great resource for a teacher working on a unit about the Founding Fathers.

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An American Revolution Chronology - The History Place

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Dates and events from the first settlers through 1800, along with links to biographies and related documents. ...more
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Dates and events from the first settlers through 1800, along with links to biographies and related documents.

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Use the timelines on this site to guide students through the events of Colonial America. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a semi-agenda for the days activities. This would be a useful site for a US history classroom.

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The Lewis & Clark Expedition - National Geographic

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The National Geographic Society authored this site dealing with the Lewis & Clark Expedition. It offers an elementary "you're on board" version of the famous expedition. Students will...more
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The National Geographic Society authored this site dealing with the Lewis & Clark Expedition. It offers an elementary "you're on board" version of the famous expedition. Students will learn the basics of who, what, where, and when, and the format is entertaining.

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The Columbus Navigation Homepage

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This is a privately maintained site offering detailed information on each of Columbus' several voyages to the New World. Good resources on navigation in the 15th century. Lots of information,...more
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This is a privately maintained site offering detailed information on each of Columbus' several voyages to the New World. Good resources on navigation in the 15th century. Lots of information, though visually less-than-stunning.

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Welcome To The West - PBS

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This site provides students with several options in order to fully explore the era known as the Westward Expansion. "Events In The West" is an interactive timeline tracing events from...more
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This site provides students with several options in order to fully explore the era known as the Westward Expansion. "Events In The West" is an interactive timeline tracing events from ancient times to the early twentieth century. "Places In The West" is an interactive map covering the territory and times. "Tour The West" contains a multimedia guide which follows the eight-part PBS documentary series. For students completing research reports, I recommend clicking on " Archives of The West" which contains materials including memoirs, journals, letters, photos, and transcripts used in creating the documentary.

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Ghost Towns of the West

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Ghost towns are a great "hook" to get students interested in how and why frontier towns were settled, and the reasons those towns died out - sometimes only a few ...more
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Ghost towns are a great "hook" to get students interested in how and why frontier towns were settled, and the reasons those towns died out - sometimes only a few years later. This site has ghost towns indexed by state, with maps and a brief history of each town. Visually interesting history with a different twist.

tag(s): gold rush (19), westward expansion (29)

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This may not be the most valid information for your classroom, but it is a way to introduce students to frontier towns and discuss the results of the gold rush and the end of it. Save the game as a favorite on your computer desktop and use it as a learning center or station.

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Gallery of the Open Frontier - University of Nebraska

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A work in progress from the University of Nebraska. ...more
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A work in progress from the University of Nebraska.

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Pony Express History

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A detailed, text-heavy account of the formation and history of the pony express mail service in the western United States. What this site lacks in visuals it more than makes ...more
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A detailed, text-heavy account of the formation and history of the pony express mail service in the western United States. What this site lacks in visuals it more than makes up for with its collection of colorful stories about the owners and riders in this uniquely American communication service.

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In the Classroom

Save the "bunkhouse" portion of this site as a favorite and allow students to use it as a learning center. There are many sections student can research as well as a quiz section teachers can use to assess their participation in the webquest. This site would be a great supplement during a unit on Westward expansion.

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The Oregon Trail

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Another trail site, this one is based on the PBS program by the same name. This resource includes stories from the trail, a chronolgy of the trail's development, and an ...more
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Another trail site, this one is based on the PBS program by the same name. This resource includes stories from the trail, a chronolgy of the trail's development, and an on-line teachers' guide. The site has interesting graphics and a focus on the stories of the people who walked and rode the trail.

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