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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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Nerds 2.0.1 - PBS

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This second installment in the PBS Nerds series chronicles the evolution of today's computers from their early mechanical ancestors in World War II. There are also biographies and profiles...more
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This second installment in the PBS Nerds series chronicles the evolution of today's computers from their early mechanical ancestors in World War II. There are also biographies and profiles of key figures in the development of computers and computing.

tag(s): computers (92)

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If your curriculum includes the history of computing, don't miss this one.

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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 (122), 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 (78), 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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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal - National Park Service

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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" describes the effort to build a canal connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Ohio River. While the canal...more
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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" describes the effort to build a canal connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Ohio River. While the canal never made it to Ohio, it served as an important route for commerce into western Maryland. This site uses maps and historic photos to tell the story of the canal's construction and its economic impact.

tag(s): maryland (8), transportation (41)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site! US history teachers and Geography teachers will enjoy this one - make sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Life on a Maine Island - National Park Service

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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" describes life on the shoreline islands of Maine during the nineteenth century. Using historical photos,...more
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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" describes life on the shoreline islands of Maine during the nineteenth century. Using historical photos, maps, and readings the lesson describes how islanders lived and governed themselves in isolation from their mainland friends. This site would be an interesting sidebar to a study of life in the nineteenth century.

tag(s): maine (4)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan, thanks to the National Park Service! Just make sure to add the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Battle of Midway - National Park Service

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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" outlines the background for the outbreak of the war with Japan and uses maps and historical photos...more
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This lesson from the National Park Service series "Teaching with Historic Places" outlines the background for the outbreak of the war with Japan and uses maps and historical photos to teach about the battle of Midway and the island's strategic importance in World War II. This site could be a nice add-on to a study of World War II, Japan, or the geography of the Pacific region.

tag(s): world war 2 (141)

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Teachers will appreciate the inclusion of printable versions of the maps.

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The Apollo Program - NASA

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NASA's Apollo program site offers a one-stop collection of resources about the American manned moon landing program. Users can select mission-by -mission accounts of the program's progress,...more
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NASA's Apollo program site offers a one-stop collection of resources about the American manned moon landing program. Users can select mission-by -mission accounts of the program's progress, with lots of photos and text on each mission. Because this site links to a variety of archival NASA content, the presentation can be very uneven. If you're a space buff, though, this one's a gold mine.

tag(s): moon (73), nasa (39), space (218)

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Use this site as an in-class activity during a unit on modern space exploration. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing cooperative learning groups to explore it independently. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site.

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Library of Congress 9/11 Acquisitions - Library of Congress

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This page offers an entry point to the various images and materials about the 9/11 attacks which the Library of Congress has acquired. The collection includes photos, newspaper accounts,...more
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This page offers an entry point to the various images and materials about the 9/11 attacks which the Library of Congress has acquired. The collection includes photos, newspaper accounts, books, and works of art inspired by the attacks. While there is likely no single definitive collection of this material, this one is an extensive resource.

tag(s): sept11 (17), terrorism (47)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on September 11th, focusing mainly the images and posters available. The images could be used for a picture walk or to accompany a lecture.

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Mount Rushmore - PBS

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This companion site for the PBS program of the same name offers a nice visual history of how Mount Rushmore came to be, including a number of Flash animations that ...more
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This companion site for the PBS program of the same name offers a nice visual history of how Mount Rushmore came to be, including a number of Flash animations that show how engineers executed the project. Apart from its historical value, this site would be useful as part of a study of large engineering projects.

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Within the teachers guide are lesson plans for economics, civics, history or geography classes. This is a great resource for any Secondary Social Studies classroom!
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Images of the Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life - University of Virginia

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The University of Virginia has gathered this collection of images documenting the slave trade and the lives of slaves in early America. Images are indexed by topic, and there are ...more
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The University of Virginia has gathered this collection of images documenting the slave trade and the lives of slaves in early America. Images are indexed by topic, and there are brief descriptions and source references for each image.

tag(s): africa (176), african american (114), slavery (72)

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History teachers will find this one interesting as a primary resource. Within an ESOL class, these images would be great for a picture walk! Print out and hang 10-15 images around the classroom. Have students walk around the classroom spending a designated amount of time at each image. This works best if the teacher creates a graphic organizer to accompany the images, with specific questions being asked about the images. This would be a great way to teach students the content without worrying about reading levels and the like.

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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.

tag(s): colonial america (108)

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Jimmy Carter - PBS

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The Carter presidency's tone ranged from the lows of the Iran hostage crisis to the highs of the Camp David peace accords. This site from the PBS American Experience series ...more
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The Carter presidency's tone ranged from the lows of the Iran hostage crisis to the highs of the Camp David peace accords. This site from the PBS American Experience series offers time lines, sound clips, images, and a teacher guide containing lessons based on the issues with which Carter grappled. Curiously, the site takes only passing notice of Carter's numerous activities and achievements since leaving the White House.

tag(s): iran (13), presidents (132)

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Use the Teachers guide to help identify ways to incorporate this site into your classroom, both through lesson plans and classroom activities. This would be a helpful resource for a US government or history class.
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Elie Weisel - First Person Singular - PBS

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This web site from the PBS program by the same name offers a biography of the author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as a teaching guide linked to ...more
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This web site from the PBS program by the same name offers a biography of the author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as a teaching guide linked to the program itself. History, social studies, or English teachers may find this content useful in a unit on the holocaust or in a discussion of World War II.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (26), nazis (10), world war 2 (141)

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This site is a very moving resource for covering WWII and the Jewish Holocaust. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in the teaching guide on this site. US and World history teachers will appreciate this one.

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Virtual Talking Machine

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Music, history, and social studies teachers may enjoy using this one. It's a collection of song recordings from the roughly 1900-1935. The titles are available several different ways,...more
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Music, history, and social studies teachers may enjoy using this one. It's a collection of song recordings from the roughly 1900-1935. The titles are available several different ways, including a streaming "radio station" that plays the songs continuously. Add a little atmosphere to your Roaring Twenties unit with this one.

tag(s): 1920s (16)

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Play the music over classroom speakers to display for students what the music of the 20's was really like. This would also be a cute way to teach the Harlem Renaissance. This would be particularly interesting in a US history course.
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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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Reclaiming the Everglades - Library of Congress

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This unit from the Library of Congress could be interesting to secondary students examining the history of Florida in the early twentieth century. It would also provide an interesting...more
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This unit from the Library of Congress could be interesting to secondary students examining the history of Florida in the early twentieth century. It would also provide an interesting assignment in working with primary source materials. In this case, these might be part of an assignment on ecology, history, or management of natural areas. Even secondary students will likely need some guidance at using this one, however.

tag(s): florida (11), states (164)

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Use this site as a point of reference when covering the everglades or a unit on evolving ecosystems. The information offered is text heavy, but the site allows one to search through the collection where teachers can find primary documents and timelines that could be used to compliment lesson plans. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop and refer to it when in need of ideas and material.

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Campfire Stories with George Catlin - Smithsonian

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Art, artifacts, and primary source documents frame this exploration of American Indians during the early 19th century. Through the eyes of artist, ethnologist, and showman George Catlin,...more
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Art, artifacts, and primary source documents frame this exploration of American Indians during the early 19th century. Through the eyes of artist, ethnologist, and showman George Catlin, students can take a virtual journey through time to meet American Indians of the 1830s. Contemporary experts provide commentary that raises provocative questions regarding the intersection of Native American and European. This searchable, award-winning site also includes lesson plans with cross-curricular connections and links to relevant standards. Created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Quicktime required.

tag(s): painting (65)

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History, social studies, and art teachers will find this site useful, but it will take some planning to use effectively.
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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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