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Historical Alaska Images - Fish and Wildlife Service

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4 to 12
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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature -...more
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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature - the only way to access images - finds species easily, but doesn't do as well with place names.

tag(s): air (163), alaska (25), states (163)

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If you're looking for photos of early Alaska, this is a great resource.

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Untold Stories of D-Day - National Geographic

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National Geographic covers a wealth of topic areas in this elegant presentation about the Normandy invasion. While primarily a teaser for a print project, this site offers images, a...more
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National Geographic covers a wealth of topic areas in this elegant presentation about the Normandy invasion. While primarily a teaser for a print project, this site offers images, a downloadable map, a good variety of D-day trivia, and a 10-minute movie suitable for those with high-speed connections. There is also an extensive bibliography and listing of other web resources.

tag(s): d day (8), world war 2 (141)

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Use this article as an introductory activity for a lesson on the Normandy invasion. Teachers can share just the article, or incorporate some of the images and maps in their lecture or classroom discussion. If reading the article, be sure help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them.
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Smithsonian Jazz - Smithonian Institution

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Designed to both inspire and teach, the Smithsonian's Jazz site offers several online instructional modules that do a nice job of introducing the history and structural elements of...more
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Designed to both inspire and teach, the Smithsonian's Jazz site offers several online instructional modules that do a nice job of introducing the history and structural elements of jazz. Students can learn about particular composers and performers, and how their work built on the experiences of other jazz musicians. You'll want a fast connection and the Flash player to use this one effectively.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (114), jazz (15)

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Use the audio on this site to supplement a lecture or class discussion about the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz era.
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History of Jim Crow - PBS

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This is the companion site to a PBS program of the same name. It offers an introduction to the Jim Crow laws that effectively institutionalized segregation throughout the South. There...more
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This is the companion site to a PBS program of the same name. It offers an introduction to the Jim Crow laws that effectively institutionalized segregation throughout the South. There are also numerous images of African American life in the South during the early 1900s.This looks like a promising resource, especially as a backgrounder for the study of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (114), civil rights (122), segregation (15)

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True to its claim, this is an educator's site; it contains lesson plans, simulations, narratives, and picture galleries and more. The site may be useful for both American History and American Literature classes.

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The Day After Pearl Harbor

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Here's a collection of audio recordings of interviews with "ordinary Americans" conducted by the Library of Congress on December 8, 1941. Users can hear how people reacted to the Japanese...more
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Here's a collection of audio recordings of interviews with "ordinary Americans" conducted by the Library of Congress on December 8, 1941. Users can hear how people reacted to the Japanese attack, and the thoughts that were foremost in their minds as America went to war. This one could be an interesting sidebar to the study of World War II.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (141)

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Open the section entitled "Marine Valentines" on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play a few minutes of it for the class. Use this as a way to discuss how life may have been for families on the home front and how they were affected by more than rationing. Some of the letters are touching, so be aware if you have quite a few sensitive girls in your class when to stop. But the letters show a different side of the war than normally discussed in class. Teachers can also have students use this as a writing prompt - have students write a letter from the perspective of a soldier on different fronts. Letters can be used to detail the different experiences of soldiers or even how varying locations were subject to more or less warfare. A touching side to war - who would have thought?!

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CensusScope

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Created by a university consortium, this site offers a wealth of graphs, charts, and data that students can use to analyze America's demographics. There are a number of prefabricated...more
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Created by a university consortium, this site offers a wealth of graphs, charts, and data that students can use to analyze America's demographics. There are a number of prefabricated analyses available, and there is also enough data to create exercises or activities that let students explore on their own. There are a number of possibilities for social studies, math, or statistics in this one.

tag(s): census (19), demographics (19), population (62)

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Share these visuals on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students investigate one area of this data and contribute to a class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Eleanor Roosevelt - National Park Service

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This National Park Service site documents the life of the first First Lady who really had a career of her own. The site covers Mrs. Roosevelt's life before and after ...more
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This National Park Service site documents the life of the first First Lady who really had a career of her own. The site covers Mrs. Roosevelt's life before and after her time in the White House, and it has a particularly strong collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and other objects from the First Lady's life.

tag(s): new deal (6), roosevelt (16), women (92)

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If looking for a way to introduce Eleanor Roosevelt, try the slideshow of scenes from her life on this site! Eleanor Roosevelt is an interesting character in history as the slides show, and this could be used during a unit on her husband or during Women's history month. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard in order to show your students a brief slideshow representing who she was.

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Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory - Museum of Musical Instruments

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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's...more
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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's life and life during the great depression. This one would be a great adjunct to a study of either folk music or the Depression.

tag(s): composers (21), great depression (25), songs (53)

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Use this site to shed some more light on the famous singer who created one of the great patriotic songs in American history. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing them to explore it on their own or in groups on classroom computers. If using a follow-along or graphic organizer, teachers could tailor this lesson to be a focus on the Great Depression and how it affected different types of people. If using a graphic organizer we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here)

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Council on Foreign Relations

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This regularly-updated site strives to provide straightforward information in a "what we do know; what we don't know..." format. The breadth of topics is significant, and there are...more
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This regularly-updated site strives to provide straightforward information in a "what we do know; what we don't know..." format. The breadth of topics is significant, and there are extensive links to outside sources whose authoritativeness varies. This one is a great starting point for studying the evolving response to terrorism.

tag(s): terrorism (49)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on modern politics. This link specifically focuses on Terrorism, but there is abundant information on other subjects that can be accessed by simply clicking on the other subject headings. Select an article and share it with the class. Once students have read the article, begin a class discussion based on their reaction and opinions. Teachers could also assign students articles, and have them report their findings to the class the next day as a news report.

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Atomic Archive

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6 to 12
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While it covers all aspects of American involvement with nuclear activities, this site's coverage of the history of atomic investigation will be particularly attractive to students...more
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While it covers all aspects of American involvement with nuclear activities, this site's coverage of the history of atomic investigation will be particularly attractive to students and teachers. There is a timeline on the history of atomic energy, and the teacher's section includes several activities built on the effort to build the first atomic bomb. There's a lot of content in this site that is too advanced for secondary students, but creative teachers will find lots of opportunities here.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), energy (203), world war 2 (141)

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Save this site in your favorites on your class computers and use it as a point of reference for students working on research projects or papers. The information is reliable and plentiful, spanning all issues of atomic energy - from the Manhattan Project to Nuclear Facilities, this site has it all. It is a little advanced, but science and history teachers in the upper levels of high school will appreciate the resources this site has to offer.

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Edison's Miracle of Light - PBS

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This companion to an American Experience episode doesn't offer a lot for teachers, but there's a good timeline showing Edison's life and work, as well as a gallery of some ...more
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This companion to an American Experience episode doesn't offer a lot for teachers, but there's a good timeline showing Edison's life and work, as well as a gallery of some of his most important inventions. You'll need to find other resources to tell the full story, though.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (95)

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Use the teachers guide on this site for free lesson plans and ideas on how to incorporate this site into your classroom. Very useful for the US history teacher.

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Japanese Americans at Manzanar - Library of Congress

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Ansel Adams' images of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp are haunting for both their subject matter and their artistic qualities. This collection from the Library of Congress includes...more
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Ansel Adams' images of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp are haunting for both their subject matter and their artistic qualities. This collection from the Library of Congress includes both scenic photographs and images of the camp's occupants during the war.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (43), world war 2 (141)

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Teachers will need to supply the context for these images, but they are an important historical resource.

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George Washington - A National Treasure

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This site, designed to accompany the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit by the same name, offers a collection of information on Washington for both students and adults. ...more
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This site, designed to accompany the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit by the same name, offers a collection of information on Washington for both students and adults.

tag(s): washington (36)

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There is a very complete teachers' section with more than a dozen lesson plans. (How about Washington's Rules of Civility for a starter?) and teachers can order an education kit based on the exhibit. Lots of possibilities at many grade levels for this one.

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Reporting on Lewis and Clark - SCORE

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Here's a lesson that asks students to take on various roles in reporting on the progress of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The unit stresses research and preparation, and offers ...more
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Here's a lesson that asks students to take on various roles in reporting on the progress of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The unit stresses research and preparation, and offers students opportunities to present what they have learned in a variety of formats. From the California SCORE series.

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

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Perspectives on the Revolution

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This section of the companion web site to the PBS Liberty series offers a glimpse of daily life in the American colonies. Do you know how many sheep a farmer ...more
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This section of the companion web site to the PBS Liberty series offers a glimpse of daily life in the American colonies. Do you know how many sheep a farmer needed to live comfortably? Learn this and much more from your stop at this site.

tag(s): american revolution (88), colonial america (108), evolution (102)

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If looking for ways to provide a global context to the American Revolution, use the "Global Village" portion of this site over the interactive whiteboard during your unit. Share the site with students, encouraging volunteers to navigate the site and show what other countries were doing during this time period. Have students guess what's going on before, or share their reactions if unexpected. This is a great way to connect the American Revolution to World History.

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Declaring Independence - Library of Congress

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This extensive site from the Library of Congress explains the details of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence as well as the obstacles the Continental Congress faced in publishing...more
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This extensive site from the Library of Congress explains the details of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence as well as the obstacles the Continental Congress faced in publishing their work. Like many of the LoC sites, the narrative works best for secodary students, but the images will be fascinating to younger classes as well. This is a great addition to American history or government units on American independence.

tag(s): american revolution (88), declaration of independence (13), evolution (102)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and go through the "exhibits" offered with students. Allow students to peruse it on their own in cooperative learning groups. This would be a great review activity, as students may only grasp the importance of the primary documents once they have learned the greater context. 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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Battle of the Battlefields - SCORE

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Here's a group project site that asks students to research Revolutionary War battlefields and select the one that they feel was most important as the site for a new museum. ...more
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Here's a group project site that asks students to research Revolutionary War battlefields and select the one that they feel was most important as the site for a new museum. This project offers lots of web resources for research, but students could also work independently using a school-approved search engine. The site includes teacher instructions and notes. From the California SCORE program. Note: 2 of the links don't work, so teachers will need to find replacement sites for them before using.

tag(s): american revolution (88), battles (18), evolution (102), webquests (30)

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As an alternative, have students present their findings via an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Students will like doing something different than the typical poster, and it means less paper mess around the classroom!

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When Johnny Went Marching Off - SCORE

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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and ...more
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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and then chronicle the events and emotions that soldiers might have experienced during that tour. The site offers a collection of web links for beginning research, but students could also tackle this content using a school-approved search engine. Lots of creative possibilities here.

tag(s): civil war (145), webquests (30)

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For the end project, have students create their memoir in an online book, using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here. This will make it easier for them to update and share the project.

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The Endurance - Kodak

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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance...more
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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance to its sorry fate. It's a great scientific adventure.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), explorers (65)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on exploration in Antarctica. Students can take the virtual tour, filling out a guide or graphic organizer along the way. For help making graphic organizers, we recommend using Mindomo, (reviewed here).
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NetState

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Minimal historical information, basic almanac facts, interesting lists of "famous sons and daughters." This site is far from one-stop shopping, but there's useful information here....more
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Minimal historical information, basic almanac facts, interesting lists of "famous sons and daughters." This site is far from one-stop shopping, but there's useful information here.

tag(s): states (163)

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Use this site as a reference for students working on a research project on the 50 states. Have students work on "state reports" during a unit on the geography of the 50 states, using this site as a point of reference. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Assign students specific states to research and report on, presenting their graphics to their classmates.

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