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YoungZine - Deepa Gopal

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3 to 10
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Youngzine is news and more for the young. Enjoy the different articles, comics, videos, etc. without signing up, or you can sign up to have full access to everything ...more
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Youngzine is news and more for the young. Enjoy the different articles, comics, videos, etc. without signing up, or you can sign up to have full access to everything on this safe site, including teacher tools. General subjects include World News, Science & Technology, Our Earth, Society & Arts. For each class, teachers get a blog where they can post assignments and have students respond. Teachers can register their class for free. You can include specific articles and quizzes for each assignment. Comments are moderated to prevent inappropriate classroom content.

For each of your classes, you see a full report of each student's activities by going to your classroom tab. Youngzine also provides a safe "blog" environment for classrooms - a constructive, creative, and controlled way for teachers to create classroom assignments and foster discussions about current events! The blog can be completely private so outsiders cannot see student comments. Teachers control these settings.

tag(s): blogs (88), communities (35), news (261), service projects (25), summarizing (13)

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Have your students make comments on articles (public comments), take quizzes, rate articles, and participate in contests. You can create custom assignments and have students respond and discuss, right on Youngzine! This is a great way to assess student's understanding and create an arena for a discussion/debate between class students. Or, ask your students to summarize an article, as a way to encourage them to think and write.

There is also a tab for "U Write." This section appears to allow students to write about issues in their community, or programs they've heard about to help a suffering communities. You might consider having your students look at the different articles and decide on a community to help. Have them vote on the community they would like to help by using Thinkmeter reviewed here.

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Wonderful Houses Around the World - Yoshio Komatsu

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3 to 8
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This site offers a look into homes around the world, complete with fascinating shapes and photos from the inside and outside. The site is actually the table of contents for ...more
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This site offers a look into homes around the world, complete with fascinating shapes and photos from the inside and outside. The site is actually the table of contents for a book. You could buy the book (but it is not necessary). Simply visit this site to enjoy this marvelous array homes. The inside view of the homes features residents going about their daily activities. Since the images are small, you may want to use the Zoom controls on your computer to enlarge for a better view. (Command and + on a Mac, Ctrl and + on a Windows machine).
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tag(s): architecture (84), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), design (84), homes (12)

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Include this as you study homes and communities. Talk about why homes vary from place to place. Talk about the role of local resources in home design. Have students do similar drawings of their own homes and investigate building materials and their sources in your area. Check out the ancestry of your students and see who has origins that might include houses from these locations. Ask your international students to share information and drawings of the types of homes featured in their countries. Have your students design a new type of home for today's world, incorporating some of the interesting features from these homes; they can display them using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here or an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon - Michael Shaughnessy & Jason Parkhill

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K to 12
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This site features a wonderfully specific pictorial database of "every day" images that define cultures. Images are Creative Commons licensed and can be used by download (three sizes)...more
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This site features a wonderfully specific pictorial database of "every day" images that define cultures. Images are Creative Commons licensed and can be used by download (three sizes) or direct link. At the time of this review, general topics included German, ESL (American,) French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, and a few others. Besides offering a photograph (in three sizes) of something specifically Chinese or something only found in Japan, the vocabulary label for the object shown as well as its translation into its language of origin is available and indexed. There is also a detailed guide for teachers offering many wonderful suggestions of how to use CAPL in the classroom. The suggested activities include using images as objects, visual "texts," media illustrations, and narratives as well as ideas for using the images to teach vocabulary and culture. More is added to this site frequently, so be sure to check back!

tag(s): arabic (20), architecture (84), china (66), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), france (40), germany (28), japan (61), russia (38), spanish (108)

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Language students can use these images to create online posters using a tool such as Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here. Have students make a visual lexicon of new vocabulary words. Use interest in some of the pics here as a jumping off point for more cultural exploration. Talk about what items we would photograph in the U.S. that are culturally specific and rich in cultural meaning (for example, the Green Bay Packers stadium).

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Kids Page - Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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4 to 12
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This site provides introductory information about transportation in Pennsylvania. You can explore the aviation section to find fun aviation facts such as when the first humans flew...more
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This site provides introductory information about transportation in Pennsylvania. You can explore the aviation section to find fun aviation facts such as when the first humans flew in a hot air balloon. More interesting facts can be found at the Maintenance Shed including information about Pennsylvania's first highways and state driver licensing information. The site is a little tricky to navigate, be sure to follow links on the left side of each page in order to locate all information contained here.

tag(s): aircraft (24), railroads (10), transportation (40)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard with students demonstrating how to locate links on the site, then allow students to explore on their own. Have students create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) using information found on the site. Have students create a scavenger hunt using information located on the site for other students to follow.

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Department of Financial Institutions State of Wisconsin Kids Page - Department of Financial Institutions State of Wisconsin

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4 to 7
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This website written just for kid teaches students about the history of money, financial institutions, and investing. Each portion of the site contains short segments of information...more
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This website written just for kid teaches students about the history of money, financial institutions, and investing. Each portion of the site contains short segments of information that are easy to follow and each category includes a short online quiz. Individual portions of each segment can also be accessed by links on the page making it easy to go back and review portions already seen or to preview the quiz before reading. In addition to the online segments, there is a glossary of economic turns which could be useful for many different classroom applications.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), investing (10), money (193)

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Provide students with questions from the quizzes on the site before looking at the information offered giving students a focus for their reading. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain financial information learned on the site. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

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Vermont Secretary of State Kids Pages - Vermont Secretary of State

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K to 12
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The Vermont Secretary of State offers this bright, interesting website for students all over to learn about their state. Information on the site includes "All About Vermont" with state...more
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The Vermont Secretary of State offers this bright, interesting website for students all over to learn about their state. Information on the site includes "All About Vermont" with state facts, state symbols, Vermont firsts, and Sea Monsters in Vermont! Another portion of the site includes a great deal of information about how a bill becomes a law, the Secretary of State's job, and how students can become involved in government. Teachers will want to be sure to take a look at the Vermont Votes for Kids section that features a democracy in action newspaper as well as many lessons that have been correlated to Vermont State Standards but can be useful in any classroom from kindergarten through 12th grade. Other links provide resources such as books about Vermont, state authors, and contests and games. This is one of the better sites offered as a state resource and is worth a visit for you and your students.

tag(s): branches of government (48), family (59), states (162)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to explore on their own. Create (or have a group of students create) a scavenger hunt to find information included on the site. 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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South Dakota Department of Transportation Kid's Page - South Dakota Department of Transportation

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4 to 7
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The South Dakota Department of Transportation is offering this website as a resource for finding factual information about the state. In addition to state facts, there is an informative...more
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The South Dakota Department of Transportation is offering this website as a resource for finding factual information about the state. In addition to state facts, there is an informative list of state highway signs located under the Safety portion of the site. There is also a games portion on the site; however, the games are not connected to state information in any way and teachers may not find them useful for classroom use. Although quite simple in nature, this site should be useful to find South Dakota state facts for research projects.

tag(s): states (162)

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Share this site with students researching state information for projects. Use this site as one resource for creating online posters on paper or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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ThatQuiz - ThatQuiz

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ThatQuiz is an online assessment tool for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Create an account to gain access to record keeping tools. You can make your own tests ...more
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ThatQuiz is an online assessment tool for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Create an account to gain access to record keeping tools. You can make your own tests using questions within the site. Students do not need to register since additional features are only for teachers. After choosing a category, different options are available within each of the quizzes to increase difficulty and add features. Quizzes can be timed or completed at the students' own pace. There is also an option to create a url for an individual quiz that can be linked to Facebook or Twitter accounts.

tag(s): africa (180), angles (88), asia (73), cells (102), charts and graphs (195), conversions (23), europe (75), exponents (42), factors (42), fractions (239), french (88), geometric shapes (163), german (64), human body (121), inequalities (29), measurement (159), money (193), north america (19), place value (56), probability (130), quiz (85), quizzes (97), spanish (108), time (144)

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Assign quizzes to students to complete on classroom computers or in computer labs. Modify activities for different student levels. Create a teacher account and modify quizzes to meet your own needs. Challenge students to complete quizzes and then increase the difficulty level. Share this link on your classroom website for students to access (to practice skills) while both in and out of the classroom. Consider allowing students to create quizzes for each other using a class account during review times or in small groups. It is much more fun to "study" by creating a quiz!
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FFFBI: Missions - WGBH

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4 to 9
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FFFBI (Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation) Academy is designed to help upper elementary and middle school kids -- especially those with attention issues -- manage the problems...more
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FFFBI (Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation) Academy is designed to help upper elementary and middle school kids -- especially those with attention issues -- manage the problems they face with schoolwork, homework, and even managing their binders. Each interactive is designed to teach useful skills and strategies, while continually encouraging you to complete increasingly difficult tasks. To increase interest, the FFFBI Academy uses its humorous spy theme and frequent reinforcements for successful game play. National Geographic has partnered to help produce this series of geography-themed missions. In each, students are introduced to a new country and receive a dossier of documents to help complete a mission. Each dossier contains maps, forensic information, media and wiretap intercepts, background information, and images. Each mission requires students to exercise geography skills and basic problem-solving in six interactive challenges. Each mission follows National Geographic's geography standards. Upon completion, a short Coffee Guy quiz debriefs students about the knowledge they have gained. There is an excellent teacher's section of the site containing a summary of each activities with tips and an approximate time to complete.

tag(s): map skills (79), mysteries (25), problem solving (272)

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Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector; then assign a challenge each week for students to work on during centers or on laptops in geography/social studies class. Use activities from different countries as an introduction to the country before starting classroom activities. Special Education teachers may want to offer this active alternative to traditional lessons for students with attention issues.

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Inspire My Kids - Mike Stutman and Kevin Conklin

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K to 12
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Find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life stories, videos, and projects to share with the children and teens. The site hopes to help these students take positive actions and become...more
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Find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life stories, videos, and projects to share with the children and teens. The site hopes to help these students take positive actions and become the best people they can be. Stories offer great examples of values like courage, determination, honesty, humility, kindness, responsibility, and tolerance. The stories range from incredible kids inspiring other kids, to amazing animals demonstrating admirable qualities, to the invention of inspirational social causes. Stories are searchable in several ways - by values, topics, age range, and format. Formats include articles, podcasts, reference, and videos. You can also sign up for the site's newsletter including updates and new article information.
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tag(s): bullying (52), disabilities (20), school violence (12), service projects (25)

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Share stories from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when learning about character traits such as sportsmanship, perseverance, and responsibility. Use the site as a resource when problems arise in the classroom such as bullying, intolerance, or special needs awareness. Have students use resources from the website as models for writing their own articles or creating a podcast. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Use the stories as models for writing activities and essays. Your students could also draw inspiration from this site to create values comics using one of many comic creation tools in this TeachersFirst collection.
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West Virginia Legislative Information Kids' Page - West Virginia Legislature

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2 to 5
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Learn about the West Virginia legislature in two ways with this site. First, all information can be viewed by following links on the site. Information is presented in several different...more
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Learn about the West Virginia legislature in two ways with this site. First, all information can be viewed by following links on the site. Information is presented in several different ways such as short articles, matching games, and through images. The other way which is probably easiest adapted to most classrooms is the pdf version of information on the site. This 23 page booklet includes much more information than on the website, you can learn about the legislative process, branches of government, and view templates for students to use to write their own legislatures. The letter template doesn't have a state name on it so would be appropriate for any elementary age student to use.

tag(s): branches of government (48), states (162)

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Print and use pages from the website to share with students. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of your state's legislative process with that of West Virginia.
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Learn About Oklahoma - State of Oklahoma

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Did you know that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state? It's true, find out other interesting facts and state information at the Learn About Oklahoma site. ...more
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Did you know that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state? It's true, find out other interesting facts and state information at the Learn About Oklahoma site. The site's home page is deceptively simple, in fact there is a great deal of interesting information located within each of the links. Choose the link for the Oklahoma Student's Guide to find state symbols, quick facts, and an interesting history timeline. Learn about famous famous natives of the state at the corresponding link and be sure to choose the link to the list of famous Oklahomans. This pdf list is several pages long and lists many famous state natives identified by categories including athletes, outlaws, and too unique to be classified.

tag(s): native americans (78), states (162)

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Share this site with students to demonstrate how to navigate the site, then allow students to explore on their own. Have students create an online book of images and captions about Oklahama using bookr (reviewed here.) (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr). Have students create trading cards with information about famous Oklahoma natives as part of their state research.
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Ohio Kids - History for Kids - Ohio Historical Society

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4 to 8
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Take a virtual tour of historical places throughout Ohio with this kid-friendly site. Hover your mouse over different images on the home page to view options for exploration. Choose...more
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Take a virtual tour of historical places throughout Ohio with this kid-friendly site. Hover your mouse over different images on the home page to view options for exploration. Choose Site Safari and have a choice of exploring archaeological, history, or natural sites in the state. Each location includes a short explanation of the area and many also include an image. Be sure to find TellzAll, each month TellzAll, the history wizard will show an object commonly used in 20th century Ohio but is now rarely found. There is a great deal of information on this site and it may not be readily seen so be sure to explore and find all that there is to offer!

tag(s): archeology (32), natural resources (59), states (162), virtual field trips (48)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the icons and links then allow them to explore on their own. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Have students create scavenger hunts for other students to use when exploring the site.
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New York State for Kids - New York State Department of Economic Development

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3 to 8
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This site includes activities and fun facts that help students learn about the state of New York. The state facts list includes some interesting items such as the highest mountains...more
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This site includes activities and fun facts that help students learn about the state of New York. The state facts list includes some interesting items such as the highest mountains and waterfalls, number of miles in the barge canal system, and the longest river in the state. Some items also include links to pictures. The history of New York is divided into two sections - pre and post 1900. Information included is fairly sparse but may be a good starting point for further research. The site includes a crossword puzzle, word search, and word scramble with New York words and information. Be sure to check out the state facts portion of the site to find state symbols and interesting facts.

tag(s): new york (26), rivers (21), states (162)

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Copy the crossword puzzle on the site for students, then have them explore the site to find answers. Share this site with students as they work on state research projects. 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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New Mexico Kids - New Mexico Tourism Department

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3 to 12
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Sing songs, learn about animal tracks, play games, watch movies, and trade historical character cards with your friends at this site that helps kids learn about New Mexico. The site...more
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Sing songs, learn about animal tracks, play games, watch movies, and trade historical character cards with your friends at this site that helps kids learn about New Mexico. The site is divided into four sections for easy navigation, choices include Learn, Play, Enjoy, and Share. Students will especially "enjoy" watching movies, singing songs, and reading (or hearing) stories from Old New Mexico. You can "learn" about state symbols, animals, and ghosts by exploring this section of the site. A unique feature of the site is the printable trading cards featuring famous New Mexicans that are available in PDF format for easy use.

tag(s): hispanic (18), native americans (78), states (162)

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Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard, then let them explore on their own. Print out the trading cards and/or stories for students to read and share during Guided Reading time. Have students create their own trading cards featuring animals, state symbols, or other information included on the site. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster using Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) featuring information found on the site.
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NebraskaStudies.org - Nebraska State Historical Society

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This well-done site offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more,"'''? capturing the life and history of...more
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This well-done site offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more,"'''? capturing the life and history of Nebraska from pre-1500 to the present. Several options are available for exploring content on the site. Choose from the timeline at the top of the page to discover events from pre-1500 through the present. After choosing a time period, you are taken to a new timeline with just that period that includes Nebraska, National, and International events for that period in a stacked timeline making it easy to view timing of all events. There is also a very useful Table of Contents with items listed in chronological order along with the number of teacher activities and/or lessons to use with events listed. Lesson plans and activities are thorough and include grade levels addressed in the lesson, relevant content information, and correlation to Nebraska state standards. All in pdf format for easy downloading and printing. The main page of the site also includes a link to their latest additions. This site is a must see not only for Nebraska teachers, but any teachers of Social Studies.

tag(s): native americans (78), railroads (10), states (162)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard with students then allow them time to explore on their own. Share this site with students who are performing research for state projects, American History, or international events. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster using Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) showing information learned from the site. Use the international and national timelines on the site to research important world events.
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Plimoth Plantation - Plimoth Plantation

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Plimoth Plantation (That's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving....more
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Plimoth Plantation (That's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving. Take a virtual field trip to an English village and Wampanoag home site from 1627. Go inside a Wetu, or home, and look. Become a historian and uncover what really happened in the first Thanksgiving. Primary sources give accounts from the Wampanoag traditions to the English home of Pilgrim Mary Allerton. Each student will finish with a printed exhibition panel. Dig into your ancestry to find out if you are a pilgrim. Find actual genealogical profiles. Explore the museum collections of artifacts.
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tag(s): colonial america (107), pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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Change the commercial traditions of tradition and bring on a study of history. Fascinating worlds of primary resources are at your computer! Virtual field trips, historical sleuthing, genealogy, and so much more. Challenge your students to take a closer look and decide for themselves. Debate information lines the pages of this website. Study history not false information. Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today.
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Decide Already - Sprout Box

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3 to 12
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in ...more
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in responses can also be added to help respondents make informed decisions. After the question is set up, add contact emails to send out the question. This probably works best with students that have school email accounts already set up for use.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), questioning (31)

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Teach one of the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (evaluating) using this tool. Have s student operator open it on a projector or interactive whiteboard and have the class determine criteria for decision making, such as how to choose the best location for a field trip or decide on the best book to read. Ask how they choose books for independent reading, and have them develop their own criteria as a class. Send out questions for students to decide on classroom events such as field trips - offer 2 or 3 choices along with criteria to consider when choosing. Offer to allow students to choose the next read-aloud book to be used in the classroom, choose student of the week or month recipients, activities for classroom parties, etc. Use this site to start a class debate on historical choices that may be considered controversial (i.e the use of the atomic bomb). Share this with other staff in your building and use the site to make decisions on professional development topics, dates for get-togethers and more. Include this link on your class website for groups to use in making project decisions or to simulate political process and the ways legislators make decisions.

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Hinterland Who's Who - Wildlife in Canada - Environment Canada

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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any ...more
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any country! The species portion of the site contains information on hundreds of animals divided into categories such as birds, insects, etc. After selecting a category, a list of animals included is shown. After choosing an animal, a fact sheet is provided. Each fact sheet includes a description, habitat information, range, feeding, breeding, resources, and conservation information. All of this information has access to a link for easy printing. Don't miss the neat videos located at "Who Tube." There is also an extensive section for educators with projects, lessons, and curriculum information that can be easily adapted for any classroom need.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Bookmark and save this site to use with any animal research or projects. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Have students choose an animal from the site to research then make a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use questions from the Issues and Topics section during classroom debates and discussions on the environment.
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Waterlife - National Film Board of Canada

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4 to 12
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because ...more
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because clicks can lead to a variety of different places. Learn the different ways the Great Lakes are a necessary resource and how they are currently under stresses affecting humans and many other species. This site requires a bit of bandwidth with the moving images, music, and narration. Be sure to try it out on your class computer in advance and limit the number of computers connecting at the same time. Be sure to check out all the topics, including invasive species, home, political, evaporating, and much more. Take a look at the link "Water Is" to view the list of topics. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio on this site.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88), pollution (66), water (130), water cycle (33), watersheds (16), wetlands (9)

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Use as an introduction to a unit on water or pollution. Use to introduce the chemistry of water (and how life on Earth would not be possible without it) by finding ways that water is affected by other materials and discussing the chemistry behind it. Explore in a civics and government class as a contemporary issue not constrained by international boundaries. Allow students the opportunity to explore on their own and report interesting facts and troublesome points to the rest of the class for further review and research. Use on Earth Day or as part of Earth Week activities. Divide younger students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Create letters to the editor, blog posts, and other multimedia or conventional items to portray what they have learned. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts and their additional research. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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