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Kidlink - Kidlink

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3 to 12
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This website provides an online connection to students from various areas of the world. There are links provided for students, families, and teachers. The website is available in various...more
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This website provides an online connection to students from various areas of the world. There are links provided for students, families, and teachers. The website is available in various languages - English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. Students can share stories, artwork, and more. The educational content includes life planning skills (careers), social studies (geography, government, history, etc.), writing, and many other academic areas. Free registration is required for each student and teacher. All content is monitored by volunteer moderators. What a fabulous resource to use in geography or language arts class. This website doesn't just teach students about countries throughout the world, but also allows students to interact with students of various cultures as they write and respond to each other in this safe environment.

tag(s): careers (132), cultures (105)

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Students need not have their own email to use this site. Kidlink explains that they are permitted to use the teacher's email address (which allows you to monitor their activities, as well). You might want to use your "extra" email account. Set up accounts for your students to communicate in your world language class or as part of your study of other continents. With younger students, you may want to communicate as a whole-class activity, composing on a projector or interactive whiteboard.

If your school policies limit your ability to use such a site, see the FAQ information and ready-to-go presentation explaining Kidlink. Share it with your principal and parents. ALWAYS get written parent permission when sharing student work/ideas online.

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Doing a Travel Buddy Project - Larry Johnson & Annette Lamb

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K to 4
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Doing a Travel Buddy Project is an on-line collaboration project that will keep the attention of every student! Students read Flat Stanley and proceed to send Flat Stanley or some ...more
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Doing a Travel Buddy Project is an on-line collaboration project that will keep the attention of every student! Students read Flat Stanley and proceed to send Flat Stanley or some other type of classroom character, along with class communication, to various schools. While the classroom character is "traveling," students can chart the object whereabouts on a classroom map and compile research on each location. This site provides pointers for a no-fail traveling plan. This activity will require some significant preparation time on behalf of the teacher as well as cooperation from other schools. See a related resource on Flat Stanley projects here.

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This project could be enhanced with many activities such as creating a travel itinerary for the traveler or researching modes of travel. Plan the trip with things such as packing a suitcase, conducting research on the destination locations, presenting research in a Power Point presentation, integrating corresponding literature based on travel, and keeping a classroom travel journal. A wiki is an ideal place for students to track the buddy, including pictures! Save money by having your classroom object travel as an e-mail attachment.

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Travel For Kids - Globetracks

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2 to 8
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This website provides easy-to-access information about numerous countries. The information focuses on what would interest travelers to each country: the main cities, sites of interest,...more
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This website provides easy-to-access information about numerous countries. The information focuses on what would interest travelers to each country: the main cities, sites of interest, geographical features, food, shopping, family activities, and books. There are approximately 40 countries included (such as Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Canada, Cuba, Chile, Bali, Kenya, and numerous others). The highlight of this website is the wonderful annotated list of books about each country.

tag(s): countries (76)

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Have students research various countries throughout the world -- maybe one from their famiy heritage. Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to have them share the various countries. Have your students read books from the various countries. Then challenge your students to create travel posters or broshures about the country. World language teachers can use the country information for students to learn "plan a trip" to a country where residents speak the language you are studying and create a tour advertisement in the language.

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Australia - Kids Down Under - gigglepotz

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2 to 5
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This website highlights a collection of resources about Australia. Some of the printable pages include an Australian map, coloring page, Australian animals, and others. There are also...more
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This website highlights a collection of resources about Australia. Some of the printable pages include an Australian map, coloring page, Australian animals, and others. There are also links to listen to the national anthem, to read stories about Australia, to take a quiz about the county, and much more. There are even authentic Australian recipes provided. Some of the activities require FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): australia (35), maps (287)

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If your class is learning about Australia, this is a one-stop resource for research, teaching ideas, and more. Use your projection screen (or interactive whiteboard) and share the "What's it like being an Aussie kid?" link. Print the many printable pages and have the students work in pairs to complete the challenge.

Challenge your students to work in cooperative learning groups and investigate various topics. For example, assign one team to be the "Zoologists" and study the various animals highlighted at this website. Another team could be the "Travel Agents" and learn about the various travel "hot spots" listed at this website. A third team could be the "News Reporters" and research the "What is it like being an Aussie Kid" information. A fourth team could be the "Politicians" and learn about the national holidays celebrated in Australia. You could also include a team of "Chefs," "Religious Scholars," and numerous others based on your students. Once the investigation portion of the project is completed, have the students create interactive Power Points, podcasts, or visual displays to share their research with the class. Or create a Tour of Australia wiki!
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TIME for Kids Around the World - Australia - TIME for Kids

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3 to 6
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G'Day mate - welcome to Australia! At this informative website, students can take a virtual tour of Australia (see the "Sightseeing Guide") and learn native slang (for example, did...more
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G'Day mate - welcome to Australia! At this informative website, students can take a virtual tour of Australia (see the "Sightseeing Guide") and learn native slang (for example, did you know that "grizzle" means "to complain"?). There is also a history timeline, highlights of many Australian animals, a quiz, and more.

tag(s): australia (35), mars (41)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector), and take your students on a trip "down under." Don't miss the virtual tour of the country. You will visit the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, the Sydney Opera House, and many other famous cities and/or landmarks. Why not have your students write a letter to a friend using Australian slang. This website also provides excellent information for research projects.

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Traveler IQ Challenge - Travelpod.com

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3 to 12
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This challenging geography website is sure to excite your students as they click their way throughout the world (via a map). The website challenges students with numerous trivia questions....more
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This challenging geography website is sure to excite your students as they click their way throughout the world (via a map). The website challenges students with numerous trivia questions. The website offers twelve difficulty levels: "easy" has you click on countries and/or continents, while the "difficult" has you locate specific cities and landmarks. Students must reach a certain goal at each level to proceed to the next level. This interactive map activity requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

In addition to the main activity, this website also provides travel blogs and photos. Be sure to check out the content on the blog before you share it with your students. The link to "create your own challenge" uses a Facebook log-in, so will likely be blocked in your school.

tag(s): capitals (24), cities (25), landmarks (26)

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Use this website to provide your students with a more eclectic geography lesson. Divide your class into teams. Then use an interactive whiteboard or separate computers to see which team can earn the most points by finding the most locations. This web activity is also ideal for cooperative learning groups. Before you turn students loose on their own computers, decide which teacher-previewed travel blogs, if any, they are permitted to view.
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Who's Got What? - sciencemuseum

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3 to 12
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This interactive website displays the natural energy resources found throughout the world. This website is appropriate for any grade studying and/or researching natural resources and/or...more
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This interactive website displays the natural energy resources found throughout the world. This website is appropriate for any grade studying and/or researching natural resources and/or forms of energy. To use the map, you simply click on one of the eight symbols at the bottom left-side. Resources include gas, oil, sunshine, uranium, wood, coal, wind, and geothermal. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): coal (14), earth (228), earth day (112), electricity (89), energy (198), natural resources (59), oil (45), resources (112)

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What a fabulous resource for any class studying various forms of energy and natural resources found throughout the world. This would be an excellent addition to a science class studying about energy, or a geography class learning about the resources found on the various continents of the world. Even earth science classes can locate resources and explain how the geology of these areas provides the resources.
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The Africa Guide - africaguide.com

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2 to 12
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This website provides a colorful interactive map of Africa. Users are able to click on any country in Africa to learn more about that particular country. The website includes basic...more
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This website provides a colorful interactive map of Africa. Users are able to click on any country in Africa to learn more about that particular country. The website includes basic geographical information (capital cities, landforms, elevations, exact locations, etc.) along with other general information. The reading level is too high for younger students, so they will need an adult reader. Some of the links provide authentic music from the country, information about accommodations available, and tourist attractions. There are some interactive elements that require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180)

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What a fabulous tool for online research or student-guided learning. This website presents a wonderful, concise summary of all of the countries in Africa. Why not assign individual students (or groups or 2) a specific country to research. Then the students can create an interactive PowerPoint or other presentation to share on a projection screen. With younger students, use your interactive whiteboard to share the site (turn up the speakers), allowing students to click and guide the class "trip." Music links go to Amazon, and only some have the listening feature available (scroll down the Amazon page to "Listen to Samples"). You will want to check before class.
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Wild Weather Adventure - NASA

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3 to 6
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This interactive website is a virtual weather and geography board game. You can choose 1-4 players, the difficulty level, a name for your "weather ship", the color of your ship, ...more
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This interactive website is a virtual weather and geography board game. You can choose 1-4 players, the difficulty level, a name for your "weather ship", the color of your ship, and other personalized features. Students spin a wheel and then move their ship a certain number of spaces. Then, they are asked a question related to the weather (there are different levels of difficulty). Geography skills are also tested in this game; the virtual "gameboard" is a world map. Geography facts and questions are provided throughout the game. This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): weather (188)

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What an excellent activity for an interactive whiteboard. Divide your class into 4 teams. Get your interactive whiteboard ready, and turn up the volume. Students will love this educational weather activity. This website would also make a wonderful learning center for additional enrichment or review during a science unit about weather.

Once you click to "play the game", there is a link for further instructions on how to use the program.
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The Search for Monsters of Mystery - National Geographic Kids

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3 to 8
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters"....more
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters". The fascinating study includes Bigfoot, Nessie, Storsie, Yeti, Champ, and Mokele-Mbembe. Note: Some of the information on the monsters comes up in pop-ups. Turn off any pop-up blockers (this would include those that work as part of the Google or Yahoo toolbar).

tag(s): halloween (40), holidays (147)

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Use this website as a starting point for researching the history of famous monsters. This is a great way to teach about fact vs fiction and the information literacy skill of evaluating web site reliability, using a topic that students will love. After they collect facts, have a monster "trial" in your classroom "courthouse" where two teams try to prove that each monster is FACT or FICTION, using "evidence" from this site and further research. Differentiate the tasks by assigning some of your brighter students to conduct the questioning (and perhaps challenge the web sources). Then have a the class-member "jury" reach a verdict: Fact or Fiction?

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Maps Home Page - David J. Leveson

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4 to 9
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more....more
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more. Most sections offer quizzes that can either be printed or taken online.

tag(s): latitude (13), logic (235), longitude (13), maps (287)

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Use this website as review for map skills. Place the link on your teacher web page for students to review at home or find al alternate presentation, especially if they have been absent. If you have quick learners, you may want to allow them to navigate the tutorial at their own speed, learning more than the "basics" while the rest of the class receives direct instruction.

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What Do Maps Show? - USGS

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4 to 8
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This website offers information on many types of maps: topographical, road, relief maps and more. There are four lessons that use a variety of inquiry strategies to help students learn...more
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This website offers information on many types of maps: topographical, road, relief maps and more. There are four lessons that use a variety of inquiry strategies to help students learn to use and understand maps. Students will gather data and draw conclusions using the maps. Downloadable maps and activity sheets are included. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): map skills (79), maps (287)

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Be sure to visit the teacher's guide before visiting the individual lessons for helpful hints. The maps would display very well on an interactive whiteboard. Have students highlight or circle map elements and show with the pens how to find certain places. Since printables are included, you can have those at their seats work on their own copies of the same maps and show you their work, "earning" the chance to do it on the whiteboard.
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Social Studies for Kids

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1 to 8
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This is a general "go-to" website all about social studies. There is information about current events, culture, holidays, languages, religion, economics, geography, maps, government,...more
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This is a general "go-to" website all about social studies. There is information about current events, culture, holidays, languages, religion, economics, geography, maps, government, U.S. presidents, timelines, and many other social studies topics. The highlight of this website is the Current Events segment. This is an easy way to incorporate age-appropriate current events in your classroom.
Note: an annoying audio ad plays when you first enter the site. Turn OFF your sound!

tag(s): holidays (147), maps (287), presidents (131), renaissance (34), timelines (62)

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Use the current events segment as weekly discussion starter or assignment in your social studies class. Share this link on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class. To really build a stronger sense of current events, start a class year-long current events "log" on a wiki and have a differnet student write a "week in review" each week throughout the year, based on the current events provided here or others he/she may know about. Reading teachers may also want to use the articles on this site to teach informational text reading skills on an interactive whiteboard. Reading levels are challenging for grades 1-3. Teachers will need to provide help by reading aloud or partnering readers.

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ILike2learn - Ilike2learn.com

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This website provides numerous interactive quizzes relating to geography and the language of Russian. Some specific topics include continents, Africa, Europe, USA, world lakes, oceans,...more
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This website provides numerous interactive quizzes relating to geography and the language of Russian. Some specific topics include continents, Africa, Europe, USA, world lakes, oceans, and many others. The interactive quizzes all ask users to find a specific area (by clicking on a map). Users are able to make 2nd (or 3rd) guesses for the correct locations. If you are not able to find the destination, you will receive a clue. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): continents (49), maps (287), mountains (13), oceans (148), rivers (21), russia (38), russian (26)

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This website is perfect for a single-computer learning center, on a classroom computer cluster, or as a review activity for older students. Save this website on your desktop and offer it from your teacher web page, so students can utilize this resource when you are teaching about states in the USA, continents, oceans, or other countries throughout the world. Warning: tell your students to steer clear of the "Take the Dumb Test" link at the bottom of the page. It is an annoying distraction and asks for an email address.
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Can You Read a Map - Mrs. Bogucki

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2 to 5
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This simple interactive quiz consists of five questions. Students must analyze a grid map and comprehend the cardinal directions north and south. This quick quiz is a perfect compliment...more
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This simple interactive quiz consists of five questions. Students must analyze a grid map and comprehend the cardinal directions north and south. This quick quiz is a perfect compliment to a map skills lesson. The map displays a peninsula and offers an excellent opportunity to teach students about this landform,as well.

tag(s): maps (287)

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Get an interactive whiteboard and use this quiz to introduce or reinforce map skills. Then have students work with partners to create a grid map of the classroom or school and place items on the map. Make the grid on graph paper or electronically -- using the "show grid" feature (in View menu)in PowerPoint. Provide students with digital pictures of classroom objects to place on their grids and let them ask each other questions similar to those in this web activity about their maps.

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Learning about Maps and Directions

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K to 5
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Although this website appears "plain vanilla," it is a treasure chest. If you are teaching about reading maps or directions, this website has a wealth of information ready for you ...more
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Although this website appears "plain vanilla," it is a treasure chest. If you are teaching about reading maps or directions, this website has a wealth of information ready for you to use in your classroom. Some of the topics include spatial relations (around, between, left and right, and others-- great for primary grades and speech/language students), using a scale, following N,S,E,W directions, using a grid, and many additional topics. There are interactive games and activities, printable pages, and links to other online resources. This website has activities for very young students and more advanced learners. This website is truly a rare find. Many of the interactive map activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): directions (20)

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This website would offer an excellent learning center! There are so many activities available, that this website could be useful in nearly all of your geography lessons. Be sure to introduce this website using an interactive whiteboard, then allow students to explore at their own levels. Special Ed teachers will appreciate all the options of different ways to practice and reinforce skills.
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Using Timeline Games and Mexican History to Improve Comprehension - IRA/NCTE

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3 to 6
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The IRA/NCTE has created this wonderful resource that incorporates timelines, Mexican history, and comprehension. The unit is broken down into eight 45-minute sessions. The website...more
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The IRA/NCTE has created this wonderful resource that incorporates timelines, Mexican history, and comprehension. The unit is broken down into eight 45-minute sessions. The website challenges students to study some basic information about Mexican history. Then the students are asked to create an illustrated timeline. There are numerous other "mini" activities available within this lesson plan. If your class doesn't have the time to complete this entire unit, pick and choose what works for your class. The lesson plans are ready to go, easy to follow, include interactive elements, and are highly motivational. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): aztecs (8), mexico (34), timelines (62)

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The interactive timeline maker tool linked in this lesson is outstanding for ANY timeline you want students to make. The final product is printed and is NOT saved anywhere, however. Make sure you allow enough time to complete the work and print.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students Mexican history, how to use/create a timeline, and to improve their reading comprehension. Your students with family heritage from Mexico would benefit twice from using this lesson for comprehension activities. This is truly an interdisciplinary unit, and includes directions, objectives, standards, and more. The lessons would work well as independent study in the computer lab, cooperative learning activities, or whole class research using an interactive whiteboard.
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Location - National Grid for Learning (UK)

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K to 2
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This interactive site teaches young children about location and position. Pictures of toys are used to demonstrate various locations or positions (i.e. above, to the left, or inside)....more
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This interactive site teaches young children about location and position. Pictures of toys are used to demonstrate various locations or positions (i.e. above, to the left, or inside). There are three main lessons - all are easy to use, interactive and motivational. Note that the lessons require reading basic words. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): speech (92)

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Use this website as a learning center. Speech/language teachers and ESL teachers can also use the activities to practice reading, saying, and understanding basic "position" words with students. If you have an interactive whiteboard, students will LOVE practicing the skills in small groups.
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National Atlas - United States Department of the Interior

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2 to 12
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government,...more
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, transportation, people, and water. All of the subjects incorporate the United States (for example, the agriculture pages discuss the agriculture of the USA). The map features are phenomenal and include both printable maps and "dynamic maps" which are interactive and awesome! Some of interactive maps include topics such as relief and elevation, West Nile virus, volcanoes and more. This site is a perfect addition to any science class that is studying volcanoes, climate, biology and more. It is also useful in a geography class studying the various uses and types of maps. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (55), climate (92), environment (317), geology (81), maps (287)

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Have your students work in cooperative learning groups to investigate the "dynamic maps". Assign each group a topic to explore (there are 7). Have the students research the information using the maps and then report their findings to the class, perhaps displaying examples on a projector or interactive whiteboard. In teaching any of the related subjects, using a projector to share a map will make the content more "real," such as displaying the butterfly layer in the map maker so students can see how the butterfly population their home state compares with other locations.
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World News - WN Network

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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An ...more
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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An excellent plus here is the ability to choose to read the news in a variety of languages. World Photos today, multimedia, global weather, and sports are just a few of the many attractive sections that add to this site's appeal.

tag(s): news (261)

In the Classroom

Share this site with your school's foreign language teachers. Have students do comparisons between English and foreign language versions of the news. If you teach writing, you can find controversial topics as writing prompts for persuasive writing among the articles, as well, and have students find facts to support their positions. Make this site available from your teacher web page for current events assignments. Reading teachers will want to use the articles on an interactive whiteboard to teach main idea and summarizing: highlight key words to use in a main idea or summary sentence you write together below the article.

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