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Art Junction - Universtiy of Florida

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2 to 10
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This is a colorful art education site that also speaks to non-art teachers. The site shares project ideas that incorporate self-expression. It also has lots of information about helping...more
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This is a colorful art education site that also speaks to non-art teachers. The site shares project ideas that incorporate self-expression. It also has lots of information about helping children learn to draw and paint. The site features a neat chart of the developmental stages of artistic output. In addition to art "projects," there are exercises to help children think more creatively and training exercises to look at things from multiple points of view and find unusual view of the everyday. There are also lesson plans, specific links and activities for kids and "Art Education 2.0" (for teachers who want to collaborate with other teachers). One project that's particularly appealing is "Community Stories." Schools share art projects and culture from around the world as they describe their schools and communities. Some of the activities require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): creativity (109), critical thinking (108)

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Find an art project to accompany your current unit or try the "Community Stories" link to reach out to communities you have learned about through the ESL students in your school or your world language studies.
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Guns Germs, & Steel - PBS

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9 to 12
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Jared Diamond's book Guns Germs & Steel won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. This website presents an overview of some of the major threads of Diamond's thesis as ...more
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Jared Diamond's book Guns Germs & Steel won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. This website presents an overview of some of the major threads of Diamond's thesis as presented in the PBS special based upon the book. Diamond suggests that geography may have been the single most important factor in the rise and fall of civilizations over the course of human history. The site examines some of the variables that have contributed to the success or failure of societies through history, including crops, animals, technology, and climate. There are lesson plans tied to national standards associated with each of the televised episodes. While viewing the series is an option, much can be gained by examining the lesson plans even without watching the series.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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The information contained here will be most helpful in planning lessons on the interdependence of culture, geography and technology. Students may find information here for research purposes, but this site should be considered mostly for its usefulness to teachers in advance of unit planning.

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Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent - University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

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3 to 12
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs,...more
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from 45 different countries. Click Search the Collection to see image categories which include artisans, buildings and structures, cities and towns, education, landscape, religion, and women. Sound recordings include drums, greetings, rites and ceremonies, songs, and signing. The site is easily searched by keyword or by subject heading. This site requires RealPlayer. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180), air (163), architecture (83), black history (59)

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Teachers will find this site rich in resources for units on science, social studies, geography, architecture, music, art, and culture. Make Africa a "real" place by sharing on a projector as you share stories or learn about homes ("Structures")and habitats or landforms ("Landscape") with younger students. Use the sound recordings for lessons on oral history, myths, languages, and music. Assign student groups a topic area, which they can research and present to the class as a PowerPoint or another multi-media format using an interactive whiteboard or projector.

Images, text, or other content downloaded from the collection may be freely used for non-profit educational and research purposes under Fair Use. That means that you may NOT put them on the web in a public site, blog, or wiki, since you would not be limiting access to class members. If you want students to create blog or wiki pages, create passworded access for class members only to areas displaying these images and resources. Check the website for instructions on how students can cite this source in their bibliographies.

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Field Trip Earth - North Carolina Zoological Society

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4 to 12
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From sea turtles to the Przewalski horse, travel around the cyber globe to learn more about the endangered animals around us. Learn from the authentic field reports, read interviews...more
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From sea turtles to the Przewalski horse, travel around the cyber globe to learn more about the endangered animals around us. Learn from the authentic field reports, read interviews of animal researchers, or study the essays from folks in the field. The neatest part of this site is the interactive field trip map. Click on the "Choose a Field Trip" link, then 'fly' your plane (using your mouse) over the various flagged locations around the globe. When your mouse moves over the starred area, an information pop-up tells about the endangered animal at that location. For authentic, up-to-the-minute information about our endangered animals, bookmark this site. Some of the activities require Quicktime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): endangered species (38), environment (317), species (29)

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Have students choose one location on the Field Trip map. Do multi-subject projects, by learning about that location's history, culture, etc, and think about how the interaction of the natives may have led to the endangerment of the local animal. Teachers, click on the Teacher Resources link. You will find oodles of lesson plan ideas--most are general strategies that do not pertain to Field Trip Earth, yet are very useful. Learn from others by exchanging your class ideas with other discussion board postings. Don't forget about this site's search engine for your information needs.
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The College of Exploration - Video Showcase - The College of Exploration

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6 to 12
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This phenomenal website provides twelve short videos about a variety of oceanography and marine biology topics. Specific video topics include: Predators Among Us, Hawaiian Hotspots,...more
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This phenomenal website provides twelve short videos about a variety of oceanography and marine biology topics. Specific video topics include: Predators Among Us, Hawaiian Hotspots, Maritime History, Shipwrecks of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, A Polynesian Story, Saved by a Shark, Biodiversity, SPLASH: Monitoring Humpback Whales, Exploring Plate Tectonics, Volunteer Monitoring, Marine Protected Areas, and SIMoN Says. Each video is only a few minutes in length and could easily be incorporated into your lessons. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), hawaii (7), marine biology (33), oceans (148), whales (16)

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Use one of these videos (or several) as an anticipatory set for a science lesson on one of the topics, sharing the video on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Students will enjoy the "up close" look at the ocean and its many creatures. Or have students work in cooperative learning groups and choose one of the videos to view as a group. Have the groups share the information from their video clip. If you are looking for a science research project, why not assign one of the twelve topics to each of your students and have them further investigate the specific topic.
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NOVA: Science Now - Hurricanes - PBS

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5 to 12
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This fascinating website presents middle and high school students with concise but eclectic information about hurricanes. Topics range from Hurricane Katrina, to an online quiz, to...more
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This fascinating website presents middle and high school students with concise but eclectic information about hurricanes. Topics range from Hurricane Katrina, to an online quiz, to a 12-minute video clip. The video explains the "how" behind predicting a hurricane's direction and path. It also explains how the intensity affects various cities (such as New Orleans). The video clip requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): hurricanes (35), weather (188)

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Be sure to check out the "Teachers Guide." There you can click on "Classroom Activities" to find a lesson plan, additional links, and explicit standards. Use the additional links included with the lesson plan for students to do further research about hurricanes. Have them work in pairs to research various "famous" hurricanes and add them to a class "disaster" or "weather" wiki.
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Geography at the Movies - blip.tv

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K to 12
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This informative and interactive website provides short video clips on a variety of geography (and science) topics. General topic areas include agriculture, climate change, coasts,...more
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This informative and interactive website provides short video clips on a variety of geography (and science) topics. General topic areas include agriculture, climate change, coasts, development, environment, industry, population, rivers, rocks, places, resources, weather, tectonics, settlement, and several others. Each topic area includes numerous videos about the subject matter. Use the videos to learn more about global warming, farming, sand dunes, international landmarks, Ghana, and countless others. This website provides an incredibly eclectic presentation of topics. WATCH the "how-to-use this site" video to see how you can show movies in class or download them for offline use. Online versions of the videos require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (54), climate (92), environment (317), rivers (21), rocks (49), weather (188)

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What a fabulous resource for geography and science lessons. A high-speed connection is a must.Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and share these FREE video clips. Be sure you turn up the volume on your speakers. Or make the videos an individual or cooperative learning group project. Put the pertinent video titles on a list and allow each individual/group to choose one of the videos to view and share the information with the class.
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NOVA: Science Now - Stronger Hurricanes - PBS

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5 to 12
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This site explores the connection between global warming and intense hurricanes. There are two FLASH video clips (4-6 minutes each): "Hotter Oceans, Fiercer Storms" and "Hurricane Katrina."...more
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This site explores the connection between global warming and intense hurricanes. There are two FLASH video clips (4-6 minutes each): "Hotter Oceans, Fiercer Storms" and "Hurricane Katrina." Get FLASH from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There is also an audio slideshow that examines the connection between the rising temperatures of the sea and more powerful storms. PBS provides some of the original broadcast video clips, as well, in multiple file formats.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), hurricanes (35)

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What an excellent website to use if your class is studying climate, weather, or Hurricane Katrina. Use an interactive whiteboard (or projector) to share the video clips with your class. Don't forget to turn up the volume. After viewing the video clips, have your students write a letter or blog entry explaining their fictitious "experience" with a hurricane, using three facts that they learned from the video clip. Or turn down the sound and have students write and perform a news-story style narration of their own for a video clip from the site.
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Maps and Graphics - United Nations Environment Programme

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9 to 12
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Looking for a way to graphically display world or environmental problems? These world maps can be used to view complicated topics in a way that students can "see." Choose Freshwater,...more
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Looking for a way to graphically display world or environmental problems? These world maps can be used to view complicated topics in a way that students can "see." Choose Freshwater, Diversity and Conservation, Climate Change, Pollution, Environment and Poverty, and Urban Issues. Search global and regional data to create your own interactive map. View materials and maps by region, category, or collection. Graphics can be downloaded in pdf (readable in Acrobat Reader) or graphic png files (readable in Picture/Fax viewer or your built-in image program).

tag(s): climate (92), conservation (127), data (148), environment (317), pollution (66), statistics (122), water (130)

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Use a graphic comparison between different areas of the world as a starting point for environmental or social problems discussions. An interactive whiteboard with drawing and highlighting tools will allow your students to "work" with the data both visually and tactilely. Students can gain a global perspective to problems and better grasp the meaning of data. Students can then research specifics or reasons behind the statistics shown on the graphic. For example, use a map of Population of World by Poverty. Students can then research the populations of the countries as well as the possible reasons for the poverty. Students can calculate the percent differences between countries or different years. Have students make comparisons into multimedia or traditional presentations. Students can also have class discussions, debates about policies, or create a wiki to show information and sides of the issues and to make the data "show" something more meaningful than a simple number.
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Xpedition Hall - National Geographic

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K to 12
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National Geographic provides this interactive "Xpedition Hall" as a way of guiding students through the complex interplay among physical geography, culture, migration, and environment....more
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National Geographic provides this interactive "Xpedition Hall" as a way of guiding students through the complex interplay among physical geography, culture, migration, and environment. Using QuickTime, students can explore a virtual museum and select a variety of activities, each of which is tied to national geography standards, and has associated lesson plans. There are lesson plans available for grades K-12. The site does a nice job of integrating art, animation and photography to illustrate these connections. There is also an extensive teacher's guide. Although the virtual museum is designed for secondary grades, there are activities and lesson plans available for all grades. The site is particularly useful for integrating geography into lessons from related curriculum areas like history, economics or science. In particular, the "Human Systems" section of the site does a nice job of tying geography into issues of migration and immigration in recent history.

tag(s): immigration (58), maps (288), migration (59)

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You might consider using some of the activities for the entire class on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Students could also use the site for self-exploration, either in a computer lab, or from home.
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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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Timeline of Art History - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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6 to 12
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City offers this site. View World Maps, Timelines, Thematic Essays, and more. Click on the "Works of Art" link to search by ...more
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City offers this site. View World Maps, Timelines, Thematic Essays, and more. Click on the "Works of Art" link to search by time period, geographical region, or thematic category. Time periods include 8000 BC to the present. Thematic categories include African, Renaissance, Colonial, Medieval, Modern, and more. The timeline features nearly every continent and many categories of art.

tag(s): art history (69), medieval (27), renaissance (34)

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Art teachers will find it easy to search for themes. History teachers can access items by date. Any of the "thematic essays" could be projected on an interactive whiteboard (or projection screen) to accompany a lecture in class. Or have students use this excellent resource for independent research or to illustrate their own presentations. Challenge groups to choose a time period and create blogs about the "mood" of the art using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary! Or have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Interactives: Historical and Cultural Contexts - Annenberg Media

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6 to 12
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This website teaches students to recognize different kinds of primary documents, interpret them by using context clues, and apply what they've learned to better understand the past....more
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This website teaches students to recognize different kinds of primary documents, interpret them by using context clues, and apply what they've learned to better understand the past. Professional historians rely heavily on primary documents in their research. The world wide web has opened up a wealth of primary documents for use by a broader audience, and students can gain valuable insight into the past by understanding and analyzing them. Advanced classes, particularly AP-level, emphasize the importance of primary documents. What is particularly good about this site is that it is written at a level accessible to younger students. This allows teachers to begin using primary documents much sooner. The Speed Round requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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The site would work well on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a classroom activity. With the teacher leading and clarifying, the class might walk through several simple document analyses to gain an understanding of primary documents and their uses. If you do History Day competition, this activity would be a good starter early in the process. Alternatively, students could be instructed to complete the activity independently as an introduction to a more complex discussion of primary documents or to prepare for the dreaded DBQs ("document-based questions") in AP History classes.
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Language Menu Games - Learnwell Oy

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6 to 12
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This highly motivating site has many interactive language review activities. Most of the review does presuppose quite a bit of language study in the target language. There are currently...more
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This highly motivating site has many interactive language review activities. Most of the review does presuppose quite a bit of language study in the target language. There are currently 36 languages to choose from. (From matching games to picture recognition to translation practice, the site offers fairly sophisticated word practice. A flag-country matching game is of general interest to all students, not just language learners. There are many advantages in using this site for ESL or ELL students. The main advantage is the capability to choose a different language for questions and answers, thus assuring specific understanding of specific words with the definitions in their first language. This site requires JAVA. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): capitals (24), flags (21), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Mark this site in Favorites on your classroom computers for ESL and ELL students.. Provide information about this site to foreign language teachers in your school. This is a wonderful site to list in your class newsletter (if applicable) or on your class website.

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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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The History of Jim Crow - NYLife/PBS

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6 to 12
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This website presents a comprehensive look at Jim Crow and the history of segregation in the United States. It is full of direct information as well as links to related ...more
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This website presents a comprehensive look at Jim Crow and the history of segregation in the United States. It is full of direct information as well as links to related sites. Subtopics include television, geography, history, American literature, and teacher resources. The teacher resources include lesson plans (with standards), activities, and other resources. The literature connections provided are the "icing on the cake." Note: some additional information about the site -- and sales of videos -- appears in a pop-up. You may want to temporarily allow pop-ups to see if this information is helpful.

tag(s): segregation (15)

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There are countless ways that secondary teachers could incorporate this website. The lesson plans are ready to go and simple to use (see Teacher Resources). Why not work together with your teaching team to offer an interdisciplinary unit on segregation, relating the history to literature? Use the books, To Kill a Mockingbird, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, or numerous others to help your students visualize the time period and make connections about the history and the literature. This website is also a great opportunity for collaborative work. Have your students read different historical fiction books from this time period, and then share the various similarities that they find. As an extension, have students write fictional blog entries from people they read about.
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Free Rice - freerice.com

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6 to 12
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way...more
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way for kids to practice vocabulary and basics in chemistry, math, art history, geography, and world languages. Subjects available (via the link in the page footer)include checmical symbols, world language and English vocabulary, multiplication, world countries on a map, capitals, and famous paintings. Read the FAQ to find out where the money comes from and more.

tag(s): multiplication (227), symbols (19), vocabulary (324)

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Reminiscent of The Reader's Digest "Enrich Your Word Power" feature, this is a great little time filler, especially for those students who always seem to be ahead of the rest of the class. They can challenge themselves to better their "level" as gauged by the site. They can challenge each other to see who will give the most grains of rice in any given session. If your class has a vocabulary glossary wiki, this site will provide many new entry ideas! You might even get into a conversation about how much 20 grains of rice really is and where around the world it might do the most good.

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Timeless Ideas for Teaching - Concord Monitor Publishing

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6 to 12
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Posted by the New Hampshire Concord Monitor Newspaper in the Classroom program, this website offers many interactive ideas that students can use either with a physical newspaper...more
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Posted by the New Hampshire Concord Monitor Newspaper in the Classroom program, this website offers many interactive ideas that students can use either with a physical newspaper in front of them, with an online news service such as CNN, or with online editions of newspapers that you find here. The examples used all refer to the New Hampshire newspaper, but are easily adaptable to whatever topic you want the students to deal with. This site includes such varied activities as creating a database and writing recipes. It covers every section of a newspaper. Students could create their own classroom newspaper using some of these activities or simply create journalistic articles based on whatever topic you are currently teaching. This is adaptable to almost any grade level and subject area.

tag(s): local history (13), news (261), newspapers (94)

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Whether you use hard-copy papers or electronic editions, many of these ideas will work even better using technology: word processing, wikis, blogs (for editorials), graphic organizer tools, digital cameras, etc. Use today's tools to study this powerful medium as it goes through transition into an electronic world. Consider asking students to compare electronic vs. hard-copy newspapers and their pros/cons, as well.

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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 (197), 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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Blogabond (beta) - Blogabond

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This new travel blog site is intended for travelers to document their trips to locations worldwide. The site is in "beta," which means that they are still working out kinks ...more
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This new travel blog site is intended for travelers to document their trips to locations worldwide. The site is in "beta," which means that they are still working out kinks and adding features. Although it would be nice to think that teachers can use the site for their own travels, it is far more likely that you will use it to share "real world" experiences from places around the world to make the maps and textbook images come to life. You can search Blogabond by geographic location using the world map (click Maps) to find markers indicating blog posts ( little speech bubble icon) and pictures (little camera icon) from worldwide locations.

tag(s): cities (25), continents (50), countries (77), maps (288)

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Find some travel bloggers who are visiting the places you are studying and share the pictures and posts on a projector. If you teach a foreign language, you can also find posts from people in other languages as they visit the U.S.! Of course you will want to preview to be sure the blog content is appropriate for the classroom. Your students would love to comment as a class and ask questions of someone "on location" in the continent/country of interest. Create a TEACHER log-in to do this as a group to protect student safety "talking to strangers." Your school filtering may block all URLs with the word "blogs." If this is the case, you may want to use your home computer to select a few specific travel blogs that are school-appropriate and support your curriculum and request that they be unblocked.

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