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Visual Geography - Boris Kester and Nana Bj?rnlund

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5 to 12
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This site offers rich geographical information visually: through photographs. Students select a continent to investigate. (Note: all continents except Antarctica are included.) After...more
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This site offers rich geographical information visually: through photographs. Students select a continent to investigate. (Note: all continents except Antarctica are included.) After viewing pictures of one country on that continent, they can click for a more in-depth examination and more pictures, listen to the native language of that area, click on another country to make a comparison, and take a quiz on that information. They can also select certain categories to learn more about transportation, education, religion, people, etc.

tag(s): climate (91), continents (48), countries (77)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a world cultures or geography unit or lesson on an interactive whiteboard or projector. This site offers a visual approach to studying and comparing other countries and interesting research information to use for independent projects. This site is also excellent for enrichment. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class. Use this site to introduce the countries your ESL and ELL students represent. Have your ESL and ELL students guide the interactive picture tour for the class. World language teachers can use this site as part of their cultural studies.

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LearnCalifornia - California State Archives

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Step back into California's golden past with LearnCalifornia.org! This lively site combines the collections of the California State Archives with Internet resources to bring students...more
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Step back into California's golden past with LearnCalifornia.org! This lively site combines the collections of the California State Archives with Internet resources to bring students and teachers along the exciting journey through California history. Even teachers in other places will find curriculum resources and activities relevant to major events that had an impact well beyond California. Click the Student section to select among many research topics such as the Great Depression, the Gold Rush, California regions, Japanese interment, and planning a railroad. Each topic has links to scholarly research, primary and secondary sources, photographs, maps, and student response work sheets. Click the Teacher section to explore the online and offline lesson plans that accompany the topics and are aligned with the California Department of Education's History-Social Science content standards. The site includes a test bank with multiple-choice tests that are appropriate for grades 4 through 12. The extensive resources of LearnCalifornia are searchable by keywords and contain links to other sources of historical information that can be used in the classroom. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): california (27), primary sources (93), westward expansion (29)

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Use the online lessons to introduce historical topics in whole class activities with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Offline lessons can be used where there is not student access to computers and can be printed and reproduced for classroom use. Students can choose a topic to research, write, and present to the class using the wonderful documentation and photographic collections of the California State Archives.
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World History for Us All - San Diego State University

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7 to 12
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Bring history alive for your students with the powerful and innovative World History for Us All! This model curriculum offers middle and high school teachers a vast treasury of teaching...more
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Bring history alive for your students with the powerful and innovative World History for Us All! This model curriculum offers middle and high school teachers a vast treasury of teaching units, lesson plans, and resources that presents the human past as a single story. Help your students understand history by connecting people, cultures, regions, and time to larger historical patterns. The website is organized into nine eras that address three essential questions and seven key themes in addition to the History, Geography, and Time, and the Past and Future sections.

Teachers can present a sweeping historical overview with any of the nine Big Eras in a few class periods or delve into an era in deeper detail with their students. Each of the nine Big Eras of world history, plus the History, Geography, and Time and the Past and Future sections, offers one Panorama Teaching Unit with a PowerPoint Overview presentation. Panorama units address very large-scale developments in world history through landscape teaching units and close-up teaching units.

Besides helping teachers meet state and national standards, this site offers teachers fabulous research-based curricular activities and makes history into a manageable content area for instruction. The site includes a clickable "Curriculum at a Glance" overview feature that takes you to the standards, teaching units, three essential questions, and seven key themes. This site requires Flash and Adobe. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): continents (48), evolution (102), industrial revolution (25), migration (59), oceans (154), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (142)

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World History for Us All provides teachers pedagogical support to develop both a curriculum and a mindset to present history in a manner that engages students and elicits their curiosity. Complete units are available as web pages or downloadable PDF documents. The PowerPoint presentations can be viewed online or downloaded into PowerPoint on classroom computers. This informational, user-friendly site is a must for new teachers to help augment their adopted textbook. Consider spending an inservice day with your history department exploring the site together.
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See GIS in Action - National Geographic

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2 to 7
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Students learn how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can help them solve problems and navigate. After selecting an animal, they hear its distinctive cry, learn facts about it, and...more
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Students learn how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can help them solve problems and navigate. After selecting an animal, they hear its distinctive cry, learn facts about it, and become familiar with the variety of animals on different continents. Learn about the humpback whale, bald eagle, Africa, Asia, America, and more. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (291), habitats (84)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops as you study about habitats. Assign a group of children to each featured animal, and use this site as the starting point for a research project. Have students create similar posters, PowerPoint slides, or wiki page on other animals. If individual computers aren't available, this site would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Test Designer - Tribrio, Inc.

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K to 12
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Test Designer allows teachers to quickly and easily create multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions for tests and worksheets. Browse through thousands...more
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Test Designer allows teachers to quickly and easily create multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions for tests and worksheets. Browse through thousands of previously-created tests in subject areas such as Algebra, Earth Science, Geography, U.S. History, and Vocabulary. Test Designer also provides simple graphics that can easily be added. Teachers can e-mail tests and worksheets to students, teachers, and parents. Make sure to allow plenty of time to read directions and maneuver the site prior to creating tests. There are some minor unobtrusive advertisements at this site. The required membership is free!

tag(s): quiz (88), quizzes (100), vocabulary (325)

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Use this website to create personalized quizzes and tests for your students. You could also ask students to design their own tests for each other to review using your teacher log-in or appoint a student "quizmaker" each week for the content your class has covered, making this an assignment that each student does once per semester.

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Digital Dialects - Craig Gibson

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2 to 12
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Want to learn just a little or a lot of a new language? This is a great place to start learning vocabulary and basic phrases. The reviews and games are ...more
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Want to learn just a little or a lot of a new language? This is a great place to start learning vocabulary and basic phrases. The reviews and games are in cute interfaces, but there aren't many sound files. Since the description says the developer is adding more to the site each day, hopefully there will be more pronunciation added. The scope of the site is amazing: 44 languages. The languages include Albanian, Bosnian, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and MANY others. The sound files, few as they are, feature native speakers pronouncing the basics. The games allow the student learner to guess and practice as much as possible by presenting the same words several times. The advanced feature provides more advanced vocabulary and the geography features the geography of the language group. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): arab (18), arabic (21), chinese (52), french (92), german (67), greek (41), hebrew (20), italian (35)

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Try a few words in another language with your class as you study world geography and history! This site is especially useful in ESL, ELL, and world language classrooms. Have your students plan a pretend vacation and study a few words of the target language before they go. Ask students to go beyond the games by guessing the answers before they appear on the screen.
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Ocean Life - Scholastic

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K to 9
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This website offers an introduction to the Scholastic Explorer's Ocean Life project. Students travel to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and other places to explore the ocean and animals. Students...more
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This website offers an introduction to the Scholastic Explorer's Ocean Life project. Students travel to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and other places to explore the ocean and animals. Students get to learn about real-life ocean explorers. There are also interactive challenges, sure to excite your students. A detailed Teacher's Guide is included. Most of the activities are geared towards students in grades 4-9. However, there are lesson plans (with standards) for students in kindergarten through grade 9. Links to plans for older students are no longer active. Some of the activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): environment (319)

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This site is a wonderful addition to a unit about the ocean and ecosystems. Check out the lesson plans and see what is available for your grade level. If you teach grades 4-9, be sure to check on the interactive activities available at this website - perfect for your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Explore a Pyramid - National Geographic

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2 to 8
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Students use an online "robot" to explore a pyramid in Egypt. They must decipher codes using hieroglyphs. The ride into the pyramid's chambers is quite exciting since the screen shows...more
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Students use an online "robot" to explore a pyramid in Egypt. They must decipher codes using hieroglyphs. The ride into the pyramid's chambers is quite exciting since the screen shows what the robot sees as it travels down the passageways. Students can manipulate the robot's light in order to see all around the room he arrives in and to locate the hidden hieroglyph. After finding four hieroglyphs, he puts them in order to try and find a hidden room. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): egypt (70), pyramids (29)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as a preview before a museum visit or to begin a unit on ancient Egypt. Review the objects you've seen with hieroglyphs by playing this game. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students on computers. Have students design their own set of hieroglyphs with meanings and write short notes to each other.
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Statetris - mapmsg.com

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2 to 10
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In this activity, students check their knowledge of geography by playing a game similar to Tetris. Students are able to choose a "puzzle map" of a continent, country, state, or ...more
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In this activity, students check their knowledge of geography by playing a game similar to Tetris. Students are able to choose a "puzzle map" of a continent, country, state, or province. Some examples of the locations offered include Africa, USA, Italy, Europe, France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, South Carolina, and many others. After selecting the puzzle map location, students can choose a difficulty level of easy, medium, or difficult. The easy level has the shape labeled and a non-rotating piece. The medium level offers the name of the state or country, but the piece rotates in a circle. The difficult level offers no names and a rotating puzzle piece. In this game, shapes fall from the top of the screen, students have to maneuver the shape into the correct location on the continent before it reaches the bottom. Watch out - this site is addictive! This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): continents (48), maps (292), states (165)

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This is a great geography review tool. Demonstrate the maps that coordinate with your curriculum on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work individually or in pairs on laptops or a classroom computer cluster.
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The Wilderness Classroom - The Wilderness Classroom Organization

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3 to 8
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas,...more
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas, and even dog sledding through Manitoba. The site provides archived experiences along with photos, expedition maps and notes from the trail. There are lesson plans, printable pages, standards, podcasts, video clips, and more. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): amazon (7), mississippi (6), peru (7)

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Use the downloadable lesson plans, printable pages, standards, and kid libraries to organize the unit in conjunction with the expedition. Follow upcoming expeditions in real time live in the classroom. Project the expeditions on an interactive whiteboard or screen. Allow students to participate in scheduled live chat sessions with the expedition members or e-mail them personally, using a class email account or student email within school policies.
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Mysterious Places: Ancient Civilizations Modern Mysteries - Mysterious Places

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4 to 12
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Students are always fascinated by the mysteries of the past, and wondering how those in ancient history managed feats of construction that would be difficult even today. Perhaps nothing...more
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Students are always fascinated by the mysteries of the past, and wondering how those in ancient history managed feats of construction that would be difficult even today. Perhaps nothing sparks student interest more than the phrase, "no one knows". This site seeks to explore several "mysterious places" in the world--places whose origins or purposes are lost to antiquity. In addition, the sponsors of the site hope to raise money to ensure these monuments are not endangered in the future. Currently, the featured locations include Easter Island, Stonehenge, the dwellings of the Tellem people of Mali, West Africa, and the Mayan cities of Mexico (still under construction). Each section contains stunning photography, and a variety of resources on the history and mystery of the site. A section entitled "educator link" promises lesson plans and other teachers' resources, but is not finished. The site offers great potential, some of which has already been realized. It's worth checking out now, and perhaps in the future when more of its resources are up and running. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (175), easter (20), mayans (13), mysteries (24)

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This site might be offered to students doing independent research or included as "real" mysteries during a reading or literature unit on mysteries. The information could augment a lesson plan from a standard text with its lovely photos. It could be an option for exploration by accelerated students who have completed a unit on ancient history. Teachers should be aware that there is an on-line forum as a part of this site which requires registration. Its content is completely peripheral to the site, and students should simply be instructed to avoid it.
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Online Newspapers - Web Wombat Pty Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Never again wonder where to find a newspaper. This site accesses thousands of newspapers with just a simple sign-in from the drop down information search page. There are newspapers...more
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Never again wonder where to find a newspaper. This site accesses thousands of newspapers with just a simple sign-in from the drop down information search page. There are newspapers included from South East Asia, Central America, Middle East, and nearly every country throughout the world. There are some minor advertisements at this website.

tag(s): africa (175), asia (71), central america (12), middle east (36), news (264), newspapers (97)

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Students can update reports and research by accessing newspapers from around the world. Any of your favorite newspaper learning activities can transfer to a newspaper in another part of the USA or world. Foreign language teachers and students will enjoy using the foreign presses for authentic learning. Social Studies teachers can assign students to compare points of view on world issues or perceptions of the U.S. via various newspapers.

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Earth Album - Europa Technologies

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K to 12
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This breath-taking website allows you to explore amazing photos from all around the world courtesy of Flickr and Google Maps. You are presented with a map of the world.Simply click...more
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This breath-taking website allows you to explore amazing photos from all around the world courtesy of Flickr and Google Maps. You are presented with a map of the world.Simply click on the specific area where you want to view pictures of. Some of the pictures feature simply a title. Others go into great details about the picture (many in English, others in the native language of the area). The picture info is entered by the people who share the pictures on Flickr.You can zoom in on specific areas to view pictures (i.e. you can zoom in on specific states or countries within the continents). Click on the smaller picture to enlarge and view details about the picture. The website even allows you to view pictures of the oceans, seas, and other bodies of water throughout the world. The pictures are beautiful and introduce students to the culture of the specific area. When you click to go to an area, a row of pictures appear. To return to the main map, simply click on the icon with the globe and magnifying glass. This site is extremely simple to use. Images change as the public enters new photos. Be sure to check back frequently for new photos.

Safety warning: Since Flickr photos are contributed by the general public, you will want to preview what comes up on Flickr or join Flickr and tag your own set of photos to use.

tag(s): africa (175), antarctica (29), arctic (46), asia (71), australia (34), europe (74), maps (292), north america (18), south america (38)

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Share this fabulous website with your class. You may want to use an interactive whiteboard or projector with younger students to "take them on a journey around the world." As you read literature selections about far-away places, use these pictures to help students "picture" the stories. Ask the students to choose the state, country, or continent to tour. You could also use this site for independent research, but you will have to preview the possible choices ahead of time. Share this link on your class newsletter or website for families to view together at home.

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Owen & Mzee - Turtle Pond Publications

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1 to 8
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This colorful and creative website shares the beautiful true story of the friendship between Owen and Mzee (a young hippo and a 130-year old tortoise). The resources available at this...more
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This colorful and creative website shares the beautiful true story of the friendship between Owen and Mzee (a young hippo and a 130-year old tortoise). The resources available at this website are truly amazing. The sound clips alone are guaranteed to delight your students. Teachers will find several interdisciplinary lesson plans, documentary videos, a detailed teachers' guide, a "picture pond" slide show of the area of Kenya where Owen and Mzee reside, interactive activities to learn Swahili, and more. The beauty of this website (and story) is its ability to teach acceptance, resilience, diversity, African culture, and more in a fun and engaging style. This website is truly a MUST SEE for any elementary or middle school class. Don't miss the "KIDS BOMA" link. This highly engaging link includes sing-alongs, games, video makers, and even "Mzee's Swahili Rebus". Many of the activities require Flash, some require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): diversity (33)

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Opportunities abound at this image-rich website. Share the documentaries, video clips, and the story of Owen and Mzee on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Take a peek at the "ready to go" lesson ideas for grades 2-7. Use this excellent resource as a springboard for a class meeting on acceptance and diversity. Use the link for "KIDS BOMA" as a learning center. Share the video slide show as an anticipatory set on a lesson about the animals of Africa.

Be sure to share this link with the parents of your students in a class newsletter or on your class website.
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BBC NEWS - Volcanoes - BBC

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The BBC has created a short, detailed, and interactive slideshow about volcanoes. The ten slides include information about the layers of the Earth, molten rock, magma, eruption clouds,...more
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The BBC has created a short, detailed, and interactive slideshow about volcanoes. The ten slides include information about the layers of the Earth, molten rock, magma, eruption clouds, lava, lahar, active volcanoes, Earth's plates, Ring of Fire, and more. The final slide displays a clickable map to learn about some of the larger and most destructive volcanoes throughout the world. This slideshow requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): fire (27)

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This website is ideal for sharing on an interactive whiteboard or projection screen. Using the clickable map, divide your class into teams and have the teams take turns trying to figure out the continent, country, or body of water where the volcanoes are located. This makes the activity both a science and geography lesson.
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GeoBeats - GeoBeats, Inc.

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3 to 12
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This multi-sensory website features video clips from around the world. This website is an amazing visual treat for students (and teachers). GeoBeats, based out of Washington, D.C.,...more
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This multi-sensory website features video clips from around the world. This website is an amazing visual treat for students (and teachers). GeoBeats, based out of Washington, D.C., has filmmakers throughout 45 countries. All video clips promise reliability, personality, and relevance. All facts are research based. You have the choice of location AND the choice of topic. Some examples of locations include Austria, Egypt, Finland, Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and many other countries. The topics you can choose from vary by location. Some examples of possible topics include chocolate shops (in Paris), the Colosseum, local etiquette, and many others. The neat thing about the topics is they vary from tourist attractions, local customs, food, city life, modes of transportation, and countless others. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): canada (31), india (37), italy (15)

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Take your students on a journey around the world. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share specific video clips with your class. This website is also useful for individual research on numerous destinations throughout the world. Why not assign each student a different country to research. Provide time for the students to view the video clips relevant to their country. Have a class "World Day," and have students present multi-media presentations about their country. World language teachers will also love the rich options within this site.
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Time For Kids - India - TIME for Kids

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3 to 7
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Come take a virtual tour of India - the home of 16% of the entire population of the world! This website features an interactive map with a sightseeing guide, historical ...more
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Come take a virtual tour of India - the home of 16% of the entire population of the world! This website features an interactive map with a sightseeing guide, historical timeline, native lingo, an online quiz, numerous pictures, and more. The website also features lesson plans, worksheets, maps, and graphic organizers. Certain activities at this website require Adobe Acrobat and/or QuickTime Player. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): india (37), maps (292)

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Pack up your suitcase, and take your students on this interactive tour using your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the native lingo and have your students try to pronounce the various words. Challenge your class to learn more words from the language. Do a class research project by dividing the class into cooperative learning groups to research various elements of the country. Have a group of "politicians" examine the government of India. Have a group of "tour guides" learn about famous tourist attractions in India. Assign other groups to "be" architects, religious officials, and whatever other role you want your students to learn about. Have the groups create multimedia presentations or wiki pages to share their discoveries with the class.
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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 (120), critical thinking (112)

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

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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 (175), air (150), architecture (83), black history (60)

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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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Interactives: United States History Map - Annenberg Media

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4 to 9
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Annenberg Media has created this fantastic interactive tool that allows you to trace the growth and settlement of the United States by using a map. Throughout this interactive challenge,...more
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Annenberg Media has created this fantastic interactive tool that allows you to trace the growth and settlement of the United States by using a map. Throughout this interactive challenge, students learn about map legends, the compass rose and cardinal directions, and different types of maps. Students also learn about the various regions of the United States and the rivers, lakes, mountains, oceans, and more that are located in the United States. This website even delves into U.S. History by displaying major Indian tribes (and regions), explaining colonists, and the expansion of the great nation. This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (108), directions (19), india (37), map skills (81), maps (292), westward expansion (29)

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What a comprehensive website - offering geography, U.S. history, map skills, and more. Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to share the interactive activities (there are five, including a "test").

If time permits, divide your class into five groups and assign each group one of the main topics to explore. Give each group 30 minutes or so to read through the information. Then have each group share their findings with the class. Take the final "test" together on an interactive whiteboard (or projector).
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