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African Fractals - Ron Eglash

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This site takes a look at African art and the use of fractals within the art. Ron Eglash is a cultural mathematician studying how cultures and mathematics intersect. An introductory...more
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This site takes a look at African art and the use of fractals within the art. Ron Eglash is a cultural mathematician studying how cultures and mathematics intersect. An introductory TED video gives a wonderful explanation of his background and exploration of cultural uses of mathematics in their architecture and art. Each segment of the written portion of the site contains a short explanation along with diagrams. Also included are interactive applets allowing for exploration of the Koch curve and fractal dimensions. Be sure to check out the other links on the page that explore African art, religions, and futures.

tag(s): africa (180), architecture (83), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), religions (61)

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Make math engaging for students with strong visual/spatial interests. This site would be perfect to explore on interactive whiteboard. Use this site as an introduction to fractals, African art, mathematicians, or forms found in architecture. View the video as a class, and allow students to explore the site on their own, allowing time for experimenting with the included applets.
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Mummy - Oriental Institute/University of Chicago

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6 to 12
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Created by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this site allows you to virtually prepare and embalm a mummy. Begin with instructions for pulling the brain out of ...more
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Created by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this site allows you to virtually prepare and embalm a mummy. Begin with instructions for pulling the brain out of the nose, then you remove the body's organs, fill the body with salt, wrap it with linens, and prepare it for the afterlife. Potentially unfamiliar words are highlighted, and clicking on them provides an audio dictionary to teach the meaning. While it's not too graphic, it's just "gross" enough that students will love it.

tag(s): egypt (67), halloween (40)

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Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or allow students to do their own individual "embalming" on a classroom or home computer. Create a center using your interactive whiteboard and allow small groups to manipulate the whiteboard and the "life size" mummy. You'll need to provide the context for the activity; the site is simply a chance to virtually prepare a mummy. Share t during a unit on Ancient Egypt. This would be intriguing to do around the Halloween holiday.
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Geolover - geolover.com

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4 to 12
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Use Geolover to plan and organize trips anywhere in the world. Mark places you like. Print to create your own travel map and guide. Click on a location, find sites ...more
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Use Geolover to plan and organize trips anywhere in the world. Mark places you like. Print to create your own travel map and guide. Click on a location, find sites of interest, and click "Add to my list." Click on your lists to view in map view and use other tools. Add your own places of interest easily. As with any site that shares photos and video clips, be sure to preview what you plan to share BEFORE you share the site with your class. There is also an app version of this site for those using iPads or iTouches.

tag(s): countries (76), cultures (105), map skills (79), maps (287)

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Use this resource to find important points of interest in places around the world. Use to learn more about other countries and cultures, determine distances between points of interest, or create travel guides for particular purposes such as religious, governmental, or historical interest. Create a travel guide of a country you would love to visit. Share travel guides or use as the basis of presentations to the class. Use the information at this site to have your students create conventional or multimedia projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Have students create an online book or brochure of images and captions about their travel guide using a site such as bookr (reviewed here.) (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr reviewed here).
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ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center

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K to 12
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by ...more
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by subject, keyword, or grade level (K-4, 5-8, or 9-12). Some examples of topics include Native Americans, Civil War, Shakespeare, myths, melodrama, adjectives, baseball, and countless others! There are many interactive lessons: some with video, audio, or slideshows. The lessons provide an estimate of time required and complete, step-by-step instructions. There are printables included with some of the lessons.
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tag(s): african american (113), baseball (36), civil war (145), comics and cartoons (74), dance (28), folktales (65), greece (26), habitats (84), immigration (58), literature (275), mexico (34), musical instruments (48), myths and legends (25), native americans (78), painting (66), surrealism (4)

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Search this site for a topic that you are teaching in your class. Share the lesson on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Better yet, make the video or slideshow a learning station for students to do themselves in small groups.
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Wide Angle: AIDS Warriors - PBS

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9 to 12
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The Wide Angle PBS series is geared towards bringing students to a greater understanding of global current events through briefings, interactive maps, and additional resources. This...more
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The Wide Angle PBS series is geared towards bringing students to a greater understanding of global current events through briefings, interactive maps, and additional resources. This 2003 episode focuses on the battle against HIV/AIDS on Angola. There is a full length video, photo-essay, interview, and much more. While this episode is now past, it provides a solid timeline of the history of the region.

tag(s): africa (180), hiv/aids (18)

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Use this site as an introductory vignette of one African country in your world cultures class or as a case study on HIV/AIDS in Africa. Combine the simpler maps here with the visualization tools for current data through tools such as Many Eyes, (reviewed here) to present AIDS data in a visual form for sharing on an interactive whiteboard or projector (Search Many Eyes for "AIDS" to find many visualized forms of HIV/AIDS data from around the world).

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3rd World Farmer - Frederik Hermund

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6 to 12
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This activity simulates some of the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. You get to manage an African farm and are soon confronted with the ...more
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This activity simulates some of the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. You get to manage an African farm and are soon confronted with the difficult choices that poverty and conflict can cause. Unlike typical interactives where it's always possible to prosper by playing cleverly and making the right choices, it is not always like that in 3rd World Farmer. Just as real people die from starvation in desperate situations that they are not responsible for, all it takes for things to go wrong in this activity is one bad harvest, an unfortunate encounter with corrupt officials, a raid by guerrillas, a civil war, a sudden fluctuation in market prices, or another random event that might never happen in industrialized countries. Begin by buying crops, place them in your fields, then continue on to the next steps. A short commercial plays when you enter the site and before access to the activity.
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tag(s): africa (180), agriculture (55)

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Try this activity as a class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector), discussing choices and events that happen throughout the game. Allow individual students to try this activity and journal their experiences and the effect that events can have on farmers in 3rd world countries. Compare/contrast the effects of events on 3rd World farmers vs the same events in a student's life. Download a worksheet for students to record activities here.
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Infectious Disease: Emerging Diseases - National Academy of Sciences

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9 to 12
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This emerging diseases interactive, which is part of the infectious disease module of the National Academy of Sciences is a tool that can be used in science, health, biology, and ...more
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This emerging diseases interactive, which is part of the infectious disease module of the National Academy of Sciences is a tool that can be used in science, health, biology, and environmental science classes. The activity is simple to follow. The given map of the world has flashing yellow hot-spots that are clickable. Once clicked upon, students can read about what disease broke out, when it broke out, and the specific strain that caused the outbreak. One little note, if you are a student want to read about a specific hot-spot, be sure to click on the box once it pops up on the screen. Otherwise, the box disappears when you move your mouse to another place on the map.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), environment (317)

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This web interactive could be a launch point for a cross curricular unit on diseases and culture. Students could start by using a hot-spot on the map to find an area of the world where there has been a disease outbreak. Student could read the short informative block on that outbreak from the website. From this point, students could research the organism, disease that it causes, and the mode of infection. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about their research. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. In world cultures classes, students could research the region, its customs and traditions. Then students could attempt to make connections between the customs of the area and the ways that they could effect the spread of disease, if they do. It is a great question to ask students, whether their day to day practices can cause or spread disease. Does the modern understanding of disease transmission and hygiene practice interfere or counter traditional practices of different regions of the world? Have them look for connections. Also, have different groups do different regions and diseases. Once their research has been completed, have students present as experts to their classmates. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of their region/country/location (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Independence Day Around the World - Chartsbin

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2 to 12
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see ...more
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see the date of its independence from that country. All countries that used to be part of Great Britain are the same color; color coding for other former empires indicates the empire's former holdings. Data comes from reliable government and other statistical sources. At the bottom of the page, related charts that may be of interest show: Father's Day around the World, Mother's Day around the World, Halloween Celebrations around the world and more.
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tag(s): colonial america (107), holidays (147), july 4th (9)

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Keep this site in mind as a reference source when students study world cultures or foreign languages. Challenge students to use this site to create research projects about individual (free) nations around the world. Have individual students or cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation using a tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of the country they researched (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum - The International Civil Rights Center & Museum

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5 to 12
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum site highlights the non-violent protests of the 1960's Greensboro, NC sit-in movement. This site has links to the history of the sit in...more
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum site highlights the non-violent protests of the 1960's Greensboro, NC sit-in movement. This site has links to the history of the sit in movement and other civil right movements. There is also a section of photos and videos that is continuously being updated, so be sure to check back frequently. Though this site is relatively new, there are several good historical timelines and chronologies.

tag(s): 1960s (30), african american (113), black history (59), civil rights (117)

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Have your students use the information about the people of the sit-in movement to write a biography. Add drama to your classroom and have students pretend to be one of the protesters. Have them write a monologue and present it to the class. Have students create public service announcement posters using Piclits (reviewed here). Use the announcements that can be found in the image gallery for examples.
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Important Dates and Events in History - Hisdates.com

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Find out what happened on any date in history with this informative site. Each event is listed with a short description. Historic events are listed chronologically from oldest to current...more
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Find out what happened on any date in history with this informative site. Each event is listed with a short description. Historic events are listed chronologically from oldest to current times. (Some dates are several pages long, be sure to click the "read more" link to continue to newer dates.) Information includes birthdays, discoveries, events, and more. Searches by specific years, months, and famous birthdays. You are able to add events and comments. Note that the general public can also add comments, so preview before projecting in class!
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tag(s): calendars (44), timelines (62)

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Use this site to display an interesting "this day in history" on your interactive whiteboard or projector each day. Use as a resource for students to research events during historical time periods being studied in class. Create a scavenger hunt to review dates in history - give students a list of events and have students find them on the calendar. For a more in=depth experience, share TeachersFirst's Dates That Matter, then have students create their own set of Dates That Matter style question prompts and provide a "Why Does it Matter" response for one of the events found here. Share their student-created Dates That Matter in PowerPoint slides or using an online presentation tool.

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Learning to Give - Points of Light Institute

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K to 12
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The goal of this site is to educate youth about philanthropy and giving their time and knowledge for the global good. To do this, they offer over 1400 free lesson ...more
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The goal of this site is to educate youth about philanthropy and giving their time and knowledge for the global good. To do this, they offer over 1400 free lesson plans for teachers, parents, and community leaders. Lessons are coded to state standards and can be searched by grade level, keyword, subject, or academic or philanthropy standard. Some lessons are geared toward private or religious schools and are clearly labeled as such. Lessons include subject, key concepts, vocabulary, objectives, materials needed, approximate time, procedures, extensions, handouts, and much more. An example of a grade 3-5 lesson would be Cool Kids Compost which explores responsible use of resources by gathering data about lunchroom waste. Don't let the concept of philanthropy keep you from exploring the site, there are many great classroom lessons available for all subjects.

tag(s): african american (113), animal homes (41), animals (276), charts and graphs (195), colonial america (107), communities (35), data (148), diversity (36), ecology (135), environment (317), heroes (24), money (193), recycling (57)

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Use this site as a resource for all subject matters, search for subject and browse resources. Share with other teachers in your building or district including teachers of the arts. Get your students involved! Challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here discussing one of the topics at this site.

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Baseball and Jackie Robinson - The Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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This Library of Congress collection has information on Jackie Robinson and lots more. This site includes lesson plans, class activities, and more. McRel standards are included. As always,...more
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This Library of Congress collection has information on Jackie Robinson and lots more. This site includes lesson plans, class activities, and more. McRel standards are included. As always, the images are the star of the show, and there are pictures of early teams, documentation on Robinson's entry into the big leagues, and much more. This site also includes some information about primary sources. Well worth a visit.

tag(s): baseball (36), civil rights (117)

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Use this lesson plan with your secondary students to combine history, research using primary sources, and baseball.

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Humanitarian News and Analysis - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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8 to 12
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From the United Nations, this site brings news and analysis on current humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As you help students evaluate and sift through the ...more
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From the United Nations, this site brings news and analysis on current humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As you help students evaluate and sift through the huge volume of news content available to you, you can use sites like this to help students focus on specific issues and geographic areas. Much of what is found here will never appear on their Yahoo or Google news feed; that does not diminish its importance. The site allows you to sort content based on themes like education, gender, health, or human rights, or by continent or country.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), middle east (30), news (261)

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If you focus on current events or on the history or culture of "non-Western" countries, this site should be among your bookmarks or favorites. Encourage students to consider news sources outside of the major US networks or internet based aggregators. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here to demonstrate the topic they researched.
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Exploring Africa - Michigan State University

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6 to 12
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study)....more
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa", "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies", "Studying Africa Through the Humanities", and "Regional Perspectives". Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more. These teaching and learning activities all follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate. The website also provides links for specific country information and current events.

tag(s): africa (180), diversity (36)

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This website is literally a textbook online. The information is ready to go and easy to use. It may not be possible to cover all of the information included in this extensive website. Pick and choose the modules that will be useful in your own classroom. Modules can easily be used independently and include detailed teacher notes, evaluations, printable pages, and more. Many of the a ctivities will work well using technology, though the plans do not specify this. For example: Share some of the maps on your interactive whiteboard or have students draw some of their "preconceived notions" about Africa on the whiteboard as part of the introductory image activities.

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In Search of Safety - BBC

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6 to 12
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This website is all about Sudan. Visitors to this website will find a wealth of information including quizzes, interactive videos, diaries written by students, authentic pictures,...more
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This website is all about Sudan. Visitors to this website will find a wealth of information including quizzes, interactive videos, diaries written by students, authentic pictures, a guide to what it means to be a refugee, information on Darfur and more. Many of the activities require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Use a projector or interactive whiteboard to "tour" Sudan as part of a study of the African continent or world trouble spots. Although the topic of genocide is quite difficult, this site could spark discussions of international relations and would be a good accompaniment while studying the U.N., international relations, and current events. Include the link on your tecaher web page and allow students to choose from several world hot spots as they group or individual reports.
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Drought In Africa - BBC

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4 to 10
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This site (created by BBC) includes a wealth of information on the drought in Africa and the continent of Africa. There are videos, music clips from each country, demographic ...more
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This site (created by BBC) includes a wealth of information on the drought in Africa and the continent of Africa. There are videos, music clips from each country, demographic information, authentic pictures and diary entries, interactive maps and numerous articles on specific topics relating to Africa. Some of the interactive learning requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180), climate (92), climate change (64)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to take your students on an African visit. The main topic of this website is the drought in Africa, however there is a great deal of information on many African subjects. Include this on your teacher web page as one of several links on different continents as you study world geography, cultures, or climate change.
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African American World - WNET

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6 to 12
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African American culture, history, and experiences are highlighted in this beautifully designed site that explores the courage, talent, and influence of individuals like Sojourner Truth,...more
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African American culture, history, and experiences are highlighted in this beautifully designed site that explores the courage, talent, and influence of individuals like Sojourner Truth, Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, and more. Organized around four main themes - history, arts and culture, race and society, and profiles, the site offers an illustrated, interactive time line - perfect for student research, a "Classroom" section filled with lesson plans and activities, and Brainteaser Quizzes in each of the content sections. Also includes a series of interactive discussion boards. Use these with caution.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in the "Classroom" section of this site! For the younger grades, there is also a kids center that would make a great learning center or station. Save it as a favorite on classroom computers to allow students to access it.

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Cycles: African Life Through Art - Indianapolis Museum of Art

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8 to 12
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This beautifully designed site reveals the rich cultural traditions of Africa through its art and rituals. As students investigate this interactive exhibit, they can examine and manipulate...more
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This beautifully designed site reveals the rich cultural traditions of Africa through its art and rituals. As students investigate this interactive exhibit, they can examine and manipulate a variety of artifacts, listen to traditional music, and learn about the circle of life that dominates artistic expression throughout the continent. Aligned to Standards. Requires FLASH. If you do not see the site content coming up, get FLASH from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (180), cultures (105), religions (61)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on African cultures. Because there is a lot of content on this site, it would probably work best with a graphic organizer to guide students. For help with graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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South Africa: Ten Years On

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The South African policy of apartheid and the changes that have taken place in the ten years since it came to an ended are examined in this multimedia site. Narrated ...more
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The South African policy of apartheid and the changes that have taken place in the ten years since it came to an ended are examined in this multimedia site. Narrated slide shows with personal reflections and impressive photographs provide an unforgettable cultural and social snapshot of a nation evolving.

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In the Classroom

Use the slide-show presentations on this site as learning centers or stations during a unit on Apartheid. The focus is on the effectiveness the new government has had on ending racial strife, and would be an excellent resource for a class debate. This would be a very useful site for a US government or World History class.
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Story of Africa - BBC

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6 to 12
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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that...more
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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that developed in Africa itself, their relationships with one another, and their infamous encounters with Europeans. This is historical content that goes beyond art and artifacts to explore civilizations themselves.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113)

In the Classroom

Teachers may find this one useful as a component of an African American cultural unit or in studying world cultures.
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