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The Art of Ancient Egypt - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Lead your students on an exploration of the art of Ancient Egypt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a treasure trove of lesson plans and activities built around their ...more
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Lead your students on an exploration of the art of Ancient Egypt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a treasure trove of lesson plans and activities built around their stellar Egyptian collection. The educational resources integrate Egyptian art into language arts, social studies, math, science, and visual and performing arts. This would be a terrific launch point for a gifted enrichment unit. Dig into the Resources area to get an overview of the printable worksheets, bibliographies, maps, and online features. Be sure to click on the Curriculum Connection area for specific lesson plans and activities for your students.

tag(s): egypt (70)

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After exploring the various activities, students can create their own Egyptian-inspired artifacts for a classroom museum. Invite other classes for a student-docent tour of the museum. Discuss the stylized Egyptian figures that communicate ideas and stories and ask students to strike poses which others try to decipher. Students can add contemporary items to a time capsule and bury it somewhere on the school grounds to be discovered by future archeologists. Discuss why items in the time capsule might mystify people in the future.

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Timeline of Art History - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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 (72), medieval (27), renaissance (35)

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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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Rome Reborn 1.0 - University of Virginia

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Rome Reborn 1.0 is, as its title implies, a work in progress. Scholars at the University of Virginia are in the process of creating a digital representation of Rome ...more
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Rome Reborn 1.0 is, as its title implies, a work in progress. Scholars at the University of Virginia are in the process of creating a digital representation of Rome on June 21, 320 AD. Currently, several views are available (under Gallery), both as still views and as short video clips. The clips look like a cross between a "Google Earth" fly-in and the backdrop for a video game. While they have the potential to give students a "you are there" vision of ancient Rome, they might also disappoint in that the movement is much clunkier than the latest video games' resolution. Students might see the images as "old school" compared with what they are used to.

tag(s): latin (22), rome (28)

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The still views and video clips are ideal for use with an interactive whiteboard or projector during a discussion of ancient Rome. Use them as a companion to current photographs of the Colosseum, or the Roman Forum, for example. Ask your more creative students what suggestions they might have to portray Rome. What would they like to "see"? More "techie" humanities students may be interested in following the project and/or attempting to communicate with project participants.
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Pyramids: The Inside Story - NOVA: PBS

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Learn about each Egyptian pyramid by following explorers through the excavations, and learn about the exciting history of pyramid discovery and uncovering! View detailed inside views...more
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Learn about each Egyptian pyramid by following explorers through the excavations, and learn about the exciting history of pyramid discovery and uncovering! View detailed inside views of each site. Learn how to decipher hieroglyphics as you make your way through this fascinating site. Read about current digs and restoration efforts. The virtual exploration portions of the site require Quicktime. There is a link to download it, or you can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): archeology (32), egypt (70), pyramids (29)

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Use the lesson plan to build a scale model of a pyramid in your classroom or assign your students to explore the pyramids and collect information to compare them to burial customs of other ancient civilizations. You will definitely want to make this site available as a link from your teacher web page for further exploration. Teachers of gifted could use this as a springboard for an entire Egypt unit.

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Archaeology - National Museum of Natural History

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3 to 8
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This archaeological site is interactive, educational and engaging. This site has numerous activities and facts. Some of the topics include "Inca Investigation", "The Ancient City...more
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This archaeological site is interactive, educational and engaging. This site has numerous activities and facts. Some of the topics include "Inca Investigation", "The Ancient City of Petra" and "Up Close With a Zapotec Urn". The "Big Idea" link provides an overview of archeology. The interactive activities are diverse and informative. Flash is required for some portions. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Introduce the site and the "Big Idea" on a projector or interactive whiteboard, then assign students to complete one of the many interactive activities. Share the results with the class on a projector as groups complete the activity. Include this link on your teacher web page for enrichment and at-home exploration.
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Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fail? - Annenberg Media

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6 to 12
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This site looks at the collapse of several ancient civilizations and suggests why these civilizations did not last. The text is easy to read and is highlighted by learning ...more
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This site looks at the collapse of several ancient civilizations and suggests why these civilizations did not last. The text is easy to read and is highlighted by learning activities and games that illustrate the issues under discussion. Featured civilizations include the Maya, Mesopotamia, the Anasazi of North America and the West African societies of Mali and Songhai. The strength of this site is its suggestion that there are commonalities that help us understand the collapse of a society. There are web links to further resources, and a summary featuring Percy Shelley's poem "Ozymandias", a nice literary connection. There are "hands on" activities scattered throughout, many including cross-curricular links to science or literature.

tag(s): gifted (93), mayans (13), mesopotamia (6), nasa (39)

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This site gives good concrete information, but its real power is in the greater consideration of the rise and fall of civilizations through history. This is a VERY thought-provoking collection of resources. Teachers interested in tying this discussion to current events might discuss the future of civilization in Iraq considering the criteria for maintaining a society given in this site. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on ancient civilizations' collapse. This site could be specifically tailored to teach about Mesoamerican cultures as three of the 4 ancient civilizations were located in South America. To make that simpler, we recommend creating a guide for students through a website such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). This would be a great resource for a World History classroom! Teachers of gifted could also use this site as the basis for a great social studies unit. If you own the old favorite computer game Civilization, you could put together some scenarios using that, as well.

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King Tut Exhibition - The King Tut Exhibition

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What student doesn't love King Tut? This site is connected with the current tour of some of the King Tut artifacts across the United States. See Exhibition Menu> ...more
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What student doesn't love King Tut? This site is connected with the current tour of some of the King Tut artifacts across the United States. See Exhibition Menu> Preview for a beautiful animated gallery of some of the artifacts. Exhibition Menu > videos offers three informative videos. The King Tut menu includes informative background articles. Although King Tut was really just a minor king in the Egyptian history, the stunning beauty of the items discovered in his tomb is hard to resist. This site may change as the exhibit continues to travel.

tag(s): egypt (70)

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Use this site on a projector to introduce Egyptian history or use it in a scavenger hunt activity along with other Tut resources. Gifted enrichment teachers could create an opportunity for students to explore and compare this and other ancient civilizations.
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A Story of Epic Proportions - National Endowment for the Humanities

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Find out about the history, heroes, and patterns behind the epic poem, with this middle-school level lesson. Students can learn to recognize the epic hero cycle, and the patterns and...more
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Find out about the history, heroes, and patterns behind the epic poem, with this middle-school level lesson. Students can learn to recognize the epic hero cycle, and the patterns and events characteristic of this genre. The lesson also introduces students to the mnemonic devices used by generations of storytellers to help with recall of long and often complicated tales. Includes downloadable worksheets, a glossary of literary terms, and ideas for lesson extensions. Aligned to Standards.

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What would an epic poem of the 21st century look like? Challenge students to write and 'perform" their own epic work based on the characteristics and patterns uncovered in the lesson.
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Roman Bath - WGBH

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Spend some time strolling through the public baths of Rome, find out how they were constructed, and try your hand at constructing an aqueduct for a Roman city. This imaginative, ...more
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Spend some time strolling through the public baths of Rome, find out how they were constructed, and try your hand at constructing an aqueduct for a Roman city. This imaginative, interactive site introduces visitors to the architecture, entertainment, art, and foods found in one of the ancient world's most popular social venues.

tag(s): latin (22), water (130)

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Create a simple Web hunt to guide students through the activities and information on this site. Use as the basis for a discussion of how the baths affected Rome's political and social climate.
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Making Mummies - WGBH

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Display this online audio slide show and let your students experience the elaborate ritual of preparing a pharaoh's body for burial. Egyptologist Salima Ikram describes the classic,...more
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Display this online audio slide show and let your students experience the elaborate ritual of preparing a pharaoh's body for burial. Egyptologist Salima Ikram describes the classic, 70-day embalming process, cultural beliefs, and religious rites that were practiced throughout procedure. A bit grim, but completely engrossing! Requires FLASH.

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

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Use the audio slideshow on the interactive whiteboard as an introduction to mummies found in Ancient Egypt. Only a minute and a half long, the slides offer some intriguing information to set the pace for the following unit. A very useful source for a World History classroom.
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Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption - The Field Museum

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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the ...more
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery - which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome).

tag(s): volcanoes (65)

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Use the interactive time-line on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on ancient Pompeii. Because there is a lot of content on this site, we recommend creating a guide to help students grasp the basic concepts. For help with graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Welcome to EternityTravel.com - Museum of Science, Boston

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Get a unique glimpse of Egyptian culture with this quirky, interactive site that takes a contemporary tongue-in-cheek approach to understanding ancient burial customs. Visitors, operating...more
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Get a unique glimpse of Egyptian culture with this quirky, interactive site that takes a contemporary tongue-in-cheek approach to understanding ancient burial customs. Visitors, operating within a budget set by the pharaoh, must shop carefully for the services and items they feel they will need in the afterlife. Before "checking out," shoppers receive product analysis and feedback on their selections. Truly entertaining and eye-opening!

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

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This would be a very cool learning center or station during a lesson on the Egyptian burial rituals. Save this one as a favorite on classroom computers and have students work on it in pairs or cooperative learning groups. To assess student learning, have students present their results via digital story-telling. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo detailing their purchase as though they were attempting to sell it to you or their peers. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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The Egyptian Mummy Game - Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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This interactive game is especially designed to give upper elementary students an introduction to the practice of mummification and the significance of objects commonly found within...more
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This interactive game is especially designed to give upper elementary students an introduction to the practice of mummification and the significance of objects commonly found within excavated tombs. Students are presented with a series of questions and must search through the virtual tomb for the answers. You MUST have the most recent FLASH plug in to be able to see this site.Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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

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Introduce this site over the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore the site on classroom computers. Have students complete the web-quest in pairs, making sure stronger readers are paired with lower-level readers. This would be a fun learning center for a world history classroom.
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At the Tomb of Tutankhamen - National Geographic Society

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Experience the discovery of King Tut's tomb with this interactive edition of the 1923 National Geographic Magazine that first documented the exciting discovery. Visitors can read riveting...more
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Experience the discovery of King Tut's tomb with this interactive edition of the 1923 National Geographic Magazine that first documented the exciting discovery. Visitors can read riveting dispatches of the official opening and entering of the tomb, and view vintage photographs. Add your own creativity with a lesson plan or Web hunt to tap into this excellent resource.

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

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This site is VERY slow to open, even on a high-speed connection. If you pan to use it on a projector or interactive whiteboard, open it early in the day so it is in the "cache" of the actual computer you plan to use. This will eliminate the behavior-challenging pauses while the page loads.

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Create a Timeline - Ourtimelines.com

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1 to 12
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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic ...more
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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic or personal) and their beginning/ending dates, and click the "generate" button.

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The Ancient City of Athens

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Take a tour of the archaeological and architectural remains of Athens, Greece on this impressive site (created by a classical archaeologist at the Indiana University) that presents...more
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Take a tour of the archaeological and architectural remains of Athens, Greece on this impressive site (created by a classical archaeologist at the Indiana University) that presents a photographic archive of the city's most historic venues. All images may be downloaded and used for school projects and presentations, provided that the terms outlined in the Creative Commons License (check out the link) are followed.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (40), greeks (30), states (163)

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Odyssey Online - Emory University

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4 to 8
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This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and...more
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This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. An additional section explores 19th - 20th century sub-Saharan Africa. Images of museum artifacts from each region are liberally distributed throughout the site, along with some interactive maps, occasional videos, and games. The Teacher Resource section provides lesson plans (aligned to national standards), suggestions for integrating art into the social studies curriculum, and helpful tips on using the site.

tag(s): egypt (70), greece (26), greek (40), greeks (30), romans (35), rome (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This site could also be used as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient Civilizations. Because there is a lot of content, we recommend creating a guide or follow along for students to accompany the site. For help creating graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Mysteries of the Nile - PBS Online

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Take a virtual field trip though the pyramids, temples, and architecture of ancient Egypt. The most impressive feature of the site is a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of...more
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Take a virtual field trip though the pyramids, temples, and architecture of ancient Egypt. The most impressive feature of the site is a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of the Pharaohs that offers dozens of impressive 360 degree photos. Originally designed as a companion site to a NOVA program, the site could be the focus of a great computer lab activity for an ancient history unit.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities housed in the "classroom resources" portion of this site! This site would be great for ANY unit on Ancient Egypt, regardless of the grade level.

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World Myths and Legends in Art - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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Explore how myths and legends have taken visual form in the works of artists with this online gallery of 26 masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Apart from ...more
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Explore how myths and legends have taken visual form in the works of artists with this online gallery of 26 masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Apart from the art, students can learn about what a myth actually is, and read about multicultural mythological themes. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and teaching materials.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on myths & legends. This would be a great introductory activity, as a lot of the content is defining and providing examples that differentiate the two. This would be a great resource for a Language Arts teacher.

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America's Stone Age Explorers - NOVA

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7 to 12
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Who were the very first Americans? This site explores evidence found by archeologists, examines artifacts found throughout the United States, and involves visitors in interpreting Stone...more
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Who were the very first Americans? This site explores evidence found by archeologists, examines artifacts found throughout the United States, and involves visitors in interpreting Stone Age tools. Includes interactive activities and a downloadable teacher's guide.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans located in the classroom activities section. (located in the teacher guide) These lesson connect the history lesson to biology and the study of genetic traits, a very interesting inter-disciplinary focus.
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