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Decoding the Past - Smithsonian Center for Education

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3 to 8
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What can artifacts reveal about the ancient men and women who created them? This site encourages students to think about the type of information human-made objects can reveal about...more
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What can artifacts reveal about the ancient men and women who created them? This site encourages students to think about the type of information human-made objects can reveal about people of the past and present. The three print-friendly lesson plans are the true treasures on this site. With incredible detail they walk through the process of setting up a series of archaeological tasks and provide related worksheets and charts. Topics explored include identifying artifacts, dating soil layers, and interpreting artifacts using typology.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! Lessons are offered for Science, Language Arts and History classrooms - each with a useful review of the topic to help refresh teachers. Make sure and save this one as a favorite to your desktop!

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Ancient History: Egyptians - BBC

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Enrich a unit on ancient Egypt with the outstanding interactive games, multimedia galleries, and articles available on this site. Students can practice problem-solving skills as they...more
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Enrich a unit on ancient Egypt with the outstanding interactive games, multimedia galleries, and articles available on this site. Students can practice problem-solving skills as they attempt The Pyramid Challenge or become a Mummy Maker. The virtual tour of King Khufu's pyramid is excellent. So are the interactive galleries and "Voices from Ancient Egypt" features.

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

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If you study mythology of various cultures or ancient civilizations, this site has many features that will allow you to send students exploring. Create a simple web scavenger hunt for students to discover the basics, or have them use this site to compare the Egyptians to other civilizations, creating a concept map to illustrate similarities and differences (and include URLS to link to images or content they find here a "proof").
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Archaeology's Ancient Olympics Guide - Archaeological Institute of America

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This informative site delves into the ancient tradition of the Olympic games and provides brief, but interesting essays on Olympic myths, games for women, and the history behind Olympic...more
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This informative site delves into the ancient tradition of the Olympic games and provides brief, but interesting essays on Olympic myths, games for women, and the history behind Olympic competition. There is also a new link all about the cultural heritage of Beijing.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), olympics (48), sports (97)

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Use this site for a jigsaw activity on the culture importance of the festival of Olympia in ancient Greek society. Have students work with partners and read the interviews about Beijing.

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Salariya: Free Web Books - Salariya Book Company

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5 to 8
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With the movement to Common Core and its emphasis on nonfiction reading, you'll find these delightfully humorous books will be enjoyed by all. These are kid-friendly Web-books that...more
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With the movement to Common Core and its emphasis on nonfiction reading, you'll find these delightfully humorous books will be enjoyed by all. These are kid-friendly Web-books that present an engaging and authentic view of life in earlier times. In You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator students can trace the experience of an unfortunate Gaul, captured by Romans and sent to fight as a gladiator in the arena. Will he survive to fight again? Visit the site to see some of the other fascinating titles. Visitors browse through the virtual books using the "next" and "previous" buttons. Each page offers background information and interactive illustrations: just drag the mouse over each picture, and comments will be revealed.

tag(s): commoncore (95), ebooks (42), egypt (70), explorers (65), interactive stories (34), polar (19), rome (28), whales (17)

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Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers and use it as a learning center or station. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. This would be a fun resource for a world history class.

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Theban Mapping Project

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This virtual archaeological experience provides visitors with an up close and personal introduction to the Valley of the Kings. From the digs at Thebes, where students can zoom into...more
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This virtual archaeological experience provides visitors with an up close and personal introduction to the Valley of the Kings. From the digs at Thebes, where students can zoom into the atlas and explore tombs by watching movies, to interactive diagrams and revealing thumbnail shots, the experience of revealing the secrets of an ancient culture is impressively simulated. Other features of the site include interactive maps that can be used to measure distance and elevation, printable tomb maps in PDF format, an exhaustive archaeological and image database, and a comprehensive timeline and glossary.

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

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This is an extensive resource, so provide your students with a plan of attack before turning them loose. Created by the Theban Mapping Project at the American University in Cairo.
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Eternal Egypt

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Explore the rich art, history, people, places and myths of the ancient land of Egypt. This beautifully designed site presents five thousand years of Egyptian civilization through images,...more
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Explore the rich art, history, people, places and myths of the ancient land of Egypt. This beautifully designed site presents five thousand years of Egyptian civilization through images, animations, virtual environments, remote cameras, three-dimensional models and much more. There is quite a bit to look at, explore, and listen to on this site. Before using with students, map out a plan of attack to guide the experience! High speed Internet connection recommended.

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

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Use the timeline on this site as a way to help students review the information they have learned about Ancient Egypt. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers and use it as a learning center or station. Have students save their finished timeline OR print it out to assess their participation in the activity.
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Winged Sandals - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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3 to 8
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Take a magical journey with Hermes, the messenger god! Stop along the way to read stories, play interactive games, "Ask the Oracle" a question, and explore ancient history. Select portions...more
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Take a magical journey with Hermes, the messenger god! Stop along the way to read stories, play interactive games, "Ask the Oracle" a question, and explore ancient history. Select portions of the Web site based on the level of your students. Many of the games and hand-on activities are designed for elementary students, but middle school kids can use the historical descriptions as a helpful resource during a unit on mythology. A truly enchanting and engaging site! An HTML version of the site is available for those with dial-up connections.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), romans (35)

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Save this site and use it as a learning center or station. The "storytime" section would be great for slower readers or ESL students, although all students would find them interesting. The "games" section would also be a great center for reviewing the information learned during the unit. This is a really great site for making the ancient Greek stories understandable and interesting to young students!
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Secrets of the Pharaohs - WNET

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This PBS site offers a 3-D tour of the Great Pyramid, a step-by-step guide illustrating how mummies are made, and a virtual peek at some of the treasures in King ...more
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This PBS site offers a 3-D tour of the Great Pyramid, a step-by-step guide illustrating how mummies are made, and a virtual peek at some of the treasures in King Tut's tomb. The use of mummy DNA to reveal secrets of the time period is briefly explained, but links are provided to companion sites that provide much more depth. One of the most impressive features of the site is an interactive map of ancient Egypt. Created by PBS.

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Use the historical maps on this site to assist student understanding of Egyptian tombs and pyramids. Share the content on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a class discussion or lecture as visual aids. This would be a great resource for a World History classroom.
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Godchecker

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This is a site about mythology and the gods of dozens of different cultures. While its irreverent tone and layout may be attractive to some elementary and middle school students, ...more
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This is a site about mythology and the gods of dozens of different cultures. While its irreverent tone and layout may be attractive to some elementary and middle school students, the design sometimes gets in the way of the content itself. That said, there are resources here that are tough to find elsewhere. Teachers will want to use this one selectively, and only after some previewing.

tag(s): aztecs (8), greek (41), greeks (30), romans (35)

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Use this site as a reference for students studying ancient religions. Assign students different gods/religions, with the intentions of researching and presenting their results to the class. 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 as if it is a news report about the God's life. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Stonehenge Project

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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American...more
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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American audiences will likely want to know more about the people who did the building and the purpose of this huge project. Archaeologists still puzzle over how the construction was accomplished.

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Teachers may want to try this one as an adjunct to an astronomy unit, or as part of a study of ancient civilizations.
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Classics Unveiled

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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers...more
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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers and secondary students will find interesting. If you teach Latin, "Salve!" - there are great resources here.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), latin (22), romans (35), rome (28)

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Use this site as a way to approach the tons of information students are expected to learn about the Roman empire. Assign students into pairs or cooperative learning groups, and have them choose one of the many topics to research in the "Rome Exposed" section. Have each student group research their topic, with the intent to present their information to the class. Have each group prepare a quick presentation by creating online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Books can be read and presented to the class via interactive whiteboard or projector.

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The Greeks - PBS

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Part of the PBS Civilizations series, this site explores ancient Greece, complete with virtual tours of the acropolis and the Parthenon temple. In the Greeks Interactive section, students...more
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Part of the PBS Civilizations series, this site explores ancient Greece, complete with virtual tours of the acropolis and the Parthenon temple. In the Greeks Interactive section, students can view interactive maps and experiment with the Greek alphabet. There is also an educational resources section, complete with lesson plans for using the site.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Ancient Greeks. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups on classroom computers. Have students research specific aspects of the site, with the intentions of students "teaching" their peers about the many different sections. Have students create paper-posters OR use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Egypt's Golden Empire - PBS

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A wonderful glimpse of life in Egypt from 1550-1200 BC. This site's ancient Egyptian resources examine each of the pharaohs, as well as provide information about daily life in Egypt....more
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A wonderful glimpse of life in Egypt from 1550-1200 BC. This site's ancient Egyptian resources examine each of the pharaohs, as well as provide information about daily life in Egypt. The interactive map and hieroglyph translator provide an interesting lens through which students can view life in this era. Like other PBS empire sites, this site has a listing of lesson plans for expanding on these resources.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities offered on this site. This would be a great resource for a World History classroom, middle or high school!
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Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans - Detroit Institute of Art

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From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass...more
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From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass both art and ancient history. The materials lists vary considerably, so assess your resources before assigning these.

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It really doesn't get more creative than this! Take advantage of the free lesson plans and examples provided on this site! This is a great resource for Elementary School teachers, as the subject literally spans almost every content.

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Cultural Astronomy - Bringing the Heavens to Earth - Adler Planetarium

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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient...more
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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient cultures, and all organized into themes that would have been essential to these civilizations. A set of lesson plans rounds out this intriguing unit.

tag(s): calendars (46), stars (65)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it for an all-around resource for a unit on astronomy. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in addition to the sections that could be used as learning centers by themselves. This is a great resource for an inter-disciplinary lesson about astronomy.

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Egypt - Secrets of an Ancient World - National Geographic

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National Geographic's Egypt site offers a pyramid time line, an explanation of how and why pyramids developed, and a general introduction to ancient Egyptian civilization. There's a...more
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National Geographic's Egypt site offers a pyramid time line, an explanation of how and why pyramids developed, and a general introduction to ancient Egyptian civilization. There's a wealth of material here, so some previewing would be in order, especially when working with younger students.

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The site also includes a small collection of lesson plans.
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Quest for Immortality; Treasures of Ancient Egypt - National Gallery of Art

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The National Gallery's presentation of Egyptian tomb artifacts offers many stunning images that could enhance the study of Egypt at any grade level. The accompanying narrated slide...more
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The National Gallery's presentation of Egyptian tomb artifacts offers many stunning images that could enhance the study of Egypt at any grade level. The accompanying narrated slide shows (you'll need a RealPlayer) turn the site into an on-screen lecture tour. The vocabulary, however, is "over the heads" of elementary and many middle school students. Visit this one if you're studying Egypt, and decide how it fits best into your classroom.

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Use the 10 minute video-clip as an introductory activity during a unit Ancient Egypt. Share the video on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a classroom discussion or lecture on the topic. A very detailed resource for a world history classroom!
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King Tut One

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This privately published site offers an interesting introduction to the Ancient Egyptians. The text portions are far better than the visuals, but there are a number of features that...more
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This privately published site offers an interesting introduction to the Ancient Egyptians. The text portions are far better than the visuals, but there are a number of features that illustrate and describe the various features of the various Egyptian tombs and pyramids. The content should readily adapt to uses from elementary through high school.

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Use the kids site as a review for students towards the end of a unit on Ancient Egypt. Within the section are puzzles that could easily be printed OR completed on classroom computers if you have enough. Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard before allowing students to use it individually or with a partner.
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Greek vs. Contemporary Architecture - TeachersFirst

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A lesson examining the differences between classical Greek building styles and those of contemporary architects. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored...more
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A lesson examining the differences between classical Greek building styles and those of contemporary architects. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): architecture (84), greek (41), greeks (30)

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The possibilities for this lesson expand exponentially with the use of web-based resources for images, research, and creation of student projects. Many of the activities would also be well-suited for interactive whiteboard.

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The Theban Mapping Project

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Learn about the discovery and mapping of Egyptian tombs in and around Thebes. Site includes pictures, maps, and historical context. ...more
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Learn about the discovery and mapping of Egyptian tombs in and around Thebes. Site includes pictures, maps, and historical context.

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers. Make sure to save it as a favorite on your class web page to allow for students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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