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TeachersFirst's D Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor D Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor D Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you focus on D Day for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Take your classes through the longest day to understand World War II.

tag(s): d day (8)

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Share this collection as the basis of a research project on D Day or as one of several for World War II. Choose from various project options in the reviews.

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Science and Technology in World War II - National World War II Museum

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This interactive online exhibit investigates the role of science and technology in World War II, including everything from meteorology and materials to mathematical applications. Learn...more
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This interactive online exhibit investigates the role of science and technology in World War II, including everything from meteorology and materials to mathematical applications. Learn how radar, optics, nutrition, communications, and more affected the course of the war. Of course, the science of the atom bomb is featured, as well. Enter the "darkroom" to view artifacts and explanations. Click "Activities" to try a quiz, see the top ten technology achievements of the war, and send a coded message. All the activities within this site feature authentic sound effects, visuals, and newsreel-style video backgrounds. Learn about the importance of the moon in fighting the war, ask an expert a la 1940's radio, and more. Two introductory essays lend a very serious background to the topic and provide a scholarly context for the site. Lesson plans draw specific connections between science and history.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), inventors and inventions (99), optics (13), photography (160), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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Help students see real world applications of science and the relationship of science to history by exploring this site. Assign student groups to investigate one aspect of science/technology and its impact on the war's outcome. Some portions of the site include text explanations, so be sure to partner ESL/ELL students or weak readers with someone who can help. Have students create multimedia presentations using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here, or GlogsterEDU, reviewed here, and underscoring the role of that technology. Connect this study to more current technologies and their role in the military or national security. Challenge students to decide: Does science drive history or does the military drive science? Even science teachers can take a moment on D-Day or Veterans Day to highlight the role of science in changing the course of history.
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Marco Polo - Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport

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Travel through time with Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to read about the history of Marco Polo and his adventurous family. This site offers a brief but thorough account of the ...more
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Travel through time with Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to read about the history of Marco Polo and his adventurous family. This site offers a brief but thorough account of the travels and life of Marco Polo. This site is a great reference tool for research and reports as well as an extension of a textbook lesson.

tag(s): explorers (61), marco polo (5)

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Use this site as a class webquest in conjunction with Marco Polo's Route to China and Back, reviewed here. Have students or groups research one area of this site and create a multimedia report to share with the class. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Or have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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The Story of Anne Frank - The Anne Frank Stichting

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The Story of Anne Frank is an online opportunity for students to envision what actually happened during Anne Frank's childhood, particularly while she was in hiding in the Secret ...more
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The Story of Anne Frank is an online opportunity for students to envision what actually happened during Anne Frank's childhood, particularly while she was in hiding in the Secret Annex at 265 Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. Thanks to this site, students are able to feel personally involved in what occurred at this location to a thirteen year old girl during the Holocaust. Her story is conveyed through authentic photographs and documents from the Anne Frank House, the former hiding place where Anne Frank's original first diary is on display.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), remembrance day (6), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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This is a great site to add to your class web page during your study of Anne Frank and the Holocaust, or as part of the themes of discrimination and resiliency. Use it as an introduction before reading The Diary of Anne Frank by displaying the website on your interactive whiteboard or projector to spark a whole class investigation of Anne Frank's childhood and family, her teenage years in hiding and the people who helped, the betrayal, the captivity and suffering in the concentration camps, and her diary. Students may continue exploring and learning on their own in the computer lab or with a class set of laptops. You can easily develop a checklist to direct students to the links that you want to emphasize and to keep them on task while navigating the site. There are even online multiple-choice quizzes about Anne Frank and her diary. Consider having cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations about Anne Frank. How about online books using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Tate Kids - Tate Gallery

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Winner of a 2009 Youth Webby Award, Tate Kids connects the art of the past and present to the world of blogging, on-line activities, storytelling, and craft making. Each project ...more
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Winner of a 2009 Youth Webby Award, Tate Kids connects the art of the past and present to the world of blogging, on-line activities, storytelling, and craft making. Each project cleverly weaves in a child friendly art history or theory lesson. Features such as "Tate Paint" invite viewers to create and share their own animated masterpiece on-line. Students can select pieces from the Tate Kids Collection or upload their own artwork into the "My Gallery" space and create a personal virtual museum available to visitors around the world. This site screens all submissions before they appear on-line and provides safety tips for children to review with an adult. Signing up for the "My Gallery" option requires a username and password, but no email address is required. Create a sunset reminiscent of Joseph Turner's paintings or experiment body movements suggestive of Bruce Nauman's performance art. Activities such as these and many more craft ideas are located on the "Tate Create" page. The site includes a complete list of materials, procedures, and helpful hints needed for the activities. Each lesson is kid tested at the Tate Gallery itself and corresponds to works of art either on display at the Tate or a part of their permanent collection. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): creativity (109), dance (28), england (57)

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You will also find a complete list of materials, procedures, and helpful hints needed for the activities. Connect these tasks to a literature study unit or as art projects. The website's on-line activities and films are all compatible with an interactive whiteboard. Some lessons contain black line masters of artwork that are available for download. If you plan on using the "My Gallery" feature with your class, check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to set up individual accounts on on-line sites. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access during summer break or for creative family activities at home.
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Marco Polo's Route to China and Back - EDSITEment

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Marco Polo's Route to China and Back shows students the travels of two historical journeys of Marco Polo. As students correctly answer questions about each route, they travel further...more
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Marco Polo's Route to China and Back shows students the travels of two historical journeys of Marco Polo. As students correctly answer questions about each route, they travel further along on the map. If students answer the questions incorrectly, they are given the opportunity to click on a resource link that takes them to the correct answer. This site is not only challenging but fun for young explorers. The site also includes some wonderful authentic photos and drawings.

tag(s): explorers (61), marco polo (5)

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Incorporate this site into a web quest to build student knowledge of Marco Polo, interesting geography facts, and the history of Asia. Create a class wiki about Marco Polo and have students add different facts they learned or questions they might have. Not sure how to create a class wiki? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Saint-Denis: A Town in the Middle Ages - French Ministry of Culture

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This site offers a bird's eye view of a medieval town in France. You can compare the ancient city to what remains in the present day. Other features of the ...more
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This site offers a bird's eye view of a medieval town in France. You can compare the ancient city to what remains in the present day. Other features of the site include artistic views of and information about men and women from the time the town was built. More anthropological and archeological information includes details about crafts, items used for daily life, markets and fairs, and details about civic life. You have the option of viewing the entire site in French or English. Eleven educational activities are also available at this site. Click on the "Learning" link (pencil) to find the many offerings.

tag(s): archeology (32), france (40), french (88), medieval (27)

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French teachers can include this site in a unit on Medieval French history, displaying some of the scenes on an interactive whiteboard or projector for an authentic view of ancient culture. European history students and language teachers can use the site to supplement information on the history of France by selectively introducing the activities which help review the material presented here. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations using the information available at this site. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Have groups create interactive online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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The Great Idea Finder - Vaunt Design Group

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TGIF! The Great Idea Finder, that is. Inventive ideas and history abound here. Some helpful highlights are Facts and Myths, Inventor Biography, Innovation Time line, and Games and trivia....more
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TGIF! The Great Idea Finder, that is. Inventive ideas and history abound here. Some helpful highlights are Facts and Myths, Inventor Biography, Innovation Time line, and Games and trivia. Within the features section, there is a "Did You Ever Wonder About?" which provides interesting history about common and popular items such as the American flag, the piggy bank, and the origins of holidays like Mother's Day.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (99)

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Use this site as a research resource for students. It would be great to use the "Did You Ever Wonder?" information as class starters to encourage thinking and creativity. Have students use this site to research an invention or something else highlighted at this site and then create a class Wikinvention - a wiki all about inventions and innovative thinking, including invention ideas of their own! Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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The Romans - BBC

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3 to 6
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If your curriculum calls for study of other cultures and times or even archaeology, this site makes Roman culture understandable to upper elementary and beginning middle school students....more
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If your curriculum calls for study of other cultures and times or even archaeology, this site makes Roman culture understandable to upper elementary and beginning middle school students. This website, created by the BBC, introduces students to the Romans, the Forum, Caesar, and more. Links and activities include City of Rome and the Roman Empire, Invasion, Rebellion, Religion, The Roman Army, and several others. There are printable pages, online activities, lesson ideas, a glossary, a link for teachers, and an illustrated timeline. Although most of this website isn't interactive, the information and printable pages are very useful in the quest to learn about the Romans.

tag(s): forum (9), romans (35)

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Start your exploration at the Teachers Page to learn more about this website and the numerous activities available. Use this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Print off some of the worksheets for additional extension activities. Teachers of gifted will appreciate this site for students to explore on their own as part of a study of ancient cultures or mythology.

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Children of World War II - BBC

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Come along with Vera (your child guide), and learn about life during World War II in England. This historically rich website offers students a peek into various aspects of life ...more
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Come along with Vera (your child guide), and learn about life during World War II in England. This historically rich website offers students a peek into various aspects of life from 1939-1945. Learn about wartime homes, rationing of food and other items, read letters from evacuated children, and much more. There are a few interactive activities (such as Rationing of Food). The Research Room includes photos, posters, letters, documents, radio clips, and sound . Don't miss the Teachers and Parents link complete with lesson plans, standards, printable pages, activity ideas, and more. What a fabulous way to introduce elementary and middle school students to this critical time in world history. Although the site focuses on life in England, all of the material is suitable for discussion on United States involvement in World War II and how things changed both at home and abroad. Some of the sound clips require RealPlayer or Flash. You can get both the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): 1940s (13), england (57), world war 2 (142)

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If your class is learning about World War II, this site is a must-see! Share the website on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try their hand at the rationing activity and see how much of their food could be purchased. Integrate language arts into the lesson by having students write letters to Vera asking her questions they might have about her life and times. Or have them write a "blog post" as Vera would have. If you study the Diary of Anne Frank, even with slightly older students, compare the experiences of Anne's family and those of a British family during the "blitz." Take the interactive tour of the wartime house and have students compare how their own homes are similar or different from Vera's wartime house.
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Elizabeth I - Class 8C

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5 to 8
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While this is a student-posted site, it contains good, simple information about the life and times of the Elizabethan era in England. It is a good source of info for ...more
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While this is a student-posted site, it contains good, simple information about the life and times of the Elizabethan era in England. It is a good source of info for the basics before studying Shakespeare.

tag(s): renaissance (34), shakespeare (131)

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While the info is good, not all the spelling IS. A good exercise for middle school kids is to have them proofread for spelling as they go through. It is also a good exercise in teaching how good content would be better with NO errors via proofreading. It is, however, too good a simple site to ignore.

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European Explorers - Jim Cornish

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This simple website (created by Jim Cornish, 5th grade teacher), provides information on explorers from England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and more! This website provides a great...more
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This simple website (created by Jim Cornish, 5th grade teacher), provides information on explorers from England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and more! This website provides a great deal of information on over 15 famous European explorers. There is also a "teacher resources" link. Lesson plans are provided at the "teacher resources" link. This teacher always creates good activities, even though the pages are plain and simple.

tag(s): explorers (61), vikings (10)

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Assign each student in your class a different explorer and send the entire class to this website. Or use a projector and interactive whiteboard to model research as a class project before turning them loose.

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The Holocaust Lesson Plan - Vanderbilt University, University of Texas-Austin

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This comprehensive approach to studying the Holocaust has students reading, viewing the film Devil's Arithmetic, and doing research about a real person who was involved in the Holocaust....more
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This comprehensive approach to studying the Holocaust has students reading, viewing the film Devil's Arithmetic, and doing research about a real person who was involved in the Holocaust. The lesson plans include videos of the different phases of the plan for teachers who would like to see it modeled. The questioning encourages the development of higher order thinking skills, and presents a well-considered approach to the study of the Holocaust, providing students with a template for future historical study. Student final presentations include students preparing their own PowerPoint or Hyperstudio presentations, an appropriate use of technology to express their own observations and research findings. Detailed student outcomes are available to instructors who wish to use this plan. Examples of student projects as well as links to other sites about the Holocaust complete the site offerings.

tag(s): hitler (10), holocaust (39)

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Video files of the model lesson are large and take a long time to download (use Quicktime). You will also need to find a copy of the film licensed for school use. Teachers may want to use these lesson ideas and products as a springboard, picking and choosing from the activities.

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In Search of Shakespeare - PBS - Folger Library

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In Search of Shakespeare is a 4 part video series shown on PBS. Though the series is quite good, you are likely to "lose" lower level students with it. If ...more
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In Search of Shakespeare is a 4 part video series shown on PBS. Though the series is quite good, you are likely to "lose" lower level students with it. If you own it, in conjunction with this site, you can't miss. But you don't have to use the video series to use the site effectively. The site contains a multitude of sources, lesson plans, supplementary materials--almost anything you want to teach in a basic through high academic course on Shakespeare is here. The site is divided into 4 parts: the investigation, for educators, the playwright game, and the show. Clicking on any of those links takes you to a specific site within PBS that digs deeply into the Bard's life, Elizabethan times in both Stratford and London, Folger Library lesson plans, creative writing assignments for students, plus actual summaries and guides for the series itself if you should choose to use it.

tag(s): elizabethan (17), england (57), shakespeare (131)

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Decide what you want your students to know and where you want to begin. Involving them in 16th century politics is fun, especially if you assign them roles to play such as Elizabeth, her sister Mary, the Spanish consul, etc. There are infinite ways to make these times come alive by talking about bear-baiting, cock-fighting, and theatre--the main sources of entertainment among the common people. You might assign different pieces of the site to different students or groups of students and have them report back to the class on what they discovered, using the website itself as a teaching tool. The possibilities of using this site are almost endless.Requires Real Player for video portions

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The Cave of Lascaux - France Ministry of Culture and Communication

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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. ...more
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. The site itself is beautiful to explore, letting you experience the caves with a virtual "flashlight" as you enter.

tag(s): archeology (32), painting (66)

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Use a projector to introduce the site, if you must, but allow your students to navigate this one alone or with a partner. The thrill of discovery through the site's design is more than worth any management challenges. Give the students a specific set of questions to answer and things to find, if you are concerned that they may not stay on task. Compare these primitive drawings to those found in other cultures and continents as you discuss common themes in religion and mythology.

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Evolution of the Medieval Book - Cornell University Library

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10 to 12
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human...more
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human communication, transforming Europe and, eventually, the entire world. From the earliest manuscripts and prayer books, to the very first books printed with Gutenberg's metal type, students can gain an understanding of how the metamorphosis of the written word affected human society. Includes images of manuscripts, bindings, and illustrations, along with descriptive commentary.

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Although this site lends itself to a study of influences that affected European history during the Middle Ages, art students can explore the illuminations and letterforms that appear on the pages of these early manuscripts and books as part of a study of printmaking techniques.

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What Are We Fighting For Over There? - Library of Congress

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This beautifully designed unit examines the twentieth century's first worldwide conflict and emphasizes the rich primary source material that places a human face on the Great War. Audio...more
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This beautifully designed unit examines the twentieth century's first worldwide conflict and emphasizes the rich primary source material that places a human face on the Great War. Audio recordings, vintage newspaper articles, and transcripts of historic speeches provide students with a treasure of resources for use in building a personal understanding of the devastation and effects of World War I. Aligned to standards.

tag(s): foreign policy (16), world war 1 (54)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan in your classroom during a unit on WWI - the documents are all very revealing and an excellent example for students of reliable primary sources.

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Renaissance Connection - Allentown Art Museum

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6 to 8
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This educational website for middle school students focuses on the art, history, scientific inventions, and art patronage of the Renaissance. With a delightfully interactive flair,...more
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This educational website for middle school students focuses on the art, history, scientific inventions, and art patronage of the Renaissance. With a delightfully interactive flair, the site features digital images, maps, a timeline, glossary, and lesson plans. Students can role play the experience of commissioning a piece of artwork or trace today's innovations back to their Renaissance beginnings, while developing skills in literacy, analysis, and problem solving. Includes a collection of interdisciplinary lesson plans. Aligned to Academic Standards.

tag(s): europe (75), renaissance (34)

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Explore the lesson plans and objectives first, then incorporate these imaginative lessons into your curriculum to meet specific content objectives. From word problems and analytical interpretation, to point-of-view and the five themes of geography, there is something here to fit many disciplines and curriculum objectives.
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Children in Victorian Britain - BBC

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4 to 7
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Catch a glimpse of what life was like for children in England during the age of Queen Victoria with this delightful resource. Enter the Interactive portion of the site and ...more
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Catch a glimpse of what life was like for children in England during the age of Queen Victoria with this delightful resource. Enter the Interactive portion of the site and choose one of three portals - school, work, or play. Each section offers a captioned video presentation, audio clips with accompanying transcripts, and an interactive game. Printable activity sheets are included.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), victorian (21)

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Use as an independent computer station in your classroom to strengthen reading comprehension. Just add a worksheet of content-based questions. Or project and view the videos in class to generate a discussion of how the lives of children in Victorian England differed from the lives of children in 19th century America.
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Nuremberg Trials - WGBH

Grades
8 to 12
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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined...more
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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined this era, and the devastation experienced by citizens of Berlin after World War II. Includes an illustrated timeline with links to related sites, a photo gallery, and transcripts of interviews with a prison guard and an army photographer.

tag(s): courts (15), world war 2 (142)

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Challenge students to think about the similarities and differences between the trial of Saddam Hussein and the Nuremberg trials.
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