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Where's Buster? - WGBH

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1 to 3
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This simple but entertaining activity gives students a chance to practice and refine basic map skills. Students must analyze a set of three directional clues to discover Buster's location...more
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This simple but entertaining activity gives students a chance to practice and refine basic map skills. Students must analyze a set of three directional clues to discover Buster's location within the United States.

tag(s): states (163)

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Use the "find Buster" game to help students review their American geography and boost map comprehension skills. Have students work on the site as a learning center or station, individually, to help them best review the material.
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Dioramas - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 10
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If you can't make the journey to the Washington, D.C.'s American Museum of Natural History then take your students to this website for an online tour of the panoramic dioramas ...more
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If you can't make the journey to the Washington, D.C.'s American Museum of Natural History then take your students to this website for an online tour of the panoramic dioramas that are among the museum's most impressive features. Short videos, audio clips, 360? panoramic views, and descriptions of geographic locations and species round out the virtual experience. This aesthetically pleasing site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): species (29)

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If your students are studying a particular geographic location or animal species, send them to this multimedia site for some interactive research. Regions represented include the Upper Nile, Alaska's Denali National Forest, the Everglades, and the American plains.
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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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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (163), images (265)

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World Mapper - University of Sheffield

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What would a world map look like if countries and continents were sized not by land area, but by population, number of elderly, various type of imports, or emigration? ...more
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What would a world map look like if countries and continents were sized not by land area, but by population, number of elderly, various type of imports, or emigration? This site presents dozens of cartograms - or density-equalizing maps - in which each country is resized according to a specific variable. Each map is accompanied by a downloadable Excel file and a printable poster.

tag(s): immigration (58), maps (288), migration (59), population (60)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. The population maps would be extremely useful for any class discussion on the world use of resources, and the financial disparities that exist among nations. Use the animations provided on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the demographic differences between nations. World Mapper is an wonderful addition to any geography,civics or social studies class, particularly during units on the UN, natural resources, world conflict, and economic disparity.
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CIA Word Factbook: Iran - CIA

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The CIA's Factbook offers a wealth of information on most of the world's nations. This is a direct link to the page for Iran. ...more
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The CIA's Factbook offers a wealth of information on most of the world's nations. This is a direct link to the page for Iran.

tag(s): iran (12), terrorism (49)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to explore it in cooperative learning groups. Have the groups explore different aspects of the factbook, with the intentions of presenting the highlights to the rest of the class. 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.
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Evolution of the Medieval Book - Cornell University Library

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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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Play Amazon Explorer

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Discover the mysteries within the Amazon basin with this engaging activity in which students assume the role of Sam Smith, natural historian. Before boarding the virtual plane to Amazonia,...more
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Discover the mysteries within the Amazon basin with this engaging activity in which students assume the role of Sam Smith, natural historian. Before boarding the virtual plane to Amazonia, students must make note of the questions their research should answer. Once in the rainforest, students can explore the river, forest floor, and canopy to learn about the flora and fauna that live in these regions. At the end of the journey, students are asked to share their answers to the research questions.

tag(s): amazon (9)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on biomes, specifically the Amazon River and the Jungle surrounding it. Allow students to work on the site individually or cooperative learning groups, helping them review the content. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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Age of Exploration - Mariners' Museum

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Learn about the courageous voyages that changed the course of human history with this comprehensive collection of activities, narratives, and teaching materials. Visual images and text...more
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Learn about the courageous voyages that changed the course of human history with this comprehensive collection of activities, narratives, and teaching materials. Visual images and text are woven together to create a useful resource for content enrichment and student research. Visit the "Activities for Students and Teachers" for ready-to-go activities with printable handouts that can be incorporated into transparencies, presentations, or reports.

tag(s): explorers (61)

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Use the activities portion of this site to add enrichment to your classroom. There are plenty of quick projects and lesson plans, but there are also two interactive web games that could be used to help students review information. Save those particular portions of the site as favorites on your computer and use them for a learning center or station.
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Folk Songs for the Five Points - Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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Explore the vibrant and diverse culture of New York City's Lower East Side with this beautifully designed multimedia site. Using an interactive map, visitors can click on distinct dots,...more
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Explore the vibrant and diverse culture of New York City's Lower East Side with this beautifully designed multimedia site. Using an interactive map, visitors can click on distinct dots, each representing a different audio sample at that particular location (steam coming through a manhole cover, the Second Avenue train, buskers, and so much more). Using the on-screen tools, visitors can toggle sounds on and off to create their own unique audio-mix. The resulting textures and colors are amazing, and students can spend quite a bit of time immersed in the rich cultural fabric of this urban neighborhood.

tag(s): new york (26), sound (100), sounds (68)

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This cultural gem should be experienced individually with headphones, and followed by reflection and discussion. Use as a catalyst to get students involved in listening for and recording the sounds in their own communities. What similarities and differences can be discovered?
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City Creator

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Creativity and practicality come together in this imaginative activity that places students in the role of city planner. After choosing one of three thematic scenes, students can begin...more
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Creativity and practicality come together in this imaginative activity that places students in the role of city planner. After choosing one of three thematic scenes, students can begin to add buildings, walkways, streets, and populate them with vehicles and people. Finished designs may be saved, printed, or sent as ecards. Free registration required.

tag(s): cities (25), communities (35)

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Since text cannot be added to the city plans on this site, consider projecting finished plans on an interactive white board and asking students to label or describe buildings and sections of their cities.
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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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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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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)

In the Classroom

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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African American World - WNET

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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)

In the Classroom

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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Asia for Educators - Columbia University

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This impressive and extensive multimedia site explores the history and culture of China and Japan, and provides a wealth of teaching materials and resources. Each featured topic is...more
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This impressive and extensive multimedia site explores the history and culture of China and Japan, and provides a wealth of teaching materials and resources. Each featured topic is accompanied by a related lesson plan and an annotated list of supporting online sources. Browse by subject or by time period.

tag(s): asia (73), china (66), japan (61)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! There are also timelines about both China and Japan available that can help guide your classroom unit about the history of either. Share a timeline on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce the unit and show the direction of progress. This would be a great resource for a world history classroom.
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Nuremberg Trials - WGBH

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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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Go! George Go! - WGBH

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Give your students practice in navigating through a typical neighborhood with this interactive game. The object is to find the shortest possible route to deliver ice cream before it...more
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Give your students practice in navigating through a typical neighborhood with this interactive game. The object is to find the shortest possible route to deliver ice cream before it melts. This is a nice problem-solving activity th atchallenges students to use spatial intelligence and logic. If the most logical route is not selected, students are given a chance to rethink their initial choices.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272)

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This one will work well on an interactive whiteboard for a group (let the little fingers do the navigating) or as a center on your classroom computer.
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Cycles: African Life Through Art - Indianapolis Museum of Art

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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)

In the Classroom

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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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 (67), 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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