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Ancient Egypt - National Geographic Society

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Scroll down the landing page to find this lesson plan. Explore ancient Egyptian culture through its colorful myths and legends with this lesson plan that guides elementary students...more
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Scroll down the landing page to find this lesson plan. Explore ancient Egyptian culture through its colorful myths and legends with this lesson plan that guides elementary students through an entertaining interpretation of the past. Beginning with King Tut and the "curse of the mummy," students analyze well-known myths for clues about their origins and discuss scientific explanations for their existence. Although this lesson has been "archived" you can find it by scrolling down this landing page. Some links still work and the "plan" is there. Some lessons have "related resources" you can access. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): egypt (67)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on the site. This lesson plan would be suitable for a history or geography classroom.

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Google Maps - Google

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1 to 12
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Google Maps gives you live visuals of any location, ideal for planning a trip, picturing the relationship between places, and viewing physical characteristics of almost anywhere in...more
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Google Maps gives you live visuals of any location, ideal for planning a trip, picturing the relationship between places, and viewing physical characteristics of almost anywhere in the world. Type or paste in an address and click "search maps." If you click Satellite or hybrid versions of the map, you will see actual satellite images of the terrain. Zoom in and out, use the street view "orange man" to walk among the buildings and trees, or plan and share a route easily with Google Maps. Using your (free) Google membership allows you to save favorite places and more. Find businesses and other features near a specific map location: hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and more. Google Maps has become more and more sophisticated, now offering many features previously only available in Google Earth, such as opening and/or saving placemarker files. Unlike Google Earth, Google Maps does not require software installation and does not use as much bandwidth for constant reloading. You can even play a tour of places you mark in Google Maps. They just keep adding more features! Google Maps is available as a free app for Android and iOS, too. The handy embed codes let you put any Google Map in a web page, blog, or wiki. Of course you do not need a membership or any special skills to simply SEE, share, or navigate a map. Membership gives you more ways to save.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), directions (20), maps (287)

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If you teach geography, this one's a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. In lower grades, use it to show students basics of their community. Teach map skills by showing students their own community. Zoom in on their street or on the school. This site and its more sophisticated cousin, Google Earth, are great on an interactive whiteboard. Set up a class Google account (or use student accounts if permitted). Have students create their own custom route plans to tour historic sites. Challenge math students to plan the most economical route to visit several vacation destinations, including gas mileage and gas prices. Have students create placemarker files of the important places in the life of a famous person or the route traveled by a particular unit during the Civil War. Have student groups create placemarker files to show environmental sites, habitats, landforms, or anything you can place on a map. Embed projects in a class wiki using the handy embed code offered as a sharing option.

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French and Family - National Endowment for the Humanities

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Although this unit plan was originally written for early elementary students, the related readings and activities are ideally suited for foreign language classes at the middle school...more
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Although this unit plan was originally written for early elementary students, the related readings and activities are ideally suited for foreign language classes at the middle school level. With a focus on French language and culture, this series of lessons centers on family life. After learning about areas of the world where French is spoken, students explore the similarities and differences between French and American families and expand their foreign language vocabulary with French words for names of family members. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): family (59), french (88), vocabulary (324)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan offered on this site - Foreign language teachers will appreciate this one.

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We Need Cash! - McRel

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Use this creative lesson plan to introduce your students to the many social services available in your town or city, the important needs they address, and the funding that supports...more
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Use this creative lesson plan to introduce your students to the many social services available in your town or city, the important needs they address, and the funding that supports each one. After researching various charitable, religious and civic organizations, students are asked to select one and argue persuasively in support of a hypothetical monetary grant to further its specific cause. Aligned to National Standards.

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Save this site and take advantage of the free lesson plan offered on this site! This could easily be used in a civics classroom.

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Distant Cousins - EDSITEment

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Learn about life in colonial America and compare everyday life in two different 18th century colonies - one in Delaware and one in Massachusetts. This lesson brings students in contact...more
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Learn about life in colonial America and compare everyday life in two different 18th century colonies - one in Delaware and one in Massachusetts. This lesson brings students in contact with artifacts from the thirteen original colonies, takes them to some outstanding interactive Web sites for background information, and asks them to write letters from the point of view of the colonists in each location. Downloadable worksheets provided. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): colonial america (107), massachusetts (10)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan offered by EDSITEment! This would be a great lesson for an American HIstory course - there are even options to extend the lesson.
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Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology - IRA/NCTE

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This clever multi-class activity challenges students to investigate Native American poetry, analyze it for key words, and create a hyperlinked document. Students use the selected key...more
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This clever multi-class activity challenges students to investigate Native American poetry, analyze it for key words, and create a hyperlinked document. Students use the selected key words as the basis for cultural research, reproduce the poem in electronic format, then hyperlink each keyword to more detailed information, creating an interactive literary experience. The final product is a Web page that can be shared with an authentic audience. But if Web page production is out of your comfort zone, this lesson can be accomplished using Word or PowerPoint. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): native americans (78), poetry (228)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site - a great for teachers to incorporate Native American Poetry into a cultural study. This could easily be manipulated for an English or American History class.

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No Place Like Home? - New York Times

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The impact of the physical environment on an endangered species is the focus of this comprehensive lesson plan. After conducting research and analysis, students must create a plan for...more
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The impact of the physical environment on an endangered species is the focus of this comprehensive lesson plan. After conducting research and analysis, students must create a plan for saving an endangered species and design a printed advertisement to promote environmental awareness. Interdisciplinary connections and related resources are also provided. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): advertising (33), conservation (127), endangered species (38), species (29)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan offered by the New York Times. This is a great way to connect science and government concepts. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Mystery Workers - National Council on Economic Education

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Help students understand the concepts of goods, services, and producers by challenging them to identify examples of each that are evident in an elementary classroom. This lesson plan...more
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Help students understand the concepts of goods, services, and producers by challenging them to identify examples of each that are evident in an elementary classroom. This lesson plan also includes several interactive click-and-drag activities, a link to a multimedia site that introduces students to workers within a typical community, a "student version" that can used as a complete Web based activity, and downloadable worksheets and materials. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): producers (8)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! This could be good for a geography or History class - be sure to save it as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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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 (67), 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 (67), 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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Where I Come From - National Endowment for the Humanities

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Using the traditional family tree activity as a springboard, this lesson plan takes students on a virtual journey across the planet to visit their ancestral homelands. In the process...more
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Using the traditional family tree activity as a springboard, this lesson plan takes students on a virtual journey across the planet to visit their ancestral homelands. In the process of connecting with their heritage, students practice map-reading skills, learn about geographic regions and cultures, and investigate the current events in that part of the world.

tag(s): cultures (105), immigration (58), migration (59)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan hosted on this site! This would be a great lesson to use before a unit focused on immigration to the United States. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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On This Day - BBC

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8 to 12
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This daily listing of facts and images covers historical events from World War II to 2003. Click on an event to read more about it and experience some multimedia features. ...more
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This daily listing of facts and images covers historical events from World War II to 2003. Click on an event to read more about it and experience some multimedia features. Includes impressive video and audio clips. Good source for a daily bit of meaningful primary source trivia.

tag(s): calendars (44)

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Keep this site up on the interactive whiteboard or projector in the beginning of class while students are walking in and settling down. This is a great way to focus their attention and get their brains warmed up for a World history classroom.
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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.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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The Big Myth - Distant Train

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Experience myths from cultures throughout the world with this impressive site that provides multimedia renditions of world creation stories. Each of the nine myths includes an overview...more
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Experience myths from cultures throughout the world with this impressive site that provides multimedia renditions of world creation stories. Each of the nine myths includes an overview of the culture that produced it, suggested class activities, and discussion questions. You'll need headphones for this one. Great site to add to a comparative study of world cultures.

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This site is an excellent addition to the study of oral history, world history, and the study of native cultures. If using any research projects on the aforementioned projects, post the site on your class web page or wiki to allow students to access it in and out of the classroom.
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A Personal Holocaust Remembrance - MSNBC

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A Michigan teen has produced his own documentary based on first-person interviews with his grandparents about their experiences as holocaust victims. The interviews were the first time...more
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A Michigan teen has produced his own documentary based on first-person interviews with his grandparents about their experiences as holocaust victims. The interviews were the first time they had spoken with a family member about those events. Includes video clips.

tag(s): holocaust (39), nazis (10), world war 2 (142)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit on the Holocaust during a World or US history class. Have students read aloud the information, or summarize the main points yourself before previewing the video in class. This is a great way to make the events of the Holocaust more real and personal.

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History Explorer - Smithsonian

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This multimedia site explores various facets of American history through Lessons, interactives, Themes and more. Visitors can view objects that are part of the Smithsonian collection,...more
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This multimedia site explores various facets of American history through Lessons, interactives, Themes and more. Visitors can view objects that are part of the Smithsonian collection, navigate between historical eras, or filter the information by selected themes (Arts and Culture, Politics and Reform, etc.) Items in the exhibit are linked to National Museum of American History websites that provide more in-depth information.

tag(s): agriculture (55), american revolution (86), famous people (19), japan (61), japanese (42), jazz (15), lincoln (86), politics (99)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. There is enough information in "exhibit" details to provide a starting point for students trying to decide what to base a research project on. Recommend the site to students who are having difficulty picking a project subject.
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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 (41), greeks (30), states (162)

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Cross-Curricular Math - KQED and WBGH

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These two thought-provoking lesson plans challenge high school students to analyze relevant issues related to population growth and the depletion of oil reserves. Using math skills,...more
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These two thought-provoking lesson plans challenge high school students to analyze relevant issues related to population growth and the depletion of oil reserves. Using math skills, students must calculate when oil reserves in various countries will run out, project the percentage of increase in world and U.S. oil demand between now and the year 2020, graph and analyze population data over a period of years for a city in Brazil, and participate in related discussion questions. Links to national standards are provided.

tag(s): population (60), problem solving (272)

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Take advantage of the free and interactive lesson plans hosted on this site! This is a great way to incorporate various subjects in a history or government class to connect various principles and make it more interesting at the same time.

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Al-Islam - Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project

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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and...more
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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and Muslim traditions, as well as essays addressing similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. The site includes a Shi'ite encyclopedia, photos of sites sacred to Islam, examples of Islamic artwork, and a collection of downloadable fact sheets - available in numerous languages - covering a range of topics.

tag(s): religions (61)

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This site would be extremely useful in an upper-level course, in which teachers are comfortable with the student's reading ability. Some of the articles explain the background of Islam in a way that is both easy to understand and concise. Use the articles to supplement the textbook! This site would also be great for students working on research projects about Islam. Post the site on the teacher wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Mideast Files

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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the...more
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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, terrorism, security, religion and much more. Visitors can read translated versions of Middle Eastern newspapers and related commentary on the news of the day. A thought provoking resource for a discussion of recent events in the Arab world.

tag(s): arab (18), iran (12), iraq (32), israel (17), palestine (7)

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Use this site to include up-to-date information about current events in the Middle East, an excellent addition to a U.S. government or history class. Assign cooperative learning groups specific days or weeks to study and present a report on current events, educating their peers for discussion or other various classroom activities. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of the current events using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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