Grades6 to 12
tag(s): china (62)
In the ClassroomAlthough too outdated to be a current event's piece, this site could be used to study the ever-evolving nature of the Chinese government. Compare the reports on economic and social freedoms to those found elsewhere detailing those same rights today. Over the interactive whiteboard,use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast the two environments. This would be a great resource for a government or international politics class.
Grades3 to 10
tag(s): mexico (35)
In the ClassroomImmerse your Spanish students in the culture of Mexico, knowing that there is the backup of the English version of the site if they become frustrated with the language. Let students work with a partner on laptops or in a lab to find out key characteristics of Mexican culture and history, then have them prepare a Mexico "Tour" presentations (or have the entire class create a "tour" wiki) for teens who play to visit there. They will be glad to address an "older" audience than this site does!
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans included on this site as part of any World War II unit. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group become "experts" about different sections then teach their portion to their classmates. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. With Animaps students can add text, images, and locations of different points of refuge for those fleeing the Holocaust.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): angles (85), blogs (86), charts and graphs (199), civil war (143), digital storytelling (151), dna (66), energy (207), grammar (210), harlem (8), internet safety (111), main idea (9), mars (40), martin luther king (36), nutrition (155), shakespeare (104), stock market (13), women (94)
In the ClassroomUse this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate a classroom twitter account and choose feeds to follow that relate to classroom studies. Assign different students to follow the feed each week to summarize and review. Challenge students to find other history Twitter feeds to follow. Have students create a Twitter account as a historical figure as part of research projects. Looking for more ways to use twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomIntroduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and try the activities as a whole class. Or have small groups rotate to a whiteboard and manipulate the activities together. Put a link to the activities on your class website and let students use as a center. Use the quizzes as a pretest to see what students already know. When you have finished studying the unit have students retake the quiz to see how much they learned. Print out the provided activities and use for homework or to provide extension activities for more advanced students.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomLightbox offers applications into many subject areas in the classroom. In social studies, world histories, or current events look closer at the portrayal of current events. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Analyze the viewpoint given by the media and compare to the behind the scenes look at Lightbox. What are the stories, experiences, and effects behind the news? How does history change the lives of people? Discover multiple viewpoints that might come to life from these riveting images. Follow current events and bring them to a personal level for students. In Art classes, dive into the art of photojournalism with composition, style, space, and elements of design. Bring to life a study of current photographers portraying messages in unique manners. In Language Arts class, determine characterization, story, or details discovered in each image. Challenge students to link to one of the photos, and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report using UtellStory, reviewed here. Create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place with Zeemaps, reviewed here. Use images as ready-made writing prompts for current events or writing classes. Develop multiple points of view into well-known events to share, debate, and discover how people are affected. Lightbox will make any blog become dazzling and poignant. Keep students active, reflective, and involved in current events in an intriguing, visual way. ELL/ESL learners will benefit from the extra information shown in each photograph. Challenge gifted learners to analyze and synthesize current events in ways that they have yet to discover! Remember that these images are copyrighted, so the best way to display them on a blog or other web project is as a LINKED image. COPY the direct image URL by RIGHT-clicking on the image itself and choosing "copy image location" on a Mac or "Properties" on a windows computer. Most web tools allow you to insert images by URL, so you can paste the URL to make it display on your blog, wiki, UtellStory, Glog, etc.
Grades1 to 12
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tag(s): flags (22)
In the ClassroomUse this as a reference resource when studying world cultures. ESL/ELL students will be able to display the flags of their countries, and students will enjoy seeing flags of the countries where their families originated. Have a contest for the design of a classroom "flag" after looking at a few on this site.
Grades2 to 8
tag(s): russia (36)