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The Cultures and History of America - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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This site accompanies an exhibition of 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and ojects focused on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico,...more
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This site accompanies an exhibition of 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and ojects focused on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean through the period of European contact, exploration, and settlement. The site showcases two interactive artifacts: A 3-D view of the Tortuguero box, a seventh-century Mayan object, and a seventeenth-century book, The Buccaneers of America. The book features a page-by-page examination of the book along with written and audio translations of its contents. There is a nice picture gallery of other exhibits and a comprehensive bibliography.This site provides some nice visuals for a unit on indiginous peoples of the Americas. The picture gallery has some lovely maps from the Francis Drake expedition, and the information about buccaneers would provide a nice balance to the "Pirates of the Carribean" fantasy depiction of pirates. Some of the interactive features require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): aztecs (8), explorers (61), mayans (12), spanish (108)

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Use portions of this site on a projector in class or spend a day on a "web hunt" with students answering questions you give them to find within the site. There is plenty to explore.
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Calendars through the Ages - Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement

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This information-packed site focuses on calendars through the ages. It includes sections on the astronomy of calendars (e.g. moon cycles), the history of calendars, differences among...more
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This information-packed site focuses on calendars through the ages. It includes sections on the astronomy of calendars (e.g. moon cycles), the history of calendars, differences among various international calendars, derivation of the names of the months, and loads of other trivia about calendars.

tag(s): calendars (44)

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Lots of great stuff for "did you know?" discussions or as an extension of a study of timelines and other graphic organizers of information. A few interesting visuals, but the strength of this site is in its information. Might be a good source for monthly bulletin boards or an enrichment area for gifted students.

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No Job for a Woman - Imperial War Museum

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This British site looks at women's roles in war time from 1900 to the present. Divided chronologically (pre-1914, WWI, WWWII, and post-1945) the site focuses on five main themes: ...more
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This British site looks at women's roles in war time from 1900 to the present. Divided chronologically (pre-1914, WWI, WWWII, and post-1945) the site focuses on five main themes: A Woman's Place is in the Home, Woman's Work: War Work, That's no job for a woman: The Services, War Babes: Stereotypes, pin-ups and prejudice, and You have no Right: Protest and Equality. There is an image guide for each theme, lesson plans, reading lists and suggestions for further research.

tag(s): women (101), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Although the focus of the site is clearly on Great Britain, the image galleries provide good primary source information. This site would be a great resource for incorporating women's roles into the study of the two World Wars in a regular Modern US History course. There is also great material for History Day projects on women's roles in wartime. The use of British terminology might be a little confusing, but also points up the different perspectives of another country, and might be useful in showing how the two World Wars were perceived outside the US. Despite the fact that the site is designed to cover up to the present time, it is not particularly useful for periods after World War II.
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Adventures in the Past- Virtual Site Visits - US Bureau of Land Management

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"Archaeological, historic, and fossil sites are unique portals to the past," declares this site as it invites you to visit locations around the U.S. as ways to learn about archelogical...more
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"Archaeological, historic, and fossil sites are unique portals to the past," declares this site as it invites you to visit locations around the U.S. as ways to learn about archelogical finds, natural formations, and historical preservation sites that teach about the early U.S. and its Native American predecessors. Many of the virtual visits are created by BLM, and those that are not warn you before you leave the site. The locations included spread across most of the western U.S. and Alaska.

tag(s): archeology (32), fossils (44)

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Take your class on a "field trip" without leaving the classroom. Give them a list of things to find out as they explore a location on their own computers or "travel" together on a projector. Younger students will need help with text passages.

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Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century - PBS

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See eighteen featured, twenty-first century artists and their work in slideshows and over 200 streaming video clips that accompany the third season of this PBS series. The artists speak...more
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See eighteen featured, twenty-first century artists and their work in slideshows and over 200 streaming video clips that accompany the third season of this PBS series. The artists speak quite articulately about their creative process and messages they wish to convey. The site is highly interactive and includes links to multiple subject areas. Educators from social studies and language arts helped to correlate to standards across disciplines, create lesson plans, and generate a teaching guide for the series.

tag(s): artists (75), creativity (109)

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Explore the lesson plans or make the site a link from your teacher web page for your art students to explore for inspiration. May of the video clips would also be great introductions to studio assignments, cultural discussions, or writing assignments if shown on a projector. Requires Quicktime!
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Weaving Art Museum

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See annotated details of ancient and more recent weavings from many cultures using the interactive "exhibits" of the museum. See work from Egypt, Kashmir, Persia, and many more. Decode...more
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See annotated details of ancient and more recent weavings from many cultures using the interactive "exhibits" of the museum. See work from Egypt, Kashmir, Persia, and many more. Decode some of the iconography in Asian carpets. Some exhibits are text-heavy, while others offer many plates and details for your art students to study and use as references. World cultures classes will be able to envision ancient times by looking at the beautiful images on this site.

tag(s): archeology (32)

In the Classroom

Include this on your classroom computer Favorites when students are beginning a weaving or printmaking unit so they can find inspiration in the graphical patterns and story-telling elements. This would also be a great way to introduce a weaving unit or a unit on ancient Asian civilizations on a projector.

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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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Alexander Palace Time Machine - Bob Atchison

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The tragic story of the lost princess Anastasia is often of interest to students and can serve as an introduction to the story of the Russian Revolution. The Alexander Palace ...more
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The tragic story of the lost princess Anastasia is often of interest to students and can serve as an introduction to the story of the Russian Revolution. The Alexander Palace site certainly illustrates the extreme wealth and extravagance of the Romanov court and how this brought about the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism. This site includes everything: diaries and letters, photographs of the palace pets, and information about the life of Tsar Alexander, the last tsar of Russia. Although the level of detail would be very useful for someone doing research into Russian history, the chief benefit of this site for classroom teachers is its photographs of the palace and its treasures. There are photo tours of the palace and each of its rooms. Of particular interest are zoom-able photos of eleven jeweled and decorated Faberge eggs. The site would also be useful for art teachers in illustrating the craftsmanship and beauty of the Faberge eggs, perhaps before asking students to design their own. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): eggs (6), evolution (100), russia (38), russian (26)

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Send your students on a tour, looking for evidence to support a poitn of view about tsarist Russia. Or try a scavenger hunt where students find answers to specific questions. Even simpler, use a projector to give a "tour" as the opening activity of your unit, then have students revisit the site in individual computers later on in the unit for specific research.
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Muslims and Westerners - The Great Divide - Pew Trusts

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World cultures teachers interested in the mideast could get many interesting discussions from this Pew Trusts report sampling the differences in Muslims' and Westerners' perceptions...more
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World cultures teachers interested in the mideast could get many interesting discussions from this Pew Trusts report sampling the differences in Muslims' and Westerners' perceptions of one another. The report - detailed by nation - finds surprising contradictions, yet remains hopeful that bridges between these two cultures will continue to form.

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Try using this report as a resource for examining the problem of reconciling realities with perceptions, and the role of governments and social systems in keeping these tensions in check.

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North Korea - CIA FactBook - CIA

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The CIA's Factbook is pretty dry reading, but this site does provide some of the history of Korea, including the post-World War II division into North and South. There are ...more
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The CIA's Factbook is pretty dry reading, but this site does provide some of the history of Korea, including the post-World War II division into North and South. There are other facts about culture, government, and economy, but North Korea remains one of the world's least-known and least-understood nations. Could be a useful reference for discussion of current events or a research source for projects on countries.

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Include this in your supplemental teacher links pages during a unit on Asia or Korea.

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World Geography Quizzes - Sheppard Software

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3 to 12
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With such poor results as a nation on geography testing, we all should try these geography games to build student knowledge of U.S. and world geography. Students can click on ...more
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With such poor results as a nation on geography testing, we all should try these geography games to build student knowledge of U.S. and world geography. Students can click on the region of the world and practice at different levels of difficulty. Even adults can find a challenge. Offered in a "dial up version" for those accessing the sites from a slower connection. Note: the non-dial-up pages require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (24), continents (49), countries (76), maps (287)

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Be sure to put a link for these online games and quizzes on your teacher web page for the summer and throughout the school year. Students can use them to practice for your geography quizzes or as extra challenges. The different levels of dificulty will allow you to differentiate your instruction easily.

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Blues Classroom - PBS

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A true American art form, "the Blues" makes a great interdisciplinary study, and this site's lesson plans provide a well-researched foundation for that study. Our only regret is that...more
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A true American art form, "the Blues" makes a great interdisciplinary study, and this site's lesson plans provide a well-researched foundation for that study. Our only regret is that sites on this subject so rarely include sound files for the music they're describing.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), blues (21), jazz (15), songs (52)

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If you elect to use this site, talk with your school's music teacher about resources that will let students hear samples of the music.

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Terrorism and the Web - Washington Post

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This is a chilling study of the ways in which terrorist groups make use of the Internet and the web to further their ambitions. While it has sensational elements, it ...more
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This is a chilling study of the ways in which terrorist groups make use of the Internet and the web to further their ambitions. While it has sensational elements, it is also an excellent example of propaganda and the use of technology for less-than-noble causes. NOTE: The site contains graphic material. Please PREVIEW THOROUGHLY before using this site.

tag(s): propaganda (12), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Government, English, and AP world cultues teachers could use this site to frame a discussion about censorship, regulation of technology, and other issues.
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Choices - Brown University

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10 to 12
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Secondary world cultures and government teachers will find a rich resource in Brown University's Choices program - lessons based on current international political situations. Each...more
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Secondary world cultures and government teachers will find a rich resource in Brown University's Choices program - lessons based on current international political situations. Each offers background and alternatives, then asks students to formulate effective responses and support their conclusions.

tag(s): air (163), politics (99)

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While ideal for an AP class, students at many levels can benefit from working with problems that have no obvious "right" answers. This site offers much to think about.

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FIFA World Cup - FIFA

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6 to 12
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The international soccer association's site includes more than 750 player profiles, score reports, video highlights, and more from the 2006 World Cup. The site includes live game updates...more
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The international soccer association's site includes more than 750 player profiles, score reports, video highlights, and more from the 2006 World Cup. The site includes live game updates and all the bells and whistles that well-connected sports fans demand. There's a great world cultures lesson in this site, since not all the competitors are from the usual "big name" nations.

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World Cup 2006 - German Republic

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Soccer - what the rest of the world calls football - is truly the world's sport, so the World Cup is big news internationally. It's also a great time to ...more
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Soccer - what the rest of the world calls football - is truly the world's sport, so the World Cup is big news internationally. It's also a great time to link sport and world cultures. This site from the host country, Germany, offers games to play, background on the host country, and a sampling of the action from a German perspective.

tag(s): german (64)

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If in need of a fun game during a lesson on International sports OR more information about Germany, be sure to check this site out. For the former there is an interactive game, "dribble king," that students could play on classroom computers. For the latter, there is ample information about German industries, business, soccer culture, and even travel destinations. Though its a bit text heavy, this could be great brush-up material for teachers before teaching a lesson on some aspect of German culture. Foreign language teachers could incorporate this into student research projects or during a lesson discussing vocabulary centered around sports.
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World Citizen's Guide

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9 to 12
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Designed primarily for students traveling internationally, this little 6-page guide offers some practical suggestions to help Americans bridge the cultural differences they are sure...more
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Designed primarily for students traveling internationally, this little 6-page guide offers some practical suggestions to help Americans bridge the cultural differences they are sure to encounter abroad. They rage from the simple (how to wave good-bye) to the more subtle (the importance of listening; differences in pace). This one should be required reading for student groups traveling abroad.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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Beyond its use in travel, consider using this guide in an introductory world cultures class to give students a less "American-centric" view of themselves.
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Smithsonian Global Sound - Smithsonian Institution

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Listen to and learn about traditional music from cultures around the world and through the ages. Browse this amazing collection of downloadable tunes to find musical enrichment to enhance...more
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Listen to and learn about traditional music from cultures around the world and through the ages. Browse this amazing collection of downloadable tunes to find musical enrichment to enhance a unit of study. Full downloads in MP3 or FLAC format are available for purchase but each offering is accompanied by a free audio sample. Note: this site opens rather slowly.Be patient, especially if you are on a dial-up connection.

tag(s): songs (52)

In the Classroom

Search this site for songs to supplement your unit in a US or World history class. This teacher was able to find a song about the suffrage movement, and was able to teach the beliefs of suffrage through student analysis of the lyrics and tone. Be sure to search - there are literally tons of songs that can be used for a variety of curriculum.

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Pigments Through the Ages - Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement

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This site traces the origins of paints and pigments used by artists from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Serious art students will enjoy exploring the "paintings" link that offers...more
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This site traces the origins of paints and pigments used by artists from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Serious art students will enjoy exploring the "paintings" link that offers a detailed, illustrated description of the process of oil painting during the Renaissance. An interesting resource for an art history class.

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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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