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French and Family - National Endowment for the Humanities

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6 to 8
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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 (92), vocabulary (325)

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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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Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology - IRA/NCTE

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6 to 8
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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 (77), poetry (225)

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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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6 to 12
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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 (35), conservation (128), endangered species (40), species (30)

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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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At the Tomb of Tutankhamen - National Geographic Society

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7 to 12
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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 (70), 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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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 (64)

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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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7 to 12
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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 (58), american revolution (89), famous people (21), japan (61), japanese (44), 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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Test Your Geography Knowledge - Lizard Point

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3 to 8
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These interactive geography quizzes test basic spatial knowledge of continents and oceans, the United States, and countries throughout the world. Click on an area of the map to select...more
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These interactive geography quizzes test basic spatial knowledge of continents and oceans, the United States, and countries throughout the world. Click on an area of the map to select a quiz. Great review activity.

tag(s): countries (77), oceans (154), states (165)

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Use these quizzes to help students review either post-instruction or before an assessment. Have students complete the site on individual computers or as a class on the interactive whiteboard. Have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard and try to see which group can complete it the fastest - and most correctly!

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Zoom into Maps - Library of Congress

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Browse through this extensive collection of maps from 1500 AD to modern times and discover some incredible gems to supplement everything from a history lesson to a study of Shakespeare's...more
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Browse through this extensive collection of maps from 1500 AD to modern times and discover some incredible gems to supplement everything from a history lesson to a study of Shakespeare's plays. Start with the site's downloadable graphic organizer that guides students through map analysis. A series of questions and tips for interpretation accompany each type of map and help with understanding of orientation, legend, and scale.

tag(s): maps (292)

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Use this site for a geography course, or in a world history course when discussing the importance of cartography and its many varieties. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Work through the examples as a class, highlighting the images and what can be observed in each. This is a great way to show students concrete examples of how maps are and can be used.

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The Sport of Life and Death - Mint Museum of Art

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Learn about the land and culture of Mesoamerica with this engaging site that draws visitors into the ancient world of athletes and gods. After exploring maps and timelines, and learning...more
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Learn about the land and culture of Mesoamerica with this engaging site that draws visitors into the ancient world of athletes and gods. After exploring maps and timelines, and learning about the elements of the sport, visitor can participate in a unique version of the Mesoamerican Ballgame - the most outstanding feature of the site. To play, students must enter correct responses to content-specific questions. Points are earned by choosing correct answers. Lose the game, and find out why this was know as "the sport of life and death!" Contains great material for a Web hunt.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Meso-American history. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to explore it on classroom computers in their cooperative learning groups. This would be a great center in a World History course, primarily for Middle School grades.
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Life at the End of the Road - University of North Carolina

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This beautifully illustrated site explores the people, land, and culture of Patagonia. Visitors can investigate each of three thematic sections and experience the lives and landscape...more
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This beautifully illustrated site explores the people, land, and culture of Patagonia. Visitors can investigate each of three thematic sections and experience the lives and landscape of this remote region through audio interviews and photographs. Click on the "Timeline of Patagonia" link to take an interactive tour through the amazing history of the region - from 9,000 BC to the present.

tag(s): south america (38)

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You'll have to provide the framework for use of this site in the classroom, but it's an outstanding resource for a study of South American culture. Also available in Spanish.
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Odyssey Online - Emory University

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This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and...more
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This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. An additional section explores 19th - 20th century sub-Saharan Africa. Images of museum artifacts from each region are liberally distributed throughout the site, along with some interactive maps, occasional videos, and games. The Teacher Resource section provides lesson plans (aligned to national standards), suggestions for integrating art into the social studies curriculum, and helpful tips on using the site.

tag(s): egypt (70), greece (26), greek (41), greeks (31), romans (35), rome (27)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This site could also be used as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient Civilizations. Because there is a lot of content, we recommend creating a guide or follow along for students to accompany the site. For help creating graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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A Tale to be Told - Martha Sullivan/Missouri Schoolweb

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4 to 7
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This Webquest challenges students, working in small groups, to read, share, and compare/contrast folk tales from different parts of the world. A printable chart is provided to guide...more
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This Webquest challenges students, working in small groups, to read, share, and compare/contrast folk tales from different parts of the world. A printable chart is provided to guide the analysis, and a graphic organizer can be downloaded to help students organize their thoughts for the final activity - the creation of an original folk tale. Links to online fairytales are provided.

tag(s): air (150), webquests (30)

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Use this web-quest as a hands-on practice activity for students following a lesson on folk tales. Have students complete the activity in cooperative learning groups on classroom computers. Be sure to help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. English teachers will like the interactive part of this site, and students always enjoy a chance to work on computers!

To make it more interactive, have students create and illustrate their stories on an online book-maker, such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Teachers can post the stories on the class webpage, allowing parents to get to see the finished products!

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Place the State - Sheppard Software

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Drag each state to its correct position on the map. This interactive game keeps track of "average miles of error" and challenges students to learn more about names and locations ...more
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Drag each state to its correct position on the map. This interactive game keeps track of "average miles of error" and challenges students to learn more about names and locations of states. No hints are provided.This site requires FLASH.

tag(s): states (165)

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What a great way to have students know American geography better than physically moving the states in their places? Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing cooperative learning groups to complete the activity on classroom computers. Have a class challenge as students try and compete to see which group can get the lowest average error mileage. This would be a great refresher before a US history class (particularly before a unit on the Civil War where state geography is important) or during a Geography class first learning the basics!
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Mysteries of the Nile - PBS Online

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7 to 12
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Take a virtual field trip though the pyramids, temples, and architecture of ancient Egypt. The most impressive feature of the site is a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of...more
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Take a virtual field trip though the pyramids, temples, and architecture of ancient Egypt. The most impressive feature of the site is a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of the Pharaohs that offers dozens of impressive 360 degree photos. Originally designed as a companion site to a NOVA program, the site could be the focus of a great computer lab activity for an ancient history unit.

tag(s): egypt (70), pyramids (29)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities housed in the "classroom resources" portion of this site! This site would be great for ANY unit on Ancient Egypt, regardless of the grade level.

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World Map - Holt, Rinehart and Winston and MapQuest

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Search this virtual atlas by clicking on a continent, country, or region, or use the alphabetical "Map List" index. Geographic and economic information, current population, and state/national...more
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Search this virtual atlas by clicking on a continent, country, or region, or use the alphabetical "Map List" index. Geographic and economic information, current population, and state/national flags are also included with each map. Uses for this site go beyond basic geography. Project these maps in class during discussions of current world events. Available in Spanish.

tag(s): countries (77), maps (292)

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Use this map as a learning center or station when needed in a World History or Geography class. This could be a good way to review basic information about continents and oceans, or could be used for a more in-depth look of the geography of said countries. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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Tsunami in Southeast Asia - WorldChanging

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The magnitude of the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean almost defies description, but this site offers a collection of first-hand and background information on the extent of...more
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The magnitude of the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean almost defies description, but this site offers a collection of first-hand and background information on the extent of the damage. It includes a number of pesonal blogs from people on the scene.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (50), india (37), sun (72), tsunamis (18)

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This information could be used in a class focused on current events or for an Earth Science teacher looking for a practical example of the destruction that can be caused by a tsunami. Have students read the site on classroom computers, or out loud via interactive whiteboard.

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Kids and Teens Action without Borders - Action Without Borders

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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways ...more
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways to turn your ideas into reality. Plenty of real-life examples are provided, but some creative brainstorming in your classroom is a must. Dozens of lesson plans, covering everything from environmental issues to economics and human rights are provided in the "For Teachers" section.

tag(s): civil rights (121)

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Introduce this site in a civics or government course in order to show students how important political awareness and activism can be - and how they can get involved. Dependent on your class, it may not be important to advocate that they join the cause - but more introduce it and let them know that they can. This might be better at the end of a civics course, culminating all the information they have learned thus far and showing a practical application of it.

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