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Odyssey Online - Emory University

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4 to 8
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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 (67), greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), 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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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 (163), webquests (29)

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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 (163)

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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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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 (67), 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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4 to 12
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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 (288)

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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 (228), earthquakes (48), india (36), sun (71), tsunamis (16)

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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 (117)

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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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America's Stone Age Explorers - NOVA

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Who were the very first Americans? This site explores evidence found by archeologists, examines artifacts found throughout the United States, and involves visitors in interpreting Stone...more
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Who were the very first Americans? This site explores evidence found by archeologists, examines artifacts found throughout the United States, and involves visitors in interpreting Stone Age tools. Includes interactive activities and a downloadable teacher's guide.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans located in the classroom activities section. (located in the teacher guide) These lesson connect the history lesson to biology and the study of genetic traits, a very interesting inter-disciplinary focus.
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Trivia Plaza Geography Quiz - Triviaplaza.com

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6 to 8
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Use this interactive geography quiz as an independent review activity or for Geography Bee preparation. Select from a variety of topics and regions of the world. Some of the ...more
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Use this interactive geography quiz as an independent review activity or for Geography Bee preparation. Select from a variety of topics and regions of the world. Some of the advertising is rather annoying, but the quizzes themselves are great.

tag(s): continents (50), countries (77), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Use the "celebrate Birthdays" to create a "this day in history" display for the classroom. The other sections of the website would be excellent to review for any subject, so find the appropriate subject and have students open the site on individual computers. In groups of 2-3, have students compete to see who can get the highest score! Be sure to post the site on your class webpage, allowing students to use the site for review before a summative assessment.

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Solar Folklore - Stanford SOLAR Center

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5 to 7
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Make the connection between scientific understanding, literature, and cultural diversity with this fascinating collection of myths and legends that reflect our human attempts at explaining...more
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Make the connection between scientific understanding, literature, and cultural diversity with this fascinating collection of myths and legends that reflect our human attempts at explaining the sun in terms of our own world views. Solar tales from the indigenous peoples of Australia, the Americas, and Mesopotamia are included, along with Judeo-Christian views and observations of ancient astronomers.

tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119), sun (71)

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Take advantage of the free and interactive lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Under the "educators" section are plenty of ideas, categorized by grade level and subject. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Decoding the Past - Smithsonian Center for Education

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What can artifacts reveal about the ancient men and women who created them? This site encourages students to think about the type of information human-made objects can reveal about...more
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What can artifacts reveal about the ancient men and women who created them? This site encourages students to think about the type of information human-made objects can reveal about people of the past and present. The three print-friendly lesson plans are the true treasures on this site. With incredible detail they walk through the process of setting up a series of archaeological tasks and provide related worksheets and charts. Topics explored include identifying artifacts, dating soil layers, and interpreting artifacts using typology.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! Lessons are offered for Science, Language Arts and History classrooms - each with a useful review of the topic to help refresh teachers. Make sure and save this one as a favorite to your desktop!

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Ancient History: Egyptians - BBC

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Enrich a unit on ancient Egypt with the outstanding interactive games, multimedia galleries, and articles available on this site. Students can practice problem-solving skills as they...more
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Enrich a unit on ancient Egypt with the outstanding interactive games, multimedia galleries, and articles available on this site. Students can practice problem-solving skills as they attempt The Pyramid Challenge or become a Mummy Maker. The virtual tour of King Khufu's pyramid is excellent. So are the interactive galleries and "Voices from Ancient Egypt" features.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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If you study mythology of various cultures or ancient civilizations, this site has many features that will allow you to send students exploring. Create a simple web scavenger hunt for students to discover the basics, or have them use this site to compare the Egyptians to other civilizations, creating a concept map to illustrate similarities and differences (and include URLS to link to images or content they find here a "proof").
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Walking Around Europe - Learningtogether.net

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6 to 12
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Choose your language - English, French, German, or Italian - and participate in interactive games that teach European culture and geography. Includes many click and drag activities....more
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Choose your language - English, French, German, or Italian - and participate in interactive games that teach European culture and geography. Includes many click and drag activities.

tag(s): cultures (105), french (88), german (64), italian (33)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on culture within a foreign language class. Have students try out the site in the other language to allow them to practice their language immersion-style.

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Costa Rica: Land of Pure Life - PBS

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From volcanoes to marine turtles, explore some of Costa Rica's natural wonders. Two lesson plans - one on frogs, the other on volcanic soil - are included in the Teacher ...more
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From volcanoes to marine turtles, explore some of Costa Rica's natural wonders. Two lesson plans - one on frogs, the other on volcanic soil - are included in the Teacher Resources section. While a bit heavy on text, and a bit lacking in photographs, the site has great content for student research. Aligned to national standards.

tag(s): oil (45), soil (17), volcanoes (61)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted within the "Teacher Resources" portion of this site. This could be a great resource for a World History classroom, or for a Earth Sciences class.

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Outline Maps

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4 to 7
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This great collection of black and white, printer-friendly outline maps represent every continent, many countries, various regions of the United States. American historical maps - showing...more
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This great collection of black and white, printer-friendly outline maps represent every continent, many countries, various regions of the United States. American historical maps - showing the Lewis and Clarke routes, the original thirteen colonies, etc. - are also included. Each map is available with or without labels and royalty free for classroom and personal use. Requires Acrobat Reader.

tag(s): maps (288), states (163)

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Use the maps on this site as an introductory activity for any and all history units that correspond with geography. Use the blank maps as formative assessments to determine what students already know about the spacial context of the events being studied. After the unit is over have students fill out the blank maps again to assess how much they learned over the course of the unit. Save this one as a favorite on your classroom computer!
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Do You Know About U.S. Geography - learningtogether

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Test your students' understanding of U.S. geography with this interactive activity that requires them to match state names and locations. ...more
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Test your students' understanding of U.S. geography with this interactive activity that requires them to match state names and locations.

tag(s): states (163)

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Use this site as a review activity post-instruction or before an assessment. Have students test themselves individually, or as a class on the interactive whiteboard. Have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard and try to solve the map the quickest.
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Viking Quest - BBC

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6 to 8
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Take your student to the computer lab, bring out the headphones, and take a virtual field trip to the year AD 793. This interactive multimedia game places students in the ...more
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Take your student to the computer lab, bring out the headphones, and take a virtual field trip to the year AD 793. This interactive multimedia game places students in the role of planning and executing a Viking voyage. Players must build a ship, hire crew members, cross the seas, loot a monastery, and return home safely. A great site for teaching history as well as problem-solving skills. This sites requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): vikings (10)

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Use this online challenge as a learning center or station during a unit on the Vikings. The interactive game would be a great way to help students review in addition to expanding upon that knowledge base. Every world History teacher will love this one.
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Cyberschoolbus - United Nations

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5 to 12
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This expansive site promotes understanding of global issues using background information on the mission of the United Nations, country profiles, and downloadable curricula and lesson...more
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This expansive site promotes understanding of global issues using background information on the mission of the United Nations, country profiles, and downloadable curricula and lesson plans. A variety of cleverly designed interactive games challenge students to match countries and flags, test their knowledge of geography, or go on an interactive mission with "Pook" to save the world. There are many options for using this site in the classroom. Make the interactive activities part of an independent learning center, use the country profiles to introduce a geography lesson, or use the student-friendly resource to introduce the functions of the U.N. Qualify for free materials for your classroom by volunteering to review and test the site's features.

tag(s): countries (77), cultures (105), flags (21), united nations (8)

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WOW are there a lot of resources on this site! Use the quizzes and games to help students review before an assessment or practice the content after instruction. There are also webquests that could be used as introductory activities or as the starting point for individual or group projects. Save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval and to keep up to date on updates added. This would be great in a Government or World History class.
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Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets - National Greographic

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The National Geographic Society designed this interactive site to provide background information for those who are planning a visit to the Canyon. But the impressive online tour of...more
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The National Geographic Society designed this interactive site to provide background information for those who are planning a visit to the Canyon. But the impressive online tour of the South Rim is a useful tool for introducing students to the geography of the American south west. Students can learn about the physical features and plants and animals indigenous to the region. Just for fun, the site also includes Kids' Canyon, a collection of activities, print-and-go coloring pages, screensavers, and wallpapers. Be sure to investigate the K-12 lesson plans, aligned to National Geography Standards.

tag(s): geology (81)

In the Classroom

Beyond lesson plans, use the virtual map over the interactive whiteboard to show students the details of the canyon. Allow students to navigate through the site individually, picking which direction they want to explore first. Be sure to let the students work the interactive whiteboard - participation in technology often heightens interest. This would be a great way to introduce the material being studied.
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Ancient China - British Musem

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7 to 12
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Discover the culture of ancient China with this outstanding, interactive site that explores its artisans, geography, tombs, writings, and more. Each section of the site provides historical...more
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Discover the culture of ancient China with this outstanding, interactive site that explores its artisans, geography, tombs, writings, and more. Each section of the site provides historical information, a story, an in-depth exploration, and a challenge. The challenge activities promote higher level thinking and are ideal for independent practice and review.

tag(s): china (66), chinese (48)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient China. There is a lot of content on the site, so it would be beneficial to create a graphic organizer for students to help organize their notes. (If looking for an easy find, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) Teachers can also use the challenges to assess student participation, not to mention that kids will enjoy the brief respite from note-taking! A very useful resource for the world history classroom.

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