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St. Petersburg in Pictures

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4 to 12
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This is a Russian-produced site showing sights in St. Petersburg. Quality is uneven, but it's authentic. ...more
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This is a Russian-produced site showing sights in St. Petersburg. Quality is uneven, but it's authentic.

tag(s): russia (36)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of Pre-communist Russia. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about Russia before the communist revolution. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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The Renaissance - CPB/Annenberg

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This offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to Renaissance life and thought. Developed as part of the Annenberg/CPB project, it exposes students to the interplay of...more
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This offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to Renaissance life and thought. Developed as part of the Annenberg/CPB project, it exposes students to the interplay of art, philosophy, and science which made the renaissance unique in European history. There is particular emphasis on the Italian renaissance.

tag(s): europe (73), italian (36), italy (15), renaissance (31)

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This is an excellent resource to explore all events within the renaissance, from the emergence of the middle class to the impact of the Bubonic Plague. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group pick an element of the presentation to explore in more depth, and have each group create a poster to "teach" their peers about their section. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Mythweb

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4 to 10
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Don't let the cartoon style fool you! This site is a very complete resource for students to study'? Greek mythology, stories, characters, and more. It presents the content is small,...more
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Don't let the cartoon style fool you! This site is a very complete resource for students to study'? Greek mythology, stories, characters, and more. It presents the content is small, visually appealing doses, and includes links to lesson plans and other related information. Well worth a look if you want a site that students can use on their own.

tag(s): greek (41)

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Use the stories on this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient Greece OR a unit on myths/fables, depending on whether it is for a Language Arts or History classroom. Have students recreate the stories in an online book with a tool like Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Medieval Siege - PBS

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The PBS Nova series describes life in a medieval castle and the process of laying siege to a castle. The highlight of this site is the building of a trebuchet ...more
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The PBS Nova series describes life in a medieval castle and the process of laying siege to a castle. The highlight of this site is the building of a trebuchet - a medieval catapult with huge throwing capacity. There's even a "besiege the castle" shockwave game that shows the principles of physics on which the trebuchet operates. The castle buffs in your class will love this one.

tag(s): medieval (26)

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Looking at the site and the Teachers Guide, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this site into your classroom. The guide itself lists ways to use the site within lessons, so be sure to look at that before using. The game would also make a great hands on activity for students directly after instruction, whether used as a learning station or as a cooperative group activity. A very cool site for World History teachers.
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The Middle Ages - CPB/Annenberg

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A comprehensive look at the Middle Ages - religion, medicine, food, the arts, entertainment, and daily living. More text than pictures, but an interesting, high-quality presentation....more
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A comprehensive look at the Middle Ages - religion, medicine, food, the arts, entertainment, and daily living. More text than pictures, but an interesting, high-quality presentation. Funded in part by the Annenberg Foundation.

tag(s): medieval (26)

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This site would make an interesting learning center or station on any unit on Medieval Europe. Have students explore the site in class, and to show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Be sure 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.

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A Medieval Technology Timeline

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There's more here than meets the eye. This site offers a time-line showing the evolution of simple tools and technologies during the middle ages. Those who are persistent will also...more
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There's more here than meets the eye. This site offers a time-line showing the evolution of simple tools and technologies during the middle ages. Those who are persistent will also find more detailed drawings and explanations of the various implements. This is a great site to show how major changes can arise from simple inventions.

tag(s): feudalism (3), inventors and inventions (93), medieval (26)

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Use this site to find time-lines to supplement your classroom discussions and lectures throughout your curriculum. Share the time-lines on the interactive whiteboard or projector during instruction to aid student understanding of the succession of events. This would be extremely useful for any Social Studies classroom.

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Maps from National Geographic Xpeditions - National Geographic

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Here's an interactive resource that lets you find and print maps of just about any country. The final results are available as GIF or Adobe Acrobat files, and the site ...more
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Here's an interactive resource that lets you find and print maps of just about any country. The final results are available as GIF or Adobe Acrobat files, and the site offers links to additional information on geography and cultures.

tag(s): atlas (6), maps (292)

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Use these maps on your interactive whiteboard as you teach about any location, using the whiteboard pens and highlighters to have students indicate landforms, places, and more on the maps. Also include this link on your teacher web page so students can generate map images to include in projects, multimedia presentations, and more.

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Map Outlines - Houghton Mifflin

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This site offers a collection of outline maps for the continents, the US, and other nations suitable for reproduction and reuse in the classroom. Most are GIF files, but there ...more
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This site offers a collection of outline maps for the continents, the US, and other nations suitable for reproduction and reuse in the classroom. Most are GIF files, but there are a few PDF files as well. From Houghton Mifflin.

tag(s): maps (292)

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These maps are excellent for a History or Geography teacher attempting to refresh students on the political geography of an area. Before teaching a unit on the Middle East or Asia, refresh and quiz students with these worksheets to help with both map skills and understanding of the area. Often a weak point in student knowledge, it can never hurt to help students become more aware of political geography.

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Castles in Wales

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Learn about castles, Pre-Modern Europe, and more. ...more
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Learn about castles, Pre-Modern Europe, and more.

tag(s): europe (73)

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Use this site as an introductory activity before beginning a lesson on the always interesting subject of castles, and why they were so important in Pre-Modern Europe. Students always seem to love looking at castles, so let students peruse the site in cooperative learning groups. Have groups search the site for the castle they think would offer the best protection in the time period being studied, and describe what qualities make it the best. Use an online poster creator for students to argue their cases, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Exploring the Mandala - Ask Asia

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Use a study of this Buddhist art form to learn about Asian cultures and people. ...more
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Use a study of this Buddhist art form to learn about Asian cultures and people.

tag(s): design (95), religions (66)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to read it on their own on classroom computers or paper. This would be a great addition to a unit on Buddhism in a wold history classroom.

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Canada and the Hudson's Bay Company - Canadiana

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This Canadian site is written expressly for younger audiences, yet the thematic presentation is interesting enough to hold the attention of older students. There's lots of information,...more
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This Canadian site is written expressly for younger audiences, yet the thematic presentation is interesting enough to hold the attention of older students. There's lots of information, presented in an appealing, easily accessible structure. Great addition to any unit on exploration, or for the study of Canadian history itself.

tag(s): canada (31), explorers (64), pioneers (7)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! All would benefit a US history course, grades 6-12.

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Who Invented it? When? Chinese Inventions: An Introductory Activity - Ask Asia

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Learn about Chinese inventors and deflate erroneous stereotypes about Chinese technology. From the Ask Asia series. ...more
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Learn about Chinese inventors and deflate erroneous stereotypes about Chinese technology. From the Ask Asia series.

tag(s): asia (71), china (62), inventors and inventions (93)

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Use this free lesson plan in class during a unit on Chinese inventions and innovations. Make sure to mention the years inventions were made while performing the activity, students will be amazed just how many inventions we use today were made almost 3 thousand years ago!

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Trebuchet.com

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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how...more
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how to build their own miniature version, and they can study why the trebuchet worked so efficiently. This one's both fun and instructional.

tag(s): medieval (26)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit or lesson on the physics of throwing machines. Use this site to provide a historic example of their many uses. Teachers can focus simply on the history of mechanics of the machinery OR can have students attempt to create their own based on the directions and resources provided. This would be a great resource for either a History or Physics classroom.

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Deep in the Bush, Where People Rarely Ever Go - Phillip Martin

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This is a collection of folk tales from Liberia which could be used orally, or as an on-line introduction to African culture. Scripts for folktale plays are included. ...more
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This is a collection of folk tales from Liberia which could be used orally, or as an on-line introduction to African culture. Scripts for folktale plays are included.

tag(s): africa (168), african american (110)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in this site - all connected to National standards! This would be a great resource for a Language Arts teacher. If your reading program includes a folktale unit, why not make a video or podcast dramatization of one of the folktales included on this site?

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Vive La France! - Washington Post

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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post ...more
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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post and AP newswires, get today's exchange rates for world currencies. You can even get today's weather forecast throughout France. With links to over 200 countries, this site lets you create a World's Fair in your classroom.

tag(s): france (38), french (93)

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Use this site as a starting point for any and all research projects based on France. Students can research current events, history, geography and economic statistics all from the homepage. Post this site on assignment worksheets requiring research as well as your teacher wiki or web page.

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Paris Pages

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Large, colorful site presenting extensive information about Paris - in English and French versions. ...more
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Large, colorful site presenting extensive information about Paris - in English and French versions.

tag(s): france (38), french (93)

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In a personal economy lesson, use this site to help students "plan a trip" to Paris. Assign students to cooperative learning groups, with each group receiving a hypothetical amount of money, and directions to find lodging, food, transportation while surveying the sites of Paris. This is a great way to teach students how to budget with real world prices and figures. For an emphasis on French history, require students to participate in certain tourist activities in their hypothetical situation - simultaneously creating challenges to their budgets. A great way to add some relevance to an economics lesson.

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Cheeses of France

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Did you know that there are over 400 varieties of cheese in France? Navigate this site with your students and discover the rich tradition that cheese has in the history ...more
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Did you know that there are over 400 varieties of cheese in France? Navigate this site with your students and discover the rich tradition that cheese has in the history of France. The webmaster will even give you suggestions for how to choose your cheese.

tag(s): france (38), french (93)

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Use this site in a home economics class before discussing the different varieties of foods. The site would make a great example over the interactive whiteboard of the wide world of food that exists.

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English-Spanish Picture Dictionary

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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section ...more
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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section of the dictionary. You can also click on the letters of the alphabet, across the screen in rainbow colors, to find picturs with both English and Spanish words for the objects.

tag(s): spanish (111)

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ESOL teachers can easily use this site to acclimate new spanish-speaking students, helping them begin the transition to speaking and understanding English. In many of the hyper-linked words are attachments of graphic organizers and handouts, so peruse the site for content being studied and see what's provided that can benefit your class!

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The Eiffel Tower Site

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C'est Magnifique! Find out all about the most famous landmark in Paris. There's lots of information on the tower itself, a virtual tour, and a panoramic view from the top. ...more
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C'est Magnifique! Find out all about the most famous landmark in Paris. There's lots of information on the tower itself, a virtual tour, and a panoramic view from the top. This is certainly a nice way to introduce French geography and culture. The site incluea a section for kids and a quiz. Note: to read in French, click the French flag. Some of the interactive tour portions require a special Active X plug-in. When prompted, you will need to install these.

tag(s): france (38), french (93)

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This is definitely a site to share on a projector or to allow students to explore on laptops or in a lab. Give them some questions to answer and send them "touring."

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Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents

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A useful site for books, workshops and materials related to books in Spanish for children and young adults. Contains information from a number of sponsor-publishers as well as links...more
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A useful site for books, workshops and materials related to books in Spanish for children and young adults. Contains information from a number of sponsor-publishers as well as links to other sites.

tag(s): spanish (111)

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ESOL teachers looking for more literature for spanish-speaking students might find this site useful as a point of reference. There are also lists of magazines in spanish, in addition to a list of websites that could be useful in your class.

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