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Malaysia

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6 to 12
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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great...more
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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great source of research information for studies of other cultures and peoples.

tag(s): asia (73), religions (61)

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Use the historic timeline to study the spread of Islam to Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia during the 15th century. The timeline is extremely detailed and can actually be used as a learning center or station too. To help guide students through the content, we recommend creating a graphic organizer. For help making those, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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India and Its Neighbors

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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals...more
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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals support most of the sections, and the content could be useful for research projects or general information. The site includes a short biography of Mahatma Ghandi. This is a "labor of love" site created by two faculty members at UCLA.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit studying India. This activity works best if students have a graphic organizer to accompany the information - we recommend a tool such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Holocaust Bibliographies and Books

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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust. ...more
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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust.

tag(s): holocaust (39), reading lists (73)

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Use this site as a means to find literary resources for a unit on the Holocaust. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval and access.

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Pulse of the Planet

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National Geographic publishes this ongoing collection of short documentary pieces, each of which has both text and audio narration in high quality stereo sound, with lots of natural...more
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National Geographic publishes this ongoing collection of short documentary pieces, each of which has both text and audio narration in high quality stereo sound, with lots of natural effects. For students who have trouble either reading or attending, these short sound clips provide a well-constructed exposure to topics ranging from science to cultures and celebrations. New segments each week, along with a monthly feature presentation.

tag(s): adhd (28)

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Because there are a LOT of short recordings on this site, be sure to examine it thoroughly before allowing students to use it. Find one or several informatory recordings that could benefit your classroom, and use them as introductory pieces before beginning a unit or lesson. Play the recording over the interactive whiteboard as a starter, previewing the lesson to come, allowing students to reflect to the recording via writing or verbally in a class discussion.

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Modern World History - BBC

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BBC offers this Eurocentric look at the 19th and 20th centuries, complete with timelines and questions designed to provoke discussion and research. This site would offer a good overview...more
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BBC offers this Eurocentric look at the 19th and 20th centuries, complete with timelines and questions designed to provoke discussion and research. This site would offer a good overview of movements and key events, and its timeline would be particularly useful to help "fit the pieces together."

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), europe (75)

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This site has SO many resources! Use the activities as learning center or stations, or complete them together as a class using the interactive whiteboard or projector. There are also practice quizzes and tests that can be used to help students review for assessments or to assess what students already know coming into a new unit. The activities are very cute and actually quite humerous - just make sure to include headphones for individual computers. History teachers everywhere - take note of this sight!

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Lonely Planet Destinations

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This site contains info on continents and countries of the world. While it is targeted toward travelers, this site offers an incredible amount of information on countries, including...more
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This site contains info on continents and countries of the world. While it is targeted toward travelers, this site offers an incredible amount of information on countries, including history, economy, culture, events, reading material (reference and personal accounts of experiences), etc. It's easy to navigate and search. This site could be used for many disciplines (science, English, history, art, music, even math-unit on other currencies and how to convert).

tag(s): atlas (6)

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Use this site during a geography, economics, or civic class on a unit that compares the cultures of countries around the world. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students access the site individually. Assign every student a country and have them create a travel brochure about it using a tool such as Padlet (reviewed here). Make sure to have students include similar topics to allow for a compare/contrast discussion to follow! An excellent site to introduce topics such as GDP, population, resource usage, and the effects of globalization.

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Interactive World Fact Book

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4 to 12
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This site offers short, factual summaries on hundreds of different countries. There's not a lot of extensive detail, but there are enough basics here for an elementary report, or for...more
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This site offers short, factual summaries on hundreds of different countries. There's not a lot of extensive detail, but there are enough basics here for an elementary report, or for a starting point for a more advanced exploration of another country. The short synopses make comparisons particularly easy.

tag(s): maps (288)

In the Classroom

Use the country reports on this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage, allowing students to access the material both in and out of the classroom.

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Historic American Maps - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online...more
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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online or download them for inclass use.

tag(s): explorers (61), maps (288)

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Teachers will probably want to suggest which maps are most useful.

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The Electronic Embassy

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This Washington, DC - based site offers a collection of information from foreign embassies located in the nation's capital. Its most useful feature is a set of links to the ...more
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This Washington, DC - based site offers a collection of information from foreign embassies located in the nation's capital. Its most useful feature is a set of links to the embassies themselves, some of which are fairly obscure. Good resource for a student interested in finding out specifics of a foreign country and their diplomatic services.

tag(s): foreign policy (16)

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Use the embassy row tour as a hands-on activity during a lesson on international diplomacy. Have students look at the site in cooperative learning groups, with the intentions of creating their own tour of embassy row. Using the images and information on the site, have students create a multi-media presentation detailing what an embassy is, why it's important, and show examples of embassies in D.C. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Chronologies from WebChron - North Park University

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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution...more
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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution of the first hominids. While the information is strictly limited to dates and events, the site could be useful for building time-lines, or for comparing contemporaneous events in different cultures. From the department of history at North Park University.

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Good resource for lesson development.

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Around the World in the 1890s - Library of Congress

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This is a Library of Congress collection of photos taken for the World Transportation Commission in the 1890s. Teachers, students, or parents could use this online archive to illustrate...more
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This is a Library of Congress collection of photos taken for the World Transportation Commission in the 1890s. Teachers, students, or parents could use this online archive to illustrate both what foreign nations were like a hundred years ago, and also the subjects that Americans were interested in recording during their journeys. This is a nice example of the primary resources which the Library makes available on the web.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of evolving transportation. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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St. Petersburg in Pictures

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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 (38)

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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 (75), italian (33), italy (17), renaissance (34)

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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 (27)

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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 (27)

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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 (101), medieval (27)

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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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Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map - Univ. of Tennesee

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Well, as its title states, this site offers the basics on cartography. It's a very good summary that explains the origins of mapmaking, the terms (w/definitions), and also has a ...more
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Well, as its title states, this site offers the basics on cartography. It's a very good summary that explains the origins of mapmaking, the terms (w/definitions), and also has a crossword puzzle. The info could easily be streamlined so the younger kids would understand the material. It also has a listing of suggested reading. Easy site to navigate and is extremely straightforward. Great site for anyone teaching maps.

tag(s): maps (288)

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This would be an excellent introductory activity for students learning basic map-building skills. Have students look at the site in cooperative learning groups or pairs, with the intentions of noting the valuable information listed on this site. We recommend creating graphic organizers to guide students through the material as well as highlight what is most important. For help creating graphic organizers, try Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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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 (288)

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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 (288)

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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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