TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 22, 2021

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Girl Rising Curriculum & Educator Tools - Girl Rising

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5 to 12
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Encourage upper elementary, middle, and high school students to think about their role in a global society through conversations about gender, political, and cultural issues found in...more
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Encourage upper elementary, middle, and high school students to think about their role in a global society through conversations about gender, political, and cultural issues found in this project-based lessons curriculum. Included in the curriculum are video lessons, fact sheets, teachers' guides, and assessment tools. The course also includes a module dedicated to teaching financial literacy. To access the curriculum, complete the short registration questionnaire found on the site.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (145), cultures (97), financial literacy (93), money (125), politics (100), women (97)

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Use these free materials to supplement your curriculum and teaching units. When polling students for short-response questions, use a polling tool such as Answer Garden, reviewed here, to engage learners and encourage them to share ideas anonymously. Answer Garden posts short responses in a word cloud format that encourages students to focus on shared ideas and discover different views. Enhance learning by asking students to share their thoughts through writing blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here. Incorporate blogs into the process as a way for students to share ideas, research, and explore their thinking throughout the projects found in this curriculum. Extend learning by asking students to continue exploring and discovering the role of gender, politics, and other factors in the world around them in various ways. For example, some students might enjoy preparing and producing a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, others might create a video using Powtoon, reviewed here, and another group might prefer to focus on a specific topic using a timeline tool such as History in Motion, reviewed here, to present a visual timeline of world events.
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Reading Treks: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles - TeachersFirst

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K to 4
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book, Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-4. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): elections (74), virtual field trips (66), womens suffrage (31)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the book as a starting point to locate primary sources to teach about voting in the United States along with life during the early 1900s. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Alice Burke and Neil Richardson's travels across the country. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Trek: March, Book One - TeachersFirst

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7 to 12
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for sharing the autobiography of Congressman John Lewis who as a student met Martin Luther King, was instrumental in the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and their "lunch counter sit-ins." View the robust instructional guide for suggestions to use with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (81), civil rights (148), congress (37)

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Using the Reading Trek, explore the periods of the 1930s and 1960s using maps and other non-fiction resources. Engage students and use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share resources with students. Organize information within the Padlet using columns to sort content by decade. Be sure to allow comments to encourage student discussion and collaboration. Enhance learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Use the infographics as an alternative to a book report and ask students to share important places, dates, and historical characters to tell the story of John Lewis.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Timeline - Beth Newingham

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K to 6
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This lesson provides details on how to use images from the book, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr., to create a human (not digital) interactive timeline. Follow the ...more
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This lesson provides details on how to use images from the book, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr., to create a human (not digital) interactive timeline. Follow the directions to scan or print the pictures, then challenge students to build their human timeline based on the images. This activity also includes a couple of lesson extensions.
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tag(s): interactive stories (18), martin luther king (32), timelines (47)

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Although this activity seems quite simple, it provides many opportunities for extending student learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and also inspires use as an activity with other topics. Instead of using images from picture books, ask students to create their own drawings representing events from any book, a process in a scientific experiment or study, or historic events. Scan or take pictures of student work then add them into a Google SlideShow or PowerPoint as recommended on this site to use as a digital timeline activity. Take this activity a step further and modify learning using a digital timeline creator like eStory, reviewed here, to create a digital timeline including images and links to media. For additional tools and ideas, take a look at other timeline creation tools located here.

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SheHeroes - sheheroes.org

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2 to 10
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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday...more
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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday females that serve as inspiration for young girls. Choose the Features link to browse articles by categories such as engineering and sports. The video link offers several short videos of prominent women discussing how they have grown in their careers. Each includes a link to discussion questions for further exploration. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (131), women (97), womens suffrage (31)

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Use SheHeroes as part of your Career Day or career unit resources. Add a link on classroom computers for students (male and female) to explore on their own. Take advantage of the further discussion questions to encourage students to think about the obstacles faced by women in business and society. Ask a prominent local business woman to speak to your class and discuss obstacles she has faced and how she was able to overcome those issues. Although the site is dedicated to girls from ages 8-14, share with both boys and girls from ages 8 and up as part of any unit on gender inequalites.
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Global Fund for Women - International Museum of Women

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8 to 12
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International Museum of Women merged with Global Fund for Women making this site a powerful voice for women. Learn about women's issues from around the world and find out how ...more
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International Museum of Women merged with Global Fund for Women making this site a powerful voice for women. Learn about women's issues from around the world and find out how Global Fund's grantmaking and fundraising are helping. Global Fund's recent projects have included IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology, a global campaign and media project that explores the roles of science and technology in advancing gender equality. Read stories of activism, gender equality, and heroism. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): women (97)

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Share stories and podcasts from Global Fund for Women on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Compare and contrast the roles of women in today's society vs. those in previous times. Enhance learning by having students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a woman featured on the site or as a woman many years ago. Modify learning by having students create timelines featuring strong women (with photos, text, and more) using Sutori, reviewed here.
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Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less - Newseum Digital Classroom

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The Newseum pulls together an enormous collection of primary sources about the women's suffrage movement, with rich resources for using these primary sources in an educational setting....more
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The Newseum pulls together an enormous collection of primary sources about the women's suffrage movement, with rich resources for using these primary sources in an educational setting. There is an interactive timeline, a "media map" that plots primary sources on a US map for a visual representation of the geography of the movement, and nearly a dozen lesson plans (including videos) that feature the use of primary sources to broaden understanding. The site requires registration to use, but there is no cost.

tag(s): civil rights (148), women (97), womens suffrage (31)

In the Classroom

It can be tempting to relegate resources like this one to a special unit during Women's History Month, but the primary sources here need to be integrated throughout any study of civil rights in general and the importance of universal suffrage to a modern democracy. While the sources may all be related to the fight for votes for women, much of the content is also relevant in understanding the social and political history of the United States, particularly during the 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plans are comprehensive and include printable discussion guides and worksheets, as well as extension activities. They are standards aligned and Common Core compatible. For the extension activities, consider asking students to create a multimedia project rather than an essay. Enhance learning by using either Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Both of these tools will allow students to create a multimedia magazine or booklet and modify classroom technology use. You may also want to require students create a magazine cover using Magazine Cover Maker, reviewed here, to summarize info in their magazine with titles and as a way for them to double check and make sure they are not missing any requirements.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle - Stanford Research & Education Institute

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3 to 12
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This is a one stop shop index for all things about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Resources include encyclopedias, chronologies, transcribed documents, quotes...more
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This is a one stop shop index for all things about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Resources include encyclopedias, chronologies, transcribed documents, quotes and audio files of Dr. King's speeches.

tag(s): civil rights (148), martin luther king (32), rosa parks (5)

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This is a perfect place to send students for research. Have students use the timeline to find out about important dates in civil rights history. Use the encyclopedia to not only learn about civil rights champions, but about organizations of that time.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Resources - TeachersFirst

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These resources from the TeachersFirst database provide lesson ideas, activities, research materials, and interactive sites for studying Martin Luther King, Jr. ...more
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These resources from the TeachersFirst database provide lesson ideas, activities, research materials, and interactive sites for studying Martin Luther King, Jr.

tag(s): civil rights (148), martin luther king (32)

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Use this collection to inspire lessons for January 15 (or the Monday holiday nearby) or during any unit on civil rights.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Nobel Lecture - Nobel Foundation

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9 to 12
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Find everything you need about Martin Luther King and the Nobel Peace Prize from this search. It includes Dr. King's lecture on the occasion of his award of the Nobel ...more
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Find everything you need about Martin Luther King and the Nobel Peace Prize from this search. It includes Dr. King's lecture on the occasion of his award of the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 and has elements that still resonate in the political structure of today's world. Try this resource as part of a study on non-violence, civil rights, or government. The document is longer than some students might like, but it is not difficult reading. The site also includes a two minute sound recording.

tag(s): africa (136), african american (92), civil rights (148), martin luther king (32)

In the Classroom

Since this speech (document) is so lengthy, why not break it down into several lessons. Alternatively, you could use the Cooperative Learning Jigsaw method (small groups), reviewed here, and either way, ask students to dissect the words of King. Have them answer what still holds true in the 21st century? What has changed?

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Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry - Sharon Webster / NCTE

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Reading, writing, and thinking come together with history in this beautifully detailed lesson plan that focuses on the power and passion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"...more
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Reading, writing, and thinking come together with history in this beautifully detailed lesson plan that focuses on the power and passion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. After reading and interpreting the text, students are asked to create original poetry using words and themes taken from King's speech. All materials, including rubrics, handouts and worksheets (mainly PDF, a captioned audio clip, video clip, related Web resources, and links to NCTE/IRA standards are included.

tag(s): martin luther king (32), poetry (179)

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This lesson plan is ready to go, includes interactive elements, and is even linked to national standards. English class and history class can team up on this lesson and discuss the poetry and history behind King's magical words.
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March on Washington Lesson - PBS Newshour

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6 to 12
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These 20 lessons, from the web site for the PBS Newshour, offers both a set of structuring questions about integration and racism and a set of resources that documents Dr. ...more
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These 20 lessons, from the web site for the PBS Newshour, offers both a set of structuring questions about integration and racism and a set of resources that documents Dr. King and the struggle for equal rights in America. The lesson includes links to important documents (some PDF files, others require Flash), extension activities, thinking questions, audio and video footage, and correlations to National Standards in history, civics, culture, and more.

tag(s): africa (136), civil rights (148), martin luther king (32)

In the Classroom

These lesson plans are ready to use and easy to follow! The extension activities offer some excellent higher order thinking questions. After sharing video footage with your students, why not project one of the extension activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Enhance learning by having students create a blog with Telescope, reviewed here, to answer the questions in the extension activities.
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WASP on the Web - Wings Across America, Nancy Parrish

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6 to 12
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While this site really assumes the reader knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various ...more
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While this site really assumes the reader knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various site elements offer glimpses of the people, airplanes, and places that made the WASPs an indispensable element of the war effort. The sounds add some additional realism. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. There are a couple of audio files that use Flash, however there is a LOT more to see on this site.

tag(s): air (106), aviation (31), women (97), world war 2 (134)

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Use the video on this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to show students who the WASPS were as well as the contribution they made to the war effort. This would be a great addition to a lesson on WWII as well as the fight for equality between the sexes. Click on the Gallery and view Above and Beyond about the 38 WASPs who died during service to their country. The information here is very brief. You may want to ask small groups of students to select three of four WASPs to research and share their stories using a tool like Sway, reviewed here. With Sway, you can have music, photos, videos, and even make it interactive.

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change - The King Center

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This site is one of two official Martin Luther King sites. Come to this site to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr: his life, his legacy, the holiday honoring ...more
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This site is one of two official Martin Luther King sites. Come to this site to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr: his life, his legacy, the holiday honoring him (including Belove), his wife and family, and more. There are videos, PDF printables, and excellent research information. Unfortuneatly there is a note on the library and archives page that says it is down at this time. However, you are given a link for some documents at Stanford University.

tag(s): africa (136), african american (92), martin luther king (32)

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Share the video and/or audio clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students use this site for research projects. Challenge students to write a blog from King's perspective. Have students pretend that he could write a blog for people to read in the 2000s. What would he say? Has his dream come true?
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