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National Geographic Education - National Geographic Education

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K to 12
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National Geographic Education shares many classroom resources for all grade levels, including videos, interactives, maps, and more. Use the keyword search to find content related to...more
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National Geographic Education shares many classroom resources for all grade levels, including videos, interactives, maps, and more. Use the keyword search to find content related to specific content, filter by grade, type of learning materials, and subject, or browse the site to view some of the latest resources. Although registration isn't required, creating an account allows members to bookmark and save favorite resources.

tag(s): africa (138), amazon (11), animals (284), antarctica (29), anthropology (10), australia (27), biodiversity (31), birds (45), cells (81), climate (81), climate change (88), conservation (85), constitution (88), continents (33), countries (70), diseases (67), earth (184), earthquakes (45), egypt (48), engineering (120), erosion (15), explorers (66), fish (18), hurricanes (36), mammals (23), migration (44), molecules (42), moon (71), natural disasters (17), natural resources (38), nutrition (135), oceans (150), plants (147), pollution (51), population (48), religions (76), reproduction (7), reptiles (12), romans (34), slavery (76), sociology (22), solar system (109), space (214), volcanoes (56), weather (165), world war 2 (150)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource to supplement your current curriculum. Share interactives and videos with students by bookmarking them on classroom computers or using a curation tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here when sharing several resources. Enhance student learning when watching videos using Playposit, reviewed here to add questions, text, and additional media. Upon completing your unit, ask students to share their understanding of the content by creating concept maps using a visual organization tool such as Circlyapp, reviewed here.

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GZM Shows - GZM Shows

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K to 8
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GZM Shows is home to several podcast series geared toward students of all ages, including some web award winners for content. Browse through all the titles, or choose from mystery,...more
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GZM Shows is home to several podcast series geared toward students of all ages, including some web award winners for content. Browse through all the titles, or choose from mystery, comedy, non-fiction categories, and younger listeners. Visit any link for a podcast summary, then select the episode's link to begin listening. One series, Sies Minutos, is in Spanish. Many of the series include a link for educators, as well as supplemental materials such as a Listening Guide, Choice Board activities, and Explore Boards.

tag(s): 1800s (73), adolescence (12), ecosystems (73), franklin (11), mayans (11), mysteries (20), podcasts (79), sports (78)

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Include the podcasts on this site among your other podcast resources to share with students. Use podcasts in your classroom for many purposes, including as a resource to enhance curriculum topics, teach listening skills, and increase vocabulary and comprehension. Learn more about using podcasts in the classroom by watching archived recordings of OK2Ask: Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in the Classroom, reviewed here and OK2Ask: Podcasting 201: Creating Podcasts in Your Classroom, reviewed here.

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Webcomics Web Archive - Library of Congress

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8 to 12
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well...more
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well as those featured based on significance in the field of comics. Browse through the collection items or use search features to narrow your selection by different criteria including format, date, subject, and location. Please note that all content is provided in its original form and may not be suitable for all ages.

tag(s): artists (78), comics and cartoons (54), politics (113)

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Include this collection in art classes during the study of comic book art. Share comics with students in history classes along with newspaper comics to demonstrate the use of comics to depict historic events or share political beliefs and satire. In literature classes, include this site along with others to share comics depicting characters in novels. Have students create their own comics or cartoons to summarize story events or depict characters and events from history using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons. Find more uses for using comics in the classroom by viewing the archive of our OK2Ask session Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom, reviewed here.

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Birth of the Civil Rights Movement Infographic - Kids Discover

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3 to 12
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Kids Discover Online presents this easy-to-understand picture guide called "Birth of the Civil Rights Movement." It shows important events and people who helped start the Civil Rights...more
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Kids Discover Online presents this easy-to-understand picture guide called "Birth of the Civil Rights Movement." It shows important events and people who helped start the Civil Rights Movement in America. This guide is great for kids to learn how people fought for equal rights, with simple explanations and key dates. It's a helpful way for teachers to introduce students to this important part of history.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), civil rights (195), infographics (57)

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Use one of the timeline creation tools, located here, enhance the learning by having students create timelines, adding events from the infographic along with additional research. They can include images, short descriptions, and videos to make the timeline more interactive. Extend learning using Snappa, reviewed here and have students design infographics based on their research. Place students in groups to create a presentation and have them present it to the class. After each presentation, have the class discuss the figure's role and impact on the movement. This activity can help students develop empathy and a deeper understanding of historical perspectives.
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Causes of the American Revolution | Interactive Timeline - BS & WGBH Educational Foundation.

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The PBS LearningMedia website has an interactive timeline called "Causes of the American Revolution" that helps students learn about the events leading up to America's fight for independence...more
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The PBS LearningMedia website has an interactive timeline called "Causes of the American Revolution" that helps students learn about the events leading up to America's fight for independence from Britain. It covers important happenings and laws from the 1760s to the start of the Revolutionary War, showing them in order with explanations, pictures, and original documents. The site offers an accessible version for those who may need it and allows you to share it on Google Classroom or share a direct link with students.

tag(s): american revolution (82), primary sources (117), timelines (51)

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Students examine the timeline to identify where key events took place. Using Google My Maps, reviewed here or another mapping tool, have students create an interactive map that plots the locations of significant events leading up to the American Revolution, adding descriptions and images for each location. Have students use the timeline to gather evidence on the causes of the American Revolution and organize a class debate on whether the American Revolution was justified. Divide the class into two groups, one arguing in favor and the other against, using information from the timeline to support their arguments. Using ePubEditor, reviewed here have students create an interactive quiz using information they find from the timeline.

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State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets - State Historical Society of Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website offers a special section for teachers, featuring sets of historical materials that tell the story of Iowa's past. These sets contain...more
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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website offers a special section for teachers, featuring sets of historical materials that tell the story of Iowa's past. These sets contain items like old photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts, each focused on different parts of Iowa's history, from the early days to the present. Alongside these materials, are guides filled with questions and activities designed to help students explore and understand the history of Iowa more interactively and engagingly. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), iowa (3), primary sources (117)

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Have students select a specific primary source from the collection that interests them, such as a letter, photograph, or map, and use a digital annotation tool like Kami, reviewed here to have students annotate the document, noting interesting details, questions they have, and their interpretations of the source's significance. After exploring various primary source sets, students choose a theme or event in Iowa history to focus on for a virtual museum exhibit. Use a platform like Netboard, reviewed here where students can add to a virtual exhibit that includes images, text, and primary sources from the site. Utilize the grade level lesson plans and implement some of the suggested lessons.
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Women and the American Revolution Interactive Lesson - PBS Learning Media

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The interactive lesson "Women and the American Revolution" on PBS LearningMedia is an engaging lesson crafted to shed light on the often-overlooked contributions of women during this...more
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The interactive lesson "Women and the American Revolution" on PBS LearningMedia is an engaging lesson crafted to shed light on the often-overlooked contributions of women during this pivotal period in American history, providing a rich and comprehensive exploration of the topic. This interactive lesson includes multimedia elements such as videos, historical documents, and interactive activities that bring the topic to life for students. Additionally, the lesson offers teaching tips and technical notes to help educators effectively use the resource in their classrooms. Take note of any technical considerations outlined in the Technical Notes section to ensure a smooth lesson implementation.

tag(s): black history (125), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Begin by captivating your students' imaginations with a presentation showcasing powerful images and short video clips about women's roles in the American Revolution. Prompt them to share their initial thoughts, questions, and predictions about what they see, fostering a sense of curiosity and intrigue about the topic - transition to a deeper exploration of the topic using the interactive lesson. The interactive lesson provides valuable opportunities for students to enhance their historical understanding by analyzing primary sources, developing persuasive arguments based on evidence, and exploring the diverse experiences of women during the American Revolution. Extend learning beyond history class by helping students see how women's roles in the American Revolution relate to issues today. They can research and share about influential women in history or explore how women's rights have changed over time.

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WHO WAS ALICE PAUL?: Feminist. Suffragist. Political Strategist. - Alice Paul Institute

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The Alice Paul Institute website is a comprehensive resource dedicated to honoring the legacy of Alice Paul, a prominent figure in the women's suffrage movement. The site provides detailed...more
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The Alice Paul Institute website is a comprehensive resource dedicated to honoring the legacy of Alice Paul, a prominent figure in the women's suffrage movement. The site provides detailed biographical information about Paul, including her role as a feminist, suffragist, and political strategist, along with historical photos, documents, and quotes. Educational resources such as lesson plans and activities are also available, making it an invaluable tool for learning about women's history and equal rights movement!

tag(s): womenchangemaker (28), womens suffrage (44)

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This site can easily be incorporated into history or social studies lessons to engage students in learning about the women's suffrage movement. Pair the site with interactive tools like Kahoot!, reviewed here, or Quizlet, reviewed here for engaging quizzes or use Flip, reviewed here for online discussions on the key aspects of Alice Paul shared on the site. Additionally, on the Alice Paul Institute site, there is a resource section. The resource section includes recordings of the oral history interview with Alice Paul, conducted by Amelia Roberts. Encourage students to listen to these interviews and then create their own audio podcasts to share with the community. Sharing what they've learned not only promotes active engagement with historical materials but also cultivates critical thinking, communication skills, and creativity!

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Wonderopolis: Who Is Claudette Colvin? - Wonderopolis

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Wonderopolis.org is an educational website aimed at children and educators. It offers a vast collection of articles called "Wonders," which explore various topics in an engaging and...more
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Wonderopolis.org is an educational website aimed at children and educators. It offers a vast collection of articles called "Wonders," which explore various topics in an engaging and informative way. This Wonderopolis page on Claudette Colvin provides a detailed account of her role in the Civil Rights Movement. It explores her upbringing in Alabama, refusing to give up her bus seat in 1955, and the subsequent legal battles she and other activists fought to challenge segregation laws. In addition to the detailed account of Claudette Colvin's role in the Civil Rights Movement, the Wonderopolis page offers further resources for exploration, an Immersive Reader tool, and a video that supplements the written content, providing visual and auditory elements to engage learners in multiple ways!

tag(s): black history (125), civil rights (195), literacy (109), womenchangemaker (28)

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Encourage independent or small group exploration of the content. Younger students can leverage the Immersive Reader tool, which allows customization of text settings. Pair this with a Flip, reviewed here discussion, where students can share reflections on what they've learned. Consider integrating interactive platforms to review what they learned using polls like Mentimeter, reviewed here. Lastly, extend learning outside of the classroom by assigning students to explore supplementary resources linked on the page, such as articles from Smithsonian Magazine.

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Today's Document - National Archives

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Today's Document is an excellent daily history site based on an RSS feed from the National Archives Facebook page. Each entry features a historical document or image from the National...more
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Today's Document is an excellent daily history site based on an RSS feed from the National Archives Facebook page. Each entry features a historical document or image from the National Archives catalog. Open the entry to view the item shared and additional information, including a short description, record location, and a link to the original Facebook post. The original Facebook posts often include an extra link to a different area within the National Archives with supporting documents.

tag(s): american revolution (82), civil war (134), constitution (88), jefferson (18), lincoln (60), presidents (121), primary sources (117), segregation (18), washington (25)

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Today's Document would make a fantastic discussion starter in any classroom. It is an engaging, visual way for students to acquire background knowledge about American history, the Constitution, and government through primary source documents. Share this site with students as a springboard for American History research projects. Visit TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Research Strategies, reviewed here to find additional resources to teach and develop research skills.

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Google News Archive Search - Google

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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step...more
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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step instructions include pictures showing how to search the archives for news articles from 1995 and search terms for finding scanned newspaper articles before 1995. This lesson is available online or as a PDF document.

tag(s): journalism (72), primary sources (117), search engines (50), timelines (51)

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This site provides helpful information on effective browser searches for any social studies, history, or English class. Create a bookmark for news.google.com on classroom computers so that students can quickly access web news content from 2003. Include this site and other effective and safe web browsing tutorials by creating a Wakelet collection, reviewed here. Include items in your collection such as tutorials, shortcut tips, and how to use exact terms for searches.
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1865 - Wondery

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1865 is a thirty-seven-episode podcast provided over two seasons that begins in 1865 with the country in turmoil over the death of Abraham Lincoln. Season one tells the story of ...more
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1865 is a thirty-seven-episode podcast provided over two seasons that begins in 1865 with the country in turmoil over the death of Abraham Lincoln. Season one tells the story of the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth and takes listeners up to the trial of Mary Surratt. The second season guides listeners through the conflicts between Edward Stanton and Andrew Johnson. The final three bonus episodes tell the final story of John Wilkes Booth and contain adult themes and strong language.

tag(s): 1800s (73), lincoln (60), podcasts (79), presidents (121)

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Engage students in American history by sharing some or all of the podcast episodes as an introduction to the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; however, verify that the final three episodes are appropriate for your students before assigning them. Share a visual timeline from Lincoln's Assination (Ford's Theatre), reviewed here as an interactive look at the events leading up to and after Lincoln's assassination. Encourage students to extend learning using materials available at Project Zero's Thinking Routine Toolbox, reviewed here. For example, use the Unveiling Stories activity in the Digging Deeper section to ask students to reflect upon the untold stories from the podcast.

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Young Ben Franklin - Gen-Z Media

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Young Ben Franklin is a ten-episode podcast that introduces listeners to 13-year-old Ben Franklin as a spirited young boy living in colonial Boston. Ben and his friends solve mysteries...more
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Young Ben Franklin is a ten-episode podcast that introduces listeners to 13-year-old Ben Franklin as a spirited young boy living in colonial Boston. Ben and his friends solve mysteries and conduct investigations in each episode as he develops his leadership skills. Visit the section for educators to find a listening guide, explore and choice boards, and video explanations of how to use the accompanying materials in any classroom. Also included is a PDF document that shares the correlation of the materials to reading, speaking, listening, and writing standards.

tag(s): colonial america (95), constitution (88), declaration of independence (15), franklin (11), inventors and inventions (71), podcasts (79)

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Take advantage of the many free materials available on this site to engage students when learning about Benjamin Franklin, American History, or inventors. Adapt the choice and explore boards to fit your student's interests and abilities. For example, replace the timeline on the choice board with one created using MyLens, reviewed here. If time isn't available to complete the entire listening guide, copy individual slides to use as part of a listening or writing center. As a culminating activity, extend learning by asking students to use the podcast as a model for researching and learning about other famous Americans. Have them share their learning as part of a multimedia presentation created using Canva Docs, reviewed here or by creating a comic strip presentation using Canva's Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here.
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An Educator's Guide to Orange County Diversity - Heritage Museum of Orange County

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An Educator's Guide to Orange County provides many lesson plans and resources based upon Orange County's efforts to share information responsibly and work towards social justice. Although...more
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An Educator's Guide to Orange County provides many lesson plans and resources based upon Orange County's efforts to share information responsibly and work towards social justice. Although created with a focus on Orange County, many lessons are adaptable for use with students in any location. In contrast, other lesson plans can be used without adapting to local needs. Most lessons include a PDF containing lesson information and a slide presentation; others include graphic organizers and student handouts. The resource portion of the site consists of walking maps, links to local archives, and social media projects. Lesson plans include correlations to Common Core and Social Justice standards.

tag(s): 1800s (73), 1900s (73), agriculture (48), california (16), climate change (88), commoncore (75), cross cultural understanding (155), cultures (132), diversity (38), gold rush (15), immigrants (33), railroads (14), westward expansion (38)

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Use these guides as created or adapt the lesson plans to develop social justice lessons based on your local history. Visit the OK2Ask archive of Jumpstart Student Research Projects with the Edge Browser, reviewed here to learn tips and tricks to support students when conducting research using the Edge Browser. As a final project, ask students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create a virtual field trip through your town or state that includes links to videos and images that share the story of your location.
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Change Makers - Women in STEM - TeachersFirst

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From laying the foundations of computer programming to making groundbreaking discoveries in physics and space exploration, women have left an indelible mark across STEM disciplines....more
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From laying the foundations of computer programming to making groundbreaking discoveries in physics and space exploration, women have left an indelible mark across STEM disciplines. Pioneers like Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer algorithm in the 1800s, while others like Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, advanced our understanding of radiation. Their breakthroughs and tireless pursuit of knowledge have profoundly impacted humanity. Use this curated list of reviewed resources to help your students see the vital role women have had in the past, present, and future in the field of STEM.

tag(s): STEM (265), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Share these resources with your students to learn about many women in STEM who changed the world. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons to encourage girls to pursue learning paths in STEM and realize their potential.

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Change Makers - Women for Freedom - TeachersFirst

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The decades-long battle for women's suffrage and the Civil Rights movement were both pivotal chapters in the broader struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans. Trailblazers like...more
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The decades-long battle for women's suffrage and the Civil Rights movement were both pivotal chapters in the broader struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans. Trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells traveled tirelessly, enduring harassment and jail to demand the ballot for women. Countless women played indispensable roles in fueling and sustaining the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Through her unshakable advocacy of nonviolent resistance, Diane Nash helped desegregate lunch counters and public spaces across the South. Share these true change-makers with your students through this collection of reviewed resources.

tag(s): civil rights (195), women (137), womenchangemaker (28), womens suffrage (44)

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Find new resources to share with your students during lessons on the Civil Rights movement, voting rights, and more. Read the details of each tool and the technology integration ideas. Find the ones that will make your students understand these true change-makers better.

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Change Makers - Pioneering Women - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Women have blazed trails and opened doors for future generations through their pioneering achievements in science and medicine, politics, civil rights, media, sports, and countless...more
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Women have blazed trails and opened doors for future generations through their pioneering achievements in science and medicine, politics, civil rights, media, sports, and countless other areas. Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize for her pioneering work on radioactivity. Aviator Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Civil rights giants like Rosa Parks and Mary McLeod Bethune fought racial injustice and advanced equality at significant personal risk. From the frontlines of scientific exploration to the vanguard of human rights movements, these tenacious women defied societal conventions, overcame steep obstacles, and profoundly expanded opportunities for those who followed in their pioneering footsteps.

tag(s): women (137), womenchangemaker (28), womens suffrage (44)

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Skim this collection of reviewed resources to find appropriate pioneers to share with your students. Don't miss the "In The Classroom" section for lesson stems and ideas to integrate the resources with your lessons.

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Change Makers - Young Women Who Have Changed the World - TeachersFirst

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From activism to invention, young women have boldly challenged injustice and advanced human knowledge at remarkably early ages. At just 15, Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg sparked...more
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From activism to invention, young women have boldly challenged injustice and advanced human knowledge at remarkably early ages. At just 15, Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg sparked a global youth movement demanding urgent action on climate change through her "Fridays for Future" school strikes. S.E Hinton wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Outsiders at the age of 17. These young women's moral courage, powerful voices, and innovative spirits have created change, raised awareness, and driven solutions to some of the most critical issues facing the world today. Share this curated list of reviewed resources to encourage your students that they, too, can be the change.

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Share these resources with your students to learn about many young women who changed the world. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Juneteenth Resources - TeachersFirst

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to June 19, 1865, it commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce...more
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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to June 19, 1865, it commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were now free. For teachers, Juneteenth provides an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the history of slavery, the decades-long fight for emancipation, and the continual journey toward racial equality in America. Recognizing this day allows meaningful discussions about freedom, perseverance, and progress. Use this curated list to learn more about Juneteenth and find resources to share with your students.

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Help your students to learn more about Juneteenth. Find resources on this list for students to use in cooperative learning groups. Read each resource's Classroom Use section to learn ways to incorporate the information in your lessons.

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Meet the Changemakers: Marley Dias - Youth Collective

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This YouTube video introduces you to Marley Dias, founder of the 1,000 Black Girl Books Campaign. In the video, she explains why she started her campaign and the impact she ...more
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This YouTube video introduces you to Marley Dias, founder of the 1,000 Black Girl Books Campaign. In the video, she explains why she started her campaign and the impact she hopes to achieve; the video is a little over 3 minutes long. The video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then this video may not be viewable.

tag(s): black history (125), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Using the themes of empowerment, empathy, diversity, and inclusion that Marley spoke about in the video, have students brainstorm issues they feel passionate about. They can outline a short video project that addresses one of those issues using Canva Education Templates, reviewed here (specifically the Storyboard Templates here) focusing on how they can educate and inspire action. Use a program like Animoto, reviewed here to create the videos. Using PlayPosit (formerly eduCanon) reviewed here, create a video quiz for students so they can learn more about the stated themes. After viewing the video, organize "Empathy Circles" where students can reflect on what they heard and express their feelings. Students can draw pictures or write short paragraphs about how learning about Marley's experiences affects their understanding of diversity and empathy.

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