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Amelia Earhart - History.com

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Discover the story of Amelia Earhart's life and accomplishments through the video and story shared at History.com. The short video tells about Earhart's early life and her introduction...more
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Discover the story of Amelia Earhart's life and accomplishments through the video and story shared at History.com. The short video tells about Earhart's early life and her introduction to the field of aviation. Then, follow the page to read about her flight across the Atlantic and learn about theories about her mysterious disappearance.
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tag(s): 1900s (56), aviation (33), careers (132), flight (30), transformations (12), women (108)

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Share this site with students when learning about famous women, aviation pioneers, or important events from the 1900s. Share your resources using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and organize information on your Symbaloo by color. For example, add biographies as one color and important events as another. Enhance learning by creating an interactive map together with your students using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to follow Earhart's travels around the world along with other famous aviators. Add stops to your map that share the story of events in the location, including images and links to additional information. As a final project, ask students or student groups to create an interactive timeline of Amelia Earhart's life using one of the timeline creation tools located here. Two suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Timeline Infographic Templates and History in Motion.

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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement - EDSITEment!

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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law ...more
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law for all. The lesson begins with guiding questions and stated learning objectives aligned to Social Studies and Common Core literacy standards. Then, students listen to several songs from the 1960s and analyze the lyrics to understand the civil rights messages during their study of the materials. This lesson includes links to all media and music referenced within the activities.

tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (108), civil rights (173), martin luther king (40), oral history (15)

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Integrate this lesson into your teaching about civil rights, Freedom Fighters, or the 1960s to engage students in learning about this period through music. Enhance learning by dividing students into groups to analyze different songs, then ask them to share their findings with the class by sharing a presentation created using one of the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. After viewing the presentations, encourage students to look for similarities within each message. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to post a question and ask students to post responses to create a word cloud. For example, ask each group to share important words or concepts from their song, then view the word cloud to understand overlapping content. As a final activity, extend learning by asking students to create interactive timelines that include important civil rights events, 1960s music, and highlights of civil rights leaders' activities. Use a timeline creation tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or the timeline feature found in Padlet, reviewed here. Using either option, ask students to include links to videos, recordings, and discussions of the civil rights events.
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Black History Month - Library of Congress

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Black History Month features events and resources provided by the Library of Congress. Begin by visiting the "Read More" link in the introductory paragraph to find information about...more
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Black History Month features events and resources provided by the Library of Congress. Begin by visiting the "Read More" link in the introductory paragraph to find information about the site along with several additional Black History Month Resources. The featured activity is a lesson plan that explores the role of artists and artwork in the Civil Rights movement. In addition, the lesson activities feature many primary source documents for use as the basis for learning activities. Further down the page are Black History Month event highlights. Finally, follow the links on the events to register or view activities throughout the month, including photo research of African-Americans in the Military and A House Built by Slaves: African-American Visitors to the Lincoln White House.

tag(s): african american (99), black history (108), civil rights (173), lincoln (59), underground railroad (10), white house (15)

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Bookmark this site to use as a supplement to your current resources for teaching about Black History. Engage students through the use of primary documents within Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Add a document to a Jamboard slide and ask students to add sticky notes with information learned throughout your lesson activities. As you continue through your lessons, enhance student understanding using visual organization tools like CirclyApp, reviewed here. For example, use the Simple Book Notes template found on CirclyApp to summarize events during different periods related to Black History and understand overlapping and non-intersecting events and historical characters. As a final extended learning activity, ask students to interview local historians and Black activists to understand their first-hand experiences as a Black person in America. Share students' research using the storytelling tools found at Knight Lab, reviewed here. Tools include story maps, timelines, and Storyline - a tool for sharing the story behind numbers.

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Teaching Hard History in Grades K-5 - Learning for Justice

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This archived recording of a September 2019 webinar shares strategies based upon Learning for Justice's framework for teaching elementary students about slavery. The webinar includes...more
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This archived recording of a September 2019 webinar shares strategies based upon Learning for Justice's framework for teaching elementary students about slavery. The webinar includes several downloads and links to lessons, texts, and explanations of strategies focusing on telling complete stories and making connections. The webinar is approximately an hour long and accessible after completing a short registration form.

tag(s): civil rights (173), difficult conversations (54), slavery (62)

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Take advantage of this free professional development to learn new strategies and access resources for teaching about slavery to students in elementary school. The information in the webinar provides ideas for teaching difficult history topics using current classroom materials and suggesting additional resources and teaching strategies. Consider viewing this webinar with other elementary teachers across grade levels as part of your professional development and understanding scaffolding of information throughout the elementary grades and preparing for middle and high school content. Although this webinar is for elementary teachers, it is also a helpful tool for upper-level educators to understand methods for teaching young students and applying them to middle and high school lessons. As you participate in the webinar and discuss the content, use Threadit, reviewed here. Threadit is a tool that incorporates video conversations as a tool for collaboration. Begin a thread with a question or conversation starter, asking participants to analyze current teaching materials based on the webinar's strategies. Following this conversation, discuss ways to bolster your instruction based on learned teaching strategies.

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BackStory: Blackstory - Edsitement

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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links...more
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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links provided. Each feature includes a series of comprehension questions and additional resources for using the information in the classroom. Resources include lesson plans, curriculums, and media, including articles and primary source documents. Some episodes include discussions of lynching and racial slurs, be sure to preview before sharing with your students.
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tag(s): black history (108), civil rights (173), martin luther king (40), podcasts (57)

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Due to the intense nature of some of the content shared in the podcast, consider listening to the podcast chapters one by one together as a class. Prepare for some of the difficult conversations by using resources found within the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page Resources for Difficult Conversations. Take advantage of the lesson plans shared on this site to extend student comprehension beyond the conversations shared in the podcast. Encourage students to enhance learning by researching areas of interest while creating a Padlet, reviewed here, with a variety of resources such as videos, primary sources, and books. Extend learning by offering students various options for sharing their learning about anti-Black violence. Ideas include using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to create video, or create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, or build a website using Site123, reviewed here, or build an interactive story using maps created with Google My Maps, reviewed here.

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Jazz - BrainPOP

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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson ideas and activities that provide opportunities to listen to different types of jazz, learn about famous jazz artists, and understand the roots of jazz from its start in New Orleans.

tag(s): 1920s (8), commoncore (79), jazz (15), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Use resources on this site as part of any lesson on music, musicians, and the early 1900s. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore independently. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo video, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Ask students to research a jazz musician, share their favorite songs, or explore a neighborhood famous for jazz. You could enhance learning and challenge older students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards.
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Black History Milestones: Timeline - History.com

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Learn about important events in Black history in the United States, starting with the arrival of 20 enslaved people brought into the British colony of Virginia in 1619 and continuing...more
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Learn about important events in Black history in the United States, starting with the arrival of 20 enslaved people brought into the British colony of Virginia in 1619 and continuing through present times. This timeline updates frequently and includes the latest and most relevant milestones related to Black history. Each entry consists of images or videos along with a summary of the event; many also have links to additional information and resources.

tag(s): black history (108), civil rights (173), martin luther king (40), presidents (116), racism (70), rosa parks (9), slavery (62), women (108)

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Include this timeline with your Black history and civil rights resources. Share with students using Padlet, reviewed here, along with other resources including videos, weblinks, and reading suggestions. Other considerations for using Padlet are to use the column feature in Padlet to sort information by dates or use the timeline option to build a visual timeline of the events shared in this timeline and additional ones taught in class. Ask students to share their understanding by creating timelines using the templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here or Knight Lab, reviewed here.

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Freedom Riders - PBS

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This documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the story of six months in 1961 that changed America's future forever. Follow the wrenching tale of 400 black...more
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This documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the story of six months in 1961 that changed America's future forever. Follow the wrenching tale of 400 black and white Americans traveling throughout the south in the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws through non-violent means of activism. The film begins with information on the background of segregated travel and follows the Freedom Riders through training and travels to cities throughout the south. The conclusion celebrates the final chapter of the story with Justice at Last.
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tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (108), civil rights (173), congress (37), racism (70), social and emotional learning (70)

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This film is almost two hours long; however, it includes dividing points that break the video into several shorter chapters. Consider sharing this film with students for several days not only as a means for adapting to time constraints but also to allow time to process and discuss the information in shorter chunks. Consider including this video as part of a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here. Include additional resources as part of the learning path for students to read and view, along with short quizzes or opportunities to share their reflections on the information. As an opportunity for reflection use PodcastGenerator, reviewed here, to encourage an ongoing conversation about the events shared in this film. Create a channel to discuss each chapter, including a prompt to initiate student discussions. For more ideas on facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom, visit the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page, located here, that is devoted to resources for difficult conversations.

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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History - Learning for Justice

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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat...more
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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat Russo at SUNY Oswego, these simple ideas offer guidelines that ensure Black history lessons are meaningful and relevant.

tag(s): black history (108), civil rights (173), cross cultural understanding (149), cultures (122), difficult conversations (54), martin luther king (40), politics (106), racism (70), rosa parks (9)

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Bookmark and use the information provided in the article as a guideline for teaching Black history, not just during Black History Month but throughout the year. Find many Black History resources at the TeachersFirst Black History Special Topics page, found here, or within many of the Reading Treks, found here. The Reading Treks share virtual field trips of resources based upon literature and include many Black history selections. Celebrate your students' learning throughout the year using digital tools to create virtual field trips using Google My Maps, reviewed here, or creating interactive infographics using Canva Infographic Templates, reviewed here.

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Change is Coming - TeachersFirst

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Include literature in your teaching about the Progressive Era in the United States with the resources shared in this TeachersFirst Exclusive. Begin with a background summary that conveys...more
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Include literature in your teaching about the Progressive Era in the United States with the resources shared in this TeachersFirst Exclusive. Begin with a background summary that conveys information, including important dates and legislation passed during this period. Following this summary is a list of suggested picture books, virtual field trips, and videos to include with your studies of the Progressive Era. Additionally, each shared book also includes suggestions for classroom activities. Finally, this site also offers additional extension activities and correlation to National Library and ISTE teaching standards.

tag(s): 1800s (61), 1900s (56), branches of government (57), business (50), constitution (84), transportation (35), womens suffrage (35)

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Take advantage of the many ideas and teaching activities already offered by Change is Coming to engage student learning. Extend learning using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing and collaborating on information. Create a Wakelet collection for students to use to share resources within columns. For example, use columns to organize information by periods, locations, or people. Another idea is to use the columns to organize resources by type, such as videos, websites, articles, etc. Enhance learning by asking students to share their knowledge learned using multimedia tools such as Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Adobe Express offers a variety of tools that include options for creating images, videos, and websites. Sway is a digital storytelling resource that makes it easy to create and share visually appealing presentations.
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Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, concert Carnegie Hall 1938 restored - Itapirkanmaa2

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Go back in time and listen to a Benny Goodman concert from 1938. Spend over an hour and a half listening to Goodman's music featuring clarinet renditions of his greatest ...more
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Go back in time and listen to a Benny Goodman concert from 1938. Spend over an hour and a half listening to Goodman's music featuring clarinet renditions of his greatest hits. This concert features a list of twenty-three songs; go directly to any song using the list in the video's description.

tag(s): musical instruments (42), video (245)

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Include this video during music classes when teaching about different instruments or music genres. Share with students as you teach about historical events during the 1930s. In addition to sharing Benny Goodman's music, this site complements Black history lessons due to Mr. Goodman's leadership in featuring Black musicians. Engage students in learning by creating and sharing mind maps as a class or within groups. mindmaps, reviewed here, features easy to use tools for creating and sharing concept maps. Enhance learning using Blendspace, reviewed here, to create an interactive lesson that includes portions of this video, articles about Benny Goodman, and other activities that guide students in learning. Extend learning further by asking students to create multimedia presentations using Sway, reviewed here. Offer students flexibility in the topic of their presentations - ideas include further research on Benny Goodman, a presentation on clarinets, or an in-depth look at the 1930s. Include images, links, videos, and much more on Sway presentations.

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Benny Goodman: The Official Website of The King of Swing - CMG Worldwide

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Benny Goodman is remembered as one of the greatest clarinetists, but there is much more to his story. Lesser-known, but equally important, Mr. Goodman was the first to have an ...more
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Benny Goodman is remembered as one of the greatest clarinetists, but there is much more to his story. Lesser-known, but equally important, Mr. Goodman was the first to have an interracial band and promoted many African-American musicians throughout his career. Visit this official website to learn much more about Benny Goodman, including a biography, a list of achievements, quotes, and a timeline of his life events. This site also includes a gallery of historic images featuring Mr. Goodman.

tag(s): biographies (95), black history (108), music theory (46), musical instruments (42)

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Introduce your students to Benny Goodman using the information found on this website. The site does not include recordings of Benny Goodman, find those on YouTube at Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, concert Carnegie Hall 1934, reviewed here, or on Spotify at Benny Goodman. Engage students in learning about Benny Goodman using Padlet, reviewed here, to share and organize resources. On Padlet create columns with links to books and articles, videos, audio recordings, and interviews for students to explore. Have students experiment with music using Chrome Music Maker, reviewed here. Select the Song Maker, then change the instrument type to woodwind and start creating! Enhance student learning by asking them to research and share information on favorite musicians or different types of instruments. Use Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive presentations and images that include links to audio and videos related to their topic.

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Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC) - American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

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Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC) provides an extensive database of primary resources, historical collections, and teaching activities for middle and high school students. Use...more
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Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC) provides an extensive database of primary resources, historical collections, and teaching activities for middle and high school students. Use the tabs at the top of the home page to find and select the content sorted by themes, teaching activities, and more. Teaching activities include lessons using active viewing skills, political cartoons, and literature in the history classroom. Use the Themes tab to find many lesson ideas based upon broader American History topics.

tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), 1800s (61), 1900s (56), american revolution (74), civil rights (173), comics and cartoons (47), great depression (29), immigrants (30), immigration (61), industrial revolution (20), politics (106), racism (70), railroads (12), slavery (62), underground railroad (10), world war 1 (65), world war 2 (138)

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Bookmark and save this site to find lesson ideas and teaching activities to use in any American History Class. Include the ideas found on SHEC to apply to other history lesson topics. For example, one activity looks at slave life using primary source images and short text. As part of this activity, students create found poems using the keywords found in the documents. Adapt this strategy to learning about the American Revolution, World Wars, or any other significant events. Using lesson ideas and information on SHEC, engage students to start a new learning unit using a polling tool to create a word cloud. Answer Garden, reviewed here, is a free tool that creates word clouds based on students' short answer responses to an initial question. Ideas might include, "What words come to mind when you think about slave life?" or "What do you think life was like for the first colonists arriving from England?" Enhance student learning using Blendspace, reviewed here, to create interactive lessons that include videos, quizzes, and learning activities. Extend learning by asking students to demonstrate learning using a multimedia tool such as Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Offer students options to "show what they know" by creating a website, video, or graphic images that share their understanding of the content.

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20th Century America (1945-2000) Resources - TeachersFirst

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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and ...more
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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. In addition, the Cold War, a period of tension between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies, continued for decades. The latter half of the 20th Century was also a tumultuous time for Civil Rights. Strong African American leaders who worked for social justice included Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Little Rock Nine. It was also a time of innovation and technological advancements. Read all about these events and more in the resources shared in this curated list.

tag(s): 20th century (48), black history (108), civil rights (173), cold war (26), korea (18), martin luther king (40), middle east (43), rosa parks (9), segregation (16), vietnam (31)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons related to American History 1945-2000. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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20th Century America (1900-1945) Resources - TeachersFirst

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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students ...more
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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students understand how these years changed the country. Find resources in this collection related to the economic, social and technological milestones seen during this time. We will include resources that introduce the opening of the Panama Canal, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, The Great Depression, Mahatma Gandhi, World War I and II, the first winter Olympics, US Immigration Act of 1924, the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps, the segregation era, the Roaring Twenties and prohibition, The Ford Model-T, Lindburgh's first nonstop flight from NY to Paris, the construction of the Empire State Building and the Hoover Dam. Discover these topics and many others in this collection.

tag(s): 20th century (48), great depression (29), holocaust (40), immigration (61), japanese (46), segregation (16), stock market (9), world war 1 (65), world war 2 (138)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to American history during the years of 1900-1945. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.

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Resources Related to Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Bring Colonial America to your class with the reviewed resources shared in this section. The colonial history of the United States covers the period of time from 1607 to 1776, ...more
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Bring Colonial America to your class with the reviewed resources shared in this section. The colonial history of the United States covers the period of time from 1607 to 1776, when the thirteen colonies joined together to declare their independence. Therefore, the term Colonial America also refers to the thirteen colonies located on what is now the eastern coast of the United States. People came to the New World for many different reasons: religious freedom, commerce, and starting new lives after serving time in jail. Education was important to the colonies, and the economy was based most often on farming and trade.

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American Civil War Resources - TeachersFirst

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For over a century, America's Northern and Southern states had been in conflict over several issues, including cultural values, the federal government's power, slavery, and other economic...more
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For over a century, America's Northern and Southern states had been in conflict over several issues, including cultural values, the federal government's power, slavery, and other economic interests. The bloodiest conflict in the history of our union was fought from 1861-1865 between the states that supported the federal union and the southern states that voted to secede and then form the Confederate States of America. This curated collection shares many resources and tools to help your students visualize what America was like during those tumultuous times.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil war (129), lincoln (59), slavery (62)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding of Civil war times using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Resources Related to the Revolutionary War - TeachersFirst

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Take your students back in time to the late 1700s, as the 13 colonies began their quest for freedom from British rule. These resources share information and tools to engage ...more
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Take your students back in time to the late 1700s, as the 13 colonies began their quest for freedom from British rule. These resources share information and tools to engage your students as they learn how the colonies came together to form the United States of America. Resources are shared for all grade levels and include classroom use ideas.

tag(s): american revolution (74), colonial america (93), colonization (18), washington (23)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons about the Revolutionary War. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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War to End All Wars: Looking at World War 1 Through the Eyes of Literature - TeachersFirst

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Discover and learn about events leading up to and including World War 1 by incorporating the many activities and literature suggestions found within this portion of TeachersFirst's...more
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Discover and learn about events leading up to and including World War 1 by incorporating the many activities and literature suggestions found within this portion of TeachersFirst's Help! I Lost My Media Specialist page. Begin with the Background Knowledge information to understand the events leading up to the World War and follow through to the global impact of the war. Next, choose from the shared book list to find books to share during your lessons, along with suggested teaching activities. Additional suggestions include extension lessons to enhance learning. All information correlates to AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1900s (56), 1910s (7), 1920s (8), europe (72), primary sources (104), veterans (20), world war 1 (65)

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Be sure to see all of the many ideas and activities shared on this site to engage students as they learn about World War 1. Organize and share resources with students using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here. Netboard makes it easy to share links, documents, text, and more into one easily accessible location. Extend learning by asking students to share their knowledge using the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Options include tools for creating videos, web pages, and graphics to demonstrate understanding of learning objectives.
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Flight 93 National Memorial - National Park Service

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The Flight 93 National Memorial serves as the final resting place for the passengers and crew who stopped a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The National Park Service provides...more
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The Flight 93 National Memorial serves as the final resting place for the passengers and crew who stopped a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The National Park Service provides visitor information and detailed information about the events of this tragic flight. Use this information to learn about the memorial site and the Tower of Voices monument dedicated to the flight's crew and passengers. The videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): sept11 (17), terrorism (41)

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Include this site with your other September 11 resources to share with students. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources in one location. Additionally, Padlet includes a timeline feature. Enhance learning by asking students to construct a timeline of events leading up to and beyond the hijacking and subsequent crash of the airplane as a visual tool for understanding this chain of events concerning other attacks that took place on September 11. Include links to images, videos, newspaper articles, and more on the students' timeline. Extend learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual map of September 11 events that provides a broader look at the different locations and outcomes of the terrorist attacks.

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