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When They Were Young - Library of Congress

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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children...more
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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children are important, and why teachers teach. Try showing one of these pictures to your class and asking them to write about what the child in the picture might be thinking or doing.

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Use the images on this site to inspire some creative writing! Allow students to explore the site on classroom computers, picking one of the images to choose as the subject of a creative writing piece. Have students write an essay, poem, editorial - depending on what's being studied, based on what they see in their image. Attach the images to their pieces, and it could make a great display in your classroom too! A fun site for a Literature or Language classroom.

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Prints and Photographs On Line - Library of Congress

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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers...more
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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers will find this a rich resource for "what was life like then?" images, old maps, and other printed matter. Note that not all of these images are guaranteed "copyright free," but this collection was established largely for educational and research uses, so most images are freely usable in that context.

tag(s): air (144), maps (292), posters (41)

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

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Life in the White House - US Government

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Created by the White House, this "inside look" offers lots of current photos, images and interviews. There are also a number of historical tidbits scattered through the site - just...more
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Created by the White House, this "inside look" offers lots of current photos, images and interviews. There are also a number of historical tidbits scattered through the site - just enough to show how the nation's first home has changed over the years. Add this one to your list of "What's it really like???" sites.

tag(s): white house (15)

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Have cooperative learning groups explore this site during a lesson on the White House and its' history. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report - summarizing the history of the White House. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. This would be a great review activity before an end of the year assessment, or a quiz on the topic.
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National Constitution Center

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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive...more
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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive Constitution, podcasts, and educational resources including lesson plans and games.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), civil rights (121), constitution (89)

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Take advantage of the many games and lesson plans featured on this site. Include with your Constitution Day activities.
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Hispanic Historic Places - National Park Service

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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in the U.S. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS...more
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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in the U.S. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with Historic Places series. These lessons are a nice way to integrate Hispanic themes and contemporary accounts into an American history unit.

tag(s): hispanic (13), resources (105)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans listed on this site! A great resource for a history or geography classroom, just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Native American Historic Places - National Park Service

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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Native Americans. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with...more
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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Native Americans. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with Historic Places series. These lessons are a nice way to integrate Native American themes and contemporary accounts into an American history unit.

tag(s): india (32), native americans (78), resources (105)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval.

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Colonial Toys and Games

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This page is almost entirely text, but it provides some good background information on toys, games, and recreation for colonial children. Teachers will likely find it more useful as...more
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This page is almost entirely text, but it provides some good background information on toys, games, and recreation for colonial children. Teachers will likely find it more useful as a resource for developing lesson content.

tag(s): colonial america (107)

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Circle of Stories - PBS

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Native American cultures offer wonderful examples of oral traditions and storytelling. This site from PBS provides examples of these, a look at some common story themes, and audio...more
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Native American cultures offer wonderful examples of oral traditions and storytelling. This site from PBS provides examples of these, a look at some common story themes, and audio files with a number of different stories. Try using this one in a study of Native Americans or as part of a unit on stories from different cultures.

tag(s): oral history (11)

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Use the educators guide to find ways to incorporate this site into your classroom, either through lesson plans or classroom activities. This would be a very useful site for a US history or English teacher, studying Native American Culture and story-telling.
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An Uncommon Mission - PacBell

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Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California's many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list...more
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Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California's many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list of resources for California history. The site would also work well as a sample of one artist's conception of reality, since there are many other mission sites to use as comparisons.

tag(s): california (26)

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This site has a TON of activities and lessons planned for a unit based on the art of Father Jerome Tupa! Save the site as a favorite on your classroom computer and browse their large list for activities that will work in your classroom.

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Mark Twain House

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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' ...more
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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' section with a word search, and some very basic information about the house. This one's worth a look for those interested in late 19th century architecture.

tag(s): architecture (84), mark twain (9)

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Teachers wanting to introduce some of Twain's personal life before or after reading one of his books can do just that with this site. Share the site with students on the interactive whiteboard, watching the virtual tour or examining the exhibits. There may not be a ton of information, but this is a great way to get students started on understanding just a little bit more about the famous author.

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American History Timeline Links - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian's attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period....more
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The Smithsonian's timeline links are a sort of chronological trip through the Smithsonian's attic. Each presents an exhibit, artifact, or other piece of history from a particular period. Part of the attractiveness of this site is the eclectic nature of the results that you get from the various links. If you're interested in teaching history from different angles, there are lots of resources here.

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For virtually every topic in history, there is a corresponding site and activity here! Every topic has a variety of resources, from webquests to free lesson plans. Look at the time-line for your corresponding unit, and take advantage of the free resources the Smithsonian has put together! An excellent resource for any Social Studies teacher.

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Alaska and the Yukon - Quest Connect

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Quest Connect's exploration of Alaska - specifically for students - offers a well-written introduction to the history, native people, and present-day aspects of our northernmost state....more
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Quest Connect's exploration of Alaska - specifically for students - offers a well-written introduction to the history, native people, and present-day aspects of our northernmost state. There are plenty of photos, but they're kept separate from the narrative so some prowling around is in order here.

tag(s): alaska (23), gold rush (19)

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There is also an accompanying set of lesson plans. If your students can't catch the next flight to Anchorage, this might be the best alternative.

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Lewis and Clark - In Their Footsteps - Sierra Club

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The Sierra Club's treatment of the Lewis and Clark expedition concentrates on the wilderness areas the explorers found, what they thought of them, and what those same areas are like...more
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The Sierra Club's treatment of the Lewis and Clark expedition concentrates on the wilderness areas the explorers found, what they thought of them, and what those same areas are like today. You can read from the explorer journals, visit a selection of sites, and learn how to protect the wilderness areas that still exist. The site does a good job with both the historical content and the naturalist's perspective.

tag(s): jefferson (20), lewis and clark (17), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Use this site as a learning center during a unit on Lewis and Clark and their exploration of the West. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend providing students with a graphic organizer to guide them through and highlight what is most important. For help creating graphic organizers, try - Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Who2

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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links -...more
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This site wins mention for breadth, not depth. It offers hundreds of very brief biographical sketches on famous people, past and present. More importantly, it also provides links - many surprisingly good, to more detailed information on the personalities listed. Students could use this one as a starting point for wider web research on a particular personality.

tag(s): biographies (86)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on research projects about a famous historical character. Though the bios are brief, they offer some solid information that could help students in the beginning phases of their research.

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Paul Revere's House

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A fascinating site! Details the history of Revere's house, the facts behind the legend of his midnight ride, and includes a biography section. Teachers should click on the "Just for...more
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A fascinating site! Details the history of Revere's house, the facts behind the legend of his midnight ride, and includes a biography section. Teachers should click on the "Just for Kids" button for lesson ideas. This site could be used for elementary-level social studies classes.

tag(s): american revolution (85), boston (13), evolution (102), massachusetts (10)

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Use this site as a way to provide more information about one important character in history, Paul Revere. Take advantage of the free activities in the "Just for Kids" section. There is also a biography offered that could easily be read aloud by students from the interactive whiteboard or projector. This would definitely be a great resource for a US history class studying colonial America.

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The Monitor - The Mariner's Museum

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Here's a site about one of the Civil War's two most famous ironclad fighting ships and the effort to find and restore her. The site includes information on the recovery ...more
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Here's a site about one of the Civil War's two most famous ironclad fighting ships and the effort to find and restore her. The site includes information on the recovery expedition as well as the way in which the ship was used in combat during the war.

tag(s): civil war (140), museums (44), navy (9), virginia (16)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them go through the interactive tour of the monitor and take notes, with the end result being that they make a poster using an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). The site has audio features which will probably be the most beneficial for students, so be sure to include headphones near computers.

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Tour the Ship Constitution - U.S. Navy

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This is the Navy's online tour of the oldest commissioned ship in the fleet - the sailing ship Constitution. Though you can tour the ship in Boston, this site gives ...more
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This is the Navy's online tour of the oldest commissioned ship in the fleet - the sailing ship Constitution. Though you can tour the ship in Boston, this site gives online maps and images showing how the ship was constructed and functioned at sea.

tag(s): american revolution (85), boston (13), evolution (102), massachusetts (10), navy (9)

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This one would be great for a study of the American Reovolution, the navy, or the role of the sea in the formation of the nation.

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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial - Time Magazine

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By far the richest resource we've found on the topic, Time's treatment includes an interactive map, essays, journal excerpts, and photoessays. There are also maps showing the distribution...more
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By far the richest resource we've found on the topic, Time's treatment includes an interactive map, essays, journal excerpts, and photoessays. There are also maps showing the distribution of Native American tribes, then and now, and a list of recommended reading and web resources.

tag(s): jefferson (20), lewis and clark (17), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Use the interactive map as a supplemental resource during a lesson on the two explorers. Share the map on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the route the explorers took, as well as some of the terrain that hindered their travels. Great for a US history class!
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How Air Force One Works - Howstuffworks

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For the fans of Presidential gadgets, Air Force One is the ultimate. Here's a site that really does explain how the president's jet functions and what it looks like on ...more
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For the fans of Presidential gadgets, Air Force One is the ultimate. Here's a site that really does explain how the president's jet functions and what it looks like on the inside. Lots of text, images, and animations will make this one attractive for curious airplane fans.

tag(s): air (144), aircraft (25), flight (31), presidents (125)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a starting point for students working on research projects or papers concerning the President and one of the many services surrounding him. This site has a lot of great information and would be a great springboard for further research. Make sure to include this site on any resource sheets concerning their research!
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Historical Alaska Images - Fish and Wildlife Service

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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature -...more
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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature - the only way to access images - finds species easily, but doesn't do as well with place names.

tag(s): air (144), alaska (23), states (162)

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If you're looking for photos of early Alaska, this is a great resource.

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