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A Whole New World: Using Books to Help Teach Students About Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested...more
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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested book includes a summary as well as suggested teaching activities. Then, browse through the extension activities to find additional support materials that have a virtual tour of colonial cities, a suggested research project, and ideas for using Google Expeditions to take students on a virtual reality field trip.

tag(s): colonial america (92), colonization (15)

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Bookmark and save this resource to use when teaching about Colonial America. Engage students in learning by incorporating suggested book titles that help students understand colonial times through a personal perspective. Help students compare and contrast current times to the colonial time period using a Venn Diagram. Canva's Venn Diagram Creator reviewed here, includes easy to use tools for creating and sharing a variety of Venn Diagrams. Extend learning by asking students to create animated videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to tell the story about a character or event from colonial times.

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Unsung Hero Projects - Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes celebrates the untold stories of heroes worldwide and throughout history by sharing student-created project-based learning activities. First,...more
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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes celebrates the untold stories of heroes worldwide and throughout history by sharing student-created project-based learning activities. First, browse through the shared projects page to find stories about lesser-known heroes of civil rights, wars, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Then, open any project to learn about the featured unsung hero and the storytellers that created the project. In addition to the completed projects, this site shares a project-based learning tool that provides a ten-step tutorial for creating and sharing student projects.

tag(s): american revolution (73), civil rights (149), civil war (125), heroes (19), Project Based Learning (10), STEM (215), vietnam (30), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (133)

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Share this site with students to learn more about the "everyday" people involved with historical events. Consider starting a project-based learning activity for your students. Learn more about project-based learning at the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page devoted to project-based learning, found here. Help students organize resources found in their research using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create Wakelet collections for each project that includes links to articles, videos, and other relevant information to be used in their project. As students prepare to complete their projects, share a storyboard creation tool such as Storyboard Generator, reviewed here, to help plan videos, podcasts, websites, or plays.

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BlackPast - BlackPast.org

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BlackPast is an incredibly robust resource for learning about Black history around the world. Begin your search by locating information classified by African American History or Global...more
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BlackPast is an incredibly robust resource for learning about Black history around the world. Begin your search by locating information classified by African American History or Global African History. Within each of those topics are several categories: people, places, speeches, newspapers, and much more. Another category includes the Main Features page with multimedia, timelines, historic landmarks, and a mentoring page. The Special Topics section focuses on specifics such as COVID-19, Negro League Baseball, and racial violence.

tag(s): african american (92), biographies (86), branches of government (56), civil rights (149), inventors and inventions (68), journalism (66), racism (67), sports (81), STEM (215)

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BlackPast is a must-have for any social studies classroom. Bookmark this resource to use when learning about Black history, African-American biographies, important events, and more. Consider creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to save different articles from BlackPast for students to easily access specific information. Use the shelf option to divide your Padlet into sections by date, topic, or events. Padlet also has a timeline feature when creating biographies or highlighting important dates within a specific time. Ask students to create blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, to share information learned from this site. As students prepare to "show what they know," modify their technology use by asking them to use Sway, reviewed here, as a presentation tool and include images, videos, and student writing to share their learning.
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RealClearHistory - RealClear

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RealClearHistory is a history buff's dream. This portion of the RealClear site focuses on history through a variety of different lenses. Begin with the current date in history to access...more
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RealClearHistory is a history buff's dream. This portion of the RealClear site focuses on history through a variety of different lenses. Begin with the current date in history to access articles from many other global resources relating to events on that date or use the dropdown arrow to return a few days in time. Then, scroll further down the page to find multimedia, current news, the latest articles, and much more. If that isn't enough, browse the left sidebar to find history tidbits, biographies and memoirs, documents, and the map room. This site will keep history buffs and students engaged for a very long time!
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tag(s): biographies (86), civil war (125), constitution (88), politics (100), presidents (116), religions (62), slavery (53), space (200), vikings (9), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (133)

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Make this site available in favorites on your classroom computers for students to refer to for history-related resources. You may want to list this link on your class website for students to access the page both in and out of the class. Consider using the site as an icebreaker at the beginning of a class: pick one of the articles or short video clips (share it on your interactive whiteboard or projector) and discuss. After doing research, have cooperative learning groups create podcasts or video commercials highlighting an interesting historical event. Create FREE podcasts using a site such as Anchor, reviewed here.

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What We Do - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) is a part of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History. As part of their Digital History Fellowship...more
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The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) is a part of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History. As part of their Digital History Fellowship program, they create and share websites and other tools to enhance the understanding and appreciation of history. This page shares their many projects, including topics with names such as Eagle Eye Citizen and the September 11 Digital Archive. Select any of the shared subects to view a summary of the project and its' contributors. Then, follow the included link to visit the projects' main website and access all of the included features.

tag(s): branches of government (56), civil rights (149), hurricanes (28), primary sources (96), religions (62), sept11 (15)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for any history lessons and teaching units. One portion of the site leads to Teachinghistory.org, reviewed here, which is an amazing resource for finding teaching materials, best practices, and history content. Be sure to visit it often to find many ideas for effective teaching of history concepts. Other links are perfect for sharing with students to use for locating and learning from primary sources. For example, Papers of the War Department (1784-1800) contains a large collection of images and transcriptions that provide context and understanding into files once considered lost in a fire at the War Department. Create a collaborative Padlet, reviewed here, and ask students to share primary documents and add comments discussing their relevance to historic events being studied. Padlet also includes a timeline feature; use this tool to create a visual timeline of events for any time. Extend learning by asking students to create podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Options for podcast topics could include telling the story of historical events from the perspective of a man on the street and sharing perspectives on an event from the viewpoint of different participants.
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K-Town'92 - Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

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Viewpoint and perspective are important. This video journey tells the story of the 1992 Los Angeles race riots through the eyes of Asian American victims and perpetrators of the violence....more
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Viewpoint and perspective are important. This video journey tells the story of the 1992 Los Angeles race riots through the eyes of Asian American victims and perpetrators of the violence. A large majority of the videos focus on the area in Los Angeles known as Koreatown. Watch this journey in the order presented by the producers or choose the index to find and select items by tags such as stereotype or immigrant.

tag(s): 1900s (50), black history (80), cross cultural understanding (143), cultures (97), racism (67)

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Provide students a different perspective than typically presented. Do this by sharing the information from this site in lessons on race relations and cultures. After watching some of the videos, use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to gauge students' understanding and thoughts on what they are watching. Answer Garden is a site for participants to share short responses, then responses are gathered into a word cloud. As students learn about different perspectives from varying events, ask them to compare and contrast what is reported from the participants. Use Canva Edu, reviewed here to create Venn Diagrams or to make engaging flyers that share information from all points of view. Extend learning further by asking students to research another important event from varying perspectives. Ask them to share their learning by creating a Sway presentation, reviewed here, that includes student writing, photos, videos, and other media.

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Voices of Democracy - The U.S. Oratory Project - Voices of Democracy

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Voices of Democracy features curriculum units based on significant speeches throughout U.S. History. The units are designed for college-level instruction; however, they also contain...more
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Voices of Democracy features curriculum units based on significant speeches throughout U.S. History. The units are designed for college-level instruction; however, they also contain lesson plans for teaching speech at middle and high school. Find speeches by time, theme, author, or speaker. Each unit includes a video of the address (when available), the transcript, an interpretive essay, and learning materials. Learning materials for middle and high school learners include correlation to national teaching standards, a suggested teaching timeline, discussion questions, and featured vocabulary. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): authors (96), civil rights (149), conflict resolution (7), freedom of speech (12), religions (62), speech (71), speeches (18)

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Include these significant speeches as part of speech class or during history lessons related to the speech's topic or speaker. Clip portions of any video using ytCropper, reviewed here, for students to use when focusing on presentation techniques or content of the speech. For a more in-depth look at any video clip or the entire speech, use Timelinely, reviewed here, to add images, maps, links, and more to any area on the video timeline. As a final project, ask students to record their own speeches or present one of the featured speeches on FlipGrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid includes many tools to extend student learning in addition to the video recording feature. Ask students to use Flipgrid's features such as recording their screen, using the whiteboard, and including images to enhance their speech presentation.
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Ken Burns in the Classroom - PBS Learning Media

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Ken Burns' historical films are iconic; this collection gathers forty years of film history into one easy-to-use resource. Use the keyword search to find specific resources or browse...more
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Ken Burns' historical films are iconic; this collection gathers forty years of film history into one easy-to-use resource. Use the keyword search to find specific resources or browse by era or film name to find primary sources, images, videos, and more. Each collection includes a correlation to state and national standards and support materials, including discussion questions and classroom activities.

tag(s): 1700s (34), 1800s (55), 1900s (50), 20th century (48), authors (96), civil rights (149), civil war (125), industrial revolution (19), sports (81), vietnam (30), westward expansion (33), womens suffrage (31)

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Use this resource as a starting point to find many primary sources and videos of historical importance. Take advantage of the lesson ideas and activities to include with your current lessons and activities. Engage students in learning by asking them to watch videos and browse through images before teaching your lesson. Ask them to post their thoughts and questions on Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to help guide the focus of your lesson. Extend learning and help students visualize the order of events by creating a digital timeline using Knight Lab's Timeline , reviewed here. Add media from online sites to your timeline from YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, and more.
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Time Graphics Timeline Maker - Time.graphics

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Time Graphics Timeline Creator offers tools to create interactive timelines that include video, images, and maps. Create an account to begin building a timeline. Locate a date on the...more
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Time Graphics Timeline Creator offers tools to create interactive timelines that include video, images, and maps. Create an account to begin building a timeline. Locate a date on the timeline, then choose to add a new event. After adding an event, on the dashboard, accept the default title or change it, add information, including a description, beginning and ending dates, and more. Other options in the dashboard include settings to change the look of the marker on the timeline. Although there are other options, the free account only allows saving timelines as public. After saving a timeline, use the provided URL to share or copy the embed code to include on a website or blog. To see an example of a timeline that includes many features available, take a look at this History of Civilization found here, or view the Editor's choices to see a variety of styles.

tag(s): timelines (47)

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It may take some time for you to become comfortable with creating a timeline with this product. Share with students to allow them to explore the different options, then ask them to become the teachers creating and using this tool in various ways. Ask students to create screencasts using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, with directions for using certain features of the timeline. Add all of the student tutorials into a Wakelet collection, reviewed here, for easy access at any time. Create timelines to introduce material in any subject. If your school uses Google Apps or Docs/Drive, your students (or groups) can create their own very easily. Map specific battles in history (World War II or the Revolutionary War, perhaps?) Map significant scientific discoveries in the progress of understanding cell theory or genetics. Follow the works of various writers, artists, or musicians. Follow the life of famous people or noteworthy events such as elections, the Olympics, or even local history!

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The Evolution of the Oval Office Decor - American Home Shield

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Each new president makes adjustments to the Oval Office decor to match their personal style and taste. This site shares 3D renderings of the Oval Office beginning in 1909 with ...more
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Each new president makes adjustments to the Oval Office decor to match their personal style and taste. This site shares 3D renderings of the Oval Office beginning in 1909 with William Howard Taft up to Joseph Biden in 2021. In addition to viewing individual renderings, viewers can compare and contrast any two images using dropdown boxes to select different presidents. At the time of this review the comparison boxes did not include Joseph Biden.

tag(s): design (81), presidents (116), white house (13)

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Use this interesting look at Oval Office decor as an introduction to your unit on presidents. Ask students to compare and contrast decorating styles and tastes. What does that tell you about the president? After looking at the renderings, use Google search or Getty Images, reviewed here, to find actual images of the offices. Ask students to use Google Drawings, reviewed here, to draw their imagined Oval Office. Include their drawing on a simple webpage created with Carrd, reviewed here, explaining their drawings and wishes for an Oval Office design.

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Diversity Toolkit - National Education Association (NEA)

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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence...more
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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence for Teachers, Class and Income, Social Justice, and more. Each subject includes a short introduction, a discussion of the main issues, and suggestions for teaching strategies. Use the links within each of the issues to find support resources.
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tag(s): civil rights (149), difficult conversations (41), diversity (31), racism (67)

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Use this toolkit to identify different facets of diversity to include in your lessons about social justice and inequalities in society. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a resource to create and share your lessons with students. Create a Wakelet that includes links to your instructional resources, including videos, online information, and uploaded documents. Include in your Wakelet a link to a different collection that is created as a collaborative space for students to add text responses, videos and reflections. Have students upload a video into the collection directly from Flipgrid, reviewed here. For example, visit this collection entitled "Diving into the Civil Rights."

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Immigration Myths Lesson - Learning for Justice

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Engage students in understanding the myths and stereotypes about immigrants and immigration in the U.S. with this lesson plan from Learning for Justice. Based on three essential questions,...more
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Engage students in understanding the myths and stereotypes about immigrants and immigration in the U.S. with this lesson plan from Learning for Justice. Based on three essential questions, this lesson guides students through six workstations as they explore and discuss the inaccuracies behind each myth. As a final activity, students reflect upon their personal connections to immigrants and the stereotypes they face. This lesson also includes an extension activity and suggestions for creating an "Immigrants Bill of Rights."

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (143), difficult conversations (41), empathy (26), immigrants (26), immigration (56)

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Use digital resources to engage and enhance your lesson activities. During each workstation activity, student groups complete and share responses to questions. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to record and share responses in one of two ways. If students write responses, take a picture of the completed response and share it within Padlet using the shelf feature that offers options to create columns for categorizing information. Go completely digital within Padlet and share your Padlet with students to use as a collaborative project by adding responses directly within the Padlet as part of their workstation discussions. Collect poll responses during workstation activities using Socrative, reviewed here, to quickly gather and share responses. As you extend learning by creating the "Immigrants Bill of Rights," have students or student groups use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to design and share their posters and presentations.

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Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative - Smithsonian Institute

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Find support for teaching about Native Americans with the many resources found at Native Knowledge 360. Access live and recorded professional development webinars that feature guidance...more
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Find support for teaching about Native Americans with the many resources found at Native Knowledge 360. Access live and recorded professional development webinars that feature guidance on the proper use of primary sources, understanding problematic narratives about Native Americans, and much more. Browse through the lesson resources to view and use featured activities, handouts, digital posters, and more. The search feature includes tools to filter searches by grade level, subject, region, or format of resources. Several lesson options are available in Spanish. This website also offers free virtual field trips led by museum educators; advance registration is required. These events fill up quickly; sign up to receive newsletters and updates to receive notification in advance of event signups.

tag(s): native americans (77), thanksgiving (26), westward expansion (33)

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Replace some (or all) of your current written Native America resources with the genuine artifacts and stories available for viewing on this site. Use Padlet, reviewed here, organize important information and resources found on this site to share with students. As students learn about Native Americans, instead of written or oral presentations, ask student groups to create quizzes for their classmates using a quiz-creation tool like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy resource for creating and sharing quizzes for teams of two. As a final project, transform and extend student technology and learning by using Book Creator, reviewed here, to create class books sharing information about Native Americans. Book Creator is a digital book creation site offering the ability to add images, text, video, and more. Be sure to share student-created books on your class website or blog after publication.
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Astronomical Observational Images: The Naked Eye through Current Observations - Project PHaEDRA

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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes...more
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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes and spacecraft that tell a story of how observers view the sky and its objects. The collection contains fifty-five items, including newspaper articles, photographs, and videos. Choose any thumbnail to view, share, and download each resource. It isn't necessary to create a Smithsonian Learning Institute account to access and share the materials; however, creating a free account allows you to save and favorite items and personalize collections.

tag(s): scientists (62), space (200), stars (61), STEM (215), telescopes (9)

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Share this collection with students, then allow them time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out and discuss the proper use of citations when using materials from the site. Each item includes an icon with quotation marks which includes proper citation that can be copied and pasted into your document. Ask students to compare and contrast features found within the images using Canva's 4-Circle Venn Diagram Creator, reviewed here. To extend learning, ask students to use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the change in technology used to observe stars over time.
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Annie Jump Cannon: Biographical Digital Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about Annie Jump Cannon, an American astronomer whose work was crucial in developing our categorizing system of stars at this collection hosted by the Smithsonian Learning Institute....more
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Learn about Annie Jump Cannon, an American astronomer whose work was crucial in developing our categorizing system of stars at this collection hosted by the Smithsonian Learning Institute. The collection consists of thirty-five resources that include photographs, videos, articles, and more. Select any thumbnail to view the full content. Use the links to download or share items. Creating an account at the Smithsonian Learning Center isn't necessary; however, it allows you to save items and personalize collections.

tag(s): biographies (86), scientists (62), stars (61), STEM (215), women (97)

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Include this collection with your other resources when teaching lessons about astronomers, famous women, or scientists. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate resources and share with students. As you provide time for students to explore this collection, use edpuzzle, reviewed here, with the videos to enhance learning. Add questions or comments to the videos that encourage students to focus on the importance of Cannon's work in the field of astronomy. When sharing articles that contain difficult reading selections, use Read Ahead, reviewed here, to transform the text into a Guided Reading activity that includes a focus on keywords and vocabulary found in the text.
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Components of Stars - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of videos, articles, images,...more
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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of videos, articles, images, and more. Browse the site to view thumbnails of forty items and open to view the resources. Download items or share using the provided links. Open a free Smithsonian Learning Institute account to save favorites for further use or create your collections from materials available on the Smithsonian Learning Institute's site.

tag(s): biographies (86), elements (32), scientists (62), stars (61), STEM (215), women (97)

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Share this collection with students to explore when learning about famous Women in History, scientific advancements, or during an astronomy unit. Ask collaborative groups to work together and share information found in the collection. Use a collaborative note-taking tool such as Notejoy, reviewed here, to have students share ideas and information using checklists, adding images and links, and documenting individual contributions to the project. Ask groups or individuals to share their learning using a simple video creation tool like Biteable, reviewed here. Ask students to include images and require they include proper citations along with their original work.
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The Science of Henrietta Swan Leavitt - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt with this twenty-piece collection that tells the story of her discoveries while working at the Harvard College Observatory as...more
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Learn about American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt with this twenty-piece collection that tells the story of her discoveries while working at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer." This collection includes images of plate glass used for computer calculations, videos, quiz questions, and photos of Leavitt. Choose any thumbnail to open and view each resource. Use the links within each resource to share or download information. Registration isn't required; however, creating a free account offers you the opportunity to save and favorite items within personalized collections.

tag(s): computers (98), scientists (62), STEM (215), women (97)

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Bookmark and save this collection for use during Women's History Month or during studies of famous scientists. Be sure to show students how to use the citation link found with each resource (select the quotation mark icon) when downloading and using items from this collection. Challenge students to learn more about Leavitt by starting with a FlipGrid, reviewed here, sharing one of the plate glass images and encouraging students to speculate on what they are looking at. Include items from this collection with your other resources and share them with students on a Padlet, reviewed here. Add additional articles and videos to your Padlet for students to explore. Extend learning by asking students to conduct further research to learn about Leavitt, then share their findings using one of the presentation tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, such as flyers, videos, or infographics.

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Williamina Fleming: Discoveries and Biographical Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles,...more
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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles, and research that tell the story of her astronomy accomplishments, including her discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in 1888. Scroll through the page to view thumbnails of each resource and click to open to view fully. Registration isn't required to use the Smithsonian Learning Lab resources; however, it does allow you to collect and save materials located on the site.

tag(s): 1800s (55), biographies (86), stars (61), STEM (215), women (97)

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Add a link on classroom computers to this collection for students to explore. Add this and other resources to a collection in Wakelet, reviewed here, and share with students. All materials found on the site are available to download, be sure to show students how to cite each resource using the quotation icon found on each item. Ask students to find biographies and collections of other astronomers, female pioneers, or interesting people from the 1800s for a research project. Create a digital class book of your biographies using Book Creator, reviewed here.
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Digital Textbook - Bill of Rights Institute

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is a free digital textbook designed for high school American History or AP U.S. History classes. Information is provided through chronological...more
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is a free digital textbook designed for high school American History or AP U.S. History classes. Information is provided through chronological units that include primary and secondary source materials. Short narratives are included in each chapter to present information in a personalized manner and use decision points for students to focus on how information learned fits into a larger narrative. Each unit has a culminating essay activity that assesses the chapter's objectives. This digital textbook also offers tools for text highlighting, online notetaking, and text to speech. To access the textbook, use the link to register and access the materials through the OpenStax platform, reviewed here.

tag(s): 1600s (15), 1700s (34), 1800s (55), 1900s (50), 20th century (48), advanced placement (24), ebooks (35), Teacher Utilities (115)

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Take advantage of this free textbook to use for your American History curriculum or supplement your current teaching materials. Pick and choose text, source materials, or assessment information to enhance your curriculum. This text is a perfect addition for schools lacking up-to-date content or for use with distance learning. Use a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share materials with students. Use the shelf option to create categories and organize them by videos, articles, primary source documents, etc., to make information easily accessible by your students. Encourage students to share their understanding of the content by creating videos, flyers, graphic images, and more using the tools found at Canva Edu, reviewed here. Use the text to speech option to differentiate learning for students with disabilities and English Language Learners.

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Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII YouTube Playlist - California Museum

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This YouTube playlist shares previews of video kiosks featured in the museum's exhibit of the same name. The videos share the oral histories of Japanese Americans that were sent to...more
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This YouTube playlist shares previews of video kiosks featured in the museum's exhibit of the same name. The videos share the oral histories of Japanese Americans that were sent to internment camps during WWII. Most of the videos are under five minutes long and discuss the hardships encountered by being forced to live in internment camps in California. These videos accompany a lesson plan shared by the California Museum that is available here. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (143), japanese (43), oral history (13), world war 2 (133)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan that accompanies the videos on this playlist as part of your American History and WWII lessons. Consider sharing a video at the start of a lesson to engage students in learning about discriminatory policies' personal toll during the war. Use a discussion tool such as Answer Garden, reviewed here to gather student responses and create word clouds to encourage classroom discussion. Add videos from the playlist to other activities within a teacher utility such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Use Blendspace to add additional reading activities, quizzes, and more content to deliver lessons for distance learning or as a tool for self-paced learning. Easily differentiate learning by copying your original Blendspace learning then modifying activities based upon student needs. Extend learning by having students share their understanding of internment camps by presentations using Sway, reviewed here that includes student writing responses, images, videos, and more. Another option is to offer students the choice of building an interactive timeline using History in Motion, reviewed here that offers users the option to include maps, add events, include source materials, and more.

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