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National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional...more
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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional resources for educators and students. Browse through the homepage to view current exhibits and events; online events are clearly labeled, and there is a different section with a link to all online resources. Be sure to visit this site section to find links to various topics, including poetry, Native American women, and much more. Select the link from the dropdown box at the top of the page to view materials provided for educators. Included in the resources for educators is Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative, reviewed here, which offers many teaching resources, including lessons, media, and professional development webinars. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): explorers (61), native americans (85), primary sources (104), professional development (312), thanksgiving (24), westward expansion (36)

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Be sure to bookmark this site for use with lessons on Thanksgiving, using primary sources, or when teaching about Native Americans. Consider using curation tools such as Padlet, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize resources for easy retrieval. Padlet and Wakelet are also handy when sharing information and resources with students. As you begin your lessons on American Indians, begin with a formative assessment to gauge your students' understanding of the topic. Use an easy online quiz tool such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to engage students in your learning activities. As you continue in your lessons, continue to motivate and engage students using Wooclap, reviewed here, to review information either in class or as a homework activity. Instead of testing to assess knowledge upon completing your unit, offer students the opportunity to share their understanding of content in various ways. Examples include creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, an explainer video made using simpleshow video maker, reviewed here, and an interactive map built using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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TEACHFLIX - Ditch That Textbook

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K to 12
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), computers (97), digital citizenship (79), engineering (111), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (70), STEM (228), video (245), virtual field trips (71)

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Use this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, ask students to share learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.

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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - The Kennedy Center

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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources...more
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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources include lessons for grades K-8 that focus on learning about indigenous people through integrating the arts with science, social studies, and language arts. Other resources include videos that feature Native Americans discussing their crafts through interviews and storytelling. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. Lessons correlate to National Core Arts Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (149), cultures (122), dance (25), holidays (136), native americans (85), north america (14), stories and storytelling (36)

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Print lesson plans during Native American Month, as a supplement to social studies lessons about cultures and states, or during geography lessons. Lesson plans are available in PDF format or as Google Documents; save any lesson to your Google Drive as a copy of the original document and edit it to fit your curriculum or adapt it as desired to fit current lessons. Use any or all materials found on this site as a personalized learning lesson for students to complete in person or remotely. For example, add a video, poem, and reflective activity, and additional materials to a SchoolStack, reviewed here, an activity that offers students a choice of learning materials and activities. Consider asking students to work in collaborative groups to research indigenous people based on their interests. For example, have a group explore dance, another their art and sculpture, and a group that researches geographic locations of the different tribes. Ask each group to share their learning by creating simple websites made with Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Telegra.ph provides simple website creation tools without all the distractions of backgrounds, templates, and other distractions. Easily add text, images, and links to any Telegra.ph site.
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Freedom on the Move - Cornell University

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Freedom on the Move is a compilation of thousands of stories of fugitives from North American slavery. The database uses "runaway ads" from newspapers to provide details on the individual...more
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Freedom on the Move is a compilation of thousands of stories of fugitives from North American slavery. The database uses "runaway ads" from newspapers to provide details on the individual lives involved in the anti-slavery movement. Begin by selecting the link to search the database of over 10,000 ads. Narrow results using filters for locations and type of ads, information on the runaway or enslaver, and the date of the runaway event. The download search offers many more filters and is available to download as a CSV or JSON file. Also, be sure to visit the area for K-12 educators that includes lessons and teaching activities for grades 3-8.

tag(s): black history (108), civil rights (173), civil war (129), primary sources (104), slavery (62)

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Include this database with your other resources when studying Black history, the Civil War, or American History during the early to mid-1800s. Engage students by sharing this site and allowing them time to explore on their own by searching by your location. Each of the ads provides interesting details and descriptions that provoke class discussions and perspectives on the treatment of enslaved people. As students learn and research more information about fugitives from slavery, use Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive images that share additional information about the location, the role of enslaved people, and possible journeys to freedom. As an extension activity, ask groups of students to collaboratively create a map of the journey to freedom of some of the enslaved people found in the site's database using Google My Maps, reviewed here. In addition to mapping the journey, Google My Maps allows you to add links to additional information, videos, and primary source information to provide a complete overview of the difficulties encountered as a fugitive from slavery.

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Educational Podcasts for Students - TeachersFirst

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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The...more
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The podcasts are available anytime, making them ideal for in-person, remote, blended, and flipped instruction. Students can listen a second time to deepen their understanding.

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Share these podcasts with your students to use when learning related material. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find podcasts to incorporate into your lessons.

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Teaching a More Complete Picture of MLK - Candra Flanagan, Eden Cho & Phoebe Hillemann

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The study of Martin Luther King's accomplishments and legacy involves more than an annual celebration featuring one day or Black History Month. Three educators share their suggestions...more
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The study of Martin Luther King's accomplishments and legacy involves more than an annual celebration featuring one day or Black History Month. Three educators share their suggestions for using primary sources to expand students' understanding of his significant impact on civil rights. The article links many collections, including the Smithsonian Learning Lab, reviewed here, and an MLK primary source collection that includes art, posters, and interviews.
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tag(s): black history (108), civil rights (173), martin luther king (40), primary sources (104)

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Include this article that features various teaching ideas with your other resources for lessons about MLK. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and organize lesson ideas and information. For example, create a Padlet with columns to organize information by primary sources, books, saved lesson plans, etc., as a way to easily find content to use. Engage and extend learning as students watch videos using edpuzzle, reviewed here. Add comments and questions to the appropriate portions of videos as a way for students to focus on critical information. As students prepare to show their learning, consider using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a resource for students to create infographics about Martin Luther King and his contributions to civil rights.

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Markwhen - Markwhen.com

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Create cascading text timelines with Markwhen without registration. Add information to the timeline in a variety of ways. For example, click on any timeline area to add and edit an...more
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Create cascading text timelines with Markwhen without registration. Add information to the timeline in a variety of ways. For example, click on any timeline area to add and edit an event for a specific date or time or use the edit link to add events. Other features include grouping events, dragging and dropping to move events, and tagging by colors. Share finished timelines using the share link or create an account to add a custom URL for sharing. Another option for sharing completed timelines is to save them as a PNG or PDF file. Use the help area to learn more about the included features of Markwhen.

tag(s): timelines (45)

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Markwhen may require some practice before use. Consider asking students to create short tutorials of the features using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Post the tutorials on your class site for students to use in class and at home when using Markwhen. Create timelines to share events in novels, in Social Studies class to document events such as those leading up to the Civil War, or when writing biographies to demonstrate life events. For students working on long-term projects, suggest they create a timeline for planning the work needed. After creating timelines, ask students to include a PNG image within a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here.

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Ma Rainey - Biography.com

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Whether your music class is studying the Blues or your academic classes are studying Black History, Ma Rainey is one important person to know. Known as the "Mother of the ...more
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Whether your music class is studying the Blues or your academic classes are studying Black History, Ma Rainey is one important person to know. Known as the "Mother of the Blues," she was an influencer to three generations of artists from Langston Hughes, to Bessie Smith, to Alice Walker. Read this article to find out more about Ma Rainey.

tag(s): african american (99), artists (76), black history (108), blues (20)

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Introduce this article and enhance student learning by using Read Ahead, reviewed here, to highlight important sections, keywords, and create a vocabulary list. Next, have students read the biography in pairs, and further enhance student learning by asking them to use Edji, reviewed here, to highlight famous songs, people, bands, and others mentioned in the article. Then, have pairs or small groups use Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to summarize their reading. At this point, students could do a little research on a person or band mentioned in the article and report their findings to their peers using Genially, reviewed here. With Genially, students can insert maps, audio, video, and more. You may also want to have your students listen to the "Black Bottom" song by Ma Rainey, reviewed here.

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Freedom's Ring - Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

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Freedom's Ring is an interactive website project created by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. This site provides an immersive, multimedia...more
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Freedom's Ring is an interactive website project created by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. This site provides an immersive, multimedia experience where students can take an in-depth look into the Civil Rights period of American History. Students may explore the speech by choosing to display Dr. King's written words, spoken words, or both while listening to the recording. Throughout the address, lines of text are highlighted and lead the reader to a more in-depth look at the time period or reasonings for particular words used. The multimedia player where the speech is displayed makes it easy for students to pause and play by using the spacebar and marking sections of the text that have links to further information with longer lines. The entire site is also indexed, so students may choose to read the entire speech and view the entire directory of supplemental materials.

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

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This resource takes a comprehensive look inside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech. Teachers may want to use this site to engage students by playing the address at the beginning of a lesson or by having students preview the oration by scrolling through and observing the pictures and graphics displayed throughout. Instruction can be enhanced by having the students view and analyze the supplemental materials and videos. Extend your student's knowledge by having them create their own video analyses using a tool such as Flip, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share with their peers. You may also want to ask students to comment on others' videos to compare similar and different viewpoints.

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Patriotic Music for July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! - Celebrations Sounds

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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district ...more
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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (10), memorial day (14), veterans (20)

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Use this music as background when students work on projects, especially those for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. Share this one on your teacher web page just in time for summer so students and parents can enjoy patriotic background music during their holiday celebrations.

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Top 10 American Patriotic Songs | Iconic American Songs - U.S. Entrepreneur TV

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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are ...more
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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are represented, too. The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (10), memorial day (14), sept11 (17), veterans (20)

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Choose a few of the more recent songs, and discuss why they are considered patriotic as a class. Then, use as background music when students work on projects for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran's Day.

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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose...more
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose from studies in all core content areas and the fine arts and world languages. An additional option features courses in CTAE/Electives. These offerings include classes in finance, computer science, fitness, and more. After selecting a course to view, use the module to proceed through the contents. Each module includes an introduction featuring essential questions and interactive content and concludes with final assessments and a module test.

tag(s): art history (80), body systems (41), business (50), chinese (43), drawing (60), environment (220), financial literacy (91), french (73), geology (63), japanese (46), latin (20), music theory (46), narrative (14), novels (27), nutrition (133), oceans (135), OER (43), photography (129), plagiarism (31), poetry (185), psychology (65), robotics (24), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (23), space (206), spanish (102), STEM (228), writers workshop (33)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.

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Open-Ended Social Studies - Thomas Kenning

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Open-Ended History is an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook designed to foster critical and historical thinking skills through interactive content. Find resources related to the...more
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Open-Ended History is an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook designed to foster critical and historical thinking skills through interactive content. Find resources related to the United States and World History in many ways: browse lessons by concept, country, films, travel writing, or search the library of lessons by keyword. The lessons are designed to be used by students and include many hyperlinks, images, and videos that support the included content. In addition to the teaching materials, this site contains a beneficial blog with content that supports the site's philosophy, which is to teach students through a broader world lens.

tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), 1800s (61), 20th century (48), american revolution (74), civil war (129), colonial america (93), colonization (18), gettysburg (16), gettysburg address (13), native americans (85), OER (43), washington (23), westward expansion (36)

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This site is an excellent addition to any middle or high school social studies curriculum. Bookmark this site to include with your other lesson resources. Use individual lessons to supplement your lessons through a new viewpoint since many of the tasks encourage students to think of history through the eyes of a traveler. Each lesson begins with a series of focus questions to keep in mind throughout the article. Engage students in learning and provide support for focusing on important information using Read Ahead, reviewed here. This handy tool lets you transform any text into a guided reading activity that highlights critical components of the text. As students collaborate on learning activities, enhance learning by using Notejoy, reviewed here, as a collaborative note-taking tool. Ask students to add the preview questions listed before the lesson and any other focus points, then share ideas and responses in Notejoy throughout the reading and discussions of the content. As a final learning extension, ask students to use Open-Ended History as a model for telling history through the eyes of a storyteller or from the perspective of one location. Use History in Motion, reviewed here, to create interactive timelines using animated maps. Include text descriptions, images, and videos as part of your interactive timelines.
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Unpublished Black History - The New York Times

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Browse through unpublished images from The New York Times archives published daily during February's Black History Month recognition, including short background information about the...more
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Browse through unpublished images from The New York Times archives published daily during February's Black History Month recognition, including short background information about the picture's subject. Email signup isn't required; scroll past that portion at the top of the page to browse the content. Images include well-known entertainers, sports, political figures, and pictures commemorating everyday events. In addition, each entry has a link to a New York Times article.

tag(s): 1960s (29), 1970s (10), black history (108), civil rights (173), journalism (69), martin luther king (40), movies (55), rosa parks (9), sports (77)

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This page is perfect for sharing with students to explore and find people and events of interest. The page is quite lengthy; if looking for specific information such as an event in a particular city or a person, use the search for text feature on your computer to find that information. On a Mac, use "Command+F"; on a Windows device, use "Ctrl+F"; another method for easier viewing is to click on the magnifying glass found on the bottom, left-hand corner of an image. This option allows viewers to scroll through a slide show of the images that include a short description of the activity. As students find information to research further, use the Wikipedia Timeline Generator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to view a chronological list of events related to that person or event. Use other templates found in class tools to extend learning further. For example, use the Venn Diagram generator to organize and understand overlapping events and people involved or ask students to use the Fakebook generator to create a fictional social profile for one of the people featured on the New York Times page. Extend learning by asking students to become reporters and write news articles about current or past Black History events not found in this article. Consider using a simple web-publishing tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to create and share articles that include student-created text along with images and web links.

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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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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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K to 7
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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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Jazz - BrainPOP

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3 to 8
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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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6 to 12
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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)

In the Classroom

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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