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Reading Treks: March, Book One - TeachersFirst

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7 to 12
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for sharing the autobiography of Congressman John Lewis. View the robust instructional guide for suggestions to use with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (130), congress (44)

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Using the Reading Trek, explore the periods of the 1930s and 1960s using maps and other non-fiction resources. Engage students and use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share resources with students. Organize information within the Padlet using columns to sort content by decade. Be sure to allow comments to encourage student discussion and collaboration. Enhance learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Use the infographics as an alternative to a book report and ask students to share important places, dates, and historical characters to tell the story of John Lewis.
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OK2Ask: Data and Charts and Graphs, Oh My! Let Google Tools Be Your Guide - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. Whether students are learning to collect, organize, graph, or interpret data, this webinar offers proven tools and strategies that assist learners in developing and applying those skills. Together we will explore and plan for the use of forms to collect data, web resources to access data, spreadsheets to manipulate and graph data, and Google MyMaps to visualize data. Students from beginner to advanced can use these tools to visualize and connect math, science, and social studies concepts to concrete, real-world applications. Let's get students excited about learning and help them incorporate complex data literacy into their world view. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use data visualization in the classroom; 2. Explore digital tools that will assist students with data visualization projects; and 3. Plan for the use of data visualization in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (205), data (158), Google (47), infographics (52), professional development (200), visualizations (14)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Under Advisement: Ohio Supreme Court Cases On Demand - The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System

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9 to 12
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Take an in-depth look at civil and criminal cases tried and decided by the Ohio Supreme Court using these two free lessons. Both lessons align with Ohio's Learning Standards for ...more
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Take an in-depth look at civil and criminal cases tried and decided by the Ohio Supreme Court using these two free lessons. Both lessons align with Ohio's Learning Standards for the High School American Government Curriculum and provide a real-world look into the court system and legal process. Email the resources link to receive the password to access and download the educator and student resource guides; typically requests are granted within an hour during business hours. If you don't receive the information, check your spam folder.

tag(s): courts (17), states (161)

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Although this site is aligned to Ohio Learning Standards, it is useful for any classroom studying civil and criminal cases. Download the free materials to use when learning about branches of government. Before completing the lessons within each of the cases, introduce the topic to students and ask them to predict the outcome using a simple polling tool like Updwn, reviewed here. As students become familiar with the Ohio court system, ask them to research the courts in your state and compare them using a Venn Diagram tool like the one found at Class Tools, reviewed here. Consider asking a local attorney or judge to visit your classroom to discuss the specifics of each case and how the law is interpreted within the state courts.
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Inquiries Archive - C3 Teachers

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K to 12
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This archive of inquiry activities features the use of the C3 Inquiry Arc that identifies social studies habits of mind, disciplinary tools, and concepts required to prepare students...more
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This archive of inquiry activities features the use of the C3 Inquiry Arc that identifies social studies habits of mind, disciplinary tools, and concepts required to prepare students for college and everyday life. Use the drop-down boxes to filter content by grade level, hub, or topic. Although created with New York State curriculum in mind, the content applies to learners in all locations. Inquiries include a compelling question, along with supporting tasks and extensions. Download each inquiry in PDF or DOC format with all required teaching activities and support materials.

tag(s): civil rights (130), civil war (150), cultures (118), slavery (68)

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Discover the many free social studies materials on this site to enhance your current lessons. Use the materials as a model to insert inquiry learning into any teaching activity. As you use teaching materials from this site, take advantage of technology to engage and extend learning. Use a teacher utility tool like ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, to build interactive lessons with text and video while receiving real-time assessments as students complete activities. Extend learning by asking students to create and share information about the materials learned. Provide a variety of multimedia options for students to choose from including ToonyTool, reviewed here, for creating cartoons or Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here, to create their own learning game. Take advantage of the many ideas for implementing rubrics for assessment along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue here, as a guide for assessing student multimedia projects.
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Open Course Library - Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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10 to 12
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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover...more
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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover a variety of content in all subject areas. Use the search feature to narrow down available information. Most links lead to course information found on shareable Google Documents.

tag(s): anthropology (14), business (57), careers (148), cells (105), communication (18), french (86), geology (78), literature (263), media literacy (78), nutrition (160), oceans (166), OER (31), psychology (65), sign language (10), spanish (108), speech (86), statistics (134), women (102), writing (359)

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Use these excellent free course materials in a variety of ways. Share courses with students with specific career interests not covered by traditional curriculums such as aerospace or anthropology. Provide students the opportunity to participate in college-level learning experiences without risk by using materials found in the courses on the site. These courses are perfect for use with gifted students to offer them content at a level that challenges them. As students learn from the information found in the courses on this site, ask them to reflect and share their learning through a digital portfolio created with PortfolioVillage, reviewed here. Students can even include their digital portfolio as part of their college application process at many universities.

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LibreTexts - LibreTexts

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LibreTexts is an open educational resource (OER) for finding and sharing textbooks, textmaps, and libretexts. The site currently covers twelve college disciplines, from chemistry to...more
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LibreTexts is an open educational resource (OER) for finding and sharing textbooks, textmaps, and libretexts. The site currently covers twelve college disciplines, from chemistry to the humanities. Advanced features within the books include embedded multimedia, embedded code, and the ability to use Hypothesis, reviewed here, as a collaborative digital annotation tool within texts. Choose the Explore the Libraries option to find material by subject. Most subjects include links to texts, course shells (teaching modules from different institutions), and homework examples.

tag(s): business (57), careers (148), cells (105), communication (18), differentiation (52), ecology (134), electricity (93), elements (39), engineering (132), environment (320), evolution (106), financial literacy (110), genetics (91), geology (78), gifted (79), literature (263), logic (249), magnetism (41), mental health (30), nutrition (160), oceans (166), OER (31), organisms (22), periodic table (55), plants (179), professional development (200), psychology (65), religions (73), sociology (24), space (232), spanish (108), statistics (134), STEM (215)

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LibreTexts is a bonanza for AP and teachers of gifted students. Take advantage of the free texts, course outlines, and homework resources to differentiate instruction and provide lessons for advanced students. Choose resources from LibreTexts for use in any classroom to supplement current materials. As part of career-planning activities, ask students to browse through topics that interest them. Encourage students to collaborate with others with similar career interests, both in the classroom and globally. Extend learning by suggesting that students participate in Ted-Ed Clubs, reviewed here. These Clubs allow participants to share in global meetings with peers that have a common interest. As students learn more about their chosen field, encourage them to interact with members of your community to ask questions and perhaps job shadow as a way to understand the career through personal experience. If using course materials and textbooks found on LibreTexts, this is the perfect opportunity for students to ask clarifying questions from their mentor. Enhance learning by making students the experts. Ask them to present their career findings using a multimedia tool like Sway, reviewed here, to share the information learned with peers.
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Constitutional Rights - Constitution Center

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Explore the rights that the United States shares with other countries around the world with this interactive from the Constitution Center. Begin by selecting a constitutional right...more
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Explore the rights that the United States shares with other countries around the world with this interactive from the Constitution Center. Begin by selecting a constitutional right from the list next to the globe to highlight the countries that also include that right for their citizens. Select any highlighted country to compare their version with the U.S. In addition to sharing the text from each country, this interactive includes the percentage of text with content that matches between the two chosen countries.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), constitution (93), countries (84), cross cultural understanding (146)

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Include this interactive with any lessons on constitutional rights or when studying different nations. Create a Padlet, reviewed here, for your class to add and comment on constitutional rights around the world. Create columns on your Padlet by country or specific rights, then ask students to share information and articles detailing information on that right. Use an online news site like World News, reviewed here, for students to find news from around the world and search by regions. Challenge computer-savvy students to create a game using Scratch, reviewed here, that takes players around the world to learn about rights and freedoms found in different nations. Ask other students to create podcasts discussing current events and freedoms from around the world. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an excellent podcast creation tool and includes features for adding links and lists to shows, and allows users to schedule podcast releases for specific dates and times.

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Global Youth Perspectives - Global Oneness Project

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7 to 12
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This collection from the Global Oneness Project includes a series of lessons based on stories of youth around the world, ranging from preschoolers to Scotland. The films and images...more
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This collection from the Global Oneness Project includes a series of lessons based on stories of youth around the world, ranging from preschoolers to Scotland. The films and images provide perspectives on the daily lives of the featured youth, along with their future hopes. Each lesson includes a correlation to National Teaching Standards and additional resources for exploration. Registration on the site isn't required to access the lessons; however, it allows you to add materials to an account as favorites to find easily.

tag(s): africa (164), alaska (26), anthropology (14), cross cultural understanding (146), cultures (118), india (35), middle east (44), native americans (83), psychology (65), scotland (7), south africa (13), south america (41)

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Take advantage of these free lesson ideas and videos to incorporate into any lessons on tolerance, culture, and to bring a personal touch to learning about nations around the world. Consider using the embed code found in each video and add the video to your class website for students to view at home before your lesson. Ask students to provide a short response to the video on an online bulletin board like Corkboard, reviewed here, then use these responses to guide your lesson. As part of students' ongoing research, share iCyte Education, reviewed here, to use as a browser add-on. iCyte Education allows you to save portions of online information and create the proper citation using just a couple of clicks. Enhance learning by using information learned to create infographics with Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Instead of a typical report or assessment at the end of your unit extend students' learning by having them use Story Maps, reviewed here, to build a virtual field trip to tell the story of students in other cultures. Include links to articles, videos, student-created infographics, and more.

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Race to Ratify - iCivics

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5 to 12
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Can you be a ratification #influencer? That is the goal of this game where players land back in time to the year 1787 and fight to ratify the newly proposed ...more
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Can you be a ratification #influencer? That is the goal of this game where players land back in time to the year 1787 and fight to ratify the newly proposed Constitution using social media of the time - pamphlets. Select from two different game modes - historical and free play. Talk with friends and dissenters as you travel across the 13 states to hear different opinions and attempt to influence others to your point of view. Earn tokens along the way to use in interviews and pamphlets. Although login and registration are available on the site, they aren't necessary to play the game. The educator login provides access to the extension pack that provides additional context and materials for using the game in classrooms.

tag(s): 1700s (31), branches of government (60), colonial america (110), constitution (93), game based learning (150)

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Demonstrate the basic concepts of the challenge on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then allow students to play on their own on the whiteboard or classroom computers, keeping a log of their actions and results. Have students share interactions from the game in comic form using ToonyTool, < a href="/single.cfm?id=17781">reviewed here. Ask students to use ToonyTool to create a conversation with the game's character trying to persuade an anti-Federalist or another opponent on the virtues of the Constitution. Use the game as inspiration for students to create their own history game using Scratch, < a href="/single.cfm?id=9202">reviewed here. For ideas and inspiration, use the search feature in Scratch to find examples of history games created by other users.

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Teaching with Primary Sources - Almetria Vaba

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Discover how to use PBS Learning Media's primary source library through three activities shared on Teaching with Primary Sources. Topics include an interactive scrapbook of the Seattle...more
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Discover how to use PBS Learning Media's primary source library through three activities shared on Teaching with Primary Sources. Topics include an interactive scrapbook of the Seattle World Fair, an investigation of presidential decisions using documents from the Presidential Library, and exploring the Civil Rights Movement using Library of Congress sources. Each activity includes correlations to National Standards. View state standards after creating your free account.

tag(s): civil rights (130), presidents (130), primary sources (100), Research (20), slavery (68)

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Take advantage of these free investigations to incorporate into your current lessons or as a starting point to introduce the use of primary sources. Consider using the PBS activities as an alternative to a typical research paper by taking advantage of technology tools to enhance learning. Have students create a bibliography of sources using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Share a citation tool such as RefMe, reviewed here, for students to use when citing and creating bibliographies of online documents. Encourage students to collaborate and discuss primary sources using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Copy the URL of an online resource into Fiskkit and share with students. Students then click on portions of the article to highlight and discuss relevant information found. Encourage students to delve further into any topic using Ted-Ed Clubs, reviewed here. This site allows you to create clubs with up to 50 members. Members participate in up to 13 sessions based on TED Talks by collaborating and discussing topics of interest.
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Advise the President - National Archives

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Five past presidents need your help with making serious decisions. Travel back in time to use the deliberation process to become a presidential advisor and provide information about...more
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Five past presidents need your help with making serious decisions. Travel back in time to use the deliberation process to become a presidential advisor and provide information about your chosen best option. Each question includes a top-secret information guide, including background information and a variety of options. The end of the booklet, to be read after discussions, tells the story of the final decision made by each president. Each topic also includes a moderator's guide to facilitate discussion and review of the information and options available.

tag(s): 1900s (45), congress (44), presidents (130), russia (37)

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Take advantage of these free resources to stimulate discussion on events in recent American history. These booklets are also useful in English/Language Arts lessons to teach students how to use information to support their opinion. Before beginning discussions, poll students to find out their first thoughts on possible options provided within each activity using Dotstorming, reviewed here,to enhance classroom technology. Then revisit their answers upon completion of all activities. As you work through the lesson, ask students to modify their technology use and create an infographic using Canva, reviewed here, to share an overview of the problem and possible options or use ThingLink, reviewed here, to create an annotated image with links to additional information. As a final project, ask students to record podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to recreate their chosen dilemma and share information used in their decision-making process.
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Digital Civics Toolkit - MacArthur Research Network

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8 to 12
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The Digital Civics Toolkit contains five high-quality modules and resources for teaching civic potentials of digital life. Topics include Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice,...more
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The Digital Civics Toolkit contains five high-quality modules and resources for teaching civic potentials of digital life. Topics include Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice, and Action. Each module consists of a conversation starter video along with activities and closing reflections. Each module provides background resources for educators. If your school blocks YouTube be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the conversation starters and other videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): communities (40), cross cultural understanding (146), digital citizenship (76), journalism (69)

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Save yourself some time, and use these excellent free modules on this site to use during online safety lessons. Share this site with your school's counselor for use during digital awareness activities. Instead of using paper and pencil to record ideas during brainstorming sessions, use an online bulletin board like Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and record student responses. Padlet offers tools for participants to share links and add comments to posts. As students develop responses to prompts, replace paper and pencil and ask them to create simple web pages to share their ideas and include support for their position using a simple webpage creation tool like Jimdo, reviewed here. Add a link to each student or group's web pages onto your class website to share the variety of ideas and resources shared by the class. Enhance learning and use Synth, reviewed here, to create podcasts featuring student's sharing tips for being digitally aware and share with your school community. Synth is an extremely easy to use tool for creating short audio and video soundbites and automatically pieces together soundbites into threads to share as podcasts.

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The Top 6 Population Migrations in American History - HomeArea.com

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This interesting site features a look at major population changes in the United States from 1790 through 2010. Begin with the big picture, an animated image featuring population change...more
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This interesting site features a look at major population changes in the United States from 1790 through 2010. Begin with the big picture, an animated image featuring population change per square mile over time. Scroll down through the site for additional maps featuring populations changes due to the Gold Rush and railroads, the Civil War, and America's infatuation with cars among others. Scroll further down to choose from links to maps by individual decades, regional population maps, and additional facts and data of different counties throughout the U.S.

tag(s): 1800s (52), 1900s (45), 20th century (52), civil war (150), gold rush (20), migration (60), native americans (83), population (64), railroads (12), STEM (215)

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Use this site for many different purposes in history and geography classrooms. Data found on these maps only go up through 2010, ask students to research data through the current year. Create and annotate your own charts using ChartAccent, reviewed here, to demonstrate population changes in your state or community. Take advantage of a large amount of data and information found on this site to use as a starting point for student research projects. Ask them to transform their learning by creating and presenting their information through a multimedia platform such as History in Motion, reviewed here. Use this tool to add texts, images, maps, and more to tell the story of changes over time within a community.

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Americans - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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Take a virtual field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian Americans exhibit that features the American Indian identity since before the birth of the United States. Click...more
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Take a virtual field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian Americans exhibit that features the American Indian identity since before the birth of the United States. Click on gallery images to read and learn more about the artifacts shared including coins, dolls, posters, and much more. Additional links take viewers to videos and displays telling the story of Thanksgiving, Queen of America (Pocahontas), The Removal Act, and The Indians Win.

tag(s): battles (18), native americans (83), thanksgiving (32), westward expansion (33)

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Replace some of your current written Native America resources with the genuine artifacts and stories available for viewing on this site. Introduce the site to students on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the different features available and how to find them. After students have time to explore, create groups to do in-depth research within the four different featured areas. Create a Padlet, reviewed here, with four columns for students to share web and video resources found during their research. 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 student 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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DelanceyPlace.com - Richard Vague

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8 to 12
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Delancy Place provides brief, daily emails to subscribers with interesting quotes and writing excerpts along with a short commentary. Common topics include information based on history-based...more
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Delancy Place provides brief, daily emails to subscribers with interesting quotes and writing excerpts along with a short commentary. Common topics include information based on history-based non-fiction writing. Browse the archives that date back to 2007 for a quick look at the latest topics such as The Vikings and Young Beethoven. Use the search feature to find information by keyword, author, book title, subject, or publisher.

tag(s): churchill (7), congress (44), england (57), novels (25), parts of speech (67), presidents (130), vikings (12)

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Be sure to subscribe to the daily email for Delancy Place to stay up to date with the latest commentaries. Use this site as a terrific resource for non-fiction supplemental reading materials for students in social studies classes and as a resource for motivating student interest in the many varieties of topics included. Include a link to the site on classroom computers for student use, or include a link with other useful student resources using a bookmarking site shared with students. SearchTeam, reviewed here, is an excellent bookmarking and sharing tool to use with older students due to it's feature that allows you to add comments. Share an article from Delancy Place with your students and add a question in the comments for students to consider during reading. After reading the article and considering your questions, have students share their answers and reflections with a video response on FlipGrid, reviewed here. Transform student learners into student teachers by asking them to use this site as an example to take classroom reading material and create their own video commentaries using Moovly, reviewed here. Use Moovly's templates and editing tools to create professional-looking video presentations to share.

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Kialo Edu - Kialo, Inc

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8 to 12
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Kialo offers a platform for focused online discussions, this version is dedicated to educational users. Use Kialo to create and map out debates onto an interactive tree featuring arguments...more
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Kialo offers a platform for focused online discussions, this version is dedicated to educational users. Use Kialo to create and map out debates onto an interactive tree featuring arguments both pro and con. Create your own forum or participate in the questions posed by other site members. Choose to make your question private or public then invite others to contribute. Throughout the debate use the site's tools to rate the impact of arguments and switch perspectives to view opinions from the other side. Be sure to watch Kialo's introductory video for an overview of all of the site's features and check out the sample classroom activities and assignments.

tag(s): collaboration (57), debate (46), perspective (12), point of view (11), Teacher Utilities (90)

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Kialo is a great resource to find debate topics to use with your students; be sure to bookmark it. Explore the topics available on the public portion of the site and share the discussions with your students. Use the information to teach students how to include relevant information when debating any topic and point out the importance of viewing information through different perspectives. When ready, create your own topic for classroom debate using the private option. For example, have students debate the importance of the use of propaganda during World War 2 or the ethics of using animals when testing products. As students research your topic, have them use Wakelet, reviewed here, to bookmark and save their research. When complete, transform learning by asking students to use an infographic creation tool like Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create an infographic based on their topic.

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The United States Diplomacy Center - United States Department of State

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The United States Diplomacy Center shares free simulations providing hands-on exercises in dealing with complex world problems. Topics include migration, nuclear arms, global health...more
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The United States Diplomacy Center shares free simulations providing hands-on exercises in dealing with complex world problems. Topics include migration, nuclear arms, global health issues, and more. Free materials include student learning packets available in three different ability levels and videos featuring content experts. Educator materials include all information to conduct each scenario including student materials and tools for productive negotiations.

tag(s): animals (324), cross cultural understanding (146), debate (46), migration (60), nuclear energy (27), oceans (166), pollution (67), water (139)

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Take advantage of these free materials to immerse students in learning about current events topics through a global lens. One important component of these lessons includes the task of completing a series of formal and informal discussions on each topic. As students identify key topics and information, enhance their learning by asking them to use Lino, reviewed here, to create digital sticky notes to share among teachers and peers. Use options within Lino to color code the sticky notes to identify the group creating the note or different concepts to address throughout the simulation. Simulations also provide background information on each topic, use this information as a starting point, then have students research each topic further on their own or in groups. Share bookmarks and resources using SearchTeam, reviewed here. In addition to sharing bookmarks, SearchTeam includes tools for adding notes and comments for all team members to use when collaborating together. Throughout your simulation activities, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to modify learning and to pose essential questions discussed within the activity. Have students add video responses within Flipgrid to share their perspective and solutions to the different problems. As a final learning activity, provide students options for sharing their conclusions and suggestions to the simulation activities through a variety of multimedia choices. Instead of a book report or PowerPoint presentation consider asking students to create a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Both options offer tools for transforming students' learning to include video, images, and more to share their final conclusion and perspective on the topic included in the simulation.
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Engaging Congress - Indiana University

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Engaging Congress is an interactive game that uses primary sources to help students evaluate information as they learn about the United States government. Download the app from Google...more
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Engaging Congress is an interactive game that uses primary sources to help students evaluate information as they learn about the United States government. Download the app from Google Play or the iTunes store, or select the webGL link to play on the web. Begin play by choosing a story, primary source, or pick a trivia challenge or practice. Use the Teacher Toolbox to find documents by era or topic, learning objectives matched to Common Core Standards, and compelling questions for use with each issue and story. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the home page to find the link to request classroom giveaways to encourage play!

tag(s): branches of government (60), congress (44), DAT device agnostic tool (169), primary sources (100)

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Take advantage of the free games and materials on this site to use as a supplement to your current resources for teaching history and government. Instead of written notes, strengthen learning by having students use an online tool such as Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers. To compare and contrast information found in different primary sources, create a Venn Diagram using Creately. As students prepare to share their findings and summarize their learning, have them modify their learning by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to visually represent facts and information. As a final assessment for your unit using these materials, ask students to form teams to debate different sides of the issues presented. Share their debates as a podcast using Anchor, reviewed here. Anchor is a simple to use podcasting tool offering several free options for creating, hosting, and sharing podcasts. As an alternative, ask other students redefine their learning and to create multimedia presentations using Sway, reviewed here to share text, videos, images, and more.
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Encyclopedia Virginia - Virginia Humanities

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4 to 12
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Encyclopedia Virginia is your ultimate resource for learning about the history and culture of the state of Virginia. The content on this site provides information in many different...more
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Encyclopedia Virginia is your ultimate resource for learning about the history and culture of the state of Virginia. The content on this site provides information in many different ways. Use the included links to find information within an A-Z index, maps, podcasts, virtual tours, and more. To find specific content, use the keyword search then narrow down results using the provided filters for type of material, source, or category. Be sure also to check out the section for educators with links to content matching Virginia SOL standards. Register on the site to bookmark and save information for easy access at any time.

tag(s): african american (106), american revolution (88), black history (73), civil rights (130), civil war (150), colonial america (110), colonization (17), constitution (93), politics (106), primary sources (100), slavery (68), virginia (17), virtual field trips (60), washington (27), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (144)

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Bookmark this site to use for lesson planning and student research if you teach Social Studies in any state. Take advantage of the virtual tours on the site to provide a real look at historic sites that go beyond the pages of textbooks. Instead of reading stories found in textbooks, ask students to browse the site to find interesting events during the period being studied. Use these ideas as the basis for student research projects. Encourage students to imagine themselves as a participant in events in history. Ask students to extend learning by using this Headline Generator, reviewed here, as a story starter to retell and analyze moments in history. Share the site's podcasts in listening centers or as an option for flipped learning. Use the podcasts as models for students to create their own podcasts for retelling events in history through the perspective of someone alive during that time. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, will enhance learning and provides free tools for creating and sharing podcasts.

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Be Washington - George Washington's Mount Vernon

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How would you deal with the challenges faced by George Washington? Try your hand either as a single player or join a multi-player game. Another option allows you to host ...more
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How would you deal with the challenges faced by George Washington? Try your hand either as a single player or join a multi-player game. Another option allows you to host a multiplayer game. Choose from four scenarios to begin play. Play starts with a video reenactment of the crisis faced and a short explanation of the situation. Players face options to interact with advisors offering different opinions then provide a rating of agreement with their conclusion. After making your choice, find out how George Washington responded. This site also includes lesson plans for some of the scenarios with more being added. Find the lesson plans by selecting the question mark on the home screen before starting the game.

tag(s): american revolution (88), presidents (130), washington (27), white house (16)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce your unit on the American Revolution. Follow the instructions to create a multiplayer game for your classroom using small groups. Instead of written reports, extend student learning by asking students to research the different points of view provided by advisors within the game. Then modify learning by having them create a website either individually or in small groups using Carrd, reviewed here, to share information backing up their final decision within the game including links to research sites and their supporting writing activities. As a class project, use student research to modify learning and create an interactive book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Have students enhance their learning by using Be Washington as a model to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to reenact the challenges faced by George Washington.

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