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Today's Document - National Archives

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Today's Document is an excellent daily history site based on an RSS feed from the National Archives Facebook page. Each entry features a historical document or image from the National...more
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Today's Document is an excellent daily history site based on an RSS feed from the National Archives Facebook page. Each entry features a historical document or image from the National Archives catalog. Open the entry to view the item shared and additional information, including a short description, record location, and a link to the original Facebook post. The original Facebook posts often include an extra link to a different area within the National Archives with supporting documents.

tag(s): american revolution (82), civil war (134), constitution (88), jefferson (18), lincoln (60), presidents (121), primary sources (117), segregation (18), washington (25)

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Today's Document would make a fantastic discussion starter in any classroom. It is an engaging, visual way for students to acquire background knowledge about American history, the Constitution, and government through primary source documents. Share this site with students as a springboard for American History research projects. Visit TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Research Strategies, reviewed here to find additional resources to teach and develop research skills.

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Google News Archive Search - Google

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3 to 12
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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step...more
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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step instructions include pictures showing how to search the archives for news articles from 1995 and search terms for finding scanned newspaper articles before 1995. This lesson is available online or as a PDF document.

tag(s): journalism (72), primary sources (117), search engines (50), timelines (51)

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This site provides helpful information on effective browser searches for any social studies, history, or English class. Create a bookmark for news.google.com on classroom computers so that students can quickly access web news content from 2003. Include this site and other effective and safe web browsing tutorials by creating a Wakelet collection, reviewed here. Include items in your collection such as tutorials, shortcut tips, and how to use exact terms for searches.
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Change Makers - Young Women Who Have Changed the World - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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From activism to invention, young women have boldly challenged injustice and advanced human knowledge at remarkably early ages. At just 15, Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg sparked...more
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From activism to invention, young women have boldly challenged injustice and advanced human knowledge at remarkably early ages. At just 15, Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg sparked a global youth movement demanding urgent action on climate change through her "Fridays for Future" school strikes. S.E Hinton wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Outsiders at the age of 17. These young women's moral courage, powerful voices, and innovative spirits have created change, raised awareness, and driven solutions to some of the most critical issues facing the world today. Share this curated list of reviewed resources to encourage your students that they, too, can be the change.

tag(s): women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Share these resources with your students to learn about many young women who changed the world. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Voices of U.S. - Why We Serve Virtual Field Trip - Discovery Education

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3 to 12
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This 21-minute virtual field trip via video is a wonderful visual and audio way for students to learn about Veterans Day history and why men and women serve--starting with Armistice...more
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This 21-minute virtual field trip via video is a wonderful visual and audio way for students to learn about Veterans Day history and why men and women serve--starting with Armistice Day and celebrating the end of World War I and how Armistice Day turned into Veterans Day. There is an explanation of the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The video introduces several Veterans, explaining why they served and other reasons for serving in the military. There are also resources for teachers, parents, and students in grades 3 through 8.

tag(s): holidays (163), veterans (20)

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First, use Padlet, reviewed here and ask students to list what they know about Veterans Day, making columns for history, Memorial Day, the different divisions of the military, and why people serve in the military. Next, introduce this virtual field trip on your whiteboard or projector using Clipchamp, reviewed here to pare down the virtual field trip video to what is appropriate for your age group. Finally, enhance learning by asking students to go back into Padlet and input what they've learned about Veteran's Day and why people serve.

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Class Companion - Class Companion

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Class Companion offers the power of AI (artificial intelligence) to provide assignments and feedback for written tasks. Import assignments using any of three methods - import a project...more
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Class Companion offers the power of AI (artificial intelligence) to provide assignments and feedback for written tasks. Import assignments using any of three methods - import a project from your device's documents using copy and paste, create a task from scratch, or use an assignment from Class Companion's library. Choose from the essay or short response format. Class Companion analyzes the text and allows teachers to customize options before assigning them to students; options include a selection of rubrics, questions about the piece, and the number of attempts students have to submit a correct response. Students access Class Companion by the provided link shared from your account. As students complete the activities, Class Companion provides feedback on their responses.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), assessment (146), differentiation (83), feedback (9), writing (317)

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Take advantage of the tutorials provided by Class Companion to learn how to customize lessons and feedback to engage and motivate students. As you become familiar with using the tools found in this resource, learn how to enhance student learning by providing them with options to dispute the AI feedback, which encourages critical thinking skills. Use Class Companion's built-in feedback tools for AP classes to provide low-stakes and unlimited practice for upcoming exams. Use the reporting tools available on the site to share feedback on student growth with individual students to encourage reflective learning practices.

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Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens - The Smithsonian Institution

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K to 12
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Find an abundance of games and learning activities for kids and teens at this engaging site from the experts that The Smithsonian Institution provides. Scroll through the homepage to...more
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Find an abundance of games and learning activities for kids and teens at this engaging site from the experts that The Smithsonian Institution provides. Scroll through the homepage to find activities divided into several categories, including Art, History, and Culture activities and collections, Science and Nature, Art, History activities and collections, and an Art Meets Science collection. Activities include webcams, interactive ebooks, and simulations. Many of the included materials are in Spanish; some activities require downloading from the AppStore from Google Play.

tag(s): alphabet (51), animals (284), colors (64), countries (70), egypt (48), folktales (34), habitats (86), insects (69), inventors and inventions (71), light (51), makerspace (41), museums (44), musical instruments (47), nutrition (135), oceans (150), plants (147), puzzles (143), seasonal (18), space (214), stars (68), STEM (265), summer (29), water (101), weather (165), webcams (10), women (137)

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Add Fun Stuff for Kids and Teams to your science and art bookmarks to use across many different content areas. For example, one activity is called Journey Through an Exploded Star; share a link to this interactive with students to explore before introducing lessons on stars and supernovas. Ask students to share their learning and add questions using IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. Create an IdeaBoard with two columns (or more if desired), then share the link with students to share information and questions with peers. Encourage student engagement in animal-related learning by introducing them to the Art Meets Science Collections. Afterward, ask students to create multimedia projects incorporating animals as art to showcase scientific concepts like habitats, conservation, and human interactions. Find many different templates and presentation ideas at Genially, reviewed here.

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History Maps - Nono Umasy

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HistoryMaps provides an extensive collection of historical maps that span a wide range of periods and geographic locations, from ancient civilizations to modern-day nations. Easily...more
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HistoryMaps provides an extensive collection of historical maps that span a wide range of periods and geographic locations, from ancient civilizations to modern-day nations. Easily navigate and search for specific maps based on various criteria, such as region, period, and theme. The maps are also presented in high resolution, allowing for a detailed examination of each map's cartographic features and historical context. HistoryMaps also provides valuable educational resources, including articles on the history of cartography and tutorials on how to read and interpret historical maps. These resources are a great way to deepen one's understanding of maps' role in shaping history. In addition, information is available in several languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, and more.

tag(s): american revolution (82), china (62), civil war (134), explorers (66), japan (56), maps (207), medieval (31), religions (76), russia (33), south america (36), timelines (51), vietnam (35), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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Share these maps and information on your whiteboard during classroom discussions as a visual tool for students to understand the geographic location of events and use it to provide context for relationships between different events. As students study history, ask them to create interactive timelines using Timeline JS, reviewed here, which includes images, videos, and documents to detail events. Extend learning by asking groups of students to create presentations using different multimedia tools to provide an overall understanding of the content. For example, ask one group to create a timeline and another to create an interactive map using Zeemaps, reviewed here, and have another group use Adobe Express Free Video Maker, reviewed here, to create a video presentation.

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Felt - Interactive Map Creator - felt.com

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K to 12
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Felt is a free map creator that makes it easy for anyone to create and work with maps. Under the Use Cases tab on the top right, you'll find Education ...more
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Felt is a free map creator that makes it easy for anyone to create and work with maps. Under the Use Cases tab on the top right, you'll find Education with ideas for teaching with Felt. Easily share your maps with others by sharing a link or embedding them in another tool. Felt's simple toolbar makes it easy to map data or routes and add notes, links, or images. Pinning locations, adding notes, coloring specific areas, clipping out any location to emphasize, and adding layers to your maps allows you to map just about anything you could imagine! You must be at least thirteen years old to create a free account to create maps. This site is currently in a public beta version.

tag(s): map skills (56), maps (207)

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Visualizing data and creating maps just became easier for teachers and students. Help your students understand current events worldwide by creating a map and embedding it on your classroom website or learning management system. For example, use maps in science to track migration patterns, explore climates, or map weather events. Teachers of students aged 13+ years can have students create and edit maps in real-time from anywhere. Build upon your student's knowledge by adding layers to your maps to show new information. Teachers of younger students can create maps for student viewing to map a story or show animal habitats.

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Educational Podcasts for Students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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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.

tag(s): podcasts (79)

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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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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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5 to 12
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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 (86), body systems (40), business (47), chinese (44), drawing (60), environment (237), financial literacy (92), french (74), geology (64), japanese (47), latin (22), music theory (45), narrative (14), novels (31), nutrition (135), oceans (150), OER (43), photography (118), plagiarism (34), poetry (190), psychology (67), robotics (22), romeo & juliet (7), short stories (18), sociology (22), space (214), spanish (105), STEM (265), writers workshop (31)

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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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Music Appreciation Resources - TeachersFirst

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Music appreciation involves introducing students to the history and various genres of music. There are many different musicians to discover and genres to enjoy. Peruse this collection...more
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Music appreciation involves introducing students to the history and various genres of music. There are many different musicians to discover and genres to enjoy. Peruse this collection to learn about musicians from different periods. This collection covers blues, jazz, classical, and other genres. Share these resources during Music In the Schools Month or any time throughout the year. This list includes resources for all grades.

tag(s): blues (22), jazz (17), music theory (45)

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Use these resources as you prepare music lessons related to genres, music history, and other topics. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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Open-Ended Social Studies - Thomas Kenning

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6 to 12
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Open-Ended Social Studies is an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook designed to foster critical and historical thinking skills through interactive content. Find resources related...more
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Open-Ended Social Studies 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 (20), 1700s (36), 1800s (73), 20th century (59), american revolution (82), civil war (134), colonial america (95), colonization (20), gettysburg (15), gettysburg address (11), native americans (91), OER (43), washington (25), westward expansion (38)

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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 Social Studies as a model for telling history through the eyes of a storyteller or from the perspective of one location. Use Vizzio, 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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20th Century America (1945-2000) Resources - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): 20th century (59), black history (125), civil rights (195), cold war (30), korea (19), martin luther king (43), middle east (43), rosa parks (9), segregation (18), vietnam (35)

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

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Resources Related to Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): 1600s (20), 1700s (36), colonial america (95), colonization (20)

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World History Encyclopedia - World History Foundation

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The World History Encyclopedia takes encyclopedias to the next level through the addition of media, timelines, teaching materials, and much more. Use the keyword search to find specific...more
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The World History Encyclopedia takes encyclopedias to the next level through the addition of media, timelines, teaching materials, and much more. Use the keyword search to find specific information or select the index to find content in alphabetical order or by region or date. Explore interactive maps of prehistoric sites, the Roman Empire, and more. This encyclopedia also shares many downloadable lessons and curated collections. Finally, don't forget to visit the media library to find images, videos, 3D images, and audio recordings.

tag(s): china (62), climate change (88), colonial america (95), egypt (48), explorers (66), greeks (31), japan (56), maps (207), medieval (31), primary sources (117), religions (76), romans (34), slavery (76), vikings (10), women (137)

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This site is a must-have for any history teacher. First, bookmark the site for students to use as a multimedia encyclopedia and media resource. Then, include it with your other teaching resources to find engaging classroom lessons. Have students use the images on this site when creating presentations (using proper attribution, of course). Enhance student learning by having them use Genially, reviewed here, an excellent tool for students to use to create interactive and multimedia presentations. Have students add images to presentations, then create "hotspots" that link to outside resources such as videos, articles, or student-created texts.
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WisdomMaps - Terrence Monroe

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9 to 12
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WisdomMaps uses the power of MindMeister, reviewed here, to provide a collection of over 50 interactive learning map sets. Select any map from the...more
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WisdomMaps uses the power of MindMeister, reviewed here, to provide a collection of over 50 interactive learning map sets. Select any map from the list to open and explore concepts and information related to the activity. Key to the concept of WisdomMaps is the ability for you to view information through exploration of the different ideas and concepts offered. Topics include history and ethical topics from around the world and across different times.

tag(s): american revolution (82), asia (69), central america (15), ethics (23), greece (27), industrial revolution (20), north america (14), religions (76), renaissance (32), romans (34), south america (36)

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Share WisdomMaps with students as a blended learning activity by allowing students to explore a shared map before discussing ideas together as a class. Provide a collaborative Google Jamboard, reviewed here, and ask students to add sticky notes with information discovered through their exploration. Consider either creating columns for information found and another for questions that need further exploration. Use the WisdomMaps found on this site as a model for students to create maps using MindMeister, reviewed here, that correlate with your current classroom curriculum.

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Evaluating Art as Historical Evidence - Digital Inquiry Group

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Studying art to understand history provides a means for understanding the past through visual representations. The Digital History Group shares this list of lessons and assessments...more
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Studying art to understand history provides a means for understanding the past through visual representations. The Digital History Group shares this list of lessons and assessments that use art to teach about a wide range of world and United States history topics. After creating a free account, select any of the provided links to access downloadable lesson materials and activities. The lessons include teacher and student materials; assessments include a printable assessment, rubric, and links to necessary primary documents.

tag(s): american revolution (82), art history (86), artists (78), assessment (146), china (62), civil rights (195), civil war (134), colonial america (95), comics and cartoons (54), declaration of independence (15), egypt (48), france (37), japan (56), mayans (11), mexico (29), native americans (91), nazis (8), thanksgiving (24), womens suffrage (44)

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Bookmark and save this list for use throughout the year with many different history lessons. Include these art activities to provide context and visual perspective to important events. Use a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an ongoing resource for students to use for review and as a guide for understanding history through a wider lens. For example, when using Padlet, choose the timeline feature and add a piece of art onto the timeline. Upload videos, text, and additional images to create an interactive timeline that tells a story through art. As a final project, ask students to share their learning using Sway, reviewed here, to write a reflective piece on the use of art throughout any period in time. Have students include student work, images, links, maps, and more in Sway projects.
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Global Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the...more
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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the international community. When students begin to become global citizens, they learn to respect universal values such as peace and the human rights of all people. Use this curated list to start your class discussion of global citizenship.

tag(s): collaboration (89), cross cultural understanding (155)

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Help your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Generation to Generation: Preserving Our Past with Oral History - TeachersFirst

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Do your students know how to prepare and conduct an interview to obtain an oral history? Learn about the different steps required to successfully prepare students to become the historian...more
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Do your students know how to prepare and conduct an interview to obtain an oral history? Learn about the different steps required to successfully prepare students to become the historian from start to finish. In addition to specific activities, this resource includes ideas for incorporating technology to extend learning through the study of storytellers and literature.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), interviews (14), literature (218), oral history (14), stories and storytelling (42)

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Use the ideas found on this resource to include as part of an oral history or storytelling unit. Engage students in learning by using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather students' ideas for questions to ask, notes with important facts and dates, or to brainstorm possible interview subjects. Use a digital storyboard creator such as Storyboard Generator, reviewed here, to help students plan their interview or to prepare a presentation to demonstrate learning. Enhance learning by having students share their completed interview in a digital book created with Book Creator, reviewed here, that includes text, audio, and video.

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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 (82), civil rights (195), civil war (134), heroes (22), Project Based Learning (24), STEM (265), vietnam (35), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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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 Storyboarder, reviewed here, to help plan videos, podcasts, websites, or plays.

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