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Trebuchet.com

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6 to 12
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how...more
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how to build their own miniature version, and they can study why the trebuchet worked so efficiently. This one's both fun and instructional.

tag(s): medieval (27)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit or lesson on the physics of throwing machines. Use this site to provide a historic example of their many uses. Teachers can focus simply on the history of mechanics of the machinery OR can have students attempt to create their own based on the directions and resources provided. This would be a great resource for either a History or Physics classroom.

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Multicultural Music - Wesleyan University

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Dr. Charry's scholarly interest in non-Western music provides sound files and research information on African Music and links to Ethnomusicology resources on the Web. ...more
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Dr. Charry's scholarly interest in non-Western music provides sound files and research information on African Music and links to Ethnomusicology resources on the Web.

tag(s): africa (166), music theory (44)

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Music or History teachers looking for music sources to supplement a lesson should look here first! Not only is there information to help teachers/students review - but there are resources that allow you to listen to the music being studied in each section. This could be useful in a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance, the 1920's, or even the Jazz age.

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Ancient Civilizations - Houghton Mifflin

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This lesson is part of Houghton Mifflin Publishing's collection of theme-based lessons and activities, most of which have been developed by classroom teachers. The Ancient Civilization...more
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This lesson is part of Houghton Mifflin Publishing's collection of theme-based lessons and activities, most of which have been developed by classroom teachers. The Ancient Civilization plan is extensive and includes explicit steps for for stuudents to complete research and create a game show. This plan is a page or two long, and can easily be printed for later use. What this plan doesn't have are recommendations for using digital tools for notetaking, creating a quiz show, etc. See the classroom use below for suggested tools.

tag(s): africa (166), china (65), greece (27), middle east (40), quiz (84), quizzes (104), religions (69), rome (25)

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Click on the highlighted words to see the TeaachersFirst editor's suggestions for a few online tools to use for taking digital notes, for making interactive timelines and maps. For making a quiz show students could use Factile, reviewed here, (a jeopardy like game), or Connect Fours, reviewed here. You might consider allowing your more tech savvy students to use Sploder, reviewed here.

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Paris Pages

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Large, colorful site presenting extensive information about Paris - in English and French versions. ...more
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Large, colorful site presenting extensive information about Paris - in English and French versions.

tag(s): france (34), french (89)

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In a personal economy lesson, use this site to help students "plan a trip" to Paris. Assign students to cooperative learning groups, with each group receiving a hypothetical amount of money, and directions to find lodging, food, transportation while surveying the sites of Paris. This is a great way to teach students how to budget with real world prices and figures. For an emphasis on French history, require students to participate in certain tourist activities in their hypothetical situation - simultaneously creating challenges to their budgets. A great way to add some relevance to an economics lesson.

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El Sabor del Caribe/ A Taste of the Caribbean - Yale University

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Enhance the foreign language curriculum through the integration of geography, food, and literature as related to Spanish culture. Students analyze literature created by modern Latino...more
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Enhance the foreign language curriculum through the integration of geography, food, and literature as related to Spanish culture. Students analyze literature created by modern Latino authors who use foods as symbols for identity, patriotism, religion, and nostalgia. This series of lessons promotes understanding of the Creole culture as it exists on the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

tag(s): spanish (109)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! These would be excellent resources for a World history or Cultural Geography class.

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Gallica Classique

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9 to 12
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This French site offers on-line full texts of a number of classic French Literary works, and more are being added regularly. C'est tout en Francais, but we were able to ...more
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This French site offers on-line full texts of a number of classic French Literary works, and more are being added regularly. C'est tout en Francais, but we were able to find the literature listings with little trouble. If you're searching for more reading material for your students, look no further.

tag(s): france (34), french (89)

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Bookmark this site for your advanced French student. Bookmark this site for a number of French books to encourage more extensive reading in the target language.

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Cheeses of France

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Do you know how many varieties of cheese there are in France? Navigate this site with your students and discover the rich tradition that cheese has in the history of ...more
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Do you know how many varieties of cheese there are in France? Navigate this site with your students and discover the rich tradition that cheese has in the history of France.

tag(s): france (34), french (89)

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Use this site in a home economics class before discussing the different varieties of foods. The site would make a great example over the interactive whiteboard of the wide world of food that exists.

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English-Spanish Picture Dictionary

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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section ...more
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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section of the dictionary. You can also click on the letters of the alphabet, across the screen in rainbow colors, to find picturs with both English and Spanish words for the objects.

tag(s): spanish (109)

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ESOL teachers can easily use this site to acclimate new spanish-speaking students, helping them begin the transition to speaking and understanding English. In many of the hyper-linked words are attachments of graphic organizers and handouts, so peruse the site for content being studied and see what's provided that can benefit your class!

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The Eiffel Tower Site

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C'est Magnifique! Find out all about the most famous landmark in Paris. There's lots of information on the tower itself, a virtual tour, and a panoramic view from the top. ...more
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C'est Magnifique! Find out all about the most famous landmark in Paris. There's lots of information on the tower itself, a virtual tour, and a panoramic view from the top. This is certainly a nice way to introduce French geography and culture. The site incluea a section for kids and a quiz. Note: to read in French, click the French flag. Some of the interactive tour portions require a special Active X plug-in. When prompted, you will need to install these.

tag(s): france (34), french (89)

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This is definitely a site to share on a projector or to allow students to explore on laptops or in a lab. Give them some questions to answer and send them "touring."

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Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents

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A useful site related to books in Spanish for children and young adults. Contains information from a number of sponsor-publishers as well as links to other sites. Use the search ...more
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A useful site related to books in Spanish for children and young adults. Contains information from a number of sponsor-publishers as well as links to other sites. Use the search bar to find a topic, author, etc. you want.

tag(s): spanish (109)

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ESOL teachers looking for more literature for spanish-speaking students might find this site useful as a point of reference. There are also lists of magazines in spanish, in addition to a list of websites that could be useful in your class.

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Online Dictionaries - Bucknell University

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This site offers on-line dictionaries for dozens of different languages, as well as pointers to additional foreign language resources. Developed at Bucknell University. ...more
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This site offers on-line dictionaries for dozens of different languages, as well as pointers to additional foreign language resources. Developed at Bucknell University.

tag(s): dictionaries (58)

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Post this site on your teacher wiki or webpage to aid your foreign language students in their pursuit of understanding the language. Students can use these as aids on homework, study guides, in-class assignments, etc.

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Ramadan Fact Sheet for Teachers

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4 to 12
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This site includes teacher information, along with links to activities and many other related Islamic topics. This page isn't explicitly for non-Muslims, so some of the content may...more
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This site includes teacher information, along with links to activities and many other related Islamic topics. This page isn't explicitly for non-Muslims, so some of the content may require a little study or research. There's lots to see, though.

tag(s): holidays (137), ramadan (9)

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Take advantage of the classroom lesson plans and activities that the site has put together! This could definitely benefit a World History I teacher in charge of teaching students about various world religions. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Visions of China - CNN

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This site from CNN offers a look at internal and international issues affecting China, considering everything from the rise of a new middle class to the ecological impact of a ...more
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This site from CNN offers a look at internal and international issues affecting China, considering everything from the rise of a new middle class to the ecological impact of a new dam to the future of relations with the United States. While there's plenty of history here, the focus is clearly on how China fits into the current world order. Beautiful design and artwork!

tag(s): china (65), chinese (50)

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Save this as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station during a unit on modern china. This activity works best if students have a graphic organizer to guide them through all of the information. If in need of help with the guide, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). This would be a great resource for a World History or US government class.

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Touring China - Chinese National Tourist Office

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4 to 12
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This site from the Chinese National Tourism Office provides very general information on the features of China's various regions, paying particular note to places interesting to tourists....more
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This site from the Chinese National Tourism Office provides very general information on the features of China's various regions, paying particular note to places interesting to tourists. Despite the lack of detail, there's more than enough here to get a sense of the variations in China's geography, cultures, and history.

tag(s): virtual field trips (54)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on China, modern or Ancient since most of the spots mentioned have historical significance stretching over centuries. Allow students to explore the site on their own with the intentions of creating their own travel brochure based on this website and previous knowledge of Chinese history. Making sure that student projects are connected to historical content, projects can be as easy as paper brochures to as complex as video commercials. If using a video-based project,have your students make their own ads based on the videos and radio transmissions they can view here. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

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Chinese Garden Markets

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This site is a photojournal of a tour through the Chinese countryside, noting the ways in which local "farmers' markets" contribute to the vitality of an otherwise centralized Chinese...more
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This site is a photojournal of a tour through the Chinese countryside, noting the ways in which local "farmers' markets" contribute to the vitality of an otherwise centralized Chinese economy. Interesting for its purely local and village focus, as well as for the photos showing what life in small Chinese villages really looks like.

tag(s): china (65)

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Use the images from this site to contribute to a class visual discovery based on the economic situation of China. Most of the images are representative of the free markets thriving in major cities, making it easy to compare and contrast with what students have seen in the US. Select 3-5 of the more stimulating images, placing them in a powerpoint presentation. Show students the slides via interactive whiteboard/projector, with students writing down what they can observe & infer about each image. After the display is complete, have a class discussion based on student findings. This would be a great review activity, allowing students to apply classroom knowledge on what they're viewing.

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National World War II Museum - National World War II Museum: Learn

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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature...more
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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature information about visiting the actual museum, there is a rich collection of information and multimedia experiences to make world war II history meaningful. Find lesson plans at the left under "Teachers." Click WWII History button at the right to find many pages of information and a timeline. Don't miss many choices under Student Projects. The See and Hear menu (up top) offers more interactive options, such as a newly re-launched Science and Technology of World War II interactive with additional lesson plans included.

tag(s): d day (7), veterans (16), world war 2 (138)

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This site could be the focal point for an extensive unit on World War II, with different student groups investigating aspects of the war. Or feature this site during a single lesson on D-Day. Ask students to decide which technology depicted in the science and technology interactive was the most important factor in the outcome of the war. Share videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard, or assign students to create their own online posters about different facets of World War II using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.
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Country Studies - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has created a mini-portal to a large collection of information pages loaded with demographic, cultural, and statistical information on less well-known nations....more
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The Library of Congress has created a mini-portal to a large collection of information pages loaded with demographic, cultural, and statistical information on less well-known nations. Nearly all of the information is intended for older audiences. Nonetheless, this is a really rich resource of high quality (though sometimes dated) information for country reports.

tag(s): countries (82)

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Use the country profiles as activators or introductory activities to a lesson on a specific current event. Before students are able to understand happenings of today, it can be beneficial to provide them with a greater context, as seen here. To create a multimedia presentation with the information, have students use a mapping tool such as as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Library of Congress: for Teachers - U.S. Library of Congress

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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities,...more
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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities, thematic collections, and extensive materials and lesson plans for TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) The teacher resources highlight nearly 10 million primary source resources available on line through this site.

tag(s): primary sources (92)

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Use the learning page as a launch pad for planning your own lessons in conjunction with the vast array of resources available from the Library of Congress. Many of the documents and images are in the public domain and can therefore be used as visuals in other multimedia projects created by teachers and students. Be sure to read the permissions. Share an image on your projector or interactive whiteboard or a voice recording to start a lesson. Assign students to explore and explain collections you select. Be sure to check out the self-directed professional development modules, as well.
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The Bulgarian Government Web Site

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The Bulgarian Government Web Site was launched on December 27, 1999. ...more
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The Bulgarian Government Web Site was launched on December 27, 1999.

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Gauri and Prithvi: The Sub-Continent Goes Nuclear - Ask Asia

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This site gives background information, Internet resources, and activity ideas for class discussion and projects on the rising nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan. ...more
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This site gives background information, Internet resources, and activity ideas for class discussion and projects on the rising nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan.

tag(s): india (32)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan offered on this site! This would be an interesting activity for a US government or World history classroom.

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