February 19, 2023
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Visit Washington, D.C. Virtually
In celebration of Presidents' Day, treat your students to a trip around the many famous landmarks and buildings in Washington. D.C. You will also find curricular activities, interactives, and immersive experiences to help your students understand the capital of the United States.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
Find more than 60 collections (including virtual tours), about 500 stories (including online exhibits to visit virtually), thousands of photos, and 65 museums by typing “Washington, D.C.” into the search on the top right side of your screen.
Take your students on a trip to the zoo! Learn fun facts and statistics about the giant pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. This site includes a panda cam, video clips, physical descriptions, and conservation information.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Learn about the Holocaust through the Holocaust Museum’s digital resources. Explore the museum's collections to view documents, artifacts, and online exhibits and discover the first-hand stories of those that survived the Holocaust.
Ford's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Teaching Resources
Use the filters on the site to locate numerous videos, lessons, primary sources, and more you can use with students in grades three and up. Complete lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards, handouts, and rubrics for assessment.
National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours
Choose to tour featured areas like permanent, current, and past exhibits and take advantage of narrated tours. Click on a featured exhibit to view a map of the exhibit area, then hover over the hotspots to learn more.
iCivics, Win the White House
In this lively, colorful simulation, students become part of a campaign by creating a candidate avatar, selecting either Democratic or Republican issues, participating in debates, and developing a media campaign.
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Beautifully executed and packed with unique features, this virtual tour is billed as the "second best way to visit Mount Vernon" and doesn't disappoint. Click on the three dots with a checkmark in the lower right corner to find a menu of places to see.
360Cities will have your students spinning in circles with excitement. Search “Washington, D.C.” to see fantastic options, including more than 230 panoramic tours to explore. Take a trip to all of the monuments in one day!
The White House Tour
This White House tour uses Google Maps’s street view tools to show the inside of America's most famous home. Use the circle tool in the upper left corner to rotate around the room, then click on objects to get a closer look and more information.
National Museum of American History - Interactive Flag
Interact with the star spangled banner by clicking on various hot spots on this site. You can play a game called Collect the Stars that requires you to collect 14 stars by answering quiz questions. There’s also a link for educational resources.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us for a FREE OK2Ask virtual workshop this Tuesday. We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 2/21, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom
Come to this session to learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. Learn about content area tools to use in the classroom to bridge knowledge gaps and understand how to use assessment data to guide intervention.
Collaborate with other participants on ways to use these tools in instruction »
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Enhance Your Social Studies Curriculum with Podcasts
Another great way to introduce your students to Washington, D.C. is through podcasts. Check out the ideas and resources shared in this blog post, which includes information related to Washington, D.C.
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This week our poll asks, “How close is your school to Washington, D.C.?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.
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