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July 28, 2011

Fighting Pollution From Outer Space – Free Printables for Teachers/Parents

Fighting Pollution From Outer Space.



I’m going to present the information I have researched in fairly simple and child-friendly terms, since my aim will be to provide teacher/parent resources at the bottom of this lens page for parents or educators who would perhaps like to share the information with their students/children.

You will have seen by the title that this lens is about pollution – and trying to combat the problem -> from outer space!

Not all types of pollution are easily seen. For example invisible plumes of gas may drift over our towns and cities; they can cause asthma and a variety of other chest and respiratory problems.

Pollution can kill trees.

Pollution can kill animals.

Pollution can damage the air that we breathe.

Pollution can damage the very earth on which we live, the very earth that without which, we will not be able to survive..

loads of free printables on this page!


December 18, 2009

Lesson Plans : The most comprehensive List of Educational Websites for #Educators #Homeschool

Lesson Plans.

Lesson Plans

Academy Social Studies Curriculum Exchange Elementary School (K-5). 50 lesson plans for primary grade students.

Academy Social Studies Curriculum Exchange Intermediate School (6-8). 80 lesson plans appropriate for grades 6-8.

Academy Social Studies Curriculum Exchange High School (9-12). 95 lesson plans suitable for the high school level.

Academy Miscellaneous Curriculum Exchange Elementary School (K-5). 36 miscellaneous lesson plans for students in grades k-5.

Academy Miscellaneous Curriculum Exchange Intermediate School (6-8). 25 miscellaneous lesson plans for the middle school.

Academy Miscellaneous Curriculum Exchange High School (9-12). 14 miscellaneous lesson plans for the 9-12 grades.

Afghanistan:Land in Crisis. Afghanistan: Land in Crisis, presented by National Geograpic.Com., features news, background, online activities, teachers’ guides, lesson plans, a regularly updated interactive map, photos, and a message board.

Africa. Based on a PBS broadcast, the site includes: Africa for Kids where Fimi, a youngster from Nigeria serves as the guide to a variety of fun activities for elementary level students; Photoscope where older students can look at contemporary Africa in five photo essays; and Africa Challenge where students can show how much they know by playing a game. Also featured is Teacher Tools with four units on Africa.

(African Folktales) Deep in the Bush Where People Rarely Go. Teachers in grades K-8 can use folktales to bring Africa alive in their classrooms. The site, developed by teacher Phillip Martin while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, includes lesson plans, the folktales, plays, African recipes, links to other African resources, and ideas for students to create and produce their own plays.

Age of Exploration. Resources, lesson plans, books, web based activities and handouts dealing with the theme of exploration. Materials emphasize grades K-8.

Age of Exploration Curriculum Guide. The Curriculum Guide provides information about early navigation, explorers and life at sea from the ancient world to Captain Cook and is appropriate for middle and secondary level students. Also Included are Vocabulary, a Timeline, Biographies, A Bibliography and Suggested Readings, lesson plans for Teachers and activities for Students.

Age of Imperialism (Lesson Plan). The Age of Imperialism represents one chapter of An On-Line History of the United States, a new program for high school students that combines an engaging narrative with the broad resources available to students on the Internet. Teachers can use this chapter with its accompanying Internet based lesson plans in place of a standard textbook or they can use it to supplement existing social studies materials. A unit test and answer key are included.

American Civil War (Teacher’s Guide). The Guide provides a variety of lesson plans, thematic units and teaching ideas for intermediate and secondary level students who are studying the American Civil War.

American Revolutionary War: Thematic Unit. This thematic unit was created by Shannon O’Connor who currently teaches a self-contained emotional support room, grades 5-8. The unit provides lesson plans for 15 days.

American Slave Narratives: “Been Here So Long.” The site, from the New Deal Network, presents a selection of seventeen interviews of former slaves conducted by members of the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Also provided are Lesson Plans , and an annotated guide to related online resources. Suitable for senior high school students.

Amistad Case. The National Archives and Records Administration presents the Amistad Case, a Supreme Court case in 1839 that involved a group of illegally-captured Africans who had seized their captors’ ship and killed the captain. The subject has taken on new interest by the release of a major Hollywood movie. The site includes hand-written documents from the case and Teaching Activities designed to correlate to national standards for history, civics and government.

Ancient and Modern China. The site, developed by Don Donn, provides middle school teachers with a wide selection of lesson plans, activities, and projects for teaching about ancient and modern China.

ANCIENT EGYPT Lesson Plans for Teachers. Sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Art, the site offers elementary and middle school teachers cross-curricular lesson plans for enriching the study of Ancient Egypt. Students can write their names using hieroglyphs, construct a canopic jar, create an equation quilt, participate in an Egyptian market day, and transform a cardboard box into a mummy case.

Ancient Greece. Don Donn of the Corkran (Maryland) Middle School has designed a complete unit with 17 daily lesson plans and unit test for sixth graders. The unit has two parts: The Early Greeks and Classical Greece.

Ancient Greek Olympics in the Classroom. Lin and Don Donn, two Maryland (U.S.A.) middle school teachers, have developed this four-day unit which includes lesson plans for teachers and activities for students.

Ancient Mesopotamia. A complete unit, with 12 daily lessons, activities, and unit test for 6th-grade Ancient History Teachers. The unit was developed by Don Donn of the Corkran (Maryland) Middle School.

Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945 Teacher Workbook. The Workbook is provided by The Friends of Anne Frank in Utah and the Intermountain West Region. It includes lesson plans and activities for grades 5-8, lesson plans and activities for grades 7-12, readings and overviews, timelines, and a glossary.

Apple Picking Time. Sponsored by the Montgomery (Maryland) County Public Schools, this is one of a series of lesson plans that uses literature to develop economic and geographic concepts for primary level students. In this plan, students are shown the economic choices involved in providing this fruit. Other lesson plans in the series include Bananas-From Manolo to Margie where students learn about production and shipping, Pancakes, Pancakes, where they learn how capital is used, and For Rent and Chester Town Tea Party where the concept of scarcity is treated.

Art and Life in Africa Project. Based on the project’s CD-ROM, the site contains information on106 African peoples, profiles of 27 African countries and an online searchable Catalogue of the Stanley Collection of Africa Art (with images and descriptions of over 500 items). For 47 lesson plans from K-12 teachers in Iowa based on the CD-ROM, click on Data Bank of Unit Designs (Lesson Plans) for K-12 Teachers.

AskAsia. Developed by The Asia Society in cooperation with several partners, AskAsia offers high-quality, carefully selected resources for the classroom. Click on For Educators and then on Instructional Resources to find lesson plans, readings, and a resource center locator. All lessons, images, and maps in this area have been copyright-cleared and can be downloaded to use in the classroom. Lesson plan topics include: Global, Asia-General, Asian American, Central Asia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

AskERIC Lesson Plans: Social Studies. A rich source of lesson plans for Anthropology, Civics, Current Events, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Sociology, State History, U.S. History, and World History and Cultures.

Awesome Library Social Studies Lesson Plans. A large number of links to a variety of lesson plans representing all areas of the K-12 social studies curriculum.

Best of History Web Sites. Best of History Web Sites is a portal created by Thomas Daccord, history teacher and instructional technology consultant at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Featured are sites for Prehistory, World History, U.S. History, Art History, maps, and general resources. Also included are the best sites for lesson plans/activities multimedia, and research.

Beyond the Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate. The site, provided by the National Archives and Records Administration, features nine primary sources (letters, telegrams and photos) with accompanying lesson plans related to the documents. The lesson plans include objectives, materials, procedures and follow up. Also included are Robinson Quotes.

Big Sky Lesson Plans. More than 100 K-12 lesson plans from Big Sky for American History, Economics, Geography, Government, and other social studies areas for you to try in your classroom.

Bill of Rights Institute. The Bill of Rights Institute is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to helping high school history teachers teach this important unit of study. In addition to offering free lesson plans, the Institute also conducts regional workshops, offering continuing education credits, and holds summer seminars featuring top educators.

Blue Web’n Learning Sites Library. Provided by Pacific Bell, the Library includes 17 units and lesson plans. Scroll to Browse the Content Table and find History & Social Studies.

California History-Social Science Course Models. The site contains the California History-Social Science content standards and annotated course Model Lessons K-6. All teachers, not just those in California, will benefit from the Model Lessons which include: background information, focus questions, pupil activities and handouts, assessment, and references to books, articles, web sites, literature, audio-video programs, and historic sites.

CEC Lesson Plans. The site, sponsored by the Columbia Education Center based in Portland, Oregon, features a large assortment of lesson plans created by teachers for use in their own classrooms. Click on Elementary (K-5),Intermediate (6-8), and High School (9-12) to find lesson plans to fit your needs.

Celebrations: A Social Studies Resource Guide For Elementary Teachers. The site, developed by students at Utah State University, features lesson plans for 50 holidays and celebrations. Included are April Fool’s Day, Cambodian New Year, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Columbus Day, Day of the Dead, Halloween, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Day, Mexican Independence, Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah, and Thanksgiving.

Center for Civic Education Lesson Plans. Sample lesson plans for upper elementary, middle and high school levels. Can be used in U.S. History and government classes for teaching about the Constitutional Period.

César Chávez. Click on Model Curriculum to find a set of K-12 lessons on the life and work of César E. Chávez presented by the California Department of Education. Included are biographies, pictures, audio clips, video clips, and other resources.

Cesar Chavez Day Information and Resources for Educators. The San Diego, California, Office of Education provides K-12 teachers with resources includingLearning Activities and Resources in English and Spanish to Commemorate Cesar E. Chavez, Labor Leader. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

China: Dim Sum: A Connection to Chinese-American Culture. Developed at Angier School, Newton, Massachusetts, the site is a thematic, cross curricula, integrated resource for elementary classrooms which enhances awareness and understanding of Chinese-American culture while building basic academic skills. It includes Social Studies lesson plans and activities.

Civic Mind. CivicMind is a meeting place for teachers, lawyers, and news media who are committed to improving law- related civic education. Lesson plans can be found by clicking on Teachers’ Center.

Civics Jeopardy Game. Appropriate as a semester review for grades 9-12, the game board requires a blackboard or overhead. Each student needs a copy of the rules which is provided at the site.

Civics Online. Sponsored by Michigan State University, the site provides K-12 teachers, students, and parents with an array of multi-media primary source materials, learning tools and professional development resources to enrich teaching civics in the classroom. Each day Civics Online features a web site that provides rich materials for civics and social studies classrooms.

CLASSROOM MATERIALS RELATED TO THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACK. CLASSROOM MATERIALS RELATED TO THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACK is presented by Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE). It offers teachers in grades 6-12 curriculum resources and materials to help students comprehend and respond to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. CNNfyi provides teachers with instructional materials for integrating current events across the curriculum. A student section keeps students in grades 6-12 aware of the latest news of interest to them. Lesson plans, background material, profiles, links to useful Internet sites, and forums for interaction with other teachers are also included.

CNN Lesson Plans and Multimedia Resources. This site contains Teacher’s Guides for middle and high school teachers to use with CNN’s TV Newsroom Program. Teachers can tape the program while they sleep (1:30a.m.-2a.m., M-F). Each episode usually presents five or six brief news stories with no commercials.

Community Justice. This teaching unit, prepared by Thomas L. McFarland for the third or fourth grade, contains goals, background information, materials, six activities, assessment, and references.

Congress Link. The site presents up-to-date information about Congress and how it works. Teachers will find lesson plans, assessment rubrics, resources for lesson planning, and an annotated version of the Constitution with hyperlinks. Middle and high school students can type in their ZIP code and receive detailed information about their representatives. Experts are available to help students locate, evaluate, and analyze information.

Connecting Students: Lesson Plans. Lesson plans for K-12 include American History, Geography, History and Social Studies.

Consider the Source: Historical Records in the Classroom. A146-page book from the New York State Archives and Records Administration which features reproductions of 22 historical records and related lesson plans and activities. This site provides teachers with three sample lesson plans from the book which include: 1825 Erie Canal Broadside (grades 4-8), Survey of Industrial Discharges and Sewage (grades 5-12), and The Vietnam-era document (grades 7-12). Information on how to order the complete book is available.

Constitution Day. The National Archives and Records Administration presents activities and information about the U.S. Constitution. Additional Information about the Constitution, a lesson plan related to the ratification of the Constitution, and biographies of each signer are also available online.

Constitution Community. Thirty-five lessons about issues and events in U.S. history since the American Revolution have been developed by classroom teachers in partnership with National Archives and Records Administration education specialists.

Cool Teaching Lessons and Units. Richard Levine, Tefft Middle School, Streamwood IL provides a variety of resources including examples of WebQuest units, ready made units and lesson plans, teacher resources, and help for building your own units.

Copernicus Election Watch. Teachers and students can explore democracy, voting, and political history within the context of the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Copernicus Election Watch offers candidate profiles, historical timelines,lesson plan ideas, and election-related news activities from USA TODAY. The site will be complete on September 5, 2000.

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans and Units. This collection contains units and lesson plans developed by teachers in Core Knowledge schools. Although written for K-8, they can be adapted for other levels. Additional plans can be found by clicking on Baltimore Curriculum Project Lesson Plans.

Creating a Classroom Newspaper. The Calgary (Canada) Herald provides unit and lesson plans for creating a classroom newspaper. The site shows how to integrate journalism into various curricula including social studies. Suitable for grades 6-12.

Crossroads A K-16 American History Curriculum. The Sage Colleges (Troy, NY) and the Niskayuna School District (Niskayuna, NY) received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a seamless K-16 curriculum in American history. The curriculum, called Crossroads, is composed of thirty-six units equally distributed among elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. Lesson plans and student worksheets are included.

Crusades: A View From Jordan. Mr. Barnwell’s 6th grade class in Amman, Jordan, developed this site which includes fictional journal entries, timelines, and a virtual tour of castles. Lesson plans for teachers can be found in Teacher Resources.

Curriculum of U.S. Labor History for Teachers. A curriculum guide sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society. The guide features thirteen lesson plans which integrate labor history into the U.S. History curriculum from the Colonial Period to the Present. Objectives, procedures, and documents are included for each lesson plan.

Cyberlearning World. Cyberlearning World is produced by George Cassutto, teacher of Social Studies and Computer Applications at North Hagerstown High School(Maryland) and features a variety of resources and materials. To find semester lesson plans for secondary level students, click on U S Government and U S History.

A Day in the Life of Children: Then and Now. Students compare and contrast a day in their lives with a day in a child’s life in history in order to explore the relationships between rights and responsibilities. The site was developed by Kathleen Webb and is appropriate for the elementary and middle school level.

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt. During the Great Depression, thousands of young people wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for help. They asked for clothing, money, and other forms of assistance. This site presents some of these letters, Mrs. Roosevelt’s response, and lesson plans for integrating this material into the middle and high school course of study.

Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists. Three hands-on lesson plans provided by the Smithsonian Institution enabling middle school and high school students to simulate the work of archaeologists.

Destino Chile: A Curriculum Guide. Developed by a team of teachers who went to Chile as part of a Fulbright Hays group during the summer of 1997, the site includes information and lesson plans.

Dirksen Congressional Center’s Communicator. The Dirksen Congressional Center’s “Communicator” is a Web-based newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to enhance civic education and improve the understanding of Congress. Teachers can either visit this site directly, or have the newsletter with updates sent to them via email. The Classroom Resources section features a monthly lesson plan, hot links to related Web sites, and links to interactive, fun-filled experiences related to the month’s theme. Teacher Topics helps with research, special projects, and shares news or views from The Center or other educators.

Discovery Find hundreds of original lesson plans, K-12, all written by teachers for teachers. Use the pull-down menus below to browse by subject, grade, or both.

Documents and Symbols of American Freedom. In addition to the documents and symbols, the site includes a glossary, resources, and Teacher Lesson Plans. Suitable for upper elementary through high school.

EcEdWeb. Lesson plans and curriculum materials from EcEdWeb, the Economic Education Website, whose goal is to provide support for economic education from K-12 to the college level. Teacher guides, lesson plans, and activities are featured.

Economics America. Prepared by the National Council on Economic Education, the site contains online lessons accompanied by teacher’s plans suitable for secondary level students.

EconEdLink. EconEdLink is a program of the National Council on Economic Education and offers a source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students.

Economics and Geography Lessons for 32 Children’s Books. Developed by Patricia King Robeson and Barbara Yingling, and sponsored by the Council on Economic Education in Maryland and the Maryland Geographic Alliance, the site provides lesson plans suitable for grades 1 through 5. Included are objectives, vocabulary, materials, and teacher background. Currently 9572 Lesson Plans, 1169 WebQuests, 679 File Downloads, 8641 Additional Educational Sites, 350 Free Worksheet Generators, and Educational News Updated Daily.

EDSITEment Lesson Plans. EDSITEment, from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, and WorldCom Foundation, features Online lesson plansfor grades K-12 covering a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology.

Education Credit Union Information Desk. Lesson plans and resources on the Internet for K-12 teachers. Included are plans for social studies, geography and history.

EDUCATION FOR FREEDOM: Lesson Plans for Teaching the First Amendment. Education for Freedom is offered by The Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center, a nonpartisan center dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the values of the First Amendment. There are seven lessons with three more under constructiton which are appropriate for middle and high school students and address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment.

Education World Lesson Plans: Social Studies. More than 200 social studies lesson plans, K-12, selected by Education World.
Empires. EMPIRES is a collection of epic historical miniseries, developed jointly by PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE). Each tells a story of a great Empire – its people and passions which changed the world. Titles include: The Greeks, Napoleon, Islam (April, 2001), Queen Victoria (Spring, 2001) Roman Empire (Fall, 2001), Egypt (Fall, 2001) and The Kingdom of David (2002). Included are lesson plans and activities.

Environmental Education: Cornell’s Solid Waste Activities. Help your students clean up America. Lesson plans and activities for K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12. The site contains background information on solid waste and a glossary of terms.

Est. of Hans Jensen v. The White Star Line. The site, created for grades 6-12, allows students to reenact the civil trial brought by Carla Christine Jensen against the White Star Line, the company that owned the Titanic. Also featured is a teacher’s guide with helpful tips on how to set up the trial in a classroom setting. Gateway to America’s Capital. A production of WETA, this Web site contains information about local history, Federal City, the Presidents, and the importance of the African American community in the US Capital, accompanied by lesson plans and class activities. Also provided is a timeline and a list of audio files. The site is appropriate for grades 7-12.

First Thanksgiving. Presented by Scholastic, Inc., for grades K-5, the site includes: Picture Time Line, Voyage on the Mayflower, Plimoth: 1621, and Thanksgiving CyberChallenge. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide features: assessment and rubrics, learning objectives, description of components, lesson planning suggestions, project text, national standards, cross curricular extensions, and additional resources.

Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography’s Five Themes. Presented by Education World, the site features 25 activities for students at every grade level.

GEM: The Gateway to Educational Materials (Lesson Plans) This is a searchable (keyword and subject) database for lesson plans in many curriculum areas including Social Studies.

Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (Lesson Plans). Over 20 lesson plans teachers can printout and which are suitable for elementary and secondary school classrooms.

Geography Lessons and Activities. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the site provides lessons, units, and activities designed to bring good geography into the classroom. Click on Kindergarten-4th grade,5th-8th grade and 9th-12 grade to find the lesson plans and activities of your choice.

Geography Lesson Plans and Teaching Tips from Nystromnet. The site contains quizzes, lesson plans for the primary, intermediate and high school levels, geography literacy games, and links to additional lesson in cyberspace.

Geography Lesson Plans. The Geographic Education and Technology Program of Florida State University has lesson plans for studies of various parts of the world (organized by continent).

Geography World. The site was developed by Brad Bowerman, a teacher from Jermyn, Pennsylvania, and is appropriate for students in K-12. It features links to maps and globes, geography games and quizzes, and additional resources for enriching the study of geography. To find lesson plans, click on For Geography Teachers.

George Washington Biography Lesson. This Biography Lesson is written at the fifth grade level and contains over a dozen images, an interractive quiz and a time line that is user-activated. Teachers will also find a lesson plan, background notes, and discussion questions.

Global Connections: The Middle East.Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this site provides high school students with these features: a timeline to understand key events; six themes for a general overview of events, trends and issues with links to activities and related resources; and connecting questions to explore some of the major issues affecting the Middle East. For lesson plans, click on Educator’s Resources.

Global Education Lesson Plans. The lessons, developed by the Peace Corps for students in grades 3-12, help teachers integrate global education into daily activities.

Going to a Museum? A Teacher’s Guide. Are you planning a trip with your class to a museum? This site features a compilation of resources in a variety of subject areas for classroom visits to several specific museums. The site provides a Field Trip Planning Guide, Sample Lesson Plans, and Other Internet Resources. To find social studies lessons, click on Social Studies Lesson Plans.

Government Lesson Plans from Ask ERIC. Features over 50 lessons plans in U.S. government, by topic and then grade level (3-12).

Great American Speeches. Eighty years worth of great speeches suitable for high school students are featured at this site. Also included are lesson plans and activities to enrich the social studies classroom.

Hammurabi’s Code. Compiled and illustrated by Phillip Martin, the site is appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school students. It includes Hammurabi’s Code, problems Hammurabi faced which students can attempt to solve, links to additional resource material, and a Teacher’s Page which contains lesson plans.

Historian’s Sources Lesson Overview. Provided by the Library of Congress Learning Page, this lesson introduces secondary level students to primary sources. Students learn techniques for analyzing primary sources and then apply these techniques to analyze documents about slavery in the United States. The site includes Teacher Material and Student Lesson.

Historical and Cultural Geography Lesson Plans 1997 (K-12). Lewis A. Armstrong of Abilene (Texas) Christian University provides teachers with lesson plans presented by grade levels and which also incorporate the Internet. More lesson plans can be found at Historical and Cultural Geography Lesson Plans 1998 (K-12).

Historical Treasure Chests. A product of the Bank Street College of Education, middle school and high school students are provided with four primary sources and questions to guide their investigation. Additional primary resources can be accessed on the websites listed in the reference section. An extension activity allows students to investigate their family’s own primary source materials and display them online.

History Channel Classroom Materials. Materials and activities intended to accompany The History Channel Classroom programs. Teachers may print the pages for classroom use.

History Firsthand Primary Source Research in Elementary School. Produced by the Library of Congress American Memory Fellows Page, it contains three units which enable elementary children to begin to understand primary sources. Students move from personal artifacts to the vast American Memory collections and learn how archival collections are organized, how to interpret artifacts and documents, how to use primary sources to tell a real story and how to do on-line research.

History Happens. The site puts to music stories of people and events suitable for upper elementary and secondary level students. Topics include women’s history, immigration, Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Native American heritage. Included are lesson plans in Teacher Support, resources and links to other related sites.

History Matters: Teaching Assignments Using Web Resources. This digital blackboard provides successful Web-based assignments for senior high school and college level students. Some were developed by the American Social History Project, while others were developed by the Library of Congress and the National Archives to serve as practical models for integrating new media into the classroom.

History of Jim Crow. Funded by New York Life, the site presents teachers with new historical resources and teaching ideas on the segregation of African-Americans from the 1870’s through the 1950’s. The site includes historical narratives, an image gallery, a geography section, an American literature book list for middle school, high school, and college-level students and teacher resources with lesson plans and activities.

Hot Links By Subject. Hot Links By Subject consists of K-12 lesson plans, activities, and curriculum resources provided by McREL. Social studies teachers can select from among these topics: Behavioral/Social Studies, Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Multi-Interdisciplinary for links to lesson plans and activities.

IBM Lesson Plans and Internet Activities. The site features lesson plans and activities that encourage students in grades 3-12 to use the Internet to do research. Plans have been provided for many curricular areas. Social studies lessons include the three branches of government, information found on maps, Olympic fever, and the U.S. Presidents. Updated monthly. An archive of previous Internet activities is provided.

Ideas News Letter. The Ideas News Letter is a publication of the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies which contains lesson plans and “quick tips” of interest to classroom teachers.

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today. The site is an online learning activity from Scholastic, Inc. and is appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Featured is an Interactive Tour of Ellis Island with audio, video, and photographs; A Boy’s Journey which gives the oral history of Seymour Rechtzeit, who emigrated from Poland at the age of eight in the early part of the 20th Century; and Five Young Immigrants which provides the stories of youngsters from Mexico, Vietnam, Haiti, Bosnia, and Sudan as they adjust to life in the United States today. The site also includes an Oral History Scrapbook which outlines a procedure for interviewing an immigrant and publishing an oral history. There is also a Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans.

Inaugural Classroom: The Presidential Inauguration in American Democracy. Lesson plans dealing with the American Presidential Inauguration and its role in American democracy provided by George Cassutto, Teacher of Social Studies, North Hagerstown High School. A few of the topics included at the site are: Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Jackson, McKinley, FDR and Clinton.

In Congress Asssembled: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States. This unit includes four lessons using primary sources to examine continuity and change in the governing of the United States. The lesson plans are suitable for senior high school students.

Indus Valley Civilization: A Lesson Plan. The contents of this upper elementary and middle school lesson plan by Joyce and David Mollet include a story entitled “Life in the Indus Valley,” Student’s Assignment:Story Web, Student’s Assignment:Travel Brochure, Student’s Assignment:Guided Reading, Teacher’s Notes and an Assessment Rubric. Teachers can also subscribe to a FREE WER Newsletterwhich contains similar lesson plans.

Indus Valley Civilization: A social studies/language arts lesson. Written for students who are learning English as a second language, students who are academially challenged, or students in a lower grade. Consequently, the students’ material is written at a much lower readability level with assignments appropriate for this level.

John Muir Day Study Guide.The study guide contains lesson plans for K-12 with resources and activities for teachers. Lessons may be used throughout the school year to link environmental issues to a variety of social studies curriculum areas.

Judges in the Classroom. This Web page was developed under the auspices of the Washington State courts. Although the lesson plans found here were designed to help judges teach in K-12 classrooms, they can be adapted by social studies teachers with an interest in teaching about the law and the Bill of Rights. The site features judicial lesson plans for Elementary Classrooms, Middle School Classrooms, and High School Classrooms.

Kulture Kids (African American Culture). Kulture Kids helps students in grades K-8 better understand and appreciate African American culture. The site includes a series of timelines showcasing great events in African American history, twenty-six African American biographies and great events in African American history from A-Z, a monthly calendar of events, a Kool Corner where kids can play word search games or color online, a Photo Gallery, and a Teacher’s Section with lesson plans related to African American history, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and women.

Learning Adventures in Citizenship: From New York to Your Town. An educational Web companion to a PBS special program, middle school students can explore the Learning Adventures, visit the Kids’ Lab, find Things To Do In Your Town, and enter a Kids’ Contest. There are special sections for teachers and parents to learn how to get the most out of the site with accompanying Lesson Plans.

Learning Guides for Home and School from EdSITEment. EdSITEment provides links to twenty online humanities learning guides appropriate for senior high school social studies students. The learning guides include lesson plans that draw directly on the resources available through EDSITEment, with step-by-step directions for their use.

Lesson Plan Database National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies. Lesson Plan Database National Clearinghous for U.S.-Japan Studies at Indiana University provides K-12 teachers with lesson plans about Japan. The lessons include objectives, materials, suggested classroom time, procedures, extension ideas, teacher background information, and student worksheets. To see all the lesson plans, click View All Lesson Plans.

Lesson Plan Search. More than 75 social studies lesson plans for students in grades K-12.

Lesson Plans and Activities from Houghton Mifflin. Click on browse activities by theme for a list of K-8 plans. Included are lesson plans for Ancient Civilizations, Community, School, Survival, Travel, and USA.

Lesson Plans and Activities (Social Studies) by McRel. The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) offers social studies teachers links to K-12 lesson plans in a wide variety of areas.

Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities from Maya Quest. Bring Central America and the Mayas to your classroom through the plans and activities at this site. Some of the topics featured are: Hieroglyphics, Archaeology, and Warfare and Politics. A Maya bibliography and a search engine are included.

Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities for Archaeology themes. Plant a time capsule or plan an archaeological dig. These lesson plans from MayaQuest will help you plan fun, hands-on learning activities for grades 5-8

Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities for Hieroglyphics themes. Teach your middle school students about culture with these lesson plans about hieroglyphics.

Lesson Plans (Social Science Education Consortium). The site features sample lesson plans from SSEC publications for K-12 with an additional lesson added each month. Previously posted lessons are accessible via The Lesson Plans Index. They include “Just a Dream: How People Change the Environment,” “Cross-Cultural Communication,” “How Tolerant Should U.S. Laws Be of Cultural Practice?,” and “Black Towns in the West: A Case Study of the Exodusters.”

Lesson Plans for Teaching About the Americas. Provided by RETANET, the lesson plans were written by secondary teachers and are organized around these topics: Latin America Overview, Mexico, Indigenous Issues, African American and Carribean Issues, Immigration, Geography, and Miscellaneous Subjects. Home to over 1,000 free lesson plans including social studies.

Lesson Plans: Hundreds of lesson plans for a variety of subject areas including social studies. Teachers can search by grade level, subject and theme and can submit their own lesson plans.

Lesson Plans: The Civil War. The following lesson plan for an upper elementary unit on the Civil War includes objectives, recommended trade books, additional materials, building background, genre study: historical fiction, integrating reading and writing, enrichment activities, unit wrap-up, publishing on the web, and links to other Civil War sites.

Lesson The site provides social studies lesson plans for Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Also available is a search engine.

LET’SNet Lesson Plans (K-12) LETSNet, at Michigan State University College of Education and Ameritech, provides lesson plans which incorporate the use of the World Wide Web. Among the topics featured are immigration (Ellis Island), current events, geography, essay writing, environmental education, the Holocaust, and film critique (Disney’s Pocahontas).

Lewis and Clark: A Film by Ken Burns (PBS). A companion site to Ken Burns’ new film, which aired on November 4 and 5, 1997, features a timeline of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a collection of related links, an extensive bibliography; and over 800 minutes of unedited, full-length RealPlayer interviews with seven experts featured in the film (transcripts also available). Teachers can find classroom resources which feature Lesson Plans and Activities.

Library in the Sky Lesson Plans. Links to lesson plans in a variety of social studies areas including: Current Events, Economics, General Social Studies, Geography, Government, Helping Others, History, Integrated Curriculum, Multicultural, Multidisciplinary, and News Standards.

Little Rock 9, Integration 0? Little Rock Nine, Integration 0? is a type of class activity called a WebQuest, an inquiry-based activity that uses Internet resources, collaboration, and scaffolding to promote critical thinking. Suitable for the middle and high school level, the activity can be used by students collaborating across schools to gain a broader perspective or even participating in a special Civil Rights videoconference with the Museum of Television & Radio. Teacher’s Guide is available.

Making Multicultural Connections Through Trade Books Lesson Index. The site features multicultural tradebooks for elementary aged children provided by the Montgomery (Maryland) County Public Schools. In some instances specific lessons are included to illustrate how the tradebook can be used as a classroom activity. Bibliographical information and a very brief synopsis are also provided for each book.

Media Lesson Plans. Plans include: Magazine Ads and You the Teenager, Propaganda Techniques, and Television and Violence.

Messages and Meanings: A Guide to Understanding Media. Activities for teaching middle and high school students how to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate media messages.

The Mint. A collaborative effort between the National Council on Economic Education and the Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation, this site offers lessons,quizzes, and activities to teach secondary students basic economics and money management. To find lesson plans, click on Parents & Teachers.

Mock Trial: The Titanic The site was designed for teachers and students to participate in a mock trial involving the tragic story of the Titanic. The Teacher’s Guidewill help prepare the class for the trial by covering such issues as Assignment of Roles, Timing of the Trial, Legal Issues and Skills.

Money Equivalents Activities (K-3) Activities prepared by the Bank Street College of Education to help teach children the value of money and its different denominations. Included are coins that may be printed and cut out. Other activities at this site are Budget Plan where teachers can print out a Daily Time Budget for use in their classes and Spend or Save, a fun, printable game to help students understand the rewards of a savings plan.

More Social Studies Activities from Houghton Mifflin. Provides activities for geography, history, citizenship, economics, cultures and general social studies. Primarily for the elementary school level.

Mr. Donn’s Ancient History Page. Designed for middle school students, the site features lesson plans, work sheets, time lines, clip art, and maps for Archeology, Early Man, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India, Africa, Inca/Maya/Aztecs/ and others.

Mr. Donn’s U.S. History Lesson Plans and Activities. Units, Lesson Plans, Activities and Resources for teaching about Native Americans, Colonial Period & Revolution, Western Expansion, Civil War, Modern America Emerges, 20th Century and much more.

Mr. Dowling’s Electronic Passport Download Page. Mike Dowling has prepared study guides, homework assignments and exams for sixth and seventh grades for a variety of social studies curriculum areas that are free and available for teachers to print or to edit.

Multicultural Lesson Plans. More than 35 lesson plans dealing with multicultural topics. Most of the lessons are appropriate for elementary and middle school students, but some are adaptable to the secondary level.

Multicultural Pavilion Teacher’s Corner. The site provides relevant K-12 resources. These include theMulticultural Activity Archives which features a series of lessons and activities.

National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies. The site includes Lesson Plans, Teaching Resources, Internet Resources, Publications, and a Database Search.

Native Americans. 19 thematic Units for elementary pupils designed by Shayna Gardner of the Lennox (California) School District. Lesson plan topics include CavePainting, Chumash Village, Sand Painting, Teepee Lesson, Nature Names, and more.

Nebraska Social Science Resources Home Page. The site, sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, provides a range of useful materials and references. Click on Lesson Plan Search for a search engine that will lead to lesson plans developed by teachers.

Neferchichi’s Tomb. In addition to lesson plans for teachers, the site allows elementary and middle school students to find Egyptian graphics for their web pages or school reports, an Egyptian clip art font, and a lesson in writing with hieroglyphs so they can spell their names. Students can also learn about mummies and phraohs, participate in a mummification simulation and access a Kids Page.

New Deal Network. New Deal Network is an educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Secondary school teachers can find documents and photos as well as classroom lesson plans and links to a variety of resources for enriching U.S. History and Government classes.

New Deal Network Classroom Lesson Plans. Featured at the site are lesson plans for these New Deal topics: TVA: Electricity for All, Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, and Rondal Partridge NYA Photographer. Also included are classroom activities, online resources relating to the New Deal, and a document and image library.

New York Times Learning Network. Among its contents is a Daily News Quiz, a Daily Lesson Plan, a Lesson Plan Archive, and Teacher Resources.

Odyssey. The Odyssey links elementary and secondary students to a team of adventurers on a series of round-the-world expeditions. A Teacher Zone includes lesson plans, an archive of the expedition’s past materials, and ideas for using the site in the classroom. The Odyssey is free but requires registration to participate.

Open Hearts/Closed Doors. After World War II, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the orphans’ courage and the efforts of the people who helped them. Click on Learning Resources to find a Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans, an Artifacts Collections, complete transcripts of all of the war orphans’ memoirs, and a Glossary.

Our World, My Own Island: How Are They Connected? This unit, developed for Grade 6 by Paul Watson of the Meath Park School, is a hands-on project that teaches basic geographic knowledge and encourages students to make various comparisons of countries in the world. With the use of a simulation game and a project, the students will learn about some problems facing developing countries.

Papyrus Lesson Plan. This middle school lesson plan includes Student’s Information Sheet, Student’s Assignments, Teacher’s Notes and an Assessment Rubric.

Peace Corps: World Wise Schools. Elementary and secondary teachers will find a variety of instructional resources, cross-curricular lesson plans, guides, and more for teaching about culture and countries provided by the U.S. Peace Corps.

Planning a Renaissance Faire A sixth grade teacher (Mrs. Mainzer) provides sugggestions for creating an interdisciplinary unit, The Renaissance Faire, to culminate the study of the Middle Ages. Topics include: List of Renaissance Characters, Renaissance Craft Booths, Madrigal Dinner Menu, Renaissance Character Report Written By Sixth Grade Students, Scenes From The Renaissance Faire, and Interdisciplinary Renaissance Unit Preparation for teachers.

Primary Sources and Activities. Secondary school teachers can find reproducible primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States with accompanying lesson plans correlated to the National History Standards. Lesson plans include: (1) Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field (2) The Zimmermann Telegram, 1917 (3) Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers–Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attempt to increase the number of Justices on the Supreme Court (4) Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution and (5) The Amistad Case and many others. Additional links to primary source documents are also included.

Primary Sources Network (PSN). Funded by a U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, the goal of the project is to improve student learning by using technology to integrate primary sources into classroom curricula. To find sample lesson plans appropriate for the high school level, select Manufacturing Units. For a variety of on-line museum primary source artifacts for you to use for different purposes in your classroom, select Gallery of Artifacts. For teaching units that integrate the use of the Internet, select Curriculum.

Remember September 11 (National Education Association Health Information Network.)To enrich and ennoble the first anniversary of the events of September 11, NEA and the NEA Health Information Network have created a special “Remember September 11th” Web site. Scroll down the page to find K-12 Lesson Plans, Teacher Parent support, and Additional Educational Resources.

Retanet Resources for Teaching About the Americas. Teachers can access over 65 lesson plans dealing with Latin America, the Caribbean and culture studies. The original 65 lesson plans were written by secondary teachers in 1995 as part of a summer institute at the Latin America Data Base.

Revolutionary War: Teacher’s Corner. Classroom activities for teaching about the American Revolution.

San Francisco: The City By The Bay. A curriculum guide originally designed by the San Francisco Unified School District as supplementary curriculum material for teachers. The guide contains lesson plans which include: African Americans in the Early History of San Francisco, Chinese Immigration and Angel Island-Ellis Island Of the West, Hmong Story Cloths, Japanese Immigration and Cultural Traditions, Sourdough Bread – The Lore of the West, The North Beach Area, Russian Immigration- Yesterday and Today, El Barrio de la Misión.

School Kits on the United Nations. Table of Contents and Sample Units for teaching about the U.N. for primary, middle and secondary school students are featured. Ordering information for complete units is provided. Kits are also available in Spanish and French.

School Library Media Monthly Activities. AskERIC presents monthly ideas for social studies assignments using reference materials in the school library.

Sixth Grade Ancient History Page. Units, lesson plans, and activities for ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome, China, Africa, India, and Aztecs. Other topics at this site include: Canada, Map Skills, Holidays, and more.

Smithsonian Institute Lesson Plans: Social Studies. The site includes these lesson plan titles: Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists, Japan: Images of a People, Winning the Vote: How Americans Elect Their President, and Teaching from Objects and Stories: Learning about the Bering Sea Eskimo People.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Smithsonian National Museum of American History presents virtual exhibitions for a wide variety of topics relating to U.S. History and suitable for grades 4-12.These include The Star Spangled Banner and The American Presidency where teachers will also find teacher’s guides, lesson plans, and activities to supplement and expand their curriculum offerings in these areas.
Social Studies for Kids. Social Studies for Kids, by David White, presents a wide variety of resources featuring lesson plans, current events, fun and games, cultures, holidays, languages, religions, historical maps, time lines and curriculum areas which include Economics, Geography, U.S. Government, U.S. History and World History. Click on Teaching Resourcesto the find lesson plans for both elementary and secondary school levels.

Social Studies Lesson Plans &Ideas. The University of Saskatchewan presents more than 60 unit and lesson plans for a variety of social studies topics suitable for elementary and secondary school students.

Social Studies Lesson Plans from the University of Iowa. The University of Iowa College of Education presents lesson plans for grades 9-12 that are organized in terms of the ten themes devised by the National Council for the Social Studies. Each plan consists of purpose, goals, materials, procedures, assessment, extensions and resources.

Social Studies Planet. Teachers can search 60,000+ top Social Studies sites, lessons, supplies and more.

South Carolina ETV’s Holocaust Forum A forum on the Holocaust to provide teachers in grades 7-12 access to a variety of resources for teaching students about this tragic chapter from human history. To find 11 lesson plans, 34 student handouts, two series of taped interviews, a bibliography, and related sites to other curriculum resources, click on South Carolina: Lessons from the Holocaust..

Special Units and Themes. The North Canton (Ohio) Elementary School has prepared 25 thematic units for the elementary school level. Social studies units include: 1800’s, Communities, Farm Unit, Government Studies, Map Skills, Native American Unit, Revolutionary War, and The Titanic.

Stock Market Project and Lesson Plans. Welcome to the Good News Bears Stock Market Project,an interdisciplinary project specifically designed for middle school students and teachers. Includes lesson plans that can be used independently of the project in U.S. history and economics classes.

SuccessLink. Click on Search Need a Lesson? to select from a data base of lesson plans for a variety of subject areas including social studies.

Teacher’s Corner. A place for primary and intermediate level teachers to find lesson plans and resources. Includes social studies among its selections.

Teachers First (Lesson Plans). Prepared by the Network for Instructional TV, Inc., the site offers a variety of lesson plans for the social studies teacher. Click on Content Matrix under Classroom Resources to find lesson plans for Current Events, Economics, U.S. History, and World Cultures. Also available is a Keyword Search tool.

Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust. The site, provided by the College of Education, University of South Florida, features student activities, teacher resources, and lesson plans for studying about the Holocaust.

Teachers Helping Teachers. A forum where teachers share lesson plans and teaching tips. Includes links to other educational resources. Updated weekly.

Teachers.Net Lesson Plans Exchange. The site features a variety of lesson plans submitted by teachers. To find lesson plans for History and for Social Studies, click on Select category under Browse lessons by category.

Teacher Talk Forum:Social Studies. Collection of electronic social studies lesson plans provided by the Center for Adolescent Studies at the School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington. The plans cover a variety of topic areas including global issues, mock trial, oral history, environmental education and mass media. Social studies lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school levels. Teachers can also find free and easy-to-use online software to create a class web page, class enrichment activities, and helpful reference sites and articles for teachers.

Teaching Information Processing Skills: Sample Collaborative Unit Lesson Plans. Presented by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, the site features sample unit lesson plans for teachers and library media specialists for Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

Teaching 9-11-01. The Clarke Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College provides elementary and secondary teachers with resources for helping students make sense of 9-11. Click on Syllabi and Lesson Plansto find K-5 Lesson Plans, Grades 6-8 Lesson Plans and High School (9-12) Lesson Plans. Also included are Resources for Educators and Websites of Lesson Plans.

Teaching the Holocaust: Grades 4-12. Teresa Morreta has prepared this site which includes lesson plans, timelines, internet research, vocabulary and book reports.

Teaching Tolerance. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides K-12 teachers with online lesson plans and activities and games for students that promote multiculturalism and tolerance. Curriculum packages can be obtained free of charge.

Teaching with Documents. Teaching with Documents provides lessons and resources for elementary and secondary students to look at a variety of historic documents and critically evaluate each for origin, content and meaning.’s Lesson Plan Center. Teachers can search over 17,000 lesson plans, teaching ideas, and worksheets for K-12 including Social Studies, Economics, and Current Events.

Terry Jordan’s Advanced Placement United States History Page. This Web site, produced by Terry Jordan a history teacher at Orange (Ohio) High School, offers teachers a syllabus for teaching advanced placement U.S. History and additional resources including: lesson plans, United States History for Grade 8, Projects, an A.P. U.S. History “Chat” Room, Weekly Reading Assignments, and Sample Unit Test Questions.

Training a Class in Discussion Skills. A series of activities developed by Barbara Stanford of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, to train students in discussion skills. Appropriate for middle level and high school classes.

Truman Presidential Museum & Library. Over 7000 document pages, photos, letters, cartoons, speeches, etc pertaining to the life and presidency of President Harry S. Truman. The site includes Teacher Lessons which feature lesson plans and student activities incorporating inquiry-based learning, technology, and primary sources.

UNHCR FOR TEACHERS. UNHCR FOR TEACHERS is sponsored by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The site provides units and their lessons arranged in subject categories (history, geography, civic education, language/literature, and art), and are designed for three age groups (9-11,12-14 and 15-18). Refugee themes can help students develop the personal and social skills necessary to live in harmony with others and to behave in positive and caring ways that respect basic human rights.

Unicef Teacher’s Guide. The guide contains teaching activities for students in grades 1-9 that helps them gain a better understanding of the causes of conflicts, both on a personal level and a global scale-and how to resolve them peacefully. A Spanish version of the Teacher’s Guide is also available.

Using Oral History. Using excerpts from the American Memory Collection (American Life Histories, 1936-1940 collection), students study social history topics through interviews that recount the lives of ordinary Americans. Based on these excerpts and further research in the collections, students develop their own research questions. They then plan and conduct oral history interviews with members of their communities. The site contains teacher and student materials.

Using Primary Resources. Suggestions for student activities which can help teachers enhance their social studies curriculum using authentic artifacts, documents, photographs, and manuscripts from the Library of Congress Historical Collections and other sources.

(U.S. Mint for Kids) H.I.P. Pocket Change. H.I.P. Pocket Change (HPC) Web site was launched by the U.S. Mint. HPC is designed to be a fun, educational tool for students and teachers that generates interest in coins, the Mint, and U.S. history. Click on Teachers to find lesson and unit plans covering Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, a teacher’s guide, projects, a library of coin related links and a teacher’s network to communicate with other professionals.

Utah Centennial Studies. The purpose of the Utah Centennial Studies project was to provide teachers with creative, innovative lessons on a wide variety of Utah history topics and issues. This site contains 20 lesson plans written or adapted by Sheri Sohm and Mari Domanski and suitable for social studies teachers at various grade levels.

Vietnam: A Children’s Guide. The site was created by Mrs. Taverna’s second grade students at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York. It includes information about Vietnam, sources on the Web, professional materials, Vietnam photo sites on the Web, and more. Click on Teacher Resources to find activities and lesson plans.

Web-Linked Lesson Plans and Activities. Sponsored by McGraw-Hill School Division, the site features social studies lesson plans for online pupil activites for U.S. history, world history, and geography suitable for pupils in grades 1-6. Worksheets are included.

What Do Maps Show? Step-by-step lesson plans for four geography and map reading lessons suitable for elementary and middle school levels. Includes three reproducible maps to create a map packet for each pupil.

Women in World History Curriculum.Intended primarily for teachers, teenagers, and their parents, the site includes a Lesson of the Month and a Heroine of the Month.


Teaching Strategies

Create Your Own Online Activities for Your Students (Filamentality) Pacific Bell Knowledge Network’s Filamentality offers step-by-step procedures for creating a hotlist page, a treasure hunt, and a web-based activity page. Each page is accompanied by a description and an online example. For online help, tutorials, and guidelines for creating your own Web documents, click on Beyond the Son of Filamentality.

Honor Level System Discipline by Design. Features techniques for classroom control and discipline which include “11 Techniques for Better Classroom Discipline,” “Discipline Techniques that Backfire,” “Four Stages of Discipline,” and “Four Steps for Better Classroom Discipline.”

K-12 History on the Internet Resource Guide. Everything you always wanted to know about how to put students online in your social studies classroom. Includes links to Internet sites that can be used to enhance students’ online educational experiences as well as to stimulate interactive class activities using e-mail.

Teacher’s Edition Online. Designed by teachers for teachers, this site offers lesson plans, teaching tips, and ideas for classroom management in all curriculum areas. You can also request a free e-mail newsletter.

Teacher Talk. An on-line publication for preservice, secondary school teachers developed by the Center for Adolescent Studies at the School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington. Features lesson plans and ideas for classroom management and building rapport with all types of pupils.

WebQuest Page. The site highlights new and innovative ways to bring the Internet into the K-12 curriculum. Links are provided to training materials and sample web activities.

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Environment Teaching and Learning Resources.

Environment Teaching and Learning Resources.

Earth Day provides ideas for protecting the environment at school, at home, and in your community. Find a map showing Earth Day events and volunteer opportunities near you. Get updates and… (Environmental Protection Agency) Data in the Classroom provides curriculum guides for using real scientific data to investigate earth processes. Each guide focuses on a topic (sea level, water quality, and El El Niño) and starts with… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Visualization Projects includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal… (National Center for Atmospheric Research, supported by National Science Foundation) Arctic and Antarctic looks at research being conducted in the two polar regions of earth. These vast, icy, inhospitable environments provide “natural laboratories” for scientists to study basic questions… (National Science Foundation) Earth and Space Science provides activities, animations, and lessons on the structure, processes, and history of earth, as well as the solar system, and astronomy. Topics include earthquakes, faults… (Exploratorium, supported by National Science Foundation) Pedagogy in Action documents more than 25 pedagogic techniques for teaching sciences to undergraduates: case-based learning, game-based learning, making and testing conjectures, peer review… (SERC, supported by National Science Foundation) USGS Videos and Animations offers animations and videos for teaching earth science. Topics include earthquakes, earth’s magnetic field, landslides, plate tectonics, tsunamis, urban growth and land use… (U.S. Geological Survey) ChemLinks Coalition offers resources for the first 2 years of college chemistry. Topics include global warming, ozone, fats in our diet, computer chip thermochemistry, making water safe to drink, what’s… (Beloit College, supported by National Science Foundation) National Science Digital Library provides access to resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. From video clips teaching cell division to simulations demonstrating plate… (National Science Foundation) Land Use History of North America examines how we have used land since the 1700s and how the land has changed. Topics include population settlement and farmland, urban sprawl and soil resources, flora species… (U.S. Geological Survey) Environmental Literacy Council features labs, projects, and activities for studying the air and climate, land, water, ecosystems, energy, food, and environment and society. Learn about the carbon cycle, forests… (Multiple Agencies) Global Warming Facts and Our Future explores the latest scientific information from the National Academy of Sciences. Is our climate warming? Are humans causing it? What might be the effects? What can be done? Learn… (National Academy of Sciences) Digital Library for Earth System Education is a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. Find thousands of reviewed resources on topics that include atmospheric science… (National Science Foundation) BEN: BiosciEdNet provides access to more than 4,000 reviewed resources covering 76 biological science topics: agriculture, anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, biodiversity, biotechnology, botany… (American Association for the Advancement of Science, supported by National Science Foundation) Action Bioscience offers scientific articles and lessons. Topics include the value of a garden, plant genebanks, bacteria (friend or foe?), biodiversity, real-life aliens (introduced species), apes… (American Institute of Biological Sciences, supported by National Science Foundation) Chemicals, the Environment, and You provides lessons for learning about the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health. Topics include the science of toxicology, dose-response relationships… (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, supported by National Institutes of Health) Zoom into Maps offers hundreds of historical maps — maps showing European exploration of the Americas; migration, population, and economic activity; the growth of roads, railways, canals, river… (Library of Congress) NASA Earth Observatory provides new satellite imagery and scientific information about Earth’s climate and environmental change. It features stories about the atmosphere, oceans, land, life, heat and… (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936 consists of 4,500 photographs of natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States taken between 1891 and 1936. These photographs show a wide range of… (Library of Congress) Map Collections: 1544-1996 offers thousands of digitized online maps. The collections are broken into seven categories, cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, immigration and… (Library of Congress) Decades of Discovery describes 100 important discoveries in energy sciences, nuclear and plasma physics, advanced computing research, and biological and environmental research. Topics include the world’s… (Department of Energy) Global Warming — Visitor Center features materials teachers can use in presentations and classroom activities on climate change science. A kids’ site includes animations of global warming and earth processes (for… (Environmental Protection Agency) Windows to the Universe explores the Earth, planets of our solar system, and the universe. It includes images, animations, and data sets, and information about books, movies, scientists, and myths… (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) GLOBE — Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from more than 9,500 schools in over… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) RiverWeb: Mississippi River Basin History and Culture seeks to harness computing and communications technologies to construct interdisciplinary, digital knowledge networks for the Mississippi River Basin and other major river systems. Its… (University of Illinois, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities) Ocean Planet features a Smithsonian exhibit on the world’s oceans. Visitors can see an overview of the exhibition, find lessons and marine science activities, and read a final report documenting… (National Museum of Natural History, supported by Smithsonian Institution) Exploring the Environment features 25 online modules that put students in problem-based learning scenarios. In one module, students predict the impact of increased carbon dioxide on the wheat yield in Kansas… (Center for Educational Technologies, supported by National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Earth and Environmental Science: Research Overview examines questions that scientists are pursuing: What part do we play in earth’s changing climate? What can rock layers tell us about earth’s history? How can we understand the forces… (National Science Foundation) The Influences of Art on Yellowstone features paintings, photos, and drawings, many of which contributed to the creation of the nation’s first national park. The waterfalls, geysers, rock formations, and vistas in these… (National Park Service) Learning Landscapes offers lessons on deserts, ecosystems, riparian zones, invasive plants, wild horses, groundwater, soil composition, hydroelectric power, renewable energy, water conservation techniques… (Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior) Hands on the Land Teaching Materials provides lessons for learning about the Everglades ecosystem, bat habitats, bull trout, rock classification, eagles, invasive species, forest carnivores, forest rebirth, North Cascades… (Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior) ToxMystery features an animated game that helps elementary students learn about common household hazards. Students enter a house and go room to room, mousing over items, clicking on those that… (National Library of Medicine) Environmental Health Perspectives is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. Learn about dengue, modifiers of health effects of air pollution, World Trade… (Environmental Health Perspectives, supported by National Institutes of Health) The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 documents the movement to conserve and protect America’s natural heritage. The site features books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion… (Library of Congress) Sustainable Development Education provides models, curricula, and professional development materials for learning about managing trade-offs between resource use and quality of life. Software is offered to help clarify… (Concord Consortium, supported by Department of Education) Online Center for Global Geography Education has ten teaching modules on the human dimensions of global change. Examples are “Living in the Biosphere,” “The Geography of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” and “Global Change and… (National Science Foundation) NOAA Education Resources offers materials on weather, oceans and coasts, satellites and space, and long-term climate change. The site also contains a photo library, real time satellite imagery, and a radar… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Prince William Sound: An Ecosystem in Transition spotlights the ecological issues surrounding the historic 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the subsequent recovery operation… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Ocean and Coastal Response and Restoration allows students to learn about oil spills and hazardous chemical accidents through experiments that can be done at home, in the classroom, or for a science project… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) U.S. Global Change Data and Information System maintains global change information from several federal agencies and offers a question answering service, “Ask Dr. Global Change.”… (Multiple Agencies) Environmental Health Science Education aims to increase student interest and preparation in the environmental health sciences so that they are aware of science career opportunities, and to increase public awareness about… (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, supported by National Institutes of Health) Watershed Ecology introduces basic watershed ecology concepts. It examines the physical forces that shape watershed ecosystems, plants and animals that inhabit them, typical watershed structures, and… (Environmental Protection Agency) Polluted Runoff provides lessons and activities for studying how runoff affects streams, how to analyze what’s upstream and downstream from your community (watersheds), and how families can reduce… (Environmental Protection Agency) High School Environmental Center is a portal to environmental resources. It organizes sites by topics: air pollution, climate change, global warming; conservation of energy, soil, and water; coral reefs, forests… (Environmental Protection Agency) Wildlife Management Activity Guide for Teachers presents learning activities developed by teachers to help high school students learn about wildlife management on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan… (National Park Service) Ask Dr. Global Change offers a searchable collection of answers to questions about global warming, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, and other issues related to climate change. Students can also submit… (Columbia University, supported by U.S. Global Change Research Program) The Everglades Ecosystem: Everglades National Park looks at the habitats, animals and endangered species of the Everglades, as well as water management (“the critical issue for the Everglades”). It also examines threats to what remains… (National Park Service) Everglades Educational Resources provides classroom activities, resources for teachers, a list of current articles, links to recommended readings, and field guides about Everglades National Park. It also tells how to… (National Park Service) EPA: Students and Teachers presents teaching and learning resources from the Environmental Protection Agency. The site links to the Environmental Education Center (for teachers), EPA Student Center (for middle… (Environmental Protection Agency) Superfund for Students and Teachers contains information about Superfund and hazardous waste for junior high, high school, and college students, and teachers of all grade levels. The site includes classroom activities… (Environmental Protection Agency) Environmental Education contains environmental science resources and is oriented to teachers searching for classroom projects… (Environmental Protection Agency) Hands-on Experiments To Test for Acid Mine Drainage invites students to learn about the effects of acid mine drainage on our groundwater and environment through experimentation and observation. The website explains how to make litmus… (U.S. Geological Survey) Environmental Explorers’ Club is a place where kids can learn about the environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. It features plants and animals, air, water, people and the environment, recycling, and a… (Environmental Protection Agency) Recycle City shows how people are recycling and reusing products across this fictional city. Click on a map to see how the warehouse, landfill, theatre, cafe, service station, supermarket, factory… (Environmental Protection Agency) Drinking Water; Kids’ Stuff teaches kids about the importance of safe drinking water through teaching and learning resources such as an activity on how to build your own aquifer, experiments on the water… (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA Student Center contains dozens of environmental science resources for students as well as online reference materials… (Environmental Protection Agency) Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center provides information on careers, training, and professional development; environmental programs in high schools and colleges; curricula for high school and associate degree programs… (ATEEC, supported by National Science Foundation) NSF Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes provides activities for exploring carbon dioxide and polymers. Learn how much carbon dioxide is in a soda. Make carbon dioxide and observe its effects. Create silly putty and… (National Science Foundation) Superfund for Kids introduces children ages 3 and up to the basic concepts of the Superfund program. There are activities, stories, and homework help designed for different age groups… (Environmental Protection Agency) EnviroMapper Storefront lets kids create their own maps, down to the square mile, anywhere in America, choosing various features — from water discharges to hazardous waste to roads. The site contains reports… (Environmental Protection Agency) Calling All Students: Facts About Toxic Substances and the Environment provides information on toxic substances that may be found in our homes, schools, and neighborhoods. It provides links for kids, parents, and teachers to other government websites… (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: the Hetch Hetchy Controversy is a two-part teaching unit about the controversy among conservationists over a proposal to turn part of Yosemite National Park into a dam to furnish water to San Francisco. The first… (Library of Congress) EPA: Wastes is a place where students and teachers can order educational materials, activity books and games that help raise awareness about solid waste issues, learn how to gain hands-on… (Environmental Protection Agency) Environmental Education offers activities for elementary students and families visiting Lake Mead National Recreation Area to learn about desert plants, animals, food chains, and “communities” in the Mojave… (National Park Service) Fire Management, Everglades National Park describes how fire is used to maintain the biological diversity and natural processes of the pineland, prairie, and other ecosystems of the Everglades that are shaped by the… (National Park Service)

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