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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather Today?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Protecting Africa's Wildlife     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider how people affect the natural environment in their home area and in Africa. They learn about two African habitats (the savanna and the rain forest) and some of the animals that live there. They focus particularly on how cheetahs and chimpanzees make use of their habitats. They conclude by creating posters to encourage people to protect the savanna and the rain forest, as well as the animals in the area where they live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather--in Africa?!     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students describe and compare how weather affects human activity in two places on opposite sides of the world. Students first identify the seasons and weather in their community and how human activities are affected by weather. They then cross the globe and compare how the weather of northern Africa impacts human activities there. Students look for a connection between the two environments and conclude that although the weather and activities may be very different in each place, the impact of weather on human activities is a common thread in human communities all over the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Life in the Mountains     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the idea that people in different parts of the world have different customs and habits of daily life, even if they live in similar landscapes. They view pictures of and discuss life in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal and write stories describing what it might be like to live in the mountains of Nepal.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Would You Work Hard For?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, has students go through a simulation to learn about value, abundance, and scarcity. They are asked to consider the things that they would be willing to work very hard for.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Timeline of Change, a Model for Change     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationships between people and places. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between present interactions with a place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: The Land of the Inca     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the ancient Inca people and the land on which they lived. They learn basic facts about the Inca and use a map to show where they lived. Students also look at pictures of the Andes mountains and Inca ruins and discuss the geography of the area. Finally, they talk about how the Inca lived and compare the Inca way of life to their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: Traditions and Languages of Three Native Cultures: Tlingit, Lakota, and Cherokee     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the environment, history, language, and culture of the Tlingit, Lakota, and Cherokee. They explore the meaning of cultural traditions and how they are maintained. They also learn to say a few words in the languages of these Native American tribes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes. They are also asked to think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan ahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and themselves for the possibility of a natural disaster. Students are therefore introduced to some basic concepts of physical geography, as well as some of the ways in which the physical environment affects people's lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regions of a Grocery Store     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how regions are created by categorizing grocery store products into different regions of the classroom, which they pretend is a grocery store. They then discuss the concept of regions and the unique qualities of their home region, and they draw pictures of their home region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Sodbusters!     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a '' soddie'' to gain a firsthand perspective on the frontier period of American history. After completing the activities in this lesson, students will be able to identify where and when American settlers lived and describe how settlers used available materials to build sod houses. They will also be able to explain how sod houses helped settlers adapt to the environment of the plains and compare living in a sod house with life in a typical home today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where in the U.S. Would You Want to Live?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson challenges students to think about why objects, in the classroom and in their community, are placed where they are, and how their placement affects our daily lives. In the process, they come to understand the benefits one geographic location might have over another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: NOVA: Pyramids     
Description: Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. It contains textual information, diagrams, and images.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What's the Right Way To Button Up?     
Description: We're hoping today's Wonder of the Day really pushes your buttons!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Ways Can You Say Mom?     
Description: Wonderopolis has a special treat today for you and your mom!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Can You Count on the Census?     
Description: Ever wonder how the government knows how many people live in the United States? Find out more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?     
Description: Chances are there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids     
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage     
Description: In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, a teacher's guide and student worksheets, and a bibliography of related books and online resources appropriate for all ages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Darkroom Detectives     
Description: What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Become a Collector     
Description: Students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodoro Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico in this OurStory activity. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Can You Make From a Buffalo?     
Description: The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the body parts of buffalo to the appropriate part of the buffalo's anatomy. It is interactive whiteboard and iPad friendly and is included in the website Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What's the Right Way To Button Up?     
Description: We're hoping today's Wonder of the Day really pushes your buttons!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Ways Can You Say Mom?     
Description: Wonderopolis has a special treat today for you and your mom!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Can You Count on the Census?     
Description: Ever wonder how the government knows how many people live in the United States? Find out more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?     
Description: Chances are there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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