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Subject: Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let Me Tell You A Story: Knowing the Difference Between Legends and Tall Tales.
Description: In this lesson, student's will compare and contrast legends and tale tales to understand what differentiates the two. Keeping your students engaged by leading discussions and using various media mediums is the key to a fun learning experience. (Requires access to YouTube.)


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 10)
Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, ROUTE TO FREEDOM
Description: This activity will require the teacher and student to travel throughout the school and its buildings as they travel the underground railroad. As they travel they will stop at safe houses, rest and eat before they proceed finally crossing the Ohio River to freedom.


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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look     
Description: Students take a hands-on approach to examining the life of Harriet Tubman through a comparison of informative resources and impressionistic art.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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: Social Studies - Geography
Title: What's Your Favorite Place?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are asked to think of their favorite place or a place they find particularly interesting. They draw pictures of that place and share information about it with a partner. They conclude by designing monuments that showcase their favorite place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Native American Cultures Across the U.S.     
Description: This unit of two EDSITEment lessons discusses the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. Students learn about customs and traditions such as housing, agriculture, and ceremonial dress for the Tlingit, Dine, Lakota, Muscogee, and Iroquois peoples.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Weeping Camel: Finding Rituals in Our Daily Lives     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of traditional and modern rituals found in different cultures. Through reading stories about rituals, students identify some of their characteristics. Finally, students apply their understanding to rituals which occur on familiar holidays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Jazz Music, Dance and Poetry     
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to jazz dance and jazz music. They will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Phoenicians and the Beginnings of the Alphabet      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the ancient Mediterranean civilization of Phoenicia. They then identify some of the letters in the Phoenician alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, and Us      
Description: In this lesson, the last of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students consolidate the knowledge gained in the three previous lessons concerning the origins and development of the alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans Through Pictures     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students travel to the past to explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France, students discover that pictures are a way of communicating beliefs and ideas.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Greeting Friends from Other Places     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to map reading by examining the Afghanistan, Land in Crisis map (available in print or online). Students practice different types of greetings and learn how children in Afghanistan might greet one another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: La Familia     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about families in various Spanish cultures and gain a preliminary knowledge of the Spanish language, learning the Spanish names for various family members. After completing the lessons in this unit, students are able to locate Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries on a map of the world and describe similarities and differences between family life in America and family life in Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Roman Alphabet Is Our Alphabet      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the culture and history of Ancient Rome. They then compare Roman letters to their own alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: French and Family     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about French families and gain a preliminary knowledge of the French language, learning the French names for various family members. After completing the lessons, students are able to locate France on a map of the world and describe similarities and differences between French and American family life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Meaning Behind the Mask     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the cultural significance of masks, discuss the use of masks in stories, and then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures. After students have studied these masks, they are then given an opportunity to choose a familiar story and make simple masks to perform the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Family and Friendship in Quilts     
Description: In this unit of three EDSITEment lessons, students recognize how people of different cultures and time periods have used cloth-based art forms to pass down their traditions and history. Quilting continues to be largely a home-based form of art, primarily engaged in by women. This unit heightens students awareness of how quilts have reflected and continue to reflect the lives of the people who create them, and of how quilts record the cultural history of a particular place and time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Aesop and Anase: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales     
Description: In this two-lesson unit, from EDSITEment, students become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions. They explore how folktales employ animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and how this wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next. These lessons introduce students to the world of folklore and explore how folktales convey the perspectives of world cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Fairy Tales Around the World     
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students become familiar with fairy tales. They read and learn to understand fairy tales so that they can better comprehend the structures of literature, as well as for the sake of the wonder, pleasure, and human understanding these stories can provide in their own right.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Painting     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. Students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead, a funereal text written on papyrus and carved on the walls of tombs to help guide the deceased through the afterlife.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. The class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. King's Dream     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's '' I Have a Dream'' speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: Musical Harlem     
Description: Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Oh, Say Can You Seeand      
Description: Students will learn about the history behind the writing of ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance     
Description: A hula dance is a choreographed interpretation of a poetic text, or mele, that tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Making Rain     
Description: In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Chinese Lion Dance     
Description: The Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year, and it is believed to bring good luck and happiness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: November Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering November holidays and special events. November is Native American Heritage Month and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Voices of Democracy     
Description: The Voices of Democracy project is designed to promote the study of great American speeches and public debates. The emphasis of the project is on the actual words of those who, throughout American history, have defined the country's guiding principles, debated the great social and political controversies of the nation's history, and shaped the identity and character of the American people. In the process of reinvigorating the humanistic study of U.S. oratory, the Voices of Democracy project aims to foster understanding of the nation's principles and history and to promote civic engagement among humanities students, teachers, and scholars.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Hispanic Heritage Month     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to National Hispanic Heritage Month, and presents information about the history and artistic heritage of the Hispanic people. Learn more about Hispanic culture by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Family and Community     
Description: Explore the lives of immigrants and pioneers in early America. Then, drive along US-90 along the Gulf Coast or take a stroll down U Street in Washington, D.C.-- either place you'll be guided by the voices of the musicians who defined the culture of their community.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Myths and Heroes     
Description: Greek and Egyptian mythology, the story of the Lion King, and the legend of King Arthurs are just some of the ways these resources explore the different cultural interpretations of heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 8: Santons
Overview:
Most Christians in America have a Nativity Scene.  We always include the same characters including shepherds, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  In France, Santons or "little saints" are included.   Santons allow the everyday common working man to be part of this Holy Night.  Tune in to find out more about France's nativity or "creche" scenes.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 9: Fabric Balls
Overview:
In this podcast, the children share a tradition from Russia.  We cover a styrofoam ball with fabric scraps as the peasant farmers did so many years ago.  Learn why peasants in Russia wanted to do this.  And you can see how we celebrated by making this traditional ornament for own own trees! 


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 4: Christmas Cards
Overview:
In this podcast, students share what they discovered about Christmas cards. The first cards were actually sent by children just like us! This student also shares a class activity that we completed together to honor this classic Christmas tradition!


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Christmas Around the World Podcast Series: Episode 3: Caroling
Overview:
In this podcast, children share what they learned about Christmas caroling.  They also share the traditions of "wassailing"! Caroling is a tradition that children of all ages have enjoyed for years.  Watch this podcast to learn all about this holiday tradition!  It has brought smiles and joy to people for hundreds of years!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 1: The Christmas Tree
Overview:
This podcast explains how the Christmas tree came to be an important part of many holiday traditions.


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Christmas Around The World Podcast Series
Overview:
Each year in December, second graders study the origins of different holiday traditions.  We "travel" (via Google Earth) to different countries and cities to explore where common customs originated.  View this podcast to catch a glimpse of how this unit is organized and how each country is "remembered". There is always a craft or special snack to remember each country. I hope this podcast can be used for students to research and learn about holiday customs as well as for teachers to learn and implement this unit into their own curriculums. 


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Vocational Education - Trade and Industrial , Vocational Education - General Vocational Education , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Is the Unknown Soldier?     
Description: Happy Veterans Day! Let's learn about how we can honor those who have died serving our country… even when we don't know their identities.
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 - Technology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is an Old Wives' Tale?     
Description: Many old husbands will tell you that they've heard their share of old wives' tales. But what are they talking about? Join us as we get to the bottom of the story!
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 , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: What Is a Log Jam?     
Description: WOOD you believe today's Wonder of the Day is one of Paul Bunyan's favorites? It's true!
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Physical Sciences , Science - Physics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Does It Mean To Be a Native American?     
Description: November is Native American Heritage Month. Let's celebrate by learning more about what it means to be a Native American.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Is Bluegrass Really Blue?     
Description: Kentucky Bluegrass covers the lawns of thousands of homes across America. But is it really blue? Join us as we dig deep to discover the truth behind bluegrass!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Hot Dogs Can You Eat In 10 Minutes?     
Description: Since 1916, the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has taken place every July 4 in Coney Island, New York. Grab the mustard and head on over to Wonderopolis for a closer look at this unique American tradition!
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 , Health - Environmental Health , Health - Preventative Health , Health - Research , Health - Safety , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Earth science , Science - Ecology , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Long Is the Appalachian Trail?     
Description: June is Great Outdoors Month! Grab your backpack and join Wonderopolis for a walk along one of the most famous - and longest - hiking trails in America.
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 - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?     
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
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 , Science - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: Do Jitterbugs Bite?     
Description: Do you like to dance? If so, swing on over to Wonderopolis today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Could You Be Royalty?     
Description: Today's royal Wonder of the Day is filled with kings, queens, princes and princesses. Grab your crown and join us!
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 , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Language Arts - Debate , Language Arts - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Phonics , Language Arts - Speech , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Language Arts - Whole Language , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Cartography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Do All Pirates Have Beards?     
Description: You've probably heard of pirates such as Redbeard and Blackbeard. Why do pirates like beards so much? And do all pirates have them? Read on to find out!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Troy     
Description: This educational website about ancient Troy consists of archaeological information, animations, geography, history, time lines, legends, myths and teaching and learning resources. The project is the result of a collaboration between the University of Cincinnati's CERHAS (Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites) and the Troia Projekt of the University of Tubingen, Germany. Major funding for this project has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Communication Arts , Arts - Decorative Arts , Arts - Graphic Design , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Painting , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can Easter Eggs Be Art?     
Description: While some people like their eggs scrambled, others prefer to turn them into beautiful works of art!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Arts - Instrumental Music , Arts - Music , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Are Acoustic Guitars Different From Electric Guitars?     
Description: A wise man once said, "You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish!" OK… maybe he wasn't a wise man. And maybe he was talking about a piano instead of a guitar., In any case, April is International Guitar Month. Let's celebrate by taking a closer look at our six-stringed friends. Strum on over to Wonderopolis as we strike a chord that's sure to be music to your ears!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Art History , Arts - Creative Movement , Arts - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Jazz?     
Description: Wonderopolis is calling all cool cats to the bayou for a musical lesson about the sweet sounds that make up the unique art form that is jazz., Mardi Gras - the biggest party in New Orleans - is about to start, so turn up the volume and move to the beat. Today's Wonder of the Day will be music to your ears!
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Who Is Your Abuela?     
Description: Let's celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a closer look at your abuela!
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 , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is a One-Hit Wonder?     
Description: September 25 is One-Hit Wonder Day. Grab a microphone and get ready to sing along with some artists who were huge… at least for a little while!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Why Do People Kiss Under Mistletoe?     
Description: Pausing for a smooch under a plant hanging above your head sounds a little crazy, but you may be surprised to discover this little green guy can be found beyond the doorway. It even thrives in the desert!, Take a sneak peak at the life of mistletoe, and then pucker up for the Wonder of the Day.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Advocacy , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - GED preparation , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning Disabilities , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning to Learn , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Numeracy , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Adult & Family Literacy - Program Management , Adult & Family Literacy - Reading , Adult & Family Literacy - Volunteering , Adult & Family Literacy - Writing , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Flamenco Dancing?     
Description: Get ready to sway to the sound of a Spanish guitar. Flamenco is a dance with quite a history. Keep reading to find out more about a beautiful dance that is sure to move you.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Do You Pick a Banjo?     
Description: Are you ready for some fancy finger work? Grab the nearest banjo and let your fingers do the talking… or singing, as the case may be., No banjo? No problem! Check out today's Wonder of the Day instead. It's music for your mind.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Religion - Buddhism , Science - Astronomy , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Who Is Punxsutawney Phil?     
Description: When most people are curious about the weather, they turn on the television, pick up a newspaper or go online for the forecast. On February 2, though, Americans around the country ask Phil., Who is Phil? Why, he's the four-footed furriest forecaster in North America, of course! Join us in Wonderopolis today as we head to Pennsylvania to meet Punxsutawney Phil.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?     
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Over the course of his life, he traveled the country speaking about equality for all people. Today we celebrate his birthday and take a look back to see how one life can change the world.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Language Arts - Whole Language , Social Studies - United States History , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Is the Liberty Bell Cracked?     
Description: From September 17 through September 23 each year, students around the United States celebrate Constitution Week. Let's reflect on the Constitution by taking a closer look at an iconic symbol of freedom.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History
Title: What Is a Cornucopia?     
Description: While a cornucopia snack is an excellent way to honor the fall season, the traditional cornucopia isn't completely edible. Filled with pumpkins and gourds, nuts and berries, the cornucopia makes a beautiful centerpiece., But have you ever wondered what it represents? Get ready for a history lesson in harvest as we toot the horn of plenty.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Mechanics , Language Arts - Phonics , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Story Telling , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Do All Jockeys Ride Horses?     
Description: Grab your records… or your MP3 player… and get ready to spin some tunes. Today, Wonderopolis is filled with the sound of music!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Kite?     
Description: The winds are blowing hard in Wonderopolis today! March marks the start of National Kite Month, so grab the string and hold on tight., Get ready to soar toward the clouds as we take a closer look at the long history of the kite.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Many Peanuts Are In a Jar Of Peanut Butter?     
Description: March is National Peanut Month, and March 1 is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Grab some bread, jelly and, of course, peanut butter, as we spread the love in Wonderopolis and learn just how many peanuts it takes to make a jar of this tasty treat!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Reading , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Language Arts - Story Telling , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Language Arts - Writing (composition) , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Wrote the National Anthem?     
Description: Oh, say, can you sing? Even if you can sing, you might not be able to pull off the U.S. national anthem., It's a beautiful, yet difficult song to sing, and it often brings out patriotic emotions in those who hear it. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn about the inspiration behind the words that stir the hearts of the free and the brave!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: An American Story in Dance and Music     
Description: In 1943, Martha Graham collaborated with Aaron Copland and Isamu Noguchi to create one of America's artistic treasures and a widely-respected work of modern dance. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring an important and exciting moment in America's artistic history.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: An American Story in Dance and Music Homepage     
Description: In 1943, Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi created Appalachian Spring , a ballet that told the story of an American pioneer community. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring this history through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Ballet for Martha an award-winning work of children's literature about the collaboration of three artists to create an American masterpiece, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Culture of Puerto Rico: Make Your Own Carnival Mask     
Description: In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will create their own paper mache Carnival masks as a way to learn about Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican culture. "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.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Seeing Music     
Description: Dance is just one way to turn music into something you can see. Explore your computer's music visualization tool with another composition by Aaron Copland. Part of an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled An American Story in Dance and Music, this guide includes activity instructions, questions to guide your exploration, and background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Duke Ellington and Jazz Homepage     
Description: Children and adults can enjoy exploring the story behind one of America's pioneers of jazz music, Duke Ellington, through children's literature, museum collections, and hands-on activities. Focused around Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, a picture book biography of the Washington, DC native, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Life and the Underground Railroad Homepage     
Description: Students will learn about slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad in this OurStory module. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History 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 allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Sound Recording, "When the Saints Go Marching In"     
Description: Born in New Orleans in 1901, jazz musician Louis Armstrong (d. 1971)was known for his distinctive trumpet-playing and vocal style. He often improvised jazz riffs using his voice rather than his instrument, scatting notes and melodies rather than singing actual words. Armstrong transformed traditional church songs like When the Saints Go Marching In into jazz melodies fit for brass bands. Nicknamed Satchmo, short for satchel-mouth, he helped popularize the solo performance in jazz music. His musical style influenced singers Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Life on the Water     
Description: For hundreds of years, seacoasts, rivers, lakes, and canals have had a big impact on the ways America has changed as a country. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring lighthouses and the maritime history of the United States together through children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Keep the Lighthouse Burning, Abbie, a work of children's literature about a teenage girl who becomes a hero by running her father's lighthouse during a storm, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Pueblo Pots     
Description: In this "OurStory'' module entitled "Pueblo Pots'' , students will investigate the roles that pottery and water played in the lives of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Students will learn about Native American culture by reading the book entitled "When Clay Sings'' and discover the symbolism of two modern pots in a hands-on "Explore Pueblo Pots'' activity. The module includes links to the activities and a list of other recommended readings about Native American culture. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History 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 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,Language Arts
Title: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence     
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America's celebrated heroes for his use of nonviolent protest strategies during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring history together through children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around "Martin's Big Words'' , an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Transposing Upright Piano     
Description: This upright transposing piano was made in 1940 by Weser Brothers, New York, for Irving Berlin (1888 1989). Like many Tin Pan Alley pianists, Berlin was self-taught, preferring to play on the black keys. The key of C, he once said, is for people who study music . The transposing mechanism shifted the keyboard to allow him to stay on the black keys but produce music in other keys.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Dorothy's Ruby Slippers     
Description: Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz . In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road. One of several pairs used during filming, these size-five shoes are well-worn, suggesting they were Garland's primary pair for dance sequences.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Coming to America     
Description: Almost all Americans have family histories that trace back to other countries. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring the experiences of immigrants who came to America and the ways that immigration has changed life in America through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Feivel's Flying Horses, a historical fiction picture book about an immigrant who comes to America in the 1800's, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Storm That Swept Mexico      
Description: A webpage for the PBS documentary, The Storm That Swept Mexico, with educational activities, interactives, resources and visuals for students and educators on the Mexican Revolution (1910).
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Physical Education,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Full Steam to Freedom     
Description: Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina, but made a daring escape to freedom on the ship CSS Planter and joined the Union in fighting to end slavery in America. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring one aspect of the Civil War. Focused on actively reading Seven Miles to Freedom , an illustrated biography of Robert Smalls, this module also includes links to a related outdoor game, classroom-based newspaper investigation and online exploration.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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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: Buffalo Coat     
Description: According to legend, this coat was made from the skin of a buffalo killed by Buffalo Bill, and presented by him to Captain J. B. Irvine, Twenty-second U.S. Infantry. Irvine then presented it to Second Lieutenant Albert C. Dalton, Company A, U.S. Infantry. In a life that was part legend and part fantasy, William F. Cody came to embody the spirit of the West. During the Civil War, Cody served first as a Union scout in campaigns against the Kiowa and Comanche; then in 1863 he enlisted with the Seventh Kansas Cavalry, which saw action in Missouri and Tennessee. In 1867, Cody took up the trade that gave him his nickname, hunting buffalo to feed the construction crews of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. According to Buffalo Bill, he killed 4,280 head of buffalo in seventeen months. He is perhaps best known for Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, a theatrical extravaganza. His show dramatized some of the most picturesque elements of frontier life. It contained a buffalo hunt with real buffalos, an Indian attack with real Indians, and a grand finale that reenacted Custer's Last Stand, with some Lakota who actually fought in the battle playing a part. The show was enormously successful and traveled the world for three decades.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Make Your Own Buffalo Hide Painting     
Description: In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Native American people of the Great Plains as they create their own buffalo hide paintings using a printable buffalo hide outline. Inspired by the Indians of the Great Plains, they will draw pictures of things that represent important events in their lives and their family's history, or draw a hide with a geometric design. The choice is up to them! This activity is included in the interactive website Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting .
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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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



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: November Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering November holidays and special events. November is Native American Heritage Month and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian American Art Museum     
Description: The Smithsonian American Art Museum website is a colorful, comprehensive collection of over 3,000 of the museum's digitized works that includes an online calendar showcasing different artwork for each day of the month.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Greensboro Lunch Counter     
Description: On February 1, 1960, four African American college students--Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond--sat down at this "whites only'' lunch counter at the Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused, and when asked to leave, the students remained in their seats in protest. Their peaceful sit-down was a watershed event in the struggle for civil rights and helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Van Valen's Gold Rush Journey     
Description: Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. This dynamic project from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History includes student questions to help guide research, rich primary sources, images of artifacts and background information. The student materials can be completed on paper or using the interactive PDF format that allows students to create beautiful publications from their research. The teacher guide includes suggested discussion questions for the introduction and conclusion classes, answers to the student questions, a sheet of Frequently Asked Questions about the gold rush journal, and a summary of what Smithsonian curators learned about the journal's author. Although intended as a project, elements of the site could also be used independently to develop historical research skills. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Exploring Perception and Reality in the Story of the Hawaiian Islands     
Description: Uncover the story of the Hawaiian Islands through artifacts, images, audio, and text from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. This page features a short introductory essay, audio clips related to specific museum artifacts, and an enhanced podcast. In the podcast, two curators discuss the stories behind several artifacts related to Hawaii i. Their discussion covers immigration, the popularization of Hawaii as a tourist destination, and Hawaii's agricultural origins. Finally, they encourage students to consider perception and reality in the context of their own communities. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: African American History Month     
Description: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Stubby     
Description: While training for combat on the fields of Yale University in 1917, Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindle puppy with a short tail. He named him Stubby, and soon the dog became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Taking America to Lunch     
Description: For generations, the lunch containers many of us have hauled to school and work have reflected American culture. Taking America to Lunch is an online exhibition that includes a sampling of illustrated lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s. Students will learn how television changed the metal lunch pails carried by industrial workers and students a century ago into an important commercial vehicle for popular culture. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: SmithsonianJazz.org     
Description: Explore jazz through listening activities, interviews with musicians, and background information on SmithsonianJazz.org. Prominently featured on this site are two suites of learning activities: one focusing on Duke Ellington for elementary students and one focusing on Louis Armstrong for middle and high school students. Students can also hone their skills at analyzing oral histories with a collection of over fifty recordings of jazz composers, arrangers, and performers.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The National Portrait Gallery     
Description: The National Portrait Gallery, an EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource, contains a monumental collection of American portraiture. The gallery's Web site contains images of portraits, in all media, of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Imagining Abraham Lincoln     
Description: Cartoons are great documents that can tell both funny and serious stories. In this activity, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children will first read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers. Then they will use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln and their critical thinking skills to add a scene to the story in the form of a comic strip. Included in an Ourstory module entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, this activity is 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 National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie     
Description: Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie is a work of children's literature about a young heroine who runs her family's lighthouse during a fierce storm. Included in an OurStory module entitled Life on the Water, this activity includes four strategies that will help adults and children actively read Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie together. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Follow the Drinking Gourd     
Description: In this activity, students will increase their knowledge of slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad by answering questions about the book and song Follow the Drinking Gourd and then writing and illustrating a poem or letter playing the role of a conductor, agent or passenger on the Underground Railroad. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Slave Life and the Underground Railroad . 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 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: Document Detective     
Description: Historians gather information about the past by looking at primary sources. In this activity, students will practice using primary sources by to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves from the Charleston Mercury. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Slave Life and the Underground Railroad . OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History 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 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: Dress for the Ponce Carnival     
Description: A vejigante is a person who dresses in costume to help celebrate Carnival in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In this activity, students will read about being a vejigante and then design their own Carnival costume. 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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make Your Own Carnival Mask     
Description: In this activity, students will create their own paper mache Carnival masks as a way to learn about Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican culture. This resource is part of an OurStory module entitled A Puerto Rican Carnival. 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: Reading When Clay Sings     
Description: In this activity, students will learn how to answer questions by examining objects as well as learn about a book about Native American culture named When Clay Sings . This worksheet can help guide students while visiting a museum, library, website, or any location where objects are used to interpret the past. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Pueblo Pots. 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 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: Leaving Things Behind     
Description: What would you take if you were suddenly forced to move? In this activity, students will make this decision after reading and responding to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. 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 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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Remembering King     
Description: Think of three symbols to represent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a window decoration with those symbols. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedom Songs     
Description: Songs played an important role during the civil rights movement. In this activity, students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs. It is included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. 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 allow children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Headlines of History     
Description: In this activity, students will examine an historical newspaper, a piece of historical fiction, and their social studies textbooks for accounts of the civil rights movement, and then define equality and discrimination. They will then use these definitions to look for instances of equality and discrimination in modern society. Part of an "OurStory'' module entitled "Students Sit for Civil Rights'' , this activity will help students develop their research and analysis skills. OurStory is a program from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History 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.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Physical Education,Social Studies
Title: Running the Blockade     
Description: Calling all ships! Play an outdoor game loosely based on Civil War signaling and navy strategy. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes game instructions for groups of 3 or more players, discussion questions, and historical background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Storm That Swept Mexico      
Description: A webpage for the PBS documentary, The Storm That Swept Mexico, with educational activities, interactives, resources and visuals for students and educators on the Mexican Revolution (1910).
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6



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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



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Shin Tanaka: Paper Toys     
Description: Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in street fashion and designer toys.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Native Pride Dancers     
Description: Watch Native American dancers from the group Native Pride Dancers demonstrate the traditional eagle, fancy, grass and hoop dances.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Delta Blues: James '' Super Chikan'' Johnson     
Description: In the early 19th century, the fertile delta of northwest Mississippi gave rise to a thriving cotton industry. As White cotton planters turned profits, Blacks toiling in their fields turned to singing and hollering to lighten their load, pass the time, and communicate with each other. Early Mississippi Delta blues songs reflect Southern Blacks' struggle to cope with racial oppression, illiteracy, and poverty.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sounds Historic     
Description: Explore the relationship between history and music with the pieces and activities from the Sounds Historic concert, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Learn how music can be inspired by history, capture history, or even make history.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Jazz in Time     
Description: Take part in this in-depth exploration of one of America's richest musical forms, the jazz movement, which is investigated through interactive web content and music clips.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Shaanxi Folk Art Theater     
Description: This side by side video shows the story of the turtle and the crane as seen by the audience and behind the screen as the puppeteers bring the story to life.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sreevidhya Chandramouli     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Musical Theater in America     
Description: Through examples of the best that Broadway musicals have to offer, explore the history of musical theater in America; its structure and elements of a musical; musical theater's role in making social commentary, and its legacy.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sounds of China     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Keith Bear     
Description: Musician, storyteller and flutemaker Keith Bear sheds light on the art and tradition of making flutes in the Native American tradition in this series of video clips.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Blues Journey: Page to Stage     
Description: Join playwright Jerome Hairson and director Scot Reese as they bring the story of Blues Journey from page to stage, developing the original book of blues lyrics into a fully realized play, rich with musical performances. Blues Journey follows the life of a blues performer as he learns to play, finds fame, and witnesses the blues evolve into rock-and-roll in this world premiere Kennedy Center original production based on the children's book by Walter Dean Myers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Music in the Military: Ceremonial Brass     
Description: Musicians have always played an important part in the military. This series explores not only the history of military music, but also the diverse ceremonial and entertainment roles of musicians in the military.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Cajun Music: Michael Doucet     
Description: Louisiana-based Cajun music has roots in unaccompanied, narrative ballads brought by European settlers. Sung at weddings and funerals as well as informal parties, these ballads told stories of love and death, humor and nostalgia. Cajun songs, traditionally sung in French, fused narrative balladry, Irish and Anglo-American reels and jigs, and Black and Native American folk traditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Pueblo Pots: Read "When Clay Sings''      
Description: In this activity, students will learn how to answer questions by examining objects as well as learn about a book about Native American culture named "When Clay Sings'' . This worksheet can help guide students while visiting a museum, library, website, or any location where objects are used to interpret the past. It is included in an "OurStory'' module entitled "Pueblo Pots'' .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Vocational Education - Trade and Industrial , Vocational Education - General Vocational Education , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Is the Unknown Soldier?     
Description: Happy Veterans Day! Let's learn about how we can honor those who have died serving our country… even when we don't know their identities.
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 - Technology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is an Old Wives' Tale?     
Description: Many old husbands will tell you that they've heard their share of old wives' tales. But what are they talking about? Join us as we get to the bottom of the story!
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 , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: What Is a Log Jam?     
Description: WOOD you believe today's Wonder of the Day is one of Paul Bunyan's favorites? It's true!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Underground Railroad Route     
Description: Activity. Students will identify slave states and free states during the time of the Underground Railroad, explore the challenges of escaping, and choose the route they would have taken.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Physical Sciences , Science - Physics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Does It Mean To Be a Native American?     
Description: November is Native American Heritage Month. Let's celebrate by learning more about what it means to be a Native American.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Is Bluegrass Really Blue?     
Description: Kentucky Bluegrass covers the lawns of thousands of homes across America. But is it really blue? Join us as we dig deep to discover the truth behind bluegrass!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: How Slaves Found Their Way North     
Description: Activity. Students learn about natural and human-made clues that helped slaves find their way north through the Underground Railroad. Then they create a quilt with clues about routes to freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Hot Dogs Can You Eat In 10 Minutes?     
Description: Since 1916, the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has taken place every July 4 in Coney Island, New York. Grab the mustard and head on over to Wonderopolis for a closer look at this unique American tradition!
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 , Health - Environmental Health , Health - Preventative Health , Health - Research , Health - Safety , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Earth science , Science - Ecology , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Long Is the Appalachian Trail?     
Description: June is Great Outdoors Month! Grab your backpack and join Wonderopolis for a walk along one of the most famous - and longest - hiking trails in America.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?     
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
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 , Science - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: Do Jitterbugs Bite?     
Description: Do you like to dance? If so, swing on over to Wonderopolis today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Could You Be Royalty?     
Description: Today's royal Wonder of the Day is filled with kings, queens, princes and princesses. Grab your crown and join us!
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 , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Language Arts - Debate , Language Arts - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Phonics , Language Arts - Speech , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Language Arts - Whole Language , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Cartography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Do All Pirates Have Beards?     
Description: You've probably heard of pirates such as Redbeard and Blackbeard. Why do pirates like beards so much? And do all pirates have them? Read on to find out!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Culture of Puerto Rico: Become a Collector     
Description: Becoming a collector is easy and fun! By following this guide, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodor Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico. "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: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Communication Arts , Arts - Decorative Arts , Arts - Graphic Design , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Painting , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can Easter Eggs Be Art?     
Description: While some people like their eggs scrambled, others prefer to turn them into beautiful works of art!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: John Bull Riding the Rails      
Description: See one of America s earliest steam locomotives, the John Bull, come to life while riding the rails. Part of an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled All Aboard the Train!this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively view a 4-minute video of the John Bull in motion. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Arts - Instrumental Music , Arts - Music , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Are Acoustic Guitars Different From Electric Guitars?     
Description: A wise man once said, "You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish!" OK… maybe he wasn't a wise man. And maybe he was talking about a piano instead of a guitar., In any case, April is International Guitar Month. Let's celebrate by taking a closer look at our six-stringed friends. Strum on over to Wonderopolis as we strike a chord that's sure to be music to your ears!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Life and the Underground Railroad: Read "Follow the Drinking Gourd''      
Description: In this activity, students will increase their knowledge of slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad by answering questions about the book and song "Follow the Drinking Gourd'' and then write and illustrate a poem of letter playing the role of a conductor, agent or passenger of the Underground Railroad. It is included in an "OurStory'' module entitled Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Art History , Arts - Creative Movement , Arts - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Jazz?     
Description: Wonderopolis is calling all cool cats to the bayou for a musical lesson about the sweet sounds that make up the unique art form that is jazz., Mardi Gras - the biggest party in New Orleans - is about to start, so turn up the volume and move to the beat. Today's Wonder of the Day will be music to your ears!
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Who Is Your Abuela?     
Description: Let's celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a closer look at your abuela!
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 , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is a One-Hit Wonder?     
Description: September 25 is One-Hit Wonder Day. Grab a microphone and get ready to sing along with some artists who were huge… at least for a little while!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Why Do People Kiss Under Mistletoe?     
Description: Pausing for a smooch under a plant hanging above your head sounds a little crazy, but you may be surprised to discover this little green guy can be found beyond the doorway. It even thrives in the desert!, Take a sneak peak at the life of mistletoe, and then pucker up for the Wonder of the Day.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Advocacy , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - GED preparation , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning Disabilities , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning to Learn , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Numeracy , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Adult & Family Literacy - Program Management , Adult & Family Literacy - Reading , Adult & Family Literacy - Volunteering , Adult & Family Literacy - Writing , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Flamenco Dancing?     
Description: Get ready to sway to the sound of a Spanish guitar. Flamenco is a dance with quite a history. Keep reading to find out more about a beautiful dance that is sure to move you.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Do You Pick a Banjo?     
Description: Are you ready for some fancy finger work? Grab the nearest banjo and let your fingers do the talking… or singing, as the case may be., No banjo? No problem! Check out today's Wonder of the Day instead. It's music for your mind.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Religion - Buddhism , Science - Astronomy , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Who Is Punxsutawney Phil?     
Description: When most people are curious about the weather, they turn on the television, pick up a newspaper or go online for the forecast. On February 2, though, Americans around the country ask Phil., Who is Phil? Why, he's the four-footed furriest forecaster in North America, of course! Join us in Wonderopolis today as we head to Pennsylvania to meet Punxsutawney Phil.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?     
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Over the course of his life, he traveled the country speaking about equality for all people. Today we celebrate his birthday and take a look back to see how one life can change the world.
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 , Language Arts - Whole Language , Social Studies - United States History , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Is the Liberty Bell Cracked?     
Description: From September 17 through September 23 each year, students around the United States celebrate Constitution Week. Let's reflect on the Constitution by taking a closer look at an iconic symbol of freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History
Title: What Is a Cornucopia?     
Description: While a cornucopia snack is an excellent way to honor the fall season, the traditional cornucopia isn't completely edible. Filled with pumpkins and gourds, nuts and berries, the cornucopia makes a beautiful centerpiece., But have you ever wondered what it represents? Get ready for a history lesson in harvest as we toot the horn of plenty.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Mechanics , Language Arts - Phonics , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Story Telling , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Do All Jockeys Ride Horses?     
Description: Grab your records… or your MP3 player… and get ready to spin some tunes. Today, Wonderopolis is filled with the sound of music!
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 - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Kite?     
Description: The winds are blowing hard in Wonderopolis today! March marks the start of National Kite Month, so grab the string and hold on tight., Get ready to soar toward the clouds as we take a closer look at the long history of the kite.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Many Peanuts Are In a Jar Of Peanut Butter?     
Description: March is National Peanut Month, and March 1 is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Grab some bread, jelly and, of course, peanut butter, as we spread the love in Wonderopolis and learn just how many peanuts it takes to make a jar of this tasty treat!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Reading , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Language Arts - Story Telling , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Language Arts - Writing (composition) , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Wrote the National Anthem?     
Description: Oh, say, can you sing? Even if you can sing, you might not be able to pull off the U.S. national anthem., It's a beautiful, yet difficult song to sing, and it often brings out patriotic emotions in those who hear it. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn about the inspiration behind the words that stir the hearts of the free and the brave!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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