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and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Social Studies (4 - 5)
Title: Native Cultures Vs. Explorers in World Court
Description: This lesson represents the end result of a project-based, hands-on unit in which children represent a culture they've researched in a World Court Hearing against the explorers they encountered.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explorers Come to America (Activboard and related software suggested)
Description: This lesson gives a brief overview of the fact that America had to be discovered. It also provides an introduction to each of the explorers who are given credit for exploring the American continent between 1492 and 1542.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creating a Website on Explorers
Description: After researching famous European explorers and choosing the most important ones, students create a web page highlighting European explorers and the discoveries and impact these explorers had on the world. The web page will contain a survey which will allow visitors to select their "Explorer Idol" after reading about each explorer.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Early American Explorers
Description: During this project-based lesson, students will become detectives looking for information about early American explorers. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the Internet to locate important facts about these explorers. Students will get then present their findings in the form of a slideshow presentation, timeline, and bookmark.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Description: In this lesson students will build on their knowledge of the lost colony of Roanoke. Using the Internet, students will research theories about the disappearance of the colonists and use what they have learned to write and perform a play about an assigned theory. They will incorporate technology by recording the plays and editing them using movie editing software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Washington, DC Report
Description: Students will utilize the Internet to complete the DC Report during their study of Colonial American history and Washington, DC. They will demonstrate their understanding of the material through a written report using the three modes of writing. (This report may be given in its entirety or it may be broken up into sections.)


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring Explorers
Description: Students will create a video in talk-show format about explorers from the 15th-17th centuries. They will utilize books, the Alabama Virtual Library, and the Internet for reference. Groups of students will answer who, what, when, where, and why questions and then use that information to write a script for the video.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Was Columbus Thinking?     
Description: In this unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, students read excerpts from Christopher Columbus's letters and journals, as well as recent considerations of his achievements. Students reflect on the motivations behind Columbus's explorations, his reactions to what he found, and the consequences, intended and unintended, of his endeavor.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts,Science
Title: Constellation Maker     
Description: Make your own constellation commemorating an American woman, like Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, like the Greeks and some American Indians. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Exploring the Sky'' , 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,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore daily life and its influences in the late 1700s for two families in different colonies: Delaware and Massachusetts. Students use maps to consider the historical and geographical factors in the development of different colonies, research life in two such colonies by investigating artifacts, and write letters to each other from the perspectives of children in the Ipswich, Massachusetts colony and the Mill Creek, Delaware colony.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Where I Come From     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find out what's happening in their ancestral homelands today and explore their sense of connection to these places in their past.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States     
Description: The four lessons in this unit, from EDSITEment, are designed to help students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture. They map 18th-century Europe's influence on what is now the U.S., list remnants of European influence that still remain today, and connect marks of European influence with specific explorers.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Traces: Historic Archaeology     
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students recover and analyze artifacts from sites in use from the settlement period to the second half of the 19th century. They look for similarities and differences among the artifacts and the lives they reveal. In conclusion, students look at today's eventual artifacts of the future and consider how we may be viewed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Jamestown Changes     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students study census data showing the names and occupations of early settlers of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, to discern how life changed in the Jamestown settlement in the first few years after it was founded. The goals of this lesson plan are to gain experience gathering information from primary sources, to examine changes over time in conditions at Jamestown as revealed in primary documents from early years in the colony, and to organize a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Road with Marco Polo: From Hormuz to Kashgar     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the section of Marco Polo's journey between the Persian port of Hormuz and the Chinese city of Kashgar. In this lesson, students utilize the Internet to access maps and images as they study this region.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Road with Marco Polo: Homecoming     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about events in Venice after Marco Polo's return. They discover how Marco Polo came to publish the story of his adventures.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Interactive Timeline
Digital Tool: Interactive Timeline
Digital Tool Description: This digital resource will require the children to do research on the times, places, and events to create a higher level interactive timeline including detailed information orally as the timeline progresses.  This interactive timeline allows for creativity, and arrangement decided by the creator.


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Title: How It All Started!
Digital Tool: Interactive Tool for The First Thanksgiving
Digital Tool Description: This interactive tool provides videos that embark on the journey of the pilgrims. Students can explore the experiences and historical significance of the pilgrim's voyage, settlement, and first harvest celebration.


ALEX Podcasts


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The First Alabamians
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us for the second presentation in the series at noon on Thursday, February 19 as Craig Sheldon presents The First Alabamians. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For the past 12,000 years, the land now known as Alabama has been occupied by a series of Indian cultures. Beginning in the Pliestocene, or Late Ice Age, these groups evolved from small hunting and gathering societies in numerous small tribes to powerful agricultural chiefdoms supporting the mostly highly developed American Indian cultures north of Mexico. Severely devastated by early 16th century Spanish expeditions, Indian cultures reconstructed themselves to become the historic Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee Indians. This presentation briefly outlines the six major archaeological periods of Alabama prehistory and early history with emphasis upon some of the pivotal cultural innovations such as pottery, architecture, trade, agriculture, and ceremonialism. Born in Fairhope, Alabama, Craig Sheldon was educated at the University of Alabama and the University of Oregon where he received a Ph.D. in Anthropology. His fields of interest include archaeology, ethnohistory and architecture of the southeastern United States and Mesoamerica, and subsistence technology. He has concentrated upon the culture, history, archaeology, and architecture of the historic Creeks of Alabama and Georgia. He has presented over 30 papers and written over 20 articles, reports, and books. He is a member of the Alabama Historical Commission and the Council for Alabama Archaeology. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. View a chronology View a resource list View an annotated bibliography


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Can a Strait Be Crooked?     
Description: In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean. He didn't get there by sailing in a strait line, though!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
http://edsitement.ne...
The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture.

Podcasts


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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

Informational Materials


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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

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The Voyage of 1492
http://www.ibiblio.o...
The Voyage of 1492: An Ongoing Voyage with Columbus is a navigation through various documents and images. The exhibit provides two levels of use: one is a guided tour which will be represented by the image of a ship. Just as the first Europeans explored the world, you will be guided through various ports of the Mediterranean and the Americas. When you finish exploring the documents and images to be found at a particular destination you will sail on to the next by area by selecting either the image of the ship or the highlighted destination. These items will always be found at the bottom of each document.

Interactives/Games


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A Jamestown Adventure
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On the Trail of Captain John Smith is an interactive game in which students experience the adventures of Jamestown.

Learning Activities


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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Tile from La Fortaleza     
Description: This tile is from La Fortaleza, a military and government complex in San Juan built to defend the city from naval attacks. Construction began in 1533 and was finished in 1540...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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: Virtual Jamestown     
Description: In this lesson, from The Virtual Jamestown Project, University of Virginia, students learn about the early history of the Jamestown Fort. Students will create a short fictional account about life among Jamestown's first inhabitants after identifying the location of the original Jamestown Fort. Students will also identify artifacts from archeological exploration of the Jamestown Fort location.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: New World     
Description: Article. Captain re-creates Henry Hudson's exploration of the river that now bears his name.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Portrait of Andreas Vesalius     
Description: Andreas Vesalius (1514 1564), an early European physician and professor of medicine, wrote an important treatise on the human body, published in 1543. He provided detailed illustrations that demonstrated muscle structure and other features of human anatomy, based on his work dissecting cadavers. Vesalius's work revolutionized the teaching of anatomy and remained influential for generations. In Vesalius's time, dissection was discouraged by religious and cultural forces that misunderstood its potential contributions to science. Edouard Hamman's 1849 painting, reproduced as a lithograph by Adolphe Mouilleron in the early 1850s, suggests Vesalius's conscientious struggle with religion as he pursed his anatomical studies through dissection. He stands beside a cadaver laid out on the table, and his dissecting tools are at hand. He is pictured as if paused in thought, looking at a crucifix on the wall to his right. A skull and several large books suggest his research materials. Lithography offered artists a medium for literally drawing on stone that was used for high-quality reproductive prints in 19th-century France. Mouilleron, an accomplished lithographer, was not only a superb draftsman, but it was said that in his hand the lithographic crayon took on the characteristics of color as used by painters. His larger prints, like this portrait of Vesalius, have rich tonal variations that convey the color values of the original painting in shades of black and white. Many American artists like Philadelphian Stephen J. Ferris (1835 1915), whose family donated this print to the Smithsonian, avidly collected and studied French prints of all periods.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Anthropology Collection, AMNH     
Description: Over 200,000 objects from North American, Mexican Central American, South American, African, Asian, and Pacific Ethnographic Collections with images and detailed description, linked to the original catalogue pages, field notebooks, and photographs are available online. From the American Museum of Natural History.
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: Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Newberry Library, provides historically significant map documents for K-12 teachers and their students. Illustrating the geographical dimensions of American history, the maps are accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
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: Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings     
Description: This exhibition, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, explores the international origins of the societies of Canada and the United States and commemorates the 400th anniversary of three lasting settlements in Jamestown, Quebec, and Santa Fe. Using a multicultural approach, students will learn about the virtually simultaneous introduction of English, French, and Spanish culture to this vast area and tells the stories of Native and European societies through 1700. Downloadable PDF's are included to relate the themes addressed in the exhibition to standards of learning. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Can a Strait Be Crooked?     
Description: In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean. He didn't get there by sailing in a strait line, though!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Major Languages of the Americas     
Description: Activity. Students identify major languages spoken in the Americas, map them, and discuss the relationship between the distribution of languages and the colonial history of the countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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