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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (16) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: A Revolutionary Dinner Party
Description: Students play the role of colonists from the Revolutionary War period. Each group has decided to host a dinner party for some "famous faces" of the American Revolution. There are FOUR parts to this project: research, seating chart, music and food, and dialogue.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Declaration of Independence: Purpose, Explanation, and Grievances of King George III
Description: In this lesson, students will be able to state the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence, and explain their significance. The students will be able to know the purpose of and explain the Declaration of Independence, as well as the grievances toward King George III.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Our New Nation
Description: After studying the American Revolutionary War, students learn about the founding of the United States of America. Pretending to be the founding fathers, students will divide into small groups to create and design their own nation and system of government for the colonies. They will create the laws, economic system, powers of government, pledge, national symbol, anthem, etc. Students will create a presentation about their "new nation." The groups will give an oral presentation justifying why their system of government should be selected for the colonies.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Defending Personal Freedoms
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the Civil Rights Movement in American history. The social and political impact of the current events and key people who played an integral role during this era provide a wealth of insight into the driving forces that inspired human rights for all citizens of the United States.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Description: This lesson will focus on how bills become laws. This interdisciplinary lesson combines social studies, language arts and reading skills and concepts. Students will research the topic through the Internet and other digital resources and then present information gathered orally and visually.


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Subject: Social Studies (5)
Title: Articles of Confederation
Description: This lesson looks at the development of the constitutional government in the United States. Students use technology to explore history concepts.


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Subject: Social Studies (5)
Title: Learning About Our Government
Description: This lesson is designed to inform students about the organization of our nation's government. Students will be introduced to the three branches of American government and the responsibilities of each. They will discuss the requirements for becoming President and take a "virtual tour" of the White House. All of this is done through the use of a digital slideshow, which includes a direct link to the Internet for further study.


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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: A President's Home and the President's House     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students take virtual tours of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia, and the White House. They compare the activities undertaken by Jefferson at Monticello with those undertaken by presidents at the White House.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Voting in Congress: More than '' Yea'' or '' Nay''      
Description: Students learn what factors members of Congress consider when deciding whether to vote for a bill. These including the powers given to Congress by the Constitution, members' personal opinions, political party support, and what voters think. During the first day of the lesson, students find out about each of these factors. During the second day, students get to try their hand at weighing the factors by considering hypothetical bills.
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Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The First Amendment: What's Fair in a Free Country?     
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students consider the limitations that have been placed on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech by subsequent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. By analyzing specific Supreme Court cases, they learn that interpreting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is an ongoing process.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: June Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering June holidays and special events. June's theme is '' The Bill of Rights,'' 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 - 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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Patterns , Philosophy - Logic , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Geography - Human Geography , Vocational Education - Technical , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , 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 a Letter Writing Campaign?     
Description: Meet a group of students passionate about their school. By writing to their governor, they hope to make a change., What is your passion? Grab a pen and get ready for a wonder that uses the power of your heart and voice.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Presidents' Day?     
Description: If you're off work or school for Presidents' Day, you probably feel like celebrating, although you may not know why. Join us as we examine the purpose of this interesting holiday of presidential proportions!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Web Resources


Podcasts


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Schoolhouse Rock Preamble
http://www.teachertu...
This Teacher Tube video is great introduction to learning about the development of the Constitution of the United States of America. Students enjoy listening to this classic version of the Schoolhouse Rock song.

Informational Materials


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3 Branches of Government
http://kids.usa.gov/...
Created by Kids.gov. This website provides information and links about the 3 branches of government.

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Branches of Government
http://www.texaslre....
An interactive game where the students are given facts about each branch of government and they put the leaves on the correct branch.

Learning Activities


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Schoolhouse Rock Preamble
http://www.teachertu...
This Teacher Tube video is great introduction to learning about the development of the Constitution of the United States of America. Students enjoy listening to this classic version of the Schoolhouse Rock song.

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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Liberty!     
Description: The web site of the PBS series about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. Newspaper accounts, interactive games, dramatizations, and a chronology of the Revolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Alexis De Tocqueville Tour: Exploring Democracy in America     
Description: This site, hosted by C-SPAN, is based on a tour of De Tocqueville's route through America.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: C-SPAN Classroom     
Description: Video clips on the three branches of government and the constitution, accompanied by discussion questions for the classroom.
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: Papers of George Washington     
Description: Digital library from the George Washington Archives, including historical materials on Washington's life and times, as well as a selection of Washington's papers.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Union is Dissolved! Broadside     
Description: The Charleston Mercury 's The Union Is Dissolved! broadside was the first Confederate publication, as South Carolina was the first state to secede. It went to press fifteen minutes after the secession ordinance was passed.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Confederate Bowie Knife and Scabbard     
Description: During the Civil War, the Bowie knife was popular with Confederate soldiers, whose arms generally were inferior. The blade, made of steel, was up to 14 inches long. In general, the bowie is usually classified as any large knife with a chipped point.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: U.S. Senate     
Description: This is the home page for the United States Senate Web site. This site provides information about current senators and their activities, including recent bills, committee membership, floor schedules, and voting records. There is extensive information about the Capitol building itself, including a virtual tour of art and sculpture. In addition, users can also access historical documents via an online archive.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Legendary Coins and Currency Timeline     
Description: This interactive timeline will introduce students to a unique and interesting perspective of American history as they navigate chronologically through the objects included in the online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Legendary Coins and Currency'' . The timeline spans the years 1652 through 1974 and includes artifacts from every era of American history. Clicking on the images on the timeline will allow students to rotate and zoom in on objects from the National Numismatic Collection for detailed examination.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Constitution Center     
Description: The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: June Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering June holidays and special events. June's theme is '' The Bill of Rights,'' 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: Social Studies
Title: Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794     
Description: Once a new national government had been established under a new Constitution, attention naturally turned to ways of proclaiming national identity. A new, national coinage was one way of doing so, especially if it featured patriotic new images, rather than the endless sequence of crowned monarchs and coats of arms adorning the coinage of Old Europe. A U.S. Mint Act was passed in 1792, and work was quickly underway. Designs were chosen--a depiction of Liberty for obverses, an eagle, or the value within a wreath, for reverses. The first of the new coins, copper cents and half cents, appeared early the following year. By 1794, mint designers were working to create a silver dollar, the flagship of the new denominations. But they first made a trial piece, in copper. Robert Scot created the dies for this design, a Liberty head with flowing hair for the dollar's obverse; an eagle within a simple wreath for the reverse. The new dies to be used in producing silver dollars were tested with a striking in copper. Copper would take a good impression, and would allow Scot and his associates to see whether the dies were cut deeply enough and would therefore be capable of producing the detail wanted on the final silver product. Only one piece, this coin, was struck in copper, and it is a unique national treasure. 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: U.S. Electoral College     
Description: From this web page, found on the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Web site, users can access a wealth of information and statistics relating to presidential elections and the Electoral College. This includes answers to frequently-asked questions and links to relevant Web sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources     
Description: A list of the presidents, a time line of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and web sites related to the presidency are the resources included in the online exhibition entitled The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden from the Smithsonian's 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: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Resources     
Description: This page provides links to all of the resources included in the online exhibition http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/index.html" A More Perfect Union , and serves as an invaluable reference regarding the Japanese American internment camps of World War II. Included are links to a statement by one of the exhibition's curators and the text of the original traveling exhibition A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and The United States Constitution , as well as an historical overview of the period, two classroom activities, a bibliography of books for grades 4-12, and a list of relevant Web sites about Japanese and Asian American culture and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: West Point in the Making of America Resources     
Description: The collection of resources relating to military history and the United States Military Academy at West Point from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, includes an extensive bibliography, teacher and student resources and web links. It is included in the online exhibition entitled "West Point in the Making of America'' .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: General George Washington, Military Leader     
Description: Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington's leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington, was produced to accompany the exhibition "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War,'' by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 4 - Loyalty     
Description: In this section of "A More Perfect Union,'' an online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will learn how the loyalty of Japanese Americans was tested during World War II. Based on answers to mandatory loyalty questionnaires, many Japanese Americans were sent to separate camps, repatriated, expatriated or given the opportunity to be drafted into the military. This section includes artifacts from the Museum s collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories. " A More Perfect Union'' focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
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 - 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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Patterns , Philosophy - Logic , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Geography - Human Geography , Vocational Education - Technical , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , 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 a Letter Writing Campaign?     
Description: Meet a group of students passionate about their school. By writing to their governor, they hope to make a change., What is your passion? Grab a pen and get ready for a wonder that uses the power of your heart and voice.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Presidents' Day?     
Description: If you're off work or school for Presidents' Day, you probably feel like celebrating, although you may not know why. Join us as we examine the purpose of this interesting holiday of presidential proportions!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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