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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (21) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Coming to America!
Description: Delve into living conditions of tenement housing for immigrants in New York in the 19th century with this lesson.  Students research and use primary sources to create a digital PhotoStory of an immigrant family of their choice. 


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hardships During the Great Depression
Description: Students will be divided into groups of 2 or more. Each group will be given a choice of jobs that were available during the 1930s. Students will learn to manage their cost of living and household expenses.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Was So Depressing About the Great Depression?
Description: This lesson focuses on the effects of the Great Depression on American life in the period from 1929-1940. Students learn about changes in art, music and literature that symbolize life of the everyday man. Students also learn about the causes that lead to the Great Depression.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Forming Unions
Description: This activity uses technology to generate interest in the study of labor unions. Students will use the Internet for research and conclude with a presentation about union leaders or labor organizations.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedom by the Fireside: The Legacy of FDR's ''Four Freedoms'' Speech     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students become familiar with the substance, context, subtext, and significance of the most famous portion of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union Address--also known as the Four Freedoms speech. Students reach an understanding of the influence of political rhetoric and oratory on the ongoing process of refining our definitions of freedom, and learn to explain, on a very rudimentary level, longstanding theoretical debates over the scope and meaning of freedom. At the conclusion of the lesson, students can locate FDR, the United States Constitution, and their own attitudes within the context of these debates.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: EDSITEment Websites     
Description: This page from EDSITEment provides links to top humanities sites on the Web. All sites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and likely impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality. EDSITEment is the product of a partnership forged among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, WorldCom Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities and is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
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: Four Freedoms for the Fourth     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to freedom, and presents information and activities about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concept of The Four Freedoms. Learn more about political speeches, freedom, and the U.S. government 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,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Humanities Articles     
Description: This EDSITEment resource spotlights their selection of the best Humanities Web sites and provides links to the selected sites along with information about how sites are selected.
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,Social Studies
Title: America in Hard Times: How We Coped with Economic Adversity     
Description: This EDSITEment resource spotlights Americas past times of economic difficulties and provides information on the history the Great Depression, FDRs Fireside chats, and Social Security with links to EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: It's A Dust Bowl Out There
Digital Tool: Interactive Dust Bowl
Digital Tool Description: This Interactive Dust Bowl provides a video that embarks on the journey of those living in the southern Great Plains during the Dust Bowl. Students will watch the demonstration on the Dust Bowl and the effects on the families living in this area during this time.


ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming The Great Depression
Overview:
This podcast/vodcast is a beautiful gathering of research and interviews regarding what life was like during the Great Depression. 


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Children of the Great Depression
http://www.digitalhi...
This website provides information, photographs, music, and more about life and events during the Great Depression.

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Voices from the Dust Bowl
http://lcweb2.loc.go...
Covering a period between 1940 and 1941, this collection documents the lives of Dust Bowl migrants living in Farm Security Administration (FSA) camps in California.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Writers     
Description: A permanent archive for educators, researchers, and everyone interested in the writers featured in the C-SPAN series.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Project HOPE: Forty Years of American Medicine Abroad     
Description: In this online exhibition, students will learn how Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), an American medical philanthropic organization, has impacted global health care. Currently, Project HOPE's education programs in southern Africa, Latin America, Central Europe and disadvantaged areas of the United States ensure that hundreds of thousands of people have access to basic medical services.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century     
Description: Provides a single point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Includes documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents' lives (U. of Texas, Presidential Libraries).
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Julia Child's Pyrex Measuring Cup     
Description: The well-known cookbook author and television cooking show star Julia Child had a number of the most commonly used American kitchen measuring devices in her kitchen. Now in the collections of the National Museum of American History, Julia's Pyrex glass one- and two- cup measures, are marked in both English measurements (1 cup; 8 oz.) and in metric (250 ml). 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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian National Museum of American History     
Description: The Web site for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History features virtual exhibits, background on the museum, and an overview of the museum's collections. Also included are resources for teachers, the Smithsonian Store, and details regarding internships, workshops, and other opportunities to get involved.
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,Geography
Title: Emigration and Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930     
Description: Collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the U.S.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: EDSITEment Websites     
Description: This page from EDSITEment provides links to top humanities sites on the Web. All sites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and likely impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality. EDSITEment is the product of a partnership forged among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, WorldCom Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities and is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: density     
Description: Density is the number of thingswhich could be people, animals, plants, or objectsin a certain area
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?     
Description: When Americans were humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to their fears and feelings of loss.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Humanities Articles     
Description: This EDSITEment resource spotlights their selection of the best Humanities Web sites and provides links to the selected sites along with information about how sites are selected.
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,Health,Social Studies
Title: New Deal Network     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon site contains documentary resources for the study of FDR and his Depression-era programs. Its mission is to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of two important figures of the 20th century, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is a research and teaching resource devoted particularly to the New Deal public works and arts projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, tells the story of 13 defining migrations that have formed and transformed African American history and the United States. Each migration is presented through five units: a narrative, about 100 illustrations, 20 to 40 research resources, maps and lesson plans. In total, the site includes more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations and more than 60 maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project     
Description: A project dedicated to bringing Eleanor Roosevelt's writings (and radio and television appearances) on democracy and human rights before an audience as diverse as the ones she addressed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Social Studies
Title: Automobile in American Life and Society     
Description: The automobile's impact on American life is everywhere. Each of the site's five sections contains two essays, plus a select annotated bibliography or bibliographic essay to guide further reading.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1930s $100,000 U.S. Gold Certificate     
Description: During the early 1930s, the United States and the rest of the industrialized world experienced an economic depression. In 1934, the United States continued its movement toward removing its currency from the gold standard. It even became illegal to possess gold coins or gold-based currency until Congress relented somewhat for collectors.
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,Vocational Education,Adult and Family Literacy,Informal Education
Title: Picturing U.S. History     
Description: ' Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence'' is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online '' Lessons in Looking,'' a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The '' Picturing U.S. History'' site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: God Bless America     
Description: In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Memory Project: Main Index Page     
Description: The main index page for the Library of Congress's American Memory Project gives users free access to more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: science, social studies
Title: Lakes and Rivers - Satellite Images     
Description: Satellite Image Gallery. A gallery of satellite imagery from GeoEye of notable lakes and rivers around the globe
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health,Science,Social Studies
Title: Whatever Happened to Polio?: Activities     
Description: These three activities, including an interactive game called "Got Ramps?'' , an animation illustrating the Lifecycle of the Polio Virus and a downloadable sheet for coloring, are part of the online exhibition entitled "Whatever Happened to Polio?'' , from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. "Got Ramps?'' illustrates the changes in architectural barriers between 1955 and 2005, before and after the Architectural Barriers Act (1968) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). Playing the part of a wheelchair user, students choose a postcard and make the decisions required to deliver it to the post office. They can then email the virtual postcard to someone that they know. By viewing the animated "Lifecycle of the Polio Virus'' , students will learn how the poliovirus begins the infection process. Students can then use the downloadable illustration to color in the poliovirus lifecycle.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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