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Lesson Plans (13) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (26) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (10) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) 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, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are A Walking Geography Billboard
Description: Students will investigate personal items to discover the item's origin.  These results will be displayed for the class to see via a digital poster/chart.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring Asia
Description: Students (in groups of 2 or 3) will gather information on an assigned Asian country. After organizing the required information, students will develop a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring the Culture of Europe
Description: In this technology-based lesson, students will create a slideshow presentation or a travel brochure to highlight attractions in a chosen country and the historical significance of each attraction. Students will present their created products to the class at the end of a European culture study.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our World is Like a Rainbow
Description: Americans continue to adapt to different ethnic and cultural groups who move into their communities. It is vital that children become aware of and appreciate cultural diversities in people. People move to different areas for reasons such as religion, climate, employment, economics, and for a better way of life.


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Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: Trade in Ancient West Africa      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the trade routes of the ancient kingdom of Ghana. They examine the key concepts of Islam and how it spread from Arabia to Africa, and study how Muslim merchants contributed to the expansion of West African trade.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biology - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rivers: Lifelines of the Land      
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to river ecology and addresses the societal and environmental impacts associated with dams and their construction. After learning about dams and their effects on the environment, students propose the construction or abolition of a dam in their hometown or other geographic area. They think objectively and critically about real issues affecting the future of rivers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regions of the United States: A Geographic Perspective     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore United States regions using a geographic perspective. They select a specific regional feature and apply a geographic perspective to learn about it within in a variety of contexts. Finally, students predict how these features may change over time, what factors may precipitate this change and the possible affects these changes may cause.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Summer Travel--Education on the Road     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to summer vacations and presents information about how students can explore the geography and culture of their travel destinations. Learn more about how students can learn from their travel experiences 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: Africa     
Description: Discover the real story of the Lion King and the rich tapestry of sounds from North African cultures.
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: Asia     
Description: Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be an Explorer Every Day!     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students make exploration tool-kits with gear to help them explore their local environments. They also develop and participate in exploration activities for all seasons of the year.
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: Social Studies
Title: May - 2009 - Asian-Pacific Heritage Month     
Description: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month with a host of original EDSITEment lesson plans and reviewed Internet resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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The Land of Alabama
Overview:
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 first in the series at noon on Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk on the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the state is the result of a half- billion years of changes. It has endured continental collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant coastal plain—twice—and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It has survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been sea bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and valleys. All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs. This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and set the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats series. John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the connections of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite. 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. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Geospatial Revolution: Mapping Power     
Description: Kibera, a poor community, in Nairobi, was a blank spot on the map until recently. This video from Penn State Public Broadcasting Geospatial Revolution shows how geospatial technology enabled residents to map resources to help their community.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Sense of Smell Leads Salmon Home     
Description: This video segment adapted from Northwest Indian College reveals how Native American life and knowledge is connected to natural cycles.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Ashok Gadgil's thirst to save lives (Part 1)     
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students learn how Ashok Gadgil's invention can save thousands of lives by purifying water quickly and cheaply.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Online Passport
http://kids.national...
National Geographic provides information about different places in different countries.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Interactives/Games


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360 Cities
http://www.360cities...
You can get a complete 360 degree view of any city in the world on this site.

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Online Passport
http://kids.national...
National Geographic provides information about different places in different countries.

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GeoNet
http://www.eduplace....
Designed for students in the 4th grade and up to answer geography questions in a game format.

Learning Activities


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Teacher Tools


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Short Handled Hoe     
Description: The short-handled hoe brings back memories of back-breaking labor for generations of Mexican and Mexican American migrant workers who sustained California's booming agricultural economy.
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,Geography
Title: Libro de Texto de SEXTO DE PRIMARIA - Geografia      
Description: From the Secretaria de Educacion Publica (Mexico), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on geography, including cultural geography such as human migration and world economy, as well as research assignments. Intermediate students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Making Room for Blossoms and Monuments     
Description: In this post, students will learn how Washington, D.C. transformed the Potomac Riverfront, especially the area of the National Mall where the Tidal Basin, cherry blossom trees, and monuments now stand. Written by Drew Robarge, museum technician in the Division of Medicine and Science, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: Acerca de la Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal     
Description: En esta coleccin por el Internet, los estudiantes pueden investigar la historia de Puerto Rico por los ojos de Teodoro Vidal, un hombre quien captur la historia de la isla con todos los objetos que coleccion. La exhibicin por el Internet provee informacin sobre el coleccionista, historia puertorriquea, la vida cotidiana en Puerto Rico histrico, las religiones puertorriqueas, Carnaval, msica, y el concepto de la Gran Familia Puertorriquea.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Cronologia Interactivo     
Description: Con este cronograma interactivo, los estudiantes pueden estudiar la historia y la cultura de Puerto Rico. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline     
Description: With this interactive timeline, students can study the history and culture of Puerto Rico. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Enlaces     
Description: Enlaces a los sitios relatados a Puerto Rico, historia y cultura puertorriqueo, adems la Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Related Links     
Description: Links to Web sites relating to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Glosario     
Description: Este glosario reproducible incluye los trminos asociados con Puerto Rico, la historia y la cultura puertorriquea, adems la Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama     
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Glossary     
Description: This reproducible glossary includes terms associated with Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: boundary     
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A boundary is a real or imaginary line that separates two things. In geography, boundaries separate different regions of the Earth.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: urban heat island     
Description: An urban heat island, or UHI, is a metropolitan area that's a lot warmer than the rural areas surrounding it
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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,Social Studies
Title: neighborhood     
Description: A neighborhood is an area where people live and interact with one another
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: 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: Arts,Social Studies,Geography
Title: National Museum of the American Indian     
Description: Interactive exhibits on the history, arts, and culture of the Native Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: province     
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A province is an area of land that is part of a country, similar to a state or a county. It can also be an area of land under political control by an outside country, similar to a colony.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Randall Cerveny     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: Building Big     
Description: The Building Big Web site, sponsored by PBS, compiles information, activities, and teaching materials related to architecture and large structures. Included are discussions about famous buildings, and the physical principals and materials used in their making. This site also teaches basic physical science concepts while promoting awareness of the built environment and the impact of technology on society. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson titled '' What Should a House Do?''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Religion,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Nuestro Chile     
Description: Writings, heroes, history from Educarchile (portal educativo chileno). The site surveys the history, literature, and cultures of Chile. Intermediate through advanced students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Stuart Pimm     
Description: Article. A profile of conservation ecologist Dr. Stuart Pimm.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Inland Waterways 1820-1940     
Description: The country's vast system of rivers and lakes has helped people settle the land and create communities. The realities of life and work on the inland waterways of the United States are the focus of this section of On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Students will learn how commerce on the Great Lakes, canals and rivers played an important role in the development of the country. They will also learn about the professions and technologies that developed to safely navigate the perils of these vital waterways. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Geographic Culture Clues     
Description: In this student interactive, from Xpeditions, students explore satellite images of three different cities and take notes on what the landscapes reveal about the culture and geography of the region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: science, social studies
Title: Asia MapMaker Kit     
Description: MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of Asia in a variety of sizes. The mega map of Asia occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor.
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: science, social studies
Title: UNESCO World Heritage Sites     
Description: Satellite Image Gallery.
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: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Xpeditions Express     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive transports visitors in a virtual railroad car from which they can catch glimpses of cities from London to Istanbul. Click on the bottom right circle in Room IV to view this interactive, in which students see how the look and feel of cities and communities are shaped by different cultures.
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: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Living Landscapes     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive illustrates natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic explosions, mudslides, and forest fires. Click on the middle circle in Room V to view this interactive, which demonstrates to visitors that there are risks involved no matter where they live.
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: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: Mapa Interactivo: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal     
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students can explore the island of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images. This information is presented in Spanish.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Religion - Christianity - Religion - Islam - Religion - Judaism - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Culture Goggles     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how culture affects our perceptions. Click the bottom circle in Room II to view this interactive, which illustrates how the city of Jerusalem appears through the eyes of people from three faiths: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be an Explorer Every Day!     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students make exploration tool-kits with gear to help them explore their local environments. They also develop and participate in exploration activities for all seasons of the year.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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