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Lesson Plans (11) 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. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (27) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (10) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) 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: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Desert Graphics     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how climates differ, and how meteorologists collect different kinds of weather data, including daily high and low temperatures and average monthly rainfall, from all over the world. Students use similar weather data to create a graph comparing three climates.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Polar Regions: Arctic Adaptations and Global Impacts     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson uses the habitat of the Beaufort Sea and other Arctic communities as examples of the great diversity of life supported by the oceans, and of the interconnectedness of the oceans and humans. Students learn about the adaptive capabilities of animals and people living in these environments, look at recent climate changes, study the effects of global warming on polar regions such as the Beaufort Sea area and ultimately understand the interconnectedness of life in these regions with life around the world. Finally, they learn about, and practice articulating, the message of the International Polar Year.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Research and Conservation: Doing the Legwork     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the ways in which geographical studies can be put to practical use, such as in helping to preserve the rain forest. Students think about the importance of counting and studying all the species in an ecosystem, such as the Congo River Basin. Students learn about biogeographical barriers, biodiversity, and conservation.
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: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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: 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: 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, Health & PE
Title: Teen Maps Contaminants from a Coal Plant     
Description: In this video adapted from Earth Island Institute, meet a high school student who educated her community about how a coal-burning power plant was contributing to asthma and other health problems there.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


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You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherst...
This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

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You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherst...
This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

Informational Materials


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You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherst...
This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

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

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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.

Learning Activities


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You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherst...
This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

Teacher Tools


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You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherst...
This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Eco-cities on the Horizon     
Description: In this post, students will learn about the concept of eco-cities (cities designed to be in balance with nature) and their impact on the sustainability movement. Written by Art Molella, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, 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,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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography     
Description: Bibliographic material relating to the online exhibition: ¡Azcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Included are books related to the music and culture of Cuba, Salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Latin and Caribbean Music. Also included are links to the lesson plans that are a part of the online exhibition.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: °Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Homepage     
Description: Explore the life of Celia Cruz, a world-renowned Latina musician, in this online exhibition. An enormous talent who had an impeccable sense of rhythm and an inimitable style, Celia Cruz became an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba, and the United States, her adopted country. Students will connect her life to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. A non-flash version of the site is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/" http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/ .
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: Social Studies
Title: About The Teodoro Vidal Collection     
Description: Students can explore the history of Puerto Rico through the eyes of Teodoro Vidal, a man who captured the island's history with the many objects he collected. This online exhibition provides information about the collector, Puerto Rican history, everyday life in historic Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican religions, Carnival, music, and the concept of the Great Puerto Rican Family.
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: 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: 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: groundwater     
Description: Groundwater is all the water found underneath the Earths surface
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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,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: Louisiana Digital Library     
Description: Online library of over 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: 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: Geography,Science,Social Studies,Vocational Education
Title: agriculture     
Description: Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock
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: 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: science, social studies
Title: ecology     
Description: Every organism depends on living and non-living things to survive
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: science, social studies
Title: Mines - Satellite Imagery     
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: 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



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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: 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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