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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (23) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (11) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (6) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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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: 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: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sleuthing for a Lost Ship     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the ways in which geography is not merely an academic discipline, but also a field of study with interesting and practical applications. They use geographical concepts to plan a fictitious investigation with scientist Robert Ballard to search for a long-lost ship.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark: Overcoming Obstacles     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss the challenges and obstacles the Lewis and Clark expedition faced, focusing on how geographic information can influence a decision. Students work cooperatively to make a decision, and experience the difficulty of weighing options, assessing risks, and learning different consequences of choices. This lesson can be conducted whether or not students see the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Geography Matters in History     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students consider the ways in which historical events and processes have been affected by geography. For example, the Lewis and Clark expedition was affected by many geographical phenomena, such as rugged mountains and strong river currents. Students read historical features on the Internet, explain how geography affected historical events or processes, and write stories describing how geographic variations might have led to different outcomes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Commerce in the Indian Ocean     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to the geographic features of the Indian Ocean and the critical role of monsoons in determining maritime trading patterns before the 16th century. Students research various historic ports along the borders of the Indian Ocean and determine possible ways that local rulers attracted merchants. They assess the extent of commerce in the Indian Ocean before the arrival of European ships in the 16th century and how trading patterns changed there as a result.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: To the Ends of the Earth: Research in Polar Seas     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about famous explorers of the polar regions and undertake a simulated polar exploration of their own. They discuss the hardships faced by early polar explorers and learn how modern technologies have expedited polar exploration.
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 - Social Studies - World History
Title: Through the Eyes of a Refugee     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students play detective and try to locate a refugee whose photograph was first taken almost twenty years ago. Working with their families, students brainstorm a plan on how to find a missing person. They develop a list of people who might know the girl and create a list of questions to ask these people. Older students can discuss how the girl might have changed physically over time and make predictions about how she might appear today.
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: Rebuilt Language     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about Virginia Algonquian, an extinct Native American tongue that was revived for the film The New World. Linguist Blair Rudes rebuilt the language from about 600 words jotted down by English settlers and noticed that a few of these words were later absorbed into English. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment     
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
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: 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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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



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Subject: Foreign Languages, Social Studies
Title: Rebuilt Language     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about Virginia Algonquian, an extinct Native American tongue that was revived for the film The New World. Linguist Blair Rudes rebuilt the language from about 600 words jotted down by English settlers and noticed that a few of these words were later absorbed into English. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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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.

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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: Coming to America     
Description: Almost all Americans have family histories that trace back to other countries. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring the experiences of immigrants who came to America and the ways that immigration has changed life in America through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Feivel's Flying Horses, a historical fiction picture book about an immigrant who comes to America in the 1800's, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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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: 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: 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: 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: Social Studies
Title: Exploration Map     
Description: The U.S. Army played a key role in exploring the nation's vast new lands acquired through purchase and conquest during the first half of the nineteenth century. Military-scientific expeditions crisscrossed the West, mapping the country, gathering scientific data, identifying potential resources for exploitation, and surveying routes for roads and railroads. In this section of the online exhibition entitled "West Point in the Making of America'' , from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn about the exploration of the West through the use an interactive map, biographical sketches and brief descriptions of the expeditions undertaken by graduates of West Point.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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,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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: nation     
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A nation is a territory where all the people are led by the same government. The word ''nation'' can also refer to a group of people who share a history, traditions, culture and, often, language-even if the group does not have a country of its own.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment     
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: nuclear energy     
Description: Encyclopedic entry. Nuclear energy is the energy in the nucleus, or core, of an atom. Nuclear energy can be used to create electricity, but it must first be released from the atom.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,8,9,10,11,12



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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: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map     
Description: In this interactive map, students can explore the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images. 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: Science - Biology - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Dig     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive, promotes an understanding of how humans have evolved by showing how a skeleton reveals secrets from the past. Click on the bottom circle in Room VI to view this interactive, in which students learn what skeletal remains can tell us about how our ancestors adapted to the regions in which they lived.
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: 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: 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: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Big Island Pool     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how the forces of water, wind, and geology mold and give shape to the Earth. Click the top circle in Room III to view this interactive.
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 - Social Studies - World History
Title: Through the Eyes of a Refugee     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students play detective and try to locate a refugee whose photograph was first taken almost twenty years ago. Working with their families, students brainstorm a plan on how to find a missing person. They develop a list of people who might know the girl and create a list of questions to ask these people. Older students can discuss how the girl might have changed physically over time and make predictions about how she might appear today.
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: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment     
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
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: 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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Cultural Identity of the Lost Boys     
Description: Activity. Students watch excerpts from the film God Grew Tired of Us. They discuss the challenges the Lost Boys faced while adapting to life in the United States and trying to maintain their cultural identities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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