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Lesson Plans (13) 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 (9) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.


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Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: It's in the Hopper!
Description: A Congressional simulation in which students research a topic of interest, write a bill, and submit the bill for consideration by a Congressional committee of their peers.  This lesson teaches in a real way the legislative process and committee work.


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Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Get the Party Started!
Description: "Get the Party Started!" is designed to help students understand how political parties are formed and why people are members of certain parties. Students will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to form a group with like values and ideas. This lesson plan is technology enriched with a podcast and student micro-blogging.


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Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Democrat or Republican
Description: During this lesson, students will begin to understand the differences between the two major political parties that exist in the United States of America. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the roles of each presidential candidate and his/her political views.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students deepen their understanding of the documents crucial to the birth of United States democracy as they scrutinize the contributions of two towering figures of the American Revolutionary period and beyond. They consider whether Benjamin Franklin's philosophical contributions to the early development of our government may have been overlooked.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Constitutional Convention: What the Founding Fathers Said     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains four activities for students to examine debates of the Constitutional Congress, and to reflect on what we can learn from them about democratic statesmanship. The activities involve a close study of transcripts of the debates themselves, a dramatic recreation of some of the debates, and a discussion of how democratic ideas were developed through these debates.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Background on the Patriot Attitude Toward the Monarchy     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students look at how the role of President was defined by the founding fathers in order to distinguish the position from that of a monarch. They describe the role of the English monarch as perceived by the Patriots, and then describe how the Patriots viewed the King of England and his effect on their lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Chief Executives Compared: The Federalist Papers     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students look at an excerpt from the Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. They discuss how Hamilton's remarks reflect the concerns of some of the Founders. Students compile a list of the powers and responsibilities of the President based on Hamilton's essay and/or additional resources.
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: Social Studies
Title: The Constitution of the United States of America     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the U.S. Constitution, and presents information about the history and significance of the famous document. Learn more about the history of the Constitution 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: Social Studies
Title: The Bill of Rights     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the Bill of Rights and presents information about the history and the content of this important, foundational document. Learn more about the Bill of Rights 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: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: Lydia Post     
Description: Lydia Minturn Post, a Long Island patriot, expresses her fear that the American Revolution will fail. Ms. Post discusses the disparities between the British and Colonial forces and the true meaning behind the colonists will to fight. This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the General George Washington, Military leader lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Civics Units
http://www.icivics.o...
This webpage allows you to search by state for units/lessons for the Civics curriculum. The www.icivics.org website includes games, lessons, and webquests.

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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mission US     
Description: ' Mission US'' is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Legendary Firsts     
Description: Some legendary coins are the first of their kind; others are the first step in a new creation. In this section of the online exhibition entitled "Legendary Coins and Currency'' , students will learn about some of the famous "firsts'' in the history of American money: the first colonial currency, the first currency created for the United States during the American Revolution and after the adoption of the Constitution, and the coins bequeathed by James Smithson to the United States that were used to found the Smithsonian Institution. This highly interactive resource, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, allows students to rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination. A glossary linked to the exhibition will help students learn challenging vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Collection Search - A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution     
Description: In this resource from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students can explore more than 800 artifacts from the online exhibition A More Perfect Union, including: archival photography, publications, original manuscripts, works of art, and handmade objects from the Museum's outstanding collection of items related to the Japanese American experience during World War II. "A More Perfect Union'' focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Health,Language Arts,Mathematics,Philosophy,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: British Academy     
Description: The United Kingdom's National Academy for the humanities and social sciences. It is designed to inspire, recognize, and support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.
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: Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy     
Description: Demos is a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. The aim is to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves. The earliest work on Demos was supported by grants from Furman University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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: National Constitution Center     
Description: The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Founders' Constitution     
Description: Online version of the invaluable aid to all those seeking a deeper understanding of one of our nation's most important legal documents. This unique anthology draws on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day. These materials are arranged, first, according to broad themes or problems to which the Constitution of 1787 has made a significant and lasting contribution. Then they are arranged by article, section, and clause of the U.S. Constitution, from the Preamble through Article Seven and continuing through the first twelve Amendments. Those seeking additional information and guidance should consult '' A Reader's Advisory'' and the '' Introduction.'
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson     
Description: This resource, from the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, provides an extensive collection of resources about Jefferson's Virginia home, Monticello. Users can take an online tour of the famed house, explore a day in Jefferson's life at Monticello, and learn about events taking place at Monticello. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment curriculum unit titled '' The Monroe Doctrine: Origin and Early American Foreign Policy'' and a related lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Banished: Louisa Susannah Wells, Loyalist Woman     
Description: Louisa Susannah Wells was a female colonist who was loyal to King George III, who was banished from America and returned to England after the War of Independence. Listen to a dramatic reading of her narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called Life at Sea: 1680 to 1806, which includes five perspectives on maritime life in the colonial period and early America.This resource includes a title="Wells Teacher Guide" http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/oral_histories/life_at_sea/pdf/guide_wells.pdf%20" target="_blank" teacher guide , student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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