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Lesson Plans (11) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) 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.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pyramids on the Nile
Description: As part of a unit on ancient studies, students will create a pyramid explaining the ancient Egyptian civilization.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ancient Greece On Parade
Description: Everyone loves a parade!   As an end to a unit on Ancient Greece, students will  produce an Ancient Greek shoebox float celebrating one of the cultural contributions of the civilization.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Visualizing Islam
Description: Islam is the youngest of the three Semitic religions; however, it is the second largest religion in the world. The impact of Islam on national and international politics creates a need for students to discover how and why this religion spread so far, so fast, and with such dramatic influence around the world. Students will be able to find the answers to these questions and more through researching history, geography, expansion, cultural and societal roles, and Islamic contributions. Students will orally present their findings to the class with a visual aid.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Confucius Changes China By: Gina Merritt & Kimberly Phillips
Description: In this lesson students analyze Confucianism and its effect on conflicts in China. Students will evaluate an excerpt from The Analects of Confucius to realize the usefulness of Confucius' teachings and create an original cartoon using Confucius' teachings to illustrate conflict resolution that occurs in modern times.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Geography, Social Studies
Title: Interpreting Mythology Through Dance     
Description: In this lesson, students learn about Ancient Egyptian rituals and attitudes about death and the afterlife.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: Timbuktu's Golden Age of Scholarship     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the Songhai Empire and how Timbuktu became an important spiritual and intellectual center of Islam. In particular, students research the Islamic schools of Timbuktu and learn how manuscripts were produced and used.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: Restoring the Past     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the environmental conditions that threaten Timbuktu. They find out about the efforts being made to restore and preserve the ancient mosques and manuscripts.
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: 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: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Ancient Greece     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students design a new subway station in Athens that includes a museum of ancient artifacts, artworks, and ruins. For background information, they examine a map and an article about an actual Metro Museum in Athens.
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: Shofar     
Description: strong Jewish High Holy Days strong The shofar, one of the earliest known musical instruments, is usually made from a ram's horn. Used in biblical times to signal important events, it is also blown on High Holy Days (10 days in the fall of the year). It is sounded many times during the services of Rosh ha-Shanah (the Jewish New Year) and once to conclude Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement)...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids     
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Hallowe'en? Putting the Apostrophe Back     
Description: In this post, students will learn about the origins of the holiday known today as Halloween, and the history of its celebration in the United States, including trick-or-treating and costumes. All-Hallows-Even (that is, evening) is the night before All Hallows Day. The apostrophe in the earlier spelling of Hallowe'en denotes the missing v of even. You'll find many e'ens in nineteenth-century and earlier poetry. Written by David Haberstich, Associate Curator in the Archives Center, 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: 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,Geography
Title: Livius.org     
Description: Livius, Articles of Ancient History. A website on ancient history written and maintained since 1996 by the Dutch historian Jona Lendering.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: China: Arts and Culture     
Description: This video series, from the archives of the Kennedy Center's Education Department, brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
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: 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 - 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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Mapping the Migration of the Lost Boys     
Description: Activity. Students map the migration journey of the Lost Boys and Girls. They discuss the concept of a diaspora and the challenges of displacement.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Ancient Greece     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students design a new subway station in Athens that includes a museum of ancient artifacts, artworks, and ruins. For background information, they examine a map and an article about an actual Metro Museum in Athens.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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