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Lesson Plans (7) 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 (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay: A Time for Change     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationship between people and place. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between the present interaction with place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942-1944     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the overall strategies pursued by the Americans and their British allies in the initial months of World War II in Europe. By examining military documents and consulting an interactive map of the Pacific theater, students learn why they chose to focus on Germany rather than Japan, and why they opted to invade North Africa rather than France. Also, students study documents related to the U-Boat war in the Atlantic, learning why the defeat of the German submarines was so critical to an Allied victory.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: How to Win a World War     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study World War II's Grand Alliance, examining the ways in which the Soviet Union, the United States and Great Britain differed on their approach to winning the war. Students use primary documents to explore the methods used to obtain the surrender of the French North African government, the Anglo-American decision to require unconditional surrender from the Axis powers and the role of evolving military progress in diplomatic decision-making.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Victory in Europe, 1944-1945     
Description: Normandy, and how the Allied offensive in the West contributed to Germany's defeat. Also, students study the summary report of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey for Europe, allowing them to gauge the effectiveness of the bombing campaign against German cities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The New Order for ''Greater East Asia''     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students focus on two major post-World War II problems: the future of China and the future of Western imperialism in Southeast Asia. They explore French Indochina as a test case of the issues confronting Southeast Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Holocaust and Resistance     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students reflect on the Holocaust from the point of view of those who actively resisted Nazi persecution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the United States level of preparedness for the Pearl Harbor attack and discuss what the U.S. could have done to be better prepared. Students conclude by writing letters to American military commanders in the summer of 1941, suggesting what they might do to prepare for a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: Star Students: Introducing the Holocaust and Elie Wiesel's Night
Digital Tool: Why Should We Remember?
Digital Tool Description: This eight minute video from the Birmingham Holocaust Educators Center introduces students to the Holocaust and explains the historical significance of remembering the genocide that took place.


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The Children of the Holocaust
Overview:
Nine Birmingham, Alabama Holocaust survivors share their stories of despair, endurance, and ultimate survival in Nazi Germany and then their arrival in the United States. The stories themselves are powerful and compelling, but the fact that these are narrated by the survivors themselves makes them an undeniable truth and a testament to the events of the time. This documentary makes use of original photographs and footage taken during the years of the Holocaust, creating a powerful historical record. It is our hope that through this work, these Holocaust survivors will not be forgotten and their experiences will remain a truth that we can all learn from. This video is the property of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Committee (BHEC). It may not be reproduced.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Internment     
Description: Students will learn about everyday life in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Living in geographically isolated camps under harsh conditions and laboring for unfair wages, internees recreated a community structure that enabled them to live as normal a life as possible as well as thrive culturally. This section of http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/" A More Perfect Union , an online exhibition, uses of artifacts from the Museum's collections, fine art, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories students will get sense of the daily life of internees as well as gaining an appreciation of the unique art and culture that emerged from the rigors of life in the camps. Oral history transcripts are available in the subsections http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/non-flash/internment_permanent.html" Permanent Camps , http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/non-flash/internment_conditions.html" Conditions , and http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/non-flash/internment_work.html" Work .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Remember Pearl Harbor Pin     
Description: After the December 7, 1941, bombing of the military base at Pearl Harbor, Americans rallied around the war effort with the patriotic cry, "Remember Pearl Harbor." Thousands of buttons or lapel pins were distributed to remind Americans of the tragic event and to solidify the war efforts. strong Measurements: strong overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 in x 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 5.08 cm x .635 cm strong Object ID: strong AF*82244M
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Removal     
Description: Students will learn how the attack on Pearl Harbor led to Executive Order 9066, which was the first step in a program that uprooted Japanese Americans from their West Coast communities and placed them under armed guard for up to four years. This section of http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/" A More Perfect Union , an online exhibition, uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the early stages of this traumatic period, from the initial reactions and policies brought about by the attack on Pearl Harbor to the temporary assembly centers that were the first stop for Japanese American internees. Oral history transcripts are available in each of the subsections of this website.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Morse Telegraph Register     
Description: This telegraph register, manufactured in accord with the Morse patent, was installed in 1848 in South Bend, reputedly the first telegraph office in Indiana. Pulses of electricity caused the two vertical electromagnets to pull against an iron bar attached to the horizontal brass lever arm.
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,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: The Internet Public Library      
Description: The Internet Public Library, and EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource, offers a collection of online resources in a variety of subject areas. IPL provides dictionaries, atlases, other basic reference resources, online exhibits, texts of classic literature, links to newspapers and serials, and other resources for both adults and children. IPL also offers two ask-a-librarian services, where users can submit questions via e-mail on virtually any topic.
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: Preparing for the Oath: The 1900s     
Description: Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore American history from the 1900s in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and September 11, 2001.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: science, social studies
Title: Europe MapMaker Kit     
Description: MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of Europe in a variety of sizes. The mega map occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor. It is made up of 112 pieces; download rows 1-8 for the full map. The tabletop size is made up of 12 pieces and is good for small group work.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,12



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