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Lesson Plans (1) 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.
Learning Activities (1) 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.


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Subject: Health - Disease - Science - Biology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: AIDS in Africa II: More Than Sympathy     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on why the disastrous numbers surrounding the AIDS epidemic in Africa exist. Students explore what is being done, and what can be done, to ease the situation. If possible, students should complete the companion lesson AIDS in Africa I: The Scope of the Problem first.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Biotechnology at the Cutting Edge     
Description: Get an introduction to some of today's top researchers and the basics of biotechnology, biofuel, genetics, health, and agriculture. This video features interviews with four leading scientists in biotechnology who tell us what drew them to the field: Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University; Dr. Jay Keasling, Chief Executive Officer, Joint BioEnergy Institute, U.S. Department of Energy; Dr. Karen Nelson, Director, Rockville, Maryland, Campus of the J. Craig Venter Institute; Dr. Robert Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Company
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Nation Master
http://www.nationmas...
This is an excellent resource for finding out current details about most of the countries in the world. The main page contains statistical data about the nations and allows the visitors to create their own graphs in order to compare different nations. Additionally, the site has links to national profiles. This site would be very helpful for students who are looking for basic statistics about different countries.

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Needy or Greedy Seniors
http://www.criticalc...
This clip offers a look at our country's expense for caring for the elderly. This is a great companion to The Giver to stimulate class discussion regarding society's obligations to the elderly. A teacher guide for the video is available here http://stosselintheclassroom.org/pdf/stossel_TeachersGuide_11.pdf

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Do you know your news? CNN Student News
http://www.cnn.com/s...
Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Encrusted Bugle     
Description: Physical Description Oxidized metal bugle. Specific History This bugle was salvaged from the wreck of the USS Maine. General History USS Maine was a second-class battleship built between 1888 and 1895. It was sent to Havana, Cuba, in January 1898 to protect American interests during the native revolt against the Spanish government. On the evening of February 15, 1898, the Maine sank when its forward gunpowder magazines exploded. Nearly three-quarters of the battleship's crew died. American popular opinion blamed the Spanish for the sinking of the Maine and war followed within a few months. In 1912 the Maine 's wreck was raised to clear the harbor and to facilitate an investigation into the cause of the sinking. The remains were subsequently scuttled in deep waters north of Havana.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Project HOPE: Forty Years of American Medicine Abroad     
Description: In this online exhibition, students will learn how Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), an American medical philanthropic organization, has impacted global health care. Currently, Project HOPE's education programs in southern Africa, Latin America, Central Europe and disadvantaged areas of the United States ensure that hundreds of thousands of people have access to basic medical services.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Newport Light Mitre Cap     
Description: On October 28, 1774, the Rhode Island General Assembly chartered the Newport Light Infantry as a voluntary association of local citizens. These citizens wanted to form a company to obtain better military training than the colonial militia provided. The infantry, 100 strong, demonstrated its patriotic fervor and could be seen around Newport uniformed and armed. With the occupation of Newport by the British in 1776, the company ceased to exist.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Distinguished Service Cross Medal     
Description: The Distinguished Service Cross, the DSC, is the second highest award for valor bestowed on a solider. President Woodrow Wilson established the award on January 2, 1918. The DSC is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor: while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.This Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to General John J. Pershing.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Nobel Prize Medal     
Description: Edwin McMillan shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Glenn Seaborg. McMillan discovered element 93, or neptunium, in 1940 while working on the world's largest cyclotron at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Seaborg's discovery of element 94, or plutonium, was based on McMillan's discovery.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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