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Subject: Language Arts - Journalism - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Daily Life in the Middle East     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to focus on the people of Iraq. They think critically about what the media delivers--specifically, why it focuses so heavily on war coverage and how this may contribute to skewed views of Iraq and its people. Students explore Iraq's rich cultural history and read online articles or print publications about daily life in Iraq. Finally, in small groups, they study further one aspect of daily life in Iraq (or another country in the Middle East) and create presentations for the rest of the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Museum of the Moving Image     
Description: The Living Room Candidate, funded through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, contains a comprehensive online collection of political television advertisements from every Presidential election since 1952. It is a signature program of the Museum of the Moving Image, the only museum dedicated to the art and industry of all of screen culture, from the earliest silent films to today's video games.
Thinkfinity Partner: Verizon Thinkfinity
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: U.S. Imperialism:
Digital Tool: ThingLink
Digital Tool Description: The image resource is an annotated ThingLink image that has embedded information and questions relating to the analysis of the political cartoon "School Begins". ThingLink allows a user to take an image to augment it by adding a layer of annotations "over" the image. Annotations can include videos, links, and user created text. Students will hover over the images at "touch points" where information is embedded such as questions and information about the political cartoon. This information will be used to analyze the political carton.


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Title: Vote for tweet
Digital Tool: Twitter and tweet deck
Digital Tool Description: Twitter is a social network tool that limits responses to 140 characters. Tweetchat is a way to filter twitter results to a particulars discussion.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Explorer Podcast: Hurricane Katrina and Collecting from a Disaster     
Description: In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States strong . strong In her wake, a team of curators from the museum set out to collect objects that captured the history of the moment and what it meant to the country. In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, listen to the late curator David Shayt discuss how and what the museum collected in the immediate aftermath of the devastating storm. The resource includes a teachers guide, student worksheet, and image pack.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: Louis Myers     
Description: Louis Myers, a Union Soldier from West Virginia, describes changes in his perspectives about War.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers 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: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Needy or Greedy Seniors
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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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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: Colt Model 1892 Revolver     
Description: Physical History United States Colt M1892 revolver, .38 caliber. Specific History Colt revolver carried by Captain Allyn K. Capron. General History Captain Allyn Capron was the son of West Point graduate E. Allyn Capron. The younger Capron was killed during the Spanish-American War on June 24, 1898. A contemporary report stated: "It was predicted that the Rough Riders would give a good account of themselves, but few were prepared for such an exhibition of dash and bravery as was witnessed in their first fight with the enemy on June 24, 1898. Captain Allyn Capron, Jr. stood behind his men, revolver in hand, using it whenever a Spaniard exposed himself. His aim was sure, and two of the enemies were seen to fall under his fire. Just as he was preparing to take another shot, and shouting orders to his men at the same time, his revolver dropped from his grasp and he fell to the ground with a rifle ball through his body. His troop was badly disconcerted for a moment, but with all of the strength he could muster, he cried 'Don't mind me boys, go on and fight.' He was carried from the field as soon as possible, and lived for only a few more hours."
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: 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: Social Studies
Title: Andrew Jackson's Uniform Coat     
Description: Andrew Jackson wore this uniform coat at the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815; it was also worn by Jackson when he sat for his portrait by artist Ralph E. W. Early, about 1815
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: Resolution to Raise Troops     
Description: Resolution to raise troops, Massachusetts, April 23, 1778.
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: 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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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Taking America to Lunch     
Description: For generations, the lunch containers many of us have hauled to school and work have reflected American culture. Taking America to Lunch is an online exhibition that includes a sampling of illustrated lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s. Students will learn how television changed the metal lunch pails carried by industrial workers and students a century ago into an important commercial vehicle for popular culture. National Museum of American History
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: John Brown's Legacy     
Description: In this lesson, students will examine primary sources to understand John Brown's actions in Harpers Ferry and will develop a creative project on his legacy. This resource 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: 9,10,11,12



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