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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Producers and Consumers
Description: This lesson will teach the difference between producers and consumers. It provides an interactive way for students to get involved and actually become producers and consumers.


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Subject: Science - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Designing a Native Plants Garden      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students compare native vegetation in different parts of the United States. They then explore Web sites to learn about native plants in their own region and design gardens containing those local plants. This lesson is based on the National Geographic feature titled Wild World.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What was on Lady Bird's plate?      Add Bookmark
Description: Take a close look at some special dishes that Lady Bird Johnson had created for the White House. Use the discussion and observation questions to think about the dishes and the dishes you have in your own home, and find out how these dishes connected to Lady Bird Johnson's work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This activity is a part of the OurStory module called First Lady for the Environment. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Would You Work Hard For?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, has students go through a simulation to learn about value, abundance, and scarcity. They are asked to consider the things that they would be willing to work very hard for.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Timeline of Change, a Model for Change      Add Bookmark
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 interrelationships between people and places. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between present interactions with a 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: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Human Migration: The Story of a Community      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand some key concepts of human migration through the examination of maps and migration patterns. Students research and document the impact of migration on a region's cultural landscape. They examine migration patterns on a global and national scale as a class and then apply that understanding to a class project telling a migration story about their own community. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Is It Called "Black Friday"?      Add Bookmark
Description: Is your tummy full of turkey? If so, that must mean it's time to go shopping! Let's learn more about Black Friday today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Art History , Arts - Painting , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Do We Say "Make Hay While the Sun Shines"?      Add Bookmark
Description: Now that you've made your way to Wonderopolis, let's make hay while the sun shines and learn something!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Storytelling , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Geography , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Are They Called Sloppy Joes?      Add Bookmark
Description: Mmmm! Wonderopolis is cooking up a delicious new Wonder of the Day today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Religion - Christianity , Religion - Judaism , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: When Is a Sale a Bargain?      Add Bookmark
Description: Ready to go shopping? Don't leave the house before you learn a savvy shopping tip or two!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Games (educational) , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Makes Art Priceless?      Add Bookmark
Description: Do you love to create your own unique works of art? They could be priceless. Read on to learn more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Checkmate?      Add Bookmark
Description: Kings and queens, knights and bishops - let's learn more about a classic game of strategy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Chronic Conditions , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Death and Dying , Health - Disease , Health - Environmental Health , Health - Preventative Health , Health - Research , Health - Safety , Science - Medicine , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Science - Pharmacology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: What Are Prosthetics?      Add Bookmark
Description: On November 4, 1846, Benjamin Franklin Palmer received a patent for a very special invention: the artificial leg. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we take a look at these incredible devices.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Arts - Mass Media Design , Arts - History , Arts - Popular , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Stone Carving , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Are Mukluks?      Add Bookmark
Description: Got cold feet? Don't worry! Jump feet-first into today's Wonder of the Day and they'll be warm in no time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Science - Agriculture - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Rhythm of Rice Production      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the importance of rice in Asian communities. They then learn about the rhythm of rice production as they are introduced to its growing cycle. Finally, students create seasonal images of rice cultivation in a calendar format.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regions of a Grocery Store      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how regions are created by categorizing grocery store products into different regions of the classroom, which they pretend is a grocery store. They then discuss the concept of regions and the unique qualities of their home region, and they draw pictures of their home region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Arts - Textile Art , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Botany , Science - Earth science , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Do You Walk the Dog?      Add Bookmark
Description: June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day! We don't want to string you along, so head on over to Wonderopolis right away for a closer look at one of the most popular toys of all time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Did the Pretzel Get Its Shape?      Add Bookmark
Description: It's the 200th Wonder of the Day! What better way to celebrate than to join us in Wonderopolis as we explore how this tasty snack got its signature shape.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Educational Technology - Audio-Visual Equipment , Educational Technology - Integrating Technology into the Classroom , Educational Technology - Technology Planning , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Vocational Education - Technical , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: How Did Candy Canes Get Their Shape?      Add Bookmark
Description: Hang out with us in Wonderopolis today as we take a closer look at a legendary Christmas candy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Do Dogs Shop At Flea Markets?      Add Bookmark
Description: What are flea markets? And why would anyone want to buy or sell fleas? We'll explore these questions - and more! - today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Science - Engineering , Science - General Science , Science - Physical Sciences , Science - Physics , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Do Boomerangs Always Come Back?      Add Bookmark
Description: What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? Find out today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?      Add Bookmark
Description: Chances are… there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Science - Astronomy , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Do Teachers Get To Be So Smart?      Add Bookmark
Description: May 3, 2011, is National Teacher Day, so let's pay tribute to teachers everywhere as we investigate how they got to be so smart!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Language Arts - Speech , Philosophy - Ethics , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: How Do Roller Skates Work?      Add Bookmark
Description: Roller skates give new meaning to the expression "going four wheeling." Want to learn more about how roller skates work? Roll on over to the Wonder of the Day and get ready for some fun.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Research , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Anesthesia?      Add Bookmark
Description: Since 1990, March 30 has been recognized as National Doctors Day to mark the date that Dr. Crawford Long first used ether as an anesthetic for surgery in 1842., If you ever have to have your wisdom teeth removed, you're going to thank Dr. Long for medicine that numbs the pain… and makes you forget it ever happened! Future patient, meet anesthesia!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Ballet , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: When Were Ice Skates Invented?      Add Bookmark
Description: No matter how old you are, with just a little practice, ice skating can be a great way to have fun and stay fit. Did you know that ice skates have been around for a very long time?, Lace up your skates and glide over to Wonderopolis. It's time for a history lesson on ice!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Can You Make From a Buffalo?      Add Bookmark
Description: The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the body parts of buffalo to the appropriate part of the buffalo's anatomy. It is interactive whiteboard and iPad friendly and is included in the website Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History
Title: What Is a Cornucopia?      Add Bookmark
Description: While a cornucopia snack is an excellent way to honor the fall season, the traditional cornucopia isn't completely edible. Filled with pumpkins and gourds, nuts and berries, the cornucopia makes a beautiful centerpiece., But have you ever wondered what it represents? Get ready for a history lesson in harvest as we toot the horn of plenty.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?      Add Bookmark
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Kite?      Add Bookmark
Description: The winds are blowing hard in Wonderopolis today! March marks the start of National Kite Month, so grab the string and hold on tight., Get ready to soar toward the clouds as we take a closer look at the long history of the kite.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Many Peanuts Are In a Jar Of Peanut Butter?      Add Bookmark
Description: March is National Peanut Month, and March 1 is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Grab some bread, jelly and, of course, peanut butter, as we spread the love in Wonderopolis and learn just how many peanuts it takes to make a jar of this tasty treat!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Forty-Saw Cotton Gin      Add Bookmark
Description: This 40-saw cotton gin and the wooden gearing came from a farm formerly owned by the Augustus C. Smith family in Monroe County, Georgia. The gin shed was built around 1840 and operated until approximately 1900. The gin stand was probably built in the decade following the Civil War; it bears no manufacturer's name or other identification. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Agriculture in the Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its stated goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies in America. The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education and government. The site contains resources for students of all grade levels, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: In-Out Basket      Add Bookmark
Description: This style of basket is typical of the rice-growing regions of Georgia and South Carolina. These baskets are made of grasses, bulrush, or palmetto and were initially created by enslaved people in the region; the basket-making traditions have continued through the present day. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Shin Tanaka: Paper Toys      Add Bookmark
Description: Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in street fashion and designer toys.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies,Science
Title: Wessels Living History Farm      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site provides a virtual visit to the Wessels Living History Farm, located in York, Nebraska. Users can find multimedia resources on farming in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Multidisciplinary learning activities are also featured on the site.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: United Farmworkers Poster      Add Bookmark
Description: Cesar Estrada Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is one of the most recognized Latino civil rights leaders in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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