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Subject: Social Studies (K - 11)
Title: African American Honorees in Alabama History
Description: Students will create a PowerPoint slide show presentation and brochure on a famous African American icon from the Alabama Calendar. Students may select famous African Americans from Alabama such as Rosa Parks, Vonetta Flowers, Dr. Mae Jemison, Joe Louis, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Dr. Ethel Hall, Judge Oscar Adams, Billie Jean Young, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


Subject: Mathematics (1), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: CELEBRATE!
Description: Students will be introduced to the different federal holidays celebrated throughout the year and will be asked to place pictorial representation of these holidays using a time line.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Tech Tours using Google Earth-it’s easy, it’s fun…come take a trip with us!
Description: Grab your passport and head around the world as K-2 students become reporters using Google Earth and podcasting to learn and share about maps, globes, people and places around the community, state and world. Tools featured include: Tablet pc’s, iPods, digital cameras, document camera, classroom response system, and free web 2.0 tools.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Helen Keller
Description: During this lesson students learn about the life of Helen Keller and how she communicated with others. Students have the opportunity to use sign language to communicate with others. Students gain an appreciation for their sight and hearing, as well as admiration for those who do not have these senses.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Become a Thanksgiving Historian
Description: Students may be surprised to find out that some ideas they have about the history of Thanksgiving are actually myths. In this lesson students become a true "Thanksgiving historian" by completing a Venn diagram about the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims with information acquired through Internet searches.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Classroom Feud
Description: As part of a unit about the state of Alabama, students spend time collecting information about the state, which they in turn report to a classroom in another state using distance learning equipment. Then the two classroms in different states "battle it out" in a game show about the two states written by the teachers.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Christmas Around The World
Description: This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Patriotic Symbols
Description: Alabama has many patriotic symbols that characterize the state. This lesson plan covers five state symbols associated with the State of Alabama. This lesson will help the students learn interesting facts about each of the symbols and explore more state symbols on the Internet.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. for Early Elementary
Description: This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson in Character Education Made Easy. It helps early elementary students (especially kindergartners) learn about the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr., why he is remembered, and the problems he worked to change.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary
Description: This lesson helps special education/early elementary students learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and discuss how each demonstrated the character trait of honesty.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Word Art with King's Words      Add Bookmark
Description: Examine one or more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letters or speeches and turn powerful words and phrases into word art using the online Wordle tool. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: What's Your Favorite Place?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are asked to think of their favorite place or a place they find particularly interesting. They draw pictures of that place and share information about it with a partner. They conclude by designing monuments that showcase their favorite place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Design Your Own Family Flag      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, children will create their own family flag using colors and pictures that have personal meanings. They will then explain why they chose those colors and pictures and their meanings. It is included in an OurStory module entitled "Making the Star-Spangled Banner'' . 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 children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Weeping Camel: Finding Rituals in Our Daily Lives      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of traditional and modern rituals found in different cultures. Through reading stories about rituals, students identify some of their characteristics. Finally, students apply their understanding to rituals which occur on familiar holidays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: A Letter to Abraham Lincoln Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, children will read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book that tells the story of Grace Bedell and the famous letter that she sent to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. The module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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 will allow children 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: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies/ma
Title: Math and Measuring the Star-Spangled Banner      Add Bookmark
Description: Just how big is the Star-Spangled Banner? In this classroom activity, students will visualize the area of the famous flag by measuring pieces of string and attaching them to create an outline of the Star-Spangled Banner. This activity is included in the online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: You re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will listen to Irish music, learn about ceilis, which are festive dance celebrations, view the intricate costumes worn by Irish dancers, and listen to an Irish poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mr. Lincoln's Hat      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, children create top hats out of paper by reading or listening to directions that use simple terms from geometry. After making the hat, they measure their heights with and without the hat, and then take a picture wearing the hat. This resource is included in an OurStory module, entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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 will 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: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Life in the Mountains      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the idea that people in different parts of the world have different customs and habits of daily life, even if they live in similar landscapes. They view pictures of and discuss life in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal and write stories describing what it might be like to live in the mountains of Nepal.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Stars and Stripes Forever: Flag Facts for Flag Day      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn what a symbol is while developing their understanding of how one particular symbol, the American Flag, plays an important role in the everyday lives of American citizens. Learning the history of the flag helps instill in students respect for our national symbol and helps them learn appropriate etiquette regarding our flag. Students learn that other symbols of our country, such as the President and certain holidays, like Flag Day, are important to us as well. Students can also contribute symbols from their familial, ethnic and national cultures to show the diversity of American society and its links to other parts of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Read Martin's Big Words      Add Bookmark
Description: Martin's Big Words is an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Included in an OurStory module entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively read "Martin's Big Words'' together. 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 children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Science - Agriculture , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Should We Remember the Alamo?      Add Bookmark
Description: Today's Wonder takes a look back at a famous battle that shaped the future of the western United States.
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 - Chorus , Arts - Communication Arts , Arts - Music , Arts - Vocal Music , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: Who Is Uncle Sam?      Add Bookmark
Description: Can an entire country look like a single person? Find out today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Makes Something a Holiday Classic?      Add Bookmark
Description: As the winter holidays approach, families everywhere look forward to watching familiar holiday classics together. Join us on the couch in Wonderopolis today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Advocacy , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: What Is the Medal Of Honor?      Add Bookmark
Description: Each Memorial Day, Americans honor those who have lost their lives while serving their country in the military. Wonderopolis pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice with a look at the highest military decoration a soldier can receive: the Medal of Honor.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Picturing First Families      Add Bookmark
Description: Students put together clues about America's original First Family, their lives, and this period in American history. Students learn why we pay tribute to George Washington today by featuring his portrait on our currency. For contrast, students compare the National Portrait Gallery's Washington portraits with contemporary images of the First Family in the White House today. They gain an understanding of the significant role the First Family plays in representing the nation and the image of American families projected to other countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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: Social Studies
Title: Like Father, Like Son: Presidential Families      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, provides an opportunity for students to learn about and discuss two U.S. families in which both the father and son became President. Students address questions such as: What types of people might become President of the United States? What type of training as a child do you think these father/son pairs had to enable them to become President? Students explore how these Presidential sons were like their fathers, and personally explore how they think they are like their own parents.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Environmental Health , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Agriculture , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Botany , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Natural History , Science - Physical Sciences , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - Geography , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is a Civil Right?      Add Bookmark
Description: Let's honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by taking a closer look at civil rights!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Portrait of a Hero      Add Bookmark
Description: Through the series of interactive activities in this EDSITEment unit, students explore their beliefs about heroes and heroism. They share names of familiar figures they consider to be heroes, and then closely examine their reasons for believing each one is a hero. Students then view portraits of heroes from American history and glean a bit of background information on each one. They identify the heroic personality traits and characteristics of each hero. Students also broaden their understanding of what makes a hero, enabling them to identify the real-life heroes who surround them each day. Finally, students consider ways they, too, may become everyday heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Storytelling , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Language Arts - Story Telling , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Tall Is the Washington Monument?      Add Bookmark
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis as we look up, up, up in the sky at a monument to one of the Founding Fathers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Painting      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. Students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead, a funereal text written on papyrus and carved on the walls of tombs to help guide the deceased through the afterlife.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. The class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Ways Can You Say Mom?      Add Bookmark
Description: Wonderopolis has a special treat today for you and your mom!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. King's Dream      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's '' I Have a Dream'' speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Hot Dogs Can You Eat In 10 Minutes?      Add Bookmark
Description: Since 1916, the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has taken place every July 4 in Coney Island, New York. Grab the mustard and head on over to Wonderopolis for a closer look at this unique American tradition!
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 - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Long Is the Longest Bridge?      Add Bookmark
Description: On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, was opened to pedestrians for the first time. It remains a marvel of architecture and engineering., Join us in Wonderopolis for a look at some of the longest bridges in the world!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?      Add Bookmark
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Philosophy - Ethics , Philosophy - Logic , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Have You Ever Been Caught Red-Handed?      Add Bookmark
Description: Put that cookie down and step away from the jar. Wonderopolis caught you red-handed!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Have We Always Said Hello?      Add Bookmark
Description: We just wanted to say, "Hello! We're glad you stopped by Wonderopolis today!"
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts - Music - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: World View: National Anthems Around the World      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students visit the World Viewer exhibit in National Geographic's Xpedition Hall and explore geographic information about countries around the globe. Students consider the role of national anthems in preserving a nation's identity in changing times.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Health - Nutrition , Science - Agriculture , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Do Polka Dots Dance?      Add Bookmark
Description: Music and dance meet fashion in today's spotted Wonder of the Day. Join us in Wonderopolis as we learn all about polka!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian Collections Search      Add Bookmark
Description: Search over 7.4 million records with 568,100 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives libraries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Man-in-Service Flag      Add Bookmark
Description: When displayed in a home, business, or church, the flag indicates that one member of the family or other group is actively serving in the armed forces. A blue star indicates a member currently serving, while a gold star indicates a member killed while serving.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Become a Collector      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodoro Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico in this OurStory activity. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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 will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: American Eagle Pop-Up      Add Bookmark
Description: Make your own American eagle pop-up and review symbols with students using this resource, developed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries for the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make Your Own Carnival Mask      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will create their own paper mache Carnival masks as a way to learn about Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican culture. This resource is part of an OurStory module entitled A Puerto Rican Carnival. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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 will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Seal      Add Bookmark
Description: Why does the Presidential seal look the way that it does? In this activity, students will be able to explore the symbolism on the Presidential seal, color the seal how they would like and then create a new seal! As part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's online exhibition The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, this activity will help students learn about an important national symbol.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Leaving Things Behind      Add Bookmark
Description: What would you take if you were suddenly forced to move? In this activity, students will make this decision after reading and responding to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make your Own Fish Kite      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will learn how to make their own fish kites, called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Oh, Say Can You Seeand       Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn about the history behind the writing of ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Protest Signs      Add Bookmark
Description: Protest signs are a powerful and important way for people to express their feelings. In this activity children will compare 2 protest signs from the civil rights movement and then create their own expressive chalk art or poster. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. 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 children 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: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Culture of Puerto Rico: Become a Collector      Add Bookmark
Description: Becoming a collector is easy and fun! By following this guide, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodor Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed 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 will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers      Add Bookmark
Description: This useful reading guide will help engage young readers as they read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book based on a true story about a girl who writes a letter to Abraham Lincoln. It includes 4 active reading helpers that will help children identify new vocabulary, make predictions and think about the characters and their emotions. Part of an OurStory module entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, this resource is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will 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: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Communication Arts , Arts - Decorative Arts , Arts - Graphic Design , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Painting , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can Easter Eggs Be Art?      Add Bookmark
Description: While some people like their eggs scrambled, others prefer to turn them into beautiful works of art!
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 - Storytelling , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Are Leprechauns Real?      Add Bookmark
Description: If you read all the way to the end of today's Wonder, you just might find a pot of gold!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Stone Carving , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Are Bald Eagles Really Bald?      Add Bookmark
Description: What's that up in the sky? A plane? Superman? No! It's the national bird of the United States!
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 - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Who Invented Dental Floss?      Add Bookmark
Description: As your dentist has probably told you many times, you should floss your teeth daily. But why? And who invented that silly string anyway? Join us in Wonderopolis today for a wonder that will leave you hanging by a thread…
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Making Rain      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Storytelling , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Why Is 2011 the Year Of the Rabbit?      Add Bookmark
Description: Happy New Year! No, we're not a month late. Wonderopolis is celebrating the Chinese New Year!, Around the world (and even in some American cities), festivities are held to ring in the Chinese New Year. Want to know why 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit? Read on.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History
Title: Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?      Add Bookmark
Description: The side dishes vary from house to house. Whether you enjoy mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole or sweet potato pie, most homes in America invite one guest of honor to the table each year - the turkey!, Each year Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? Join us as we learn about how our feathered friend the turkey earned a place of honor at America's most historic meal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Chinese Lion Dance      Add Bookmark
Description: The Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year, and it is believed to bring good luck and happiness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Students Sit for Civil Rights is an OurStory module that includes activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role during the civil rights movement. 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: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Making the Star-Spangled Banner Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Making the Star-Spangled Banner , children will learn the story of the flag that inspired the national anthem. The module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. OurStory is a series of modules designed 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 will allow children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Life and the Underground Railroad: Read "Follow the Drinking Gourd''       Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will increase their knowledge of slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad by answering questions about the book and song "Follow the Drinking Gourd'' and then write and illustrate a poem of letter playing the role of a conductor, agent or passenger of the Underground Railroad. It is included in an "OurStory'' module entitled Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Preventative Health , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Who Was Saint Patrick?      Add Bookmark
Description: The wearing of the green? Shamrocks? Corned beef and cabbage? A parade? What's all this craziness about? If you're curious, come along for a Saint Patrick's Day celebration Wonderopolis-style!,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Headlines of History      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will examine an historical newspaper, a piece of historical fiction, and their social studies textbooks for accounts of the civil rights movement, and then define equality and discrimination. They will then use these definitions to look for instances of equality and discrimination in modern society. Part of an "OurStory'' module entitled "Students Sit for Civil Rights'' , this activity will help students develop their research and analysis skills. OurStory is a program from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History designed 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Did George Washington Have Wooden Teeth?      Add Bookmark
Description: Happy birthday, George Washington! It's time to get festive in honor of this fantastic Founding Father! Join us in Wonderopolis today as we take a look at some of the legends and myths surrounding the "Father of Our Country."
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Who Is Your Abuela?      Add Bookmark
Description: Let's celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a closer look at your abuela!
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 - Technology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Ramadan?      Add Bookmark
Description: Do you have any friends who are Muslims? Tune in today to learn more about the holiday they're celebrating right now!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Environmental Health , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship
Title: What Is a Biography?      Add Bookmark
Description: A biography is a published story about a person's life. If you head to the bookshelves at your local library, you will find biographies about all sorts of people: historical figures, celebrities, athletes and world leaders. You may even discover that these books introduce you to some folks you've never heard of.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Human Geography , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Where Do Political Symbols Come From?      Add Bookmark
Description: Happy Election Day! This video from the 2008 presidential election answers many of the questions children may have about the voting process, but it doesn't explain why our country's two primary political parties use vastly different animals as their mascots., Ever wonder how a mascot is born? Let's sift through a little American history and find out how the donkey and the elephant became the official symbols for two of America's largest political parties.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Do People In Mexico Celebrate Cinco De Mayo?      Add Bookmark
Description: It's the 5th of May! That means it's time to party! Why, you ask? Put on your sombrero, grab a pair of maracas and join us in Wonderopolis, as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Boxing Day?      Add Bookmark
Description: You may not find Boxing Day on American calendars, but the spirit of this holiday inspires people everywhere. The British even do a little dancing to celebrate Boxing Day in England. Are you ready to tear the wrapping off the international holiday that is Boxing Day?
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Preventative Health , Health - Research , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Was Clara Barton?      Add Bookmark
Description: March is both Women's History Month and American Red Cross Month, which is why Wonderopolis wants you to meet the woman Civil War soldiers called "the angel of the battlefield."
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Did April Fools' Day Begin?      Add Bookmark
Description: Practical jokers unite! Today is your day. It's April 1, and that means it's time for all sorts of shenanigans, tomfoolery and maybe even a little ballyhoo. Join us for a fun Wonder of the Day that explores how all this foolishness got started.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence      Add Bookmark
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America's celebrated heroes for his use of nonviolent protest strategies during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring history together through children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around "Martin's Big Words'' , an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Distinguished Service Cross Medal      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Cher Ami      Add Bookmark
Description: Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve important messages within the American sector at Verdun; on his last mission, October 4, 1918, he was shot through the breast and leg by enemy fire but still managed to return to his loft with a message capsule dangling from the wounded leg. The message Cher Ami carried was from Major Charles S. Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion" of the Seventy-seventy Infantry Division that had been isolated from other American forces. The message brought about the relief of the 194 battalion survivors, and they were safe behind American lines shortly after the message was received. For his heroic service, Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm. He was returned to the United States and died at Fort Monmouth, N.J. on June 13, 1919, as a result of his wounds. Cher Ami was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931, and received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary service during World War I.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: You are the Historian: The First Thanksgiving      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive Web site from Plimoth Plantation, a Smithsonian Affiliate, focuses on clarifying fact and fiction surrounding the "First Thanksgiving." Students use audio from Plimoth Plantation historians, images of artifacts, and a glossary to answer questions and explore the lives of the Wamapanoag and English settlers, and their interactions. The presentation encourages critical thinking and historical investigation. A related Teacher's Guide includes a bibliography, educational standards alignment, and printable versions of the Web site's content. This site works best in Internet Explorer 5+. The site is most appropriate for children in grades two through six.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Ecology , Science - Entomology , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is a Sonnet?      Add Bookmark
Description: April is National Poetry Month, so what better day to celebrate than the birthday (April 23) of one of the English language's greatest poets - William Shakespeare! Grab a pen, some paper and let the drama unfold…
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 , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?      Add Bookmark
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Over the course of his life, he traveled the country speaking about equality for all people. Today we celebrate his birthday and take a look back to see how one life can change the world.
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 - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Language Arts - Whole Language , Social Studies - United States History , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Is the Liberty Bell Cracked?      Add Bookmark
Description: From September 17 through September 23 each year, students around the United States celebrate Constitution Week. Let's reflect on the Constitution by taking a closer look at an iconic symbol of freedom.
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: Social Studies
Title: General George Washington, Military Leader      Add Bookmark
Description: Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington's leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington, was produced to accompany the exhibition "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War,'' by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,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: Science,Social Studies
Title: NOVA: Pyramids      Add Bookmark
Description: Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. It contains textual information, diagrams, and images.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History
Title: Where Was Abraham Lincoln Born?      Add Bookmark
Description: Follow Donna and her grandson, Landen, as they take a tour of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Then read on to learn more about Abraham Lincoln's humble beginnings as a young boy in Kentucky. Happy birthday, Mr. President!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Declaration of Independence Desk      Add Bookmark
Description: strong class="cent_widget3" The Declaration of Independence Desk strong In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mount Vernon      Add Bookmark
Description: This is a link to the official website of George Washington's famous Virginia home. The site presents information about life at Mount Vernon, as well as detailed information about Washington himself. For teachers and students wishing to learn about George Washington, this website is a good place to start. Students can take an online tour of the Mount Vernon plantation, and there are ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use with their classes. Information about slave life at Mount Vernon is also readily available.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: POTUS.com      Add Bookmark
Description: POTUS.com consists of detailed biographies of every president from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each president has a comprehensive individual section devoted to them specifically. In each section teachers and students can find a great deal of information about the (residents, including dates, cabinet members, general information, video and audio media resources. In addition, the site offers links to other helpful internet resources for each individual president. The site is a great starting point for students wishing to begin researching a specific president.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress presents Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies through this website. A great resource for students who are looking for images to help with presidential research, this site also includes advice on how to understand and work with the collection of portraits.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Asian American Curriculum Project      Add Bookmark
Description: The mission of the Asian American Curriculum Project is to educate the public about the great diversity of the Asian American experience by distributing books that foster cultural awareness and to educate Asian Americans about their own heritage. AACP believes that the knowledge which comes from the use of appropriate materials can accomplish these goals. The books and other materials are for all age groups, all levels of education and all Asian ethnic groups; including and not limited to Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Tongan, Thai, Vietnamese Americans and Hawaiians. Materials include literature, folk tales, posters, magazine, tapes on language and music, games, activities, teacher guides, dictionaries, bilingual materials and reference books on history, social issues and education.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Rappahannock Forge Musket      Add Bookmark
Description: Congress was finding it difficult to arm its soldiers after Lexington and Concord. By 1778, there were six Continental arsenals located in the colonies. Virginia founded a state gun factory in 1775 but most states resorted to employing private gunmakers who gathered mixed and scavenged parts to fashion muskets. Virginia's Rappahanock Forge was one of the private gunmakers supplying the colonies. It is estimated that during the War of Independence about 80,000 muskets were American mixed-pattern muskets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. It is the first time that the Museum has displayed many of the major holdings of the Smithsonian's Lincoln collection together at one time. The exhibition covers each major period of Lincoln's private and public life, especially his years in Washington when he made the crucial decisions that ended slavery and preserved the nation. Also included are the artifacts of Lincoln's assassination-his top hat, the prison hoods of the conspirators, and other sobering reminders of this tragic story. 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: Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos      Add Bookmark
Description: The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueos is a research center dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Operating out of Hunter College, the City University of New York, the Centro is committed to making their research available and useful to those in community organizations, public policy, academia and the public at large via their website.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington's Camp Chest      Add Bookmark
Description: At the time of the American Revolution, various boxes and chests transported soldier's individual effects, wardrobes, official military payrolls, church communion altars, and other necessities. George Washington's well-appointed personal camp chest, or "mess kit,'' enabled him to dine in a manner reflecting his position as commander of the Continental Army. 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
Title: The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century      Add Bookmark
Description: This resource, designed by Learning Technology Center in the University of Texas at Austin College of Education, features an interactive timeline that tells the stories of the American presidents of the twentieth century, from Herbert Hoover to William Jefferson Clinton. Each presidents biographic information is included along with interpretation of the major issues and events of their presidencies. The site also allows students to view special exhibitions relating to twentieth century events like the Great Depression and the Vietnam War, and a gallery of personal images from the lives of each of these twelve presidents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: ADAPT Lap Blanket      Add Bookmark
Description: This commercially marketed lap blanket was altered by hand to include the universal access symbol made up of stitched stars. It was sewn by disability-rights advocates affiliated with ADAPT, which stands for the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today. ADAPT was founded in 1983 in Denver. 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: Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki National Resource Center      Add Bookmark
Description: The mission of the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum is to provide access to the Museum's diverse collections related to Japanese Americans. The National Resource Center develops a collection of secondary materials that document the Japanese American experience. Access is provided not only to this reference collection, but also to the Museum's collections (primary materials) and to the institutional archives. Because education is a life-long pursuit, the Hirasaki National Resource Center is committed to providing service to all ages and skill levels.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, from the U.S. Government Printing Office, offers students explanations of America's founding documents, descriptions of the functions of each branch of American government, an outline of the American lawmaking process, and interactive games relating to American government and politics. Educators are given the choice to select from four different grade ranges, ensuring that students receive readings and activities that are targeted to their abilities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: A list of the presidents, a time line of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and web sites related to the presidency are the resources included in the online exhibition entitled The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden from the Smithsonian's 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: The Women's Declaration of Independence, July 1848      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to women's rights, and presents information about the Seneca Falls Convention and women's suffrage. Learn more about the history of the women's suffrage movement by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Digital Archive      Add Bookmark
Description: A core component of the California Digital Library, the Online Archive of California (OAC) is a digital information resource that facilitates and provides access to materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Hispanic Heritage Month      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to National Hispanic Heritage Month, and presents information about the history and artistic heritage of the Hispanic people. Learn more about Hispanic culture by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Documentary Collection, National Museum of American History      Add Bookmark
Description: The collections of the American History Archives Center complement the Museum's artifacts and are used for scholarly research, exhibitions, journalism, documentary productions, school programs, and other research and educational activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Interactive Flag      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive is included in the online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem'' . After using the interactive flag, students will be better able to examine objects for historical information, ask historical questions, research answers to historical questions, and present their findings. 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: Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the United States most celebrated civil rights activists. A minister, Dr. King championed causes related to race, class, and human rights. He worked tirelessly to help bring civil rights to minorities and spent the years before his assassination focusing on anti-war and anti-poverty issues. Modern memorials to Dr. King often include a public service component on the day set aside to mark his birth, the third Monday of January. Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources from the social and behavioral sciences that will help you celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. King in your classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Japanese American Historical Society      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), founded in 1980 in San Francisco, is a non-profit membership supported organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and dissemination of materials relating to the history and culture of Japanese Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science
Title: Inventors and Explorers      Add Bookmark
Description: Lewis and Clark explored the American West; Japanese artists Maywa Denki invent performance art '' products.'' These resources can help you discover the process of discovering.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sreevidhya Chandramouli      Add Bookmark
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: African American History Month      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Citizen's League      Add Bookmark
Description: The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is a membership organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others victimized by injustice. The JACL has 112 chapters nationwide and eight regional districts with over 24,000 members found in twenty-three states. In addition to its national headquarters in San Francisco, the JACL has five regional offices (Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago), as well as an office in Washington D.C. and an organizational newspaper, the Pacific Citizen, distributed nationally from its office in Los Angeles. In addition to legislative efforts, the organization offers educational scholarships, and has developed a curriculum and resource guide that has been adopted by the California school system and is available for purchase.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: America      Add Bookmark
Description: Discover the multicultural heritage and history of America through explorations of immigrant life, the lives legendary pioneers like Lewis and Clark, the modern political system, and significant works of American music, including our National Anthem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: February - 2009 - Teaching Abraham Lincoln      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Spotlight, EDSITEment showcases a range of lessons, student interactives, and multimedia-rich websites that will help teachers, students, parents, and caregivers understand the world Lincoln lived in and the impact he had upon it.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: SmithsonianJazz.org      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore jazz through listening activities, interviews with musicians, and background information on SmithsonianJazz.org. Prominently featured on this site are two suites of learning activities: one focusing on Duke Ellington for elementary students and one focusing on Louis Armstrong for middle and high school students. Students can also hone their skills at analyzing oral histories with a collection of over fifty recordings of jazz composers, arrangers, and performers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: God Bless America      Add Bookmark
Description: In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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