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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Listening Comprehension Read Aloud- Who Was Ruby Bridges?
Description: Listening to narrative text offers students a chance to go beyond decoding and word meaning. Listening as the teacher reads a story gives gives students an opportunity to appreciate, draw significance and meaning as well as informal practice using  story elements. Listening to read-a-louds gives the teacher the opportunity to model "close" reading skills as well as model thinking. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Now and Then and Back Again: A Study of Transportation
Description: By using a slideshow presentation and a Conestoga wagon project, students will experience different ways people have conquered the human and social need for transportation in America. Students will begin by studying ancient and Native American cultures and progress to the pioneer’s use of land vehicles for exportation of goods. They will create their own small wagon by using very simple materials, and have a contest to see whose cart can carry the most pennies. Upon conclusion of the study, students will compare and contrast our transportation today to that of the past by creating a multimedia presentation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Life in a Sod House: Darkroom Detectives      Add Bookmark
Description: What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. "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: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Trade and Transportation in the United States      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students imagine what it would be like to operate a plane, train, or truck along a trade route across the United States. They also look at maps of major U.S. transportation networks and explain how specific products might get from one place to another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: All Aboard the Train!       Add Bookmark
Description: Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring the history of trains in America. Focused on actively reading Jingle the Brass, a historical fiction picture book about a ride on a steam locomotive, this module also includes links to a hands-on activity, field trip, and object-based learning experience.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Family and Friendship in Quilts      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three EDSITEment lessons, students recognize how people of different cultures and time periods have used cloth-based art forms to pass down their traditions and history. Quilting continues to be largely a home-based form of art, primarily engaged in by women. This unit heightens students awareness of how quilts have reflected and continue to reflect the lives of the people who create them, and of how quilts record the cultural history of a particular place and time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies,Arts
Title: Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic in the One-Room Schoolhouse      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students compare the experience of attending a one-room schoolhouse with going to school today. This unit focuses on the universal experience of going to school, using original photographs to give students a vivid impression of how American children received an education a hundred years ago. It encourages students to explore the similarities and differences of being a student in a one-room schoolhouse versus attending their own well-equipped, modern school.
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: My Piece of History      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine pictures of household objects from the late 20th century, gather historical information about them from older family members, and then create an in-class exhibit of historical objects from their own homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What Is a Smokejumper?      Add Bookmark
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today for a closer look at one of the most dangerous jobs in the world!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After creating, as a class, oral stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books, drawing upon the information they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Eyewitness to History      Add Bookmark
Description: Families connect us to our own history and to the history of the world around us. In this lesson from EDSITEment, students explore this second set of connections, talking with family members about landmark events they have witnessed in their lifetimes to learn how history touches our lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Underground Railroad Route      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students will identify slave states and free states during the time of the Underground Railroad, explore the challenges of escaping, and choose the route they would have taken.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Then and Now: Life in Early America, 1740-1840      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of 12 lessons, from EDSITEment, students use archival materials, re-creations, and classroom activities in order to consider which aspects of everyday life have changed and which have stayed the same in the last 200 years. The lessons include many hands-on and interactive activities and games including dressing an eighteenth-century paper doll, creating an early American toy, and guessing the function of historical mystery objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Crowded Places      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students describe crowded and uncrowded places, brainstorm possible reasons for crowding, and brainstorm good and bad things about living in a crowded place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio      Add Bookmark
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Conduct a Genealogical Study      Add Bookmark
Description: Genealogy is the study of family ancestries and histories, and a great way to learn women's history. In this activity, students will learn about the methods and tools needed to conduct a genealogical interview. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Great Women of Our Pasts . 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: 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: 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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Characteristics of Place      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students learn about and brainstorm natural and cultural characteristics of places. Then students identify those characteristics in their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Urban Studies
Title: Your Changing Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss the reasons why cities change over time and investigate how their own town has changed. Students conclude by drawing pictures of the town's past and present.
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: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Back in the Olden Days      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss what it might have been like when, and where, their parents and grandparents grew up. The students conduct interviews to see if their guesses were right. They conclude by drawing pictures of their relatives living in this time and place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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: Social Studies
Title: Reading Dakota Dugout      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will read Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner and answer questions about the book. They will then look at the image of an object that would have been important to women living in a house made of sod and try to determine what the object is. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a Sod House.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: Document Detective      Add Bookmark
Description: Historians gather information about the past by looking at primary sources. In this activity, students will practice using primary sources by to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves from the Charleston Mercury. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Slave Life and the Underground Railroad . 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Sing, Play, and Cook Railroad-Style      Add Bookmark
Description: Playing, singing, and cooking can bring learning about trains to life! Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train! , this activity includes tips for incorporating special terms used by railroad workers into playing with trains, cooking a train caf car menu, or singing train-related classics like "I've Been Workin' On the Railroad" or "Chattanooga Choo Choo." OurStory 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,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: All the President's Children      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will match clues with images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives as they lived in the presidential mansion. As part of the online exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, this activity will help students understand more about the Presidency and life in the White House.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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 , 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 threadů
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Autobiography Through Objects      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson plan, from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze images and objects relating to Celia Cruz then create an autobiographical exhibition using personal objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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: 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 , Arts - History , Arts - Music , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: Why Are School Buses Yellow?      Add Bookmark
Description: Riding the bus is an exciting adventure millions of kids experience each year for the first time. We already know the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, but if you've ever stopped to wonder why school buses are yellow, today's wonder is for you. Hop on board. We saved you a seat!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Mathematics - Number Theory , Philosophy - Existentialism , Philosophy - Phenomenology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Astronomy , Science - Physics , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , 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 , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?      Add Bookmark
Description: On May 14, 1804, a small group of brave souls set out on an expedition to explore unfamiliar territory. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we travel alongside Lewis and Clark on their legendary adventure!
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 - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is a Muscle Car?      Add Bookmark
Description: On April 17, 1964, Ford Motor Company introduced the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair. Since then, men and women of all ages have had a thirst for high horsepower in affordable packages. It's time to shift into high gear as Wonderopolis takes a look at muscle cars!
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 - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Arts - History , Arts - Music , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Many School Lunches Are Served Each Day?      Add Bookmark
Description: Grab a carton of milk and a tray of hot food. It's time to head back to school for our favorite period of the day - lunch!
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: Social Studies
Title: Coming to America      Add Bookmark
Description: Almost all Americans have family histories that trace back to other countries. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring the experiences of immigrants who came to America and the ways that immigration has changed life in America through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Feivel's Flying Horses, a historical fiction picture book about an immigrant who comes to America in the 1800's, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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: 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: Social Studies
Title: Make Your Own Buffalo Hide Painting      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Native American people of the Great Plains as they create their own buffalo hide paintings using a printable buffalo hide outline. Inspired by the Indians of the Great Plains, they will draw pictures of things that represent important events in their lives and their family's history, or draw a hide with a geometric design. The choice is up to them! This activity is included in the interactive 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: Social Studies
Title: Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, a teacher's guide and student worksheets, and a bibliography of related books and online resources appropriate for all ages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Nutrition , Health - Preventative Health , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: How Long Is a Marathon?      Add Bookmark
Description: On April 18, 2011, the 115th running of the Boston Marathon takes place. Lace up your running shoes and jog on over to Wonderopolis, as we take a long look at the marathon!
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: Social Studies
Title: The Disability Rights Movement      Add Bookmark
Description: This website includes information and objects that will help students gain perspective on civil rights, public involvement and the power of protest in the United States through the lens of the disability rights movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Join America at Play      Add Bookmark
Description: Discover America's favorite pastimes, sports and hobbies through the use of brief articles, images, video and audio clips, trivia questions and an interactive game entitled "Batter Up." Students will gain a unique perspective of American history by using this resource from the Library of Congress. Explore the history of some of America's most popular activities with sections on dance, baseball, vacationing, quilting and patriotic celebrations.
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: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: This site is the official National Park Service website of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. It is a great source of historical information about the ruling, and has information about Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, which was one of the segregated schools African American plaintiffs in the case were forced to attend after being refused admission to schools for whites in their neighborhoods. There are resources for teachers and students, as well as information for visiting Monroe Elementary, which in now a museum.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Brown v. Board of Education at 50      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, sponsored by the Howard University School of Law, is the homepage of the celebration and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling in 1954. Howard University and the Howard University School of Law played historic roles leading to the decision in Brown and afterwards in realizing its promise. This website contains information relating to the people and the historic events leading up to and following Brown.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Remembering Jim Crow      Add Bookmark
Description: In the documentary entitled Remembering Jim Crow , Americans—black and white—remember and reflect on life in the time of Jim Crow. The accompanying website breaks down the documentary into sections, and features audio clips that accompany each documentary section. Students and teachers can read personal histories of segregation, and can also access a sampling of repressive Jim Crow laws by individual southern state. An excellent link to various resources is included for students wishing to research the topic further. Remembering Jim Crow was produced by American Radioworks and American Public Media.
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: 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: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: April Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering April holidays and special events. April is National Poetry Month and the calendar links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: 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



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: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tell a Migration Story...with Photos      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students take pictures that tell the story of their community's cultural heritage and the story of human migration that is unique to their area. They consider how they can tell a story with a sequence of photographs, and then put their thoughts into action by creating photo essays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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