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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Marco Polo Takes a Trip      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the travels of Venetian adventurer Marco Polo. They consult maps to locate Venice and follow the routes Marco Polo took to Beijing and back. They learn about the challenges of traveling along the Silk Road, discover some interesting facts about China under Mongol rule, and find out how Marco Polo came to produce his famous book. Finally, they work in groups to create a large mural/timeline of the life and adventures of this famous traveler.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Creating Classroom Rules      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students cooperate to develop a set of classroom rules. They also learn about making rules for a group when the group is comprised of many different people, and that different groups of people may have different rules.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is the Smallest Computer?      Add Bookmark
Description: If you want to be amazed by how much things have changed in the past 50 or so years, there's no better place to look than the computer. Let's take a look at how the computer has evolved over the years!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Over the River and Through the Woods: Traveling by Memory      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces the concept of mental maps and their development. Students transfer geographic images to a sketch map, which provides visual reinforcement and a means of discussion and assessment.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Psychology
Title: Mapping What Matters      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the idea that everyone has mental maps they use to store and recover information. Students come to realize that certain places on these maps are more important to us than others. Students investigate these ideas by exploring the differences among students in terms of the value they place on different sites within their communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: How Slaves Found Their Way North      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students learn about natural and human-made clues that helped slaves find their way north through the Underground Railroad. Then they create a quilt with clues about routes to freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: 'Adopt'' a Geographic News Story      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some stories from National Geographic News and then invited to discuss the reasons why it is a good idea to follow the news. The class adopts a geographic news story, designs posters to illustrate it, and researches related topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Photography , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Technical , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts
Title: Do Photographers Still Use Darkrooms?      Add Bookmark
Description: Is a picture worth a thousand words? Let's explore photography today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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: John Bull Riding the Rails       Add Bookmark
Description: See one of America s earliest steam locomotives, the John Bull, come to life while riding the rails. Part of an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled All Aboard the Train!this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively view a 4-minute video of the John Bull in motion. 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: 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 - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , 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 an Almanac?      Add Bookmark
Description: If you've ever seen a copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac, you may have wondered what the little hole in the corner is for. Today's wonder gives you the "hole" story.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Physical Education,Social Studies
Title: Running the Blockade      Add Bookmark
Description: Calling all ships! Play an outdoor game loosely based on Civil War signaling and navy strategy. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes game instructions for groups of 3 or more players, discussion questions, and historical background information. 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: 1,2,3,4,5,6



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: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Physical Education,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Full Steam to Freedom      Add Bookmark
Description: Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina, but made a daring escape to freedom on the ship CSS Planter and joined the Union in fighting to end slavery in America. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring one aspect of the Civil War. Focused on actively reading Seven Miles to Freedom , an illustrated biography of Robert Smalls, this module also includes links to a related outdoor game, classroom-based newspaper investigation and online 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: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Science - Earth science , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , 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: How Did the Months of the Year Get Their Names?      Add Bookmark
Description: You probably already know there are 12 months in a year, but have you ever wondered how the months got their names? Join us in Wonderopolis as we explore the origins behind each month of the year.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Women's Role in the Civil War      Add Bookmark
Description: Women served in the Civil War as nurses, spies, and vivandieres. Explore these stories with students through a video clip and close examination of two dresses and a woman's uniform. This lesson plan (which includes background formation, guided analysis questions, and full-color primary sources) 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: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Do We Have Different Time Zones?      Add Bookmark
Description: When the sun is shining on one half of the Earth, it's nighttime on the other half. If you have ever wondered why clocks are set to different times in different places, check out today's video to see the difference between night and day. After you're finished, visit the Wonder of the Day to get in the zone and read up on the science behind time zones.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: May Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering May holidays and special events. May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and this calendar includes 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: 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: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: November Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering November holidays and special events. November is Native American Heritage Month and this calendar includes 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: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: August Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering August holidays and special events. August's theme is '' Lady Liberty,'' 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: 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: 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



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