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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Bee's Knees of the 1920s
Description: This is a culminating activity to an American history unit on "The Roaring 20s."  Students will work in groups to research notable individuals from the 1920s and apply that knowledge to create a digital poster using Glogster.   This poster will "advertise" these important characters and their impact on American history.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Coming to America!
Description: Delve into living conditions of tenement housing for immigrants in New York in the 19th century with this lesson.  Students research and use primary sources to create a digital PhotoStory of an immigrant family of their choice. 


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 (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hardships During the Great Depression
Description: Students will be divided into groups of 2 or more. Each group will be given a choice of jobs that were available during the 1930s. Students will learn to manage their cost of living and household expenses.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Was So Depressing About the Great Depression?
Description: This lesson focuses on the effects of the Great Depression on American life in the period from 1929-1940. Students learn about changes in art, music and literature that symbolize life of the everyday man. Students also learn about the causes that lead to the Great Depression.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Fighting for Gender and Racial Equality
Description: In this lesson students will examine the lives of key leaders and events in the fight for gender and racial equality at the turn of the 20th century. Through this inquiry study students will choose one of these leaders or events to research. The research content will be the basis of a written summary on an individual or event. The students will also create a visual aide or role-play relating the life and times of the individual or event.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our African American Heroes
Description: Students will create a short digital slideshow presentation and brochure on a famous black American.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Forming Unions
Description: This activity uses technology to generate interest in the study of labor unions. Students will use the Internet for research and conclude with a presentation about union leaders or labor organizations.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Texas Beyond History      Add Bookmark
Description: A public education project of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin that interprets and shares the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Groovin' to Jazz 8-13      Add Bookmark
Description: In this music activity, students will learn how to listen to and appreciate authentic jazz recordings by listening to sixteen recordings by jazz greats and reading brief introductions that discuss the relevance of the songs as well as how to listen to them.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Picturing Modern America      Add Bookmark
Description: Site contains interactive exercises designed to: Deepen students' understanding of common topics in the study of modern America 1880-1920; Build students' skills in analyzing primary sources; Generate questions that students can pursue by searching in American Memory and other sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 5,6,7



Subject: Health,Social Studies
Title: Women Working, 1800-1930      Add Bookmark
Description: Digitized texts and objects related to women working between 1800 and 1930, with a teacher resource page that provides five themed exhibits for incorporation in a lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Edward Hopper's ''House by the Railroad'': From Painting to Poem      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson students engage in a close reading of Hopper's painting and an Edward Hirsch poem to explore the types of emotion generated by each work in the viewer or reader, and how the painter and poet each achieved these responses.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: History Explorer: The Jazz Oral History Project      Add Bookmark
Description: In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Ken Kimery, executive director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the importance of the Jazz Oral History Project. Ken explains the history of the program and its importance, as well as gives some tips about how to conduct your own oral history projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Explorer Podcast: Henry Fitz's Telescope Shop      Add Bookmark
Description: In this episdoe of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Steven Turner discusses the work and shop of Henry Fitz, America's first commercially successful telescope manufacturer. The resource includes an image-enhanced podcast, teachers guide, student worksheet, and image pack.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Women's History: Make A Quilt Square      Add Bookmark
Description: Quilts do more than just keep us warm; they preserve history by telling us stories about the people who made them. In this hands-on activity, students will learn about women's history by studying quilts. They will then make a quilt square in honor of a person who is important to them. It is included in an "OurStory'' module entitled Great Women of Our Pasts. "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: History Explorer Podcast: Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Master      Add Bookmark
Description: In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Ken Kimery, Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the career of jazz musician Mary Lou Williams and the value of studying jazz in American history. The teacher guide includes discussion questions and links to related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Stories of the Mexican Revolution      Add Bookmark
Description: In this post, students will learn about the interdependence and interconnectedness of Mexico and the U.S., especially during the late 19th and early 20th century and its impact on the Mexican Revolution. The Revolution spanned twenty years, involving two nations and several colorful public figures. The Revolution encouraged the development of music and culture, changed the everyday lives of people, and had political and social repercussions that continue today. Protection of economic and political interests drove the U.S. to intervene in Mexico both politically and militarily. The rural Mexican poor wanted redistribution of land, while others in Mexico called for a more even distribution of wealth. The resulting violence caused mass migration from Mexico to the U.S., creating strong communities of Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Written by L. Stephen Velasquez, Associate Curator in Division of Home and Community Life, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Writers      Add Bookmark
Description: A permanent archive for educators, researchers, and everyone interested in the writers featured in the C-SPAN series.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11



Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: Getting an Education      Add Bookmark
Description: This video segment, adapted from NOVA , chronicles the education of leading chemist Percy Julian. Although Julian began his elementary school years in the DeepSouth under Jim Crow laws, he became one of the few African Americans of his time to earn a Ph.D.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Wired      Add Bookmark
Description: This is an experimental program through which you can take a virtual tour of selected objects from the Museum's collections. The website links to 450 objects from the found on a customizable map that can be used to group objects in different ways. By voting for your favorite objects, you can change the map to reflect which objects have the most popular appeal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Blog Post: Electric Cars: 100 Years Ago and Today      Add Bookmark
Description: In this post, students will discover the history of electric car technology over the course of the last century. In the early 20th century, motorists had a choice of electric, steam, or gasoline cars, and it wasn't clear that any one type would dominate the market. Electricity was beginning to power home appliances, lights, and streetcars, so it seemed natural to put electric motors and batteries in carriages. Electric vehicles were clean, quiet, and comfortable, but most car buyers in the 1910s and 1920s chose gasoline cars, which had much longer range between fill-ups. Written by Roger White, Associate Curator for Road Transportation with the Division of Work and Industry, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Trilled R's and the Dawn of Recorded Sound in America      Add Bookmark
Description: In this post, students will learn about the oldest sound recordings preserved toda, found at the Museum. These experimental phonograms were made starting in 1881 by the Volta Laboratory Association, which consisted of telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell, scientific instrument maker Charles Sumner Tainter, and chemist Chichester A. Bell. Written by Dr. Patrick Feaster, an instructor in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and a Lemelson Center Fellow, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students research archival material to examine nineteenth and early-twentieth-century arguments for and against women's suffrage. They learn what attitudes about women and their relationships with men had to be overcome before women could take their rightful place in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: American Presidents: Life Portraits      Add Bookmark
Description: This website was originally designed to complement C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits, which debuted in 1999. The American Presidents website, created for the television series, contains a complete video archive of the series, additional resources of biographical facts, key events of each presidency, presidential birthplaces, libraries, and gravesites, as well as reference material. The site is a great starting point for students researching a specific president.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Presidential Manuscripts: Library of Congress      Add Bookmark
Description: The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest and most comprehensive presidential library. Although the website is older, it provides valuable images of original primary source documents related to 23 presidents, each paired with contextual information. This is a fantastic teaching resource for teachers who want their students to learn about the presidents and events in American History through the use of primary source documents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery      Add Bookmark
Description: The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Their official online website features links to current, past, upcoming and online exhibitions, a collections search and educational resources including an The Great History Mystery, an interactive activity that focuses on great Americans as well anecdotal information that can be learned by examining their portraits. This important website will allow students and teachers to learn American history in a unique and interesting way.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Jacob Lawrence s Migration Series: Removing the Mask      Add Bookmark
Description: Students analyze a Jacob Lawrence painting and poems by Helene Johnson and Paul Laurence Dunbar considering how each work represents the life and changing roles of African Americans from the late nineteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance and The Great Migration.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Women's Equality: Changing Attitudes and Beliefs       Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students begin to appreciate the deeply entrenched opposition the early Women's Rights crusaders had to overcome. They do this by analyzing archival materials contemporaneous with the birth of the Women's Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The White House Historical Association      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a must-visit for students and teachers studying the history of the White House, or the presidency itself. The site contains timelines, historical photographs, historical tours, as well as links for further research. In addition, the site has entire sections devoted to students and the classroom. Information found on this site is likely not easily accessible elsewhere. It truly is a treasure-trove of information for students and teachers alike.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voices of US Presidents of the Twentieth Century      Add Bookmark
Description: The Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University is working to preserve over 100 years of historical spoken word recordings like those of the U.S. Presidents, and shares some of the sound samples from its collection for students, teachers, and scholars on this website. The site is an easily searchable library of primary audio sources of any president from Benjamin Harrison to George W. Bush.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History and Politics Out Loud      Add Bookmark
Description: History and Politics Out Loud is a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials of politically significant audio materials for scholars, teachers, and students. Speeches from the likes of twentieth century American Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and major twentieth century political figures can be found on this site.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Explorer Podcast: Holidays on Display      Add Bookmark
Description: In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Larry Bird discusses the development of holiday parades, department store window displays, and light shows and examines larger issues in American culture in the late nineteeth through mid-twentieth centuries including urbanization, suburbanization, and consumerism. The teacher guide includes discussion questions and related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Louis Armstrong Education Kit      Add Bookmark
Description: This kit of guided listening activities and streaming music offers an engaging way of introducing students to jazz. It traces Louis Armstrong's career as a musician, from influences in African rhythms and New Orleans marches through performances in the 1960's and 70's. It could also be used as an introduction to using music and sound recordings as primary sources.Although the PDFs of the guide refer to an audio CD, the same music is made available online as streaming media.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: New York Library      Add Bookmark
Description: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. Their website features online access to digitized images, texts, manuscripts, and archival finding aids. This site is a great for students researching any topics having to do with African-American history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Who Were the Foremothers of Women's Equality?       Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the achievements of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, the foremothers of women's equality. By studying a variety of primary historical materials, students also learn about some of the lesser-known activists who fought alongside Stanton and Anthony in the formative Women's Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America's Story      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, from the Library of Congress, was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories and information for people of all ages. Through the use of short essays, biographies, interactive games and activities, students can explore every era of American history and learn interesting facts about all 50 states. This is a wonderful resource for any teacher of American history and geography.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of seven lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces students to a poet's voice. Students develop a general definition of voice in poetry, and analyze and appreciate the poetic voice of Langston Hughes in particular. Included are writing and discussion activities, in which students either write a poem expressing their own voice (as developed in a journal), or write about one of the qualities of Langston Hughes's poetic voice (as explored in class discussion).
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: Library of Congress      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress, established in 1800 serves as the research arm of Congress and is recognized as the national library of the United States. Its collections comprise the world's most comprehensive record of human creativity and knowledge. Open to those above high school age without charge or special permission, it is the world's largest library and a great resource to scholars and researchers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Association of American Railroads      Add Bookmark
Description: The AAR Website promotes the utilization of freight rail as a viable, eco-friendly, alternative to trucks when hauling freight across the United States, and all of North America. AAR members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak, and are based in Washington, DC.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: American Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibition features approximately 100 objects from the Museum's collections to tell stories from the earliest days of America's colonial history through the 2008 presidential election. Each object is used as the starting point for a larger story about American history. The exhibition includes brief labels, large images, and an area for people to nominate objects from their own stories that would fill a gap in the exhibition.The objects in the exhibition address a variety of themes from American history, including politics, popular culture, art, military history, and home life. They help tell the stories of famous Americans (including Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Apollo Anton Ohno) and anonymous everyday children, men, and women.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Du Bois Online      Add Bookmark
Description: With generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities SCUA embarked on a project to digitize the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois. With 368 boxes, or nearly 165 linear feet of correspondence, essays, lectures, and notes to scan, the project is truly a massive undertaking. When complete, however, Du Bois Online will be one of the largest, freely available online repositories of primary materials for the study of African American history and culture. We anticipate that the Du Bois Online repository will open to the public during the summer 2011, and from that point forward, newly scanned items will be added regularly until the project is complete.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Sound Recording, "When the Saints Go Marching In"      Add Bookmark
Description: Born in New Orleans in 1901, jazz musician Louis Armstrong (d. 1971)was known for his distinctive trumpet-playing and vocal style. He often improvised jazz riffs using his voice rather than his instrument, scatting notes and melodies rather than singing actual words. Armstrong transformed traditional church songs like When the Saints Go Marching In into jazz melodies fit for brass bands. Nicknamed Satchmo, short for satchel-mouth, he helped popularize the solo performance in jazz music. His musical style influenced singers Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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: Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian      Add Bookmark
Description: This resource allows students to browse the two hundred and fifty artifacts included in the Legacies: Collecting Americas History at the Smithsonian collection. It also includes descriptions of each artifact, interpretations of how the artifacts fit into broader themes in American history, and brief case studies explaining the method historians use to discover meaning from seemingly ordinary historic treasures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers      Add Bookmark
Description: Enhancing access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, provided by the University of Houston, contains extensive resources for the teaching of American History at all educational levels. The site contains classroom handouts and fact sheets, learning modules devoted to significant periods in American history, resource guides, lesson plans, and online exhibitions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Toy Fire Engine      Add Bookmark
Description: Cast-iron toys are essentially American. Small foundries and factories were mass-producing them towards the close of the 19th century. These toys were sold in novelty stores, department stores, or mail order catalogs. One can follow along with shifts in technology by recognizing the changes in the different models of Sears toys...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Hattie Carnegie Two-Piece Dress      Add Bookmark
Description: ' Hattie Carnegie Original'' designer's label is sewn on an inside skirt seam. Hattie Carnegie, one of a few female entrepreneurs in the early to mid-20th century became a symbol of taste and high fashion to many Americans. 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: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibition, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, examines two jazz standards, each one its author's most-recorded piece: Caravan, written in 1936 by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, and Take the A Train, composed in 1941 by Billy Strayhorn. Through brief biographies of the composers, primary source documents, and media clips, students will learn about the collaboration of these two great jazz composers and the process involved in writing and recording two of the most celebrated jazz pieces ever written. 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: Children in Urban America      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Marquette University, provides hundreds of documents and images about children in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Drawn from newspapers, government and other official records, oral histories, memoirs and many other sources, the documents show how children experienced city life during the last century and a half. Users can find resources related to work, play, leisure, schooling, health and welfare.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: African-American History      Add Bookmark
Description: Follow the footsteps of Harriet Tubman and explore diverse interpretations of her life. Then, trace the journey of legendary African-American jazz and blues artists as their music is carried across the nation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: E Pluribus Unum      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Assumption College, focuses on three key decades during which Americans found it challenging to determine the meaning of the country's defining concept of '' e pluribus unum'' -- '' one from many.'' In addition to being arranged by period (the 1770s, the 1850s and the 1920s), resources on this site are also arranged in topical clusters. The site includes introductory essays, resources (including e-texts, digitized artifacts, and links) to facilitate online research, sample student exhibits and questions for discussion, writing and research.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: University of Massachusetts Amerherst      Add Bookmark
Description: With help from the Verizon Foundation, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and the Department of Special Collections (SCUA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is taking on the ambitious goal of digitizing one of the most extraordinary collections documenting the 20th century African American experience: the Papers of W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois Online will bring the insights of one of the great intellectuals and activists of the early Civil Rights movement to an avid audience throughout Massachusetts and worldwide. Offering a unique and compelling suite of resources, this site will assist educators in engaging students in discussions about some of the most vexing, but important, issues in recent American history, from the struggle for civic equality and social justice to the challenges and fundamental responsibilities of citizenship in a diverse and complex nation.
Thinkfinity Partner: Verizon Thinkfinity
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Julia Child's Pyrex Measuring Cup      Add Bookmark
Description: The well-known cookbook author and television cooking show star Julia Child had a number of the most commonly used American kitchen measuring devices in her kitchen. Now in the collections of the National Museum of American History, Julia's Pyrex glass one- and two- cup measures, are marked in both English measurements (1 cup; 8 oz.) and in metric (250 ml). 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: Edison Invents      Add Bookmark
Description: Thomas Alva Edison changed our world! His genius gave us electric lights in our home and an entire system that produced and delivered electrical power. He was the first to record sound - and he also started the recording industry. Edison developed the first movie camera and produced the first movies. Learn more about Edison's creative genius in this online exhibition from the Lemelson center at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The exhibition includes a biography of Edison, instructions on how to make a light bulb, an interactive game and a list of recommended resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian National Museum of American History      Add Bookmark
Description: The Web site for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History features virtual exhibits, background on the museum, and an overview of the museum's collections. Also included are resources for teachers, the Smithsonian Store, and details regarding internships, workshops, and other opportunities to get involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Women's Suffrage: Why the West First?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students compile information to examine hypotheses explaining why the first nine states to grant full voting rights for women were located in the West. The take a stand, supported by historical evidence, as to whether or not a single theory can explain why the Western states were the first to grant full voting rights to women.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: EDSITEment Websites      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment provides links to top humanities sites on the Web. All sites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and likely impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality. EDSITEment is the product of a partnership forged among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, WorldCom Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities and is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: West Point Graduates Quiz      Add Bookmark
Description: West Point graduates had diverse careers and interests. They were not only military officers, but also inventors, builders, managers, and businessmen. This section of the online exhibition entitled "West Point in the Making of America'' , from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, contains 3 interactive multiple choice quizzes that can be used by students to review information contained in the exhibition. The topics of the quizzes are: Inventions and Innovations, Private and Public Works and War Diplomacy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Humanities Articles      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment resource spotlights their selection of the best Humanities Web sites and provides links to the selected sites along with information about how sites are selected.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Ashok Gadgil's thirst to save lives (Part 1)      Add Bookmark
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students learn how Ashok Gadgil's invention can save thousands of lives by purifying water quickly and cheaply.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: U.S. Women's History Workshop      Add Bookmark
Description: This resource, an EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource, presented by Assumption College, contains resources for the study of gender issues in American history. The site provides curricular modules on women's studies for use in history, English, and social studies courses for grades 3 through 12.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Hart Parr #3 Tractor      Add Bookmark
Description: After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Charles W. Hart and Charles H. Parr developed a two-cylinder gasoline engine and set up their business in Charles City, Iowa. In 1903 the firm built fifteen tractors (a term coined by Hart and Parr), and the 14,000 pound #3 is the oldest surviving internal combustion engine tractor in the United States. The two-cylinder engine has a unique hit-and-miss firing cycle that produced 30 horsepower at the belt and 18 at the drawbar. 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: U.S. Electoral College      Add Bookmark
Description: From this web page, found on the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Web site, users can access a wealth of information and statistics relating to presidential elections and the Electoral College. This includes answers to frequently-asked questions and links to relevant Web sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sounds Historic      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore the relationship between history and music with the pieces and activities from the Sounds Historic concert, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Learn how music can be inspired by history, capture history, or even make history.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Zydeco: Geno Delafose      Add Bookmark
Description: Zydeco is often linked with Cajun music, but it has a harder, faster sound and employs more electric instruments. In dance halls today, elements of soul, disco, rap, and reggae can be heard among the rhythms of the frottoir.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Jazz in Time      Add Bookmark
Description: Take part in this in-depth exploration of one of America's richest musical forms, the jazz movement, which is investigated through interactive web content and music clips.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Social Studies
Title: Automobile in American Life and Society      Add Bookmark
Description: The automobile's impact on American life is everywhere. Each of the site's five sections contains two essays, plus a select annotated bibliography or bibliographic essay to guide further reading.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1930s $100,000 U.S. Gold Certificate      Add Bookmark
Description: During the early 1930s, the United States and the rest of the industrialized world experienced an economic depression. In 1934, the United States continued its movement toward removing its currency from the gold standard. It even became illegal to possess gold coins or gold-based currency until Congress relented somewhat for collectors.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Ralph Stanley: The Roots of Country Music      Add Bookmark
Description: Learn about the beginnings of country music and its early innovators through the stories and music of three of country music's most respected musicians: mountain music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale and James Shelton.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: January Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering January holidays and special events. January's theme is '' Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday,'' 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: Science,Social Studies
Title: African-American Inventors III      Add Bookmark
Description: Article. Short article on prominent 20th and 21st century African American inventors.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies,Vocational Education,Adult and Family Literacy,Informal Education
Title: Picturing U.S. History      Add Bookmark
Description: ' Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence'' is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online '' Lessons in Looking,'' a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The '' Picturing U.S. History'' site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Religion,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans      Add Bookmark
Description: Website for the award-winning NEH-supported documentary film, Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans. With the goal of deepening public understanding about the impact and legacy of American cultural and religious history in the antebellum era, and its influences on our pluralistic society today, the website features rich content expanding on three theme areas: identity, Muslims in early America, and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Lessons included.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Treasures of American History: American Identity      Add Bookmark
Description: Many of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's treasures give insight into what it has meant to be an American. In this section of the online exhibition entitled "Treasures of American History'' , students will explore the diverse roots of American culture as well as common experiences shared across lines of race, ethnicity, and region. They will learn how culturally, Americans have defined themselves in many ways; through artistic expression, ethnic traditions, work and play, and home and community life. A Spanish version of the exhibition is available on the exhibition's homepage.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Documenting African American History      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to African American history, and presents information about two online exhibits created by the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in collaboration with the New York Public Library. Learn more about African American history 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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events      Add Bookmark
Description: A comprehensive timeline on American history from the mid-17th century through 1920, as well as a robust listing of American literary movements.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Edison After Forty: The Challenge of Success      Add Bookmark
Description: At the age of 40, with major inventions behind him, Thomas Edison faced a new technical world, which he had helped to create, and the challenge of competing with his own success. This online resource, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, takes the form of a photo exhibition and chronicles the latter half of Edison's life and career. Students will learn about Edison's life in the years after he had become one of the most famous men in the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Memory Project: Main Index Page      Add Bookmark
Description: The main index page for the Library of Congress's American Memory Project gives users free access to more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Woman Suffrage      Add Bookmark
Description: Article. On December 10, 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature granted women the right to vote and to hold public office. This article explains the history of woman suffrage in Wyoming, how it happened, the arguments for and against women's right to vote, and how The Equality State reacted to women at the ballot box.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Winning the Vote for Women      Add Bookmark
Description: For more than a century, women in the United States struggled to obtain the right to vote. In 1920, the suffrage movement finally achieved victory with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring the history of the women's suffrage movement and women's role in civic life today. Focused on actively reading Mama Went to Jail for the Vote, a historical fiction picture book about the women's suffrage movement, this module also includes links to a hands-on activity, field trip, object-based learning experience, and technology exploration. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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