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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are A Walking Geography Billboard
Description: Students will investigate personal items to discover the item's origin.  These results will be displayed for the class to see via a digital poster/chart.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: World Traveler
Description: Seventh grade social studies students will create a passport and detailed daily travel journal. The project will incorporate a minimum of two types of technology as they create a narrative vividly describing a city/country. Specific details of the geography, people, their culture, government and particular points of interest will be included. Pictures will be downloaded and used to illustrate the location and or adventure.


Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Where in the world am I?
Description: A collaborative distance learning project on world geography.Two classrooms will interact while solving clues about "mystery" counties.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring Asia
Description: Students (in groups of 2 or 3) will gather information on an assigned Asian country. After organizing the required information, students will develop a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Study Of Human Geography
Description: Geographers are social scientists who are interested in human activities as well as the physical environment. Human geography includes a wide range of topics, such as the study of languages, religions, customs, economics, and political systems. A special focus of human geography is demography. This social science is the study of populations, including such topics as birth, marriage, migration, and death.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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: Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Libro de Texto de QUINTO DE PRIMARIA - Geografia       Add Bookmark
Description: From the Secretaria de Educacion Publica (Mexico), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on world geography, including the oceans, the continents, world capitals, mountain ranges, water bodies, among many others. The textbook is rich in visual resources. Intermediate students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9



Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Language Arts - Story Telling - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Degrees of Change: Conservation in My Community      Add Bookmark
Description: This '' '' Six Degrees'' '' activity introduces students to the concepts of climate change. They can learn the causes and consequences of global warming, and discuss how climate affects daily life in their areas. The lesson includes an activity where students can learn about global warming and their community's conservation efforts. Students develop and complete a project documenting, via reporting or photography, a local conservation effort.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on how humans can use technology to adapt to phenomena such as fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes. It helps students understand that the negative consequences of natural hazards can be reduced if we understand our vulnerability and learn to prepare for them.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Libro de Texto de SEXTO DE PRIMARIA - Geografia       Add Bookmark
Description: From the Secretaria de Educacion Publica (Mexico), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on geography, including cultural geography such as human migration and world economy, as well as research assignments. Intermediate students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Geospatial Revolution: Mapping Power      Add Bookmark
Description: Kibera, a poor community, in Nairobi, was a blank spot on the map until recently. This video from Penn State Public Broadcasting Geospatial Revolution shows how geospatial technology enabled residents to map resources to help their community.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Sense of Smell Leads Salmon Home      Add Bookmark
Description: This video segment adapted from Northwest Indian College reveals how Native American life and knowledge is connected to natural cycles.
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 - Geography
Title: When Natural Hazards Become Human Disasters      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students gain a better understanding of natural events and consider the dangers that natural hazards and natural disasters pose to humans. Through writing, and by gathering and comparing data, students examine factors that make hazards a threat to people.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Michael Yamashita, Inc.      Add Bookmark
Description: Yamashita began taking pictures in 1971 while on a self-styled "roots" trip to Japan. What began as a pastime led to a career combining his two passionsphotography and travel. He has been a regular contributor to the National Geographic since 1979 and has worked in such diverse locations as Somalia and Sudan, England and Ireland, New Guinea and New Jersey. Although he has traveled to six continents, Asia is his special area of concentration. He has lived in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan, and shoots for a variety of Asian publications. Fluent in Japanese, he has covered Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Program in Latino History and Culture at the National Museum of American History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is the American History Museum's official homepage for their program in Latino History and Culture. The National Museum of American History established the Program in Latino History and Culture (PLHC) to present public programs that reflect the rich and distinctive history of Latino communities and cultures in the United States. These programs include lectures, films, family and children's programs, concerts, and other activities. Helpful links and information are offered through this site.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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 - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Weeping Camel: How Do Rituals Compare?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of traditional and modern rituals found in different cultures. Through reading articles and watching videos of several rituals, students identify some of their characteristics. Finally, students apply their understanding to modern rituals in their own lives. This lesson uses an interactive Venn diagram.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: Social Studies
Title: Wing Luke Asian Museum      Add Bookmark
Description: A pan-Asian Pacific American Museum devoted to the collection, preservation and display of Asian Pacific American culture, history and art, the museum's programs are inspired and created by the combined efforts of museum professionals and grassroots community members. The Wing Luke Asian Museum is a multidisciplinary cultural center that presents arts and heritage exhibitions, public programs, school tours, publications, and films, and maintains a permanent collection and research center.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Association of Midwest Museums      Add Bookmark
Description: The Association of Midwest Museums was founded in 1927. It is a non-profit membership organization that provides resources to museums and cultural institutions and services to museum professionals in an eight-state region in the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Through its programs and activities, AMM encourages professional standards for all areas of museum administration and provides cutting-edge information and resources to museums and cultural institutions in the Midwest and the greater museum community.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Southeastern Museums Conference      Add Bookmark
Description: Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) members include museum staff, corporate partners and other individuals, who benefit from the networking opportunities provided through this website, Members represent museum interests throughout the Southeastern United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums      Add Bookmark
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 1945. The organization represents museums professionals, organizations, institutions and museum service providers. The website is a forum to enhance the image of museums and educate individuals on an array of field specific study and programs. The association chiefly represents those museum interests in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: New England Museum Association      Add Bookmark
Description: The New England Museum Association's goal is to strengthen member museums in the region. NEMA fosters communication and ethical conduct; provides professional development; promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community.
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: Bishop Museum      Add Bookmark
Description: Bishop Museum is the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific and is recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. As the largest museum in the state, Bishop Museum hosts over 500,000 visitors each year who experience over 2,000 years of history and cultural heritage, from early Polynesian migration and settlement to space exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Asian American Studies Center, UCLA      Add Bookmark
Description: Since its founding in 1969, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center has documented, analyzed, and forecasted the contemporary, historical, and future experiences and concerns of people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the United States through an array of scholarly, policy-oriented, applied, and creative forms of inquiry. It fulfills this mission through sponsored research projects; the development of affiliated research institutes; support for individual faculty members; collaborative research and creative projects with campus and community organizations, museums, and leaders; publications and other media; archival and data-collection activities; and the training of new scholars, policy analysts, and creative artists.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: globalization      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. Globalization is the connection of different parts of the world. Globalization results in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Book Dragon: Asian Pacific American Book Review      Add Bookmark
Description: This blog, published by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, includes reviews of book written by or about Asian Pacific Americans. The books range from children's picture books to adult fiction and nonfiction to manga, and the reviewer makes special note of whether the book is presented bilingually. By using the categories, search, or tags, users can refine their exploration of the reviews, which have been accumulated over more than fifteen years of diligent reading.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ancient Egyptian Scroll      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, has students decipher an ancient Egyptian scroll to figure out which Egyptian cities are referred to in the scroll. In the lesson, students learn about the landmarks of the three areas referred to in the scroll.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Three Kings      Add Bookmark
Description: On the Catholic calendar, the Three Kings are celebrated on the 6th of January. On this date Puerto Rican children traditionally expected their Christmas gifts, not from Santa Claus, but from the Three Kings. In Puerto Rico, the Three Kings, (in Spanish called Reyes Magos ) are depicted as riding horses, not camels. According to the Bible, these kings are said to come from the east, although popular tradition identifies one of the kings as Melchor and depicts him as African in origin. The figure of Melchor is one of the first representations of a black person in Puerto Rican art. This set of Three Kings is from the town of Morovis, probably crafted around 1990 by a member of the Rivera family.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)      Add Bookmark
Description: This partner reviewed site provides visitors with access to information about Puerto Rican arts and culture. This information is presented in Spanish. El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography      Add Bookmark
Description: Bibliographic material relating to the online exhibition: ¡Azcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Included are books related to the music and culture of Cuba, Salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Latin and Caribbean Music. Also included are links to the lesson plans that are a part of the online exhibition.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: ˇAzucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore the life of Celia Cruz, a world-renowned Latina musician, in this online exhibition. An enormous talent who had an impeccable sense of rhythm and an inimitable style, Celia Cruz became an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba, and the United States, her adopted country. Students will connect her life to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. A non-flash version of the site is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/" http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/ .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: Acerca de la Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal      Add Bookmark
Description: En esta coleccin por el Internet, los estudiantes pueden investigar la historia de Puerto Rico por los ojos de Teodoro Vidal, un hombre quien captur la historia de la isla con todos los objetos que coleccion. La exhibicin por el Internet provee informacin sobre el coleccionista, historia puertorriquea, la vida cotidiana en Puerto Rico histrico, las religiones puertorriqueas, Carnaval, msica, y el concepto de la Gran Familia Puertorriquea.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: About The Teodoro Vidal Collection      Add Bookmark
Description: Students can explore the history of Puerto Rico through the eyes of Teodoro Vidal, a man who captured the island's history with the many objects he collected. This online exhibition provides information about the collector, Puerto Rican history, everyday life in historic Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican religions, Carnival, music, and the concept of the Great Puerto Rican Family.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive map, students can explore the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Cronologia Interactivo      Add Bookmark
Description: Con este cronograma interactivo, los estudiantes pueden estudiar la historia y la cultura de Puerto Rico. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline      Add Bookmark
Description: With this interactive timeline, students can study the history and culture of Puerto Rico. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Enlaces      Add Bookmark
Description: Enlaces a los sitios relatados a Puerto Rico, historia y cultura puertorriqueo, adems la Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Related Links      Add Bookmark
Description: Links to Web sites relating to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Glosario      Add Bookmark
Description: Este glosario reproducible incluye los trminos asociados con Puerto Rico, la historia y la cultura puertorriquea, adems la Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Glossary      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible glossary includes terms associated with Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Ver Todos Los Objectos      Add Bookmark
Description: En esta coleccin por el Internet, los estudiantes pueden investigar la coleccin de Teodoro Vidal, uno de los coleccionistas ms importantes de la cultura material puertorriquea. Esta coleccin por el Internet contiene ms que 50 objetos y fotografas relatados a la vida cotidiana, la religin, las celebraciones, y el arte en Puerto Rico del siglo 17 hasta el 20. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Salma El Assal      Add Bookmark
Description: One of today s leading Sudanese vocalists - her voice has been compared to that of Aretha Franklin - Salma El Assal performs with her ensemble contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biology - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Dig      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive, promotes an understanding of how humans have evolved by showing how a skeleton reveals secrets from the past. Click on the bottom circle in Room VI to view this interactive, in which students learn what skeletal remains can tell us about how our ancestors adapted to the regions in which they lived.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Brass Music: Treme Brass Band      Add Bookmark
Description: New Orleans has a long tradition of brass bands, dating back to the early 20th century. Consisting mostly of brass instruments like trumpets and trombones and percussion, brass bands played a blend of European military band music, African folk music, and jazz.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: boundary      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A boundary is a real or imaginary line that separates two things. In geography, boundaries separate different regions of the Earth.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sogolon Puppet Theater      Add Bookmark
Description: Sogolon is the puppet show and theatrical company created by Yaya Coulibaly in order to perpetrate and promote the Mali puppet tradition. The group's core mission is to contribute to develop and promote the Bamanan-Somono-Bozo puppet show.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: November2009 - Celebrate We Shall Remain for Native American Heritage Month 2009      Add Bookmark
Description: November is Native American Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to learn something about the history and cultures of some of the first Americans?
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Public Lands: Preserve or Develop?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the ways that public lands are valued, used, and managed in the United States. Students compare and contrast different types of public lands, then simulate the decision-making and communication involved in converting private land to public land, taking into consideration the location, terrain, and climate of the land, as well as the needs and desires of the region's residents. Students imagine that they are able to bequeath a parcel of land to their state for public use, then create an argument for the best use of the property.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: urban heat island      Add Bookmark
Description: An urban heat island, or UHI, is a metropolitan area that's a lot warmer than the rural areas surrounding it
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Interactive: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz      Add Bookmark
Description: In this online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students can explore the life of Celia Cruz, an enormous talent who had an impeccable sense of rhythm and an inimitable style. She became an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba, and the United States, her adopted country. Students will connect her life to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: neighborhood      Add Bookmark
Description: A neighborhood is an area where people live and interact with one another
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: density      Add Bookmark
Description: Density is the number of thingswhich could be people, animals, plants, or objectsin a certain area
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Summer Travel--Education on the Road      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to summer vacations and presents information about how students can explore the geography and culture of their travel destinations. Learn more about how students can learn from their travel experiences 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: science, social studies
Title: Asia MapMaker Kit      Add Bookmark
Description: MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of Asia in a variety of sizes. The mega map of Asia occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: China: Arts and Culture      Add Bookmark
Description: This video series, from the archives of the Kennedy Center's Education Department, brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: UNESCO World Heritage Sites      Add Bookmark
Description: Satellite Image Gallery.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Lakes and Rivers - Satellite Images      Add Bookmark
Description: Satellite Image Gallery. A gallery of satellite imagery from GeoEye of notable lakes and rivers around the globe
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Africa      Add Bookmark
Description: Discover the real story of the Lion King and the rich tapestry of sounds from North African cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Asia      Add Bookmark
Description: Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Louisiana Digital Library      Add Bookmark
Description: Online library of over 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Newberry Library, provides historically significant map documents for K-12 teachers and their students. Illustrating the geographical dimensions of American history, the maps are accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Through the Eyes of a Refugee      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students play detective and try to locate a refugee whose photograph was first taken almost twenty years ago. Working with their families, students brainstorm a plan on how to find a missing person. They develop a list of people who might know the girl and create a list of questions to ask these people. Older students can discuss how the girl might have changed physically over time and make predictions about how she might appear today.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies,Geography
Title: National Museum of the American Indian      Add Bookmark
Description: Interactive exhibits on the history, arts, and culture of the Native Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Xpeditions Express      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive transports visitors in a virtual railroad car from which they can catch glimpses of cities from London to Istanbul. Click on the bottom right circle in Room IV to view this interactive, in which students see how the look and feel of cities and communities are shaped by different cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Living Landscapes      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive illustrates natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic explosions, mudslides, and forest fires. Click on the middle circle in Room V to view this interactive, which demonstrates to visitors that there are risks involved no matter where they live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Space Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Red Album      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students are assigned the task of helping NASA plan its next missions to Mars--a great frontier in modern exploration. A variety of activity options are presented for young students, older students, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: province      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A province is an area of land that is part of a country, similar to a state or a county. It can also be an area of land under political control by an outside country, similar to a colony.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies,Vocational Education
Title: agriculture      Add Bookmark
Description: Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: nation      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A nation is a territory where all the people are led by the same government. The word ''nation'' can also refer to a group of people who share a history, traditions, culture and, often, language-even if the group does not have a country of its own.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Falsified Passport      Add Bookmark
Description: This Thai passport was seized in the well-publicized 1995 El Monte, Calif., sweatshop raid. The passport is part of a larger Smithsonian collection of artifacts documenting apparel industry sweatshops, focusing on the El Monte operation (72 workers were discovered working as slaves). With a legitimate U.S. visa, the passport looks official. In fact, the El Monte operators doctored a real passport, inserting a new photo into someone else's document, in order to smuggle workers into the country. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Pacifico Dance Company      Add Bookmark
Description: Compare and contrast the music and movement of traditional Mexican dances.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Randall Cerveny      Add Bookmark
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: Building Big      Add Bookmark
Description: The Building Big Web site, sponsored by PBS, compiles information, activities, and teaching materials related to architecture and large structures. Included are discussions about famous buildings, and the physical principals and materials used in their making. This site also teaches basic physical science concepts while promoting awareness of the built environment and the impact of technology on society. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson titled '' What Should a House Do?''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: James McLurkin explores robot communities      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, a young MIT researcher, James McLurkin, explains how his robots work like a group of ants.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The New Americans      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibit, provided by PBS, includes resources related to the series The New Americans. Part of the '' Independent Lens'' project, The New Americans tells the personal stories of recent immigrants to the United States. The exhibit features lesson plans, information about the series, opportunities for users to share their own family stories, an online quiz, materials for community education and outreach, and resources on immigration and on the home cultures of the new immigrants.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be an Explorer Every Day!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students make exploration tool-kits with gear to help them explore their local environments. They also develop and participate in exploration activities for all seasons of the year.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Religion,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Nuestro Chile      Add Bookmark
Description: Writings, heroes, history from Educarchile (portal educativo chileno). The site surveys the history, literature, and cultures of Chile. Intermediate through advanced students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: May - 2009 - Asian-Pacific Heritage Month      Add Bookmark
Description: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month with a host of original EDSITEment lesson plans and reviewed Internet resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Indonesian Dance      Add Bookmark
Description: In appreciation for their three days of intense study and practice at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, the Indonesian visitors are happy to share their country s traditional Javanese dancing with members of the Chicago dance company.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Cultural Identity of the Lost Boys      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students watch excerpts from the film God Grew Tired of Us. They discuss the challenges the Lost Boys faced while adapting to life in the United States and trying to maintain their cultural identities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: ecology      Add Bookmark
Description: Every organism depends on living and non-living things to survive
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Stuart Pimm      Add Bookmark
Description: Article. A profile of conservation ecologist Dr. Stuart Pimm.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: Mapa Interactivo: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students can explore the island of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images. This information is presented in Spanish.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Inland Waterways 1820-1940      Add Bookmark
Description: The country's vast system of rivers and lakes has helped people settle the land and create communities. The realities of life and work on the inland waterways of the United States are the focus of this section of On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Students will learn how commerce on the Great Lakes, canals and rivers played an important role in the development of the country. They will also learn about the professions and technologies that developed to safely navigate the perils of these vital waterways. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Religion - Christianity - Religion - Islam - Religion - Judaism - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Culture Goggles      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how culture affects our perceptions. Click the bottom circle in Room II to view this interactive, which illustrates how the city of Jerusalem appears through the eyes of people from three faiths: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Health,Science,Social Studies
Title: climate refugee      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. Climate refugees are people who must leave their homes and communities because of the effects of climate change and global warming. Climate refugees belong to a larger group of immigrants known as environmental refugees.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: climate change      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. Climate is the long-term pattern of weather in a particular area. Weather can change from hour to hour, day to day, month to month or even from year to year.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,8,9,10,11,12



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