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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.


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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Campaigns Against Counterfeiting and Piracy      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students are assigned a particular industry that has an interest in the trade of counterfeit and pirated goods. They create and present a public awareness campaign to represent this group.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Classroom Activity Guide - Unit 5: 1970s - 2000 The World's People and Products on the Move - Taking a Deeper Look      Add Bookmark
Description: In this classroom activity from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will examine primary sources from the 1970s through 2000 to learn about the impact of global migrations of workforce. The activity provides opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Real Estate Tycoon      Add Bookmark
Description: This year-long project, from Illuminations, is divided into three parts and reinforces skills that lay a foundation for algebra, such as measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions. Students design, build, and sell a house and then simulate investment of the profits in the stock market. Along the way, students make scale drawings, compute with fractions and decimals in various contexts, solve simple equations, and learn valuable lessons about how money really works.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Food Culture, Supermarkets, and Packaging      Add Bookmark
Description: In this post, students will learn how packaging—and the unspoken dialogue between consumers and producers—is one way to understand the connection between supermarkets and food consumption habits in the United States. Package colors, materials, and other design elements of food products are very deliberate. Much like advertising, packaging appeals to our emotions and directs our attention to specific product features, like health claims or a free toy, while distracting attention from other details, like small serving sizes or questionable ingredients.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rich, Poor, or Somewhere in the Middle      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson offers students an opportunity to use economic and social indicators to identify the connection between a country's access to resources and its economic development. They learn how development is measured and examine basic statistical figures related to standard of living.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama      Add Bookmark
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Four Freedoms for the Fourth      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to freedom, and presents information and activities about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concept of The Four Freedoms. Learn more about political speeches, freedom, and the U.S. government 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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Debate Over Globalization      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students research, analyze, and debate the pros and cons of globalization.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geographic Groceries      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore their grocery store to see which foods are displayed together and why. They look for patterns in the presentation of items and identify the different '' '' regions'' '' of the store.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Legendary Coins and Currency Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: History, at times, gives certain objects special significance, and they become legendary. Unlike money that changes hands daily, legendary coins and currency are larger than life, and tell a unique history of the United States. "Legendary Coins and Currency'' shows how major events in the nation's history have played a role in the evolution of America's money and determined how a select few pieces of currency have become important symbols of the American experience. This highly interactive online exhibition, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, includes a game and timeline and allows students to rotate and zoom in on objects from the National Numismatic Collection for detailed examination. A glossary linked to the exhibition will help students learn challenging vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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