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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pyramids on the Nile
Description: As part of a unit on ancient studies, students will create a pyramid explaining the ancient Egyptian civilization.


Subject: Social Studies (3 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Prehistoric Connection
Description: This lesson plan is an adaptation of Activity 92 from Project Learning Tree. Students will research the four prehistoric time periods and compare and contrast them with their lives. By doing this, they will recognize the difference between simple subsistence living and modern technology-based living. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.  


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Shofar      Add Bookmark
Description: strong Jewish High Holy Days strong The shofar, one of the earliest known musical instruments, is usually made from a ram's horn. Used in biblical times to signal important events, it is also blown on High Holy Days (10 days in the fall of the year). It is sounded many times during the services of Rosh ha-Shanah (the Jewish New Year) and once to conclude Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement)...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Pottery Quest      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on pottery making, students learn that the production of ceramic pottery requires detailed knowledge of the physical properties of different clays and tempering materials, as well as knowledge about how these combine and react under specific firing conditions. The lessons in this series provide students with a context in which to compare present technology with that of earlier times.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Learn to Think Like an Archaeologist      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students practice artifact analysis and interpretation by studying prehistoric and historic artifacts. They make observations of artifacts, use scientific reasoning and archaeological methods to interpret artifacts, make accurate measurements using the metric system, make accurate scale drawings and record data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Collecting September 11: One Curator's Story      Add Bookmark
Description: In this post, students will learn about the work the Museum is doing to preserve the history from September 11, 2001. Students will hear an insider's perspective on the decision-making process, and discover what it's like to sort and collect important objects that will help tell the story for generations to come. Written by Peter Liebhold, Chair and Curator of 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: Science,Social Studies
Title: Be an Archaeologist      Add Bookmark
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, lets students get an understanding of the job of an archaeologist. From here, you can access a review of this resource for grades 6-8. You can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation links at the top of the review.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Human Migration Then and Now      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students use maps and census data to examine specific human migration patterns, both past and present.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Nature and Culture Detectives: Investigating Jack London's ''White Fang''      Add Bookmark
Description: In White Fang, Jack London sought to trace the development of domesticity, faithfulness, love, morality, and all the amenities and virtues. In this lesson from EDSITEment, students explore images from the Klondike and read White Fang closely to learn how to define and differentiate the terms nature and culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Chimps, Humans, Thumbs, and Tools      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lessons, students discuss the chimpanzee studies done by Jane Goodall and Elizabeth Lonsdorf. Students distinguish between tools which need no alteration from how they appear in nature, called nature facts, and those which have to be crafted, called artifacts. Students have opportunities to create similar tools themselves, and to think critically about the differences and similarities between human and other primate tool use.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Science of Digging Up Dinosaurs      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, has students trace the steps of a paleontologist from determining where to look for dinosaur fossils to studying the completed dinosaur skeleton for clues about the dinosaur's behavior, diet, and anatomy. They write and share with the class detailed plans explaining specific parts of the fossil location, excavation, transportation, and research processes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Michael C. Carlos Museum: Odyssey Online      Add Bookmark
Description: This resource, part of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Web site, is an online journey to explore the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and 19th-20th-century sub-Saharan Africa. Included are museum objects from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas. There are online galleries, puzzles, games, and worksheets. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson '' Unicorns, Dragons and Other Magical Creatures.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: civilization      Add Bookmark
Description: Civilization is a complex way of life that came about as people began to develop urban settlements
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: Science,Social Studies
Title: fossil      Add Bookmark
Description: Fossils are the preserved remains, or traces of remains, of ancient animals and plants
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Science, Social Studies
Title: Hominid Diet      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that indicates that early humans may have eaten termites as at least part of their diet. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 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: 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: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Unwrapping Mummies      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students become famous archaeologists who specialize in ancient mummies. They are asked to study two very different mummies: one from an Egyptian tomb and another from the Andes Mountains in Peru. They then use the clues provided by each mummy to decipher who they were, how they died, and what their cultures were like.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Livius.org      Add Bookmark
Description: Livius, Articles of Ancient History. A website on ancient history written and maintained since 1996 by the Dutch historian Jona Lendering.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Cave of Lascaux      Add Bookmark
Description: This is the home page for The Cave of Lascaux Web site provided by Le Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication. From here, teachers and students can learn about and view the prehistoric paintings discovered in the Cave of Lascaux, located in southwest France. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson titled '' Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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