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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.  


Subject: Mathematics (6), or Social Studies (8)
Title: Equations Gone Crazy
Description: In this lesson, students will work with one-step and two-step equations.  They will create and solve both types of equations.  Students will also research ancient number systems and write, solve and check their equations using the ancient number system of their choice.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring African Tribal Masks
Description: This lesson allows students to learn about a very important aspect of African culture. It features the use of technology for research and also hands-on experience in creating an African Mask. The lesson can be used as a part of a study of the history and development of African countries.


Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Confucius Changes China By: Gina Merritt & Kimberly Phillips
Description: In this lesson students analyze Confucianism and its effect on conflicts in China. Students will evaluate an excerpt from The Analects of Confucius to realize the usefulness of Confucius' teachings and create an original cartoon using Confucius' teachings to illustrate conflict resolution that occurs in modern times.


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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: 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: The Emergence and Evolution of the Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment lesson, intended for use in the teaching of world history in the middle grades, is designed to help students appreciate the parallel development and increasing complexity of writing and civilization in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys in ancient Mesopotamia. Students explore the emergence and evolution of cuneiform writing and how it affected Mesopotamian civilization.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Geography, Social Studies
Title: Interpreting Mythology Through Dance      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students learn about Ancient Egyptian rituals and attitudes about death and the afterlife.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Arts - Architecture - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Mystery of the Scroll: Ancient Egyptian Culture and Geography      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore how geographical features, both physical and cultural, of a place can give us insights into the lives of the people who have settled there, with Egypt as the primary example. Students use maps to examine the design and location of ancient Egypt's tombs and pyramids. They examine cultural and geographic evidence as clues for understanding the structure and placement of these historical landmarks. They then explore the implications of caring for these structures in the future.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: Timbuktu's Golden Age of Scholarship      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the Songhai Empire and how Timbuktu became an important spiritual and intellectual center of Islam. In particular, students research the Islamic schools of Timbuktu and learn how manuscripts were produced and used.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Land and Lifestyle of the Inca      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the geography of the Inca Empire and consider how geography affected the Inca way of life, from government to agriculture to transportation. Finally, students consider how geography affects their own way of life and discuss the reasons geography may not be as influential today as it was in ancient times.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Geography,Health,Science,Social Studies
Title: fertility      Add Bookmark
Description: Fertility can refer to the ability of soil to sustain plant growth, or it can refer to the number of live births occurring in a population
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: 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: 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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Mapping the Migration of the Lost Boys      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students map the migration journey of the Lost Boys and Girls. They discuss the concept of a diaspora and the challenges of displacement.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: 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, Science
Title: Myths and Heroes      Add Bookmark
Description: Greek and Egyptian mythology, the story of the Lion King, and the legend of King Arthurs are just some of the ways these resources explore the different cultural interpretations of heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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