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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.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: The Search for Timbuktu      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the reasons for the decline and fall of Timbuktu, some of the mistaken views held by Europeans about the city, the first Europeans to get to Timbuktu, and the difficulties explorers had getting there.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: Timbuktu -- A Center of Trade      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the origins of Timbuktu. They explore the importance of its location, and how and why Timbuktu became a part of the kingdom of Mali.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Arts,Religion,Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu - Student Version      Add Bookmark
Description: In the eight lessons of this EDSITEment curriculum unit, students will learn about the geography of Mali and the cultures and economies along the Niger River, find out about the three kingdoms that evolved in ancient and medieval West Africa, discover how Timbuktu rose to become the most important city in Islamic West Africa, and find out what is being done today to protect the city's antiquities. This is a student's version of the lesson plan overview, in which students take the role of the makers of a TV travel adventure show and research Timbuktu as a potential location for an episode of the series. This lesson incorporates primary source material from EDSITEment-reviewed websites.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: Assessment of Lessons 1-7      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, the last of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students complete an illustrated timeline of Timbuktu's history. They also research an epic poem and the writings of a Muslim traveler describing the ancient city and its people.
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
Title: Trekking to Timbuktu: The Geography of Mali      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the geography of Mali. They examine the critical roles the Niger River has played in the lives of the people of the region.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: 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: 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
Title: In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, tells the story of 13 defining migrations that have formed and transformed African American history and the United States. Each migration is presented through five units: a narrative, about 100 illustrations, 20 to 40 research resources, maps and lesson plans. In total, the site includes more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations and more than 60 maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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 - 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



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