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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: A list of the presidents, a time line of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and web sites related to the presidency are the resources included in the online exhibition entitled The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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: 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: Social Studies
Title: Roosevelt Inaugural Medal, 1905      Add Bookmark
Description: When Theodore Roosevelt was elected President in 1904 and needed an inaugural medal, he gave the commission to scupltor Augustus Saint-Gaudens after rejecting the standard, unmemorable medal typically produced for this occasion by the United States Mint.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Sheet Music: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!      Add Bookmark
Description: On a Sunday morning in December 1941, a chaplain had his most difficult assignment — to say a prayer to sailors aboard a U.S. navy ship actively under low flying attack by the enemy firing from all directions. He quickly realized the best he could do was walk the ammunition line saying, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! Stories of the overheard phrase quickly turned into legend and passed between soldiers, eventually reaching the press and one Broadway composer and lyricist, Frank Loesser.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Stories of the Mexican Revolution      Add Bookmark
Description: In this post, students will learn about the interdependence and interconnectedness of Mexico and the U.S., especially during the late 19th and early 20th century and its impact on the Mexican Revolution. The Revolution spanned twenty years, involving two nations and several colorful public figures. The Revolution encouraged the development of music and culture, changed the everyday lives of people, and had political and social repercussions that continue today. Protection of economic and political interests drove the U.S. to intervene in Mexico both politically and militarily. The rural Mexican poor wanted redistribution of land, while others in Mexico called for a more even distribution of wealth. The resulting violence caused mass migration from Mexico to the U.S., creating strong communities of Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Written by L. Stephen Velasquez, Associate Curator in Division of Home and Community Life, 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: Social Studies
Title: Blog Post: Americans Experience Mexico, circa 1890-1945      Add Bookmark
Description: In this blog post, students will learn some of the ways in which Americans learned about Mexico from some examples in the Archives Center's collections. In the years prior to World War II, most Americans had limited first-hand experience of Mexico. Mexico primarily was known as a place for American financial investment and as a land of frequent political turmoil. Written Craig Orr, Aquistions Archivist at the Archives Center, 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: Social Studies
Title: Encrusted Bugle      Add Bookmark
Description: Physical Description Oxidized metal bugle. Specific History This bugle was salvaged from the wreck of the USS Maine. General History USS Maine was a second-class battleship built between 1888 and 1895. It was sent to Havana, Cuba, in January 1898 to protect American interests during the native revolt against the Spanish government. On the evening of February 15, 1898, the Maine sank when its forward gunpowder magazines exploded. Nearly three-quarters of the battleship's crew died. American popular opinion blamed the Spanish for the sinking of the Maine and war followed within a few months. In 1912 the Maine 's wreck was raised to clear the harbor and to facilitate an investigation into the cause of the sinking. The remains were subsequently scuttled in deep waters north of Havana.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Naval Historical Center      Add Bookmark
Description: This Web site, created by the U.S. Navy, contains resources concerning the history and structure of the American Navy, naval warfare, and naval careers. The site also includes a virtual museum, an art gallery, a research library, and archives, as well as research and writing programs.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Hawaiian Plantation Locomotive, Olomana      Add Bookmark
Description: Students can learn about the history of the sugarcane industry in Hawaii by exploring how the Olomana , a plantation locomotive, was used to serve the fields. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 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
Title: An Army for the Nation, 1866-1914      Add Bookmark
Description: After the Civil War, the United States Army was kept small in size while its main responsibilities were fighting Indians in the West, maintaining order in labor disputes and performing ceremonial functions. In the late 1800's, West Point graduates played important roles in the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars and were vital to the success of engineering projects such as the building of the Panama Canal and the reshaping of Washington, D.C. In this section of the online exhibition entitled "West Point in the Making of America'' , from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how West Point graduates influenced the development of the United States both domestically and abroad between the Civil War and the beginning of the Twentieth Century.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Policy      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive map of the Caribbean allows students to learn about U.S. actions in Central America and the Caribbean, from the late 1890s through the 1930.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 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: Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Policy      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, students explore the influence of President Woodrow Wilson on American foreign policy. Using a variety of primary sources, they analyze the origins of the ambitious foreign policy that came to be known as Wilsonianism and compare it with important alternative traditions in American foreign policy.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Exploring Perception and Reality in the Story of the Hawaiian Islands      Add Bookmark
Description: Uncover the story of the Hawaiian Islands through artifacts, images, audio, and text from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. This page features a short introductory essay, audio clips related to specific museum artifacts, and an enhanced podcast. In the podcast, two curators discuss the stories behind several artifacts related to Hawaii i. Their discussion covers immigration, the popularization of Hawaii as a tourist destination, and Hawaii's agricultural origins. Finally, they encourage students to consider perception and reality in the context of their own communities. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary, Social Studies, Geography
Title: The Spanish American War      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, the Spanish American War, part of a curriculum unit on the Birth of an American Empire, focuses on the causes of the war in Cuba and the political debate in the United States over the advisability of intervening militarily in the affairs of countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Cuban Missile Crisis      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson plan students will examine primary sources to determine the level of threat caused by the buildup of Soviet nuclear missiles and weapons sites in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and will analyze President Kennedy's response. style="mso-spacerun: yes;" This resource was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Wilson and American Entry into World War I      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students analyze one of the most significant moments in twentieth century U.S. foreign relations: Wilson's decision to enter World War I in order to make the world safe for democracy.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Social Studies,Geography, Language Arts
Title: The Matter of the Philippines      Add Bookmark
Description: In the EDSITEment lesson, The Matter of the Philippines, part of the curriculum unit the Birth of an American Empire students examine the controversy surrounding the United States acquistion of the Philippines at the end of the Spanish American War. The political impact of anti-imperialist arguments, the difficult experience of suppressing native Filipino resistance, and the lack of attractive opportunities for further territorial expansion are surveyed in the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: U.S. Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, focuses on U.S. involvement in World War I. Students reconsider the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I through the lens of archival documents.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century      Add Bookmark
Description: This resource, designed by Learning Technology Center in the University of Texas at Austin College of Education, features an interactive timeline that tells the stories of the American presidents of the twentieth century, from Herbert Hoover to William Jefferson Clinton. Each presidents biographic information is included along with interpretation of the major issues and events of their presidencies. The site also allows students to view special exhibitions relating to twentieth century events like the Great Depression and the Vietnam War, and a gallery of personal images from the lives of each of these twelve presidents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Social Studies, Language Arts
Title: Imperialism and the Open Door      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, Imperialism and the Open Door, from the curriclum unit Birth of an American Empire, students examine Secretary of State John Hay's notes to foreign powers involved in China written in 1899-1900. Secretary Hay called on those powers to respect the rights of each other, to agree to an open market and equal trading opportunities for merchants of all nationalities, and to respect the territorial and administrative integrity of China. The Open Door Notes were an important step in the process by which the United States emerged as a global power and developed a distinctive and expansive set of interests in East Asia. In this lesson, students will explore the impact of these notes on both America and foreign countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Phantom Tollbooth: Page to Stage      Add Bookmark
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Andrew Jackson's Uniform Coat      Add Bookmark
Description: Andrew Jackson wore this uniform coat at the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815; it was also worn by Jackson when he sat for his portrait by artist Ralph E. W. Early, about 1815
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Woodrow Wilson and Latin America: ''To Elect Good Men''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a mutli-part unit from EDSITEment, students analyze Wilson's attempts to carry out this missionary diplomacy in Haiti and Mexico as well as the responses of selected Haitians and Mexicans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Olomana in the Kingdom of Hawaii      Add Bookmark
Description: In this online reference page from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students can learn about the history of the sugarcane industry in Hawaii.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Inventing the Future      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment after school activity, parents and children learn about the ways the inventions of Thomas Edison have continued to influence our lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe. This exhibition, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, examines how wars have shaped the nations history and transformed American society. Students will learn about American military history through the use of an interactive timeline, brief movies, and objects from the museum's vast collections. Also included are a collection search, an interactive game and learning resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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