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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.


Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: America’s Family Reunion – A Patriotic Celebration of Veterans
Description: Students will gain an understanding of the significance and meaning of National Veterans Day, the unique founder of the organization and the history created in Birmingham, Alabama for veterans across America.  Students will recognize the contributions of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things by practicing the character education traits of America’s veterans. Specifically lesson activities will focus on citizenship, patriotism, courage, loyalty and respect for others.  The lesson will culminate with students conducting a class or school assembly, a recognition program, or an event for their school honoring veterans in their community. 


Subject: Social Studies (9 - 11)
Title: From the Trenches WWI
Description: Students will experience what life was like for many soldiers during World War I by studying Trench Warfare. They will gain this understanding through pictures, first person audio accounts, and reading poetry from the war. Students will then put themselves in the shoes of the soldiers by writing a letter home to a loved one or a Dear Diary entry.


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations: Five Camps -- From Voices of Consent to Voices of Dissent      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students describe President Wilson's role in creating the League of Nations. They also discuss opposition to the League in America.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: World War I      Add Bookmark
Description: Americans reluctantly entered Europe's "Great War" and tipped the balance to Allied victory. The United States emerged from the war a significant, but reluctant, world power. Students will learn about American involvement in World War I and how American industrial and military might broke the stalemate that had existed for three bloody years on Europe's Western Front in this section of the online exhibition, The Price of Freedom: Americans at War . A non-flash version of this site is available: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=8" World War I .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Fighting for Peace: The Fate of Wilson's Fourteen Points      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students are introduced to Wilson's Fourteen Points, as well as his efforts to have them incorporated into the final peace treaties.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: United States Entry into World War I: Some Hypotheses About U.S. Entry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explain what the most compelling reasons were for the U.S. to enter World War I. Students create a hypothetical justification for U.S. involvement in World War I, supported by specific evidence.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 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: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War      Add Bookmark
Description: ' The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Timeline offers access to a unique blend of original objects, first person interpretations, video presentations, and interactive experiences organized by War. It gives visitors a comprehensive and memorable overview of America military experience and the central role it has played in our national life.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students come to understand Woodrow Wilson's concepts for peace and the League of Nations after World War I, his efforts to foster American support for the League, and the opposition he faced in the Senate. The three lessons can be taught as stand alone lessons or as part of the complete unit.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: World War II Overview: North Atlantic and North Africa      Add Bookmark
Description: This video, an overview of the Allied efforts in the North Atlantic and North Africa, was compiled from original video footage as part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the The Soldiers Experience lesson plan. It 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: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the role played by African-American servicemen in World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after researching contradictory statements, take a stand about the performance of the all-black infantry divisions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: World War II Cartoons      Add Bookmark
Description: Cartoons from World War II helped explain the war to children and encouraged families to do their part for the war cause.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Mobilizing Children WWII lesson plan. It 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: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Postwar Disillusionment and the Quest for Peace, 1921-1929      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students examine the rise of antiwar sentiment in the United States, as well as some of the concrete measures taken during the 1920s to prevent the outbreak of future wars.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 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 Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students study a variety of primary sources, maps, and supporting documents concerning the post-World War I peace process. They develop a context for evaluating whether the Treaty of Versailles was a viable, fair one, and consider some of the complex questions this issue raises about the historical causality and responsibility. The lesson fits within a larger unit on World War I, and some prior knowledge of the causes and events of the war is assumed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Europe MapMaker Kit      Add Bookmark
Description: MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of Europe in a variety of sizes. The mega map occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor. It is made up of 112 pieces; download rows 1-8 for the full map. The tabletop size is made up of 12 pieces and is good for small group work.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: First World War.Com      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site provides extensive resources on World War I. Users can find an online encyclopedia, a daily calendar of key events in the war, a year-by-year timeline, maps, diaries, propaganda posters, prose and poetry, archive recordings, historic photographs and much more.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: United States Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology of World War I      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students reconsider the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I through the lens of archival documents. They create a documentary slideshow outlining the circumstances surrounding the U.S. entry into World War I.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations: League of Nations Basics      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students describe President Woodrow Wilson's role in creating the League of Nations. They come to understand the basic issues covered in Wilson's Fourteen Points, and compare those with the tenets in the Covenant of the League of Nations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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