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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Creating Interactive Maps of World War II
Description: Students demonstrate the scope, locations, and events of World War II by creating an interactive map showing the theaters of the war using Google Maps. These maps will not only show event locations of the European and Pacific Theater, but will allow students to relate the details, causes, and ramifications of these events through images and text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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: English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Holocaust Research Project
Description: Students will create a slide presentation in cooperative learning groups proving that the Holocaust did indeed occur.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (11)
Title: The Bombing of Hiroshima - Fact or Opinion
Description: Students will read "A Noiseless Flash" from Hiroshima, written by John Hersey with a partner and record facts (objective reporting) and opinions (subjective reporting) as given in the reading selection.


Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How Hate Changes Society
Description: Government classes usually focus on the workings of the United States Government alone. In this unit of study, students will compare the United States government with that of pre-Nazi Germany. This unit will demonstrate to students how misguided public policy can become when dissent and debate are silenced.


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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: 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: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution Collection Search      Add Bookmark
Description: In this resource, students can explore more than 800 artifacts from the online exhibition http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/index.html" A More Perfect Union , including: archival photography, publications, original manuscripts, works of art, and handmade objects from the Museum's outstanding collection of items related to the Japanese American experience during World War II. A More Perfect Union focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 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: World War II Poster      Add Bookmark
Description: This image, said to be the most popular poster design of World War II, appeared as a billboard in 1941.
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: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: This page provides links to all of the resources included in the online exhibition http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/index.html" A More Perfect Union , and serves as an invaluable reference regarding the Japanese American internment camps of World War II. Included are links to a statement by one of the exhibition's curators and the text of the original traveling exhibition A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and The United States Constitution , as well as an historical overview of the period, two classroom activities, a bibliography of books for grades 4-12, and a list of relevant Web sites about Japanese and Asian American culture and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Religion,Social Studies
Title: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment Blue-Ribbon site, the United States Holocaust Museum, contains archival materials for teaching about the Holocaust, including photographs, transcripts of lectures, and teaching guides. The Division of Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a two fold mission: to teach the history of the Holocaust and, in doing so, pose some of the most difficult questions that can be raised about ourselves as human beings.
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: Maritime Voices: Merchant Mariners and Shipyard Workers Remember World War II      Add Bookmark
Description: Listen to oral history recordings and examine related primary source materials to learn the stories of the men and women who built and sailed on Liberty Ships to support the allied war effort during World War II. The Web site encourages students to take on the role of historian by presenting them with a variety of related primary source materials and historical questions. These resources are part of the online exhibition On the Water: Stories from Maritime America .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force'': The United States in World War II      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine the role that the United States played in bringing about the Allies victory in World War II. They learn about the strategies that were developed and how they played out in reality. They become familiar with the two major theaters of the war--Pacific and European--and how developments in one affected the course of the fighting in the other. Finally, they learn how the various military campaigns--on land and sea, and in the air--all contributed to the war's successful conclusion.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Victory in the Pacific, 1943-1945      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, guides students through the military campaigns of the Pacific theater, tracing the path of the Allied offensives. Through an examination of historical documents and the use of an interactive map, students gain an understanding of what the Allies were trying to accomplish, and why. Moreover, they consider the controversial issue of the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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,Philosophy,Social Studies
Title: Profiles in Courage: Harper Lee's ''To Kill a Mockingbird''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird carefully with an eye for all instances of courage, but particularly those of moral courage. They then consider how To Kill A Mockingbird frames issues of courage and cowardice against the backdrop of the American South in the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Turning the Tide in the Pacific, 1941-1943      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the overall strategies pursued by the Japanese and the Allies in the initial months of World War II in Asia and the Pacific. By examining military documents and consulting an interactive map of the Pacific theater, students compare what each side hoped to accomplish with what actually happened. Also, students have an opportunity to read personal accounts by those who fought in the Pacific War, giving them a glimpse of what conditions on the battlefront were actually like.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: How to Win a World War      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study World War II's Grand Alliance, examining the ways in which the Soviet Union, the United States and Great Britain differed on their approach to winning the war. Students use primary documents to explore the methods used to obtain the surrender of the French North African government, the Anglo-American decision to require unconditional surrender from the Axis powers and the role of evolving military progress in diplomatic decision-making.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: Hidden History      Add Bookmark
Description: Article. Crypto-Jews are people of Latino heritage whose ancestors hid their faith and fled persecution.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: December Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering December holidays and special events. The calendar covers topics such as the arrest of Rosa Parks, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Boston Tea Party, and includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to these and other topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: American Diplomacy in World War II      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine the World War II alliance between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in opposition to the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Through the unit, students learn about the formation of the alliance and tests of the alliance's strength. The culminating lesson focuses on two major postwar issues in Asia: the alliance's struggle over China and the American policy of ending Western imperialism in Southeast Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: July 1942: United We Stand Campaign      Add Bookmark
Description: Through the use of authentic magazine covers, objects from the museum's collections, a timeline and brief video news clips, students will learn about the collaboration between the Magazine Publishers of America and the US Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II, through the July 1942 "United We Stand'' magazine cover campaign, the awards given by the United States flag association, and the history of the motto "United We Stand.'' National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Exclusion Orders During World War II      Add Bookmark
Description: When Japanese Americans were ordered to move to internment camps during World War II, they were forced to sell most of their possessions and take only what they could carry. This lesson, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, will help students identify with the experiences of camp internees during World War II. Students will be divided into four-member family groups that are to be relocated to an internment camp. They will then read two sections of the A More Perfect Union online exhibition and, based on what they have read, make decisions about what they will take with them. After discussing their decisions, students will visit the Reflections section of the A More Perfect Union Web site and write a response to at least one of the topics. This lesson is included in the online exhibition entitled A More Perfect Union, which focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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: D-Day'' by Robert Capa      Add Bookmark
Description: Robert Capa documented World War II from the bombing of London to fronts in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. He captured this arresting image of American troops landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: The New Order for ''Greater East Asia''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students focus on two major post-World War II problems: the future of China and the future of Western imperialism in Southeast Asia. They explore French Indochina as a test case of the issues confronting Southeast Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies,Arts
Title: Images at War      Add Bookmark
Description: The goals of this EDSITEment lesson are to examine American attitudes toward war as revealed in Civil War photographs and World War II homefront posters, to explore ways in which the experience of war has helped shape the American social and cultural identity, to gain experience interpreting archival images, and to organize a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Scott Family: Life on the WWII Homefront      Add Bookmark
Description: The Scotts rented apartment on the first floor of an Ipswich, Massachusetts house became a home front battlefield during World War II. Through the use of a description of the apartment, an excerpt from Mary Scott's diary, and artifact from the period, students will learn about life on the home front during World War II. The Scotts are one of the families that lived in the Ipswich, Massachusetts house which is the focus of Within These Walls , an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Holocaust and Resistance      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students reflect on the Holocaust from the point of view of those who actively resisted Nazi persecution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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