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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 (11)
Title: Making History Personal
Description: This lesson fosters an understanding of a major event in American history. It uses this event to guide students into research of how the event affected an 'ordinary' person's life. Each student will be responsible for interviewing someone who remembers the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


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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: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography      Add Bookmark
Description: Bibliographic material relating to the online exhibition: ¡Azcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Included are books related to the music and culture of Cuba, Salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Latin and Caribbean Music. Also included are links to the lesson plans that are a part of the online exhibition.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: ĦAzucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore the life of Celia Cruz, a world-renowned Latina musician, in this online exhibition. An enormous talent who had an impeccable sense of rhythm and an inimitable style, Celia Cruz became an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba, and the United States, her adopted country. Students will connect her life to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. A non-flash version of the site is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/" http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/ .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 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: Fortieth Anniversary of Apollo 11: Commemorating the First Human Steps on the Moon      Add Bookmark
Description: In this website from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, students will find an array of resources relating to the first human exploration of the moon's surface. With a focus on the Museum's collection of objects relating to the Apollo 11 mission, this website gives students a unique view of the mission that took humans to the moon. The website is highlighted by a collection of Apollo 11 objects that students can comment on, an interactive timeline, videos relating to the mission, and a special Share Your Story section in which students can share their impressions of the exploration of the moon. Also included are links to other resources related to the mission.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive activity adapted from NASA features world maps that identify different sections of the Earth's crust called tectonic plates. The locations of different types of plate boundaries are also identified, including convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: PBS American Experience: The Presidents      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, related to the award-winning broadcasts of Presidential biographies, provides a wealth of excellent material related to Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and George H. W. bush. Students can view individual chapters from each documentary and listen to podcasts that discuss the presidency in depth. Teacher's materials related to the documentary films are also available.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection      Add Bookmark
Description: 30 years after the assassination of President Kennedy, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, signed by President George H.W. Bush. The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the National Archives and Records Administration. The resulting collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts. Through this National Archives website, much of the collection is now available online. This website contains an unmatched amount of primary source information for students and teachers interested in learning more about the Kennedy assassination. Also included are the reports of the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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: Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II. Students will learn how submarines were built, how they work, and what they do. They will also learn the story of submariners and their families, Americans who were on the front lines of the Cold War. This resource also includes a cold war timeline that covers the origins, major events and the end of the Cold war.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Interactive: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz      Add Bookmark
Description: In this online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students can explore the life of Celia Cruz, an enormous talent who had an impeccable sense of rhythm and an inimitable style. She became an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba, and the United States, her adopted country. Students will connect her life to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Cold War      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn how a "cold war" between the United States and the Soviet Union began after World War II in this section of the online exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War . Americans led Western efforts to contain Communism. The Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, the origins of NATO and the arms race that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis are all discussed. A non-flash version of this site is available: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=11" The Cold War .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: JFK Analysis      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear atmospheric chemist Ken Rahn describe how he and a ballistics specialist have re-analyzed the data from two major forensic studies of the John F. Kennedy assassination. The analysis showed that despite apparent chemical differences, the tiny bullet fragments recovered from the president's limousine matched the larger bullets found in his body, making the chance that there were two shooters as little as a million to one. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Sputnik: Art/Space      Add Bookmark
Description: The space age began on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik-the first artificial satellite. Around the world, millions of people tuned their radios to hear it beeping or waited outside to watch it pass overhead.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: 1968 Exhibit      Add Bookmark
Description: The Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California, curated a major exhibit documenting this pivotal year. The year saw the peak of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention, assertions of Black Power at the Olympic Games and feminist demonstrations at the Miss America pageant.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Old Sturbridge Village      Add Bookmark
Description: This website allows students to take a tour of Sturbridge village, a living history museum that replicates rural live in the nineteenth century. Students who use this site will gain an understanding of early rural American life by navigating an illustrated map, searching an online artifact collection featuring over 60,000, and participating in online educational activities. The site also includes professionally developed lesson plans for teachers, over 500 primary source documents, a graphics database, and a collection of recipes from the past. The Kids Zone includes activities, puzzles and games for younger students.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: JFK, LBJ, and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in the 1960s      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to study and analyze the innovative legislative efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the social and economic context of the 1960s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Museum of the Moving Image      Add Bookmark
Description: The Living Room Candidate, funded through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, contains a comprehensive online collection of political television advertisements from every Presidential election since 1952. It is a signature program of the Museum of the Moving Image, the only museum dedicated to the art and industry of all of screen culture, from the earliest silent films to today's video games.
Thinkfinity Partner: Verizon Thinkfinity
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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