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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), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: So You Think You Are a Citizen?
Description: Students will learn about the status of citizenship in the United States.  Using a graphic organizer and interactive game, students will decide what it means to be a citizen and how can citizenship be obtained.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Project HOPE: Forty Years of American Medicine Abroad      Add Bookmark
Description: In this online exhibition, students will learn how Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), an American medical philanthropic organization, has impacted global health care. Currently, Project HOPE's education programs in southern Africa, Latin America, Central Europe and disadvantaged areas of the United States ensure that hundreds of thousands of people have access to basic medical services.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Distinguished Service Cross Medal      Add Bookmark
Description: The Distinguished Service Cross, the DSC, is the second highest award for valor bestowed on a solider. President Woodrow Wilson established the award on January 2, 1918. The DSC is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor: while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.This Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to General John J. Pershing.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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: Resolution to Raise Troops      Add Bookmark
Description: Resolution to raise troops, Massachusetts, April 23, 1778.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Revolutionary War Grenade      Add Bookmark
Description: Grenades of this type played an important part in the biggest naval battle of the Revolutionary War. The Bon Homme Richard under the command of Captain John Paul Jones entered into a battle with the British ship the Serapis . The Serapis was a much faster and heavier ship. As the battle continued, the two ships ended up side by side.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Lost Boys of Sudan      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students learn where the Lost Boys are from and how they got their name. Then they watch an excerpt from the film, God Grew Tired of Us, and write about it.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Nobel Prize Medal      Add Bookmark
Description: Edwin McMillan shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Glenn Seaborg. McMillan discovered element 93, or neptunium, in 1940 while working on the world's largest cyclotron at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Seaborg's discovery of element 94, or plutonium, was based on McMillan's discovery.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts - Journalism - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Daily Life in the Middle East      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to focus on the people of Iraq. They think critically about what the media delivers--specifically, why it focuses so heavily on war coverage and how this may contribute to skewed views of Iraq and its people. Students explore Iraq's rich cultural history and read online articles or print publications about daily life in Iraq. Finally, in small groups, they study further one aspect of daily life in Iraq (or another country in the Middle East) and create presentations for the rest of the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Biotechnology at the Cutting Edge      Add Bookmark
Description: Get an introduction to some of today's top researchers and the basics of biotechnology, biofuel, genetics, health, and agriculture. This video features interviews with four leading scientists in biotechnology who tell us what drew them to the field: Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University; Dr. Jay Keasling, Chief Executive Officer, Joint BioEnergy Institute, U.S. Department of Energy; Dr. Karen Nelson, Director, Rockville, Maryland, Campus of the J. Craig Venter Institute; Dr. Robert Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Company
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: John Brown's Legacy      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students will examine primary sources to understand John Brown's actions in Harpers Ferry and will develop a creative project on his legacy. 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: Arts,Social Studies,Science,Mathematics
Title: Learner.org      Add Bookmark
Description: This is the main page of the Annenberg Media Learner.org Web site. It contains workshops, courses, pedagogical aids, interactive exhibits, and much more.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: Responsibility and Leadership      Add Bookmark
Description: Video.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Bill of Rights      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the Bill of Rights and presents information about the history and the content of this important, foundational document. Learn more about the Bill of Rights by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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