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Kapili.com
http://www.kapili.com/

Links to biology, chemistry, geography, and physics for kids

Smithsonian Institute
http://www.si.edu/

Online material related to exhibits at the many museums which fall under the Smithsonian umbrella. Check out the teacher area for units with lesson plans and the kids' area for educational games and activities

StocksQuest
http://investsmart.coe.uga.edu/C001759/stocksquest/mystocks.htm

An excellent example of a ThinkQuest entry that grew! Now boasting over a million user accounts, MyStocks is the world's most realistic stock market simulation, where you can have fun and learn the stock market at no cost. Trade stocks with virtual money. Teachers may group their students and monitor their progress.

GeoGame
http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/GSH/project/gg/

On-line project allows students to learn geography terms, how to read and interpret maps and increase their awareness of geographical and cultural diversity.

GeoNet
http://www.eduplace.com/geonet/index.html

Designed for students in the 4th grade and up to answer geography questions in a game format.

How Far Is It?
http://www.indo.com/distance/

Students submit two locations,then driving directions, and the distance between the two (given in miles and kilometers) appears.

50 States.com
http://www.50states.com

Fast facts about the 50 states: state capital, bird, flower, tree, song, area, climate, and links to state web pages

Alabama Legislature
http://www.legislature.state.al.us/

Track bills through the legislature, find information and contact information for each member, includes summaries of the legislative process in the House and the Senate

Around the World in 80 Clicks
http://www.aroundin80clicks.com/

This site uses a digital camera to depict the weather, time of day, and a glance into the daily rituals of far off places to help show how similar they are to our own.

CIA - World Factbook 2001
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Country profiles contain authoritative statistics on population, area, terrain, natural resources, economy, imports and exports, currency, income levels, agriculture, industries, etc.

Congressional E-mail Directory
http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

Students can search congressmen by state or enter a name directly and then find out more information about them and/or email them directly.

Education Place (Houghton Mifflin)
http://www.eduplace.com/

Resources for elementary-school teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies Centers, Intervention, Professional Development, searchable activity database, educational games for kids, and textbook support.

National Geographic for Kids
http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/

Variety of articles, movies, online adventures, and learning games about science and social studies topics, with teacher's guide

New York Times Learning Network
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/



TerraServer
http://www.terraserver.com/

Online database providing public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States. Maps and images are supplied through Microsoft's partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey.View a collection of aerial photographs of famous landmarks.

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
http://thomas.loc.gov/

Students can track the current activities of House and Senate and as search full text of bills in current legislative session.

Voices from theDust Bowl
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tshome.html

Covering a period between 1940 and 1941, this collection documents the lives of Dust Bowl migrants living in Farm Security Administration (FSA) camps in California.

Weekly Reader Galaxy
http://www.weeklyreader.com/

Articles from the well-known children's publication with related web links, field trips categorized by grade levels, parent projects and advice

White House Kids.gov
http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/

Good source of history information and current trivia about the Presidents

Encyclopedia of Alabama
http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/

The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabamas history, culture, geography, and natural environment. EOA offers articles written or adapted specifically for it and, when possible, enhanced with multimedia content. New content is added to the site regularly.


K - 5

When In Time
http://whenintime.com/

WheninTime is a web application that enables users to create, view, explore and contribute to interactive digital timelines on the topic of their choice. (Website's description)

Calendar Fun
http://www.softschools.com/math/calendar/activities/calendar_game/

Students will answer questions about a calendar. This game helps students practice calendar skills.

Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamerican.com/

Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

Community Helper (FireFighters)
http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/firefighters_activity/index.htm

This activity allows students to read and listen to informational text on firefighters. The students also take a quick quiz to assess learning.

National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/

This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

USA map with rivers, lakes, mountains to label
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/make-your-own-usa.html

Displays US map with various features that students can manipulate & print. Teacher can add on oceans to complete the standard.

Globe on the Go
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/globe-for-ipad/id387435363?mt=8

This is an ipad/ipod app that allows students to manipulate a 3-D globe to learn about countries.

Community Helpers (Police)
http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/officer/

Students will read about a police officer and answer question about what they have read.

3 Branches of Government
http://kids.usa.gov/three-branches-of-government/index.shtml

Created by Kids.gov. This website provides information and links about the 3 branches of government.

Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm

Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

DOGO News
http://www.dogonews.com/

News and Current Events Approved for Elementary Aged Children.

Martin Luther King, Jr: Animated Video Biography
http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/freemovies/martinlutherkingjr/

This animated BrainPOP video provides a clear, concise review of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are also links to a related activity, quiz, and famous quotes. *This video is free and can be viewed with no account set-up.

I Have A Dream
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

The audio and text of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered August 28, 1963. *Free access, no account needed.

Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/voyage/index.htm

An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

Why Does Milk Curdle?
http://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-why-lemon-makes-m-88057

Milk is comprised of several compounds, primarily fat, protein, and sugar. The protein in milk is normally suspended in a colloidal solution, which means that the small protein molecules float around freely and independently. Curds are a dairy product obtained by curdling (coagulating) milk with rennet or an edible acidic substance such as lemon juice or vinegar, and then draining off the liquid portion. Milk curds are used to make a variety of cheese and dairy products. Milk will curdle in response to high temperatures in the application of cooking. This type of curdling is not harmful and is safe to consume. http://www.science-sparks.com/2012/04/27/curdling-milk/

Slide Show About Maps
http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=4932&CategoryID=443

This is a great slide show for students to learn about maps and the different kinds of maps (political, relief). The words are large and can easily be seen if using a projector in a classroom. (Only pictures, no narration or music).

Landforms and Bodies of Water
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/landforms/glossaryprintable.shtml

Illustrated glossary of landforms and bodies of water.

Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofworld.com/

This is an interactive map of the world.

Earth's Biomes
http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/biomes.html

This website provides informational material on the most common biomes on Earth.

Online Passport
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/

National Geographic provides information about different places in different countries.

You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherstryscience.org/lp/you-are-what-you-drink

This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

Experience Jamestown Online
http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

Online Jamestown is an interactive game for students. Students make choices about surviving in a new world. Website requires Flash 7. You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony: Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice.

Natural Disasters
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/games/disastergame/disasterwatch.swf

This activity has students investigate different areas for clues on what natural disaster might take place. After students identify the disaster using clues they move on to the next level on preparing for this type of disaster.

Lunch Counter and Freedom Riders
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=258693

This is a Civil Rights Museum exhibit on the lunch counter and freedom riders.

Eyes on the Prize
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=94826

This is a video clip of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=151543

This documentary demonstrates the mistreatment of African Americans between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.

Cherokee Indian Fun Facts
http://www.bigorrin.org/cherokee_kids.htm

This website provides great information about the Cherokee Indian Nation.

Creek Nation Fun Facts
http://www.bigorrin.org/creek_kids.htm

This site provides great information about the Creek Nation.

Chickasaw Nation Fun Facts
http://www.bigorrin.org/chickasaw_kids.htm

This website provides information about the ways of life of the Chickasaw Nation.

Choctaw Nation Fun Facts
http://www.bigorrin.org/choctaw_kids.htm

This website provides information about the Choctaw Nation.

Civil War/ Battles in Alabama
http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ALmap.htm

This is interactive map of Civil War battles in Alabama.

U.S. Constitution- War & Peace
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/ext/conwar.html

On-line interactive hunt exploring the constitution and America

Branches of Government
http://www.texaslre.org/branches_game/branches_game.html

An interactive game where the students are given facts about each branch of government and they put the leaves on the correct branch.

Travel the Underground Railroad: Escape to Freedom
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/

This site is packed full of teacher materials and student activities to help students travel the Underground Railroad and step back in time.

The Civil War Through a Child's Eye
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/childs-eye/index.html

"The Civil War Through a Child's Eye" is a comprehensive project-based lesson plan where students work as historians to examine and analyze images from the Library of Congress.

Immigration Experience Webquest
http://www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=77820

This is a webquest that allows students to research from a first-person perspective the life of new immigrants coming to the United States. Many options are available for students' culminating activity.

iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/civil-rights

Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

U.S.A Games
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

An interactive game that introduces students at the beginner level to the states, capitals and regions. They can advance to expert level, building knowledge as they go.

50 States
http://www.50states.com

This site contains information on the 50 states, maps, and other state resources.

State Capitals Quiz
http://www.maps.com/games/caps.aspx

Interactive State Capitals Quiz with self-checking answers

State the State
http://www.aaawhere.com/geog-usa.htm

This activity allows students to practice naming the states by number on a US map. Timing is optional and has a running score that can be printed when students complete the activity.

Geography: What State?
http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-geography-state-the-state/index.html

This game shows students different states, which they can either try to spell out or choose from a list.

Tap Quiz Maps
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapquiz-maps-world-edition/id424151065?mt=8

TapQuiz™ Maps is a FREE app for an easy and quick way to master geography. Learn the countries of the world through a fun and engaging game! Just tap the answer to each question on the map. Keep track of your progress through the statistics page so that you will always know where you can improve.

U.S.A. States Game
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

This an interactive learning game for facts about the states in the United States. Choose between several different levels of play.

Interact with the Pilgrims' Journey
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/books/applications/imaps/maps/g1_u4/index.html

An interactive site for students to manipulate the route of the Mayflower and answer questions.

Growth of a Nation
http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html

An interactive resource for teaching different points of growth during Early America. Resource is an animated map with narrated events.

The Voyage of 1492
http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/1492.exhibit/Intro.html

The Voyage of 1492: An Ongoing Voyage with Columbus is a navigation through various documents and images. The exhibit provides two levels of use: one is a guided tour which will be represented by the image of a ship. Just as the first Europeans explored the world, you will be guided through various ports of the Mediterranean and the Americas. When you finish exploring the documents and images to be found at a particular destination you will sail on to the next by area by selecting either the image of the ship or the highlighted destination. These items will always be found at the bottom of each document.

A Jamestown Adventure
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

On the Trail of Captain John Smith is an interactive game in which students experience the adventures of Jamestown.

History of the Mayflower
http://mayflowerhistory.com/voyage

An informational source with other links related to the Mayflower Voyage. Can be used as a complex text.

Revolutionary War Animated
http://www.revolutionarywaranimated.com/

A visual history of the Revolutionary War that depicts animated troop movements along with summaries of key events in the war.

Mystery of the Boston Massacre
http://vimeo.com/39497177

This is a video to introduce the Boston Massacre and pose questions for the students to ponder during the study. The video is less than 5 minutes long with an abundance of facts and visuals.

The Road to the American Revolution
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/road.html

Interactive game testing knowledge about the events leading to the American Revolution.

The Road to Revolution
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/road.html

In this interactive, students navigate their way to independence. Every question that is answered correctly will take them closer to liberty. With each question, there are also more links for students to research the topic more deeply.

Thomas Paine's Mighty Pen
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/puzpro/paine.html

Students will explore T. Paine's Common Sense

Schoolhouse Rock Preamble
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=196683

This Teacher Tube video is great introduction to learning about the development of the Constitution of the United States of America. Students enjoy listening to this classic version of the Schoolhouse Rock song.

The Louisiana Purchase with Lewis and Clark
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/northamerica/after1500/history/louisianapurchase.htm

Informational text about the history of Lewis and Clark and the Louisiana Purchase.

Choose Your Side!
http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/civilwar/civilwar.swf

Interactive program that gives information on the Civil War and allows the students to choose a side, either Confederate or Union. It gives a certificate where they can enter their name and enlist. They will be able to follow the journey of those soldiers


6 - 8

State Capitals Quiz
http://www.maps.com/games/caps.aspx

Interactive State Capitals Quiz with self-checking answers

50 States
http://www.50states.com

This site contains information on the 50 states, maps, and other state resources.

State the State
http://www.aaawhere.com/geog-usa.htm

This activity allows students to practice naming the states by number on a US map. Timing is optional and has a running score that can be printed when students complete the activity.

U.S.A. States Game
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

This an interactive learning game for facts about the states in the United States. Choose between several different levels of play.

Geography: What State?
http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-geography-state-the-state/index.html

This game shows students different states, which they can either try to spell out or choose from a list.

Tap Quiz Maps
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapquiz-maps-world-edition/id424151065?mt=8

TapQuiz™ Maps is a FREE app for an easy and quick way to master geography. Learn the countries of the world through a fun and engaging game! Just tap the answer to each question on the map. Keep track of your progress through the statistics page so that you will always know where you can improve.

Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamerican.com/

Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

Children of the Great Depression
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/learning_history/children_depression/depression_children_menu.cfm

This website provides information and photographs of children and their lives during the Great Depression.

iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/civil-rights

Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Martin Luther King, Jr: Animated Video Biography
http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/freemovies/martinlutherkingjr/

This animated BrainPOP video provides a clear, concise review of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are also links to a related activity, quiz, and famous quotes. *This video is free and can be viewed with no account set-up.

I Have A Dream
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

The audio and text of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered August 28, 1963. *Free access, no account needed.

Ben's Guide to U. S. Government
http://bensguide.gpo.gov

Interactive guide to help K-12 students understand symbols of a democratic government and how our government works.

U.S. Constitution- War & Peace
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/ext/conwar.html

On-line interactive hunt exploring the constitution and America

3 Branches of Government
http://kids.usa.gov/three-branches-of-government/index.shtml

Created by Kids.gov. This website provides information and links about the 3 branches of government.

Do I have a Right?: Bill of Rights Game
http://www.icivics.org/games/bill-of-rights

In "Do I Have A Right?: Bill of Rights," you run your own firm of lawyers specializing in the Bill of Rights.

Money Basics
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/moneybasics

Money Basics discusses money management, banking, retirement planning, and more. Along with lessons, there are informational articles that can be used to further understand of money basics.

Cast your Vote
http://www.icivics.org/games/cast-your-vote

In Cast Your Vote, you choose the questions in a debate, rate the candidates' responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice.

Maps Around the World
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/online-atlas.htm

Pick any country or continent. Displays rivers, cities, etc.

Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation
http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html

This is a 10-minute movie that is narrated and divided into smaller segments. It shows the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to the acquisition of the last state. Geographic elements are interactive and there is a timeline. It will take approximately 60 seconds to load with a 56K modem.

My Topo Maps
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mytopo-maps-by-trimble-outdoors/id478007253?mt=8

With this FREE app, explore like never before. MyTopo Maps is a mapping and trip planning app to organize all your outdoor and back-road adventures. View more than 68,000 topo maps in US and Canada. Also, check out aerial, terrain, and street maps.

Animated Maps
http://www.animaps.com/#!home

Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.

Know the USA
http://www.ipl.org/div/stateknow/

Interactive map with information about each state.

Blow Your Top
http://www.thesciencequeen.net/Teachers%20Resources.htm

This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

Online Passport
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/

National Geographic provides information about different places in different countries.

Exploring Ancient Egypt
http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html

Informative information about ancient Egypt from the British Museum.

360 Cities
http://www.360cities.net/

You can get a complete 360 degree view of any city in the world on this site.

You Are What You Drink
http://www.teacherstryscience.org/lp/you-are-what-you-drink

This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

Ancient Greece Jeopardy
http://www.quia.com/cb/37288.html

Play Jeopardy with questions about Ancient Greece. This is great to build background for a unit on Greek mythology.

When In Time
http://whenintime.com/

WheninTime is a web application that enables users to create, view, explore and contribute to interactive digital timelines on the topic of their choice. (Website's description)

Ancient Chinese Civilization
http://china.mrdonn.org/stories.html

Multitude of resources for teachers and students about Ancient China. Includes stories and fables from Ancient China, games for students, powerpoint presentations, and video clips.

The Renaissance Connection
http://www.renaissanceconnection.org

Interactive educational website that travels 500 years into the past to discover Renaissance innovations.


9 - 12

Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamerican.com/

Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

The Renaissance Connection
http://www.renaissanceconnection.org

Interactive educational website that travels 500 years into the past to discover Renaissance innovations.

History: Maps of the World for iPad & iPod
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/history-maps-of-world/id303282377?mt=8

History & Geography collide to provide interactive maps

The French Revolution
http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/index.html

A site with maps, songs, images, documents, and a timeline about the French Revolution.

Nation Master
http://www.nationmaster.com

This is an excellent resource for finding out current details about most of the countries in the world. The main page contains statistical data about the nations and allows the visitors to create their own graphs in order to compare different nations. Additionally, the site has links to national profiles. This site would be very helpful for students who are looking for basic statistics about different countries.

Who was Jim Crow?
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/who.htm

After the American Civil War (1861-1865), most southern states and, later, border states passed laws that denied blacks basic human rights. It is not clear how, but the minstrel character's name "Jim Crow" became a kind of shorthand for the laws, customs and etiquette that segregated and demeaned African Americans primarily from the 1870s to the 1960s. This resource is one component of the Jim Crow Museum.

Popularity of Ministrel Shows
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG5tNhf-k_g&feature=youtu.be

The stage was not the only place where caricatures of African-Americans were on display. The graphic art on Minstrel Show sheet music and posters were also venues to display highly caricatured images. These images set the tone for the ridicule that ensued, at the expense of African-Americans, at minstrel shows.

Jim Crow Laws
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/origins/images/jimcrowlaws.pdf

The segregation laws written on this wall are a sample of the thousands of laws that existed during the Jim Crow period. This list was compiled by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Interpretive Staff. This resource is found on the Jim Crow Museum website.

Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation
http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html

This is a 10-minute movie that is narrated and divided into smaller segments. It shows the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to the acquisition of the last state. Geographic elements are interactive and there is a timeline. It will take approximately 60 seconds to load with a 56K modem.

Are You a Witch: Salem Witch Trials Game
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/salem/

This interactive game allows students to make choices to determine if they would survive the Salem witch trials. This is a great way to introduce the topic or to help students develop reasoning skills.

Salem Witch Trials Jeopardy
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/scopesjeopardy%5B1%5D.htm

This is a review game covering the historic facts surrounding the Salem Witch trials.

U.S. Constitution- War & Peace
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/ext/conwar.html

On-line interactive hunt exploring the constitution and America

Travel the Underground Railroad: Escape to Freedom
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/

This site is packed full of teacher materials and student activities to help students travel the Underground Railroad and step back in time.

Judgment Day: For and Against Freedom
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/tguide/4index.html

This lesson uses a program segment and primary sources to deepen understanding of the militant phase of anti-slavery activism inspired by the pamphlets, newspapers, speeches, and organized campaigns of early 19th-century abolitionists. Students can perform guided research into the lives and ideologies of famous abolitionists, notably women abolitionists, and create fictional dialogues between them.

iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/civil-rights

Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

The Lincoln Line
http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/index.html

A timeline of the life of Abraham Lincoln. This has some illustrations that can be used for visuals and links to events that happened during Lincoln's life and the Civil War.

Choose Your Side!
http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/civilwar/civilwar.swf

Interactive program that gives information on the Civil War and allows the students to choose a side, either Confederate or Union. It gives a certificate where they can enter their name and enlist. They will be able to follow the journey of those soldiers

Video: The Tragedy of the Donner Party
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/teachers-resources/donner-teacher-resource/

This video would be used with a lesson plan in American literature or American history to add interest and help students construct meaning from the experiences of early American struggles.

Father of Minstrelsy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5FpKAxQNKU&feature=youtu.be

A short video showing images of Thomas Rice as "Jim Crow," minstrel inspired toys, and clips from minstrel performances. Video features the "Jump Jim Crow" tune.

Newsweek Article on the Sinkng of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald
http://www.scribd.com/doc/85568639/The-Cruelest-Month-Edmund-Fitzgerald-Newsweek-November-24-1975

This article, written in 1975, is about the discovery of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. This can be used in conjunction with the lesson plan "The Legend Lives On" or as individual student research.

What Is the Blues?
http://www.pbs.org/theblues/classroom/essaysblues.html

This PBS article is on the the development and impact of the blues.

Scottsboro Trial Transcript
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scottsboro/Scottsbororeport.pdf

Transcript of the Scottsboro Trial in 1931. This trial is the basis for the trial in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird.

A Fateful Journey - Scottsboro Map
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/maps/index.html#

In 1931, the paths of nine young black men and two young white women converged on the train tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Decatur, Alabama. The criminal trials that resulted would spark the civil rights movement. Follow the journey of the passengers as they boarded the train and met their fates.

Children of the Great Depression
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/learning_history/children_depression/depression_children_menu.cfm

This website provides information and photographs of children and their lives during the Great Depression.

World War II: Visit Literary Locations
http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/9-12/Entries/2013/6/14_WWII__Literary_Locations_1.html

Using Google Earth and this website, students can travel to different locations through different literary works that focus on World War II.

1965 Alabama Literacy Test
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/origins/images/al_literacy.pdf

Jim Crow refers to the racial hierarchy that defined American life through a set of laws and practices which operated primarily, but not exclusively, in southern and border states between 1877 and the mid-1960s. The Jim Crow Museum webiste also includes the literacy test for Louisiana and Mississippi.

JFK Announces Civil Rights Act
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/videos/jfk.htm

1964 Civil Rights Act announcement by President John F. Kennedy. This source is just one component of the Jim Crow Museum website.

Women Leaders of the World
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/ext/woenw.html

Internet hunt exploring female leaders of the world.

Do you know your news? CNN Student News
http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

News to You!
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

PBS provides this educational tool to help students become aware of current events by providing school-appropriate news articles, activities, and quizzes.

Fodder for Young Minds
http://www.dogonews.com/

This unique news aggregator combines serious, fun, and silly news to pique readers' interests. Each article comes with a critical thinking activity to extend student knowledge.

Needy or Greedy Seniors
http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/fsustavros/clips/stossel-2011-needy-or-greedy-seniors/view

This clip offers a look at our country's expense for caring for the elderly. This is a great companion to The Giver to stimulate class discussion regarding society's obligations to the elderly. A teacher guide for the video is available here http://stosselintheclassroom.org/pdf/stossel_TeachersGuide_11.pdf

Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofworld.com/

This is an interactive map of the world.

My Topo Maps
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mytopo-maps-by-trimble-outdoors/id478007253?mt=8

With this FREE app, explore like never before. MyTopo Maps is a mapping and trip planning app to organize all your outdoor and back-road adventures. View more than 68,000 topo maps in US and Canada. Also, check out aerial, terrain, and street maps.

Animated Maps
http://www.animaps.com/#!home

Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.

360 Cities
http://www.360cities.net/

You can get a complete 360 degree view of any city in the world on this site.

Blow Your Top
http://www.thesciencequeen.net/Teachers%20Resources.htm

This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

The Price We Pay for Health: US and Canada
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=EM535&page=teacher

Students will review the health systems of United States and Canada. They will identify the positive aspects of each system. They will look at the trade-offs associated with those positive aspects. In Canada, everyone has health care, but certain specialized medical services are not always available. In the United States, many people are not insured, yet for many people the access to technology and specialization is phenomenal. Which is the better choice? Students will also recognize that choosing between these two systems requires a trade-off between the economic goals of economic freedom and economic security.

Ben's Guide to U. S. Government
http://bensguide.gpo.gov

Interactive guide to help K-12 students understand symbols of a democratic government and how our government works.

Alabama Virtual Library
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