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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.

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 Youth Leadership Council
http://www.cylc.org/

The Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) offers education leadership conferences for outstanding young people from across the country and around the world, providing them with exciting enrichment opportunities and authentic leadership laboratories.

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 Council for the Social Studies
http://www.ncss.org/

NCSS's mission is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

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/



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

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)

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.

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.

Let's Have Some R & R: Recycle and Reuse
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/earth/recycling.html

This lesson plan will teach kids about the importance of recycling. Try some fun recycling activities as children learn some important concepts along the way.

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.

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/

Identifiying Destinations for A Class Trip
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/01/g35/

In this lesson, students will use a geographic perspective in identifying and comparing features of physical and political maps of the world. They will use information from these map sources, as well as other National Geographic resources, to make decisions about the best place to go on a class trip. Once students identify this place, they will relay their findings in a presentation designed to convince the principal that it’s an ideal place for a class trip.

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.

National Geographic Xpeditions
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g35/dawnducks.html

This lesson plan involves the impact of oil spills on the environment.

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.

Discrimination
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons_plans/the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-lesson-plan-discrimination-fair-or-unfair/

This activity teaches the definition of discrimination in a way that is relatable for small children. Students will then talk about Civil Rights and how African Americans were discriminated. Teacher will check for understanding with a game from the lesson plan fair and unfair.

Civil Rights
http://global.wisc.edu/peace/readings/cambridge-civil-rights-for-kids.pdf

This teaching guide helps teachers guide students through the civil rights movement.

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 5 Geographic Regions of Alabama
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ahei/view.cfm?file=A_Study_of_the_Physical_Regions_of-Alabama_August_2010.pdf

This is a concise unit plan that teaches the characteristics of the five geographic regions in the State of Alabama. The culminating activity requires students to work in groups to create a brochure of their assigned region. A rubric is included.

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

This website provides information about the Choctaw Nation.

Paleo-Indians in Alabama
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ahei/view.cfm?file=First_in_Time_Paleo_Indian_%20in_Alabama_August_2010.pdf

This concise unit teaches students about the Paleo-Indians of Alabama. A culminating requirement of students is to create a first-person narrative of a Paleo-Indian. Guided note-taking sheets, narrative assignment, rubric, and informal quiz are included.

What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/early-multi-national-influences-united-states

The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture.

Alabama Becomes a State
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ahei/Alabama_Becomes_a_State_Lesson_November_2010.pdf

This is a lesson plan that teaches the steps to Alabama's statehood. Students will create a poster at the end of the lesson. A rubric for the poster is included. Extension activities are included.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Underground Railroad
http://www.create.cett.msstate.edu/create/classroom/lplan_view.asp?articleID=33

This is a short lesson that allows students to experience a journey along the Underground Railroad through the use of an interactive Web site. Students will use this Web site to also research the history of slavery in the United States as well as the people who helped bring it to an end through the abolition movement.


6 - 8

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

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

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.

Civil Rights
http://global.wisc.edu/peace/readings/cambridge-civil-rights-for-kids.pdf

This teaching guide helps teachers guide students through the civil rights movement.

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.

Civics Units
http://www.icivics.org/teachers

This webpage allows you to search by state for units/lessons for the Civics curriculum. The www.icivics.org website includes games, lessons, and webquests.

Money Lessons
http://www.moneyandstuff.info/lessons.htm

MoneyAndStuff.info is a free financial resource from the financial experts at Ohio's credit unions. The URL will take you to lessons dealing with money, savings & budgeting, credit concepts, future goals, investing, and BizKid$ lessons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Inventors of the Industrial Revolution
http://www.pbs.org/empires/victoria/text/edindex.html

Click on Plan 1: Inventions that Changed the World for a lesson on the positive and negative impacts of the inventions of the Industrial Revolution, the ways this revolution shaped Victoria's reign as Queen of England, and the ways this invention contributed to the idea of a world economy.

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/mockingbird/index.html

Students gain a sense of the living history that surrounds the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Through studying primary source materials from American Memory and other online resources, students of all backgrounds may better grasp how historical events and human forces have shaped relationships between black and white, and rich and poor cultures of our country. This unit guides students on a journey through the Depression Era in the 1930s. Activities familiarize the students with Southern experiences through the study of the novel and African American experiences through the examination of primary sources.

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.

The Original 13 Colonies History
http://www.timepage.org/spl/13colony.html

Website provides facts about the orginial 13 colonies. Includes primary sources. Other links for events and famous Americans during the development of American Colonies are available.

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.

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.

Alabama Moments in American History
http://www.alabamamoments.state.al.us

This website provides supplemental materials correlated to the 10th and 11th grade Social Studies Course of Study and the graduation exam. These resources were created in an effort to show how Alabama's history is interwoven with the history of the U. S.

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.

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.

The Legend Lives On: documenting a historical event poetically
http://writingfix.com/I_Pod_Prompts/Edmund_Fitzgerald3.htm

Using Gordon Lightfoot's song, "The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald" as a springboard, students will analyze and write a poem about a historical event.

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.

How the Blues Inspire Writing
http://corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_lp019/lp12_writinblues.html

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the blues and help them write a blues song.

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.

The Blues Unit
http://www.pbs.org/theblues/classroom/lessons.html

This website includes two essays, "What Is the Blues?" and "Understanding the 12-Bar Blues." Distributing these readings prior to embarking on the lesson activities will give students a good introduction to the blues. In addition, an extensive blues glossary appears at the end of this guide. Definitions of common blues terms used in the films and in the lessons are provided here.

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt - Analyzing Letters
http://newdeal.feri.org/classrm/clasdmr1.htm

This section contains a series of questions or tasks that ask students to analyze the letters found at this Web Site. Each task stands alone, so you can pick and choose what seems useful to you based on your specific curriculum needs. This lesson plan is one of many found on the New Deal website.

TVA Electricity for All
http://newdeal.feri.org/classrm/classtva.htm

Lesson plans include analyzing political cartoons, historical documents, and role-playing. This is one of several lesson plans found on the New Deal website.

SEEING AMERICA: Thomas Hart Benton’s Boomtown, 1928
http://mag.rochester.edu/seeingAmerica/pdfs/52.pdf

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the WPA/Federal Art Project government agency employed artists in a variety of media and on a wide range of projects. Benton’s painting was the result of a summer sketching trip that took him to Borger, Texas.

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.

Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois: Differing Views
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ahei/Booker_T_Washington_and_W_E_B_DuBois_October_2010.pdf

Students will read and illustrate Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech using either Photo Story or PowerPoint. Students will read an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk and complete an analysis sheet. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois using a Venn Diagram.

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.

Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
http://www.pbs.org/jazz/classroom/jazzfreedom.htm

This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.

DuBois & Washington Response to Jim Crow Laws
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ahei/W_E_B_DuBois_Booker_T_Washington_and_Jim_Crow_Lesson_October_2010.pdf

Students will use primary sources to compare the responses of W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington to Jim Crow laws.

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

This is an interactive map of the world.

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

This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

The Air We Breathe
http://prezi.com/h4qdkymwuxj8/the-air-we-breathe/?utm_campaign=gro&utm_medium=email&utm_source=em0nl0explore

This Prezi illustrates factors that contribute to air pollution. Teachers can use this tool to presenting information to reinforce learning

Econoclass: Resources for Economics Teachers
http://www.econoclass.com

Includes lesson plans, games, simulations, case studies, debate topics, brain teasers, and other active learning activities.

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.

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