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Sites to See: World History
World History sites offer students, teachers, and the general public a wealth of resources for teaching and learning about world history. Included are primary documents, lesson plans, multimedia exhibits, Webcasts, teaching strategies, and more.

Repaying the Kindness of Strangers
Like hundreds of thousands, Laura Dunham's tranquil morning in Sri Lanka December 26, 2004, was shattered by a massive tsunami. Afterward, Dunham was fed and sheltered by local residents, and has returned to that village to help with reconstruction.

Four Days in Paris
In this foreign language or social studies lesson for grades 4-6, students research a travel destination, set up a four-day itinerary, and then use iWork's Pages program to create an illustrated travel journal detailing their "experiences."

Sites to See: Countries of the World
Where in the world is Nepal and how does its GNP compare to that of other nations? Check out these sites to discover and compare information about the countries of the world. Included: Links to resources for grades 5-12, ranging from basic maps and summaries to downloadable handbooks containing exhaustive details.

Design a Community Flag
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students in grades 3-8 research basic principles for flag design, find out how their city's flag (or the flag of a nearby city) ranked in a national survey, and then use the computer to create their own community flags.

Quilting Connections
Help your K-8 class celebrate Women's History Month. Students research an influential woman, then create on the computer a quilt block with text and graphics. Quilt blocks are then printed and combined to form a quilt of connections.

Sites to See: Economics
Economics sites help students learn to be smarter consumers, savers, and investors. The sites include interactive activities, lesson plans, games, curriculum materials, articles, and other resources for teaching and learning about economics. Included: Fourteen great sites for teaching personal finance and economic systems in the classroom.

Sites to See: Community Helpers
Community helpers include police officers, postal employees, doctors, shopkeepers, and many others workers who help make the community a better place to live. Check out the community helper Web sites below for games, information, and printable worksheets you can use in your preK and primary classrooms.

Hail to the Chief(s)!: Lessons from Presidential Libraries
Presidential libraries hold the papers and memorabilia of former U.S. presidents, making them available to the general public, and preserving them for future generations. Discover how you can use online resources from presidential libraries to teach students about U.S. presidents.

I Do Solemnly Swear: Presidential Inaugurations
Stuffy and formal or disorganized and strange? Presidential inaugurations have run the gamut over the years. Check out this lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which the facts and frenzy surrounding 55 presidential inaugurations are investigated.

 

 

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