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Tool #101: Gilder Lehrman Institute of History

Type:  Online resource for American History

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (History, Social Studies)

Student Use:  Explore American history

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of History has a large variety of resources for the history classroom (e.g. online quizzes, historical documents, podcasts).  Information currently spans the Revolutinary War to 9/11.  Has complete teaching modules for over 2 dozen history topics.  Also sponsors essay contests for students. 

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May 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #100: Exploring the West

Type:  Online resource

Teacher:  Upper Level (History, Social Studies)

Student Use:  Increase understanding of the western United States

Exploring the West is a project of Stanford University.  Includes 3 thematic units (Urban Growth, Maps, Cowboys), lesson plans and over 100 worksheets. 

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May 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #40: Miller Center

Type:  US President Archive

Teacher:  All Levels (History, Social Studies)

Student Use:  Research and investigation of American Presidents

The Miller Center is a collection of Presidential history, from basic biographies to transcripts of speeches, this site is an extensive resource for teachers and students.  Includes a media gallery and over 4,000 hours of audio and video (with more being added). 

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March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #25: The Farm Letters

Type:  Real family letters

Teacher:  All levels (Social Studies, Language Arts)

Student Use:  Investigate the life of 1930s farm family

Dear Daddy:  The Farm Letters is a growing collection of family letters from the 1930s.  According to the site, “their correspondence may very well comprise the most extensive written ensight into the day-to-day lives of a family dealing with the challenges of the Great Depression.”  Includes cookbook recipes and photos.  Sign up for updates. 

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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #23: Tenement Museum

Type:  Interactive simulation of immigration in the early 1900s

Teacher:  Elementary and middle (Social Studies, Language Arts)

Student Use:  Increase understanding of early 1900 America

The Tenement Museum interactive is SO cool.  It has educational video and audio.  Students choose their own immigration adventure.  They decide their home country, what to pack, etc.  Students can print the passport they create.   (I would have had so much fun with this as a youngster!)

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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment