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Classroom Resources for Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, and South Africa

These lessons and resources will provide biographical information and historical context for a study on Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice is a digital novel with text, images, music, movie elements, and games. The companion curriculum package is aligned to the Common Core State English Language Arts Standards in the area of Reading: Literature.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Scootle Resources

Scootle is a collection of thousands of digital resources available to K-12 educators in the U.S. All resources are searchable and include images, audio, video, datasets, activities, lessons and assessments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Encyclopedia Mythica: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion

Find information organized by geographical region, with each major area subdivided into sections such as mythology heroes, images, genealogy tables, etc. to aid searching. It holds more than 7,000 articles, often brief, making it a good reference tool.

Background Reading

10 Free Things for Teaching About the 2014 Winter Olympics

The 22nd Winter Olympics will be held February 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the sports, the athletes and more with these lessons, activities, videos and reference materials.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Authentic Assessment Toolbox

The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a resource to help K-12 teachers, especially new teachers, create authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning.

The Paper Project

The Paper Project explores papermaking, one of the earliest technologies and art forms, and features educational materials as well as images of handmade and mould made paper taken with a scanning-laser confocal microscope.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

A collection of historically significant maps and companion lesson plans correlated to national social studies and geography standards.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

This twelve-chapter introduction to the French Revolution provides an archive of some of the Revolution’s most important documents. Find access to texts, images and music. Suitable for European History or French students in grades 9-12.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Find a primer of U.S. government with print and interactive resources on the nation, government, local neighborhoods, and symbols of U.S. government an overview of Benjamin Franklin’s life and career.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Multimedia; Printable

It’s No Laughing Matter

This website from the Library of Congress presents to students an approach to analyzing political cartoons and identifying the persuasive techniques used in them.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Duke University Libraries Digital Collections

Duke University's library and archives provides access to thousands of manuscripts, printed materials, digital images and audio files for research, teaching and private study.

Background Reading

92Y/The Paris Review: Interview Series

This site maintains an audio and video archive of interviews with writers, musicians, artists, scientists, and experts in other fields. Teachers and students across the curriculum can find resources by keyword, topic, date, artist or speaker.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Nellie Bly

This Web site celebrates the life and journalistic achievements of a pioneering investigative reporter and female war correspondent. It’s a good supplementary resource for grades 5-8 social studies and language arts and grades 9-12 journalism.

Background Reading

Picture Book Month Freebie

Find dozens of classroom activities associated with popular picture books from more than 20 authors, plus a Teacher’s guide with suggestions for ELA, math, science, and social studies.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

“Here I Am” and Immigration-Themed Resources

"Here I Am" weaves the tale of a young immigrant boy’s first journey to his new home in America. From social studies, to narrative writing, to art - this contemplative, wordless picture book and additional resources are lesson rich.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Barbed Wire Baseball

This novel’s energetic prose and dynamic illustrations provide a good introduction to Japanese-American internment during WWII. We suggest related readings, primary source documents and a lesson plan to help you plan a unit of study.

Background Reading

Flag Day Resources

Seven recommended Web sites explore the history of the stars and stripes through images, songs, timelines, crafts and activities, lesson plans, interactive quizzes and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Spatulatta: Cooking 4 Kids Online

This award-winning web site introduces cooking with a focus on fresh food and minimum processing. Students are encouraged to eat well, to take pride in their accomplishments in the kitchen and to understand the connection between farm and dinner table.

Multimedia; Printable

HistoryWorld

HistoryWorld makes world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines. Offering some 10,000 searchable historical events, it’s an ideal supplement for middle school social studies.

Multimedia

Culturally-Situated Design Tools

Skateboards and buckeyballs in Math class? Students learn math and computing through object patterns from many cultures, while they reproduce original artifacts and create their own.

Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs for PreK-12 teachers and their students to improve agricultural literacy.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

American Indian Heritage Resources

From museums to multimedia, this is a prolific set of resources offering free educational tools for teaching about American Indian culture, history and heritage.

Multimedia; Themed Package

America the Greatest.org

This web site has downloadable posters with biographical information about Great Americans.

Printable

Anatomy of an Introductory Language Lesson

World language teacher Chris Livaccari presents a short introductory language lesson, with related materials on teaching languages. From the Asia Society.

Multimedia