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Women’s History Month, Grades 6-8

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life with these interdisciplinary resources for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

Curriculum resources include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials for all grade levels, and explore Irish culture, history and traditions.

Themed Package

Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation

Navigation, or wayfinding, is the subject of the Exploratorium website Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation. Find ideas for projects and activities in social studies, language arts, science, art, and math.

Multimedia

Annenberg Learner’s Interactives

22 learning modules from Annenberg Learner provide activities that improve skills in math, science, language, history, and arts. Though a few resources are aimed at elementary students, most are intended for secondary.

Learning Game

TED Ed - TED’s New Education Initiative

The goal of thisinitiative is to produce a library of teacher-prepared lessons on video.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War Trust website offers historical and animated maps, photographs, primary sources, biographies, music and literature, printables, and other curriculum resources to help educate students about the legacy of the Civil War.

Multimedia; Printable

TED-Ed Video Library

This growing library of educational videos represents collaborations between teachers and animators. Classroom teachers can use, tweak, or rewrite lessons, or create their own lessons, based on any useful educational video.

Multimedia

Art, Big Numbers & Mass Consumption

Artist Chris Jordan creates large-scale works of art that make statements about the social repercussions of mass consumerism. Educators will find these works of art useful in helping students understand big numbers, consumerism, and conceptual art.

Multimedia

National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip

Grades 4-8 can learn about various topics (e.g., civil rights, climate change) through electronic field trips to national parks. There are more than a dozen EFTs archived on the site, each with an on-demand video and related lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Mapping History

The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments, and dynamics.

Multimedia

History of the English Language

The BBC and British Library both have interactive timelines describing the development of the English language. The BBC site is suitable for grades 6-8 and the British Library site for grades 9-12.

Multimedia

Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum maintains twelve online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing.

Background Reading

HippoCampus

Free multimedia resources for middle school, high school, and college students on subjects like algebra, chemistry, history and government. Many of these resources would work well on an interactive whiteboard.

Background Reading; Multimedia

The Learning Network

The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.

Lesson Plan

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

EconEdLink & Living Wage Calculator

Two websites offer 750+ lesson plans and resources to help K-12 students learn about economics, personal finance. A related tool, a living wage calculator, supplements these resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Inauguration Day Resources

Students in all grade levels learn about the Presidential Inauguration and how it has changed over time with our recommended activities, background resources, primary source documents, videos, printables, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Quiz

iCivics

Students learn about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, budgeting, foreign policy and national defense, separation of powers, and branches of government in 16 games with this website created by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Learning Game; Multimedia

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

More than 46,000 map images are available from a collection of 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world, including historical maps and thematic maps that show climate, energy, ethnography and religion, industry and economy, and more.

Printable

Women Artists, Composers & Poets

Three websites highlight the contributions of women to the fine arts, musical composition, and poetry and make excellent resources for teaching Women’s History Month.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Themed Package

Cooper-Hewitt Educator Resources

The National Design Museum offers 420+ free lesson plans. Design a new playground or t-shirt. Practice map-making and vocabulary skills to design a treasure map. Use geometry to create a new font. Plus much more. (YouTube videos included).

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

WebExhibits

WebExhibits is an interactive and cross-curricular museum of science, humanities, and culture for K-12 and higher. Exhibits explore color, color vision, pigment, calendars, daylight savings time, poetry, Van Gogh’s letters, Bellini, and butter.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Teaching K-12 Economics

Teaching K-12 Economics provides lessons, projects, and support resources for grades K-5 and 6-12. The resources are keyed to national curriculum standards. Teachers can search by concept, standard, or lesson.

Lesson Plan

RACE - Are We So Different?

Using this website, students in middle school and high school can examine concepts of race from perspectives of history, human variation, and personal experience.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Quiz

The Crogan Adventures

Chris Schweizer’s blog for his series of historical graphic novels The Crogan Adventures includes a teaching guide, audio and video interviews with the author, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan