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Best of History Web Sites. Best of History Web Sites is a portal created by Thomas Daccord, history teacher and instructional technology consultant at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Featured are sites for Prehistory, World History, U.S. History, Art History, maps, and general resources. Also included are the best sites for lesson plans/activities multimedia, and research.

Breaking Down the Walls Differences are GOOD! This site was created by a group of fourth and fifth grade students from Roosevelt School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to encourage multicultural understanding. Students can read about a child's life in 25 countries and about heroes who have made differences around the globe. Also included are classroom ideas, activities, and a game.

Education Credit Union Information Desk. Lesson plans and resources on the Internet for K-12 teachers. Included are plans for social studies, geography and history.

EDUCATION FOR FREEDOM: Lesson Plans for Teaching the First Amendment. Education for Freedom is offered by The Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center, a nonpartisan center dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the values of the First Amendment. There are seven lessons with three more under constructiton which are appropriate for middle and high school students and address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment.

Founding Fathers Info Guide. Secondary school teachers and students will find an online version of the complete Federalist Papers at this site, along with links to such documents as the U.S. Bill of Rights and Constitution. Also included are photo galleries, a history of the American flag, quotations from the founding fathers, and lists of suggested books for further study.

French Embassy in Washington Just For Kids. The site, appropriate for elementary and middle school students, contains seven sections: France at a Glance, History and Geography, Culture and Art, Economy, Life in France, Apprends le France and Jeux Games. Also included is an interview with the French ambassador and an audio clip of the French national anthem.

Global Connections: The Middle East.Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this site provides high school students with these features: a timeline to understand key events; six themes for a general overview of events, trends and issues with links to activities and related resources; and connecting questions to explore some of the major issues affecting the Middle East. For lesson plans, click on Educator's Resources.

First Thanksgiving. Presented by Scholastic, Inc., for grades K-5, the site includes: Picture Time Line, Voyage on the Mayflower, Plimoth: 1621, and Thanksgiving CyberChallenge. The accompanying Teacher's Guide features: assessment and rubrics, learning objectives, description of components, lesson planning suggestions, project text, national standards, cross curricular extensions, and additional resources.

Hammurabi's Code. Compiled and illustrated by Phillip Martin, the site is appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school students. It includes Hammurabi's Code, problems Hammurabi faced which students can attempt to solve, links to additional resource material, and a Teacher's Page which contains lesson plans.

History of Jim Crow. Funded by New York Life, the site presents teachers with new historical resources and teaching ideas on the segregation of African-Americans from the 1870's through the 1950's. The site includes historical narratives, an image gallery, a geography section, an American literature book list for middle school, high school, and college-level students and teacher resources with lesson plans and activities.

Internet Fieldtrips. Click on Social Studies for K-12 field trips that provide quick suggestions for using targeted Web sites for learning about a specific topic under the categories of United States History, World History and Cultures, Social Studies Skills, and Civics and Government. A Teacher's Guide is included that features an activity overview, standards, technology tips, and classroom strategies. The site is provided by Scholastic, Inc.

Multicultural Lesson Plans. More than 35 lesson plans dealing with multicultural topics. Most of the lessons are appropriate for elementary and middle school students, but some are adaptable to the secondary level.

Open Hearts/Closed Doors. After World War II, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the orphans' courage and the efforts of the people who helped them. Click on Learning Resources to find a Teacher's Guide with lesson plans, an Artifacts Collections, complete transcripts of all of the war orphans' memoirs, and a Glossary.

Remember September 11 (National Education Association Health Information Network.)To enrich and ennoble the first anniversary of the events of September 11, NEA and the NEA Health Information Network have created a special "Remember September 11th" Web site. Scroll down the page to find K-12 Lesson Plans, Teacher Parent support, and Additional Educational Resources.

National Geographic ONLINE GeoBee Challenge. Five short geography-related questions are posted daily by The National Geographic Society appropriate for the elementary and middle school levels. Students are encouraged to try again if they answer a question incorrectly. Challenges for the three previous days are posted. Also Included is a link to information on how to register and participate for prizes in the annual National Geographic Bee.

Teaching 9-11-01. The Clarke Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College provides elementary and secondary teachers with resources for helping students make sense of 9-11. Click on Syllabi and Lesson Plansto find K-5 Lesson Plans, Grades 6-8 Lesson Plans and High School (9-12) Lesson Plans. Also included are Resources for Educators and Websites of Lesson Plans.

Teaching Tolerance. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides K-12 teachers with online lesson plans and activities and games for students that promote multiculturalism and tolerance. Curriculum packages can be obtained free of charge.

Uncommon Missions.Sponsored by SBC Pacific bell and Mervyn's, this K-12 site features all twenty-one California Missions painted by Father Jerome Tupa, a Benedictine monk. Included are information about the missions, activities for students, and a guide for teachers.

(U.S. Mint for Kids) H.I.P. Pocket Change. H.I.P. Pocket Change (HPC) Web site was launched by the U.S. Mint. HPC is designed to be a fun, educational tool for students and teachers that generates interest in coins, the Mint, and U.S. history. Click on Teachers to find lesson and unit plans covering Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, a teacher's guide, projects, a library of coin related links and a teacher's network to communicate with other professionals.

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