K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies
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K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies
A compendium of helpful sites for history and SS teachers
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The United States' Federal Government (3 Branches) lesson for my students.


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History and Life of the U.S.S. Constitution

Short documentary about the history and life of U.S.S. Constitution, the world's only ship of state. Includes interviews with CDR Matthew Bonner, CDR Ty Mart...

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The Silk Road: History's first "world wide web" - Shannon Harris Castelo

The Silk Road: History's first "world wide web" - Shannon Harris Castelo | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
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modern technology, a global exchange of goods and ideas can happen at
the click of a button. But what about 2,000 years ago? Shannon Harris
Castelo unfolds the history of the 5,000-mile Silk Road, a network of
multiple routes that used the common language of commerce to connect the
world's major settlements, thread by thread.
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A Cutting-Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg

A Cutting-Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
New technology has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost
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Context transforms information into knowledge!

Context transforms information into knowledge! | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
Context transforms information into knowledge! Context brings meaning to what you learn and helps you understand and remember events, locations, people and concepts. ContextU offers a quick and fun way to examine the context of a particular subject through only four relations: time, location, cause & effect, and group. This is an American Civil War-limited beta release of the ContextU application.
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UH - Digital History

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a complete history of the USA available for free reading online without registration.

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Teaching Literacy through History | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Teaching Literacy through History | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it

Teaching Literacy through History is Gilder Lehrman’s new professional development initiative for teachers. The program integrates history and literacy, using reading and analysis of primary documents to deepen students’ understanding of history while improving their close-reading, critical-thinking, and analytical-writing skills. Teachers learn interdisciplinary, document-based strategies and methods that can be used in both history and English language arts classrooms. Aligned with the benchmarks outlined by the Common Core State Standards, TLTH—through teachers—supplies students with the skills they need to succeed not just in high school and college but also in careers and the global marketplace.

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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage - Masters of the Building Arts Activity Guide

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage - Masters of the Building Arts Activity Guide | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it

Masters of the Building Arts Activity Guide provides a nice history of building styles and architectural features that students may see on a regular basis. To extend the activities have your students look in their communities for examples of the buildings and architectural features that they read about in the guide. The text of the guide and the activities are appropriate for elementary school (grades 3-5) students. At that level you may consider incorporating some basic geometry principles at are present in the buildings and architectural features highlighted in the activity guide.

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WebQuests Using British Museum Resources


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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 14, 2013 3:14 PM

A fantastic set of lessons using resources from the British Museum, the Tate, the Natural History Museum and others. The WebQuests are formatted with lots of pictures and animation, unlike the text-heavy norm. Worth exploring to use directly or to get ideas from!

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Animal Farm Webquest: Peeling the Layers of Allegory, Matryoshka Dolls

Animal Farm Webquest: Peeling the Layers of Allegory, Matryoshka Dolls | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
"Animal Farm Webquest" is an English webquest for high school students. It was published by Mrs. Cassell. In this webquest, the students' task is to research the history behind Orwell's novel Animal Farm.

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Using Webquests on Mobile Devices for Outdoor Learning - Tech and Teaching

Using Webquests on Mobile Devices for Outdoor Learning - Tech and Teaching | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
I've been doing a lot of reading and writing about webquests lately, since I launched Rockin' Webquests. I thought it'd be interesting, then, to dive into the research a little bit.

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 14, 2013 12:20 AM

As the author points out, most WebQuests don't render well on the smaller screens of mobile devices. I'm working on some responsive templates that will address that.

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The webquest initiative

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:40 PM

Teacher educators and pre-service teachers in Medellin, Colombia describing their experience with WebQuests. It's heartening to see their enthusiasm!

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The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:06 PM

Larry Ferlazzo is a smart guy fighting the good fight to make schools better than they are. This piece, though, makes me a little bit ill. Just putting scavenger hunts and WebQuests on the same page is like putting lunch meat and sushi together in an article about good eating. Yes, they each have their place, but let's not muddy the waters by talking about what they have in common!

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Primary Elections Explained

How primaries, caucuses, super delegates and more work in United States Primary Elections. http://blog.cgpgrey.com/united-states-primary-elections-explained/...

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Constitution Hall Pass: The Legislative Branch

Give your students a "hall pass" to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a ...

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Measuring Worth - Relative Worth Calculators and Data Sets

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Animated Maps | Civil War Trust

Animated Maps | Civil War Trust | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
Our collection of animated maps bring battles of the American Civil War to life, complete with troop movement animations, narratives, video, and more.
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American History - Wikisource, the free online library

American History - Wikisource, the free online library | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it

Wiki sources on US History.

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88 Places For Free History eBooks Online

88 Places For Free History eBooks Online | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
This article links to more than 40 places for free history books online.
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WorldVuze

WorldVuze | K-12 Web Resources - History & Social Studies | Scoop.it
WorldVuze is an online platform for K-12 education that empowers students to be participants, researchers, and interpreters of real-time, global student perspectives - broadening their view of the world, deepening their understanding, and creating relevance to what they're learning.
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Civil War Webquest: Going Undercover and Writing a Spy Handbook

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"Let's Go Undercover" is a civil war webquest for an elementary school classroom. It was published by a teacher at Royal Oaks Elementary School. In this history webquest, students investigate the roles of spies in the Civil War.

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 15, 2013 1:20 PM

Spying??? Clever way to hook student interest in the Civil War. 

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Teachers don't have to abandon creativity in the quest to meet standards


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Karen Cross's curator insight, July 14, 2014 10:38 AM

I saved this topic for future reference.

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Revisiting WebQuests in Web 2.0 World

Web 2.0

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:21 PM

Nice insights by Tom March on how WebQuests can accommodate Web 2.0 tools while staying true to the model.

Bruno Hipólito's curator insight, June 21, 2013 11:38 PM

Estudando Webquest! Vamos avançando que ainda tem muito tranalho pela frente.

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Webquest - Entrevista com Bernie Dodge via Nuria Alart

Entrevista do educador Bernie Dodge ao jornalista Odair Redondo no programa Modernidade da STV - Rede Sesc e Senac de Televisão. O professor Bernie Dodge coo...

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:48 PM

An interview in Sao Paulo in the year 2000. This summarizes well the underlying rationale for teaching with WebQuests. 

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The Clash of the Titans - Two Types of Authentic Tasks

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It has dawned on me recently that two of My Ed Heroes, Gary Stager and Bernie Dodge, have somewhat opposing viewpoints (at least it seems that way to me) of what learners should involve themselves ...

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Bernie Dodge's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:21 PM

I like Gary a lot, even though our styles are worlds apart. We do agree on a lot of things and disagree on a few. Maybe because I've been teaching pre-service teachers for decades who have to get a job in the system as it exists, I've been inclined to adjust my work to focus on what's possible in the screwed up schools we have today. Gary, on the other hand, fills a real need by going beyond what's acceptable today and talking about what schools really ought to be about. Heidi did a nice job of discerning the difference between us.