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Social Studies Classrooms

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Webrangers Activity: Civil War Soldier The National Park Service presents this interactive that lets you play the role of a Union or Confederate soldier. After an introduction that gives a brief review of the Civil War, join up and follow an actual regiment as it fights in the war. (6/13/14 10:12)


Popular Music and the Civil Rights Movement shows how rock musicians used their art to address political issues with popular music. Investigate the impact of music icons such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Joan Baez on political and social issues of the 1960s. Learn how R & B musicians such as James Brown and Aretha Franklin addressed the struggle for civil rights. (6/6/14 11:18)


This Day in History for iPad is a free interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches. You can hear the national anthems of countries on the day they became a nation, listen to presidents’ speeches on the anniversaries of their inaugurations, and play sound clips from famous artists on their birthdays. (5/1/14 18:27)


Gettysburg by the Numbers is a web-based, interactive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg through numbers and infographics that raise questions and invite connections. GBTN is designed for middle school learners and up. Students connect to history through the numbers and questions far beyond the typical textbook facts and captions. The mathematical concepts included are typically mastered as part of sixth grade curriculum, and the reading levels are comfortable for middle level learners. (5/1/14 18:02)


Virtual Midnight Ride of Paul Revere On this interactive map, find and click on illustrations representing Paul Revere on horseback, William Dawes on horseback, Buckman Tavern, Isaac Hall House, and other locations related to Revere’s ride to access photos and other details. (4/26/14 09:07)


To The Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis This free iOS app brings the National Archives and its JFK Library and Museum exhibit to iPads. The app contains many of the same photographs, documents, and recordings found in the exhibit — allowing people unable to visit the exhibit a chance to experience one of the most extraordinary moments in American history. (4/12/14 16:04)


Schoolyard Geology: Map Your Schoolyard This lesson addresses several skills related to mapping. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand and use maps; cover geographic themes of location, place, relationships, movement, and regions; learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills and will see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions. (3/29/14 10:28)


Explore Ancient Egypt In this multi-layered, highly visual interactive, view 360° panoramas, "walkaround" photos, and other breathtaking imagery shot throughout the Giza Plateau and ancient Thebes (modern-day Luxor). You'll see Old and New Kingdom tombs and temples, pyramids and statues, and a 140-foot-long wooden boat that is 4,600 years old. (3/21/14 11:12)


In this interactive, which complements The Dust Bowl, the PBS series by Ken Burns, students are about to embark on an experience that will show them what life was like on the southern Great Plains during the Dust Bowl. They will learn about the changing market and weather conditions and be asked to make decisions. They will also meet several of their “neighbors,” who are doing their best to make it. (2/22/14 11:04)


A Step by Step guide to Egyptian Mummification Why and how ancient Egyptians preserved their bodies for eternity. (2/15/14 12:36)


World War 1 in 6 Minutes Manny Man Does the history of World War 1 in six minutes. It's a quick and easy way to get up to speed on what the First World War was about, especially with the centenary going from 2014 to 2018! Of course it's six minutes so not every single detail is in there but you get the general gist of what happened! (2/15/14 12:08)


PeaceMaker challenges you to succeed as a leader where others have failed. Experience the joy of bringing peace to the Middle East or the agony of plunging the region into disaster. PeaceMaker will test your skills, assumptions and prior knowledge. Play it and you will never read the news the same way again. (2/15/14 11:52)


Using myHistro, you can combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation, convert any public timeline into a personal pdf file, or export it into Google Earth format for offline storage. All completed timelines can be embedded into your blog and websites for maximum exposure. (2/7/14 10:47)


Timeglider is web-based timeline software for creating and sharing history, project planning, and more. Create, collaborate, and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It's like Google Maps, but for time. (2/7/14 10:42)


Ice Station Antarctica Can you survive in the coldest and most remote place on Earth? Join an exciting online expedition to Antarctica and find out if you’ve got what it takes to live and work in this frozen frontier. Play games and take on challenges; help the Ice Station Team with scientific research; carry out daring rescues; discover Antarctica and the wildlife that lives there. Complete all the challenges to earn the title of Ice Officer and get a reward from the Ice Station Team. (2/1/14 09:54)


The National Archives: 19th Century Prison Ships provides primary source information about the prison ships used by Great Britain in 19th century. Find out what the attitudes of the times were toward crime and punishment and what life was like on the prison ships. Discussion questions are provided as well as a guide for using primary sources. (1/10/14 11:32)


News-O-Matic offers children from 7 to 11 their first daily newspaper! The editorial team produces five news stories each day, covering the latest in world news, science, sports, as well as the wacky stories kids love. (1/10/14 11:08)


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