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Geography Tools and Spatial Thinking Skills - Intermediate Social Studies Resources. Student Discovery Sets - For Teachers. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature.

Student Discovery Sets - For Teachers

Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set. Children's Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Children of a century past: How were their lives different from today's? How were they the same? The Constitution The drafts and debates that brought the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into being, including notes by the documents' framers.

The Dust Bowl Songs, maps, and iconic photographs document the daily ordeals of rural migrant families during a disastrous decade. The Harlem Renaissance Discover some of the innovative thinkers and creative works that contributed to the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Immigration The Industrial Revolution. Big History Project.

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The Big History Project is not a for-profit program. Your engagement will exclusively benefit teachers and students around the world. Teaching the course It's easy to teach Big History — all you have to do is register, set up a class, and go! Start a pilot Schools that want to work with us have the option of joining a small group committed to delivering Big History. Create a movement Districts and networks that want to explore how to bring Big History to life should reach out to discuss partnering with us.

Teach the course All of our courseware is free, online, and available to any teacher. Not an educator? Check out our public course — a four-to-six hour tour of Big History. Digital Collections and Services: Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services. Historic Newspapers Enhanced access to America's historic newspapers through the Chronicling America project.

Digital Collections and Services: Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services

Historic Sound Recordings The National Jukebox features over 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Co. between 1900 and 1925. Performing Arts Collections, articles and special presentations on music, theater and dance materials from the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. Museum Box Homepage. Historypin. Mapping. Digital History. Picturing Modern America.

Primary Source Sets on the Web. It can be time-consuming to find and prepare primary sources for your lessons.

Primary Source Sets on the Web

On each of the below sites, you will find primary sources that address multiple topics in U.S. History. Many of the sites provide sources that have been prepared for the classroom, from excerpting lengthy documents to providing clear headnotes and source information. Start at one of these sites to find primary sources to use in your next lesson! Websites with Sets of Selected Primary Sources Digital History Reader, from Virginia Tech University: These documents are organized into instructional modules, from 1492 to the Nixon administration. EDSITEment, from the National Endowment for the Humanities: EDSITEment has roughly 400 lesson plans for the history/social studies classroom, sortable by grade-level and subtopic.

Explorations, from Digital History: Explorations is divided into thematic units, organized chronologically from pre-Columbian America to the Vietnam War. VoiceThread in a 1st-grade Classroom. Jennifer Orr: Here we've got George as our first picture.

VoiceThread in a 1st-grade Classroom

But look what we can do here, are you ready to see this? We can move the pictures around. So if I grab this picture I can move it. Let's see if we can find another picture of George to put second. It's not moving as easily as you'd hoped, huh? We've got George and George with his family and then we've got Ben. Student: I think we should put the battle first. Jennifer Orr: Why? Student: Because he battled first before he was president. Jennifer Orr: Okay. Student: Declaration of Independence first. Student: Because I think he did it first. Jennifer Orr: Okay. Students: No. Jennifer Orr: Do you think that was a really important thing he did? Students: Yes. Jennifer Orr: Come move it. So it’s kind of a neat thing to put after George. Jennifer Orr: And I wanted to spend the time sorting those images both to kind of make sure that they understood the difference between George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

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