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The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, and Slideshow

The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, and Slideshow
Mayflower: Step aboard and explore a reproduction of the Mayflower, anchored at Plimoth Plantation, in this 20-minute video for all grades. Pilgrim Village: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the simple but arduous life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for all grades. Wampanoag Homesite: Witness the day-to-day life of the indigenous people who were part of the Wampanoag Nation in this 17-minute video for all grades. Plimoth Plantation: Join the Pilgrims and Wampanoag as they discuss the first Thanksgiving in this 30-minute video for grades 3 and higher. Tour the fields and homes of the Pilgrims and watch the Wampanoag at work in this slideshow tour of the Pilgrim Village and Wampanoag Homesite. Related:  English speaking countriesSocial Studies

English Lesson Plans on American Presidents “I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” ~ John F. Kennedy 43 Ready-Made Lesson Plans Our American Presidents lesson section is finally complete! In this section, you will find 43 ready-made lesson plans. 43? Wait! You and your students will learn lots of fun trivia about American presidents and history in our ready-made lesson plans. Though we are excited to have this section complete, our team is also a bit sad to see this project come to an end. Quick Facts about the American Presidents Section Suggested Ideas for Covering the American Presidents Here are some ideas for using our American Presidents lesson plans: 1. Related in the ESL-Library - When Do We Capitalize “President”? Lesson Plans on Other World Leaders

The five strangest habits of the Swedes The Local's Oliver Gee has just left Sweden after four years, and reflects on what he found to be the five oddest habits of Swedish people. Swedes are an interesting bunch. They're efficient but they love a good coffee-break, they're humble but they hang flags on their front porches, and they can appear cold at a glance but are as warm as an Arctic sauna when you really, really get to know them. And to me, they're also quite odd. After my four years in the country, I've collected what I found to be their most unusual habits. It is customary to stand at least one arm's length from another Swede at a bus stop. This is one of the first things I noticed about the Swedes. Photo: Shutterstock I like this obscure little obsession. 3. It is customary in Sweden to take at least four "fika" breaks each day. I'm a self-proclaimed word nerd but I always found this weird. But come on Swedes, you've got better unique words than that. "En kaffe, tack," says the customer. Tack och hej då. Oliver Gee

Map Puzzles - Learn U.S. and World Geography Online Map Puzzles for all computers and devices including iPad, Android, PC and Mac: We will be updating the rest of our Map Puzzles for devices soon; these still require Adobe Flash: World Continents Map Puzzle World Features Map Puzzle World Monuments Map Puzzle Quill's Quiz - 1100 QuestionUS Mega Geography Quiz U.S. USA Geography - Map Game - Geography Online Games "I stumbled upon your fun interactive geography games from a link on the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance Website. Since then, your games have become quite a hit with my competitive colleagues!" --Candice Gomes, Education Outreach Coordinator, Boston Public Library Sheppard Software's geography games were featured in the Boston Public Library's 2006 Exhibition on Mapping! "Terrific online educational games, especially geography." "I am a middle school social studies teacher who also sponsors a geography club after school. "Awesome site... it is the only reason I am passing my World Geography class!" "We love your interactive maps and are using them for 10th grade world history." "Let me say that you guys have an awesome website.

British Life and Culture in the UK - Woodlands Junior School The Hitchhiker: Reading Comprehension As Andrea turned off the motorway onto the road to Brockbourne, the small village in which she lived, it was four o'clock in the afternoon, but already the sun was falling behind the hills. At this time in December, it would be completely dark by five o'clock. Andrea shivered. MDH 1994 -- From a common urban legend 12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn't Make the Cut The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn't wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell to westbound pioneers. After the plan was discovered, a new government was elected and the deal was nullified, but the damage was already done. 2. Wikimedia Commons Four regions have been proposed as the State of Jefferson. The second and third were both located in Texas. The fourth, a mix of counties from northern California and southern Oregon, was proposed in 1941. 3. Wikimedia Commons As one of the only non-island U.S. states with two distinct landmasses, it makes sense that citizens of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (frequently referred to as “yoopers”) would consider splitting off from the "glove" "mitten" part of the state. 4. Wikimedia Commons 5. 6.

American National Anthem - Whitney Houston Wales profile - Overview 15 January 2013Last updated at 06:19 ET Wales, a part of the United Kingdom, has retained its distinctive culture and has enjoyed a degree of autonomy since 1999. It includes a heavily industrialised south, a largely-Anglicised and prosperous farming east, and a Welsh-speaking, hill-farming North and West. Wales' devolved government - home rule - is now acquiring more powers and its economy is refocusing on light industry, tourism and financial services, but a small population and poor transport infrastructure continue to make development uneven. Welsh identity and the Welsh language have received a boost from an enlivened popular culture scene in the 1990s, and from the devolution of power from the central government in London to the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff. But Wales's rural hinterland is still experiencing an influx of mainly English professionals that some see as a threat to Welsh culture. Rugby is a national passion Continue reading the main story At a glance Wales re-emerges

Future Plans Warm-up Why I Hate School But Love Education (6:07) Spoken Word Video from Suli Breaks in British accent about school vs education vs talentWhat is your future plan (2:47) Inspirational video for youth about future planning (Warning for the mention of God on the final slide)When I grow up (2:00) A motivational video Lesson Plan Teen Game Plan A downloadable pdf-leaflet (7 pages) with a lesson plan, directed towards health issues in one’s future choices Reading Will your job still exist in 2025? Watching Unbroken (5:57) Motivational Video, “coach-style” straight talk. Speaking Teen Talk: Future Plans (4:11) Teenagers talking about their college ambitions. Writing How to Plan For a Successful Future Eight steps to plan for your future by writing it all down. Final Words Famous Failures who succeeded (1:16) Short background stories of some of the most famous peopleThe key to success? More Interesting Ideas Please tweet your feedback about working with this theme page to the author.

10 Contestants for Earth's Next Superpower By Jeff Wilser These nations have been dismissed as underdogs and weaklings. But like budding superheroes, they’ve been sitting on hidden talents. And now they’re about to fly. If you’re a kid in Finland, you don’t start school until you’re 7 years old. Despite—or because of—this leisurely approach, the Finnish educational system is one of the world’s finest. What makes these results more amazing is that just four decades ago, Finland’s academic record was a mess. At first glance, Nigeria doesn’t look like it’s poised to become a world player. That is, until you look deeper. Mongolia knows a thing or two about being a superpower. Today, however, Mongolia’s prospects are looking up because the country is literally sitting on a gold mine. And there’s no shortage of demand. A funny thing happened while the global economy was sputtering last decade. What’s Vietnam’s trick? Switzerland used to be mocked for its lack of innovation. Welles wouldn’t recognize today’s Zurich. The plan worked.