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Momuments Men Resources
In theaters February 7, The Monuments Men is based on the true story of a group of brave men and women who hunted down and rescued millions of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis at the close of World War II. The Monuments Men education website presents lesson plans, videos, discussion questions, interactive maps and other features to engage learners about this little-known chapter in World War II and guide thinking about the importance of protecting cultural heritage in times of war. The lessons are suitable for middle school and high school classrooms and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Explore the Political Choices Abraham Lincoln made
Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005. The online game is intended for advanced middle school and high school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts students to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, students discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln’s actions. A Resources Page, keyed to each chapter of Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads, provides links to relevant websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.
Take the role of a Scientist
Rice University’s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning has produced a series of Web Adventures in science designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving. Each of the free Web Adventures is appropriate for middle school or high school use. In each adventure, students take on the role of a scientist to solve a crime, conduct experiments and learn about scientific methods and processes. In Cool Science Careers, students explore five STEM-based career areas. The adventure begins with a 21-question interest survey. How students progress through the activity is based in part on how they respond to the interest survey. CSI: The Experience is based on the CSI television show. In this set of Web Adventure, students find out if they have what it takes to be a forensic scientist. There are fou r CSI cases of increasing difficulty. In Med Myst, students learn about microbiology through a series of interactive lessons and games. Med Myst focuses on infectious diseases and how to prevent the spread of those diseases. Reconstructors includes three games in which students need to gather evidence and data to solve drug-related cases. Virtual Clinical Trials puts students into the role of research scientists who are working toward developing treatments for spinal cord injuries, depression and brain injuries. In the N-Squad adventure, students investigate the effects of alcohol on the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems. The Web Adventures are accessible in English and Spanish.
James Madison's home app
James Madison’s Montpelier app makes history come alive at the historic home and grounds of President James Madison and his wife, Dolley. Students will see the Madisons’ works of art and fine china, explore the latest archeological excavations and even discover the hiking trails of the Landmark Forest, all in stunning detail with interactive maps and image galleries. Visitors to the estate will experience its “salubrious offerings” through the audio narrative of the grounds, images of the Madison and enslaved workers’ cemeteries, a Civil War encampment and Mr. Madison’s Temple, beneath which a two-story icehouse is hidden. The app is available free of charge for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Explore the Physics of Bounce
Who knew that behind the towering frame of one of basketball’s greatest point guards lies a math geek? Earvin “Magic” Johnson and ASPiRE TV network have helped to launch “STEM in Sports,” a campaign from Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds that aims to connect youth to science through the sports they love. On the campaign’s website, students can watch “The Magic Man” as he shares his love of math and relates how math positively influenced his education and career—starting in his elementary school days. In addition to the videos with Magic, the site provides a free downloadable learning guide, featuring student-friendly games and activities for connecting science to basketball—from the physics of a chest pass to the geometry involved in laying out a good offensive and defe nsive strategy.
Also has football, golf and racing activities and video.
Civil Rights site
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that provides free access to documentary films highlighting some of the most dramatic events in recent American history. NEH has introduced a website making four outstanding NEH–supported documentaries about the civil rights movement available for use in communities and schools across the nation. Together, these nationally acclaimed documentaries trace the story of the civil rights movement from its early period in the 1820s to the United States Supreme Court decision in 1967 overturning laws barring interracial marriage. The website provides not only selected film clips suitable for use in schools and other venues, but also extensive resources for community film screenings and public discussions reflecting on the civil rights movement in American histor y. An extensive section offers teachers opportunities to use the site to meet the Common Core State Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The site provides a collection of background essays by distinguished civil rights scholars, along with lesson plans, including speeches, images and letters to stimulate and guide classroom discussions. The resources are made available from the archives of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and EDSITEment, NEH’s K–12 educational website.