The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
This book takes place in Venice and is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students.
50 States: http://www.50states.com/
The Adirondack Curriculum Project: http://adkcurriculumproject.org/
African Voices: http://www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices/
Alabama Department of Archives and History: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/
All about Spain: http://www.red2000.com/spain/
Travel and tourism, regions, city guides, coasts of Spain, Spanish islands, Country and Culture, etc.
American Rhetoric: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/index.htm
"Rationalize rhetoric and it speaks to your mind, personify her and she speaks to your soul."
The Anne Frank Center USA: http://annefrank.com/
Anne Frank Museum: http://www.annefrank.org/en/
Amsterdam - The Official Anne Frank House Website
Ancient Art: http://eliki.com/
Arctic Theme Page: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/index.shtml
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum: http://bishopmuseum.org/
Best Places Hawaii: http://bestplaceshawaii.com/#
"Home of the Hawaii State Vacation Planner"
Bill of Rights Institute: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/
"Our goal is to help the next generation understand the freedom & opportunity the Constitution offers"
British History Online: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
"British History Online is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800."
The British Monarchy: http://www.royal.gov.uk/Home.aspx
"The Official website of the British Monarchy"
Buffalo Bill Center of the West: http://centerofthewest.org/
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave: http://buffalobill.org/
Center for Civic Education: http://www.civiced.org/home
Citizenship Quiz: http://www.history.com/citizenship-quiz
from the History Channel: "This quiz is based on the new Citizenship Test from the U.S. Government. Test your knowledge about United States history, civics, and government."
The City of Kingson, NY: http://kingston-ny.gov/
Colonial Williamsburg: http://www.history.org/index.cfm
"That the Future May Learn From the Past"
Congress for Kids: http://www.congressforkids.net/index.htm
"Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you. Although designed for students in grades fourth through high school, other students, teachers, parents, and interested citizens will find helpful, engaging activities, too."
Countries of the World: http://www.theodora.com/wfb/abc_world_fact_book.html
David Rumsey Map Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com/home
Digital Collections: http://content.lib.washington.edu/index.html
"This site features materials such as photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media from the University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington Faculty and Departments, and organizations that have participated in partner projects with the UW Libraries. The collections emphasize rare and unique materials."
Digital Public Library of America: http://dp.la/
Earth Measure: http://earthmeasure.com/
by Christopher Hardaker
Earth Observatory: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/?eocn=topnav&eoci=home
"Where every day is Earth Day"
"National Endowment for the Humanities"
"Leading Change in Changing Times" "Best of History Websites"
from The Ohio State University
The Eiffel Tower: http://www.toureiffel.paris/
Election Guide: http://www.electionguide.org/
"Democracy Assistance & Elections News"
EyeWitness to History: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html
"History through the eyes of thoswe who lived it."
Facing History and Ourselves: https://www.facinghistory.org/
First Amendment Center: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/
Vanderbilt University and the Newseum
Focus on American History
A cooperative learning project to teach time concepts and American history. First, gather almanacs, timelines, old newspapers, and other resources. Then divide students into cooperative groups and assign roles: recorder, checker, reader, praiser, and timekeeper. In addition, all students have the role of researchers. The class brainstorms what they would like to learn about a decade (1920's, 1930's, 1940's,etc.) of America's past such as government, music, daily life, and important people and events. Each student in a group is responsible for one topic. Each group prepares a written report and an oral presentation on its decade. Class time is provided for rehearsing, discussing props and costumes, making cover designs for written reports, research, and writing. Each group is encouraged to bring in props. This cooperative study usually lasts two to three weeks.
Fodor's Travel: http://www.fodors.com/
For Voyaging Boaters: http://www.jarogers.com/index.htm
"News, Weather, Reports, Navigators Bookshelf, Nautical Chart Sets, Galleries"
Gifts of Speech: http://gos.sbc.edu/
"Women's Speeces from Around the World"
The Gilder Lerman Institute of American History: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/
Government Accountability Board: http://gab.wi.gov/
State of Wisconsin
History Channel: http://www.history.com/
The History Place: http://www.historyplace.com/index.html
Hudson River Museum: http://www.hrm.org/index.html
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/
Jackie Robinson Foundation: http://www.jackierobinson.org/
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum: http://www.jfklibrary.org/
"A safe place to learn and play"
Kids in the House: http://kids.clerk.house.gov/
"The Kids in the House website is a public service provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our mission is to provide educational and entertaining information about the legislative branch of the United States Government to students of all ages. Topics covered include the role of the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislative process, and House history."
Kids Voting USA: http://kidsvotingusa.org/
The Knotted Line: http://knottedline.com/
"The Knotted Line is an interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States. With miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1495-2025, The Knotted Line asks: how is freedom measured? Just as importantly, The Knotted Line imagines a new world through the work of grassroots movements for self-determination."
LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center): http://lanic.utexas.edu/
Lawrence (NY) Union Free School District: http://www.lawrence.org/
Legislative Resources For Teachers: http://thomas.loc.gov/teachers/
"Classroom resources and general information for educators at all levels."
Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/
Library of Congress Labs: http://www.loc.gov/
"Innovate with the Library's Digital Collections"
Miller Center: http://millercenter.org/
University of Virginia - "The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges."
Milwaukee Public Museum: http://www.mpm.edu/
Museum Village: http://museumvillage.org/
Monroe, New York
National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/
National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
"Compare Countries on Just About Anything!"
National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm
National Portrait Gallery: http://www.npg.org.uk/
National Security Archive: http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/
The George Washington University
"NationStates is a nation simulation game. Create a nation according to your political ideals and care for its people. Or deliberately oppress them. It's up to you."
The National WWII Museum: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/index.html
NativeTec: Native American Technology and Art: http://www.nativetech.org/games/index.php
"Have Fun with NativeTech's Online Interactive Games ... and Learn More about Native American Toys!"
Natural Resources Canada: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/home
Naval Oceanography Portal: http://www.usno.navy.mil/
"Learn About the 40 States"
New York History Net: http://www.nyhistory.com/
"There's More to Every Story"
The information in the videos showing the latest news are created from various sites on the same subject. A link to each of those sites is provided.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/index.htm
Ohio History Connection: http://www.ohiohistory.org/
The Oyez Project: http://www.oyez.org/
U.S. Supreme Court Media - IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
PBS LearingMedia: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
"An online resource for summit-focused hikers, climbers, and mountain lovers - Peakbaggers is a free web site that presents information and statistics about the mountain peaks and mountain ranges of the world. In addition, registered peakbaggers can log their ascents, post trip reports, and track their climbing activity."
Penn Museum: http://www.penn.museum/
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Philadelphia, PA
Perseus Digital Library: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/
Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org/
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association: http://deerfield-ma.org/
Taking a poll is a way to find out what voters are thinking. Polls keep candidates in touch with public opinion so they can win elections. Candidates use polls to decide what messages are important to the voters, check to see if the messages are working, see how they stack up against the other candidates, plan the campaign so they take the right steps as well as spend their money wisely and at the best time to influence the voters.
How a poll is taken:
1. The candidate and his or her staff decide what they need to know.
2. The pollsters make up the questions. These questions must be clear and fair. They usually ask several questions about the same subject, for example; Do you think Candidate X is honest? Do you think Candidate X is less honest than other politicians? Is candidate X honest enough to be elected?
3. The pollsters then test the questions to make certain they get accurate results.
The pollsters identify a sample, or small group, to interview to find out what the whole group of voters is thinking. Every person in the area has an equal chance of being called.
4. Pollsters might use a voter list.
5. The pollsters interview the people by asking exactly the same question to each person called on the phone.
6. The pollsters use computers and special math formulas to get the results.
7. The pollsters report the results so the candidate can use them.
Popular Songs in American History: http://www.contemplator.com/america/
"Tunes, Lyrics, Information, Historical Background and Tune Related Links
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
"London's Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913
Quatr.us: history/science facts: http://quatr.us/
"Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions"
Roadside Peek: An Adventure in Time...: http://roadsidepeek.com/
Rock the Vote: http://www.rockthevote.com/
"Building political power for young people."
"This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries (the links are at the bottom of the respective country entries), as well as a selection of international organizations. Recent foreign ministers of all countries are listed separately."
School Journalism.org: http://www.schooljournalism.org/
The Skyscraper Museum: http://skyscraper.org/index.htm
SkyscraperPage.com's Cities buildings database contains nearly 100,000 skyscrapers and buildings form around the world."
South Dakota State Government: http://sd.gov/
Stanford History Education Group: http://sheg.stanford.edu/home_page
"Charting the Future of Teaching the Past"
State of Alaska: http://alaska.gov/
Official Alaska State Website
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch: http://jud.ct.gov/
After studying your state's geography, students make a pizza. Roll out the dough and shape it to resemble your state. Review the different regions and geographical features. Students add yummy toppings to represent specific features: major rivers=green pepper strips, heavily populated areas=ground beef, major cities=sliced olives, lakes=mushrooms, mountains=pepperoni.
State PizzaAfter studying your state's geography, students make a pizza. Roll out the dough and shape it to resemble your state. Review the different regions and geographical features. Students add yummy toppings to represent specific features: major rivers=green pepper strips, heavily populated areas=ground beef, major cities=sliced olives, lakes=mushrooms, mountains=pepperoni.
Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island: http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/
Statue of Liberty - Paper Cutouts: http://papertoys.com/statue.htm
Supreme Court of the United States: http://www.supremecourt.gov/default.aspx
Teacher's Guide to Currency Around the World: https://www.onemainfinancial.com/teachers-guide-to-currency-around-the-world
"Each world currency features a unique design and history and you can often learn much about a nation by learning about its currency."
Teaching a People's History: http://zinnedproject.org/
"The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level."
"National History Education Clearinghouse"
Teaching Tolerance: http://www.tolerance.org/
"A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center"
"ThisNation.com is a repository of basic information, resources and historical documents related to American Government and Politics. Our primary goal is to promote more effective participation in the American political system by providing factual, non-partisan information about government and politics in the United States of America . In addition to a wealth of free resources, ThisNation.com also offers a complete online, open American government and politics textbook."
Time and the Valleys Museum: http://www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org/
Grahamsville, New York
Town of Goshen (NY): http://www.townofgoshen.org/indexnew.htm
Town of Wallkill (NY): http://www.townofwallkill.com/
Town of Woodstock, N.Y.: http://woodstockny.org/content/
"Colony of the Arts"
"Government Made Easy"
U.S. Air Force: http://www.af.mil/Home.aspx
United States Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/en.html
United States Department of Homeland Security: https://www.uscis.gov/
U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov/
US History: http://www.ushistory.org/index.html
"History for the mind...and heart"
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/
United States Maps:
*Find a political map of the United States, select three major cities, and list them on a pece of paper. Then turn to a U.S. physical map, identify physical features where each city is located, and note the features next to the city.
* Draw two outline maps of a state. On one locate and label the state’s major cities. On the other draw in the state’s major physical features. Pick three of the cities and write an explanation of how the physical features of the land might have encouraged it to develop.
*Find political, physical, and population density maps of the United States. Compare the three maps to identify the least heavily populated states and explain what physical features might explain this. Write up your findings.
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections: http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/
"Explore Thousands of images, texts, and sound recordings from across Wisconsin and the world."
USC Shoah Foundation: http://sfi.usc.edu/
"The Institute for Visual History and Education" - University of Southern California
Vatican Museums: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html
Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation: http://www.vietnamwomensmemorial.org/
Voices of America: http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/
"The U.S. Oratory Project"
The White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/
World Time Server: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/index.aspx
"World Time Server shows current time and date in cities and countries in all time zones, automatically adjusted for local Daylight Saving Time rules. Convert times from one location to another or even check current international weather conditions"
Your Passport Activity Book: http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/passports/YouthPassportActivityBook.pdf
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
The setting for this fiction book is Washington, D.C. There are recognizable buildings and streets in the story.