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An Artist in the Family (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

An Artist in the Family (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Manuela is a little girl who moved to Kentucky from Colombia, the home country of her grandmother, Miriam Llamas. Miriam is a painter. During a visit to Kentucky, she showed Manuela some of her paintings and taught her some of the songs and dances of Columbia. This video segment takes young students into Manuela’s home for a close look at these paintings to learn some of Miriam’s techniques and to find out about life in Columbia.

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Cultural Rhythm - Drums - Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Cultural Rhythm - Drums - Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Introduce different instruments from across South America and explore the music of a different culture.

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The Four Seasons (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

The Four Seasons (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Learn about the Four Seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall, Summer. Why do we have seasons? Learn more about how the tilt of the earth affects climate in different parts of the world.

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Agent Obfusco's Challenges | Odd SquadThe Latino Festival Song | Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

The Latino Festival Song | Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

There are so many different people who speak Spanish, and they are not so different from each other. Mando sings about many different Spanish-speaking countries in the world like Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and more!

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Meet the Helpers | Doctors are Helpers: In-Depth (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Meet the Helpers | Doctors are Helpers: In-Depth (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Dive deeper into a doctor's career and find out how this Helper assists in emergency situations. Make A Plan: Download, print and complete these resources to practice emergency preparedness in your home or classroom.

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First Fish | MOLLY OF DENALI™ (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

First Fish | MOLLY OF DENALI™ (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Explore Alaska Native culture and values using "First Fish," an 11-minute animated story from the PBS KIDS series MOLLY OF DENALI™. (Move the cursor over the video progress bar to locate the story at 01:00.) Before Molly catches her first fish, a childhood milestone that is as important today as it was in the past, she researches facts about salmon to help her. When Molly finally succeeds, she follows the tradition of honoring one's elders by offering her prized catch to Grandpa Nat. As students examine values, such as sharing with others and respecting elders, they learn social-emotional skills as well as the importance in Alaska Native culture of connecting to all living things.

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Up Close: Young People in World War II | Youth in WWII (Social Studies - High School)

Up Close: Young People in World War II | Youth in WWII (Social Studies - High School)

Discover how World War II affected the lives of young people, at home and on the battlefield, in Europe and America, through this unique interactive experience. Use this set of eight scenarios to explore and analyze artifacts, documents, photographs, and other primary sources, many from the International Museum of World War II. Each scenario offers a virtual tour through a specific experience of World War II, not only providing historical context but also revealing the ways in which young people thought, felt, and took action during this unprecedented global event.

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The Gold Rush (The West)

The Gold Rush (The West) (Social Studies - 8th Grade)

In 1848, pioneer John Sutter uncovered America’s first “motherlode” of gold in California, a discovery that transformed the landscape, the locals, and the lives of those who went West to seek their fortunes. In this activity, students will learn about the environmental and social changes brought about by the Gold Rush, and the experiences of white, African-American, Chinese, and Cherokee gold-seekers. As a follow-up activity, students will read primary and secondary source documents about the poor conditions and discrimination Chinese miners faced, and write a letter home from a miner’s perspective.

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Auschwitz | Murals of the Holocaust

Auschwitz | Murals of the Holocaust (Social Studies - 7th Grade)

Jamner tells the story of how his mother and her family were discovered in hiding and sent to Auschwitz. He examines a concentration camp mural that in one corner shows a pile of suitcases that were taken away by the Nazis, and he describes the meaning of that image to his mother’s story. He tells the extraordinary story of how his mother and grandmother escaped the gas chamber, addressing the myth that Jews walked willingly to their deaths. He discusses a quote on the mural from Victor Frankl about what is left when everything else is taken away.

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Cedar Trees and Totem Poles of Pacific Northwest Native Americans | Native America: Nature to Nations

Cedar Trees and Totem Poles of Pacific Northwest Native Americans | Native America: Nature to Nations
(Social Studies - 6th Grade)

Learn about the spiritual relationship between the Native American people of the Pacific Northwest and the cedar tree. Students will gain an understanding of the spiritual connection between the cedar tree and the people. Students will also examine the potlatch ceremony of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe is similar to political elections in the way they celebrate leadership and provide a path to the future.

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The Powers of Government

The Powers of Government (Social Studies - 5th Grade)

In this interactive lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about the three branches of the United States government. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on the powers that the Constitution assigns to each branch—legislative, executive, and judicial—and how the three branches work together.

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I Wanna See the States

I Wanna See the States (Social Studies - 2nd Grade)

Pop band HelloGoodbye sings about the 50 States of America. All 50 states are mentioned in one song that focuses on the people, culture, or geography of each region; use the lesson plan and worksheet to bring this video into your classroom today!

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Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections (Social Studies - 1st Grade)

Providing daily exposure to various cultures will enrich your children's experiences. Enable them to appreciate and share their own heritage, in this activity from Arthur.

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Elementary Social Studies

Elementary Social Studies

Discover exciting resources and methods for teaching social studies to students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in Elementary Social Studies. Students can practice making inferences as they explore animal shelters, research using the Great States series, or complete a graphic organizer to compare holidays with the All About the Holidays series. Topics ranging from the leadership of Abraham Lincoln to Neil Armstrong's first mission to the moon are covered in Elementary Social Studies.

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World History

World History

World History is an expansive subject with topics including the Beginnings of Human society and Early Civilizations (4000 - 1000 BCE) to The World Since 1945. John Green's Crash Course video collection takes students from the Agricultural Revolution to World War II. Students can also practice paraphrasing using a lesson on Timbuktu as a thriving Islamic center of culture and analyze the power of propaganda with an interactive lesson. From the building of the pyramids in Ancient Egypt, the writings of the Mayan Civilization, and the fall of the Communism in Eastern Europe, World History covers history all across the globe.

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US History

US History

U.S. History is broken down by time periods, ranging from Three Worlds Meet (beginnings to 1620) to Contemporary United States (1968 - today). Students can explore Westward Expansion from 1790 to 1850 using an interactive map, teachers can create a document-based question for students to analyze dozens of Civil Rights documents, and classes can discuss political cartoons from every time period from the Colonial Period to Contemporary America. The Revolutionary War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Reconstruction, and the Great Depression are among additions topics covered.

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Geography

Geography

Students will go beyond identifying the physical features of Earth to explore how humans interact with the world around them using resources in Geography. Students can study a comic book-like document to analyze how California rations water during a drought, or they can research the many ways climate change impacts humans across the globe. The economic impact of a changing environment is also analyzed in Yukon Kings and a series of resources on Mongolian Nomads. The tools used by geographers, from ancient maps to modern geographic information systems (GIS), vocabulary (what is a border?), and methods of geography are also explored.

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Economics

Economics

Investigate how the supply and demand for goods and resources are globally intertwined with videos, lesson plans, and interactive games in Economics. Preview a lesson on personal finance using a video on "Digging Out of Debt," practice running a start-up business with an interactive game, or initiate a classroom debate over the use of vouchers for private schools using a pre-developed lesson plan. The Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed), entrepreneurship, and mercantilism are also explored in Economics.

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Civics and Government

Civics and Government

Resources located under Civics and Government focus on the relationships between governments and individuals, and international relations. Classrooms can explore videos to compare the Magna Carta and the United States Constitution, examine an interactive map to study United States diplomatic relationships across the globe, or create a document-based questions using a collection of resources that analyzes Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Topics such as the history of the Supreme Court, the role state and local governments play in the United States, and the path a bill takes to become law are also examined.

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