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Resources for Teachers
 

The American Information Resource Center collected a set of resources/links that might be useful for teachers.  Please feel free to send the staff comments or questions at: krakowAIRC@state.gov

  

General

The Gateway to Educational Materials Project (GEM) (Education Dept.)
http://thegateway.org/
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)
http://www.iearn.org/ 
Education World
http://www.educationworld.com/
Eslgold (Free English teaching and learning resources)
http://eslgold.com/
Scholastic (Publisher, education and media company) 
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/home.jsp
Activities for ESL Students
http://a4esl.org/
New York Times – Learning Network 
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/
ReadWriteThink
http://www.readwritethink.org/
National Endowments for the Humanities
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp
EdHelper (US Theme Unit)
http://www.edhelper.com/United_States.htm
Houghton Mifflin (U.S. publisher of  textbooks, instructional technology,
assessments, and other educational materials for teachers and students of every age)
http://www.eduplace.com/state/index.html
Discovery Education - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/
National Education Association
http://www.nea.org/tools/LessonPlans.html

American History:

Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/learn/lessons/theme.html
National Park Service: Teaching with Historic Places 
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/ 
Discovery Channel Lessons plans
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/ushis.html
National Archives - Teaching with documents
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/
National Endowment for the Humanities
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp
Instructor web (Teaching Resources and Tools for Teachers and Special Educators)
http://www.instructorweb.com/socialstudies.asp
Smithsonian (also on art issues)
http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/index.html

Geography

National Park Service (for Teachers)
http://www.nps.gov/learn/curriculum.htm
Discovery Education - Cities
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/cities/
Discovery Education - North America Cultures
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/travelers-northamerica/
Instructor web
http://www.instructorweb.com/socialstudies.asp
Educator’s Reference Desk
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Social_Studies/Geography

American Government and Civics

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Library of Congress Lessons plans
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/learn/lessons/theme.html
The American Flag – PBS
http://www.pbs.org/americaresponds/theamericanflag.html
Native Americans (ProTeacher Community)
http://www.proteacher.com/090018.shtml
 
EdHelper – American government (game, puzzles)
http://www.edhelper.com/American_Government.htm

Holidays

Martin Luther King Jr
1. National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/lesson_plans_and_teacher_guides.htm
2. Instructor Web
http://www.instructorweb.com/les/martinlutherking.asp
Independence Day - 4th of July
1. Teachers Planet
http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/independence.php
2. About.com
http://k6educators.about.com/library/bl4thofjuly.htm
3. Education World
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson069.shtml
4. Teaching with Historic Places
http://www.nps.gov/history/NR/twhp/jul00.htm
Winter holidays:
2. Education World
http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/archives/december.shtml
3. Christmas quiz
http://triviapark.com/xmasquiz.html
4. Christmas Tongue Twisters
http://xmasfun.com/Fun/TongueTwisters.asp
Halloween
History.com
http://www.history.com/minisites/halloween/
Thanksgiving (the First Thanksgiving)
Scholastic
http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/

Language

Famous speeches – (Full text, audio, and video database
of the 100 most significant American political speeches
of the 20th century and some 190 Hollywood movie speeches)
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/
Randall’s ESL/EFL cyber listening lab - Everyday Conversations with Adult and Children's Voices
http://www.esl-lab.com/
UsingEnglish.com (set up in UK although it uses variety of English)
http://www.usingenglish.com/
Karin's ESL PartyLand - The cool way to learn English!
http://www.eslpartyland.com/
ESL-lounge.com - board games, large selection of lessons and lesson plans, some free
http://www.esl-lounge.com/

Teaching Tolerance in America:  Literary, Historical and Cultural Approaches

Teaching Tolerance Through Literature

1.  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
ReadWriteThink
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=265
Tolerance through American History
Immigration
http://www.education-world.com/a_sites/sites053.shtml
Civil Rights Movement
http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org/index.html
Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/liberation_curriculum/lesson_plans/index.htm.

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