New York: A Documentary Film
Thirteen's Educational Publishing Department prepares educational kits to accompany certain television programming. These guides are available in print and, electronically, as PDFs (Portable Document Format), through the Web. This Teacher's Guide accompanies the program NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM. The guide is intended to help use the film as a supplement to junior-high and high-school social-studies courses. Selected activities may also be used in language arts, music, and art classes. Key th
Liberty! The American Revolution
The Liberty! Teacher’s Guide is designed to fully engage students in the drama and rich educational information presented in the six-part PBS series LIBERTY! THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The plans are flexible and can be easily adapted.
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
This lesson plan deals with the Ancient Near East, early civilization, and early Israelite history. Use maps to explore principal geographic features of the region and to trace migration, and compare the biblical story of the flood with a similar account in the Epic of Gilgamesh. All activities focus on key concepts explored in Heritage. Lesson plans have been designed to allow teachers to select activities appropriate to the grade levels of their classes. Each plan includes teacher's resource p
Circle of Stories
Welcome to the CIRCLE OF STORIES lesson plans. These lessons will allow students to examine the complex and rich oral tradition of Native American storytelling, create their own stories to share, explore indigenous and Native American cultures and the issues which face them today, and research and explore their own cultural heritage by recording their unique family stories and heritage. These lessons are directed toward grades 6 through 12, for use in the following subject areas: language arts,
From Page to Stage
Musical theater book writers, lyricists, and composers have long looked to literature for their inspiration and subject material. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast literary works and the musicals they inspired. Utilizing video clips and Web sites, students will compare specific passages from original texts to moments in Broadway musicals on which they were based, and analyze similarities and differences between the two. As a culminating activity, students will try their hand at
Hey, Mr. Producer!
It's not that uncommon for secondary school students to study the ups and downs of the stock market, but in this lesson, students will examine the economic roller coaster involved in the production of a Broadway musical. As an introduction to the lesson, students will read a series of online articles to investigate the similarities and differences between nonprofit theater production and Broadway, or commercial, theater production. They will view excerpts from the PBS series BROADWAY: THE AMERIC
The Shapes of Our World. Experimenting With the Language of Geometry
In this lesson, students play a game of charades as an experiment in non-verbal communication. They then create maps with directions that demonstrate their ability to utilize shapes and spatial relationships in a practical context. Their learning is culminated in a written critical essay about the universality of human understanding.
The on-line game aims at teaching children how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Children will learn playing how the location and the construction materials of houses can make a difference when disasters strike and how early warning systems, evacuation plans and education can save lives. Children are the future architects, mayors, doctors, and parents of the world of tomorrow, if they know what to do to reduce the impact of disasters, they will create a safer world. Each scen
Secondary School Science Electronic Library for Africa
This science electronic library features lesson plans by topic, methodology and grade, as well as articles and sample test questions and FAQ for science teachers of secondary school students. The lessons have been gathered from various sources and sites. They are appropriate for teaching in Africa. The lessons can be used by teacher trainers as models of exciting and creative teaching. The lessons may also be revised and modified. The methodologies may be useful for teacher trainers and applicab
HIV and AIDS Prevention Education
This is a collection of resource packages suggesting how education systems can change their analysis and conduct in relation to HIV and AIDS. The site also contains manuals and booklets offering basic facts and information needed for the acquisition of knowledge and development of attitudes, values, skills and practices (KAVSP) related to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.
Against All Odds
In "Against All Odds", students follow a young person's flight from oppression in his or her home country to exile in an asylum country. The game is intended to increase students' awareness and knowledge about refugees -- where they come from, what situations they have faced and how they adapt to their new lives. Educators across the United States can help students learn about the plight of refugees and understand the importance of treating refugees with tolerance and respect. UNHCR offers free
Space Trader and Economics
Students will use the Space Trader software to reinforce economic skills. They must buy and sell different objects, travel to various planets and make enough money to buy a moon of their own.
The Visual Datasets text module discusses the concept of visual learning and presents some suggestions for ways to design learning environments that support students in developing visual literacy skills. Three visual datasets that can be used for problem solving activities in evolution, classification, development, and botany are included: Caminacules: A dataset of imaginary animals that can be used as the basis for a variety of problem-posing and problem-solving activities in evolution, classi
Hysteria Over Pfiesteria
Students will be guided through an investigation of the Pfiesteria outbreaks through a variety of approaches employing writing, math, drawing, summarizing and deductive skills. As students assimilate details of the Pfiesteria problem, they will begin to develop a multifaceted understanding of the issue and its potential links to nonpoint source pollution. In Exercise II, they study the spatial and temporal distribution of Pfiesteria outbreaks in an effort to explore reasons for the connection be
Greco-Roman Origin Myths
Mythology is a powerful vehicle for teaching students about symbols and the ways people have sought to explain their relationships to nature and to each other. Teachers can use this lesson to introduce or examine the role of myths in explaining human customs, mysteries about nature, or the reasons why things exist in the world. Students will discuss works of art that illustrate ancient Greco-Roman myths and various symbols used in them. So students do not judge the "truthfulness" of another cult
Heroes and Heroines
Teachers can use this lesson to introduce or examine in depth the concept of heroism through discussions of heroic actions and character.Students will look at images of military, religious, political, and everyday heroes and heroines and discuss their lives and the effects of their deeds. For the purposes of this lesson, heroes are defined as figures who have great strength and ability and are admired for their achievements. They may risk or sacrifice their lives for others or may be noted for s
Visualizing inequality, envisioning a future
This activity uses mapmaking and geography to plot the presence of the MDGs in communities, as well as visually represent development inequalities. The maps made in this lesson may be created using chart paper and markers, or using the Class Maps feature in TIGed Virtual Classrooms.
The Numbers Behind Hunger: Calorie Counting
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This activity makes use of basic math skills to learn more about the energy value of food. A link to the US Dept. of Agriculture National Nutrient Database is listed here. Teachers may want to browse through the database first and determine the best way to present it to students: let
Water-Resources Reconnaissance of St. George Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska
This 15-page PDF was prepared by the USGS and provides information about sources of water and groundwater quality on St. George Island. Maps, tables, chemical analysis, cross sections and well logs are included in the report.
Spill Tools is a collection of three tools you can use to assess how effectively you can recover, remove, or disperse spilled oil using: - mechanical equipment, such as skimmers, to remove oil from the sea surface. - in situ burning, to burn off freshly spilled oil. - chemical dispersants, to disperse the spilled oil throughout the water column. Spill Tools was designed to help you to complete tasks like: - selecting and staging response equipment, such as skimmers, fire boom, and dispersant