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History Scribe: a way to present your history explorations!

I spent some time this morning helping a friend find some resources, and shared with her one of my favorite tools for learning history.  History Scribe provides a way for your children to express what they've learned about history topics.  The materials are a variation on lapbooking or notebooking, allowing the student to draw and write what they've discovered through reading or research.  The elementary level books just have space for pictures and a few sentences of writing.

Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site

This is a great website with tons of free resources for teaching history and social studies. There are sections on ancient civilizations, world history and American history. It includes lots of kid-friendly information pages. There are also many links to other informational websites. (The site is several years old, so there are some links that don't work anymore, but still a lot of good ones!) Other affiliated sites have free powerpoint presentations and clip art that can be very useful for unit studies.

Biointeractive

This website from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a wealth of information for jr. high, high school and college level students. There are video lectures, short films and video clips, interactive materials (including virtual labs) and much more! Anyone studying biology could spend hours exploring and learning from this site.

Much of the material covers topics about evolution, so it would make a great supplement to a religiously neutral curriculum that avoids the subject.

Storyline Online

This is a wonderful little website sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild. It has videos of celebrities reading children's books (much like the format of the old TV show, Reading Rainbow.) There are currently only 27 books in the list, but it is growing. The celebrity readers range from Al Gore to Betty White to Elijah Wood, and many other interesting people. The quality of both the narration and the videos is quite good.

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