TWELVE NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in arts, foreign languages,
science, & social studies have been added to FREE. They're
TWO NEW PAGES of learning resources are now available:
> Brown v. Board of Education -- in commemoration of the
50th anniversary of this landmark 1954 Supreme Court
> Lewis & Clark Expedition -- in celebration of the 200th
anniversary of the launch of their historic journey:
FREE makes finding federal learning resources easier:
"Project REACH: Recursos para la Ensenanza y el Aprendizaje de las
offers resources on the history & literature of the Spanish
language, Latino cultures in the U.S., arts of the Spanish-
speaking world, instructional materials for teaching Spanish-
speakers, & the Quechua culture indigenous to the remote
regions of the Peruvian Andes. (NEH)
"Grapes of Wrath Scrapbook"
aims to enhance reading & understanding of "The Grapes of
Wrath" through ethnographic research -- collections of sound
recordings, drawings, photos, fieldnotes, & correspondence.
Students show how cultural artifacts support one of themes in
the novel. (LOC)
features dozens of online learning activities & exhibits.
Make a mold terrarium, pinhole projector, telescope, or hair
hygrometer. Explore the brain, biodiversity, Antarctica, DNA,
frogs, structures, or illusions. Learn about magnetism,
electricity, motors, eyeballs, perception, Mars, chocolate,
seasonings, or the science of cooking, sports, & music.
Search over 3,000 photos & movies. Watch webcasts of science
demonstrations by teachers. (NSF)
"Helping Your Child Learn Science"
offers a dozen fun learning activities parents can use at home
to help children (ages 3-10) learn about bubbles, bugs,
surface tension, adhesives, friction (using gelatin), volume
(using measuring cups), static electricity (using balloons),
cause & effect (using plants), chemical reactions (using
cake), & more. (ED)
"Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site"
features Monroe Elementary, the school attended in 1950 by
third grader Linda Brown. Because she was black, Brown was
barred from attending a white school much closer to her home.
The cases brought by father & others led to the Supreme
Court's unanimous decision in 1954 that racial segregation in
public schools was unconstitutional. (NPS)
"The Civil War through a Child's Eye"
is a lesson plan that uses historical fiction & primary
sources to expand students' perceptions of the Civil War era.
Photos, non-fiction, & literature (Paul Fleischman's "Bull
Run") help students see this era from a child's perspective.
"Fill up the Canvas"
features journal entries from 20 points in the journey of
Lewis & Clark: mission preparations, winter in St. Louis,
first council with Indians, death of Sergeant Floyd, first
killing of a buffalo, Sioux camps, near run-in with Teton
Sioux, Rocky Mountains, Nez Perce, falls of the Columbia
River, & others. The site also provides letters from Thomas
Jefferson to Lewis & Clark; images of people, places, plants,
& animals; & maps. (LOC)
"From Fantasy to Flight"
provides photos, letters, articles, & resources for learning
about the history of flight -- aircraft & balloons, Alexander
Graham Bell's aerodynamic studies, the Wright brothers,
Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky's helicopters, & Amelia
"From Slavery to Civil Rights"
is a timeline of African-American history. Photos,
broadsides, maps, & other items are organized around time
periods: slavery, abolition, antebellum, Civil War,
reconstruction, progressive era, World War I, between the
wars, World War II, & civil rights. (LOC)
"Reconstruction: The Second Civil War"
provides clips from the documentary, as well as transcripts, a
look behind the scenes, & a teacher's guide. Among the
featured topics: 40 acres & a mule, plantations in ruins,
African American legislators, Northerners in the South, & from
slave to sharecropper. (NEH)
"Remembering Jim Crow,"
companion to a radio documentary, examines the system that,
for much of the 20th century, barred many African Americans
from their rights as U.S. citizens. Read personal histories
of segregation. See a sampling of Jim Crow laws. Learn how
African Americans fought economic hardships imposed by Jim
Crow & how they built social institutions to combat
"With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight"
documents the history of human flight. Photos, drawings, &
articles are presented in six categories: myth & fantasy,
early science, balloons & airships, kites & gliders, the
Wright brothers, & after the Wright brothers. (LOC)
ED -- Department of Education
LOC -- Library of Congress
NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities
NPS -- National Park Service
NSF -- National Science Foundation
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