Social Studies

HUE Animation

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This downloadable animations software was created by a former Walt Disney Imagineer to enable K-12 classrooms to access tools that would engage and foster students’ inherent creativity.  Set up shots on camera, repeatedly moving object, and taking another shot, and play the role to watch the animation.  A Limited version is free. For all grade levels. 

Smithsonian Education

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The Smithsonian Education web site is maintained by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) to enable every learner to discover and use Smithsonian knowledge.  Includes resources for educators, families, and students.

 

Newsela

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News articles available at five different reading levels that are sorted into topics and linked to common core standards.  You can search for articles by grade level, reading standard, or whether or not it has a quiz.  Create a free teacher account and add multiple classes.  Students create accounts with a special code.  Teachers can assign articles to classes. For all grade levels.

WatchKnowLearn

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50,000 free educational videos that have been categorized and rated for K-12 education.  Use the directory or search for videos by subject and age level. For all grade levels. 

The Museum of Online Museums

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This website presents a collection of online museums divided into current exhibitions, the museum campus, the permanent collection, and galleries, exhibitions, and shows.

Internet4Classrooms: Grade Level Help

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Interactive language arts (common core aligned), math, and social studies activities to reinforce skills.  Organized by grade level and skill categories.  Each skill builders page provides multiple links to interactive resources for students.   For all grade levels.

Open Text Summarizer

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Paste text or a URL into this tool to get back a condensed version of the text or keywords.  Select the summarization ratio and language of choice.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

Text Compactor

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This free web tool summarizes a text.  Paste a text into the box, and use the slide bar to adjust the percentage of the text you want to keep in the summary.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

A.nnotate

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A.nnotate is a free online tool that allows collaborative annotating of documents and images. Annotations can appear on the page or in the margins. Notes are indexed and searchable. You can set a document to private or share with others. For all grade levels.

Ponder

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Ponder is a browser add-on and app that allows you to create "micro reading responses" anywhere on the web and measures reading activity. Teachers can set up a class and assign readings and students can identify challenging passages and share their reflections with classmates. For all grade levels.

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