Social Studies

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Please Stand for the National Anthem Lesson Plan

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This lesson plan, to be used with the program The War of 1812, has students explore what Nationalism means as well as the symbolic features of a nation such as a national anthem and a flag. Students will learn the story of Francis Scott Key and create their own anthems.

Be Kind Online

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How do we act when we are on the Internet? Here are some good manners for when we are on the Internet. Use good words, not rude or bad words. Be patient with others. Sometimes others are beginners and are just learning how to use the Internet.

Welding in a Tunnel

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This Building Block video shot at the Big Dig project in Boston, Massachusetts, features two men in hardhats in a darkened tunnel. One of the men is welding some pipes, and red sparks fly everywhere.

Looking for Lincoln | All Things Lincoln

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits the Lincoln Museum to see the iconic “stove pipe” hat firsthand. He then travels to Beverly Hills for a tour of the world’s largest private collection of Lincoln-related artifacts.

HUD Office

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This Building Block video shows a close-up of the sign on the Department of Housing and Urban Development building.

Looking for Lincoln | Abraham Lincoln, Attorney at Law

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentay Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examine Lincoln's years as a "prairie" lawyer on the Illinois circuit, and discuss how they honed and polished Lincoln's confidence, sense of fairness, and social skills.

Elephants

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This Building Block video shows a medium shot of adult and young elephants grazing in the grass.

U.S. Capitol Building

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A beautiful extreme long shot of the U.S. Capitol building's West Front is shown from across the reflecting pool in this Building Block video.

Welcome (中国欢迎您) from the First Lady

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Join First Lady Michelle Obama as she discusses her upcoming trip to China and invites students to follow her journey.

American Flags

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This Building Block video features nine American flags on poles billowing in a strong wind.

Close-up of Smoke Stack

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In this Building Block video, the camera looks close-up at the top of a smokestack that is releasing exhaust into the clear blue sky.

Rhinoceroses

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Watch a pair of rhinos grazing in the savanna in this Building Block video.

Storks

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This Building Block video shows Marabou storks near Lake Nakuru in Kenya. One stork is perched on driftwood, while another strides along the grass.

Soldiers Marching

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This Building Block video shows a black and white wide shot of thousands of soldiers marching towards camera.

Satellite Dishes

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In this Building Block video, the camera pans over multiple satellite dishes on a roof in San Francisco, California. Apartment buildings and Coit Tower stand in the background.

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