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Explore a new world on your computer. Our interactives provide rich multimedia content including interactive stories, maps, games, timelines, audio, and much more.   Educators can also find primary resource documents, as well as ideas and activies for classroom use.  So forget the road map, grab a mouse and begin a journey of your own!

Be sure to visit Reading tools for proven strategies and techniques to help students of all reading levels make use of our field trips.

Read the Research Study by an independent research firm, showing that middle school students who used the online field trips scored higher on national standardized reading comprehension tests than those who used traditional learning methods alone.

English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy
The following Maryland-themed websites support the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and provide ways to bring a trans-disciplinary approach to classroom practices. The content areas covered are English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.
MADE CLEAR
This website focuses on Mid-Atlantic climate change and is intended for teachers and students in middle and high school.  The site contains an overview of Mid-Atlantic climate change and materials for educators, including a virtual resource center and tips for teaching climate literacy.
Web Smarts
This interactive resource for middle and high school students uses animations, faux websites and a quiz to help students learn how to evaluate the reliability of information found on the Internet.
War of 1812
Teach elementary, middle and high school students about a monumental war steeped rich in Maryland history. Delve into the people, places and pivotal events surrounding the War of 1812 with curriculum-based resources, lessons, interactives, primary source documents and images. Teachers can quickly access resources by subject, grade level and resource type.
Changing the Balance
Icebergs are shrinking, malaria is spreading and the earth's climate is rapidly changing. Uncover the issues affecting our precious planet in an exploration and blog told through the eyes of an inquisitive and environmentally-conscientious college student visiting Kenya. Students examine ten (10) digital assets, presentations, and videos to investigate the science behind climate change.
Lure of the Labyrinth
Think like a mathematician in this digital learning adventure for pre-algebra students. Work through intriguing math-based puzzles while immersed in an exciting narrative in which students work to find their lost pet and save the world from curious, quirky creatures!
Math by Design
Build it; learn it! Become a junior architect and build two virtual environments using geometry and measurement skills. Math by Design encourages problem solving and critical thinking, while helping to build mathematical skills for students taking algebra I and II.
PORT
Join this exploration of the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore to find out more about the ways technology and careers help make this trade center such a successful part of Maryland's history, culture, and economy. Visit people in key Port careers, and explore the technology they use every day to see if these careers might be just right for you. Find out details about the way the port operates, moving every kind of cargo imaginable throughout the world with speed and accuracy. This hands-on, minds-on site puts you right in the center of all the action.
Bayville
What is the Chesapeake Bay?  Why is it important to the people, plants, and animals that live in the six-state watershed that drains into the Bay?  What’s happening to the Bay today?  In this online experience, students explore these and other questions as they become virtual research assistants for a video production company looking for significant stories about the science of the Bay.
Bayville PDF - Color
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Villainy, Inc.
This field trip integrates mathematical experiences and high adventure into a fun learning experience for middle school math students. In James Bond fashion, students use their problem-solving acumen to foil the plans of the evil Dr. Wick in animated missions that require critical thinking and math calculations in order to pave the way to a successful outcome.
Villainy Inc PDF - Color
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Maryland Roots
The experiences of people who founded Maryland were probably quite different than yours – dangerous sea voyages, backbreaking labor, and taming a wild land. But beneath the adventurous life, the settlers and colonists of Maryland were like all of us – uncertain and hopeful, wishing to make a small place for themselves in a large world. 
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Knowing Poe
Do you know Poe? Explore the mysterious life and haunting works of Edgar Allan Poe, one of Maryland’s most renowned literary figures. But beware, there's something stirring in the darkness!
Knowing Poe PDF - Color
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Pathways to Freedom: Maryland & The Underground Railroad
During the time of slavery, numerous brave Marylanders guided slaves through to freedom through a unique collection of covert byways and secret hiding places. Take a closer look at Maryland’s unique role in the Underground Railroad and gain a greater understanding of its citizen’s commitment to liberty and civil rights for all.
Pathways to Freedom PDF - Color
Pathways to Freedom PDF - B&W
Sense and Dollars
Do your students know how long it'll take to earn enough money for a new CD player? Or how credit card charges work? Sense and Dollars is a fun, interactive site that helps your students and their families demystify personal economics. They can even plan a dream prom!
Plastic Fork Diaries
Does what (and how) we eat affect who we are? Follow six middle school students as they experience first-hand the relationship between food and their changing bodies, cultural differences, the vanishing family meal, nutrition and athletic performance.
Bay Trippers
Come for a virtual sail and discover the wonders of the Chesapeake. See why the watershed is a vital resource for the people, plants, and animals who live in and around it.
Enviromysteries
Asthma. Rising cancer rates. Viruses we have never heard of before. Just a few of the incredibly complex health problems that confront society today. What part does our environment play? That's the Question EnviroMysteries sets out to answer.
Picasso
Pablo Picasso single-handedly changed the face of 20th-century art. Inspire your students with some of Picasso's paintings online and explore his early influences as an artist with the Picasso electronic field trip.
The Story of Anne Arundel County
Throughout its long history, Anne Arundel County has been a vital cultural crossroads. Through the Story of Anne Arundel County online field trip, students can explore sites devoted to the county’s past while learning how to navigate the web.
Frederick County: A Crossroads of History
Learn about the rich history of Frederick County through this engaging, interactive field trip.

 

 

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