Participate in the building of an American city from colonial days through the 1890s to learn how areas of our country, and Detroit in particular, made the transition from agriculture to industry. Begin as a farmer coming to New France, and see how your family progresses through generations, based on choices you make along the way.
In this online simulation, players build an energy-efficient, model city. Take the tutorial to learn all of the game features. Players are guided to understand how to develop a sense of community by helping neighbors, and can connect with friends to share ideas and help each other. Learn about renewable energy, sustainable living, and eco-friendly technology. Find out about the decisions and trade-offs that must be made in planning a city, such as what kind of power station to build, and whether to build bike paths or plant more trees. Take a Quest to improve your city’s rating, and discover how some features such as parks help to protect a city. The site requires free registration in order to save your work, which also allows you to choose an avatar and a name for your city.
Developed by two ambitious middle grade teachers with the help of the astrophysics center of NASA, A Song For All Seasons is an activity which pairs the work of Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi with a lesson on the earth's relationship to the sun. Like many artists throughout history, Vivaldi was inspired by the natural world surrounding him and wrote a group of four violin concerti, each giving musical expression to one season. In this interactive activity, students listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, examine the chart provided on the earth’s orbit, and try their hand at deciding which season Vivaldi was trying to portray. Interactive, inspiring, integrative!
Aliens are invading from outer space and need your primary students’ help! Engage your students in interactive segments that will require them to sort capital letters and lower case letters. Then they will travel to other planets to aid different aliens with other editing skills: capitalizing the first word in complete sentences; capitalizing people’s first names; and always capitalizing the pronoun “I” in sentences. Students will earn a certificate to exemplify their accomplishments in mastering capitalization.
Brief Description of the Site:
Conestoga High School, located in Berwyn, PA serves approximately 1720 students in grades 9-12. Home page design can be problematic for large schools because there's so much information to share in so many different categories. The Conestoga site makes finding and navigating to multiple areas easy through a well-organized Home page that does not require scrolling to find information, and judicious use of pop-up menus that expand options within each category.
How to use the site:
Visit the Library in the Research Guides area to find great research resources provided through the school's online catalog, links to public libraries, citation guides, and research projects. The Guidance area, under Student Services, offers students and parents easy-to-access information about SAT testing, careers, college and financial information, and summer extended learning opportunities. The English, Science, and Social Studies Departments also include some interesting links to projects and student resources.
This is a great interactive game that allows players to guide three different threatened shark species to food and away from danger. At the same time, players can learn about the behaviors and habitats of these three species.
It seems that more and more devices are powered by electricity. Where do we get that electricity? How is that electricity harvested? This interactive will explore one way energy can be harvested, which is using wind energy. Students will be able to design, build, and test a wind turbine design that converts wind energy to kinetic energy to mechanical energy. Students are challenged to design a wind turbine that supplies energy to 400 homes at the highest efficiency and lowest cost. By completing this interactive, students will learn more about the alternative energies that are available in our society.
Finding ways to make learning fun is always a key for a good teacher. Learning and practicing basic arithmetic operations are keys to success for a math student. On this site students practice those facts by playing a fun game. Students can choose from seven different levels of play. The lowest level focuses simply on subtracting single digit numbers. As the levels progress students can try multi-digit numbers, and subtraction that includes regrouping. For each level students decide if they want the fruit to move slow or fast. After that, splat away!
Enter a world of musical fun and learning for students, parents and teachers. This interactive site offers students resources for learning about composers, their works, the logistics of orchestra seating, the functions of different instruments, and music periods. Look for games, activities, and a library of music clips highlighting composers, instruments, musical notes, and national anthems from selected countries. A teachers' lounge provides interactive lesson plans and links to valuable resources. For parents there are activities to do at home, such as building your own xylophone or making a tin-can telephone.
Our apples, bananas, bread, and potatoes come from many parts of the world. Many of the foods we love do not grow near our town or even our country. Many of our ancestors traveled with certain foods, crossing oceans, and they introduced them to the places we live in today. Follow this presentation to discover the history of where our food comes from. Discover who provides our food, how certain foods are grown, how others are processed, and finally how the food gets to us.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.