SuperScholar shows just how relevant Shakespeare is today. Do students want better vocabularies? Read Shakespeare; he added more than 1500 words to our language which have become common in our vocabularies. His characters were so compellingly drawn that their names are now synonymous with character types. And since movies draw the attentions of students more often than plays, just point out through this graphic how many movies are based on Shakespeare plots. Then you might ask students if they can think of any other movies that Shakespeare influenced. Once students see how Shakespeare lives in modern language and thought, they may be quick to point out examples they find as they read his plays.
In this month of April, which often cannot make up its mind weather-wise, you will find a multitude of questions and answers about weather and climate from this interactive site from NASA. Find out the causes of tornadoes and rain, read about weather folklore, or write your own weather adventure. If you love bad jokes, the bad weather joke machine will provide you with plenty of groaners, and you can play a computer game with friends that takes you around the world to find wild weather. For teachers and students there are several ideas for weather science fair projects. One thing you won’t find on this site is how to change the weather if you don’t like it.
Fotojet should be one of the first places you and your students look to produce beautiful collages and cards online. Educators and students have produced thousands of quality products with online available photos or personal submissions. Fotojet encourages you and your class to get creative and share with friends and family. The site even includes cover projects to enhance your social media site. Don't miss it!
Students often struggle with basic facts, especially the addition and subtraction of integers. Spider Match is a fun game that students can play online to practice integer addition. Students try to create a certain sum by directing their spiders to eat certain addends that add up to the number in the center of the web. Students can play against friends or just against the computer as they compete to get the high score of the day.
Have you dappled with the fact wondering if the field of engineering may be your niche? Engineers can be distinguished from other professions by their ability to solve complex problem and implement solutions in cost effective and practical ways. This ability to face a problem, work through various thoughts and abstract ideas, and then translating them into reality is what is so exciting about engineering. Most engineering specialties have their own educational requirements and each one has its own intricacies and specific knowledge required. If you are unsure of the various categories to pursue at your college or university, it will help you to figure out the right degree you need to reach your goals. Check out the following site for a list of engineering degrees and colleges offering such programs.
What factors are important to consider in order to make informed energy decisions that help solve our energy challenges now and in the future? Why is sustainability an important issue? In this interactive, select one of three locations and the energy resources and then try to provide 100% of that community's electricity needs while staying within your budget of $1,000,000. Each location has different characteristics that affect how much each energy resource costs. Think about using renewable resources, and pay attention to how your decisions impact the people who live there. You have the power!
Is the idea of comparing texts overwhelming to your students? Are you looking to engage your students in ways that involve higher depths of knowledge? This Kennedy Center ArtsEdge unit contains a series of lessons that involve students working with the traditional Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, "The Frog Prince." Students will work with a sequel to the fairy tale entitled "The Frog Prince Continued," by Jon Scieszka. After several close readings, students will create improvised scenes and songs to accompany the sequel. Innovatively, students will combine their songs to create a mini-musical that will accompany Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Options for more depth study will be provided with a number of additional traditional Grimm Brothers fairy tales. As the students prepare for the final performance assessment, students will have the opportunity to read, write, revise, dramatize, and engage as they create, innovate, collaborate, and communicate.
This site is great for all ages. Tar Heel Reader features thousands of books, 10,000 published authors, translations in 8 different languages, and opportunities for users to write and publish their own books. Books can be illustrated with users' own pictures or those from the huge collection at Flickr. Click on the menu icon to find a book by searching titles or topics or browse the collections. Select from two ratings (e for everyone or c for caution), or choose to read only books that have been reviewed. Each book can be speech enabled.
“Word, you heard the lowdown 'bout what's happening up high,
Check it out, it's about all the clouds and the rain and the sunshine in the sky
You want your weather straight up; and you wanna want it in your face.
Let me make it clear, that's-a why I'm here, and now that we're in place...”
It’s the Weather Dude! Nick Walker makes studying weather exciting for students, with an extensive list of songs related to weather. Included are safety and preparedness tips for storms, lightning, tornadoes, floods and more. Walker is an experienced meteorologist known for programming on the major networks, including The Weather Channel. The Weather Dude prepares kids for severe weather in a fun way.
The official Inauguration Day for our U.S. Presidents is in January. Every four years on this day, unless it falls on a Sunday, the public will witness a new or incumbent president as he (or she) takes a solemn oath and is sworn in to office,a pretty momentous event. In recent years, Inauguration Day has been packed with a lot of pomp—parades, speeches, and gala balls at the White House, but that has not always been the case. In Inaugural Firsts, NPR commemorates our presidential inaugurations and highlights some significant firsts. From the shortest address in history, given by George Washington, to the longest, 90 minutes in the freezing cold by William Henry Harrison, you will have fun learning new facts about this special day and gain a sense of how it has evolved over the years.
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.