Understanding the modern civil rights movement, a difficult and turbulent time in our nation’s history, may help us better understand and address many of our society’s current problems. Read here about those African Americans who put their families and loved ones on the front lines in the struggle for their freedom. This impressive site provides a map and detailed explanation of the major historic places of the Civil Rights Movement. These sites are also provided on a list, and you can learn more about the Civil Right Movement by perusing the "Learn More" section which contains memoirs, autobiographies, biographies and more.
Sometimes you're just inundated and unavailable to offer a mini review with one student. This versatile site
allows several math standards to be addressed at one place. Students will be able to work on multiplication facts as well as area and perimeter. In addition, they can create arrays that will help them determine the area of a square. Once students determine the area they can also determine the perimeter of that square. Students can then make the connection as to the relationship between the size of squares and what happens to the area and perimeter. For example, when the square doubles, the area increases by four times and the perimeter doubles.
I tell you teaching just gets easier and easier with that lovely tool called the Internet. Did you know that tables charting all the chemical elements have been made and shared since the nineteenth century? And get this, the Periodic video team at University of Nottingham has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. In this modern, interactive version that should be every chemistry class’s fundamental tool, students can browse through the full display of the elements, choose ones to watch, and then opt to explore further with a full Ted-Ed lesson module linked directly to the video. The creators of this tool are continually updating videos with new stories, better samples, and bigger experiments.
A fascinating exploration of the United Auto Workers sit-down strike that took place at the General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan in 1936-1937. Oral histories were collected from many of the people who participated in, or observed, the strike. These recordings accompany the descriptive text, which is presented under three headings: how the strike was organized, the strike itself, and what happened after it was over. Some key recordings are also laid out on an interactive timeline. For a unit on American labor history, the recollections of the people who witnessed this famous strike are invaluable. - tech and learning
Pros: Real-world health simulations and fun arcade games teach kids about the importance of heart-healthy living.
Cons: Kids have to do a lot of reading, which could present a challenge for some less-strong readers.
Bottom Line: Fun, engaging adventure teaches kids about the cardiovascular system, medical diagnostics, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Avoid the math summer slump, this website
contains a collection of games, word problems, logic puzzles, and math videos that will review elementary and middle school concepts. You can brush up on your math skills using online flash cards, worksheets, and much more. You can choose whether to review addition, subtraction, geometry, division, multiplication, percentage, ratios, or problem solving. Make sure you bookmark this site and set aside 20 minutes each day for practice to keep your math brain sharp!!!
If you need a little extra help understanding the method of bar graphs then check out this interactive post. On this site you can select from pre-made data sets and explore the concept of bar graphs. In addition, you can enter your own data and see how the bar graphs change with the data. The site allows you to adjust both the x and y axis and change the thickness of the bars. This is a great, easy tool that allows you to explore the concept on your own and create dynamic and visually appealing graphs.
Now with summer in full swing kids are attached to laptops, tablets, smartphones, and many other devices every minute of the day. Unfortunately, the Internet is not just a tool for our kids. It’s a way of life. Since it is an integral part of adult life, we often do not teach children the dangers that can be lurking online. This interactive site offers videos, tips, activities, and ideas that teach kids to be smart and be safe online. Categories such as file sharing, social networking, games, chat, safe searching, digital footprints, and competitions allow kids to learn more about the areas they use most often.
Bored this summer? Love to do science projects? Then Science Buddies is your favorite site this season! With over 1000 project ideas in over 30 areas of science, you can be accessed through a ""Topic Wizard"" or a directory. Once you've chosen an idea, view a how-to guide to get started, get advice from an expert, and learn tips for preparing for your science experiment. Bookmark this site for fall, too, when science fair is introduced at school as there are so many great projects to chose from! Science Buddies provides sections for teachers and parents, a blog highlighting current events and timely topics that are related to science, and a collection of detailed information on over 100 science related careers.
Don't let the academic enrichment rest this summer! Reading Bear presentations provide fantastic, visually-appealing, interactive practice opportunities in the area of phonics rules. This module
features a review of words that contain various short vowels. Links are available where you can actually hear words; try to sound out words on your own; experience audio flashcards; view silent flashcards; hear sentences read aloud; and read sentences silently.
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.