The Women Who Changed a Nation. The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. These honorable titles are attributed to Rosa Parks. In honor of Rosa Parks Day on 12/1, watch an interview with Rosa Parks as she describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Support materials for teachers are included, such as background information, discussion questions, and a student handout.
Title: Youth Radio
Summary: A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists
Pros: The content is top-notch, and the kids are guided by professionals to make compelling radio.
Cons: It's slightly difficult to navigate the website; some reorganization for clarity would help.
Bottom Line:An outstanding place to find fresh voices and NPR-quality content created by kids.
Follow the links on this website to learn all about Western Philosophy. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy contains information about Plato, Aristotle, and various ideas of thought. Then move onto Early Modern Philosophy with the Renaissance, Descartes, Locke, and more. Recent Modern Philosophy includes the Enlightenment, Kant, Idealism, and Pragmatism among other things. And, finally, Contemporary Philosophy ideas including existentialism, Postmodernism, feminism, and more. Other links also include a dictionary, study guide, timeline, logic, and more in this comprehensive introduction to Western Philosophy
Summary: Projects inspire creativity; a place for kids' sharing would boost fun
Pros: Clean design and sophisticated resources make for a unique collection of projects to get kids thinking and innovating.
Cons: An online community space where kids could share creative ideas would boost engagement, especially for older kids.
Bottom Line: A go-to site for teachers looking for well-presented project ideas; kids will need opportunities to share work locally.
Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many more characters as you find your way to Sesame Street. Celebrate Sesame Street by playing games that reinforce the colors, shapes, letters, sounds, and basic math concepts. Additional links to videos and art will provide an opportunity to fully observe the show that was first broadcast in 1969 by the Children's Television Workshop.
Summary: Substantial all-in-one tool scaffolds the research and writing process
Pros: It's like a one-stop shop for research and writing, from gathering sources to organizing research and outlining a workable draft.
Cons: The automatically compiled bibliography could potentially encourage student passivity rather than inquiry into why citation is important.
Bottom Line: This smart, intuitive system supports students in every step of the writing process.
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Then click on Scholastic's Potter exploration. Explore each of the seven Harry Potter novels with this complete interactive experience. Unlock the magic with mind-bending tasks, participate in trivia challenges, practice all things Potter pronunciation, read about the books’ illustrators, or find out what your Patronus is! Read provided chapter excerpts of each book, or even listen to an audio read-aloud of each installment’s first chapter. This Harry Potter exhibit will leave you immersed in JK Rowling’s imaginative world.
November is a month to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. With this website you can take a virtual tour of eighteen totem poles along the Totem Trail is Sitka National Historical Park. Click through exhibits and collections from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Digital Library. Watch videos of Native American speakers, look through teaching resources, and view a collection of images
Summary: Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Pros: It's super customizable, which means you can assign kids the lessons they need to work on most.
Cons: Lacks an element of fun, which could make using the site feel like work for some kids.
Bottom Line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs
With the holidays coming up how much do you know about your tongue? Well, get on board by learning more about the tongue and sense of taste. Salty, sweet, sour - you couldn't taste any of that without a tongue. Check out the entertaining video, read more and do taste-y activities to explore these sweetest and sourest ideas.
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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.