Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated once the fever of planting season ensues. There is quite a bit of legend surrounding the life of John Chapman, known in his time as Johnny Appleseed. This was due to his deep desire to spread apple trees across this great nation so that no one would ever have to go hungry. You can use this site to learn about his life, and the legends that surround his efforts. His travels took him through Pennsylvania, the Ohio Valley, and into the area that became Indiana. Johnny bought land and planted apple seeds wherever he had trodden When you complete reading the information about Johnny Appleseed, you can check your understanding by doing the crossword puzzle based on the article.
Be sure your virtual immunizations are up to date and your passport is current
before you set off on your whirlwind tour of some interesting countries in Asia. In each country you will be met by a guide who will show you some of the most interesting things about his or her country. You’ll learn about different aspects of the culture of each country, such as the importance of ancestors in Japan and respectful body language in Vietnam. Find out about special foods, the sports played in each country, and watch short videos of many events. There are several
activities to try, and for teachers, a guide that has the learning goals for
late elementary school students that are covered on this journey. -Taken from Tech and Learning
Two hundred years' worth of American history all in one house. Learn what a
single-family dwelling can tell us about what life was like during five
different periods of American history: the colonial era, the Revolutionary era,
the Civil War era, the late nineteenth century, and World War II. Learn a brief
family history of the five families who lived in this house throughout the span
of years, find out what the house itself can tell historians about the
neighborhood, the changes in the house, and when the house was built. You can
learn how to do research on the house you live in. There are several resources
for further research, including resources for teachers to extend the information
on this interesting site.
On Nov. 15, 1805, after a long awaited arrival, the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean. One of the most important tasks of the journey was to map the little known areas of the interior of the United States. This site from the Smithsonian Institution offers primary sources that relate to this task, including an 1803 map of Nicholas King, Jefferson’s instructions to Meriwether Lewis, and the results of the careful cartography done by William Clark. There are several sections to this site with many suggested student activities. Celebrate the Corps of Discovery by exploring the information they garnered and mapped out. Compare the pre- and post-expedition maps to see how much knowledge about the United States was increased by the exploits of these brave men.
Tech and Learning recently published a well-informed article about internet documentaries. I am enclosing this article for your reference. There is nothing that makes a subject area come to life than actual footage!
Documentaries are used in education all the time to educate and inform students about different nonfiction topics. While there are a ton of sites to choose from,
I've decide to curate this list to make it easier for educators to find what
they are looking for. This list is in alphabetical order.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.
Over five hundred years ago today Christopher Columbus made land fall here in the America's. The American Treasures Exhibition in the Library of Congress contains five original documents which house information concerning Columbus’ voyages and discoveries. The first is suggested to be the earliest historical document of the first three voyages. The image is a map of the island of Hispaniola where the first permanent European settlement in America was located. The third is the “Book of Privileges” that contains the documents Columbus gathered to show the titles and powers Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand had blessed him and his descendants. Finally, the Latin translation of Columbus’ letter, written in 1493 describing his discoveries, was the vehicle for passing news of his discoveries through Europe. This 8-page letter is on display at the Library of Congress, and this site includes an English translation. Also included is Columbus-related document in the exhibition; an account of Columbus’ life written by his son.
Here's an excellent place to find free educational videos for your student. Not only is it an easy site to navigate, you'll find everything categorized by subject and rated for age-appropriate levels. WatchKnow is an Academic Learning Coach's lifeline when it comes to topics that may not be easily explained.
"WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them
into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any
registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7.
Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and
age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are
all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new
kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive
response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can
create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the
world." - taken fro
1066 was a pivotal year for the Anglo-Saxons and September 28 was the day William, Duke of Normandy, later known as William the Conquerer, landed on the coast of England to begin his invasion. This extensive history of the Norman Conquest includes sections on what Anglo-Saxon England was like, the major players in the conquest, the Battle of Hastings, and information about the Bayeux Tapestry. Watch a 3-D battle map and see the Battle of Hastings unfold. You can also see a panorama of what the battle site looks like today. A timeline gives a day-by-day accounting of what happened between William’s landing on September 28, and the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings on October 15. Follow the links provided to other websites to expand your knowledge of one of the most important dates in English history. - taken from Tech and Learning
Looking for a test creator as an enrichment tool? Then Gnowledge will be an invaluable tool to help your child in future assessments. This has to be hands down, one of the best collaborative quize/test-creation sites around. This excellent looking site should be one that doesn't fall into the inevitable Internet wasteland due to under use from its patrons.
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We want you to be able to access our whole breadth of exercises and test papers for free! You can search by title, subject, grade, school and/or country, so finding exactly what you need to practise on is easy.
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If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities.
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
your friends." - Wordle