If you click on Nova
, you'll find a plethora of information about the traveling Norsemen,
the Vikings. There you can xplore a Viking village in Sweden, read the latest theories about
who the Vikings were and what their life was like, and find out how they built their ships that allowed them to travel far and wide. There are also interactive opportunities to follow the Vikings on a clickable map, learn to write your name in runes, and find out how scientists use tree-ring chronology. Included are links to related sites and a list of books that have even more
What heart-wrenching decisions these 15 teenagers have had to make to escape conflict
in their home countries! Listen to each teen recount his or her
harrowing experiences while watching pictures of what each had to go through.
This documentary was made in 2004 and now these teens are safe, but they are but representatives of hundreds of thousands of other children in similar
circumstances in countries around the world where conflict has become a way of
life. You’ll hear stories of teens from Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia,
Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. The transcripts are available to be read,
and there are lessons for teachers to use in conjunction with this moving site.
What a great way to find out about an important rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Travel through this interactive site with four guides who live in or near Epulu, a village in the forest, and learn about the diversity and majesty of this rainforest that is as big as the state of Illinois. Each
guide has expertise in different aspects of the forest and as you hike along the
Ways of Knowing Trail, you can rely on their suggestions and recommendations to
make it through the forest safely to Epulu. After you play this game, learn
about the village of Epulu and the troubles the Okapi Wild Reserve has had
because of the turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty
and visit that cornerstone
gift from France that was laid in 1884. You’ll be able to see many views of
Lady Liberty, read about her design and construction, and listen to park rangers
talk about the National Park and the statue. You’ll also find a section that
shows the extent of the damage from Hurricane Sandy with before and after
pictures of Liberty Island. Be sure to explore this entire site to find out the
history of the statue, stunning photographs, and even a webcam.
The primary focus of this excellent interactive site
on the Mount. St.
Helens' 1980 eruption is for users to decide how to plan for evacuation when a
volcanic eruption is imminent. Examine volcanic deposits from prior eruptions,
see an interesting time-lapse video of the eruption alongside a cross-section of
the volcano showing what was happening inside the mountain, and find out what
the actual area affected by the eruption. As you go step by step through the
scenarios, there are questions posed for you to consider for potential
What an interesting way to explore Manhattan and its place in American literary
history. Scroll down the map of the island
or click on the book icons to find
quotations from nearly one hundred authors that relate to specific addresses on
Manhattan. You’ll find the quotation, citation to the work that contains the
quotation, and, often, a portrait of the author. You can also access an index
of the authors and titles if you are looking for a specific book. References
from early 19th century to contemporary fiction, children’s books, and poetry
dot the landscape.
With the recent tragedies at this year's race, it may come of great interest to research why this race is so important to trained atheletes. The Boston Marathon has traditionally been held on Patriot’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday in April and commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Read the interesting history of the marathon’s beginnings in
, the route that was established, and the changes to the
event over the years. If you are so inspired, click on B.A.A. Programs to find
training regimens for beginning, intermediate, and advanced marathoners.
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