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!
Frog Prince Reading Lesson
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.
Tar Heel Reader
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.
Understanding decimals and place value can be a struggle to learn, so why not make it more interesting and fun with this interactive website? Students can set up the length of a frog's jump. Students are then given a hundredths chart to determine how far the frog jumped using addition and subtraction of decimals. Once students pick a solution they watch the frog jump along a number line to see if their solution is correct. This is a great way to make learning how to add and subtract decimals and explore place value fun and interactive.
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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.