Are you noticing a rampant influx of bugs around lately? Spring has sprung and now is the time insects repopulate around our environment. But, did you know they are not all pesky? Learn about insects with this interactive Flash slideshow that will give you an amazing view on these creatures. Did you know that there are about ten quintillion insects alive at any one time? Learn to tell the difference between insects and other arthropods. You'll soon understand the three body parts all insects have. By the end of the slide show, you’ll learn about the jobs insects do and all the ways they benefit the environment.
Memorial Day was first celebrated nationally on May 30 in 1868 as Decoration Day, In 1971 the observance of Memorial Day was changed to the last Monday in May, a day to honor all soldiers who died in all American wars. This site from American Memory has links to sites all through the Library of Congress that have connections to Memorial Day throughout the years. There is rich history on proper observance of this special day along with links to music written in celebration, photographs of Memorial Day parades, and even information about how to display the American flag for the day.
Nothing is more invaluable than feed back from your peers. In fact, research states that students retain more information when peer tutoring is utilized in the classroom. The writing guide from Colorado State University highlights the important steps to conducting peer review. Find guidelines to for both the writer and the reader to use during the review. Included are suggestions of questions to ask about both the qualities of the essay and the structure of it. Take advantage of disinterested reviewers to help make your writing better.
If you need a virtual field trip to take you away momentarily then Explore Mammoth Cave. This site offers a multitude of pictures to make you feel as though you are trekking the landscape. With just a simple click, you'll be able to relive the history of Mammoth Cave from its first mention in historical records in 1797. Be sure to visit each section of the cave so you can get a good feel for its enormity. The cutaways show where visitors are able to go now, about 12 miles of the estimated 600 or so miles of passages. There is a great deal of geological information that will give you a great view of this incredible natural wonder.
If your chemistry lesson includes the study of acids, bases, and salts, this matching game will offer reinforcement to the chapter. Just match the term and its definition utilizing eight different pairs. Mistakes are allowed, and the game will offer you multiple tries. If you become proficient with the terminology, you can test your skills against the clock. Terms and definitions remain constant, but the board is constantly changing deterring any "cheating" that may come from board memorization. Great review before test day!
This site from Cynthia Lanius of the Rice University Mathematics Department provides an exponential fantasy math lesson. A mysterious man, who reassembles Bill Gates, offers an exceptional mathematical wonder in which the partaker will be offered riches beyond belief. The individual must chose which form he will be compensated. Included are teachers' notes, links to exponentials on the Web and more.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month and Preservation Month on the site of the National Park Service. Use this site for both celebrations. Why not get out this month for a teachable moment? Do you live nearby one of these glorious parks or historic places? The properties listed show a sincere appreciation for the contributions of Jewish Americans, which happen to be on the National Register of Historic Places. Find links filled with information about the St. Thomas Synagogue, the second oldest synagogue in the United States. You’ll also find out about the house of Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court justice. In addition to seeing his Cape Cod home, you’ll read about his life as a lawyer and judge. If you don't live close by, take a virtual field trip checking out the highlights of one of these treasured spots.
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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.