These Irish fairies, famous for their pranks and party activities, have quite a colorful history. The name leprechaun itself may have derived from the Irish leath bhrogan (shoemaker), although its origins may lie in luacharma'n (Irish for pygmy).
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Pros: Lots of inspiring examples with ongoing updates, plus it's easy to select and cite Creative Commons-licensed images.
Bottom Line: This free, one-stop shop for creating sleek graphics, web stories, and animated videos is incredibly easy to use and challenges students to think critically about visual presentation.
And they're off! Celebrate all things Derby on Kentucky Derby Day on May 4th. This collection from George Lucas' Edutopia covers the historical background of the Kentucky Derby and how it continues to influence American culture and horse racing fans everywhere.
This Earth Day (April 22) marked the 49th anniversary of the modern environmental movement. This browsable collection of questions posed by elementary- and middle-school students to the scientists of the American Museum of Natural History and their responses covers everything environment-related, from pollution to endangered species to climate change.
Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom
Pros: A huge collection of curated art provides kid-authors with distinct and inspiring illustrations.
Cons: Students can't add their own art to stories, which limits creativity a bit.
Bottom Line: For anyone interested in kid-authored storybooks, this is a great resource.
Why do we pay taxes? What do taxes pay for? Who is required to pay them? Tax day just passed. Why not investigate all about taxes in this Schoolhouse Rock video! Sing along with the song to learn about taxes, why we have them, and why we should pay them.
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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.