Take this interactive tour of the eye to discover how it works. Begin by hovering over each part of the eye to learn its name and function. Next, investigate how changing the level of brightness affects the size of the pupil, and how the cornea bends the light rays as they enter the eye. Follow that by playing with a focus tool to see the lens adjust its shape, and the inverted image appear at the back of the eye. Finally, see how the image is transmitted as light impulses to the optic nerve and then to the brain, which converts them back into an image.
What were children doing during the mid-1800’s in England? Were their lives similar to children’s lives today? How can primary sources help us know? Help guide your students to answer these questions as they investigate several primary sources from the United Kingdom’s National Archives. Through six modules of primary sources, students will have the opportunity to learn different views of the use of child labor in some of United Kingdom’s coal mines back in 1842. Students will read newspaper clippings, observe illustrations, and read first-person accounts from children who worked inside of some of Great Britain’s coal mines. Death records, accident reports, and letters from workers and investigators are also part of the multi-tiered study. Teaches can use this site alone with students or as a way to find parallels to the overuse of child labor in early 1900’s America.
D-Day is commemorating the day in 1944 on which more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what became the final assault on Nazi Germany. This multimedia site includes General Dwight Eisenhower's invasion order, photographs of the landing, and the Continental Edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper from one month later, July 4, which shows how successful the invasion turned out to be. For students to whom World War II is ancient history, this site brings the realities of the combat into focus.
Limericks are a very old verse form, and they continue to be popular because of their simplicity and humor. Learn what a limerick is and then play a game by matching phrases to create a complete limerick. Learn more about the history of limerick and even write an original limerick.
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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.