Get Ready for College
If you need to get the "skinny" on colleges available tailored to your interests, then Welcome to College is a great tool to help you plan your post-secondary journey. Just sign up for a free account where you can choose and keep track of the colleges that suit your interest. The site lists nearby hotels, restaurants and campus hotspots to check out. After visiting the schools, students can rate the college and read about what other students have posted.
Fun Classroom Math Lessons
Written by math educator Cynthia Lanius and hosted by Rice University, these lessons offer games, activities, and practice on a number of math concepts for students in grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Topics range from counting to calculus, from fractions to graphing. Some lessons are in Spanish as well as English, and larger sections contain a page of notes for teachers. -tech and learning
What makes science fiction so exciting? I know there are many Giver fans out there already! What not get started on your own sci-fi fantasy that will entice your own audience? Click on this site and read some examples of this genre and then create your own science fiction story about space travel. Use the supplied "travel guide" to generate ideas and structure your plot.
Beware of Personal Disasters
Masters of Disaster, presented by Eight, Arizona PBS, offers three collections of printable activities that teach students about home and personal safety. Level 1 activities ask early elementary students to identify safe and unsafe situations, to recognize things in the house that may be hot or dangerous to touch, and to understand what household items are poisonous if consumed. Level 2 activities, for students grades 3 through 5, ask students to consider ways to prevent injuries in sample scenarios. Level 3 activities, for students grades 6 through 8, ask students to use problem solving when reading and answering questions about unsafe circumstances and consequences. There are also lessons on types of skin burns, the process of breathing, and the physics of falling. - Tech and Learning
SHAKESPEARE for Kids
This site caters to students in grades 4 through 8. ShakespeareKIDS offers students and teachers a variety of tools to introduce young people to the works and world of William Shakespeare. Here you'll find a list of activities to get kids up and acting. After all, who wants to sit through a boring read? True feeling can only be extracted through group interaction! With the roots and suggested steps for planning a project, you'll do a "Do Your Own Shakespeare" section that provides background and scripts for several characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This will encourage young learners and teachers to have fun with the Bard.
The Story of Charlotte Gilman
Come take a look at this online exhibition of early feminist Charlotte Gilman depicting the life and career of writer. You'll find details of the publication and impact of her often-anthologized short story, "The Yellow Wall-Paper." In the exhibition, you can learn more about the late 19th century attitudes toward women and how those attitudes led to "the rest cure," which Gilman herself experienced, and which became the basis for her most famous short story.
The Starving Time in Jamestown
This fantastic site hosts primary resources such as diary entries to investigate the historical situation, the starving time in Jamestown. It raises questions that students can attempt to answer using 21st century skills. There is light shed on the realization that some unanswered questions concerning this important time in U.S. history still remain.
Cézanne and Beyond
This exhibition from the Philadelphia Museum of Art depicts the art and life of Paul Cézanne stating the impact he has had on other artists. Special features of this online exhibit include a 3-part podcast by Joseph Rishel, who curated the exhibit, some teaching material, and a detailed chronology that spans from Cézanne's birth in 1839 to 2008. One of the delights of the chronology is that most of the artists mentioned are linked to images of their work held by the museum. This allows the viewer to access the works of a dozen of the most important painters influenced by Cézanne.
Save Your Skin Experiment
The summer has flown by and, I hope you have been putting on the sunscreen when venturing outside. If not, doing this experiment might convince you that using sun protection is valuable. You'll find all the equipment you need around the house. Just gather some apple rings, piece of string, a hanger, and, of course, a sunny day. The instructions are easy to follow, and the final results will be observable in no time. You’ll find out just how powerful the sun can be. There are some ideas on how to extend this experiment by using various variables. Maybe this year's science experiment?
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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.