This interactive site provides numerous ways of exploring the 2016 election process. Find out about the election process in each of the states, the major issues being discussed in this election and candidates’ positions on them, and the various stages of the election process. In addition to original content, this PBS resource provides links to Crash Course videos, Annenberg Learner resources, and We the Voters films to help students understand and get involved in the political process. The Debate Toolkit will help students listen critically to the presidential debates, and learn how to discuss their own political views intelligently and respectfully.
Participate in the building of an American city from colonial days through the 1890s to learn how areas of our country, and Detroit in particular, made the transition from agriculture to industry. Begin as a farmer coming to New France, and see how your family progresses through generations, based on choices you make along the way.
In this online simulation, players build an energy-efficient, model city. Take the tutorial to learn all of the game features. Players are guided to understand how to develop a sense of community by helping neighbors, and can connect with friends to share ideas and help each other. Learn about renewable energy, sustainable living, and eco-friendly technology. Find out about the decisions and trade-offs that must be made in planning a city, such as what kind of power station to build, and whether to build bike paths or plant more trees. Take a Quest to improve your city’s rating, and discover how some features such as parks help to protect a city. The site requires free registration in order to save your work, which also allows you to choose an avatar and a name for your city.
Developed by two ambitious middle grade teachers with the help of the astrophysics center of NASA, A Song For All Seasons is an activity which pairs the work of Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi with a lesson on the earth's relationship to the sun. Like many artists throughout history, Vivaldi was inspired by the natural world surrounding him and wrote a group of four violin concerti, each giving musical expression to one season. In this interactive activity, students listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, examine the chart provided on the earth’s orbit, and try their hand at deciding which season Vivaldi was trying to portray. Interactive, inspiring, integrative!
Aliens are invading from outer space and need your primary students’ help! Engage your students in interactive segments that will require them to sort capital letters and lower case letters. Then they will travel to other planets to aid different aliens with other editing skills: capitalizing the first word in complete sentences; capitalizing people’s first names; and always capitalizing the pronoun “I” in sentences. Students will earn a certificate to exemplify their accomplishments in mastering capitalization.
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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.