What activities and food did you celebrate over Thanksgiving? How are your traditions connected with the events of the "first Thanksgiving," and how did the day become such an important American holiday? This article takes a look at the roots of Thanksgiving and the traditions associated with it today. Wrapping up the article is a short video boasting ten things you didn’t know about Thanksgiving. How many of the ten did you already know?
Did you know that football includes more than just players hitting each other and passing around a ball? The ten videos found on this page will explore the science and math behind the game. Learn how the Pythagorean Theorem, center of mass, Newton’s Laws of Motion, vectors, and many more concepts can be applied to the game of football. Videos are short clips that review the concepts and their application to football.
It's never to early to begin training in finding the main idea of a passage. It can be somewhat tricky for young readers. One way to build this skill is to practice identifying a topic. This fun and interactive game asks readers to look at several words and decide which word represents the topic of the group. Players will also sort words into categories and practice labeling categories for a group of words. Finally, players will read three different paragraphs and choose a topic for each that is not too narrow and not too broad. Students can practice main idea skills while having fun!
Kids need constant reminders on bullying. It is so simple to get caught up in the "friend trap" and do whatever the crowd is doing. This is a perfect time to help increase awareness and prevent bullying and this PBS site. Bullying can have many harmful effects such as illness, poor work or school performance, poor eating or sleeping habits, depression, or in extreme cases violence or suicide. Find out who are bullies, who gets bullied, what the warning signs are, and how to help those involved. Communication is the key for creating a safer environment for all.
Are your students mixing up the sounds for short /i/ with the short /e/? Do your students get motivated whenever they are allowed to use electronic devices? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, let the animated character named Roy the Zebra join your students. Roy the Zebra will help your students improve their phonemic awareness and decoding skills as they review short vowel sounds in the context of rhyming word families. When given a phonetic rule, students will drag a word that matches the rule provided. For each correct answer, students will enjoy seeing an animated rhino roller skate down a series of hills.
PIZZAZ offers creative writing and storytelling activities for all ages. It is divided into three categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Bag of Tricks. Each entry provides a description, a warm up activity, instructions, examples, templates (if appropriate), and printable handouts. The Poetry section offers the usual types of poems -- Cinquain, Haiku, and Limericks and unique ones like Sausage and Twist poems. Fiction offers basket and chain stories, stories created from magazine pictures, and even Mad-Lib-style stories. Finally, Bag of Tricks offers games and tongue twisters. Although the site is set up for teachers, students could use the instructions to help with assignments or just to have creative fun.
On November 13, 1980, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 1 transmitted its first close-up images of Saturn. The Voyager project began in 1977. NASA scientists wanted to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Since 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 have recorded and allowed extended, detailed study of the large planets and the Voyager Interstellar Mission is to detail the farthest part of the sun and beyond. This comprehensive resource dives into the developmental and executed plans of the Voyage program and features the evidence identified through the missions. Find timelines, fact sheets, videos and articles on the Voyagers and locate them today. Interactive programs are available to explore the spacecrafts and their discoveries.
Here's an amazing collection of stories from the men and women who gave wartime service to our country will bring tears to your eyes and smiles to your face. The Veterans History Project is an extensive compilation of audio and video recordings from a wide range of wartime participants including, civilians and military across many ranks, branches of service, and theaters of war. These inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking accounts are told in their own words through diaries, letters and oral history interviews conducted by family members, friends, students, and others who were interested in preserving the history of these respected individuals. Meet the people who have made sacrifices for our country, small and large, from home and abroad.
Do you need a way to make learning fractions more enjoyable? Look no further! Students fulfill orders at the ice cream parlor based upon what the customer is asking for. When given the fractions of each flavor, students are to create an ice cream cone with the exact fraction of each flavor. Once students create the ice cream cone, they are to hit the send button to see if they have correctly fulfilled the order. Not only do students learn about fractions they also deal with money. For each fraction of ice cream used there is a total for that amount. Students will see how the price of the cone changes based upon the amount of each flavor that is asked for.
Arguing for Change is a web-based literacy experience for young writers. Students are presented with a scenario of bullying and are asked to write an "argument for change" as a way to get classmates to stop bullying. It guides students through a process of researching, organizing information, and writing an argument about a specific topic or idea through the lens of a particular kind of writing. In preparing their argumentative piece, students are guided to examine fiction and nonfiction resources, videos, web interactives, and artwork and photography. They are also given a self-evaluating rubric and research questions to help guide their writing.
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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.