Help students understand the art of writing with humor. Students will engage in reading of the following works: "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It"; "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"; "The Story of Grandfather's Old Ram" from Roughing It; "Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog"; "Seventieth Birthday Speech"; "Talking with Spirits" from Life on the Mississippi; "The House Beautiful" from Life on the Mississippi; "The Royal Nonesuch" from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and "Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Students will analyze Twain's wit and observations. Then students will attempt to replicate his literary style and humor as they make their own observations about people they know and then incorporate these humorous details into a fictional work.
Due to low funding, in December 2014 the UN World Food Program had to put an end to supporting Syrian refugees in Syria's surrounding nations. This article features the worst humanitarian crisis in the world in over 50 years. The conflict encompassing the people of Syria with the ongoing civil war has caused nearly 11 million innocents to seek refuge outside of the country. View a video explaining the crisis, comprehend the impact on the people and the world as a result of the civil unrest, and consider probing questions to both check understanding of the situation as well as mull over potential ways to assist the millions of refugees looking for new homes throughout the world.
This user-friendly interactive is designed to help early readers recognize letters and sounds in a fun and engaging manner. Listen and watch as Garfield and his friends provide silly entertainment while focusing on the fundamental essentials of reading. Choose between three books and be introduced to a variety of different sound sets and letter recognition. Each story provides interactive sight-word and letter association activities. Another section includes helpful tools for developing young readers’ literacy skills through matching by letter or sound identification.
Think like a historian! Students and teachers can develop and hone the type of analytical skills used by historians with this online resource. Through self contained modules, Digital History Reader presents key events in U.S. and European History and allows one to explore primary source material, evaluate conflicting accounts or interpretations and develop conclusions based on the evidence. Modules are organized around a central question, such as “Why did slavery emerge in Virginia?” and “How will historians treat Richard Nixon?” from which an inquiry can be launched. The module includes various types of evidence, primary source material, and multiple historical perspectives. In addition, you will find online assignments, quizzes and assessments.
Are you ready for some football? With this interactive game students can score field goals while learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals. Students can choose the level of play as well as challenge themselves from easy all the way to super brain. They can even incorporate variables by choosing to play algebra style. By changing from easy to super brain students are challenged in a variety of ways. This is the perfect way to engage students in learning how to use the operations to solve decimals.
In the far corners of the world, there are still people who live a nomadic existence. In these three interactive worlds, you can follow them as they go about their daily lives. Become a diver living in a floating village in the Philippines, where the Badjao hunt and gather their food underwater. Follow a Bushman in the Kalahari Desert and see how these desert nomads manage to find food and water in this extreme hot and arid environment. Then journey to the north and visit the Chukchi who herd reindeer on the Arctic tundra. Click on icons along the way for more information, videos, and photos.
Here's a great site to teach kids how to find the probability of independent events. Braingenie is a site that allows students to do just that. Teachers can select very specific standards based practice; students can then watch an overview video and attempt practice problems that are aligned to that standard. As students answer each question correct, their percentage increases. After several problems answered correctly, students the conquer that skill. This particular lesson has students exploring and practicing finding the probability of independent events.
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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.