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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Check out this Civil War site that looks at the environmental impact the war had on geographic features of the North and the South. One of the premises is a conjecture of what an EPA impact statement on the Civil War might look like. Possible examinations could include the impact on soldiers, animals, farmland, and forests. Find primary source materials that help illustrate the effects. The author also looks at the effect of loss of fences in the South. What an interesting way of evaluating the consequences of war.
Here's a great scavenger hunt from the US Geological Survey that will put an end to a dreary day. You'll find questions about important diverse topics. What do you know about invasive species or wildlife diseases? Do research to find the answers. Do you know what is important about pollinators? Do you know there is a continent with no frogs? Where? After you go on the scavenger hunt, you can 'scope' out the other activities!
Find six activity centers at this site focusing on learning about cells that could be adapted for different grade levels. These stations include microscopes or research preparation and include diagrams to show the differences between plant and animal cells. Check out how they are similar or different. The instructions for each center offer great detail and are complete, so set up is a breeze.
If you are not familiar with Carol Hurst, her books, and her ways of integrating all sorts of content with literature, this will be a good introduction for you. In this article she offers examples of many songs, poems, and folk tales that use numbers, and gives lots of ideas on how to use the songs in math instruction. How many family members did the Farmer in the Dell have in his family? Her ideas for combining different folk tales to make up addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication problems will keep you searching for new ways to entertain your students while they are learning basic math. - Tech and Learning