Christopher Columbus set his sights to the New World on October 12, 1492. Columbus knew in his heart the world was round. Unfortunately, he thought the diameter was smaller than it is and landed on San Salvador and continued to explore Hispaniola and Cuba on his first voyage when he thought he’d reached Asia. You can read his impressions of the land and its people. You’ll also find his letter to Ferdinand and Isabella in which he laid out his ideas for the colonization of this new territory.
Afghanistan is the home to many cultures living under one roof. Music ethnologist Mark Slobin did field work in the country in 1967-1972, studying the music of the Turkmens, who lived not only in Afghanistan, but also in Iran and Turkmenistan. On the site listen to a piece played on a Turkmen flute, and two on the dutar. Take a few minutes to watch a short video showing musicians playing Turkmen instruments.
Christoper Columbus set his sights to the New World on October 12, 1492. He knew in his heart the world was round. When first calculating he thought its diameter was smaller than it is, so he landed on San Salvador and continued to explore Hispaniola and Cuba. During this first voyage he thought he’d reached Asia. You can read his impressions of the land and its people, whom he initially held in high regard. You’ll also find his letter to Ferdinand and Isabella in which he laid out his ideas for the colonization of this new territory.
Have you always wanted to take a trip to Paris? Well today you're in luck. The Louvre brings its art exhibits to you. The online exhibit depicts the common man and daily life in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs. During your journey try to find nineteen objects that are found in the Louvre that reflect Egyptian life. Then read a brief description of each object to become better acquainted. You can also learn even more about the artwork itself, including artistic technique and symbolism.
Here’s a story that blends fact and fiction with the magic of Robin Hood. You can listen to the story of Matilda’s Bracelet and its fatal results or take the long route and read the text. Learn about King John and the Magna Carta in two sections that tell the origin of the story. In addition there are photographs of an English church mentioned in the story, medieval jewelry, and a drawing of Matilda. The handy glossary defines some unfamiliar words, and there’s even a teacher’s section to show how to use this story in the history curriculum.
Use this game based on a painting by 19th century American painter Winslow Homer to learn about his art and sports. Play this game easily by looking at the picture, reading the question, and clicking to find the answer. Along the way, you will find out something about the history of various sports. You’ll also learn a little about Winslow Homer. Although the game is geared to elementary age students middle school students will enjoy learning facts that they didn’t know about various sports.
SOS Math is a great site that offers quite a bit mathematical enrichment questions. Solving Equations is a must have in your favorite file! If you need a quick glance concerning algebraic problems or solutions, you'll find each step carefully laid out. You can then work through another example or ask for more problems to solve, each of which will have the solution explained. Practice solving linear equations, equations containing radicals, equations with absolute values, quadratic equations, equations with fractions, exponential equations, logarithmic equations, and trigonometric equations is included.
Interested in learning about the Bill of Rights in a gaming format? Then help the small town of Freeville! It is the first ten amendments to the Constitution that are referred to as the Bill of Rights. These amendments were designated primarily by James Madison and George Mason to protect individual rights. The game is easy to play. If you have trouble, click on the help button for more information. When you make a correct choice, there is a description of the appropriate amendment that explains why your answer was correct. If you make an incorrect choice, just try again!
At the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics site you'll find two trigonometry square activity sheets where students can apply trigonometric values to common angles. With the angle of elevation activity sheet, students solve two problems, one by using right-angle trigonometry, and the other using the law of sines.The last activity, the angle of declination, uses the law of cosines.This can be a small group activity and answers may vary. Be sure to check out the discussion of each small group lesson in deciding on their “correct” answer.
The importance of the Constitution and Citizenship Day, has been observed federally since the adoption of the Constitution in 1787. This lesson plan from the Library of Congress is a two-week course, but you can pick and choose a great lesson for the day. Primary sources referenced examine the Constitution and Bill of Rights which help with understanding the important issues facing the Continental Congress. Learn how contemporary issues are dealt with by Congress as per the Constitution.