This interesting website provides information regarding the brain’s relationship to music. The brain interprets the music we listen to, allowing us to decipher which and what kind of music we like and dislike. Damage to our brain, particularly the temporal lobe can greatly affect our ability to listen, perform and even translate what we hear within the music we listen to. Discover information about the Mozart Effect, or the school of thought that listening to certain types of music is a good way to improve memory and increase intelligence. The site includes links to various “brain songs” as well as to other experiments and activities.
The National World War II Museum offers an interactive opportunity for educators and learners to discover many fascinating details about the war. Select paths to explore different aspects of the collection. The Darkroom will take students to an area that provides thousands of artifacts from WWII. Sift through a timeline of events leading up to the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Activities, discussion prompts, and lesson plans are all part of this exhaustive resource. Through videoconferencing, schools can even participate in a 50 minute virtual field trip to help identify technological advancements rooted in WWII.
Are your students struggling with addition facts? This learning game is a great interactive way for students to practice such facts. Students are given a number and must select one or more numbers that add up to the given sum. Students play against a countdown timer to see how many facts they can get before the time runs out. Students remain engaged as they compete against the clock.
Learn computer coding through extensive practice with this exciting, specialized computer game. CodeCombat is a web- based fantasy game that teaches players the basics of computer science and computer programming. Players learn the important foundational skills of coding like formal syntax, conditional logic, and variables. The game is set in a fantasy realm in which the player must code to defeat the forces of the marauding ogre hordes. Learn to write a lot of code, and have a great time doing it!
This tool is useful for teaching weather concepts. Adjust the temperatures of tropical and polar air masses and the value of the relative humidity, and then choose which air mass is moving, to see what the effect is on the weather. Students can record their observations as they explore this tool, and try to replicate the weather using different values. Follow-up research can be done to learn why the weather patterns that they observe occur.
Planning on having your students work on writing a summer essay? How about one for a summer book report? This site will help them organize their essays with an interactive essay map. It has an interactive graphic organizer to help students outline their ideas into introduction statement, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion summarizing the main idea.
Learning multiplication facts can be tough for some students. One way to help struggling students is by having them practice their facts in a fun game. On this site students practice their multiplication facts in a fish shop. Students are working in a fish shop and have to help the customers buy the fish they want by selecting the fish that represents the answer to the multiplication problem. Students can choose the fact family they want to practice and then select their difficulty level. Learning multiplication facts has never been so much fun.
These creative writing ideas can be used to help kids keep writing about their summer. Click on any of over thirty printable worksheets with writing prompts, story starters, and pictures. With topics like The Secret Passage, Talking to Animals, Super Power for a Day, How to Care for a Dragon, Voice from a Box, Martian Settlement, The Pet Sitter, and many more, there is always sure to be something to get creativity flowing.
How can you improve Earth's health? The earth faces numerous environmental crises caused by pollution and other impacts from human beings. Here is an excellent resource for those who are concerned about making the environment a healthier place. Use this resource to find 100 different ways to conserve energy, reduce toxicity, decrease greenhouse gases, create less trash, and protect our air and water in our homes, yards, and offices. Remember the three R's: reduce, recycle, reuse!
Do your students struggle with gathering their ideas? Are you looking for ways to scaffold your writing instruction? Do your students struggle with organizing content for paragraphs? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, visit
Houghton Mifflin resources site. You and your students can find numerous graphic organizers in one stop. Use this site to help support writing in English Language Arts class or in other core classes
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.