Learn about the parts of a story by building one of your own! Choose a setting and characters for your story and then add in a conflict and dialogue to make it uniquely yours.
This week we have the first of two Friday the 13ths in 2017. The unlucky number 13 has been feared by many over time, officially labeled as Triskadekaphobia. Now, fear of Friday the 13th has been dubbed Paraskevidekatriaphobia - you should be afraid of trying to spell or pronounce that for sure!
This ingenious interactive timeline covers the 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, using the vast resources of Wikipedia as its reference. No matter the period of history you are studying, you will find information about it here and will make connections you may not have expected. (Works in Chrome and Safari.)
Looking for a resource that combines grammar and fun? Look no further. Wacky Web Tales uses parts of speech to create silly stories and can be extremely entertaining. Students will test their knowledge on parts of speech as they fill in this web tale called the "Holiday Sing-A-Long". Once completed, the reading of the web tale will reveal just how wacky it turned out....enjoy!
Slide into sentences, punctuation and style with these wacky flightless birds! Use the words, sentences or passages these penguins glide in with to create pure poetry in ice skating motion!
Feeling achy? Runny nose? Feeling achy? Runny nose? Learn the multiple causes of colds and the flu and how to avoid them. Also, get to know the symptoms of colds and the flu and how to tell them apart. Thankfully, this resource also dispenses some advice on how to treat these maladies and a short quiz to test your knowledge.
The statement, “It’s Greek to me!” usually means that something is confusing and hard to understand. This site will make the Olympian gods of Greek mythology much easier to remember and understand. Click on the statue-like pictures of each of 13 gods and goddesses to read their bios, listen to both the Greek and English pronunciations of their names by clicking on the corresponding flag, and see a gallery of pictures, drawings, and images of each of them. If you don’t find the character you want to research, select the letter of his/her name to view other demigods and spirits. Use the interactive bolded words in the introduction to learn about the Olympian ancestors, the Titans, and their home on Mount Olympus, which was built by the Cyclopes. “It’s Greek to me!” will have a whole new meaning to you as your understanding of Greek mythology improves easily.
Got a history buff in your classroom? Take the Ultimate History Quiz to test your knowledge of both American and world history. Offer this quiz to students as a challenge, or as an enrichment opportunity. They can play against the clock or play against each other.
Do your students want to argue? Are you looking for a way to steer them to voice their opinions about issues that truly matter? In Argument Wars, your students will try out their persuasive abilities by arguing in real Supreme Court cases. Students will analyze the Constitution and its Amendments to determine the best evidence to defeat their competition. Students will choose their state and various state laws that are applicable may be used, too. The following court cases may be used in the simulations: Bond v. United States, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, In Re Gault, Miranda v. Arizona, New Jersey v. T.L.O., Snyder v. Phelps produced in cooperation with the Harlan Insitute, and Texas v. Johnson.
As stewards of the Earth’s trees, it’s helpful for us to know about the growth processes of trees, their role in the forest world, and how we humans can improve their quality. In this interactive activity adapted from the National Arbor Day Foundation, explore the intricate life of a tree. Begin with the protective bark on the outside, and then explore deep inside each layer to find out how the structure of each part affects its overall function in the tree. Then, by "reading" the tree's rings, learn how climate and other natural events affect a tree's growth.
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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.