Kids Think Design shows students that design is all around them, from gardens and transportation to computers and statues. Students can explore design in fashion, graphics, books, building interiors, everyday products, and lots more. In each field, they meet well-known designers, find out how they think, try activities, and discover design projects they can do. A toolbox gives suggestions for what they need to undertake a project. There are links to design contests, and the ‘learn more’ section suggests great websites and age-leveled books. Lists of recommended books for each category of design are also provided in the store section of the website.
Learn all about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre with this site full of pictures and interesting facts. Follow links to downloadable PDF’s that provide information, pictures, and primary resources on each of eleven Shakespearean topics. The first will tell you about William Shakespeare, a family man, author, and actor. The next tells about London during Shakespeare’s life. Other links give information on special effects used in Shakespearean plays, The Globe, the third Globe, a typical playhouse, what audiences were like, indoor theatres, the process of writing plays, typical actors of the time, and costumes and cosmetics that would have been used on a Shakespearean stage.
Then and Now! A Science Odyssey gives us a fascinating look at 100 years of science and technology. This interactive website takes us on a journey of discovery in which we can explore some of the most spectacular scientific advancements from 1900 to the present. Choose from topics including Medicine and Health, Physics and Astronomy, Human Behavior, Technology, and Earth and Life Sciences to see how our current understanding has evolved. Just click on a topic to find a chronological order of events with links to activities, discoveries in the field, and information about the people who made them.
Set off on a space expedition, and experience what it must be like to travel through the cosmos. Begin close to our Earth home, just around the corner on the moon. Then visit Saturn to get a snapshot of one of our neighbors in the solar system. After that stop, travel to the giant ball of gas that provides our planet energy, the sun. Finally, travel even farther to investigate more places in the universe and beyond. The narrator expertly describes each destination with wonder and awe for an exciting adventure.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, is one of the foremost world leaders in bird studies. One of its most important goals is to involve as many people as possible in the study, conservation, and appreciation of birds. To that end, they have fascinating resources available on their website, including their Bird Guide and the popular Bird Cams. In the Bird Guide, you can look up a specific bird to learn how to identify it, where it lives, what it eats, and even recordings of its calls. With the Bird Cams, you can watch a variety of birds on their nests in real time. Other features include articles on feeding birds, and building feeders and bird houses. And don't miss the Wall of Birds, and interactive guide to the evolution of bird families.
Take this interactive tour of the eye to discover how it works. Begin by hovering over each part of the eye to learn its name and function. Next, investigate how changing the level of brightness affects the size of the pupil, and how the cornea bends the light rays as they enter the eye. Follow that by playing with a focus tool to see the lens adjust its shape, and the inverted image appear at the back of the eye. Finally, see how the image is transmitted as light impulses to the optic nerve and then to the brain, which converts them back into an image.
What were children doing during the mid-1800’s in England? Were their lives similar to children’s lives today? How can primary sources help us know? Help guide your students to answer these questions as they investigate several primary sources from the United Kingdom’s National Archives. Through six modules of primary sources, students will have the opportunity to learn different views of the use of child labor in some of United Kingdom’s coal mines back in 1842. Students will read newspaper clippings, observe illustrations, and read first-person accounts from children who worked inside of some of Great Britain’s coal mines. Death records, accident reports, and letters from workers and investigators are also part of the multi-tiered study. Teaches can use this site alone with students or as a way to find parallels to the overuse of child labor in early 1900’s America.
D-Day is commemorating the day in 1944 on which more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what became the final assault on Nazi Germany. This multimedia site includes General Dwight Eisenhower's invasion order, photographs of the landing, and the Continental Edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper from one month later, July 4, which shows how successful the invasion turned out to be. For students to whom World War II is ancient history, this site brings the realities of the combat into focus.
Limericks are a very old verse form, and they continue to be popular because of their simplicity and humor. Learn what a limerick is and then play a game by matching phrases to create a complete limerick. Learn more about the history of limerick and even write an original limerick.
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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.