The 5th of December is recognized as the day we celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. The National Humanities Center presents collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards - historical documents, literary texts, and works of art - thematically organized with notes and discussion questions. Topics discussed in this unit include the following: Becoming Modern: America in the 1920s: Wets & Drys. Includes news items on Prohibition, political cartoons, art work, and newsreels of the day.
Square dancing has been part of American culture since the colonial settlers blended their varied traditions together. Celebrate the dancing in squares. Check out history, historic photos, and an audio track of "Gents Go Center."
Make your own website with easy, intuitive drag-and-drop features
Pros: Quickly make an attractive website with little guidance; Google keeps adding features.
Cons: Students new to web design might not know where or how to begin; design gurus will want more control and font options.
Bottom Line: With a few clicks, students can design a basic but custom responsive website that allows for easy collaboration with their peers.
The 18th is National Adoption Day. Learn all about adoption with Adoption.com. The focus here is on adoption, including information about adopting a child, putting your child up for adoption, choosing a family, reunion of child and birth parent, and much more.
Statistical analysis for science classrooms made easy
Pros: Helps students visualize what certain statistical tools can tell us about data.
Cons: Most of the actual calculations and data analysis is done for the students.
Bottom Line: Perform a t-test or chi-square analysis using your own data or provided data sets.
Students can make a difference in their communities by joining 6 million other young people trying to change the world for the better. As part of Do Something, they can hone in on their interests, use the resources available, and share their expertise to create positive change.
Like Minecraft, this popular gaming platform can be used to teach and demonstrate specific skills, with careful planning and structured implementation.
Popular game development platform has classroom potential
Pros: Roblox gives students a platform to share their games with a real audience.
Cons: With millions of users worldwide, it’s impossible to control the people and content students will encounter on Roblox.
Bottom Line: Teens who love gaming can learn to be developers, too, with Roblox's tools and hosting service.
Celebrate Aviation History Month this November with this online exhibit featuring the Wright Brothers. Experience the discovery of flight through three different interactive experiments. The first has an engineering focus helping understand the forces of flight, the second is a gallery of original artifacts related to the history of flight, and the third is a wonderful collection of songs that were inspired by flight. This resource helps illustrate the Wright Brothers' story and their impact on culture of the day.
Puzzler's use of real code fills niche in crowded learn-to-code genre
Pros: Charming art mixed with serious programming challenges and a gradual learning curve.
Cons: Advanced students may find challenges move too slowly, and struggling students may need more than the included hints.
Bottom Line: A great intro to coding, with solid teacher support, gets students using real programming languages and digging into some meatier concepts than other early coding tools.
Are you into carving your pumpkin on Halloween? Check out some ways to upgrade your pumpkin carving game. Master carvers share tips on how to bring your pumpkin to the next level this Halloween.
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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.