These Irish fairies, famous for their pranks and party activities, have quite a colorful history. The name leprechaun itself may have derived from the Irish leath bhrogan (shoemaker), although its origins may lie in luacharma'n (Irish for pygmy).
And they're off! Celebrate all things Derby on Kentucky Derby Day on May 4th. This collection from George Lucas' Edutopia covers the historical background of the Kentucky Derby and how it continues to influence American culture and horse racing fans everywhere.
Why do we pay taxes? What do taxes pay for? Who is required to pay them? Tax day just passed. Why not investigate all about taxes in this Schoolhouse Rock video! Sing along with the song to learn about taxes, why we have them, and why we should pay them.
Students will enjoy seeing authentic, historical footage of Mardi Gras parades, traditional desserts, and trinkets from Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout the years.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with primary sources from the Library of Congress. This site provides a brief overview about the history of Louisiana, followed by numerous in-depth articles about Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and the French influence on the parishes of New Orleans. Students will enjoy seeing authentic, historical footage of Mardi Gras parades, traditional desserts, and trinkets from Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout the years.
G'Day Mates! The 26th is Australia Day and it's a great time to explore the Australian culture through tourism, inspirational stories, inspirational poetry, and through amazing Australia facts.
Media museum's site offers timely resources mixing history and civics
Pros: Does a great job explaining the importance of trustworthy media; Today's Front Pages section offers daily content.
Cons: Missing ways for teachers to assign resources and track completion.
Bottom Line: Filled with primary sources, daily content, and lesson plans, this is a valuable site teaching news and media literacy, especially the value of a free and independent press.
Explore forgotten spots, hidden gems with user-submitted photos, tales
Pros: Great images and an appealing tone reveal stories that are sure to surprise and delight.
Cons: With so much user-generated content, the quality of your journey may vary, and it's hard to target learning to a particular place or theme.
Bottom Line: A fun gateway to real-world exploration through a stellar online experience.
Forefathers' Day is on December 22. The holiday commemorates the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. Check out this resource to learn more about the original signatories of the Mayflower Compact.
On December 15th the United States celebrates our Bill of Rights. This brief animated video summarizes the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
Learn how King Tut lived from before he became a pharaoh up until his death. You can also explore his tomb.
Did you know that November 4th is King Tut Day? Celebrate by taking a tour of the King Tut Exhibition without leaving your classroom. Learn how King Tut lived from before he became a pharaoh up until his death. You can also explore his tomb
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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.