Ever wonder how your dog seems to know when you are feeling happy or sad? Scientists have recently discovered that dog brains, like human brains, have dedicated voice areas, which helps explain why your dog just knows. A team of scientist at the University of Glasgow conducted MRIs on dogs’ brainsto see how they process different types of sounds; the dogs listened to about 200 dog and human sounds, such as whines, cries, playful barks, and laughs. The scientists also scanned the brains of 22 humans who listened to the same set of sounds. The results showed that dog brains have voice areas and that they process voices in the same way that human brains do. While there are differences, scientists have confirmed that dogs are sensitive to tone of voice. That's part of why they have become such integral parts of our human existence. How about a quick read and a great journal entry today?
Need to write an essay comparing a common classical novel to a movie? Why not try Ad Lit's site? By comparing the classics to modern movies, you will study the themes connected to the ills of racism, the coming of age, strong women, and utopia vs. dystopia. Helping you connect associations to challenging texts via the comparison with movies will help you gain deeper comprehension. You will participate in discussions that will aid in helping you see the present-day applicability to the classics. A few of the thematic pairings included in the module are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and In the Heat of the Night; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini andSlumdog Millionaire; The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers and Gangs of New York; The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and the film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Communication is important in everything we do, have your students try this fun, interactive site to learn about communicating via posters, newspapers, or comics. In the Poster section, they'll watch a movie trailer, learn the about the parts of a poster, and then create their own poster for the movie. In the Newspaper section, they'l watch a news broadcast, learn the parts of a newspaper, and create their own newspaper. In the Comics section, kids view three examples of comic strips, learn about the parts of a comic strip, and create their own comic strip. Projects can be previewed and printed when done.
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.
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.
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
There is nothing more frustrating than hearing, "I need an annotated bibliography for this report". Especially when you have no idea what the teacher is talking about. This site pilots its reader through the process in a breeze. The step-by-step guide explains the purpose of each component for flawless entry and the correct procedure. Each module includes a sample and a sample entry. The modules include “What is an Annotated Bibliography?” “Purposes of Preparing an Annotated Bibliography,” “Choosing Sources for your Bibliography,” “Format of the Bibliographic Entry,” “Writing Critical Commentary,” and “Sample Annotated Bibliography Entries.”
Trying to teach parts of speech and pulling your hair out? Try this interactive site that allows students a chance to place in correct grammar and out pops a wacky story to share. The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers Wacky Web Tales
a site offering a variety of stories for students grade three and above. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or parts of speech review.You'll love this one!
Developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. This innovative product is available in more than 40 languages. -tech and learning
If you need ideas for national poetry month, visit
this site, which houses 30 poetry activities for the month. There you'll find links to freebies, poetry readings, videos, and more. Start now by ordering a free National Poetry Month poster, or sign up for Poem-a-day and read a poem every day. Learn how important poetry is in the U.S. today, or attend a poetry reading at your local library. There's a bit of poem in each of us. You can make poets’ favorite foods and drinks using their hand-written recipes. Turn up the sound and hear poets read their works or watch videos of them speaking. One link takes you to a list of full length films that are about poets’ lives or that feature poetry such as Dead Poet Society and Big Bad Love.
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.