On the 18th of April in ’75 Paul Revere took his famous ride. Longfellow's poetic description of Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn the colonists about the British arrival in Boston made that ride an important part of our history. Click on the virtual map that shows the routes of Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott in their attempts to sound the alarm while also evading the British patrols. Also included are illustrations on the map to go to pictures and primary source materials that relate to the activities of that fateful night. Great resource to learn about that incredible night!
It's National Poetry Month! Time to get out a pen or pencil and begin exercising the creative side of your brain with poetry writing. What better place to start than trying out a haiku! This document from the fabulous site, Writing Fix, gives just a brief explanation of the basic rules for writing Haikus. With a few examples of the three line 5-7-5 philosophy, you'll be writing like a pro in minutes. You can also find examples from the internet as well as some student samples. Elsewhere on the Writing Fix site are additional lessons for writing and using Haikus to make riddles, comparing and contrasting, and for summarizing content material.
Rene´ Decartes is the father behind his offspring, the coordinate system, useful in algebra and geometry. If coordinates are just not making useful sense to you in class, try out this instructive tutorial that shows you how to coordinate geometry's lines and points. This four-step lesson first introduces you to the apocryphal story of how Descartes came up with his idea. The second step shows how to place coordinates on a grid, and how to write an ordered pair. Once the foundation is laid, you practice with some problems, and finally you'll be able to see how you really score on a brief test. Included are the vocabulary words that you'll need to understand the concept and share in your next upcoming class.
This month is the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery throughout the United States. The amendment would not be added to the Constitution until 27 of the 36 states ratified it, which finally happened in December, 1865. This site from HarpWeek includes a tremendous amount of information for the reader. There are discussions of slavery, crisis caused by secession, early emancipation ideas, Lincoln’s policies on emancipation, and an in-depth section on the 13th Amendment itself. Each section includes numerous links to primary source documents, articles from Harper’s Weekly, and political cartoons. In addition there is a timeline of the discussion of slavery and its abolition from the beginning of our country’s history. Also included are biographies of people involved, and a glossary. This is a great teacher or student resource.
This game helps build memory skills by exercising that part of your brain that requires concentration and attention to detail. Think of it as a muscle and by picking incorrect numbers you will strengthen the possibility of picking the correct one. You have choices of choosing numbers between 1 and 10, 1 and 100, and -1000 and 1000. As you guess, a chart shows whether your guess is too high or too low. By knowing that, you can focus in on the correct number. The catch is that you have only a certain number of guesses. If you choose to play the hard way, you’ll find out if your guesses are too high or too low, but you’ll have to remember what numbers you've picked.
April is National Poetry Month. You can explore different kinds of poetry at the Poet's Pantry. Try reading the works of various poets on a delightful field trip. There is enough poetry across the curriculum to cover many components. This site is valuable for both students and teachers because it links to many sites for poetry models and device techniques. Students can find out about dozens of poetry forms with examples of each one. They'll also enjoy the humor and craft of such poets as Shel Silverstein, Ken Nesbitt, and Jack Prelutsky. Teachers and parents will find many resources that emphasize cross-curricular activities.
Here's a cool game that allows you to collect and catalog artifacts just like an archaeologist would. In this interactive game, take a guided trip to a Mesopotamian dig site in Iraq. It allows you to follow the instructions of a guide archaeologist as she first introduces you to the the study of archaeology. This study includes ancient cities, artifacts, ancient writing, and burial sites. She explains what you will be doing on this interactive game as she gives you virtual field training on how to excavate and preserve evidence. The instructions are very clear, and you can get a good feel for what it’s like to dig into an ancient Mesopotamian village.
Discover the properties of matter using this entertaining and informative interactive game. Utilizing the theme of wrestling smack-down, you'll get four matches that pit eight materials head-to-head in a test of strength. But before you begin watching each match, you'll need to find out more on each opponent. After reading about the result of each match, there are experiments you can do, random information about the substances, and short videos from materials scientists giving explanations about the various materials.
What a great online subtraction game! Do you have a student who loves the thrill of a video game? Then he or she is going to love the excitement of this enrichment website. Count on Convict has an escaping convict, flashing search lights, and a police siren that sounds when you've answered the problem correctly. The game teaches children to find the difference when subtracting by using a number line. Figure out the distance the convict goes from his jail cell by answering the subtraction problem. In steps you move from the subtrahend, the number being subtracted, to the next 10 that you need to borrow from. Write your answer, check it, and catch the criminal. There is even a help button should you run into problems.
Spring has sprung and definitely time to step up your game on some interesting lessons. Annenberg Learner has a great website that follows the migration of many kinds of animals. One section, The American robin, gives students a chance to test hypotheses about why and when robins migrate into their regions. You can test the hypothesis that robins migrate when the average temperature is 36 º F. By adding your data, you can check out correlations and habitat changes just by making a simple prediction. Included is a link to a current map of average temperatures in the United States, a data sheet format, and a sample graph of how to report the average weekly temperatures. The robin is the quintessential harbinger of spring, so documenting its appearance gives hope for the end to this long winter.