Why not introduce the sounds of the orchestra to your students? This site, from the National Arts Centre of Canada, explores the instrument families of the orchestra where you will learn about the entire orchestra. You'll be listening and virtually handling instruments from the strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion sections. You'll also discover facts about your favorite instruments from the violin and cello to the flute, tuba, and drums. You can even watch members of an orchestra demonstrate their instruments. Develop an appreciation!
Need an end of the year novel enrichment study for
To Kill a Mockingbird? This Common Core-aligned unit
will engage students in a comparative study of the 1930's Scottsboro Boys to Harper Lee's fictional masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will participate in a deep character study, mock trial, analysis of the real-life court case, analysis of the To Kill a Mockingbird case and essay writing. Best of all it is all packaged neatly under the mandates of The Common Core Standards.
Your can become a citizen of
Whyville, an on-line town. This site aims to engage its users in learning about a broad range of topics, including science, business, art and geography. Here you can build a face, build a house, and build a business. There are tons of science experiments for them to try as well as art games at the Getty Museum. This is a great place for kids to interact on-line with kids around the world. A free registration is required.
Join the celebration of Earth Day, April 22. Senator Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day on April 22, 1970; 20 million people participated in the event, which helped the government pass better laws to protect the environment. It was so successful that the following year, the United Nations made Earth Day an international celebration. This site shares Earth Day celebrations
in countries around the world by ringing bells, holding rallies, performing skits, planting trees, holding theme parties, and having car-free streets. Learn about the hole in the Ozone, and how conservation and reducing air pollution can help. Also learn how to rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Need more practice with fractions? How about an adorable enrichment to add to your classroom computer lab? This interactive site makes understanding fractions more fun. A circle displaying parts of a whole will appear in the box. The goal of this activity is to create the exact match inside the blank circle. Don't forget the fraction pieces have to be in the same location, so it may take some turning and rotating in order to make the perfect match.
Known for his legendary melodies, Stephen Foster is featured on this
University of Pittsburgh site. Learn about this musical icon, including his biography, common myths about him, and a detailed list of his songs, by perusing the modules provided on the left. Stephen Foster, a man most well known for songs like "O Susanna," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "Camptown Races," has a remarkable story. Growing up in a large family and being privately educated, Foster was himself a "beautiful dreamer" in the way he viewed his own education and life.
Mangahigh offers an interactive way to explore difficult math concepts in a comprehensible tutorial. First you'll learn the concept of equations. Then you'll be able to take a ten question quiz that increases in difficulty as you answer questions correctly. There is a section where students can compete against each other to get the classes high score.
Ever wonder what your rights would have been if you were a woman in Victorian England?. Students can learn about changes in women’s rights from 1840 through 1929 by answering true and false questions in the areas of divorce, job, study, money, vote, and children. A summary is provided to let students know the various acts that brought about these changes It is quite amazing to see how we have evolved to today. Thank goodness for woman's rights!
Delight in the fresh colors, sights, and sounds of this dynamic site on the ocean. Discover the sea through media gallery videos while exploring ocean life and amazing ocean photos. New information on sharks, a slideshow on "What Lives in the Sea?", ocean news, videos, and steps to healthier oceans are just a fraction of the information stored here. Site constantly updates with new articles concerning the ocean and its teeming life. Under the Educator's Corner, check-out lessons plans for all grades. - tech and learning
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.