Wouldn't you love to know what really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Check out this activity from Plimoth Plantation where kids take on the role of “history detectives” to investigate what happened at the famous 1621 celebration. You’ll read a letter written by an eyewitness to the event, learn about Wampanoag traditions of giving thanks, and visit Pilgrim Mary Allerton’s home. As a final activity, kids can design and print their own Thanksgiving exhibit panel.
The Exploratorium is a science museum in San Francisco that has incredible exhibits and offers great information on the web. This site has information on the atmosphere and depicts how it works making it easy to understand climate change. Examine longwave heat radiation, shortwave solar radiation, records of atmospheric carbon dioxide, temperature anomalies, and atmospheric layers and temperature anomalies. Images or graphs explain various informative data. So get informed first hand to do your part for climate change!
This is a fantastic site to help your elementary class understand the dangers of of lead. Take a moment and join the adventures of the Lead Busters Club. Then learn where to look for places that lead paint can be found, and find out what to do to protect yourself from lead poisoning. There are games, word searches, quizzes, and songs speaking on lead awareness, plus a certificate to show completion of the exercise. A teacher’s guide is available providing more information on lead poisoning and its symptoms.
Got a mole on your back causing you the inability to understand stoichiometry? Then click on this site to enable a better understanding of Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23). Watch this brief video to grasp general information about the mole and how its use is. Included are the text of the movie to run off and practice questions.
Why are rain forests so heavily guarded? Find information on this biological and cultural diversity in the tropical rain forests, and read why rain is so important for stability. How do they stabilize climate? The section on Human Needs gives information on foods that the rain forest provides as well medicinal anecdotes. It also speaks how human uses of products in the rain forest can result in degradation. The featured articles highlight interesting plants and animals found in the rain forest. What a fantastic resource site!
The motto for the Giraffe Heroes Project is Nobis Est, (It’s Up to Us) So Stick Your Neck Out. Take note from this motto that anyone can be a hero no matter how small the task is. On this site you’ll find stories and videos of people from all around the world who are doing amazing things to help their communities in diverse ways. There are hundreds of stories from people who have stuck their necks out to help solve simple or complex issues. The site also offers a free lesson that will work for all grades on character education. In addition, it provides a free download of It’s Up To Us, a program for middle schools.
Do you think you're really good at listening to instructions? Are you an auditory learner able to understand verbal instructions and then act on them without seeing them written down? This great game from BBC Skillswise sets the scene of an accident with you as the paramedic. Your are given three tasks to do in order for the accident victim to survive and get to the hospital. If you've even entertained the idea of becoming part of the science community then click on “How to Play” to get explicit directions on navigating through this game.
Having issues with writer's block? Here's a great site to get those mental gears moving again. Originally designed to help bloggers on mentally off days, it can be also utilized for journal style writing. No more days of staring at a blank screen. Just click on and let the Blog Post Ideas Generator go to work! If you don't like the topic given, just hit the generator again and again. This is a great tool if you are implementing web design and teaching students how to design their own blog.
Here's a great site from NOVA that includes the program "Easter Island". It explores the island and inhabitants focusing on the huge moai, the stone monolith head. Check out the online map which hosts photos and panoramic views. Find out how many elephants it takes to weigh as much as the moai. Watch a slide show that shows step by step as the team of engineers and archaeologists attempt to move the moai and place it on its pedestal.
Here's a great site to learn about theater in Japan, China, Bali, and the United States. You'll also find out about different aspects of theater such as costumes and scenery. There’s even a little history of the theater itself. There is a lot of information packed into this video presentation so feel free to play it twice.