Saturday, December 2, 2006

Helpful Web Sites for Teaching

I've found some very interesting web sites this week, including several which have lesson plans and other activities for the classroom. Although I suspect that you will be most interested in those that match the grade level or subject which you teach, I think you may find some of the others fun to investigate, too. Enjoy!

CHRISTMAS: Cultural and Historical Resources for Christmas for Teachers
The history of the Christmas celebration, how it is celebrated in different countries and cultures, and some crafts and activities are the topics of these lessons. One of the sites shows webcam views of Christmas celebrations in other countries.

ECONOMICS: Stock Market
Information about the stock market--stocks, shares, markets, investing, and the history of the New York Stock Exchange--is all available here. Interactive games, timelines, interviews, and quizzes can be used with students. Resources dealing with personal finance and budgeting are also included.

General tips and subject-specific sites that parents can use when supporting their children with homework are available at this site.

Share family reading and activities around a monthly theme.

MATHEMATICS: And Around We Go!
Students use numbers and operations, fractions, statistics, and graphs as they conduct a survey to determine their classmates' favorite sports, soft drinks, music, and colors. Guiding questions, summary questions, assessment tasks, lesson extensions, a survey sheet, and activity sheets are included in this best practice lesson for grades 5 and 6.

Safety rules, lesson plans, games, and activities deal with safety for children and young adults in a variety of situations. Many of the sites focus on safety when using the Internet.

SCIENCE: Energy… Renewable and Non-Renewable
Learn about different forms of energy--both renewable and non-renewable--hydropower, fossil fuels, nuclear, wave energy, fuel cells, solar, geothermal, wind, and biomass.

SCIENCE: Life Science for Teachers
Eight sessions with video, print, and web components focus on life science for teachers.

SCIENCE: NASA’s Image Gallery
NASA images, audio files, and video at this site are not copyrighted, for the most part. You may not use the NASA logo, however.

SCIENCE: Reactions in Chemistry
This eight-unit workshop features students, teachers, scientists, and experts who share their ideas about chemistry teaching and learning. Downloadable lessons and activities you can use with your students are available.

SCIENCE: Rediscovering Biology… Molecular to Global Perspectives
Thirteen units--video, text, learning activities--focus on new developments in biology.

SCIENCE: Weather
Explore the forces behind weather: the atmosphere and the water cycle. Look at the results: powerful storms, ice, and snow. Understand forecasting and the changing climate. Check out other weather-related web sites.

SCIENCE: Weather
This best practice instructional resource for grades 3 to 5 includes lessons that allow students to investigate weather locally and around the world. Through these explorations students develop a basic understanding of how weather can be described in measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind, and precipitation.

Watch an earthworm being born, take an interactive quiz on a worm’s anatomy, view worm art, learn how worms keep soil healthy, take a tour through a virtual worm, and learn about composting with worms and how to keep worms in the classroom.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Making a Difference Through Giving
Students in grades 3 to 5 are prompted to consider their responsibilities as global citizens. In this lesson a teacher challenges her fourth- and fifth-grade students to develop realistic solutions to some problems of the world.

Bridging WORLD HISTORY: Professional development and classroom materials to support the study of world history… Bridging World History Units include content, readings, and activities for 26 units organized chronologically. Videos, an audio glossary, and interactive elements are available for these units. The World History Traveler consists of three interesting sections: (1) What is World History? provides materials which facilitate looking at world history from multiple perspectives, (2) Archive is a database of more than 1,500 images and maps which can be used in the classroom, and (3) Audio Glossary allows you to hear how more than 300 names of places and people are pronounced.

WRITING: Conclusions
Six different conclusion styles and when to use which, types of conclusions to avoid, what a good conclusion should do, and ten common types of conclusion are explained. Resources are available for writing essays, research papers, and paragraphs.

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