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Rhymes, Scribbles, and Glogster…

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https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you’re writing some poetry, Write rhymes is a site worth checking out.  Type your prose, then click on any word to find others that rhyme.  Very fun.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgThere’s still plenty of time for students in grades 5-8 to enter the Young Scientist Challenge.  May 20 is the deadline.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgLet’s say you use maps…Scribble Maps is an awesome tool that lets you draw, place markers, label, and otherwise mark up an online map.  Then you can save, print, or share them with others.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgGlogster is a fun tool that teachers and students are enjoying.  What does it do?  You can create interactive posters using text, images, video, etc.  It’s another way for students to show what they know.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgNationStates is a free nation simulation game. “Build a nation and run it according to your own warped political ideals.”  Sounds just right for your students.

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Elections are coming…that’s what I hear…

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This week is a special Election Edition of Weekly Web Wonders.  As I
understand it, Americans will be voting for important offices this
November.  These sites should be pretty unbiased and good for student
consumption.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgPBS always has good resources, and their Vote 2008 site is no exception.  Come here often for interactive tools and information as well as a complete For Teachers section.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgGoogle has put together an Elections Tools for Teachers page with links to mock elections, electoral college maps, and other resources.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgElection 2008 from Scholastic includes lesson plans, various printables, and Scholastic News articles.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgChannelOne’s OneVote 2008 resources include various video clips covering the election process,
the national conventions, etc.  Great introductory resources.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgGallup is keeping us all informed with the latest polls.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgJust for kicks, take a look at the BBC News US Elections site.  It’s interesting to hear the news reported from an “over the pond” perspective.

Have a great week…hope you can dry out a bit!

Weekly Web Wonders

Happy Columbus Day…well it’s observed today, but really it’s October 12, but if you’re Canadian you can eat turkey today because it’s your Thanksgiving Day.  Gobble gobble.  There are two specials on tonight, Magnificent Voyage of Christopher Columbus on PBS and Columbus: The Lost Voyage on The History Channel.  Check out the four minute video from the History Channel, The History of Columbus Day.

  • Color in Motion is a fun interactive that explores the uses of color to convey mood and feeling.  Great for Art or Language Arts.
  • At DonorsChoose.org, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn.  Philanthropic individuals can then choose projects to fund.  Sign up today!
  • If you’re studying the Nervous System, what better site to visit than Neuroscience for Kids?  Includes activities, lessons, and resources.
  • Visuwords is a visual dictionary and thesaurus tool.  Because of its visual nature, it’s easy for students to see the connections between words and their meanings.
  • Project Learning Tree is an environmental education program that “helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment.”  The site contains lessons and resources on forest ecology, waste management, diversity, energy, and others.

Corn Maze Geography

This is going to be so cool…

Next fall we’re hosting a new workshop integrating Social Studies and Technology: Corn Maze Geography.

Corn MazeWhat’s that, you say? Well, it started out as Kelly Gaideski (BCISD Social Studies Consultant) and I were putting some ideas together for a workshop for using GPS receivers and Google Earth together to address Social Studies standards. While looking around the net I came across Corn Maze Geography: Teaching Geography Using Corn Mazes. How fun is that? If you’ve never been to a corn maze…it’s time to go, they’re a blast!

And so…on September 18 we’re going to be at Barbott Farms and Greenhouse in Stevensville from about noon to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided and we’ll spend the afternoon playing around experiencing a variety of geography lessons as well as using GPS to navigate through the maze. The GPS units will be available to borrow from the ISD so participants will have a great opportunity to put them to good use.

More information to follow…mark your calendars!