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30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

04-07-15

April – National Poetry Month! Let’s celebrate! This site offers a list of 30 poetry activities for the event including interactive links to freebies, poetry readings, videos, and so much more. Start now by signing up for Poem-a-day and read a poem every day. Learn how important poetry is in the U.S. today, or attend a poetry reading at your local library. Better still, try reading a poem at open mic, or start a poetry reading group. You can even make poets’ favorite foods and drinks using their hand-written recipes. You can hear poets read their works or watch videos …

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Whyville

04-06-15

Your students can become a citizen of Whyville, an on-line town. They 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. However, it requires that you join through a free registration. Use your discretion and decide if you want your students to become Whyvillians. View source: http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice .  

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Center for American Music: Stephen Foster

04-03-15

Known for his legendary melodies, Stephen Foster is featured on this University of Pittsburgh site.  Learn everything you ever wanted to know 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.  A must see site! View …

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Hooda Math: Fraction Circles

04-02-15

Need more practice with fractions? This interactive activity 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! View source: http://flash.hoodamath.com/fractioncircles.swf  

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April Fools’ Day

04-01-15

Audacious, absurd, antics that appeal to all ages? Today’s the day for all things amusing! April Fools’ Day has been a time for all kinds of tricks and practical jokes. It’s also a great way to encourage students to do some creative writing. Give your students this extensive vocabulary list complete with almost 150 words associated with April Fools’ Day. There are also some historical references in addition to poetry all related to this humorous holiday. View source: http://www.myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/april-fools-day-vocabulary/  

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CodeMonkey: Learn Real Coding

mar-31-15

CodeMonkey is a wonderful and engaging site for children to learn basic programming skills. It is based on the language CoffeeScript, which compiles to JavaScript. It begins with very easy exercises and gets progressively harder, building on what students are learning. Students are required to plan a route in order to pick up bananas as they go. Barriers are placed in the path, and sometimes they must climb onto a turtle in order to travel on water. They learn how to write loops and work with variables. And all the time, they are developing their reasoning and logical thinking skills. …

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National Geographic News: April Fools’ Day: Why Is It Prime Time for Pranks?

mar-30-15

April Fools’ Day is more than just an obnoxious prank day celebrated around the world. The day is filled with history and some famous hoaxes! This article explores how the history of the origin is debated about whether it begin in France when the calendar was changed or when Constantine I gave jesters the power to be king for the day. Also included in the article is a description and pictures of some of the famous hoaxes that have happened on this day. View source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/120329-april-fools-day-2012-pranks-facts-history-origins/  

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Mangahigh: Algebra: Introducing Equations

mar-27-15

Are you looking for a fun way for students to learn difficult math concepts?  Mangahigh offers an exciting way to explore a concept with an interactive tutorial.  After learning the concept of equations, students then take a ten question quiz that increases in difficulty as they answer questions correctly.  Students also compete against each other to get the classes high score. View Source: https://campus.mangahigh.com/en-us/px/191/0/0  

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BBC: History: Women’s Rights In Victorian England

mar-26-15

March is Women’s History month. Students can learn about changes in women’s rights in Victorian England 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. View source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/victorian_women/index.shtml  

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Ocean Portal, You Navigate

mar-25-15

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. View source: http://ocean.si.edu/  

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