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Annenberg Learner: Democracy in America: Civil Liberties

06-22-15

Do you understand what happens when there are disputes over the interpretation and protection of civil liberties as defined in the Bill of Rights? When do the rights of the individual trump the perceived needs of society, and when do society’s needs overshadow the rights of the individual? Focusing on the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, students have the opportunity to explore the difference between civil rights and civil liberties through specific cases. This thoughtful lesson challenges students to make informed, insightful decisions about civil liberties, through videos, discussions, and activities. View Source: http://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_4/index.html

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Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

06-19-15

Understanding the modern civil rights movement, a difficult and turbulent time in our nation’s history, may help us better understand and address many of our society’s current problems. At another time when racial tensions were running very high, it is important to recognize the courage with which many people stood for equality and even put their lives on the line to protect it. Read here about those African Americans who put their families and loved ones on the front lines in the struggle for their freedom. This impressive site provides a map and detailed explanation of the major historic places …

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Perimeter/Area and Surface Area/Volume Formulae

06-18-15

This versatile site allows several math standards to be addressed at one place. Students will be able to work on multiplication facts as well as area and perimeter. In addition, they can create arrays that will help them determine the area of a square. Once students determine the area they can also determine the perimeter of that square. Students can then make the connection as to the relationship between the size of squares and what happens to the area and perimeter. For example, when the square doubles, the area increases by four times and the perimeter doubles. View Source:http://staff.argyll.epsb.ca/jreed/math9/strand3/formulae.htm  

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TED Ed: Periodic Videos

06-17-15

Tables charting all the chemical elements have been made and shared since the nineteenth century. The Periodic Videos team at University of Nottingham has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. In this modern, interactive version of every chemistry class’s fundamental tool, students can browse through the full display of the elements, choose ones to watch, and then opt to explore further with a full Ted-Ed lesson module linked directly to the video. The creators of this tool are continually updating videos with new stories, better samples, and bigger experiment. View Source:http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos

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Remembering the Flint Sit-Down Strike 1936-1937

06-16-15

A fascinating exploration of the United Auto Workers sit-down strike that took place at the General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan in 1936-1937. Oral histories were collected from many of the people who participated in, or observed, the strike. These recordings accompany the descriptive text, which is presented under three headings: how the strike was organized, the strike itself, and what happened after it was over. Some key recordings are also laid out on an interactive timeline. For a unit on American labor history, the recollections of the people who witnessed this famous strike are invaluable. View Source:http://flint.matrix.msu.edu/

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Math Playground

06-15-15

Don’t fall into the math summer slump! This website contains a collection of games, word problems, logic puzzles, and math videos that will review elementary and middle school concepts. Students can brush up on their math skills using online flash cards, worksheets, and much more. Students can choose whether to review addition, subtraction, geometry, division,multiplication, percentage, ratios, or problem solving. Make sure you bookmark this site to show students how to keep up with their math skills! View Source: http://www.mathplayground.com/  

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NCTM: Illuminations: Bar Grapher

06-12-15

If you are like most teachers, you are always looking for new and creative ways for your students to create graphs.  This site provides an answer.  On this site students can select from pre-made data sets and explore the concept of bar graphs.  In addition, students can enter their own data and see how the bar graphs change with their data.  The site allows students to adjust both the x and y axis and change the thickness of the bars.  This is a great, easy tool that allows students to explore the concept on their own and create dynamic and …

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Childnet International: Kidsmart

06-11-15

With laptops, tablets, smartphones, and many other devices, the Internet is not just a tool for our kids. It’s a way of life. Many times, however, children do not understand the dangers that can be lurking online. This interactive site offers videos, tips, activities, and ideas that teach kids to be smart and be safe online. Different categories including mobiles, file sharing, social networking, music, games, skills school, chat, safe searching, digital footprints, and competitions allow kids to learn more about the areas they use most often. Keep kids safe by teaching them how to make smart online choices. View …

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Science Buddies: Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, and Tools

06-10-15

An excellent starting point for any student participating in a science fair, Science Buddies offers over 1000 project ideas in over 30 areas of science, which can be accessed through a “Topic Wizard” or a directory. Once you’ve chosen an idea, view a how-to guide to get started, get advice from an expert, and learn tips for preparing for advanced science fair competitions. Science Buddies provides sections for teachers and parents, a blog highlighting current events and timely topics that are related to science, and a collection of detailed information on over 100 science related careers. Science Buddies isn’t just …

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Reading Bear: Short Vowel Lessons Review

06-09-15

Reading Bear presentations provide fantastic, visually-appealing, interactive practice opportunities in the area of phonics rules. This module features a review of words that contain the various short vowels. Links are available where students can hear an adult sound out words; try to sound out words on their own; experience audio flashcards; view silent flashcards; hear sentences read aloud; and read sentences silently.Students, parents, and teachers will love the multi-sensory options. View Source:http://www.readingbear.org/Presentation.aspx?Review=1-6    

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