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Youngzine: Traveling On The Amtrak

07-17-15

This past spring, as a horrific rail accident was unfolding in Pennsylvania, the United States Congress was in a debate about how to move forward with funding for Amtrak. This ironic topic came at an unfortunate time as President Obama and Congress danced around the delicate subject of lost lives, and the unending argument over how the government spends our money. Should the government provide support for rail travel as it does for bridges and tunnels? This article and accompanying video clip present some evidence for students to take either side of this debate. View Source: http://www.youngzine.org/article/traveling-amtrak  

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Connect a Million Minds: Football

07-16-15

Connect a Million Minds highlights the science and math in team sports in this collection of videos and teaching guides. In the video introducing this section, professional football player Victor Cruz talks about the physics in a game of football. The teaching guide provides very clear descriptions and drawings of concepts such as vectors and projectile motion in the context of football. Three different games are suggested for learning these concepts. Football Bingo and Football Concentration are both table games, while Flag Football must be played while actually observing a football game. View Source: http://www.connectamillionminds.com/campaigns/stem-in-sports/football  

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NASM: How Things Fly

07-15-15

Summer is typically a time for travel. Many people travel by air to get to their destination faster. Have you ever wondered what makes that airplane fly? This interactive site will help you understand more about the forces of flight. Understand how the engine has to deliver enough thrust to surmount the drag force. Also recognize why engineers try to make airplanes light and shape the blades to add lift. Once you think you have the aerodynamic principles down, you can try your hand at designing an airplane. View Source: http://howthingsfly.si.edu/  

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Maths Is Fun: Interactive Quadrilaterals

07-14-15

Are you a visual learner?  Sometimes visual learners are left to fend for themselves, especially when learning math.  This website helps visual learners explore the topic of quadrilaterals.  First you can click on a link and read about the characteristics of the various types of quadrilaterals.  After learning, students can explore quadrilaterals by rotating and dragging the vertices.  Students learn by doing as they discover the characteristics of each quadrilateral, including parallelograms, rhombuses, rectangles and squares. View Source: http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/quadrilaterals-interactive.html  

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Sylvan: Book Adventure: Book Finder

07-13-15

Looking for a great book to read this summer? This website can help you find the perfect one. Just choose your grade level, select a level of difficulty, and decide whether you want fiction or nonfiction. Then click all the subjects you love to read about, and let the book generator find a list of books that you will enjoy. Click on each book for a short description or print your list to take with you to the library or bookstore. With this book generator, you will have lots of ideas for books to read this summer, each chosen especially …

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Maryland Public Television: Sense and Dollars

07-10-15

Check it out! Find out how much you really know about money. This resource will help students learn effective ways how to earn, spend, invest, and save money while exploring budgets, credit cards, and interest rates. It features great interactive games, activities, and simulations that help students make informed choices about real-life money problems. This website even links to dozens of other sites about money, allowances, saving, earning, college, getting a job, and credit. There is also a teachers’ guide and a parents’ guide that include tips on resources and technology to help with understanding the material. Be money SMART! …

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Zaner-Bloser: Spelling Connections

07-09-15

Are your students neglecting to self-edit their written pieces? Do you find yourself needing to remind your students to check over their work? If so, now you can help your students learn how to check over their own work and use the editing marks without the reminders. Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections can help reinforce the self-editing step in the writing process. Given a short paragraph, students will use tactile and visual learning styles as they identify written errors, move the proper editing symbols from a checklist, and then correct the errors. View Sources: https://www.spellingconnectionsonline.com/game3  

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Huntington Library: Explorations in American History

07-08-15

This site offers an extensive collection of rare primary sources pertaining to American history and American literature covering three basic themes: Struggle for Independence, Struggle for Rights, and Struggle for Equality. It includes paintings, photos, documents, literary works, political cartoons, letters, timelines and much more; they are perfect for use in research papers, projects, and presentations. Documents include Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Constitution of the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation, and numerous others. This collection totals more than six million items which may include just the ones you need. View Sources:http://www.huntington.org/explorations/  

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The Beatles

07-07-15

“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” is one of the songs written by today’s birthday boy Ringo Starr. Starr was the drummer for the Beatles, joining his musical counterparts: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Starr coined the phrase, “A Hard Day’s Night,” which was the title of the band’s third album. This is an in-depth resource featuring the revolutionary Beatles who paved the way for rock and roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame provides a timeline, photos, and biographical data. Students studying history and culture of the 1960’s or music history will …

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New York Zoos and Aquarium:  Build Your Wild Self

07-06-15

In this creative site you get to build yourself “wild.” Begin the process by selecting a human body. Choose between a variety of eyes, hairstyles, eyebrows and all the other features needed to make your new self unique. Then go wild! Select various wildlife headgear, including horns or antlers, then move to your ears, face, arms and eyes. Keep on creating with a wacky set of wings, shells or quills just for fun. Make yourself complete by adding an interesting tail. And there you have it! Look in the mirror at your new “wild” self. Once “you” are complete, learn …

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