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


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


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


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


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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Mighty Books: You’re Adorable


Are you looking for a “new” alphabet song to engage your students? Are you looking for another way to visually and auditorily learn the alphabet? “You’re Adorable” shows each letter of the alphabet with flashing pictures and words to accompany each image to help students with phonemic awareness. View source: http://www.mightybook.com/MightyBook_free/books/adorable/adorable.swf  

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Open Source Shakespeare


Enjoy access to the complete works of William Shakespeare in this user-friendly format. With special features like a concordance, keyword searches, advanced searches, side-by-side sonnet comparisons and more, this site makes it easy to find anything you need throughout Shakespeare’s complete body of works. View source: http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/  

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Coping Skills for Kids: Brain Works Project


How the brain works and how it ties to coping skills in the pre-teen are the focus of this web site. Students learn what their brains do in stressful situations, and then learn ways that they can practice and train their brains (themselves) to manage stressful events in ways that serve them well instead of provoking more problems.Information on brain-based coaching for parents and teachers helps them “practice what they preach,” and provide students with the external support they need as they develop intrinsic coping mechanisms. View source: http://www.copingskills4kids.net/  

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Vitra Design Museum: Hidden Heroes


Hidden Heroes is a fascinating interactive site that allows the user to create an exhibit of “ordinary” objects from among 40+ items available. Once items have been selected for an exhibit, the user can examine the items chosen to learn about their origins, unusual uses, and often about how they have been altered or improved upon over time. These “hidden heroes” run the gamut from chopsticks to lipsticks, and from flip-flops to bottle caps. It’s fun to learn quirky facts about these everyday items, as well as learning about their inventors. Once students learn about the backgrounds of these simple …

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Sheppard Software: The Food Chain Game


Explore the several types of food chains that exist in the world today. Place the given species in the correct order to determine that particular food chain. If you try the first one and think it’s too easy, no worries; the challenge will increase with each new chain. View source: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/kidscorner/games/foodchaingame.swf  

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Smithsonian Education: IdeaLabs: Prehistoric Climate Change


As we dig out from the cold winter, and many students are wondering if climate change is real, there’s no better time to take them on a climate change experience! In this highly interactive simulation, students examine and analyze two sets of fossils of leaves from prehistoric trees found at actual dig sites in Wyoming. Using a leaf margin analysis method, students compare several specimens, and record the data to determine the average temperature of the time period. This authentic data can be a jumping off point for a climate study, or way to deepen their learning about climate science. …

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