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Lesson Tutor: American Sign Language Picture Index

Nov. 21

Here’s a long list of words in an ASL dictionary.  When you click on a word, you are taken to a lesson that incorporates that word along with others in that category.  For example, clicking on “alligator” goes to a page of grassland, water, and zoo animals.  A drawing shows how to make the sign for each word.  In addition there is a written description of how to sign the word.  The word list includes nouns, verbs, adjectives, and conjunctions.  This is a very thorough introduction to signing in both American Sign Language and Signed English. View source: http://www.lessontutor.com/eesASLdictionarylinks.html

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National Museum of Australia: Exploring the World at Port Macquarie

Nov. 20

This is a fascinating exhibit from the National Museum of Australia which provides a look into the history, geography, culture, and the importance of astronomy to the city, Port Macquarie, in New South Wales.  The three sections of the exhibit are filled with individual pictures, primary sources, and information about the resources.  One section explores the Hastings River that flows into the ocean at Port Macquarie.  See photographs from the early 20th century that document the culture of the indigenous people living in the area, the Birpai.  There are also some short videos in each section.  The information is varied …

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Art-Rageous: Color Theory

Nov. 19

Here’s a treasure trove of lesson plans and photographs that give examples of showing how to teach color theory.  The yummiest one is the edible color wheel which uses vanilla wafers, frosting, and food coloring.  Who wouldn’t want to experiment with primary and complementary colors that you can eat!  Another lesson teaches students how to make tint and shade strips to help them see gradations in color.  Find  color wheel vocabulary, examples of complex and very interesting color wheels, and a lesson for making motif color wheels.  Make the basic and important understanding of color exciting with some of these …

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Serendip: The Four Color Problem

Nov.18

A famous proof in geometry concerns the four-color problem which essentially says that only four colors are needed to color a map on which no two countries that have adjacent borders are the same color. It took over a century to prove this theory.  You can play with this concept on the site by creating your own “map” and coloring in the spaces using just four colors. Instructions are given on how to generate a map and how to choose the colors for the map segments.  When you are satisfied, check your work and try again. View source: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/playground/fourcolor/

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DSO Kids: Orchestra Seating Chart

Nov. 17

Watch the basic seating chart of the orchestra change before your very eyes.  The configuration of the members of the orchestra expands with both number of orchestral members, but also the addition of new of instruments in the transition from the Baroque Period, through the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods.  See how sparse the orchestra was in the time of Johann Sebastian Bach, watch brass instruments join the orchestra under Classical composers such as Johannes Brahms.  Composers of the Romantic period, such as Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Richard Wagner added depth to the sound of their compositions with tubas, …

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ReadWriteThink: Investigating Junk Mail: Negotiating Critical Literacy at the Mailbox

Nov. 14

Junk mail is not quite as obtrusive as junk telephone calls, and it can serve a purpose beyond just recycling.  This lesson plan for grades 3-5 has students examine pieces of junk mail to see what their purpose is.  They sort the mail into categories, look to see how effective the mail is  considering the category, and look at the audience for the mail.  As part of the critical thinking aspect of this lesson, students then rewrite the mail to make it more honest, or funny, or even hyperbolic.  The student objectives are given, and the lesson is divided into …

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USOE: Change Is My Game

Nov. 13

If you like earth science, you are going to love this site.  Find out about the many ways the earth changes, both quickly and over time.  When reading about weathering, you can do an experiment with frosted pastry to see how upward pressure from plant roots can break down the earth’s surface.  Learn about uplift by experimenting with a Snickers bar.  Simulate your own earthquake.  Do an activity that clearly illustrates geologic time by unrolling a roll of toilet tissue.  The photographs are stunning, the graphics illustrative, and the information, although written simply, is excellent.  Take a trip through the …

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Beacon Learning Center: Cameron’s Trip

Nov. 12

Here’s a fun way to practice your problem-solving skills by taking a trip to a museum with Cameron.  There are ten very short word problems using your expertise with multiplication or division. The suggestion is made to use beans, pennies, pebbles, or even pictures to help you solve the problems if you get stuck.  As you go on the tour with Cameron and his classmates, answer the questions asked.  If you make a mistake, you’ll see a hint on how to find the correct answer. View source: http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/WebLessons/CameronsTrip/default.htm

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Kids Konnect: Veterans’ Day

Nov. 10

Veterans’ Day is tomorrow.  Here’s a brief, fact-filled site about this observation that honors the service of all veterans who have served their country in all American wars.  Find out about the history of this federal holiday, and see how it is observed in Canada and Great Britain.  Included are links to several sites about Veterans’ Day.  There is a page of Veterans’ Day crafts, a quiz, poetry,  and some photographs. View source: http://www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/32-categories/holidaysseasons/135-veterans-day.html

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Center for Civic Education: How Can You Decide Among Competing Responsibilities?

Nov. 7

Learning to take responsibility is certainly an important step in a child’s development.  This exercise takes that one step further.  Students learn six ideas to consider when there are conflicting responsibilities.  For each idea there is a brief scenario and some questions to consider.  Finally there is a short story to which the students should apply all of the six ideas .  A chart with questions is provided to use for deciding among responsibilities.   An interesting activity asks students to make up a skit to perform that shows characters dealing with issues that would require the application of the …

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