Friday, May 23, 2014

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 5/23/14

tools2 Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

TeachUNICEF – “ a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation.” (L:G; SA:SS)

Science is Fun – “science through home science activities” (L:G; SA:S)

Admongo – “Everywhere you look, you see advertisements—not just on TV and online, but on buses, buildings, and scoreboards. Many ads target kids ages 8 to 12. Do your students have the critical thinking skills to understand ads, what they're saying, and what they want kids to do?

To help you equip your students with these valuable skills, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, has launched a campaign to teach kids about advertising. The Admongo campaign will help kids learn to ask three key "critical thinking" questions when they encounter advertising:

· Who is responsible for the ad?

· What is the ad actually saying?

· What does the ad want me to do?

The campaign has four components: a game-based website at; sample ads that can be used in the classroom; free lesson plans, developed with the assistance of Scholastic, Inc.; and teacher training videos.”(L:; SA:)

CanvasMol – 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules (L:H; SA:S)

Cite This For Me – “Fill in the details you know from each source you've used in your essay or assignment. You can choose from our 31 different source types. If you don't know or can't find the information for any of the fields required, just leave them blank. Each source you add will appear below in alphabetical order. You can change the referencing style between APA, Chicago, Harvard,MLA, Vancouver, or one of our other supported styles, and make changes to each citation too. Your citations will be saved for 7 days. Create an account to save them permanently. Once you've added all your sources, download your finished bibliography and attach it to your work. It's the quickest and easiest way to do your referencing!” (L:H; SA:LA)

Original Image: Tools by Pat Hensley

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