Friday, April 8, 2016

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 4/8/16

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

Liberty! – “LIBERTY! The American Revolution is a dramatic documentary about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. The George Foster Peabody award-winning series brings the people, events and ideas of the revolution to life through military reenactments and dramatic recreations performed by a distinguished cast. Click on a topic to learn more.”; resources and activities to use with this PBS program along with a teacher’s guide. (L:G; SA:SS)

The Wall of Birds – “Explore the diversity and evolution of birds with this web interactive based on the Wall of Birds mural. Envisioned by Cornell Lab ornithologists and realized by artist Jane Kim, the large-scale mural features species from all surviving bird families alongside a select group of extinct ancestors. Meet an outstanding representative of each of the bird families of the world. Each of the 243 representatives is meticulously painted in life-sized, colorful detail to showcase the unique character of the species. Explore the map and click on any of the birds to get to know them better.” (L:G; SA:S)
Pindex – like Pinterest, is a pinboard for learning (L:G; SA:A)
Picture Dictionaries – three of them are available for free, six others cost a fee, pictures would be great for a visual schedule or social story (L:E; SA:LA)
Unfiltered News – “Topics and places the world is reporting on right now. Explore what shapes our different perspectives.(L:G; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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