Learning with themes
Themes offer an interesting way to integrate lessons and give students more in-depth opportunities to pursue learning. The following sites contain a variety of ideas, but are best used as a starting place for your own ideas. You should adapt them for your classroom, as some sites are too simple for some learners and overly complicated for others.
They are posted here by topic
How to Prepare Young People to Vote
Regardless of political opinion, learning to vote and to educate young people on its importance is vital. It is also important to note that this is a global right. The links I have posted her help people understand how to vote and about elections around the world.
Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips can enhance learning and provide individualization and recourses not possible otherwise. But be warned that virtual field trips are not uniform in quality. As usual, it is best to preview sites at length to make sure they meet your needs and don’t include links that lead the student elsewhere.
Constitution Day Resources
The law mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on Constitution Day, September 17th
Here are resources to make that possible.
Pearl Harbor Day Lesson Plans and links
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese submarines and planes from aircraft carriers launched an early-morning attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack included nearby military airfields. About 3,000 naval and military personnel were wounded or killed, and eight battleships, 13 other navy ships and 200 aircraft were damaged or destroyed.
With this attack, the Japanese formally entered World War II on the side of Germany and Italy. And it was the catalyst for the United States’ engagement on the Allied side.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described Dec. 7, 1941 as “a date that will live in infamy.” On the anniversary of this event, help students and others grasp the significance using these free links and resources.
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Astronomy and Space
National Teachers Hall of Fame
These sites are designed to help students become interested in astronomy and space and get them involved starting with studying the stars on their own birthdays and homes. Lots of good lessons and enough here to offer advanced students more depth.
For many more free resources go to
Space and flight lessons and links
Space lessons and units on the solar system
Huge selection of astronomy links
Astronomy for Kids
Find the sky above you anywhere on earth and much more. Great fun.
Solar System Simulator
Order a simulated photograph of the Sun and planets as seen from any
vantage point. The reader can choose any time in 5 minute
intervals from 1600 to 2399.
Lessons and good links
Easy to understand with good images.
Classical constellations and myths
Simple lesson plans and links
Space and astronomy lesson plans
NASA’s Ask an Astrophysicist site
Solar system lessons
Worksheets and more
Science vocabulary hangman
Fun for younger students
Science link site
Kids’ Astronomy lessons
Links to physics and astronomy lessons by grade level
Extremely vibrant looking site with astronomy lessons
Includes history of telescopes
Science link site
Teacher developed lesson plans
Excellent astronomy sites for all levels
You need to search as there are some dead links, but the diversity of material is very good.
Astronomy link site from About
Lots of advertisements and a mixed bag of quality, but a lot of variety
Astronomy, mythology, and music
A very complex and complete unit of study for elementary students
How to set up science labs in many subject areas
Some poems about astronomy
Art and Space
Nice collection of links on how artists capture the heavens.
Family astronomy activities
Checking out the night sky. Great homework assignment to involve parents.
Pluto Express Home Page
This is full of great information of resources for teachers. Excellent.
Look into astronomy and others far out things.
Building a Telescope
How to build a telescope
Building a simple telescope
NASA lesson on building telescopes
Astronomy as a career links
Women in space and astronomy careers
National Association of Space Simulating Educators
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
David Dunlap Observatory
Database of stellar information
National Space Society
Mount Wilson Observatory
National Optical Astronomy Observation
Naval Research Laboratory
Royal Greenwich Observatory
Looking for aliens?
Sky On Line
Rocket and Space Technology
Center for Science Education
Center for Educational Resources
Library of online and interactive K-12 science materials for teaching astronomy.
Asteroid Hits Earth
What a site, literally. See what NASA thinks about this issue.
What was the moon like on?
Just plug in the date to get a virtual photo
Satellite tracking sites
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