August 2007


Learning with themes

http://www.reacheverychild.com

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
http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/themes.html

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How to Prepare Young People to Vote

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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.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/election.html

Virtual Field Trips

Alan Haskvitz

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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.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/field_trip.html

I have put together the best tests about retirement that deal with income, expenses, state tax rates, and more. I have them posted here:

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/retirement-guide.html

Constitution Day Resources

Alan Haskvitz

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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.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/constitution-resources.html

Pearl Harbor Day Lesson Plans and links

Alan Haskvitz

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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.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pearl_harbor.html

For more free resources go to

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/#1

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

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Space and flight lessons and links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/wright_bros.html

Space lessons and units on the solar system

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/shuttle.html

Huge selection of astronomy links

http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classastrolsn.html

Astronomy for Kids

www.dustbunny.com/afk

Astronomy links

http://www.theschoolpage.com/astro.htm

Find the sky above you anywhere on earth and much more. Great fun.

www.fourmilab.ch/solar

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. 

http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/

Lessons and good links

http://www.synapses.co.uk/astro/index.html

Online Astronomy
Easy to understand with good images.

http://darkskyinstitute.org/astronomy.html

Classical constellations and myths

www.cosmopolis.com/star-myths

Simple lesson plans and links

http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/astronomy.html

Space and astronomy lesson plans

http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/science/astronomy/

NASA’s Ask an Astrophysicist site

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/ask_an_astronomer.html

Solar system lessons

http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/index.html

Worksheets and more

http://rip.physics.unk.edu/Astronomy/

Science vocabulary hangman

Fun for younger students

http://education.jlab.org/vocabhangman/

Science link site

http://sciencepage.org/lessons.htm

Kids’ Astronomy lessons

Free worksheets

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/teachers_corner.htm

Links to physics and astronomy lessons by grade level

http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/hex_old/visit/lesson/lesson_index.html

Extremely vibrant looking site with astronomy lessons

Includes history of telescopes

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/

Science link site

http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/busyt/astro_l.shtml

Teacher developed lesson plans

http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/lessons/lessons_teacherdeveloped.html

Excellent astronomy sites for all levels

You need to search as there are some dead links, but the diversity of material is very good.

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/activities/astroacts.html

Astronomy link site from About

Lots of advertisements and a mixed bag of quality, but a lot of variety

http://space.about.com/od/educationastronomyspace/Astronomy_Education_Space_Education_Resources_Lesson_Plans.htm

Astronomy, mythology, and music

A very complex and complete unit of study for elementary students

http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/05_Conn3_AstronMus.pdf

How to set up science labs in many subject areas

http://chem.lapeer.org/

Integrated Activities

Some poems about astronomy

http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson417/booklist3.pdf

Art and Space

Nice collection of links on how artists capture the heavens.

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2366/

Family astronomy activities

Checking out the night sky. Great homework assignment to involve parents.

http://fun.familyeducation.com/astronomy/childrens-science-activities/32950.html

Pluto Express Home Page

www.jpl.nasa.gov/pluto/

This is full of great information of resources for teachers. Excellent.

Look into astronomy and others far out things.

http://space.rice.edu

http://spaceupdate.com

Building a Telescope

How to build a telescope

http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/tele/tele.htm

Building a simple telescope

http://science.howstuffworks.com/question568.htm

NASA lesson on building telescopes

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/informal/features/F_Build_a_Telescope.html

Careers

Astronomy as a career links

http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk/astro/career/

http://www.aas.org/education/careers.html

Women in space and astronomy careers

http://spider.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/rebull/womensci.html

National Association of Space Simulating Educators

www.us.edu/nasse

Observatory

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

http://www.astrosociety.org/

David Dunlap Observatory

Database of stellar information

http://ddo.astro.utoronto.ca

National Space Society

www.nss.org

Mount Wilson Observatory

General information

www.mtwilson.edu

National Optical Astronomy Observation

www.noao.edu/noao.html

Naval Research Laboratory

www.nrl.navy.mil/clementine/clib

Royal Greenwich Observatory

www.ast.cam.ac.uk/RGO

NASA’s Observatorium
http://observe.arc.nasa.gov/nasa/core.shtml.html

Other sites

SETI Institute

Looking for aliens?

www.seti-inst.edu

Sky On Line

www.skypub.com

Rocket and Space Technology

http://www.astronautix.com/spaceflt.htm
 
Encyclopedia Astronautica
http://www.astronautix.com/
Center for Science Education
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/
Planet Quest
http://www.seds.org/billa/tnp/
Nine Planets

http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/

Center for Educational Resources

Library of online and interactive K-12 science materials for teaching astronomy.

http://btc.montana.edu/ceres

Asteroid Hits Earth

What a site, literally. See what NASA thinks about this issue.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/asteroid_2030_001103.html

What was the moon like on?
Just plug in the date to get a virtual photo
http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/vphase.html
Satellite tracking sites
SATELLITES ON PARADE
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/realtime/jtrack/3d/JTrack3D.html
http://www.astronomydaily.com/

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