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Inauguration Lesson Plans

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About Alan Haskvitz

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January 20th is Inauguration Day and a great way to get students involved in a teachable moment. Also, here are some Martin Luther King Day lessons, too.

Martin Luther King Jr. Lessons, Links, and Ideas

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

Here are some excellent inauguration lessons for all levels.

President’s Day lessons.

A huge number of good resources are posted here.

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

Presidential Lessons

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

Abraham Lincoln Resources

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

InexpensiveAmerican school and district computers and servers that run free software

http://www.eracks.com

Federal Government Resources for Educators: Ask What Your Country is Doing for You

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There is very little more frustrating than trying to get good resources from the Federal Department of Education’s website. Besides the difficult to read font and the constant promoting of NCLB and Secretary Spelling’s latest comments, the site lacks that teacher’s touch that would give some indication of why this information is important and how it could be used.

Nevertheless, you are paying for it and by golly, you need to use it because there is a lot at this site and that includes grants, summer opportunities, lesson plans, free booklets, and research.

I also added a section at the end of this column where you can compare how the United States related to other countries in terms of spending on education as well as the performance of each state and its ranking in various areas of pupil performance and allocation of funding.

Department of Education Related Resource Links

Here are some of the more useful links that I dragged out of the site as well as others that are related to it.

A very large link site to most free materials offered by the government

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

Free lessons by subject area

A very uneven listing of resources of which some are excellent. Loaded with primary documents of lessons for more high achieving students.

http://www.free.ed.gov/

A site that helps districts show how technology could be used and has been used. A tool kit that every district should check.

http://etoolkit.org/etoolkit/

Subscribe to education newsletters

There are a variety of them, but most of them read like propaganda for NCLB. Worth a look, but don’t expect it to be easy to find. Perhaps the best one has teacher updates

http://www.ed.gov/news/newsletters/index.html

The Math Panel

This site provides examples of programs that have shown progress in raising math scores.

http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/index.html

What works is a clearinghouse of programs the government has cited that work. You can build your own database. Again, not easy to use.

http://www.ed.gov/nclb/methods/whatworks/edpicks.jhtml

Education research

Better known as ERIC, this is a very good place not only for research, but also for finding new ideas and avoiding reinventing the wheel.

http://www.eric.ed.gov/

Free publications.

Especially good for ordering booklets for parents to use.

http://edpubs.ed.gov/

Here is the top ten list: Very worthwhile

http://edpubs.ed.gov/ProductCatalog.aspx?Item=6JE4ZxKAd8qwPcmjsQqU17wjNrsJIC2haJIAG9iZLYphQBVPcI0igyyv5oBFMCcNNBkr8/B9vlUbstlPXzI0Yg==

A student guide to government resources for older students.

http://www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/Public

Constitution Day Lessons and Resources

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

Federal reserve lessons and free resources

For teaching economics and banking, these materials are again, very uneven in quality. But, they are free and some are quite worthwhile.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/economics/federal.html

A good federal resource on teaching economics through baseball.

http://www.bos.frb.org/peanuts/indexnosound.htm

US Mint Online Teaching Games

For younger students. Very good way to get them interested.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/interactive-games.html#1

The Department of Education Budget and Comparisons to Other Nations

The federal government is not a big player when it comes to funding education where it is left to state and local agencies to provide about 91 percent of the funding. Of course, statistics are made for manipulation and so that remaining percentage equates to a $68 billion dollar budget. On the other hand that only represent about 2.3 percent of the federal budget and pales when compared to the defense budget of $711 billion. Most of this goes to Title 1 grants, about $14.3 billion.

Worldwide spending on education

http://www.oclc.org/reports/escan/economic/educationlibraryspending.htm

 

This is an interesting graph that shows the difference between spending for defense and education.

http://www.nea.org/lac/funding/images/EDvsDODfunding.pdf

Education spending by the GNP of the country is also of note.

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_edu_spe-education-spending-of-gdp

A revealing site is this one that provides general data about how each state ranks in a variety of categories from funding to reading levels.

http://www.newamerica.net/education_budget_project/

President’s Day lessons and activities.

A great variety for all levels. Lots of fun ideas, too.

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

Propaganda

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/propaganda.htm

Lincoln

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

Lincoln and Washington and more

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pumpkins.html#3

Famous Supreme Court decisions

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Studying these cases and learning about the Constitution are essential parts of most every grade level curriculum. These sites provide a diverse array of teacher friendly lessons that can be used or changed to reflect the appropriate learning level.

Supreme Court decisions that deal with teaching.

A must read for all educators.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/teacher_law.html#2

The Supreme Court site

As dull as can be with sophisticated materials hidden if you use the search engine. If you can’t fall asleep visit this site.

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

A terrific site with all the major Supreme Court decisions and lesson plans available.

http://www.landmarkcases.org/

A link site to many lessons about the Supreme Court and its decisions

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/lessons/grades/?u=186

Constitution Day resoruces

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

Evolution and the Law

This resource has many links to this continuing legal discussion.

http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/evo/blevo_law.htm

Religion in Supreme Court decisions

http://www.col-ed.org/cur/sst/sst110.txt

Students’ rights under the law

Very good for getting interest in this subject

http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/Curricula/EducationforFreedom/L08main.htm

And

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/october01/supremecourt/

Jim Crow laws and the Constitution

Relates to Civil Rights through the ages.

http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/resources/lessonplans.htm

A very simple interactive site about the Court

http://universe.uiwtx.edu/%7Enewcomb/projects/Venables/court/Intro.htm

Nice site with useful graphics on checks and balances.

http://www.cyberlearning-world.com/lessons/oct6usg.htm

A valuable stie that has a long list of decisins and simple explanations of them. A good place to find cases for a debate.

http://www.law.duke.edu/publiclaw/supremecourtonline/

The Constitution Center

This search engine has a lot of good resources.

http://tinyurl.com/2uj7zh

Supreme Court Historical Society

Some good materials, but too sophisticated for elementary.

http://www.supremecourthistory.org/05_learning/05.html

Thurgood Marshall

http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/thurgood-marshall-makes-a-difference-lesson-plan/

And

http://www.tolerance.org/teach/activities/activity.jsp?cid=128

Congress for Kids

A variety of lessons for younger students

http://www.congressforkids.net/games/judicialbranch/2_judicialbranch.htm

Hear actual Supreme Court cases

Very interesting site

http://www.oyez.org/

Find Law

This huge site enables students to find information about all types of cases. Teachers need to use site to find materials. Too difficult for younger students.

http://www.findlaw.com/

African American related cases

http://www.watson.org/%7Elisa/blackhistory/contents.html

Constitutional Rights Foundation

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

Center for Civic Education

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/civics/public.html

Statistics of all types are located here. 

 The first is a great site that has all types of data including a life span calculator. It can also calculate by the year, month, and day the world’s death rate, birth rate, number of accidents, and much more. 

The site is dramatic in its overwhelming amount of data including how the military debt is rising each day.

 http://www.peterrussell.com/Odds/WorldClock.php

 Are you an average teacher?

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

Immigration statistics through history

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/immigrate.html#5

 Labor statistics

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/economics/index.html

Bureau of Labor statistics

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/celebrate_teaching.html#a

 Environmental statistics by country

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/environment.html#4

Global statistics

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

Independence Day Lessons

By National Motivational Speaker Alan Haskvitz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

Patriot lesssons and links

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

Revolutionary War and related links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/history/american/revolutionary.html

Links to Founding Fathers

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

President Lessons and Links

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

Myth and Truth about Independence Day

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=153

http://www.learnnc.org/lessons/readwritethink552005706

An elementary lesson

More on America than Independence Day, but has some good team ideas.

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/indepday/

Nice collection of ideas, but lots of ads

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/4thOfJuly.htm

Liberty Bell lessons

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/36liberty/36liberty.htm

Declaration of Independence and the student

An integrated lesson that would appeal to capble students

http://www.teachervision.fen.com/american-revolution/lesson-plan/1717.html

Clip Art

http://www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/julyfour.htm

Primary Crafts and coloring pages

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/july4/

Independence Day

Drafting of the Declaration of Independence and  primary documents from the Constitutional Convention, and why July 4 has been celebrated since 1776

http://free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=257

National Mall and Memorial Parks

The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Ford’s Theatre, the  Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and other links from the National Park Service.

http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1900

Large link site

http://www.holidays.net/independence/

Primary document links and more

http://wilstar.com/holidays/july4.htm

 

United States Government Site

Your taxes in action.

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Independence_Day.shtml

 

Historical Dcouments

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jul04.html

Nice listing of historic documents

For very advanced students.

http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/

Fireworks safety links

http://www.dial-a-teacher.com/july_fourth/page4.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Lessons

and Links

by Alan Haskvitz, national motivational speaker

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first observed May 30, 1868, on the order of General John Alexander Logan to decorate the graves of
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War and Peace

Primary documents, songs and more. Ultimate Memorial Day Link Site · The Vietnam Veterans Memorial · The Virtual Wall. [ Top of page ]. Veterans Day
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Listen to audio recordings the day after Pearl Harbor. Congressional Medal of Honor Heroes of Pearl Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial
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