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Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center- Teaching Trunks

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center offers Teaching Trunks for classes from K-12. These trunks are shipped for free. You have them for 4-week teaching units. They are shipped to all states.

Select your choice of a trunk for your grade.

Tumblemath free offer

As you are planning your back to school lessons include TumbleMath to get your students engaged in learning. Integrate their literature-based math literature into your lessons. The online collection also includes lesson plans, quizzes aligned to Common Core, State/Provincial Standards connected to each title. Sign up for your no obligation, free subscription until November.

To sign up, send a quick email to They will set you up with your own trial account so you can start taking advantage of this amazing resource!

TumbleMath – a database which all adds up!!!


Classroom website creation

View Russell Stannard’s 5 minute video to learn how to easily create a class website or student websites. Visit his YouTube channel to watch other helpful instructional videos.

Looking at art

Review 7 things to observe about a piece of art. Adjust the number questions to suit your grade.
Use pictures you have available or visit art websites.

  1. Label Information
    Can you find?
    1. Title
    2. Artist’s name
    3. When it was create
    4. Wherw it was created
    5. What it was made of (medium)
    6. Who owns it

2. Subject Matter
What is the artwork about?
– people, buildings, trees or other recognizable things

3. Art Elements
Shapes (2-D) & Forms (3-D)
What shapes or forms do you see?
– organic, geometric, open, closed

4. Texture
What textures do you see?
– rough, smooth, coarse, soft, bumpy, hairy, sandy, etc.
– simulated  (you can see it but not feel it) or real (you can feel it)

5. Colour
What colours do you see?
– warm, cool, bright, dull, dark, light, opaque, transparent

Values (lights and darks)
– shades and tints of a colour

6. Space
2D Art
Does it look as if you can go into the picture? (depth)
– shading, overlapping, colours, foreground, middle ground, background, size

3D art
How is real depth achieved?
– hollowed out areas, protruding areas, solid areas

7. Line
What kinds of lines do you notice?
– straight, curvy, dotted, broken, wavy, swirling, jagged, textured, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, etc.
-contour lines
-lines created because of contrast




Teach Media Literacy with Superbowl Ads

Have a look through this extensive website by Frank W. Baker, for many ideas on how to use the Superbowl to teach Media Literacy. Transfer the teaching ideas to other topics.
Past ads available on this site.

Sketch Note-taking

I stumbled upon this link about how a teacher used sketch noting to aid in note taking while they watched the Presidential Inaugural Address. He describes the note-taking process with examples.

Take some time to watch these youtube videos to become more acquainted with Sketch Note-taking.

Sketch0 Frenzy-The Basics of Visual Note-taking

  • Text
  • Images
  • Structure

Verbal to Visual: Note-taking Tools for Learners and Makers



Book Commercial vs Book Talks

Challenge your students to create a Book Commercial. Use the tools outlined in this Jesse Buetow Blog.

MLA 7 vs MLA 8 – changes

View the webinar from Easybib to get a run down of the changes in MLA citations. You will be pleased with the changes – one format for all sources. The webinar includes lesson ideas.

Visit Easybib for more examples and the MLA 8 Handbook Guide.

Download the complete MLA 8 guide.


Natalie Babbitt – Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbitt, the author of Tuck Everlasting and many other books, died on Monday at 84. The New Your Times outlines her life and her writing.

Babbitt says about her book-

“Actually, I don’t think of ‘Tuck’ as being about death,” Ms. Babbitt said in 1982. “The tale is concerned with life — its finiteness, what this means and whether or not, ultimately, it is preferable to immortality.”

Anne Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, described “Tuck Everlasting” as “one of the best books ever written — for any age.”


Primary ad Secondary Sources

Primary and Secondary Sources explained.

Primary Source Sets at the American Library of Congress.