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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 info@tumblebooks.com. 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!!!

 

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.

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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

 

 

Symbols of the United States

The United States’ Library of Congress provides links to primary source  Symbols of the United States along with a Teacher’s Guide. Teachers of other countries can use this teacher’s guide as a model to teach symbols of your country.

Teachers, access the Teacher’s Guides and Analysis Tool to use with students.

Download for free – The Symbols of the United States Student Discovery Set.

(This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.)

Website” Essential Civil War Curriculum

This site is a good start for the study of the Americal Civil War for secondary  and post-secondary school students. The Essential Civil War Curriculum site is “produced by today’s foremost Civil War historians. This site contains a definitive list of over 325 topics that every student of the Civil War should study”. It is a collection of resource lists, photographs, and descriptions of seminal events of the war and American history.

You will also find:

PBS: Electoral Central – American Election explored

PBS has created an incredibly comprehensive set of interactive resources for Gr. 7-12 history teachers to help you teach about the American Presidential Election.

The resources include:

Daily Seat Work Viewing

Many classrooms have data projectors in their rooms. Introduce your students to spectacular vistas and interesting videos during their start of day seat work by viewing Vimeo’s drone videos. Teachers can Sign-up with Vimeo to receive the Vimeo newsletter with their staff’s top picks to share with your students.

Mapping Data- Metrocosm

I came across a fascinating website that has loads of information about statistics and the world we live in – Metrocosm. You could spend hours clicking around this site. To start with examine the two centuries of immigration to the United States through this animated graphic. You will be amazed at the change of county base of U.S. immigrants. I did not know that Canadians made up the bulk of immigrants in the early 1900s. Examine the shift of countries of the immigrants over time and think about what was  happening in the world at that time.

This section of the site Puts Canada’s Population in Perspective.

For geographers, cartograms and choropleths are explained. And for the advanced geographers and coders it explains how to make your own cartogram. Are your up for the challenge?

Canada’s Great War Album

Canada’s History has created a site, Canada’s Great War Album, that tells stories of Canada and her soldiers who participated in World War I. Use the tabs at the top of the site to locate many online resources. You are invited to submit your story to add to their database.

Students can use this site to view and read about Canadians who made a difference through their heroic part in The Great War’s Battle Fronts: Ypres, Festubert, Mount Sorrel, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Paasendaele, Amiens, and Arras.