Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Mail for Military Heroes


The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are organizing a Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. You and your class can send holiday cards to soldiers, families, and vets. The deadline for collection is December 10th. Mail your cards to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD
20791-5456

http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.53fabf6cc033f17a2b1ecfbf43181aa0/?vgnextoid=3f8dab0de3d64210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hanukkah Resources

Here are several fun and informative resources for those of you learning about Hanukkah, or celebrating it in your classrooms. Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec.1st, and ends on Dec. 9th this year.


THE HISTORY OF HANUKKAH:

Discover the history of Hanukkah, along with its traditions and foods in this History.com resource, with online videos.

HANUKKAH DIFFERENCES GAME:

In this online game, a small boy is spinning the dreidel. Students must locate 10 differences between the two pictures before clicking on the answers.


HANUKKAH CONCENTRATION:

Match up all the versions of menorahs, and reveal a hidden picture of an actual menorah in this global Hanukkah concentration game.

HANUKKAH WORD SEARCH:

Running in every direction, find terms associated with Hanukkah here for a celebration of the festivities.

HANUKKAH DIORAMA:

Print out the characters to make a shoebox diorama (or tissue box, any box...), either with the first link, or the Hanukat version at the next three links above.

HANUKKAH JIGSAW:

How many moves will it take your students to complete the menorah puzzle, online here? There are twenty-five pieces to place, and the timer is running!

HANUKAT FORTUNE TELLER:

Follow directions here to download and print out a fun, folder paper Hanukat fortune teller for Hanukkah.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Farmer's Market


http://www.eduplace.com/activity/k_8_act1.html
Here's a good Thanksgiving activity for younger students, where they will set up a play Farmer's Market, using magazine food cut-outs. Farmers will set prices, devise strategies to sell their foods, and buyers will have play money and try to negotiate prices. For elementary (rather than PreK students), have prices in dollars and cents, and practice giving change. Need some printable play money to use? Try the link below:
http://www.moneyinstructor.com/play.asp

Monday, November 8, 2010

COLLEGE CLASSES OFFERED THROUGH WEBCASTING, NOT CLASSROOMS

Since 1,500 students clearly would not fit into any lecture hall at most colleges, the class will come to their dorm rooms instead - or at least to their laptop computers. Which makes some parents ask: is the tuition price tag worth it?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Race to Nowhere

 http://www.racetonowhere.com/
Have you heard of the film, "Race to Nowhere"? Here's the write-up from the website:
"Director Vicki Abeles turns the personal political, igniting a national conversation in her new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired."
See if a screening is being held near you, or schedule your own and start the conversation.

Training the Brain to Treat ADHD

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130896102&ft=1&f=100
Neurofeedback - it's expensive, takes a good deal of time, and doesn't have any scientific evidence to support its validity. But proponents say it can help teach the brain, yielding more focused results.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sentence Level Games

http://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games-sentence-level.html
Find an extensive database of interactive games at this site for students to practice capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Turkey Template

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Themed-Shape-Books-Pumpkin-Leaves-Apple-Acorn-Turkey-Template-916608

It's turkey time! Use our turkey template this month for crafts, thankful notes, decorations...
(NB: The turkey template is part of my Fall-Themed Shape Books package, at the link above. Find a FREE download of the Turkey Template under "Preview!"):


THANKSGIVING ACTIVITY PLACEMATS

Download and print out these placemats for your desks, where students can connect-the-dots, color a cornucopia, or fill out a Thanksgiving-themed wordsearch. You can always scale your printer to use regular size paper for this placemat.