Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Social Studies Project Spring 2007

This spring, Dr Akin's social studies class designed a living museum based on the theme of baseball. The following students produced backdrops, taught lessons, and made 20th century baseball history come alive for Grove 4th grade students. Deanna Hutchens, Meisha Meredith, Andrea Koster, Sarah Gibson, Elsie Little, Tamara Whitley and Kristi Budka did a great job.

March bulletin board Curriculum Library

Thanks for the bulletin board in March, Jamie, Sarah and Kim.

Education Bulletin Boards Spring Semester

Friday, March 30, 2007

This day in history

This is a great website for social studies teachers. Each day the teacher can look at this site and play the short one minute video about what happened this day in history. The site also contains a great deal of information regarding events in history. Click on the title above or use this link http://www.history.com/tdih.do

Here are the events for this week:
March 30 John Hinckley, Jr.'s attempt on President Reagan's life.
March 31 Eiffel Tower opens in Paris in 1889.
April 1 Royal Airforce is formed in 1918.
April 2 Falkland Islands are invaded in 1982.
April 3 Exon Valdez crashes causing the largest oil spill in history.
April 4 Assination of Martin Luther King Jr.
April 5 NASA is formed in 1958.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Send a Victorian E-Valentine

Click on the title above to view a digital collection of Victorian Valentines from Lilly Library at Indiana University . Some are beautiful and some are humorous. You can even send a digital victorian valentine to someone special, or not someone special. Look at the cards and you'll understand.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Educator's EZine now online

This is an excellent resource for teachers to learn how they can infuse technology into their lesson plans. EZine is a part of the magazine TechLEARNING. The contents of the February edition are listed below. Click on the title above to go to the home page or follow the links below to the articles.

Contents February 2007

How To Take Notes Online By Julia VanderMolen
Students will actually enjoy taking notes for their projects with this assortment of Web-based note-taking tools.
January 2007December 2006November 2006October 2006More Issues

Professional Development
Cornerstones of Technology Integration, Pt. 2 By Frank Rudnesky
How one New Jersey school solved the problems of professional development and technology integration by using a well-designed peer-mentoring program.

From the Classroom
Ten Cool Ways To Use MS Word In Your Classroom By Folwell Dunbar
Who knew that a mild-mannered ordinary word processing program was really a SuperProgram in disguise, allowing users to unleash their inner creative genius.

Classroom Web-controlled Receivers By Kevin C. Wise
The Web has made shortwave radio accessible to all, and now it can provide some fascinating learning in science as well as in social studies and literature.

Tech Talk
Ten Ways to Integrate Technology By Laura Turner
Ten ways that easy-to-use free technology can make the teacher’s task easier and student learning both more enjoyable and more productive.

Ideas and Opinions
Wiki Nation By Craig Ullman
Some thoughts on how the success of Wikipedia can help us to re-think our basic concepts of evaluation, and of the differences between the individual and the group.

Web Tours
FREE Resources in the Arts Visit these web sites for information, activities, and resources for learning the arts.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Take an Internet field trip in the month of February

Click on the title above and your students can access wonderful sites about African languages, culture, customs and current events.

Or click on this website http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=2888 organized by Mary Kreul who is a second grade teacher at Richards Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin to learn about presidents or the United States.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Curriculum Library Hours Spring Term

Monday - Thursday 9-9

Friday 9-4
Closed Saturday

Sunday 7-11

Curriculum Library phone number 878-2252
Curriculum Librarian 878-2269

Friday, December 08, 2006

Current events in the world

Yesterday, the government released the study regarding Iraq and the future of US involvement in the region.
The link: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps76748/iraq_study_group_report.pdf

National Geographic website http://www.nationalgeographic.com/iraq/ contains news stories, history of the region and country of Iraq and lesson plans for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum.

The Teachers corner

This website has a complete thematic unit to be used during the month of November. It deals with the holidays, and centers primarily on Colonial America.


Guest blogger Annie Lewis

Holidays for the Classroom

This is a great website for bulletin boards. They are links to multiple websites, and they're arranged by holiday, season, or content area. They range anywhere from P-K through upper-elementary. Enjoy!

Mrs. Alger's 3rd grade class
Spring Creek Elementary
Spring Creek NV

This website is a great resource for any classroom. All of the national holidays are listed in chronological order. Underneath the holiday there are anywhere from three to ten links to websites about that holiday. At the bottom of the page, there are links to websites that show holidays of other countries. http://www.kathimitchell.com/holidays.html

Guest blogger Annie Lewis

Winter Snow cream

In the holiday season, and since there is snow in Oklahoma, this is a great recipe to use and to save for future use when working with children. It also conveniently covers the content areas of science, math, health, and social studies. Happy Snow Cream making!!

Sandy's Old-time Snow Cream Recipe
From: Yary Hluchan
Basic Recipe
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
scant 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
large bowl of snow (about 3 quarts)
Blend milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough snow to make snow cream to an ice cream consistency.
Variations - There are many variations for snow cream. For example, substitute canned cream for milk for a heavier flavor. Add Nestles Quik for a chocolate snow cream, or use instant cocoa mix. Another variation is to add plump raisins and cinnamon, or add a beaten egg for a nog taste. Puree an overripe banana and add to the mixture. Get creative - you know your family's tastes.

Note: ALWAYS - ALWAYS make sure the snow is clean. It takes at least one
to two hours for snow to clean the pollutants from the air, then use only snow that has fallen after that first cleansing snow. It also goes without saying, but I will anyway, to make sure you do not collect the snow where animals and birds eat (or do other things). Cleanliness first. Stress that with the kids, because this is a treat even the younger ones can make for the whole family.

Thanks to Sarah Wiemero, guest blogger