Monday, October 29, 2012

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Many posts are added to the pages listed at the top of this blog. For example, today's post on hurricanes can also be found on the Science page. SO.......check back often and use the pages or the search box (left column) to find what you are looking for on the blog.  Thank you for your continued support!

Using Fake Tweet Builder in Your Classroom

Thank you to history teacher Ken Halla for sharing this tool on his blog.  A colleague of his set up an assignment here using Fake Tweet Builder, asking his students what Stalin and Hitler would tweet to each other if Twitter existed back then.  You don't have to be a history teacher to take advantage of this terrific tool. For example, language arts teachers could use Fake Tweet Builder when students discuss various authors. 

27 Sites with Information About Hurricanes

As I sit here on the first of two days off because of an impending hurricane named Sandy, I thought I create a post or two in case I lose power. (I'd rather lose TV, phone and Internet than power!) It seems surreal that in the New York area we are living through what people in Florida are used to: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding etc. But the reality is that Sandy means business and the gusting winds happening right now are only a prelude of what's to come. To those of you who are in the "eye of the storm", stay safe.

A to Z Teacher Stuff- small list of lessons about hurricanes

Apps for Tracking Hurricanes- nice listing of apps available in the iTunes store; most $$, some free


BrainPop- video on hurricanes (younger kids)


Editors' Choices from Education World- best books to teach about hurricanes

FEMA Site- steps to prepare for a hurricane; kids site here.


Horrific Hurricanes


How Hurricanes Work- from How Stuff Works; includes quiz, video


How Names are Chosen- includes listing of names to 2017


Hurricane Digital Memory Bank- "Launched in 2005, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." 


Hurricane Facts and Figures- from the St. Petersburg Times; includes hurricane gallery 


Hurricane Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities- from Education World


Hurricane Tracker- from weather.com


Hurricane Tracking Activity- from Enchanted Learning


Hurricanes- page includes graphs, maps





Make a Hurricane Spiral- for younger students; three hurricane spirals to cut out

Make Your Own Tracking Map- printable black and white map of the eastern United States


Miami Museum of Science Teacher Resources- a lot here in a friendly user interface


National Hurricane Center- forecasts, tools, podcasts


The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Intensity Scale- explains each level in detail


Scholastic.com : Severe Weather and Natural Disasters- site includes quiz


Severe Weather: Hurricanes

Student Hurricane Activities- choose from 10 activities, including a crossword puzzle, quiz and word find


Teacher Guide to Hurricanes and Tornadoes- from TeAchnology; 

WatchKnowLearn- 68 videos about hurricanes; covers ages 7-18 (each one labeled for age)


Weather Coloring Books for Kids- includes downloadable posters, videos, more


Weather Wiz Kids- images, diagrams, list of hurricane names




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