Thursday, May 3, 2012

Job Resources for Teachers

It's that time of the year again, where due to budget cuts, many teachers have not had their contracts renewed. This listing has recently been updated with the addition of 38 more sites and now has its own page. Just click the tab at the top of the blog.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Google has announced the winners of the state contests for the Doodle 4 Google contest. Students from grades K-12 participated, by drawing their answer to the question: "If I could travel in time, I'd visit…".  The winner of the national contest (vote here  for your favorites in each grade category) will see their design on Google's home page as well as on a Crayola 64 crayon box! Here's a listing of all the prizes which will be awarded to the various winners.

The Power of Music Therapy

It's nap time for the kindergarten children. They are all rolling around and trying to close their eyes. Playing music to calm them down is a no-brainer. My recommendation: "Welcome to the World: A Musical Collection for the Nursey". This is my original music, and since most of my tracks are instrumental, the CD will work for 5 years olds as well as newborn babies. Give a free listen here. You can also sample or download tracks on iTunes. Just search "Julie Greller." Thank you for allowing me to be a tad self-serving.....

Geology for Kids: 44 Places to Find Information

Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery- the first Internet rock shop

Ask a Geologist

Fossils-Facts-and-Finds- everything fossils

Fossils, Rocks and Time- U.S. government site

Geologic Time 

Geological Society of America 

Geology for Kids- geared towards middle school

Geology Glossary- from Cengage Learning

Geology Rocks- tutorials and photographs

Geology, Rocks and Minerals- from Enchanted Learning (for younger kids)

Geology Science Fair Project Ideas

Government Sites for Geology

KidsGeo- for younger kids

The Image- picture galleries of rocks

Mineral Identification Key

Mineral Information Institute- interactive site with a teacher and homework helper section

Sinkholes- Florida's landscape

U.S. Map Collections for All 50 States- Relief, Elevation, Drainage, Political and Road Maps

What is Geology? What Does a Geologist Do?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

If You Teach Current Events.....Try These 44 Resources

The list below covers grades K-12. Some specify the grade and others can be adapted for your students.

BBC News Online

CNN- news clips, video clips; excellent site

The CNN Challenge- take an interactive quiz to see how much you know about current events

CNN Student News

Dogo News- "fodder for young minds"

Education World- 25 Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events

FOX News- known to be more conservative

Frontline- PBS program

Google Directory- with 8 categories to search, including natural disasters, politics and breaking news

Google News Archive Search- search the world or by country

Guzzle- customize your page to receive hundreds of feeds

HeadlineSpot- comprehensive listing for all types of news

Issues and Causes- from the Yahoo! Directory; long list includes climate change, race and racism lesson plans for current events are updated daily

Mapeas- world news on a map

Morning Rush!- Top 5 morning show moments are updated daily

National Geographic for Kids

News Currents- covers grades 4-12

News in Pictures- list of close to a hundred sites of news galleries, including ABC News, MSNBC and Reuters

Newseum- "814 front pages from 78 countries"

Newsmap- visual display of daily news shows larger type for more important stories; choose from 15 countries

NewspaperMap- choose your language from a world map; directly link to the website for that paper 

Scholastic News Online

Science News for Kids 

Sports Illustrated for Kids

This Day in History- History Channel

The Week in Rap from Flocabulary- at a cost of $5/month, students will love the connection to music

Youngzine- "news and more for the young"

Analyzing Current Events Worksheet- for middle school students

Current Events Printables- from TeacherVision; by grade level

Current Events Worksheet- simple Word file

Mrs. Rostas' Current Event Worksheet


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