Monday, December 30, 2013

Blogging Challenge: 11 Questions and 11 Random Facts About Me

Linda Lindsay, my favorite Hawaiian librarian, has tagged me for a blogging challenge. 

The mission:
1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger. 
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
4. List 11 bloggers.
5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
Linda Lindsay is a school librarian at Seabury Hall in Makawao, Hawaii. She maintains the LibGuides for her school, Seabury Reads blog, and The Maui Librarian2 in Olinda blog. Thanks for tagging me, Linda!

2. 11 random facts about me:
My undergraduate degree is in Communications.
I love photography and began taking photos in high school.
I have been writing music since I was 10 years old.
My exercise schedule is usually 7 days a week, at least 40 minutes and as much as 1 hour.
I love hummus and eat it for breakfast Monday-Friday.
Little things make me happy.
I have a great sense of humor.
I am left-handed.
I grew up in Inwood, in northern Manhattan, across the street from Inwood Hill Park and Columbia University's football stadium
My favorite group is Earth, Wind and Fire
I love animals and always support worthy causes for them
3. Answers to the 11 questions Linda has created for me:
  1. What makes you happy? (Be as serious or as light as you like.)
    Having a good time with friends, being by the ocean, curling up with a good book on a rainy day.
  2. Extroverted or introverted? Believe it or not, a little of both.
  3. ereader or paper? Paper. I love to feel and turn the pages of a book. The only time I use my Kindle is to download and read a very large book.
  4. Favorite book? (Or your latest favorite book or one of your favorite books) My latest favorite book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. (I told you I love animals..)
  5. Mac or pc? Mac since the late 80's!!
  6. What's your favorite web-based tool? Google Docs
  7. Who do you admire? Too many to list
  8. Dogs or cats, or other, or none? I have two cats, but will add a dog once I'm no longer working full time.
  9. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Living in a different state and working part time.
  10. What are you most proud of?  My creative side. 
  11. Why do you blog? To share ideas and resources with other educators.
4. My list of 11 bloggers:
David Andrade
Laura Fleming 
Ken Halla 
Gwyneth Jones 
Shannon Miller 
Cathy Jo Nelson 
Joyce Valenza 
Tiffany Whitehead
Richard Byrne 
Larry Ferlazzo
Mary Clark
5. 11 questions for the bloggers I have nominated to answer:
Have you always worked in education?
What app do you use the most on your smartphone?
How do you explain your job to people?
iPad or other tablet?
Favorite software program and why-
What inspires you?
Do you have any goals you'd like to reach by the end of the school year?
What advice would you give to a new teacher?
Twitter, Facebook or both?
City mouse or country mouse?
What's your top New Year's resolution for 2014?

Health Teachers and Coaches Will Love These 56 Resources

The number one New Year's resolution is to lose weight, yet our health is something we should be concerned about 365 days a year. If you teach health or coach a sport, (or you just want to take care of your health) here are a bunch of resources you should consider. (The infographics have been added to the INFOGRAPHICS tab at the top of this page and the rest of the links have been added to the PE and Health page)

About BMI- from the Centers for Disease Control

Animation: Body Mass Index

BMI Age Growth Chart for Boys

BMI Age Growth Chart for Girls

BMI Calculator- Fitness Magazine's online calculator

BMI Explained- from Men's Health

Body Mass Index for Age Percentiles- chart

20 Everyday Activities and the Calories They Burn- Discovery Health

Activity Based Calorie Burn Calculator

Calories Burned- My Calorie Counter

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes of Leisure and Routine Activities

Top 10 Calorie-Burning Activities and Exercises

Winter Activities and How Many Calories You Burn

Activities for Middle or High School Students About the Cardiovascular System or the Heart Education

BrainPOP Educators- lessons for younger kids

Does Exercise Affect Heart-Rate?- elementary lesson

Exercise Science Inspires Kids- about middle school in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Teachers Learn How Exercise Helps Kids to Do Better in School

Using Heart-Rate Monitors to Achieve Lesson Design and Training Goals

MEALS AND SNACKS (Includes recovery meals)
50 Awesome Pre and Post Workout Snacks

Best Breakfasts for Before and After Your Workout- from Fitness Magazine

Food as Fuel: Before, During and After Workouts- from the American Heart Association

How to Choose a Pre Workout Meal- from Wikihow

Pre-Workout Snacks- from WebMD

What to Eat Before and After a Workout- from Food Matters

What to Eat Before Running

7 Best Diet Apps for iPhone and Android

The 11 Best Healthy Lifestyle iPhone and Android Apps of 2013

30 iPhone Apps to Help You Exercise

The 64 Best Health and Fitness Apps of 2013

The Best Health and Workout Apps for Teens

Best iPhone Fitness Apps

Good Health and Fitness Apps for Your Smartphone

Caloric Deficit Explained

Metabolism Lesson Plans- grades 9-12

TDEE Calculator

The Tool for Weight Loss That Trumps Everything Else

Adolescence Food and Nutrition

Fast Food Nutrition Plans

Fast Food Quiz

High School Nutrition Lessons- lessons, activities and presentations

Lesson Plans and Presentations- from Drexel University; covers meals, snacks, activity and much more

Nutrition and Fitness Lesson Plans- from Learn to Be Healthy

Nutrition Lesson Plans- TeAchnology

Anti-Inflammatory Pyramid

The Complete Guide to Workout Nutrition

The Eat Well Plate

A Healthy Eating Plate- graphic from the Harvard School of Public Health

The Kid's Activity Pyramid

Mediterranean Pyramid

Raw Foods Diet

Sports Nutrition Pyramid

The Vegan Food Pyramid

The Vegetarian Pyramid

About the Edublogs...Part 2

This year's vote tabulation was handled by the app Listly. I don't believe it was the best choice. I was told that it was chosen to share a new app, but people complained that it was constantly loading incorrectly, crashed in the browser and had problems when used with Internet Explorer. And that's just the beginning. The voting process was not an easy one for the average person; many steps were involved. If a person didn't have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Gmail account they couldn't vote. Many people did not like the idea of giving Listly personal access to their contacts and more. Votes lost there. Isn't Listly for making lists? Was this app in the Beta stage, and that's why there were so many issues? Here's a sample of what I heard from people:

"What is "Listly" and why would I want to give it permission to access my FB info such as my Friends list and profile...or my GMail info? I'll look at this after dinner but I'm not keen on allowing 3rd party access. I had to "allow" a zillion permissions in my Firefox NoScript app to even get to where I could see everything."
"i am trying to vote but doing get it at all, it says vote now, i click on it, there is a drop down menu of bunch of awards but nothing on where to vote! sorry"

"That's the problem. It says you are done, but you have to click the triangle again. But it got stuck and wouldn't go back to the screen. I think there is something fishy going on!"

"I have no idea how to vote for you. I tried to do this 4 times and give up. Maybe it's not compatible with my Apple computer? There is no list of names. I can't click on the photo & get anything. All I get is some "Listy List" that wants me to join."

"I have been trying but it seems to take a lot of registration before you get to vote. Am I doing something wrong?"

"I don't want to sign into the site. If there is a way to vote without signing in I would do it. "

"I did it & clicked the#again after the window closed but the # hasn't changed from 15. X#0&@*"

"I keep trying to vote and it will not let me, no triangle on my computer I have been going insane all week trying."

Here are two different opinions on the Edublog Awards: Why the Edublog Awards Matter- from the Cat's Pajamas blog
Why I Dislike the Edublog Awards- Tim Holt has strong feelings about the Edublog Awards
This comment was made in response to Holt's posting and it pretty much sums what I said I expected to "win" at the conclusion of the voting:
I agree with everything you say, except I don't :) I don't look at the eddies as a contest to win, I see it as a way to expose others to people they may not have access to otherwise.The main value of the awards is the nomination process. People nominate people and anyone can do it. It only makes sense that a person that has a lot of followers gets nominated. I myself have nominated many times in the past, but I always nominated much smaller followed sites or less well known people. This gives them exposure they otherwise would not have had. I have nominated several relatively unknown people who have become much better known. How else would this have been accomplished without the eddies?I struggle with the idea of self promotion too and still haven't decided where I stand. I do not have a problem pushing the #comments4kids hash tag though because the more exposure it gets the better it works for the kids. I don't think that it promotes me at all.So see, I agree with you, except I don't :)

I have my own theory on how the voting process should take place. Instead of turning it into a popularity contest, (who can get the most people to vote for them) why not have a committee of educators pick the winners? The nomination process should stay the same, (you cannot nominate yourself) and those people would be short-listed for the final awards. Just a thought. Still, I am thrilled to have won in my category and look forward gaining more followers and connecting with more people via Twitter, Facebook and this blog.

How do you feel about this year's voting? Leave a comment below.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

About the Edublogs...Part One

Now that I have finally gotten to slow down and relax on my vacation, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who voted for my blog. I am very excited about winning the Edublog for Best Library Blog, but my reasons for wanting it might surprise you. During the voting phase, many of my students (and some friends) asked me what I would win as a prize. I told them that I wanted to expand my Internet presence as a media specialist and educator, and that I would be able to place the "winner" badge on my blog. My hope is that people who have never heard of me would give the blog a chance. Not sure if the students got it, but my friends sure did. Today's world is fueled by social media, and although I know I have an awesome blog, there are many others I continually learn from and respect, including Gwyneth Jones, Joyce Valenza, Tiffany Whitehead, Jennifer LaGarde, Nikki D. Robertson and Shannon Miller. If you are a teacher-librarian or media specialist, you should be following their blogs.

Part 2 of this post will cover this year's voting process.

Friday, December 13, 2013

4 Free Programs to Create a Poster from a Letter-Sized Print

Seems that there aren't many free online programs to create posters from a letter-sized document. Here and there, I found a few to download, but it is much safer to work on the site itself. So, if you can't afford to make 20x30 or 24x36 poster prints, do a little creative cutting and pasting and you can make you "poster" as large as you like. (I print on photo paper, so it's a sturdier sign.) There is a video below which shows you how to put together your poster.

Block Posters- I've used this one many times and like it

Easy Poster PrinterXP, Vista, Win7 & Win8 download (no Mac)

Faster Poster- download .exe file for your Windows computer

Posterazor- cuts your image into pieces and gives you a PDf file to print and cut/paste together

Rasterbator- upload your file and choose how many sheets wide it will be

Gwyneth Jones' Marketing Presentation For Librarians

One of my favorite librarians to follow is Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian. She is creative, knowledgeable and someone who thinks out of the box. Here is one of her presentations on marketing your library. I love the design elements and eye-catching slides. I have added this presentation to the Teacher-Librarians page, which can be accessed at the top of this page.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Are YOU a Social Librarian?

Although I consider myself very connected, it is difficult to stay up-to-date with Twitter posts, Facebook posts, blogger posts and email. Every day, I have to sort the spam from the important email and find time to keep up with the latest tech trends, books for teens and my personal life. It's surely a tall order, but when you love what you do for a living, it makes it easier. How social are YOU?

Why not subscribe HERE.
Follow me on Twitter.
Vote for my blog HERE.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Huge Collection of Webquests and Webquest Resources!

The model for the webquest (inquiry oriented activity done online) was created in 1995 by Bernie Dodge at San Diego University. Since its inception, thousands of webquests have been created, covering all school subjects, including social studies, science, language arts and much more. Whether you choose to design your own or use one created by another teacher, I hope this list with have what you are looking for.


The 10 Most Essential Grammar Rules- grades 6-8

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

All Quiet on the Western Front Webquest

The Crucible Webquest

CSI: Lord of the Flies

Exploring American, British and World Literature- grades 9-12

Figure Out Figurative Language- grades 6-8

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: 30 Years Later- grades 5-6

Gatsby Meets the Press

Grammar Clamor

The Grapes of Wrath: What If This Happened to You?

Mrs. Sikora's Language Arts Webquests- grades 7-12

Of Mice and Men

Rockin' Webquests- language arts

Romeo and Juliet Revisited- grades 10-12

Shakespeare Webquest

Tangerine- grade 7

To Kill a Mockingbird Newspaper Webquest

Which Road Did You Take, Robert Frost?

Advertising Design Webquest- grade 7

A Creative Encounter of a Numerical Kind

Baseball By the Numbers- grade 5

Let's Go to the School Math Carnival- grades 6-8

Lions, Tigers and Bears Webquest Project- grades 6-8

Math, Who Needs It?- grade 7

New Library in Town- grade 7

Rockin' Webquests- math

Tessellations Webquest- honors geometry

A Well Planned Diet- grades 6-8

The Wide World of Soccer- grades 6-8

Adventure to New York City- grade 7

Decisions, Decisions: A Career Exploration for Middle Schoolers

Know Your Neighborhood- grade 2

Journey to the Winter Olympics- grade 5

A License to Drive Webquest- teenage drivers-to-be

Le Maghreb- for 10th grade French honors

NASCAR Fun-grade 6

Biome Zoo Design: A Scientific and Geographic Webquest

Cell Challenge- grades6-12

Dr. Digestion- grades 11-12

The Endless Surge of Energy- grades 6-8

Genetic Disorders Webquest- for middle school

The Machine Called the Human Body- grades 3-8

Organic Molecules for Life- grades 9-12

Periodicity- grade 8

Rockin' Webquests- science

Science Webquests- from TeAchnology

Snakes Alive- elementary

A Solar System Webquest

All Men are Created Equal?- discrimination in the United States

American Presidents Online Adventure- middle school

The American Revolution- grades 9-12

The American Revolution: Was It Worth It?- 5th grade

Becoming an Immigrant- grade 3

A Black History Tour of Three Illinois Towns

The Boston Massacre: What Happened- grade 8

Bunker Hill Webquest

The Case of the Missing Trunks- explorer webquest

Children of WWII- grade 7

The Civil Rights Struggle- high school

The Declaration of Independence and Political Activism- high school

Egypt: Journeying the Nile River- grade 7

Exploring Peru- grades 9-12

The Fire Burns On

The Great Migration-African-Americans in the South in 1918; elementary

I Was Part of the Movement- Civil Rights

Inventors Who Have Changed the World

Knowing Our Native Americans- grade 2

Lewis and Clark Expedition- grade 4

Mesopotamia Webquest- grades 6-8

Mrs. Joiner's Cold War Webquest- 9-12

My Journey as a Colonial Immigrant- grade 3

My Life During the Civil War- grade 5

The New Roman Times- mythical daily newspaper

Organize an Andrew Jackson Museum Exhibit- grades 6-8

Parading Through the Industrial Revolution- grade 5

Political Cartoons for the American Revolution- grade 8

Relating to the Holocaust- grade 8

A Revolutionary Webquest

Rockin' Webquests- history

Social Studies Webquests- from TeAchnology

Starving Nations

What Color is Racism?

Be a Web Sleuth- grade 2

Copyrights, Trademarks and Licenses- grades 6-8

Cybersafety Webquest- grade 6

Ideas for Technology: An Internet Webquest

A Webquest About Webquests- grades 1-2

A Webquest About Webquests- grades 3-5

A Webquest About Webquests- grades 6-10

A Webquest About Webquests- grades 11-12

Kathi Mitchell's Webquest Listing- by subject or by collections

Webquests from Nine National Museums and Galleries

Zunal- search by grade level, (K-College) and subject area

Create a Webquest- from TeacherWeb

Creating Webquests- from, Bernie Dodge's site

Education World- creating a webquest

Rubric for Evaluating Webquests

Use a Webquest Generator to Make a Webquest

Webquest Design Patterns

Webquest Format- takes you through the steps

Webquest Maker- from TeAchnology

Webquest Process Guides

Webquest Taskonomy

Webquest Template- Word document

Webquest Templates

Webquests 101- tips on choosing and assessing webquests

Webquests: Concepts and Definitions

Saturday, December 7, 2013

So Here's the Link to Vote...

Yesterday I forgot to give you the link to vote for the Edublog Awards. Sorry. Very busy week.
Here it is: Edublog Awards

The icon at the top right is also active.

Thank you for considering A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nominated as Best Library Blog!

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet has once again been nominated for an Edublog Award. This is the 10th year for the international awards, which has 20 different categories, with 20 finalists in each one. To vote for your favorite blogs, you just log in with your Gmail, Twitter, Linked In or Facebook account. Unlike other years, you can cast only one vote with your account. I hope if you enjoy this blog you will vote for me.

Here's how you do it:

You can also share your vote with others (and encourage them to vote by doing the following:

UPDATED: Nelson Mandela: 36 Resources, Infographics and Lesson Plans on the Man Who Stood Up to Apartheid

Yesterday, the world lost an incredible leader. Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who fought for the rights of the South African black people, passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Below you will find teaching resources on Mandela's life and the anti-apartheid movement. You can also use the apartheid pathfinder I set up for my students HERE. I have included a section below on lesson plans on apartheid.

The Evolution of Nelson Mandela- CNN

He is Now at Peace- NBC News Slideshow articles about Mandela

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela- PBS' Frontline

Mandela's Death Leaves South Africa Without its Moral Center- NY Times

The Mandela Playlist: A Life and Legacy Told Through Music- from NPR

Mandela and the Politics of Forgiveness- from the New Yorker

Nelson Mandela Biography- from

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Museum

Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nobel Peace Prize Site- Nelson Mandela Biographical

NPR: An Audio History of Nelson Mandela

Time- Remembering an Icon of Freedom

Facts About His Life

Infographic in Spanish (La Vida de Nelson Mandela)

Life and Times

Timeline of Key Events in the Life of Nelson Mandela

Apartheid in South Africa- lesson for grades 9-12

Apartheid Lesson Plan- for grades 11-12

BrainPop Educators- apartheid lesson for younger students

End of Apartheid- printable from TeacherVision

ESL Printables on Apartheid

Slavery, Society and Apartheid- lessons from Discovery Education

South Africa Story: Apartheid, Diamonds and Gold- from  PBS Thirteen

A Teach-In on Apartheid in South Africa- NY Times Learning Library

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela- use the lesson plan with the film, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

South Africa After Ten Years of Freedom- from PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Teach Italian? Why Not Try These 23 Resources

American Association of Teachers of Italian

Inspiring Italy- Mr. Donn's site covers games, activities, resources and a large section for kids on Ancient Rome

World Studies Class (Italian)- Pinterest board by teacher Rebecca Shane

il Tavolo italiano- beginner's Italian free worksheets

iLuss- free Italian language learning resources; all different levels

iMendi- students can practice online

Italian Artists- Livebinder covers artists and painters

Italian Lesson Plans and Quizzes- includes worksheets

Italian Lesson Plans for Secondary Grades 9-12

Teacher Planet- lesson plans, worksheets, quizzes, videos

Online English-Italian Vocabulary Quizzes- students work online

Various Downloads-some as editable; includes word mat, matching cards, Italy's flag

Barilla- recipes

Donna Moderna- fashion

Images of Italy

Internazionale- international news

Kataweb TvZap- Italian TV listings

La Repubblica- covers news and politics

La Stampa- news and politics



RaiRadio1- radio station


Monday, November 25, 2013

Edublog Awards Nominations are Open!

Hard to believe, but it's the 10th year of the Edublog Awards. Here's the history of the awards, as taken from the Edublogs web page: "The Edublog Awards started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.  The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media."  Nominations are taking place now until December 1st. Here's how it works: write a blog post mentioning your favorite blogs, (categories are listed here) then send the link to your blog post by completing the form here.  The one condition is that you can't nominate yourself. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Use SnagIt's Chrome App and Extension

I've been using the full version of TechSmith's SnagIt for about seven years now and love it. It's not an expensive program (I was lucky and won a copy at EdCamp Philly a few years ago) but can cost a bit when you need hundreds of licenses for your school. SnagIt just partnered with Google to offer an app and extension of their program which can be used with the Chrome browser and is linked to your Gmail account. Screen captures are saved to a folder on your Google Drive named "Techsmith". If you wish to share a capture with your students, you are given a shortened URL where the image resides. Please note that if you are used to the full SnagIt version, this one has its limitations; image size cannot be changed, one arrow, circle or square style is available, (a handful of colors) one font can be used and the image is saved as a .png. For most people, this will be quite enough. Here's a brief tutorial which I made with the full version of SnagIt. You can find both the extension and app at the Chrome Store.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Similarities Between Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy

I'm sure many of you have seen this listing of similarities between Lincoln and Kennedy. I thought this might be an interesting part of your lesson plan if you are going to discuss Kennedy's assassination this week. I checked with just to make sure everything was accurate.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. 
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. 

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. 
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. 

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters. 

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. 

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House. 

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. 

Both were shot in the head. 

Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln.
(contrary to popular belief, Lincoln did not have a secretary named Kennedy)

Both were assassinated by Southerners. 

Both were succeeded by Southerners. 

Both successors were named Johnson. 

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. 
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. 

Both assassins were known by their three names. 

Both names are comprised of fifteen letters 

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. (well, more like a shed, but that's a little detail we have forgotten..)
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater. 

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

Monday, November 18, 2013

33 Teaching Resources on the JFK Assassination

I have had an interest in the Kennedy Assassination since eighth grade, when I wrote a research paper on it. This monumental event has captivated the world and has remained a mystery to those of us who believe that a conspiracy was involved. Friday, November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. John F. Kennedy was the  youngest person to ever be elected to the presidency, and his youthful good looks will forever be frozen in time. This is a teaching moment for all students.

SIDE NOTE: The majority of teachers in my school were not even born yet when this occurred. Makes me feel old, but it also seems like just yesterday.

5 Things You May Not Know About JFK's Assassination- from CNN

Books on the Kennedy Assassination- over 2,000 books, Kindle, audio

The Cuban Missile Crisis: How to Respond?- lesson plan from the JFK Library and Museum

Documents Related to the Kennedy Assassination- from DocsTeach; list of eleven items includes photos, memos, diagram, speech

Everything Changed: JFK's Life and Death- Tom Brokow interviews famous people about JFK

Footage of Kennedy Assassination Used as a Teaching Tool in Oklahoma City High School

JFK50- Kennedy speaks about civil rights, public service, science and innovation, foreign policy

JFK Assassination: Conspiracy or Not?- webquest for 6th grade students

The JFK Assassination Timetable- from M.I.T.

JFK Biography- from

JFK Media Library- from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Biography- from

John F. Kennedy Timeline- Sparknotes

Kennedy's Final Days- photos capture the last few days of Kennedy's life, from his arrival in San Antonio, Texas on November 21, 1963.

Killing Kennedy-National Geographic's interactive shows Oswald and Kennedy's life stories side-by-side

The Life of John F. Kennedy- from the JFK Library and Museum

A Look Back at the Death of President John F. Kennedy 50 Years Ago- CBS News page of interviews, photos and much more

New Photos of JFK's Final Minutes- recently released

The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection- from the National Archives

Readers Remember a Terrible Day- stories published in the LA Times

Remembering JFK: Required Reading- from School Library Journal

Remembering John F. Kennedy- interactive from Associated Press includes a map of Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza- "approximately 40,000 items related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the local and global aftermath of his tragic death, the legacy of his presidency and the history and culture of the 1960s." Online collections highlights here.

Timeline: Most Important Events of the Kennedy Presidency

USA Today Article: Most Still Believe in JFK Assassination Conspiracy

The Warren Commission Report- from the National Archives

Was Kennedy Tied to the Mob?- from the National Geographic Channel

What Does the Zapruder Film Really Tell Us?- article from Smithsonian Magazine

Friday, November 15, 2013

24 Resources for Thanksgiving

AOK Teacher- coloring pages, arts and crafts activities

Apples 4 the Teacher- coloring pages with cute captions

Billy Bear for Kids-games, crafts, puzzles

Coloring Pages- choice of 10 different pages

Coloring Pages- choose from four pages

Coloring Pages- some are funny

The First Thanksgiving: Daily Life- from Scholastic; covers clothing, food, housing, chores, school, games

Kids' Domain- coloring pages

The Pilgrim Hill Museum- located in Plymouth, Mass. recipes, cooking ideas, cards, graphics

Teacher Planet- lessons, worksheets, clip art

TeAchnology- Thanksgiving printable worksheets

Turkey Hunt- play this game online; primary grades resource list

Voyage on the Mayflower- interactive from Scholastic; students can take the voyage and tour the ship

You are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving- students can discover facts and myths through the eyes of a young Pilgrim girl and a young Indian boy.


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