GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBe sure to bookmark this site for use with lessons on Thanksgiving, using primary sources, or when teaching about Native Americans. Consider using curation tools such as Padlet, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize resources for easy retrieval. Padlet and Wakelet are also handy when sharing information and resources with students. As you begin your lessons on American Indians, begin with a formative assessment to gauge your students' understanding of the topic. Use an easy online quiz tool such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to engage students in your learning activities. As you continue in your lessons, continue to motivate and engage students using Wooclap, reviewed here, to review information either in class or as a homework activity. Instead of testing to assess knowledge upon completing your unit, offer students the opportunity to share their understanding of content in various ways. Examples include creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, an explainer video made using simpleshow video maker, reviewed here, and an interactive map built using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), computers (97), digital citizenship (79), engineering (111), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (70), STEM (228), video (245), virtual field trips (71)
In the ClassroomUse this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, ask students to share learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomThis unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. Using the wordplay section, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to further explore concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomThis unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. First, using the wordplay section, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to further explore concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomPrint lesson plans during Native American Month, as a supplement to social studies lessons about cultures and states, or during geography lessons. Lesson plans are available in PDF format or as Google Documents; save any lesson to your Google Drive as a copy of the original document and edit it to fit your curriculum or adapt it as desired to fit current lessons. Use any or all materials found on this site as a personalized learning lesson for students to complete in person or remotely. For example, add a video, poem, and reflective activity, and additional materials to a SchoolStack, reviewed here, an activity that offers students a choice of learning materials and activities. Consider asking students to work in collaborative groups to research indigenous people based on their interests. For example, have a group explore dance, another their art and sculpture, and a group that researches geographic locations of the different tribes. Ask each group to share their learning by creating simple websites made with Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Telegra.ph provides simple website creation tools without all the distractions of backgrounds, templates, and other distractions. Easily add text, images, and links to any Telegra.ph site.
Grades2 to 5
In the ClassroomThis unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. First, using the wordplay section of the activities, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to extend learning about concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude this database with your other resources when studying Black history, the Civil War, or American History during the early to mid-1800s. Engage students by sharing this site and allowing them time to explore on their own by searching by your location. Each of the ads provides interesting details and descriptions that provoke class discussions and perspectives on the treatment of enslaved people. As students learn and research more information about fugitives from slavery, use Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive images that share additional information about the location, the role of enslaved people, and possible journeys to freedom. As an extension activity, ask groups of students to collaboratively create a map of the journey to freedom of some of the enslaved people found in the site's database using Google My Maps, reviewed here. In addition to mapping the journey, Google My Maps allows you to add links to additional information, videos, and primary source information to provide a complete overview of the difficulties encountered as a fugitive from slavery.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): podcasts (57)
In the ClassroomShare these podcasts with your students to use when learning related material. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find podcasts to incorporate into your lessons.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomInclude this article that features various teaching ideas with your other resources for lessons about MLK. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and organize lesson ideas and information. For example, create a Padlet with columns to organize information by primary sources, books, saved lesson plans, etc., as a way to easily find content to use. Engage and extend learning as students watch videos using edpuzzle, reviewed here. Add comments and questions to the appropriate portions of videos as a way for students to focus on critical information. As students prepare to show their learning, consider using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a resource for students to create infographics about Martin Luther King and his contributions to civil rights.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): timelines (45)
In the ClassroomMarkwhen may require some practice before use. Consider asking students to create short tutorials of the features using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Post the tutorials on your class site for students to use in class and at home when using Markwhen. Create timelines to share events in novels, in Social Studies class to document events such as those leading up to the Civil War, or when writing biographies to demonstrate life events. For students working on long-term projects, suggest they create a timeline for planning the work needed. After creating timelines, ask students to include a PNG image within a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomAre you studying Black history or the Blues? Then your students need to know about Ma Rainey. Have them read Ma Rainey's biography, reviewed here, and then listen to one of Ma Rainey's most famous songs. Ask pairs or small groups to listen carefully and pick out phrases that would still apply to Black Americans today. Use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to list the example phrases and research current topics that are relevant. With Padlet, students can post various resources such as videos, primary sources, and books.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce this article and enhance student learning by using Read Ahead, reviewed here, to highlight important sections, keywords, and create a vocabulary list. Next, have students read the biography in pairs, and further enhance student learning by asking them to use Edji, reviewed here, to highlight famous songs, people, bands, and others mentioned in the article. Then, have pairs or small groups use Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to summarize their reading. At this point, students could do a little research on a person or band mentioned in the article and report their findings to their peers using Genially, reviewed here. With Genially, students can insert maps, audio, video, and more. You may also want to have your students listen to the "Black Bottom" song by Ma Rainey, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomThis resource takes a comprehensive look inside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech. Teachers may want to use this site to engage students by playing the address at the beginning of a lesson or by having students preview the oration by scrolling through and observing the pictures and graphics displayed throughout. Instruction can be enhanced by having the students view and analyze the supplemental materials and videos. Extend your student's knowledge by having them create their own video analyses using a tool such as Flip, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share with their peers. You may also want to ask students to comment on others' videos to compare similar and different viewpoints.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse this music as background when students work on projects, especially those for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. Share this one on your teacher web page just in time for summer so students and parents can enjoy patriotic background music during their holiday celebrations.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomChoose a few of the more recent songs, and discuss why they are considered patriotic as a class. Then, use as background music when students work on projects for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran's Day.
In the ClassroomDiscover the many lesson ideas and activities found in this Reading Trek as an accompaniment to your current lessons for this novel. Incorporate Henry's Freedom Box into units when studying the Civil War, American history, civil rights, or diversity and justice. Include the shared activities along with others of your choosing to create an interactive online lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, quizzes, links to learning activities, and much more in your interactive lesson.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomUse this lesson as an alternative to typical informational writing prompts. Engage students in learning about square dance as you introduce the first activity that asks students to share what they know about square dancing using an interactive whiteboard tool such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. For example, create a board with two sections - use one section for students to share what they know and the second section for sharing what they would like to learn. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize resources for students to use when researching the guide to square dancing. Include a column for videos, another for music, and another with tips on how to write an instructional guide. Enhance the video portion of lessons using playposit, reviewed here, to add comments that highlight specific portions of the video such as types of dance steps or choreography.
Grades6 to 12
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