Friday, September 22, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 9/22/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Purdue Online Writing Lab – The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.  (L:G; SA:A)

Read2Me – “Instantly convert articles from your favorite websites or uploaded files into audio which you can listen to while you're driving, walking or chillin like a boss.” (L:G; SA:A)

Email Your Teacher with Captain Communicator – email etiquette when emailing your teacher (L:G; SA:A)

Front Row – “Front Row helps you deliver the perfect lesson to every student across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science” (L:G; SA:A)

Kids Discover – free reference articles on a variety of topics (L:E,M; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, September 21, 2017

All Things New – Book Review

I recently read All Things New by Lauren Miller. I read a review copy compliments of Netgalley. I am not being paid to give this review.

This story is about a high school girl who has a car accident and the traumatic experience changes her life and how she perceives herself.  She already has a panic disorder that was brought on earlier in her life at the time her parents divorced. Now things are worse and she goes to live with her dad. It is hard starting over with new friends though. This story is a great book to read to open discussions about panic disorders, physical appearances and perceptions, relationships, prescription medicine abuse, obsessions, and attitudes.

I think this book would be great in a high school library and I think many students would enjoy reading it. In fact, there may be many who could relate to some of the characters in the story and not feel so all alone. Maybe by reading this book, many can get comfort and possibly be willing to seek help if they aren’t already getting it.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal Equinox is September 22. On the two equinoxes, every year the Sun shines directly on the Equator and the length of day and night is almost equal.

I was thinking of some activities you could do for the fall and these were ideas I came up with.

Science: Have students research researching different seasons. Have each group present explanations and constellation or solar maps about their season.

Math: Gather leaves and trace them on graph paper. Plot coordinates that approximate the shape of the leaf. Swap coordinates with other students and have them draw the leaf from them.

Writing: Work with a partner and prepare interview questions for Mother Nature and come up with the answers to the questions. Record a video of the interview.

Make acorns on brown construction paper. Cut out white writing paper the shape of the acorn but a little smaller. Have students write about why they like or dislike autumn on the white paper and then glue it to the brown acorn. Post these on the bulletin board.

Trace leaf shapes and write poems in them. Color them fall colors.  
Hammering leaves -. Fresh leaves are needed to achieve this because the pigments contained in the sap of the plant are transferred onto white paper.  Use watercolor paper that is more suitable for this method. Position the leaf on the paper. Cover them with a sheet of paper towels and hammer them with evenly taping the leaves that are underneath. The impression obtained can be fixed by applying a transparent acrylic spray.

What are your favorite activities for the fall? Please share.