Issue 13, Volume 10
November 12, 2009
Thought for the Week
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. -- Will Rogers
Microsoft Education: Success Profiles Overview
The Education Competencies define many of the attributes, behaviors, areas of knowledge, skills, and abilities that will lead to superior job performance and professional growth in the education field. When interviewing prospective 21st Century Superintendents, principals and teachers use the education competencies that lead to superior job performance and professional growth in the education field. This site identifies the key competencies of four types of educational employees. Not all competencies are relevant for every job and each job requires emphasis on specific competencies. For the four positions, a profile has been developed that identifies the critical competencies required for success in these positions. You may want to use these profiles when considering potential candidates and when conducting interviews. Find out more at http://www.microsoft.com/education/competencies/successprofilesoverview.mspx.
Google Features Videos From The National Archives
This Google feature has free online access to more than 100 historic films, including old World War II newsreels and NASA documentaries, thanks to an agreement between Google and the US National Archives. Google has digitized the films. Highlights of the project include a representative selection of U.S. government newsreels from 1941-1945, documenting World War II; a sampling of documentaries produced by NASA on the history of the spaceflight program, including the story of Apollo 11--the historic first landing on the moon; and motion picture films, primarily from the 1930s, that document the history and establishment of a nationwide system of national and state parks--including early footage of modern Native American activities, Boulder Dam, documentation of water and wind erosion and the Civilian Conservation Corps workers. The URL: http://video.google.com/nara.html
Thanksgiving Ideas and Activities
The ABCs Of Thanksgiving
Find an online exhibit, letter by letter, of the whos, whys, hows, whats, wheres, and whens of Thanksgiving, compiled by a first grade class in Brentwood, CA -- then try creating your own version!
Thirteen moons and thirteen Thanksgivings... Learn all about the early summer moon, or the Strawberry Moon, and the Strawberry Thanksgiving that went along with it, as celebrated by the Narragansett and Niantic natives of the northeastern region of America. In response to learning about legends and harvest festivities, students will create and write their own legends, as well as letters in this lesson plan.
A Thanksgiving Feast
Try this lesson plan with your elementary students, or enhance the activities by adding extra colonial projects (candle making, sewing, soap making, etc.) for your middle school students as well. Find a way to make butter and cornbread in the classroom, while dressing up and enjoying your own Thanksgiving feast.
A Thanksgiving Meal
Math becomes real when students have to apply it to real world situations. Save some current flyers from food stores, and distribute them to small groups. Have them work with a Thanksgiving dinner menu for a set amount of people, to come up with a final cost for the entire meal. Offer different flyers to different groups, so they can compare prices at the various stores.
Feeding The Soul
Thanksgiving in America is a time of family get-togethers, good company, and great food -- and plenty of it. We all have memories of making meals with someone special, or at least enjoying a special dish. Students will examine their memories of special meals in this lesson plan for Thanksgiving.
Survivor -- Cranberry Bog
Pass the cranberry sauce... A familiar refrain at Thanksgiving time, right? Students will go beyond the traditional Thanksgiving meal to examine the issues surrounding the sauce, from farmer's field to table, with a focus on the current challenges facing the cranberry industry.
Turkey Soup For The Soul
It's that time of year when we reflect upon our charitable practices, and this lesson plan takes an intimate look at a specific case, bringing the human into the charity equation.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
This unique lesson plan considers the sensitive issue of incorporating a meal and Thanksgiving blessing to meet the needs of a diverse group of guests. Students will examine rituals and traditions, and come up with their own menus and rituals for a fictional celebration.
Seventeenth century portraits of Pilgrims become the subject of close investigation with this timely lesson plan, where students will compare portraits from another time period and consider social conventions suggested from the works.
The First Thanksgiving -- Myth And Truth
A student handout on common myths involved in the 1621 Thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims is part of this lesson plan, where students will investigate not only the myths permeating our ideas of an historic "first" American Thanksgiving, but also the origins and influences of myth itself.
Thanksgiving Primary Resource Set http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/thanksgiving/ Students can learn much through researching primary documents, not relying upon others' interpretations for their knowledge, but examining and analyzing the historic documents for themselves. Included in this set: the Mayflower Compact, proclamations recommending Thanksgiving celebrations, and numerous pieces of art regarding Thanksgiving over the years.
PBS Teachers: Free Resources for Teaching & Learning
Not only featuring a new interface, the newly redesigned PBS Teachers site offers educators more searchable content, from across PBS' educational services, and easier, quicker ways to find the materials they need for their classroom or home learning environment. At PBS Teachers, you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. They provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more. Check it out at http://www.pbsteachers.org.
Sports Forms & Templates
Coaches! Have you ever needed a template to keep statistics or for sports player rankings? Microsoft has tons of templates for football, baseball, TBall, and more. Rather than creating your own, use these templates or modify them to fit your needs. Enjoy these free sports forms and templates from Microsoft. The URL: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT102530541033.aspx
Sure, it's a pretty presumptuous name, but Lovely Charts succeeds at what it promises. The Flash-based web app produces very clean-looking charts for all kinds of purposes, whether it is a flowchart to describe a process, a diagram describing a network setup, conference seating, or whatever you might want to sketch out on the back of a napkin. You only get to save one chart at a time to edit later with a free account, but you can export any number of charts to JPG or PNG as often as you'd like. Check it out at http://www.lovelycharts.com/.
Adding The Address Toolbar In The Taskbar
It's not used that often, but you can still have an address toolbar in the Windows Vista taskbar. The Address toolbar in the Vista taskbar is disabled by default, but is can be useful when enabled. The Internet Explorer-like Address bar is good for Web addresses, and you can even use it like a Run command to launch programs and documents. Here is how you can activate the Address Bar in the taskbar: Right Click on a blank space of the Vista taskbar. Click on "Toolbars." Check "Address." The address taskbar will now appear. If you want to adjust the size of the address bar, you will need to unlock the taskbar.
Flash Card Machine
Flash Card Machine is a web application that enables users to create interactive web-based study flash cards and share them with others. Free email registration gives you the opportunity to create cards that could be used by teachers or students. As you create sets of cards, you can elect to keep your cards private or make them public. You can build customized pages for each class to better organize the flashcards, or add sound and graphics to your flashcards. In addition, there is an option that allows you to direct users to a given webpage. That means that you can create a direct link to your cards from a teacher webpage or a link in a PowerPoint, flipchart, etc. and your students will not have to search for your cards or sign in to use the cards! The URL: http://www.flashcardmachine.com/ Best on the Net!! -- Visit this site for hundreds of websites for teachers! We would love to hear from you about the best educational sites you have found on the web. Please submit, via email, the sites you feel merit inclusion. Send to email@example.com. Please include the URL and a short sentence about the site.
Featured Sites: (These sites were submitted by teachers in Calcasieu Parish)Instructional Strategies For Literature-Based Instruction
Scaffolded instruction, modeling, cooperative learning, choices, modes or reading... find a brief discussion here.Laser Jello
How cool does that sound -- laser jello?! Students will actually be using a laser beam to shine through the different colors of jello to see the visible beams of light, measure the angles of refraction, measure critical angles, and make gelatin lenses. Observations are explained in "What's Going On?"Cemetery Demographics
This lesson plan supplies an interesting study in data analysis, particularly of human populations; students will be using data from cemeteries to complete their reports and tables. Research your own town's history of mortality curves, and then try to extrapolate the data into a global trend.
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