Posts Tagged ‘resources’

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News — The 2012 presidential election is drawing near, and educators across the country are using campaign efforts as a chance to teach students about the democratic process, the major issues in the race, and how these issues might affect students now and in the future.

Lots of free resources exist to help teachers incorporate the election into their lesson plans. Here are just a few of these digital tools and interactive resources for teaching about the election.

BrainPOP – Offers games, quizzes and more

CNN — offers a number of useful tools for teaching about the election, including an animated look at the election process, etc.

MTV — offers Fantasy Election letting students build a “dream team” of ideal political candidates and other interactive activities

PBS LearningMedia launched the Election 2012 Collection, a compilation of election-focused digital resources available to K-12 classrooms and educators nationwide

Pearson — offers free help to teachers and students as the 2012 election approaches

Rand McNally has released Play the Election and other related games

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From staff and wire services, published by eSchool News — Share My Lesson is expected to be the largest online resource for teachers in the U.S. and comes at a time when cuts to education budgets have led many districts to slash professional development. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)  and TSL Education, a United Kingdom-based company, have pledged $10 million to develop and maintain the site, which should be ready for teachers by August, offering teachers access to more than 100,000 user-generated lesson plans and other classroom resources.

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PBS Parents has shared this great resource for parents on tips for grocery shopping with kids.

Okay… so maybe all of his tips aren’t gems. But we thought our parents out there could use a good laugh! If you’re looking for real ways to survive the grocery store, check out these Supermarket Explorer reading and math games that can be printed out and played while you shop.  The PBS Parents Eat Smart site is also full of great ideas that encourage a love of healthy food.

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Many producers create educational materials to help teachers reinforce the learning goals of PBS KIDS programming. For each of the on-air or Web-original series, teachers can find information on the educational philosophy of the series, episode descriptions and related online content, and classroom activities or lesson plans to help extend the learning of PBS KIDS programming in the classroom.  Check out some featured links below:


Grades K-1

Grades 2-5

Grades 6-8

Each series also has special content for Teachers, Parents, and Kids to make sure that the right information is presented to the audience.

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The earthquake that struck the East Coast yesterday provides a learning opportunity, and the U.S. Geological Survey provides earthquake resources, as well as a site for teaching children about earthquakes. Scholastic also provides information about how the Richter scale works — and the devastation caused at each level. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (8/23), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog.



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To foster classroom innovation and engagement, WGBY will launch PBS LearningMedia (pbslearningmedia.org), a free service for all teachers, students and families in Massachusetts created in collaboration with PBS and WGBH, and their  producing partners WNET and KET. In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.

WGBY will officially launch our local version of PBS LearningMedia this fall.   To get a sneak peak, visit PBSLearningMedia today.



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Children Reading

It’s little wonder that the PBS TeacherLine course “Children’s Authors on the Web:  Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write” for grades K-6 is a teacher’s favorite in our region as well as across the country.  With its overall goal to develop an understanding of how the Internet and technology can be used to conduct author studies and enhance student learning, the course is filled with PBS resources like these:

And these resources are just the tip of the iceberg!  PBS TeacherLine courses are available for PDPs and graduate credits.  To find more information about this exciting course, and others, visit PBS TeacherLine.

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