Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Students Ready to get students excited about writing? Story Starters is a fun, interactive tool for computers and iPads that generates writing prompts that include direction on character, plot, and setting. Your students will love watching the Story Starters' wheels spin. If they want to modify the prompt, they can simply pull the handle on the Story Starters Scrambler to change any piece of it! First, students choose one of four themes: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, or Scrambler.Then, students type their name and select their grade so they will get a grade-appropriate prompt.Next, they pull the lever to spin the wheels and generate a random writing assignment.Students choose a notebook, letter, newspaper, or postcard as their writing template. They can opt to include a drawing, too, if they'd like.Once they’re finished writing in the activity, they can print or download their completed assignment.
Information Skills Lesson Plans Resources for School Librarians - Index Menu for This Page: General Collections of Lesson Plans | The Dewey Decimal System | Reference Books and Web Sites | Worksheets | Research Methods and Reports | Miscellaneous and Holiday Lessons General Collections of Lesson Plans Library Skills Lessons - by Katy Punch on Pinterest Scholastic's Lesson Plans & Reproducibles - Lesson plans for grades K - 12.
17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of videos is all about the Internet and Internet safety for K-12 students. The series is called NetSafe and it has 17 episodes that were produced for the Utah Education Network. Four Good Places to Find Audio Files for Multimedia Projects Whenever I talk to students or teachers about using music in multimedia projects I emphasize that just because a song is available to stream or download through the Internet, doesn't mean that you have the rights to re-use it. Therefore, you should strive to use public domain or Creative Commons licensed music. To that end, here are four good places to find free audio files to use in your multimedia projects. Dig CC Mixter offers thousands of songs that are Creative Commons licensed. The site is divided into three main categories. Those categories are Instrumental Music for Film & Video, Free Music for Commerical Projects, and Music for Video Games.
Harriet Tubman: A Lesson on Character and Bravery Students should have basic knowledge of what slavery is and how the North and the South had extremely different views about slavery. Day 1: Introduction to Harriet Tubman Step 1: Open a class discussion by talking about the purpose of a railroad and a conductor. Step 2: Ask students if they have any prior knowledge about the Underground Railroad. Use the computer and projector to share the Harriet Tubman Presentation with the class. Then give each table group or pair of students one of the copied sets of the Harriet Tubman Presentation slides.
Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google Picking the right search terms Beginner Pick the best words to use in academic searching, whether students are beginning with a full question or a topic of just a few words. View lesson Resources Over time I have created quite a few help guides, presentations, and other training resources for Google-related topics and other educational technology topics. Although these resources can be found elsewhere on this site and other locations, I have pulled them all together in one place to make it easy for people to find a needed resource, as well as to be sure you are accessing the most recent version (rather than an older copy made by someone else). All of these resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. For more information about this license see In short, you can copy, distribute, and adapt these resources as long as you give proper attribution and do not charge for them.
The Journey to Civil Rights Day 1 Step 1: Assess prior knowledge and ask students what we celebrate during the month of February (Black History Month). Encourage students to think of various activities which are held throughout the school, city, and country. Why do we celebrate Black History Month? Interactive Storytelling and Coding - Tech With Jen When someone shares with me a new technology tool, I immediately try to think of ways I can use it in the classroom. There are a lot of cool apps and websites out there, but not everything is appropriate for teaching to the curriculum. One of the most important things I can do in my work with teachers is to make sure I share solid ideas to help them teach their existing standards. So when coding came on the scene, I wasn’t sure how I could incorporate it into the literacy standards. Fortunately, I learned about interactive storytelling and coding using Scratch Jr., but there isn’t a lot of ideas or products to help me implement interactive storytelling with ease. Knowing that coding is an important skill for students to learn, I knew I had to come up with ways to teach coding skills.
EmTech Google Support Site - Classroom Resources Search this site Here you will find templates that you can use in your classroom! Each tool has a variety of templates available for multiple grade levels. Use your imagination, take a template and adapt it for your needs. We even have a form for you to share a template you have made...ECSD can share the Google love! Harriet Tubman's Road to Freedom: Learning Activities About Slavery and Liberty The lives of many African Americans throughout history are testament to strength, courage, and resourcefulness. One of the best-known of these figures is Harriet Tubman, who persevered against great odds to improve not only her own life, but the lives of others. After a harrowing escape from slavery, she returned to the South 19 times and helped 300 other slaves escape. The story of her life, with its elements of drama, adventure, and success, provides a compelling focus of study during Black History Month, as part of your social studies curriculum, or in a language arts unit on biography.
The Book Bug: Lesson Freebies In an effort to clean up my freebies page and to make different types of freebies easier to find, I have made this page for LESSON FREEBIES. Here you will find links to freebies from me that I have posted on this blog. Click on the picture or the link below to access them. Many of the freebies are Google Docs, but you don't need to request that I "Share" the document with you in order to download a Google Doc from me.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: A Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan This lesson plan is suitable for Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, or during a study of abolition or the Civil War. Students will: Research the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass by reading historical texts and biographies.Identify and record key concepts about Abraham Lincoln and Frederick DouglassDevelop an understanding of Lincoln and Douglass by comparing and contrasting both their life experiences and their major accomplishments Introduction Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born nine years apart, the former on a humble farm, the latter as a slave. They would become two of the most influential figures of their time.
Teaching Visual Literacy In the Classroom — Literacy Ideas Students are exposed to a vast array of visual media. When we hear the jazzy term ‘visual text’ we may immediately think of its expression in the digital age, but the roots of visual texts stretch deep into our history; all the way back to our beginnings. Think of the cave paintings in Lascaux! However, today there are so many more forms of visual text to consider.