The following recommendations are from Pete MacKay's The Teacher List.
Here's a good one that might come in handy as we all herd the cats for one last day before the Christmas break! Joel Heffner created an easy word game for kids of all ages called Scribble.
Edmonton teacher, Susan Svarich, recommended this site with political cartoons - and the lessons to go with them! There are a lot of ideas in this site...
Mrs. Teacher List and I have decided to expand our horizons on the financial front by learning more about stocks and investing. We found a great site that I'm sure has been recommended but needs another mention. The Global Stock Game is designed for individuals and teachers who want to learn/teach about the stock market. It's free to join and there are many lesson plans and other resources to learn about this somewhat intimidating world.
Boston teacher, Janet Amrock, told me about EdHeads.org. This science site comes highly recommended. Her students loved it - especially the knee surgery when she had knee replacement surgery so it helped them understand.
List member, Julie Radachy, reminded me of a great site I recommended years ago. It's worth a repeat... Jigzone has several jigsaw puzzles you can work online, from simple to easy, in traditional to crazy shapes. Once you complete the free registration, you can also submit pictures, make them into jigsaw puzzles, and solve your own puzzle.
One of my students, Roman, found this fantastic collection of tutorials when he was waiting for a 3D project to render. If you are thinking of brushing up on any of your software skills, then this site is a solid start. You'll find run-of-the-mill Office products and a whole range of 3D and vector art software categories - even some programming resources!
Edmonton teacher, Corey Karvonen-Lee, used this site with a student the other day after a discussion about eating nothing but Pringles chips every day. Enter the fast food you've eaten (or want to) and you'll
learn more about the fat, sodium and calories than you want to. I found the activity information useful as well. I can't wait to tell Mrs. Teacher List how I burn 140 calories an hour while ice-fishing!
List member, Shaun Else, put together this literature circles web site a couple of years ago for his students and parents and thought it might be of use to the rest of us. He includes information for students, teachers and parents.
Edmonton teacher Carmen Michaud told me about this site. "Biology in Motion" offers many features. A collection of learning activities, animations, and cartoons designed to help explain difficult, but widely
taught, biological concepts. Current topics range from evolution to energy storage; illustrations, diagrams, and interactive activities to supplement biology lectures; a visual representation of the passage of blood through the human cardiovascular system; an online experiment in cell division, among others. A helpful teacher's section provides tips for how best to integrate the technology into existing lesson plans and offers pointers for making sure the videos and interactive activities can be viewed easily by students.
OK, so when my pal, Bill Lomax showed me this, I was really intriqued by the interface. I also want to start up my Flash and video camera to give this type of work a shot with my students. The Buddy Group is a web-design company. There are games and other explorations in the site - but I wanted to show it for its unique approach and user interface. Enjoy!
List member, Deb Roundy, found a great source for maps including maps to color.
Quick Maps of the World
List member, Maureen Baron sent these our way. Soduko puzzles are, she says, addictive - but in a good way. They force the users to use logical reasoning, to problem solve, and if the students do them together - to cooperate.