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MEA Professional Development Conference
December 5, 2003

Lesson Plans

WebQuests
http://webquest.sdsu.edu
Sample: http://www.thematzats.com/propaganda/intro.htm
Excellent lesson plans for teachers. The lesson plans are in WebQuest format and use resources from the Web.

Marcopolo
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/index.aspx
Marcopolo is a partnership of websites devoted to education. It provides a cross-website search tool that provides access to hundreds of lesson plans and student activities.

Math Illuminations
Geometric Solids http://illuminations.nctm.org/imath/3-5/
GeometricSolids/GeoSolids1.html

http://illuminations.nctm.org/imath/6-8/isometric/cube68i1.htm
Two examples of the interactive Mathematic programs are on this site.

Michigan Teacher Network
http://mtn.merit.edu/index.html

Lessons and activities tied to the “Michigan Content Standards”

Resources and Tools for Teachers

Building Rubrics

Rubistar
http://rubistar.4teachers.org

Rubistar provides a template for creating rubrics and allows you to store them online for future use or editing. It also allows you to analyze the results from your class.

Rubric Builder
http://landmark-project.com/classweb/tools/rubric_builder.php

More flexible that Rubistar, but also takes more planning and creating than rubistar.

On-line Discussions

Yahoo Groups
http://groups.yahoo.com/

You can set up a group and post a calendar, files to share, chat and other features for your class. It is easy to use and can be used to create communication tool.

Create a Timeline (up to 9 events)
http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timelines/

Create a vertical or horizontal timeline containing up to 9 items. You can add borders. Very easy to use.

Search Sites

BrainBoost.com
http://brainboost.com:444

Have a question? Ask BrainBoost, it may have the answer. Very easy to use, you type in the question and it may find the answer.

Yahooligans
http://www.yahooligans.com/

Contains sites with a reading level of grades 1 to 6. All of the sites have been evaluated for reading level and content. Very good for young children.
 
Kids Click
http://www.kidsclick.org/

A directory of web sites that have been evaluated by librarians. They have sites in almost every subject area. Don’t miss viewing these as a librarian would view them (See the bottom of the page).

Teoma
http://www.teoma.com

Great site for older students doing research. Not only does it give you search results,
it also suggests other search words as well as where you can find link collections on
that topic.

Google
http://www.google.com
Little tricks and fun you can do with Google. Find addresses, do math problems,
and look up definitions right from this popular web search site.

Now that I found a good site, how do you site my resource?
 
Slate Citation Maker
http://landmark-project.com/citation_machine/cm.php
(MLA and APA)
Extremely easy to use citation maker. Includes both print and electronic sources. It includes 17 templates for print and electronic sources. You fill in the blanks, it creates the citation. You then copy and paste the results in your paper.

Citation Maker: Elementary 
http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/elementary/howto/cited/
MLA Style
use the link above with this link to create your bibliography http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/citeintro/nof_citesession.php?
Grd=Elem&sessionid=9355f811e787bf2c0b919459dbc0adb1

This contains a lot of information for your students on citing sources as well as an electronic citation maker. You can create a bibliography that can be saved to your computer.

Citation Maker: Secondary 
http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/secondary/howto/cited/

Same site as above, but provides more information for students at a higher level.

Resources

3D Textmaker
http://www.3dtextmaker.com/

Add some flair to your publishing with dynamic text. The text can be used in word processing, PowerPoint or web publishing.

Read, Write, Think
http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp

This site has a wealth of resources for English teachers as well as any subject area using the writing process. The International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English and Marcopolo endorse it. Contains activities and lesson plans. We will look at Drama Map.

NIEH Kids' Pages: Song-along Songs
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/music.htm

Great resource for bringing music into your classroom. The site has the lyrics and music for numerous songs. You can use these in almost all subject areas including teaching the Core Democratic Value of Patriotism.

eThemes
http://emints.more.net/ethemes/resources/index.shtml

An online database of Internet resources organized by topic. eMINTS teachers may submit requests for new eThemes resources but anyone is welcome to use the database of over 400 existing resources.

Trained Resource Scouts provide an average of 15 age-appropriate, content-rich, child-safe resources for each request. Search by topic, grade level, keyword or Missouri's Show-Me Standards.

NSGS (U.S. Geological Survey)
http://www.usgs.gov/education

Great information for teachers. Elementary and middle school teachers will want to see the lessons on Maps. Major areas: The Learning Web;  Biology;  Geology; Mapping; Water

Weather Eye
http://weathereye.kgan.com/
(Lesson 6-8)
Lesson plans, activities for students and resources for parents on the weather.

The Art Teacher Connection
http://www.artteacherconnection.com/pages/home.htm

Links to numerous sites on resources for art teachers.

The Global Schoolhouse
http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/

This site stresses collaborative learning and has projects and contests that involve students from around the world.

Imagers – From NASA
http://imagers.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html

“The IMAGERS Program is comprised of two multimedia web sites: "Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon" and "Adventures of Echo the Bat". The Program’s objective is to captivate children at an early age in Earth science through multimedia adventures.” You can download the two books and teacher lesson plans. Grades 1-4

Giggle Poetry
http://www.gigglepoetry.com/

Poetry can be fun. Kids will love the activities on this site and there is a section for teachers. Take a look at one fun school
Sample poem. http://www.gigglepoetry.com/GrabBag.cfm?T=2&PI=3

MI Kids
http://www.michigan.gov/mikids/

Learn about Michigan. This is the state of Michigan’s web site for kids. A great resource for students studying about Michigan.

The Virtual Cave
http://www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtcave.html

This site provides excellent information about caves. You love the diagrams and pictures.

Best of History Web Sites
http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.html

Best of History Web Sites is designed to benefit history teachers and their students and provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories. Best of History Web Sites is ranked #1 by Google for "history web sites". It also includes Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Activities.

Web Sites for Students

Frog Guts 
http://www.froguts.com/flash_content/index.html

Frog Guts is an interactive dissection program. Two programs are currently available, more will be on-line soon.

Census Bureau – Reference Maps
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ReferenceMapFramesetServlet?_lang=en

This site from the Census Bureau allows you to view data in map format. You can use these sites to create, print, and download maps. Customizable options such as Boundaries, Features, and Title are available.

Atlas of the Body – From the American Medical Association
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/7140.html

For anatomy and medical illustrations of the human body this site is the place to start.

Kathy Schrock:
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/

Kathy provides an excellent site to find great resources on the web.

Ref Desk
http://www.refdesk.com/

Their logo claims they are the single best source for facts on the web. Try it and see what you think.

Homework Help from Discovery
http://school.discovery.com/students/

Need help with your homework, stuck for a good idea for a science project, this site may solve your problem.

Homework Help from Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/

Links divided by subject area to help students working on research projects at home.

Web Weather for Kids
http://www.ucar.edu/educ_outreach/webweather/

Simple activities for students to help them understand the weather. Includes how to build thunderstorms, how to make a tornado, and more.

The CIA World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

The factbook includes information on every country in the world. A good place to start for your reports.
 

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