This retelling by Robert D. San Souci of the traditional British ballad tells of a trick played on the Sheriff of Nottingham by Robin and his Merry Men. [Read more...]
Keeping all your kiddos on point is no small feat. Wandering minds and fidgety bodies can interfere with even the best laid instructional plans. [Read more...]
Norton Juster’s tale of an angry ogre features whimsical watercolor illustrations of an old-world village setting. [Read more...]
With oil spill issues in the news hourly due to the Gulf Coast oil spill it’s a great time to strengthen your children’s and students awareness of how disasters such as the oil spill happen and how to protect the oceans and our planet from an overflow of contamination and pollution. [Read more...]
This is part two in a series Survival Science
Day 7 Students choose a partner to work with on a Survivor experience. Students discuss and compare their survival lists and combine lists and create a final list of fifty items that they will take to the island. They may choose six luxury items for this list, three for each student.
Day 8 Discuss survival items students could make while on the island using basic items found on the island combined with selected items from their list, such as string, net, wire, or duct tape . Each student is then instructed to create an invention item. They are instructed to complete the project in one week and required to demonstrate it’s purpose in class. Students are to include a list of items used to determine that each item was actually on the final list.
Day 9-10 Class time on projects. (Another three school days were given to complete the project at home as homework.)
Upon completion of projects students demonstrate them in front of the class. I also recommend allowing time for other students to view them and explore how they work after the presentations. We then displayed them in a display case in the school lobby. Students included a description of each item and what it would be used for.
I’ve discovered options to expand the unit. Reality shows like Survivor certainly have expanded older students knowledge of survival in extreme conditions so in appropriate grade level settings such as high school an episode (that has been pre-viewed) could be used to discuss shelter building, protecting food from the elements, fire starting with flint and fishing techniques. Another resource would be Boy Scouts. These students would be an additional resource for the unit as they often learn survival and camping skills.
Students could make videos of the building process as they create their survival item. Here you can read about other Lesson Machine Teaching in the Trenches tips including video projects and web projects to use for special school events as well as other helpful advice.
Students could pack and prepare a backpack with their listed items (provided their family owns these items already.) If they don’t then you could bring in the items as a class and have the students pack them in class to see just how such a task would be completed and the skill necessary to make such a pack hold what you need while being light enough to handle.
This is article is by education writer Haley McLeod, and features various podcasts classroom educators should find valuable. [Read more...]
South Florida Museum is also offering teachers free admission to the Museum, Planetarium and Aquarium with ID.
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center offers discounted tickets to county employees from all counties. Two tickets to select shows.
Mote Aquarium offers teachers one free admission with a pay stub.
The Limited offers 20% discounts on all purchases to teachers with ID.
Jo Anne Fabrics offers an annual discount card, show your teacher ID to receive one and you will receive a one time discount of 20% and the annual discount card which gives you 15% off the rest of the time.
Sonnys BBQ offers a $5.00 off coupon on orders of $25 dollars when you join their online club.
*These are Teacher Deals I discovered through Florida Department of Education’s Just For Teachers as well as through online searches. Check with your School District website for special deals in your area. Have a great summer!
Other Freebie Resources
Mouse Savers (This one shows deals for Free Passes to Sea World for Teachers with a valid Florida Teaching certificate and a full time teaching job.)
Free Busch Gardens Pre School Passes.These are children’s passes which are part of a promotion for Sesame Street Safari of Fun. The passes are good for any children 5 and under until Dec 31, 2010. Children must be five or under when you register.
This review is for the title Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea, by Alice Waters. [Read more...]
This is part one of a two part series on Science Survivor Style
As a teacher it’s important to find projects and units of study that keep students interested and motivated. One unit of study I used with Science students in sixth grade was a Survivor Unit. This unit can easily be adapted to upper level students.
Day 1-3. I began the unit by showing the movie Cast Away with Tom Hanks. We then had class discussions about the experiences and situations that Tom Hanks character faced.
Day 4 I assigned the students to make a list of 1oo items that they would want to take with them to an uninhabited island. I instructed them to think carefully about what they would need to survive and thrive in such a difficult environment. I allowed them to talk in groups of four about their ideas for fifteen minutes before making their list. I also suggested to them that they should include at least a few luxury items such as as sport gear, books, a journal, a camera etc. It would be their choice which luxury items were included, but they were limited to ten.
Day 5 We discussed and shared our lists ( I made one as well.) We noted items that we felt were essential and we discussed how people have different ideas about what might be essential and why.
Day 6 Narrow the list to the top 30 items that will go to the island with you. The luxury items are now narrowed to three. ( I chose one tenth of the list.) Finish with a class discussion about what makes the final list and why.
Science is a subject where scientific information and resources are always expanding and changing. One great option to expand your science content and knowledge is to use these online Science News Services.
See part two of the series for the remaining unit and project plans.
Finding funding for educational projects and professional projects can be challenging so these two websites and the resources within them should give educators interested in finding grants something to cheer about. The first website for those wanting to find a grant is Grants Alert. I actually found this one through the Florida Department of Education. This one is a great resource for finding grants; as well as finding grant writers through their directory or just educating yourself about how to find grants. This website has a help section, which contains useful articles including, ”Tips and Ways to Raise Funds, ” “Developing Successful Corporate Partnerships,” and a very useful article called “Two Most Important Words.” They are all worth a read and will further your knowledge about grants and grant writing.
The second website, www.grants.gov offers a way to search for grants by category or agency or by more specific information such as funding type or eligibility. It also has very useful tools including, tracking your grant application and applicant resources. The site also links to the 26 federal grant making agencies through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Both of these websites should be instrumental in assisting people in finding grants, the grant application process and where to apply for grants. They each offer readers useful information that is well presented.
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