Category Archives: Research

Podcast To Engage Inquisitive Kids

Podcasts… the new old school way to learn.  I love them and listen to them regularly as well as want to make one with students in 2016-2017.  So, when I was told about Brains On last week, I instantly placed it in my podcast feed and anxiously awaited a few minutes of uninterrupted time to test it out.  Well… I am happy to say that I am hooked and am more excited to start my own next school year.  Brains On encourages curiosity and explains in kid friendly terms answers to their questions.  Here is a sample from their website.

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Virtual tour of the Mayflower

Teaching Thanksgiving lessons can be so predictable… the Pilgrims and the Native Americans ate a feast together and that is why we have turkey, cranberries etc.  This year I shared 2 stories with students and teachers.  The first is the virtual tour of the Mayflower.  Scholastic and the Plimoth Plantation do a nice job bringing history to life.

http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/voyage/

Another great story is the one of Sarah Hale.  I shared Thank you Sarah by Laurie Halsie Anderson with 2nd graders and all of them had never heard of the school teacher who requested that Thanksgiving be made a national holiday.  She also was a writer and penned Mary Had a Little Lamb.  To see her national holiday request letter to President Lincoln, visit the following link to the Library of Congress.

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Anne Frank interactive timeline available

As our 4th grade students read The Diary of Anne Frank, I am compelled to share the Anne Frank timeline and website.  http://www.annefrank.org/en/

There is an interactive timeline with plenty of primary sources and connections between Anne’s letters and what was happening in the world.  Additionally, you can take a 3D tour of Anne’s house that is recreated from actual photos.

 

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