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Fantastic ideas for daily lessons. Lessons from teachers around the world!
Lessons that were developed specifically to teach kids in a fun and engaging way about wilderness and the animals and plants that depend on wilderness habitat for their survival. Lesson Plans/ Power Tools (lesson and activity “fillers” that are educational and fun) Great science lesson plans and activity ideas, as well as strategies for post lesson assessment.
American Memory Collection: This is a digital record of American History. It contains video, sound files, music, etc., that document the American experience. It continues to grow as we continue to change as a country, so can also be used for some current events.
American Rhetoric: This is a collection of historical speeches (audio).
ARKive: Awesome science site thatfeatures video and pictures from "the most famous names in natural history broadcasting", along with info on animals.
PBS Frontline: Frontline has made all of their episodes available online. Lots of good hour-long documentaries, althoughmany are broken up into smaller time chunks. The site also features a "teacher center", which has lesson plans accompanying the documents.
Healthination:Videos about various body functions, diseases, etc. They are on a pretty understandable level, aren't that long, and have nice graphics.
History Channel Videos: The entire HC site is informative and would be great as a class supplement, along with this video section. It features long and short clips on various historical events.
Living Room Candidate: Covers presidential elections since 1952, focusing on the campaigns and commercials of each candidate.
Macaulay Library: Another very cool science site, this one focuses on recording sounds. You can look up the sounds of most types of birds, and other animals (non-bird) as well.
Moving Images Collection: Video archives of lots of subjects, especially helpful to science teachers. Many are fairly old.
Librivox: Librivox is a free collection of audiobooks. They have a lot of texts, especially classics. This is a great tool for students who have use of audiobooks as an IEP accommodation.
Next Vista: Next vista is a collection of videos that are aimed at helping students understand concepts through the use of video.
II. Social Skill Sites
III. Video Sites
IV. Arts/Music Sites
V. Fun/ Games Sites
VII. Technology Resources...
Classroom wikis at PB Wiki: For those who are unfamiliar with wikis, it is a space for any person or group of people to contribute to a page online (Wikipedia is an example). This site is easy to navigate through, and it is free. It provides students with a chance to put their writing (or other media) out there for others to see in a cool, online environment.
Wordpress Blogs: If you have students who are interested in starting a website or blog, this is a great site to use. It's easy to navigate and has plenty of pre-designed templates. This is great for a class website, and you can authorize students to be "editors" and contribute to the page.
Audacity:Audacity is a recording tool. This can be a great help for students who have serious writing and typing issues, since they can use this to create a report or project. You can also layer voice over music or other sound files. This is definitely not an easy way out of a writing assignment, but generates excitement for students who struggle with it.
Google Custom Search Engine:When students do Google Searches, they often get results that aren't relevant or passages that are way above their comprehension level. By creating a Google custom search, you can set up a search engine that will only search the sites you specify. This also ensures that students are viewing school-appropriate web pages.
Polldaddy: Another free tool that lets you create online polls and surveys. Students can create them for class projects, or you can use it for assessment purposes.