I recently started teaching high school and quickly realized that the possibilities for content are greatly expanded. These young adults are mature enough to approach all sorts of ideas and they are ready to question your assertions and defend their beliefs. It is an invigorating and formative age. The exciting part for me is that … Continue reading Higher Learning
This little book by Shaun Tan is how I picture Dali would illustrate for his kids. Every picture has so much to look at! The story is ostensibly about a boy who finds an out of place, well, thing, on the beach. It had a weird look about it. "You know, a sad, lost sort of … Continue reading The Lost Thing
I was first introduced to the works of David Macaulay by a friend with a big book about castles, cathedrals, and mosques. I was enthralled by the methods that our ancestors used to erect the architectural wonders of the world. Instead of removing the awe of wonder, it increased it by showing me the ingenuity … Continue reading The (New) Way Things Work
Another great wordless book, this time by the enigmatic Dennis Nolan. Hey, I love books with words too, but these wordless books are great for starting interesting conversations with those less than enthusiastic about reading. Amazingly illustrated ones like this may make them think, "There be magic betwixt them thar pages!" And they would be … Continue reading Sea of Dreams
This little gem by the imaginative Barbara Lehman was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2005. It has no words, so children at all reading levels can enjoy it. It has many possibilities for predictive and descriptive activities as the ‘reader’ follows an intriguing story of a book about a book. Let me know how you … Continue reading The Red Book
Oh, how I miss a good bedtime story. It is a reason in itself to have kids of your own, or to become a primary teacher. If you are a primary teacher or are a parent, then this site is for you. Tonight's Bedtime Stories is great for lulling the little ones off to dreamland, but … Continue reading Bedtime Stories
It can be hard to come up with ideas to help students develop their writing. We all know simile and metaphor. I know the meaning of (ironically difficult to pronounce) onomatopoeia. But what are some other ways we can manipulate language in a piece of writing. Curtis Newbold, the Visual Communication Guy, has created the … Continue reading The Elements Of Interesting Writing
I love Khan Academy. Their tagline says is all; “You can learn anything.” Basically you watch videos, read articles, do exercises to follow lessons for a huge variety of topics. Early math to organic chemistry. In two minutes I set up a teacher account where I can add a class full of students and track their … Continue reading Khan Academy
This is so cool. Amazing visuals and very accessible narration. This could be a good introduction to a writing/brainstorming task or an addition to a unit on the solar system.
It’s no secret that Earth’s ocean is filled with life, much of it still a mystery or totally unknown to science. But what about the ocean on other worlds? I’m not talking about sci-fi planets or suspected alien Earths around other stars, either, but right here in our own solar system, where an ocean even deeper than ours lies hidden beneath a global shell of ice.
Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. In the video above, NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions: does life exist beyond Earth?
To learn more about Europa, click here, and see the latest enhanced version of a Galileo image of Europa below:
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I am always looking up words. Wordsmyth is everything you want in a dictionary and more. My favorite feature is the reverse search. It lists all of the entries that contain your target word. Think of all the possibilities.... Plus, if you are an educational group, you can get a free subscription that is free of … Continue reading Wordsmyth