For this years Presidential Election, PBS has pulled out all the stops. They have created Election Central: An Educational Guide to the US Elections which is your one-stop-shop for all thing electoral! Election Central features interactive videos, maps, and even virtual field trips. I found the interactive map a really interesting resource. Using this map students can see where each of the candidates are and learn some great election historical facts. Oh, did I mention Election Central also feature pre-made lesson plans and videos with lesson plans/handouts!
To help educators explain the election and educate their younger students, PBS Kids has introduced You Choose. You Choose allows students to explore facts about each of the candidates, view videos about the election process, create their own campaign posters, and even collect trading cards of past presidents.
So this election season be sure to check out You Choose from PBS Kids!
Rarely do you come across a website that can be used in multiple subjects by multiple grades, but PublishYourDesign.com fits that bill. PublishYourDesign allows you are your students to have a gigantic bucket of Legos and an endless table to build with.
Imagine, you and your students just finish reading the book "Holes," you know give them the task of creating the three different settings using PublishYourDesign. Not only do you get to see how they pictured each scene, but you also get an idea of how well students grasped the authors descriptions of each time period.
Let's say you are one of those math folk who understand the great complexity of the math world. You could create your math problems for area, perimeter, volume, and all kinds of other geometry in a 3D world for students to solve. Or, have some fun and have the students create the problems in PublishYourDesign and have them share them with each other!
The possibilities on how to use PublishYourDesign is endless and is only limited by your imagination! And, just in case your imagination needs a little work, here are two links with some pre-made lesson plans, 'Oodles of lesson plans and more for every grade and subject,' and 'Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts.'
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