Saturday, February 8, 2014

41 Presidents' Day Sites For Your Classes

If you teach grades K-8,  I hope that you have utilized the mega holiday resources  I originally posted back in August 2011. This list covers September through June and is constantly updated. Today's post on Presidents' Day can also be found on the megalist.

Abraham Lincoln Videos- from

Abraham Lincoln: Learning Games and Activities For Kids

Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads- interact with Lincoln

Activities, Worksheets and Crafts For Presidents' Day
- from Enchanted Learning

American Presidents- life portraits

Biography: Abraham Lincoln- full episode from

The Cherry Tree- from Apples4theTeacher; story about Washington and the cherry tree

Educational Videos on Presidents' Day- from WatchKnowLearn

George Washington- has videos, photos

George Washington Interactive- from the Smithsonian

George Washington PowerPoint Presentations

Happy Birthday Mr. President- online story for young children

Inside the White House- from National Geographic

A Kid's Heart-puzzles and games are here

Washington vs Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln: The Life of a Legend
Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.

Listen and Read: The Path of a President- from Scholastic

National Geographic- Abraham Lincoln video

Presidential Seal- download to color

Presidents' Day- list of activities, lesson plans, printables from A-Z Teacher Stuff

Presidents' Day Activities- from Education World

Presidents' Day Crafts for Kids- coloring pages, puzzles, tracer pages

Presidents' Day Fun- coloring pages, quizzes

Presidents' Day: A Life Lesson- from Edutopia

Presidents' Day Lesson Plans and Resources- from the Lesson Plans Page

Presidents' Day Primary Games

Presidents' Day Quiz- 10 questions; interactive

Presidents' Day Quiz- 10 questions; choose answers from drop-down menu

Presidents' Day Research Project-  for grades 1-2

Presidents' Day Teacher Resources- from TeacherVision

Presidents' Day Resource Page- Teacher Planet

48 Resources and Lesson Plans for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Last night was the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Security has been been paramount, and Russia's anti-gay attitude has garnered much attention. With so much to talk about in the classroom, I have gathered a plethora of resources and lesson plans for all age levels.

10 Free Things for Teaching About the 2014 Winter Olympics- from NEA; some lesson
plans listed with other resources

Find more great infographics on NerdGraph Infographics  

2014 Sochi Olympics- related articles from the Huffington Post

Aiming for Gold- CNN's page devoted to the Winter Olympics

A Beginner's Guide to the Olympics- short video

Behind the Olympics: Teaching About Russia in the Putin Era - NY Times article

Crazy Olympic Team Uniforms at Sochi

Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical- interactive from the NY Times; turn up the volume to listen

From Russia With Sport: 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi- EDSITEment's resource list

Gays in U.S. Olympic Delegation Will Send Message to Russia- from NPR

Google Map of the 2014 Sochi Olympics- make sure you have Google Earth downloaded on your computer

Jamaican Bobsledders Seek Money for Sochi Trip- NY Times

The Many, Many Problems of the Sochi Olympics- from The Week

NBC Olympics- since they are broadcasting the games, NBC has a ton of information here

New York Times' Sochi 2014 Page- updated on a daily basis

Official Site of the 2014 Sochi Olympics- schedules of events located here

Olympic Fun Facts- from Factmonster

The Olympic Games- Enchanted Learning; for younger kids

The Olympics in the Classroom: Videos and Motion Graphics- great for science teachers

Olympic Torch and Medals- interactive from Associated Press

Russia Readies for Sochi 2014: The Putin Games

Science of the Olympic Winter Games- 16 videos by the National Science Foundation

Snapshots Through Time- posters of the Olympics, as far back as 1924

Sochi Olympics: most expensive ever
Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.

Sochi 2014- loads of interactive sports coverage from the Wall Street Journal

Sochi 2014- TIME for Kids website

Sochi 2014 Guide- iPhone, iPad app

Sochi 2014 Newsletter- sign up for daily news

Sochi 2014: An Olympic Preview- from The Atlantic

Sochi 2014 Olympic Games- from CBS Sports

Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources- from Edutopia

What the Data Say About Which Countries Will Win Olympic Medals-  infographic from the Washington Post

Winter Olympics- from the BBC

Activity Village- includes coloring pages, printables, puzzles

Brainpop- resources for bringing the games into your classroom

Math Activities Involving the Olympics

Pearson OLE Community- sports activity packs by sport include free lesson plans

PBS Hour EXTRA- lesson plans on the Sochi Olympics

Pinterest Board- many crafts and activities

ReadWriteThink- classroom activities

TeachersFirst- covers grades 3-12; small list of 15 plans

TeacherVision- nice listing here includes printables

Think Winter Olympics!- Thinkfinity site with nice lesson ideas

Will You Be Watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics?- lesson from the NY Times Learning Network

Winter Games Lesson Plans- from educators and the Australian Olympic Committee; lower grades

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Multitasking: Good or Bad for You- Here's What a Stanford Professor Had to Say About It

How are you at multitasking? I recently read that those of us do a lot of multitasking can actually lower our IQs. Today's kids think they are masters at multitasking, (see my post on Generation Y) but how well they handle all this information remains to be seen. Stanford University Communications Professor Clifford Nass had researched this topic and is seen in the two videos below. Try not to multitask while you watch them...

Teaching With Infographics

If you are new to this blog, you might not have taken a look at all the tabs located at the top of the page. Under "Infographics" you will find resources from creation to examples by subject area. This past week I taught a few classes on infographics and decided to update the page by adding a section called "Teaching With Infographics". It is important for your students to make sure that they evaluate any infographics they are using, by making sure the author/creator has cited their references. Misinformation on the web exists. Have students read these tips to make a better infographic. Below is the new list which was added. NOTE: I found Piktochart to be an easy way for our students to make their own infographics, which is why there are many videos listed. You can find everything about infographics HERE.


How to Turn Infographics into Effective Teaching Tools- from's blog

Infographics as a Creative Assessment- huge listing includes books, web resources and videos from Kathy Schrock

Infographics Lesson

Seven Essentials of Good Infographic Design- great tips from Free Technology For Teachers

Teaching Visual Literacy- for middle school

Teaching With Infographics: A Student Project Model- from New York Times Learning Network

Teaching With Infographics: Places to Start- New York Times Learning Network; includes TED video of David McCandless

Ways to Teach Using Infographics-from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning


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