Object of History
The Object of History is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. The project was conceived of in an effort to find a low cost way for students and teacher of U.S. History to have access to the museum’s collections and the expertise of the curators. As a result the materials on the site are designed to improve students’ content knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to imp
Welcome to ://English Matters, a journal where language meets hypermedia. This site presents teaching modules designed by faculty in the English Department to help instructors integrate the materials presented in ://english matters--essays, poetry, annotations of websites--into their courses. These modules are designed for students in lower-division literature classes. We invite teachers and students of English who are questioning and creating new texts and pedagogies on the web to browse throu
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The segment shows the interviewer helping the student think about the gas formed after materials are mixed together and whether it is a different substance. The interviewer refers back to a model represented by unifix cubes to help the student realize there is a new substance in the gas form captured from the reaction. The interviewer has the student test this by smelling the gas.
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science Session 3. Physical Changes and Conservation of Mat
What happens when sugar is dissolved in a glass of water or when a pot of water on the stove boils away? Do things ever really "disappear"? In everyday life, observations that things "disappear" or "appear" seem to contradict one of the fundamental laws of nature: matter can be neither created nor destroyed. In this session, participants learn how the principles of the particle model are consistent with conservation of matter.,In this segment the interviewer asks the student to draw and explain
Gifted and Talented Instruction on a Budget Tough economic times have slashed school budgets across the nation. How can teachers differentiate for gifted learners without money for additional textbooks or classroom materials? Watch this webinar to learn about free and accessible ways to add depth, complexity, acceleration, and novelty to your instructional program. Katie Hickox, M.A., has worked with K-12 gifted students for twelve years. In addition to her role as an Advanced Placement literature teacher, she teaches at UC Ir
Tough economic times have slashed school budgets across the nation. How can teachers differentiate for gifted learners without money for additional textbooks or classroom materials? Watch this webinar to learn about free and accessible ways to add depth, complexity, acceleration, and novelty to your instructional program.
Katie Hickox, M.A., has worked with K-12 gifted students for twelve years. In addition to her role as an Advanced Placement literature teacher, she teaches at UC Ir
Discover: Presidential Log Cabins
A set of materials designed to help 6th to 8th grade students learn about the significance of three log cabin sites occupied by four of our nation's greatest leaders. Through these materials, students discover the rich history associated with these log structures.
Wildland Fire Primer
This Wildland Fire Primer is intended to serve as an outline for educators interested in teaching students about wildland fire. Fire and its management can be intimidating subjects for those with little or no knowledge of wildland fire issues. The background information provided in this Primer and related curriculum materials will enable educators to feel comfortable discussing wildland fire topics, and assist them in bringing these important topics into the classroom. This Primer has five areas
Sixth-Grade Supplemental Activities --Analysis, Compare, and Contrast
Page at a Time's core materials are designed to be used with either fifth- or sixth-grade students. The sixth-grade activities in this section supplement the core activities. Their purpose is to challenge sixth graders to think in a critical and comparative manner that may be too difficult for fifth graders. Visit www.pageatatime.org to see more about this collection.
Everyday Life in a New England Town
In the The Turns of the Centuries: Everyday Life in a New England Town, 1680-1920, students learn the basic skills needed to "read" primary and secondary sources, including a broad array of documents, maps, images, and buildings, to see what they can reveal about the characteristics of everyday life in Deerfield, MA over three century turns. At the same time, they learn the historical background of each era so that the source materials will be understood in the proper context. Then, they use wha
National Science Week Posters
The Science Faculty Marketing Committee has for the last 4 years designed and produced posters to stimulate an interest in and curiosity about Science among primary school learners The posters are designed and created by scientists from the 13 departments in the Faculty of Science and the production and printing of the posters is funded by a Grant from SAASTA South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement The aim of the bright interactive posters is to create a resource for teachers
Inspiring Young People to Become Lifelong Learners in 2025
This Paper presents the Learnovation vision for 2025 within and around the formal education system, including primary and secondary schools as well as Vocational Education and Training. There are a number of characteristics shared by these three areas (or territories) of Lifelong Learning: Normally, all or most of a school systems elements are institutionalized, controlled and regulated by the state, irrespective of whether they are operated by the state or other public bodies or by private in
A Toolbox for Working with Living Invertebrates
My objective is to promote more successful collection, culture, handling, viewing, and classroom investigation of living invertebrates by using the "right tool for the right job." To do this, I present ideas for building and using novel, inexpensive tools (i.e., "gadgets and gizmos") for efficient collection of a wide variety of living invertebrates in the field. I also offer new approaches, materials, and tools for improved handling and viewing of living invertebrates in the laboratory. A centr
Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring
To fully grasp what causes seasons, students need a variety of opportunities over time to explore light, shadows, and Earth-Sun models. The five activities in this mini-unit require few materials and offer some basic strategies for exploration. You can use them sequentially or individually to reinforce or lay the groundwork for your students' online investigations of seasonal change.
Historic Pittsburgh, an extensive digital resource created at the University of Pittsburgh, offers both an entry point and substantive classroom resources for teachers of American History at various grade and university levels. This Web site enables access to historic material held by the University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham College Archives, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and Point
Olympic Peninsula Treaties & Reservations, 1855–1898
The curriculum materials in this packet are intended to provide middle- and high-school teachers with the background and basic tools they need to develop and incorporate lessons about Indian-white relations in Washington into existing lessons about the history of the United States and Washington. This packet focuses on the treaty negotiations and the establishment of reservations on the Olympic Peninsula that took place in the last half of the 19th century, but it also provides a broad overview
Indians and Europeans on the Northwest Coast, 1774–1812
The materials in this packet allow teachers and students to explore the earliest recorded history of the Pacific Northwest. The packet consists of roughly 30 primary documents, along with supplemental materials to help place the primary sources in historical context. These materials document the range of interactions and relationships between Native and Non-Native peoples along the Northwest Coast in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Commemoration: Visual texts
This unit explores the commemoration of war through treating two war memorials – the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Royal Artillery Memorial – as 'visual texts'. By helping you to respond to visual cues the unit aims for you to develop your understanding of these memorials, not only as memorials, but as artefacts or 'made objects'. It does this through consideration of such factors as the location of the monument; its function and purpose; its symbolism or realism; use of materials and over
This collection of activities and resources is a companion guide for the 15-minute film Defying genocide. The history of the Holocaust and the 1994 Rwandan genocide illustrate the entire spectrum of human behavior, from unimaginable evil to extraordinary goodness. Through a study of the Holocaust, Rwanda, and genocide, students learn that genocide occurs because individuals, organizations, and governments make choices to participate, resist, or turn away. Students can also see that at the same
InterMath is a professional development effort designed to support teachers in becoming better mathematics educators. It focuses on building teachers' mathematical content knowledge through mathematical investigations that are supported by technology. InterMath includes a workshop component and materials to support instructors. For each of the following problems, consider how you would pose the same problem to your students. Would the wording need to change? Would you need to include more pictur
Design and Construction of an Eco-House
This interdisciplinary course is a real-world collaborative multi-year project that connects various departments, courses, and independent study projects on a college campus. Using the client/consultant model, students from several departments and a wide range of environmental backgrounds come together to explore the design of an efficient future student house on campus. Over a couple of years, students research and test building designs, energy for heating and power, natural flows of available