This resource includes a 45-minute webcast with George Mason University education professor Dr. Lorraine Valdez Pierce, discussion questions, sample assessment tools, and other resources. Sample assessment tools are available as downloadable PDFs and include a teacher observation checklist, student self-assessment tool, and a sample scoring rubric.
A special subcollection of Project Gutenberg's online book catalog: audio books, recorded by real people (there is also a computer-generated audio books collection). Currently includes 35 or so selections ranging from fairy tales, Beatrix Potter stories, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and the Wizard of Oz, to a short narrative written by Benjamin Franklin, World of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, or Shakespeare sonnets.
A large collection of downloadable writing prompt worksheets to encourage students to develop their writing skills. Includes a variety of themes and some on special celebrations, such as Christmas and Halloween.
Learn about Canada's boreal forest and its importance to our whole earth's ecosystem. Meet the flora and fauna that inhabit this large area, and learn what we can and should do to preserve this environment.
From the Brooklyn Museum, this is the exhibit page for "Infinite Island (Contemporary Works of the Caribbean)", featuring selected images from the exhibit and an accompanying artist statement from the corresponding artist.
In this video [3:12], when Donkey gives her new flower too much water, it grows so big that it disrupts her garden and her pals' fun. She must find a way to make it right. Explore with your class how, "being wrong can help you learn something new." Student materials are available; the video is available in English and Spanish,
ELL students create and share a botanic field guide incorporating depiction, measurement, description, and classification of common Minnesota trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and plants.
Ben Franklin is the subject of this passage and the comprehension questions which follow. The test is interactive online, and may be printed for use in the classroom by going to the site map and choosing PRINTABLE MATERIALS.
Adapted from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park brochure, this article gives an excellent overview of the nature preserve and its history. The quiz offers feedback immediately.
Photos, documents, music, and stories help students deepen their understanding of the rituals and customs of various cultures throughout American history.
An interactive game that tests players' ability to identify parts of speech. Beginners can test their understanding of nouns and verbs only; advanced players must identify all parts of speech.
Department of Education site for parents, including those home-schooling their children. It has bilingual materials with tips for helping your child learn English, history, mathematics, etc.; and more resources related to cultural education.
After you listen to and read the story, print out the activities to practice reading comprehension skills. Work on character identification, details, and sequence of events.
Listen to and read along with this story about a princess and a dragon. You can choose the ending to the story. Then print off activities to go along with the story.
Designed by American Memory Fellows Linda Hamel and Linda Hedrirck, this site explores the settlements of French Canadians in New England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It provides teachers complete lesson plans for 8 45-minute lessons, with handouts and other resources; it also includes ideas for incorporating French language into the lesson.
Help Spanish-speaking English-language learners unlock the mysteries of their new language by using a bilingual book to recognize unfamiliar words and construct meaning from the text.