Here are some resources that you, your students, or your own children may enjoy.
1) Sometimes you find you need to take a breath and refresh your spirit. You may find this lovely video is just the thing that helps http://www.gratefulness.org/brotherdavid/video.htm. Another similar video with the producer’s comments can be viewed at http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude. If you haven’t explored the variety of wonderful talks at the TED site, you may want to take time to browse the talks to see what you can find that is enriching.
2) Registration is now open for LPB’s Super Summer Explorers Camps for 4-year-olds. The first session (June 16-20) focuses on literacy and technology and the second session (June 23-27) focuses on math, science and technology. Each camp is filled with fun learning activities from favorite PBS children’s programs. The camps are from 9 a.m. until noon, daily, and are held at LPB’s facility in Baton Rouge. Cost is $175 per camper per week. Each camper's birth date must be between 6/1/2009 and 6/1/2010 to be eligible. For more information go to http://www.lpb.org/camp.
3) Would you like to travel to China? Your class (grades 4-12) has the opportunity to follow along as the First Lady travels to China from March 19th - 26th. You will be able to follow her blog, see her photos, and submit your questions for her. You can also register for a March 18th live webcast to learn about China and the unique relationship our countries share. Special guest speakers will offer a sneak peek at the First Lady’s travel itinerary and share their insights into China’s history, culture, current events and people.
First, register for free access to LPB LearningMedia at http://www.lpb.org/education/. Then you will be able to access the entire Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection. At Around the Globe: China you will be able to register for Mrs. Obama’s blog, submit your questions, and register for the webinar. Your students will also be able to explore significant events in Chinese history, the history of U.S.-China relations, and the experiences of Chinese Americans through videos, images, documents, and lesson plans. The First Lady will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26.
4) Don’t forget that The War of 1812, another Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip, will be available free through LPB on Thursday, April 10 at 9:00 a.m. A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and others as they struggle to determine what course the Unites States will take. The field trip can be viewed live on LPB HD. After the broadcast the trip will be archived and will be available later that day for streaming any time you wish. To register to receive access information go to http://www.lpb.org/etrips.
5) Do you want to better-integrate technology and digital resources into your curriculum? Are you in need of immediate CLUs? Sign up for PBS TeacherLine’s new series of 1.5 hour online professional development courses focused on teaching & learning in the digital age!
• Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom 101
• Promoting Digital Literacy and Citizenship in Your Classroom
• Integrating Technology into Project Based Learning
• Digital Storytelling: Online Tools for Sharing Student Voices
6) March 14th is Pi Day. During this time to show that “Math is AweSum!” we are directing you to the classroom resources Math at the Core (middle school students), Peg + Cat (children 3-5 years old), I <3 Math ( 6th grade mathematics), Making the Case (teacher common core resources) and the PBS Math Club (7th grade common core math).
7) Celebrate Solar Week, March 17-21, with a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games focusing on the sun-Earth connection. Students in upper elementary, middle and high school can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons. Many lessons are suitable for fun computer lab activities as well. After doing the activities, students can interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront of sun-Earth research. To learn more and to register to participate, visit http://www.solarweek.org. This project is supported by NASA.
8) Wonder how to put the “E” in your STEM teaching. Take the Free NASA and NSTA Online Course -- Teaching Tomorrow's Engineers for middle school educators.
9) If you are looking for some light videos and games addressing obesity and diabetes with a touch of the bayou, then you may want to check out “The Gumbo Gang on Boogie Bayou.” These resources teach children four to seven years old about food choices, exercise, and health. The animations, web site, and outreach materials focus on increasing physical activity and modeling good nutrition choices - all to a Cajun beat. Visit the Gumbo Gang website.
10) You may want to plan ahead for April Financial Literacy Month by checking http://jumpstart.org/jump$tart-clearinghouse.html for learning resources to teach your students about financial matters. Most of the resources are free.