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Volume 10, Issue 8
February 21, 2012
Here are a few of EducationWorld's many learning games and activities.
Musical Spelling Words
This spelling practice game will have your students singing a new tune. Spelling (Grades K-5)
Heads Up, Study Up
Play a favorite classroom game to review math facts, spelling, and more. Math, All Subjects (Grades 3-8)
Like these? We've got hundreds more, many of which include convenient printables:
Critical Thinking Worksheets
Build a variety of critical thinking skills with these worksheets.
Math Cross Puzzles
Need challenging math puzzlers to reinforce skills? Find them here.
Kids learn definitions by plugging challenging words into the correct sentence.
Where in the World is Mrs. Waffenschmidt?
Students use clues to find the location of this elusive world traveler.
Timely and Practical Lesson Ideas
Women's History Month Lesson: Why Not a Woman?
Presidents and Term Limits
This grade 6-12 lesson, perfect for Presidents' Day or discussing elections, lets classmates teach each other about presidential term limits.
Can't Wait for Spring? Grab Some New Worksheets
Explore four new student coloring sheets themed for Women's History Month (March), spring, Easter (April 8) and Earth Day (April 22).
Site Review: MSNBC Technology & Science
What's there to say about NBC News that hasn't already been said? Science and tech teachers should make this site a daily visit.
From the EdWorld Community: Black History Month Postcards
This cute printable for the primary grades teaches about notable African Americans in history. One postcard lets students research a figure of their choice.
With this grade 3-8 lesson, students nominate a woman they think is important enough to have a new federal holiday named after her.
What Eats What in the Ocean?
Search for more lesson plans by subject.
Students explore marine food webs and create an aquatic food web on their own.
Explore our full collection of Lesson Plans of the Day.
This Week's Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan
Students graph the number of pieces of a puzzle put together at 5-minute intervals. (Grades 3-8)
See more Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans.
This Week's Early Childhood Resource
Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth
Discuss and then demonstrate with children the types of foods that can lead to tooth decay.
See more Early Childhood Activities.
This Week's Classroom Tip
The Tardy Student
Some students are late for reasons beyond their control, while others arrive late because of choices they've made. Find tips for dealing with the habitually tardy student.
Access additional Classroom Management Tips.
Survey: Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place?
Try this powerful exercise for reflecting upon whether school practices--both intentional and unintentional--are helping or hurting your students.
Site Review: Panwapa
This site for young children is part of a global initiative designed to inspire and empower a new generation to be responsible global citizens.
Detroit Uses Celebs to Boost Attendance
Criticized for their past methods of generating school attendance, Detroit schools are taking a different approach.
Site Review: Chatzy
Chatzy is a simple online platform that allows educators to create private chat rooms for class discussions.
Group Wants Educators to Ignore Climate Change
The think tank Heartland Institute hopes schools teach a curriculum that ignores current accepted science related to climate change.
Teacher Week Returns to "Jeopardy!"
Savvy educators face quiz master Alex Trebek on special episodes of the game show "Jeopardy!" that air through the end of February.
To access more great content, check out our Professional Development Archive and our Professional Development Channel Page.
Ken Shore: Preventing Teasing
Teasing can result in anxiety and low self-esteem and affect academic performance. Dr. Shore offers six tips for preventing teasing in your classroom.
See more Professional Development Columnists.
Explore the Education World Community
The new Education World Community, a FREE professional network for educators, offers teachers and administrators the opportunity to meaningfully interact with others in the field. If you haven't already, be sure to check out this powerful resource.
In addition to featuring timely discussion groups, the Community platform allows educators to upload lesson plans, worksheets and other tools. The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) group provides opportunities to learn from others who are using this powerful prevention and intervention framework in their schools.
Top Five Free Kindle Fire Apps for Education
EducationWorld looked at many of the free apps available for the Kindle Fire to see which hold promise for classroom use.
Online Chat: Ideas for Classroom Use
Web-based chat platforms have been around for years, but are gaining a new foothold as a collaboration tool in classrooms.
Pinterest 101 for Teachers: Five Power Pinners You Should Follow
Part of the allure of Pinterest is seeing what other thought-leaders are loving (and pinning!). On the EdWorld Community, find our list of must-follow pinners.
iPad App Review: Powers of Minus Ten - Cells and Genetics
This app lets users interactively zoom into a human hand and explore biological environments.
Assessing Classroom Technology Integration
How do teachers know whether they're integrating technology successfully, in a way that benefits both them and their students?
Video Tip: How Do I Know Rigor When I See It?
This informative video describes evidence administrators should look for to ensure that teachers are promoting rigorous learning environments.
Racial Inequities: What Schools Can Do, Part 2
Explore more systems-level strategies--including those related to professional development and instruction--that can eliminate racial inequities in schools.
On the EdWorld Community: Family Engagement Group
A quick, free signup gets you into this group, where members share discussions, activities and resources to engage families in learning.
Principals Launch School-Wide Wellness Programs
Learn about health awareness programs that improve school climate as they boost wellness in the wider community.
Money Fun: Investing in Families and Math Skills
Games such as "Crack the Safe" and "Roll Down the Debt" strengthen math skills and financial literacy while building family engagement.
How I Handled: Communicating With Non-English-Speaking Parents
Our growing population of ESOL students brought with it an increased difficulty in communicating with parents. Here's what we did.
School Votes Not to Appeal Prayer Banner Case
A Rhode Island public school committee on Thursday voted not to appeal a federal court decision ordering the removal of a prayer banner displayed in a high school. The Cranston School Committee cast the 5-2 vote at a public hearing to discuss a lawsuit that had been brought on behalf of 16-year-old atheist Jessica Ahlquist, a junior at Cranston High School West.
NC School: Teacher's Mistake at School Lunch Led to Upset Calls of Government Meddling
It was a tale of government meddling that outraged radio talk show hosts and a pair of Congress members: A 4-year-old was forced to dump her packed lunch and eat a state-dictated cafeteria lunch of chicken nuggets. Now school officials are blaming a teacher's error in making sure the child had a nutritious meal.
Big Bucks Attract High School Grads To Mining
This spring, some high school grads in Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Nevada may see some good job prospects. The recent spike in metal prices, combined with a shortage of miners, means mining companies are hiring. So some teens are opting not to go to college, and instead are heading underground.
Seeking Money, Texas Schools Turn to Advertisements
The rooftop of a suburban high school is not a location that companies usually consider prime advertising real estate. But in Humble Independent School District, it may be. The district's high school lies directly in a flight path for Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
Middle School Students in San Jose Show Creative Flair in Cooking Contest
Young people today are not only eating healthy food, they're cooking it, too. Middle school students in San Jose Unified School District were up for the challenge when Sodexo, the company that provides food services for a variety of institutions, sponsored its Future Chefs 2012 contest.
Cincinnati School Pays Students to Attend; While Chicago School Fines Those Who Don't Behave
In Cincinnati, a high school on Monday started paying its students to show up, buckle down and behave themselves. In Chicago, a high school is fining students who don't behave themselves.
Colorado Senate Passes Safe2Tell School Safety Bill
The Colorado Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a bill that improves the way students can anonymously reach out to adults about dangerous, violent or criminal activities.
Schools Will Now Use Google Maps to Decide on Admissions
Amid complaints that schools were manipulating nursery admissions under Economically Weaker Section category by taking advantage of the sole distance criterion, some of them have now opted for Google Map to make the selection "fair and transparent".
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