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Popcorn Activities

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month, and we offer a variety of fun, creative activity ideas for multiple subjects and all grade levels.

Themed Package

It's a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue World

Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.

Multimedia

Japanese Kites at the New Year

These resources explain the cultural and historical importance of kites in Japan. Teachers will find downloadable student readings on kite shapes, kite flying, and Japanese kites at the New Year.

Lesson Plan; Printable

Action for Healthy Kids

See how this site helps schools without the resources to improve nutrition programs and increase opportunities for kids to get healthier.

Multimedia; Tool

Space Program History

An out of this world trove of lessons, NASA learning resources, printables, and tools for teaching about the history of America's Space Program.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Fermilabyrinth Introduction

Fermi Labs official web site furnishes teacher and student materials, including animations.

Multimedia

Science Friday Kids' Connection

Every week during the school year, the Kids' Connection translates information from National Public Radio's Science Friday program into curriculum for middle school teachers.

Themed Package

Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching

Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filter by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)

SMILE website offers 1,000s science & math lessons for K-12 educators, all searchable by grade, subject, standards, assessments, and more.

Themed Package

EELink Compiles Environmental Education Lesson Plans

We review a website offering free compilation of preK-12 lessons, activities and other curriculum resources that focus on environmental education.

YouTube for Educators

YouTube offers a variety of free services that educators can use to facilitate classroom instruction, including access to more than 500,000 educational videos, limited access to non-educational content, and custom playlists that eliminate ads.

Multimedia

Brain Awareness Week

March 10-16, 2014. Educators for grades 6 and above will find lessons, activities, videos and other resources for help students learn about the human brain, its development, learning and memory, and more.

Themed Package

Science and Music Composition

Two online resources investigate the link between biology and music. Online activities and lesson plans allow students to create new music compositions and learn how music impacts human emotion and biology.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation

Navigation, or wayfinding, is the subject of the Exploratorium website Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation. Find ideas for projects and activities in social studies, language arts, science, art, and math.

Multimedia

NASA Websites Explore Global Warming

The NASA website Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet provides a foundation for studying and assessing global warming by providing data on carbon dioxide concentration, global surface temperature, Arctic sea ice, land ice, and more.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Annenberg Learner’s Interactives

22 learning modules from Annenberg Learner provide activities that improve skills in math, science, language, history, and arts. Though a few resources are aimed at elementary students, most are intended for secondary.

Learning Game

TED Ed - TED’s New Education Initiative

The goal of thisinitiative is to produce a library of teacher-prepared lessons on video.

Lesson Plan

Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum maintains twelve online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing.

Background Reading

Curiosity: NASA’s Next Mars Rover

Curiosity: NASA’s Next Mars Rover is a NASA website that gathers mission information on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which landed on Mars August 6th, 2012. Find lessons, activities and resources related to the event.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Learn & Teach with American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History’s website offers programs and resources such as activities, games, articles, profiles of scientists, and student descriptions of their own projects and investigations for teachers and learners at all grade levels.

Background Reading; Multimedia

HippoCampus

Free multimedia resources for middle school, high school, and college students on subjects like algebra, chemistry, history and government. Many of these resources would work well on an interactive whiteboard.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Pulse of the Planet

This daily science program airs on radio. The program and its related resources are available online. K-12 teachers will find teaching ideas and lesson plans, while students will enjoy multimedia learning games, videos, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

The Learning Network

The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.

Lesson Plan

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

All About Birds

All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching with entries for 585 species. It has ID tips, sound, and video for 117 species; a weekly bird feature; Q and A between readers and experts; and, a weekly quiz on a companion Facebook page.