Are you looking for a way to bring geography to life in your classroom? If so, be sure to check out The Crown Jewels Caper, an international sleuthing game featuring Carmen Sandiego. Google Earth and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt partnered to bring the classic video game to life. The game allows the students to pursue Carmen Sandiego around the world, hoping to catch the infamous thief and recover the stolen jewels. Throughout the game, the students visit new destinations and landmarks, and talk to witnesses to gather evidence to help them find her whereabouts. The game is available for Chrome, Android, and iOS, and can be started by clicking the red "Catch Carmen Sandiego" button on Google Earth.
Do you teach landforms, weather patterns, pollution, or ecosystems? If so, be sure to check out this new augmented reality app by the World Wildlife Foundation. The app is an interactive story telling experience, where students can learn how rivers affect the people, animals, and landscapes around them.
Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool for your classroom. The teacher can develop presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, and direct links to Web Content. Many ready-to-teach lessons are also available. It is great for small-group or whole-class activities. Each child must have their own device. The free version is sufficient for most, but a more expanded version is available for an annual fee.
Every student has a voice and with Flipgrid they get to use it. The teacher creates a grid and adds a topic or two. The students share short videos in response to the topics. Super easy.
Kahoot! is a must-have tool for classrooms that are BYOD or 1:1. Sign up for your FREE account, then create your quiz, discussion, or survey using any device - laptop, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, or Android. Participants join your Kahoot! without needing an account, so all students can participate with a device and connection. Kahoot! provides a fun and simple way to give formative assessments in real time and get feedback on student learning.
This is one of the many activities available on the National Park Service's WebRanger's website. It walks a student through how to read a map. It includes instructions on the Legend, scale, and directions. This could be done whole group with younger students and individually to reinforce the concepts.
Free Rice is a great site that has been in use since 2007. Your students can send rice to needy people while studying art, chemistry symbols, English grammar, geography, French, German, Italian, Spanish, basic math, multiplication tables or more. They even have a section for preparing for the SAT! Just click change subjects to choose a different topic.
The newest version allows you to change the language (that the directions are written, etc.) AND includes multiplication tables, capitals of the world, identifying countries from a map, and several other new topics!
This site does not require a login to use.
Search thousands of Twitter chats, educational apps, videos, and websites that have been curated by teachers and given a Report Card. You can search using keywords or by grade level. Quickly make your own collection from all these to use in your classroom.
Newsela provides over 1,000 non-fiction and current event articles scaled at five different Lexile reading comprehension levels. The same article may be assigned to multiple students at varying reading levels. After reading articles, students may then complete Common Core-aligned quizzes. Teachers have the ability to assign articles and monitor student progress.
New features of Newsela include: Primary sources, Historic Biographies, Famous speeches and the Time Machine (articles written through history.) Articles are also available in Spanish.
Many of the resources are free, but a PRO version is available.
This is a site you're going to want to use with your students!
- Official Rio 2016 Olympics site: https://www.olympic.org/rio-2016
- From Read-Write-Think: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/summer-olympics-start-today-30881.html
- From Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collection/get-ready-olympics
- From Teacher Planet: http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/summerolympics.php
If you discover a great site for studying the Olympics, share it in a comment 🙂