Here is a great resource for teachers and students! Khan Academy, a global classroom for anyone in the world who has access to a computer, has a library of over 3,200 videos online that are free. This provides quality instruction to areas all over the world, no matter where they are located. Incentives for students are also on the cite to motivate them with a game of earning badges and points, “game mechanics” as they refer to it, and they also offer Teacher Resources as well. Here is an example of one topic they cover:
ALGEBRA (many lessons in each of these subtopics):
Rations & Proportions
Exponents and Radicals
It’s easy to see by this listing that there are many lessons from which to choose. Here is a partial list of more topics without subtopics listed:
Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra
Art History (for many different eras)
Banking & Money
Healthcare & Medicine
Khan Academy is a global classroom of students who learn at their own rate and choose what they want to study. Here are reviews and stories of the academy so you can read first hand from teachers and students all over the world.
Many children and adults as well are fascinated with dinosaurs. This is an exciting way for students to learn about them in a fun way! Set up an interest center with dinosaur books and dinosaur figures. Choose two or three dinosaur books to read before doing the “dig.”
DINOSAUR DIG ACTIVITY:
Cheap, tiny little dinosaurs from a dollar store, enough for each child to have three or four dinosaurs
Plastic containers such as Cool Whip containers, one container per child
Plaster of Paris mix to be used by an adult
Tools such as small screwdrivers, small hammers, etc., for each child
Optional: Buy safari hats at a party supply store, one per child (we can get them for 89 cents each) Let each “paleontologist” wear a hat while excavating their “dinosaur dig.”
Make one “dinosaur dig” for each child beforehand: Cut each dinosaur apart into several pieces, keeping the pieces for each dinosaur together. Place three or four cut-apart dinosaurs in each plastic container and mix up the pieces, one container per child. Have an adult carefully mix up some Plaster of Paris according to directions and pour about an inch onto the dinosaur pieces in the plastic containers. After it hardens, take out of the container. These “paleontological sites” are now ready for the student “paleontologists.” While wearing their hats, let the students use their tools to chip away at the Plastic of Paris, slowly discovering pieces of their dinosaur. As they discover the pieces, they can put them together like a puzzle until they have all the missing pieces.
Many of you already know about Starfall. For those who don’t, it’s an excellent free site to encourage children to learn to read while having fun. This site is great for children learning their alphabet letters, learning the sounds of letters, and learning how to read words or short stories.