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.
Frontier Texas in Abilene, Texas, is a great educational experience. In fact, it has made the New York Times. When our family visited it, I thought it would probably be the average historical type of museum but I was mistaken. It’s an impressive museum where one can experience state-of-the-art technology. I won’t tell you too much so you can discover it for yourself.
Abilene, Texas, is located in west Texas and has a charm all its own. Not only is it home to Frontier Texas but Abilene is also the Children’s Storybook Capital of Texas as designated by the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas. This west Texas town is off I-20 and is definitely worth visiting!
Constitution Day is required by Federal law (Public Law 108-447) to be celebrated by all publicly funded educational institutions on September 17th, the day that the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Before this law was enacted in 2004, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. Now, it’s known as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” to be exact, and this holiday also recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens.
Here is a great assortment of activities and links to videos, lesson plans, games, words to rap, a slide show, a timeline, and informational sites:
Download a Constitution Day video to make a DVD for your classroom or school assembly (or show online). Video features kids from elementary school through high school. Great video!
Art Activity: For young students, paint large flags using long horizontal stokes that cross midline and use ab pattern for stripes. For students a little older, do the same but count the 50 stars and 13 stripes as well as pattern and write a sentence or sentences (i.e. This is my flag.) using proper punctuation.
Create a constitution for the class listing the class rules, and have all the students, the teacher and any aides sign it.