Welcome. This site is designed with the cooperating teacher in mind. Please make comments and suggestions as often as you like. Links that are included are meant to add to your classroom and support you as your work with your Widener University student teacher. Dr. Marcia Bolton is your contact person at the University for your student teacher and his/her University supervisor. Dr. Bolton's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here are some links you can use as you plan your classroom instruction, or to help your student teacher:
- Verizon Thinkfinity - This site offers lesson plans and educational resources for teachers, parents, and students; that meet our state education standards.
- Teacher Tube - This site provides an online community for sharing instructional teacher videos.
- Google Maps - A wonderful way to use a content area for teaching anything. Google maps is fascinating and a great way for children (and teachers) to learn about geography and the places we live.
- International Reading Association
- Keystone Reading Association - A state counsel on the International Reading Association, providing leadership in literacy and education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Resources for Reading - Good materials for classroom literacy centers.
- Math Lessons - Free lessons and math homework help for basic math through algebra, geometry, and beyond. Students, teachers, parents, and everyone can find solutions to their math problems.
- Sudoku - Increase your math logic skills.
Social Studies sites:
- "Journeys West"
- "Korea: The Unfinished War"
- "Picturing Modern America"
- Plimoth Plantation
- "Mapping My Spot in History"
- "Nature's Fury"
- "St. Louis Virtual City Project"
- "Tell About the South: Voices in Black & White"
- "The People... Native Americans"
- "Lewis & Clark"
- "Helping Your Child Learn History"
- "What Exit? New Jersey & It's Turnpike"
- Census in Schools offers lesson plans, fact sheets, and activities for learning about the 2010 census. How is census data used? Why is the wording of questions important? What are the various ways of representing data? How has the census affected history? What predictions can you make about the future based on census data? These and other topics are the focus of lessons for Grades K - 4, 5 - 8, and 9 - 12; that help develop knowledge and skills in math, maps and geography, civics, reading, and writing. (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site offers lessons on initial battles of the U.S.-Mexican War. Topics include key individuals in the war, regular soldiers and volunteers, uniforms, war medicine, "debating the boundary," the price of expansion, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The lessons are designed for elementary and middle school students. (National Park Service)
- Estuaries.gov features "Estuaries 101 Curriculum" - three modules for Grades 9 - 12 that focus on life science, earth science, and physical science. Students use historic and real time data and hands on activities to investigate estuaries - the thin zone along coastlines where freshwater systems and rivers meet and mix with the ocean. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- NASA Images provides photos and videos related to space exploration, aeronautics, and astronomy. Topics include the universe, solar system, earth, and astronauts. A space flight interactive timeline shows images and video from the 1959 launch of Explorer 1, the first spacecraft successfully launched by the U.S., to the Mars Rovers and International Space Station. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
- NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab provides dozens of animations and images about topics such as coral reefs, ocean acidification, humans' impact on the ocean, the dead zone, hurricanes, African droughts, and more. Images of data ae included. These resources draw on NOAA data sources, satellite images, and computer models. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Science Nation is an online magazine that each week looks at discoveries and researchers that will change our lives, an artificial retina that can help the blind see, new materials for building things stronger and lighter, what we're learning from organisms in hot volcanic vents, and ice core secrets that could reveal answers to global warming. (National Science Foundation)
- Tides of Change Video Series explores oceans and how they affect earth's climate. Videos focus on six topics: the water cycle, carbon cycle, sea level changes, ocean salinity, remote sensing, and phytoplankton (the tiny marine plants responsible for half of the photosynthesis that occurs on earth), (National Aeuronautics and Space Administration)
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