Take students in a vitural tour of the USA, dig into how things work, learn literacy tips, teach about the stock market!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
November 1, 2008
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom", presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know.
LITERACY VOLUNTEER CONNECTION www.literacyvolunteer.com
Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. There are free resources available for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, and the best in children's literature.
COMPUTER SCIENCE & BUSINESS EDUCATION SITE www.crews.org/curriculum/ex/compsci/
This site contains student generated projects, a special Stock Market Handbook, and tons of lesson handouts. The site is broken down by grade level and contains projects in word processing, desktop publishing, programming, keyboarding, and other various business topics for grades 6, 7 and 8. There are many research links for the students along with easy to read articles on the subject of computers.
HOW STUFF WORKS www.howstuffworks.com/index.htm
Here's a great place to come to learn about how things work in the world around you. Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works or what makes the inside of your refrigerator cold? Then How Stuff Works is the place for you! Never be stumped by your students again!
POSTCARDS FROM AMERICA www.postcardsfrom.com
Postcards from America follows a teacher and a photographer as they travel across America, and through the use of a digital camera, create and send electronic postcards directly to the E-mailboxes of thousands of schoolrooms. Teachers use the personalized E-cards to help students learn about America's 50 states. This award-winning website features include the whole family including, Travel Tips, Fun Facts, Maps, and a "Just for Teachers" web page with tips for using the postcards in the classroom.
MONETARY MANIA SOCIAL STUDIES WEB ADVENTURE www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/quiz/mm/eng/index
How much do you know about International Monetary Fund and money? Test your knowledge with this quiz show about money, macroeconomics and global monetary policy. Can you score higher than the high school student and college econ major?
Editor’s note: Please use the Discussion link connected to this article to share some of the web sites you use with students to supplement and enhance the curriculum!
Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.
Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".
Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.
Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com