As I listen to the news on Hurricane Irene, I’m guessing many teachers will be looking for resources to teach about Irene specifically and hurricanes/cyclones in general. So here is my starting list:
… This storm is poised to affect millions of us, all up and down the East Coast. So here’s the invitation part…
Write or draw something as the storm passes through. Maybe by flashlight or candlelight while the power is out…maybe in between trips downstairs to bail out the basement. And then, let’s gather all that writing and art together to see what people created as Hurricane Irene passed through.” (for ALL grades!)
If you have any resources to add, please post a comment!
My thoughts are with my East Coast friends as we move through the weekend. I’m crossing my fingers that Irene will head away from populated areas, fizzle out, and thousands of people can safely wish Irene Good Night.
On of the upsides of being a commuter is that I can start my day by listening to NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I’m still thinking about Thursday’s topic, Do Your Textbooks Tilt? Neal Conan hosted the show, with New York University history professor Jonathan Zimmerman leading the textbook discussion, and sharing some gems along the way, such as:
With Professor Zimmerman’s words on my mind, I paid more attention this week to social studies resources that came into my reader or email this week – and found some excellent ones:
Politics and Civic Literacy for the Digital Generation – Wow! Great resources for teachers, gathered from a number of sites, such as the this challenge-based learning video from the Apple Exchange on what voting is all about to the video below from the YouTube Safety team, Detecting Lies and Staying True:
And if you want to use your phone for keeping current on anything from White House press briefings to C-span’s Podcast of the Week, checkout the Taking It Mobile link.
Smithsonian Education – I’ve been a long-time fan of “our Nation’s attic,” and include their royalty-free, copyright-free photo gallery in my teacher workshops. I re-visited their site this morning after coming across the link in my Edutopia Magazine. I really like how the Smithsonian has divided the site into easy-to-navigate and inviting mini sites for teachers, students, and families. The IdeaLabs area for students includes some great annotated slideshows, such as rationing during World War II.
A highly interactive Web site, Object of History, takes middle and high school students behind the scenes with curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to explore six objects from the museum’s collections. Students watch videos, listen to historians and curators and then create their own online exhibition. Resources include videos, interviews, primary sources, virtual artifacts and lesson plans.”
Heading off to download 60-Second Civics Podcasting