By Annelise Collins

10 Resources from List

Resource 1: Dot to Dot

Dot-to-dot puzzles, also known as connect-the-dot pictures, are a terrific printable activity for youngsters just learning to count or to recite the alphabet. One such website is which has 510 printable puzzles like the ones in the picture.

Resource 2: Commonly Confused Words

Even native English speakers can be confused by homonyms and words that some teachers call "confusables." There are many different websites to help students.'s Grammar and Composition Guide, Richard Nordquist, defines over 200 sets of commonly confused words. From A ("A, An, And") to Y ("Your, You're"), each word is defined, an example provided, and a few practice fill-in-the-blank sentences included. Don't miss The Big Quiz, which tests 50 sets of "confusables." There is even a quiz to print off.

Resource 3: Grimms' Fairy Tales

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were nineteenth-century Germans who set out to preserve their country's oral folk tales by writing them down. The stories were often cruel, but once the brothers saw how popular the tales were with young readers, they started making them softer, sweeter and more moral.

Storynory storyteller Natasha Gostwick reads sixteen Grimm fairy tales, for your enjoyment at the computer, or for downloading to your MP3 player. Take Storynory with you." Each illustrated story page includes both the audio version and a transcription, so your early reader can read along.


Resource 4: Punctuation

Jeff Rubin (owner of Put It In Writing Newsletter Publishers) declared September 24, 2006 National Punctuation Day and managed to get it included in "Chases' Calendar of Events," making it practically official.

One example is Eats, Shoots & Leaves. This interactive punctuation game from British author Lynne Truss is based on her best-selling "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" grammar book. The title of her book is based on the following grammar joke. Panda walks into a restaurant and eats lunch. When the check arrives, he takes a gun from his pocket, shoots into the air and runs out of the restaurant. The waiter chases after him, shouting about the bill. In response, the panda tosses him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and says "I'm a panda. Look it up." The waiter opens up the book and reads, "Pandas: eats, shoots and leaves."


Resource 5: Bald Eagles

The Bald Eagle is a North American bird of prey, and it is both the national bird and national animal of the United States. As an American symbol, the Bald Eagle can be seen on the President's Seal and on the back of many coins.

There is a website all about bald eagles, it has everything you would ever need to know.


Resource 6: Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

From gratitude to twittering turkeys, these ideas are far from boring, and are sure to jump start your classroom writing assignments.

When you’re making your own list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, be sure to include the joy on the faces of your students as they journal. With an effective list of elementary writing prompts. Journaling is a wonderful tool for students to explore their thought processes and to work on their communication skills. The website entitled Journal Buddies, has 78 elementary Thanksgiving writing prompts to choose one, there is bound for one to work in your classroom!


Resource 7: Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962) created a new standard for First Ladies because instead of retreating to a private life of decorating and entertaining, Eleanor continued her public life by holding press conferences, giving lectures, doing radio broadcasts, and writing a daily syndicated newspaper column. She was an outspoken advocate for social justice for women and minorities both during her stint as First Lady of the United States (1933-1945) and afterwards.

Although the full video from this PBS television special is not available online, there is lots ofmaterial worth seeing. It includes a biography, a time line, bonus video clips and an multimedia interactive about Eleanor's goodwill tour of the South Pacific in 1943. "To make her trip useful, Eleanor, traveling as a representative of the Red Cross, inspected the organization's installations on the islands. She kept the plans of her trip a secret and made the 10,000 mile journey to Australia alone so as not to incur criticism for disrupting military operations


Resource 8: Money Smarts

Whether you use chocolate chips, monopoly money, or actual coins, it's never too early to start learning about money. This week's roundup of sites offer games and interactive tools to help kids and teens gain financial literacy.

At three to eight years old, your child may be too young to manage an actual bank accounts but this doesn't mean they can't start learning about them. With a Beanz account, kids receive a virtual currency controlled by the teacher. They can then put their Beanz into a savings or checking account and watch it grow. This is a fun way to reward kids for doing their homework or being on their best behavior. If you choose to, you can later reward kids by redeeming their Beanz for money or other rewards.


Resource 9: Internet Safety

Children need to be taught a set of online safety rules. A lot has been written for adults on this subject, but here are some resources written specially for kids. Review them with your kids.

KidsCom presents ten rules for Internet safety (don't give out personal information), online manners (always be polite), and copyright law (don't use pictures from someone else's Web site). The best part of the site is the two games that reinforce the rules. Mouser is for four- to eight-year olds, with the questions read aloud. Keybo is for eight- to twelve-year olds, with multiple choice and fill-in-the-missing-word questions. This interactive component makes this safety site is must-see.


Resource 10: Renaissance

During the Middle Ages (a period of European history which began in the fifth century) art and learning was centered on theology. But at the start of the fourteenth century, thinkers and artists turned their eye toward humanity. This cultural movement was called the Renaissance. It started in northern Italy, and then gradually spread to the rest of western Europe. Many historians consider the Renaissance the beginning of the modern era of human history.

Like a mini-vacation, Italy Guides brings you the best of Florence with QuickTime Virtual Realty tours, downloadable audio tours in MP3 format, and a photo gallery. Virtual tours are available for the Duomo (cathedral) of Florence, the Giotto's Bell Tower, the Dome of Brunelleschi, and twelve other sights. Last month when I was in Florence with my family, our hotel was adjacent to the piazza Santa Maria Novella, so seeing that tour brought back some great memories.


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Resource 11: Rivers

Rivers are an important part of our ecosystem as a source of water, food, transportation, defense, energy, and last, but certainly not least, recreation. Learn more at this week's selection of sites.

"Rivers are an essential part of our world. Since the beginning of time, people have traveled on them and built cities along them. Rivers have provided food as well as a source of commerce and entertainment for centuries." This multimedia exploration for third through fifth grade students, introduces river basics, describes their importance, and includes a section on river explorers such as Henry Hudson, and Lewis and Clark. There is a Teacher's Guide that outlines classroom activities, and a River Resource page with additional site recommendations.


Resource 12: Neptune

Neptune is the farthest planet from the Sun, with a huge orbit compared to ours. It takes Neptune approximately 165 Earth years to complete a single trip around the Sun. Neptune is one of three blue planets (Earth and Uranus are the others), and the only one discovered by mathematical prediction instead of observation.

"How much would you weigh on Neptune? If you weigh 70 pounds (32 kg) on the Earth, you would weigh 78.5 pounds (36 kg) on Neptune." Kids Astronomy's Neptune page has Fast Facts and a short Neptune lesson. At the bottom of the page is a link to a page about Neptune's moons. "Due to its great distance from the Earth it is extremely difficult for us to see any of Neptune's moons. For that reason most of its moons were not discovered until 1989 when NASA sent a satellite to explore the world."


Resource 13: Cleopatra

She is known in pop culture as simply Cleopatra, although there were six Egyptian queens before her with the same name. Cleopatra VII (69 - 30 BCE) was the last pharaoh in the Ptolemy dynasty, and although ruthless at times, her intelligence and charm captured history's imagination.

King Tut One presents Cleopatra's biography in five parts, with a special emphasis on her childhood years. Cleopatra's father, Ptolemy XII, was an unpopular ruler because of the greed and corruption that marked his reign. But he lavished his six children with luxury and the finest education his money could buy. "Because of this attention to education, Cleopatra studied philosophy, literature, art, music, medicine, and was able to speak six different languages. These languages were Aramaic, Egyptian, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin."


5 Videos

Video 1: Equivalent Fractions

Equivalent Fractions

Video 2: Phonics Song

This is a great youtube channel (Hooplakidz) for fun animated songs for students!

Phonics Song

Video 3: Liberty Kids: #06 "The Shot Heard Round the World"

This Youtube Channel (LitertysKidsTV) has lots of great short videos about America's early history!

Liberty`s Kids: #06 "The Shot Heard Round the World" (1/2)
Liberty`s Kids: #06 "The Shot Heard Round the World" (2/2)

Video 4: How to make a Paper Plate Duck!

This Youtube Channel (Arts and Crafts) has lots of great Arts and crafts for kids!

How to make a Paper plate Duck

Video 5: Space School Neptune

I great way to hook students, when starting with Neptune!

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