Resource Roundup

Resources for the Middle School Teacher

February 13, 2013

Find resources for African American History Month as well as content-specific resources and videos to use in your classroom. Check out a resource for getting rid of the unwanted clutter on YouTube pages, The Mathematics of Spider-Man, Search Education resources from Google, an Infographic on Texting & Grammar, the Top Ten Skills Students Learn from the Arts plus many more!

African American History Month Resources

Celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the African American artists, educators, icons, and influential leaders that have impacted our nation’s history and culture with these PBS Learning Media resources.

These boards showcase African Americans who have or are currently impacting American society, including one short board that argues against African American history month, stating that historians and the public should be attentive to African American perspective in all renditions of history every day–that a month should be unnecessary.

A Cleaner Internet

This web browser extension removes unwanted ads/recommended videos on YouTube and other sites!

Instagram From a Famous Figure Assignment

What would Marco Polo send to his Instagram followers? What would Leonardo Da Vinci, or Thomas Jefferson post? For Language Arts, what would Katnis or Peeta from the Hunger Games be posting? This is a simple, fun and engaging way to get students familiar with one of the most popular social marketing sites on the web without needing computers.

16 Websites to Teach and Learn Vocabulary

Our active vocabulary consists of those words we AUTHENTICALLY use both in written and oral speech. When a learner first internalizes a vocabulary item it automatically becomes passive and is stored in their vocabulary repertoire but once they start using it in communication it shifts to the active side. Passive vocabulary is more likely to be forgotten and that is why vocabulary teaching should always emphasize the instruction of contextualized items so that students can relate and use them actively.

Student Interactives & Teacher Resources from

Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching.

Examples of Student Interactives include: Amusement Park Physics, Parallax, Conversions, Effects of dams on salmon popuations, Thirteen Colonies, Development and Future of the European Union, Triangle Model of the Cultural Framework, Limerick Factory, Volcanoes, and many more!

Google's Search Education Page

Help students learn how to do internet research. Lesson plans, strategies, and examples to help students become stronger researchers!

Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

Six Metaphors to Explain Math

This tip explains well-known math metaphors, and provides six creative examples of metaphors that allow math teachers to use known concepts to explain unknown or confusing mathematical concepts.

The Mathematics of Spider-Man

Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to be Spiderman? Watch as Skip Garibaldi, Emory University Winship Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, discusses if Spiderman's powers are mathematically possible.
The Mathematics of Spider-Man

10 Awesome STEM Jobs

There is so much more to STEM than just being a "scientist". What about becoming a music data journalist, NASA Rover Driver, ESPN Statistician, 3D Printing Materials Manager, a Professional Hacker, or a Legoland Designer?

The BEST Science Online (Henry’s List)

A video review of online resources for teaching and learning science. A fun way to learn about what teaching and learning resources are out there for teachers and students!
The BEST Science Online (Henry's List)

Common Core and Social Studies

A nice collection of websites, digital tools, presentations, and other resources to help social studies teachers implement the standards from the Common Core into their classes.

Go Social Studies Go

Go Social Studies Go is essentially a series of multimedia books about common social studies topics. The site is divided into four main sections; World Geography, World Religions, World History, and U.S. History. Within each section is a series of booklets containing text, pictures, videos, and links to additional resources.

The Problem of Textspeak in Middle School

Whether you call it textspeak, techspeak, or a reason for Shakespeare to spin madly in his grave, technology is impacting the way we think, connect, and communicate. And while it’s not all bad, this whole textspeak thing is a little annoying, especially in middle school when students are changing fast, socializing constantly, and learning to challenge the status quo.

The infographic below takes a look at textspeak–where it’s used, what it means, and how those who “speak” it actually feel about it. (Only 11% think it negatively impacts their writing skills–because they’d know, right?)

Grammy in the Schools

Grammy in the Schools creates opportunities for high school students to work with music professionals to get real-world experience and advice about how to have a career in music. And that includes any kind of music career – audio engineer, concert promoter, electronic music producer, manager, musician, music journalist, singer, songwriter – any music career.

They also shine the spotlight on schools,students, and teachers who are doing really cool things with music. In fact, they just created the GRAMMY Music Educator Award to honor the role of music teachers.

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Jamie Neibling

Middle School Teaching & Learning Coach

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