Resource Roundup

Resources for the Middle School Teacher

April 2, 2013

Content Connections Edition

This Content Connections contains a variety of content-specific resources to help make learning relevant to our students, add new tools to our toolboxes, and provide us with opportunities to continue to learn ourselves.

One Sentence Project

Daniel Pink's 'One Sentence Project' is an exercise that asks you to distill your life — what it’s about, why you’re here — into a single sentence. It’s tough, but it’s powerful. And in workplaces and schools, in the US and abroad, an astonishing number of people are giving it a try. What's your sentence?

Link to introductory videos on the One Sentence Project:

Here is one middle school classroom example of the One Sentence Project.

Mr. Hong's Gr. 6/7 Class - The One Sentence Project

Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show-Me State

Find out about famous people from the Show-Me State! Discover famous Missourians in the arts and entertainment, business and technology, history and politics, media and journalism, and sports. Short biographies of each person are provided along with pictures, quotes, and trivia. A site designed for teachers as a companion to John Brown's book, Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show-Me State.

Historical Dictionary

The dictionary is a compendium of facts, figures, mini-biographies and definitions of historical terms. It covers people, places, key events and epochs. Each entry is concise and expertly written, and the dictionary is ideal as a study tool or to improve your knowledge of history.

10 Resources for Inspiring Students with Art

Art is a subject that we really need to have in schools. Students are inspired by art, both digital and old-school paper and scissors art. Art is infused in science, design, architecture, history–it’s everywhere. It inspires us. When we look at the things in the world that truly move us, we go on to do great things This week’s Learnist boards are dedicated to art and design–both classical and contemporary. They show the impact of art in the classroom, in history, and in society today.

The Math and Magic of Origami

Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.
Robert Lang: The math and magic of origami

Architectural Icons Inspired by Mathematics

From the first pyramids to today’s intricate building designs, architecture and mathematics have been inextricably linked. It is essentially impossible to understand architectural design without considering the mathematics behind it.

Good Mathematics Blogs for Teachers

A short list of some highly recommended blogs for math teachers!

Is the 5 Second Rule True? And Other Interesting Science Videos

The videos published by VSauce explain the science and math that answers all kinds of fun and interesting questions like "is the 5 second rule true?" "where is the most dangerous place on Earth?" and "will we ever visit other stars?"

Due to the PG-13 rating that I'd apply to some of the content of some VSauce videos I wouldn't turn my students loose on the whole VSauce channel, but I would use an individual video as part of a science lesson. - Richard Byrne

Is The 5-Second Rule True?

Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.

Use the Library of Congress to access primary resources as well as resources for teaching using primary documents.

Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

National Geographic's Maps: Tools for Adventure

National Geographic Education has a nice interactive activity for introducing students to GIS and using maps to interpret information. Maps: Tools for Adventure asks students to interpret the data on five maps to solve problems and help animals.

How to Use Current Events to Make Lessons More Relevant

Three general tips to connect current events to your content area and to your students' interests.

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Jamie Neibling

Middle School Teaching & Learning Coach

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