West Nile Outbreak

Ah, the joys of summer: afternoons in a cool pool, walks in the woods, hanging out with friends, endless reading time and a pile of books no one assigned, shorts and tank tops, mosquito bites and itchy ankles. Wait! What was that last one? Along with the perks of summer come those pesky blood-sucking insects […]

Good News About Peanuts

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter. ~ President James Garfield In this month’s Internet Challenge™, we will learn about the peanut, which is really not a nut at all, but a legume. (Some other well-known legumes are peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas.) Today, peanuts are one of America’s favorite foods. […]

Cooking Up Some Math

Ask adults where they use math in everyday life and you will receive responses such as shopping, balancing the checkbook, and cooking. Cooking is surely the most accessible for elementary students, and it is a lot of fun besides. Students practice the math needed for cooking, by following the recipes and instructions on a variety […]

Teaching with WebQuests

How can teachers encourage critical and analytic thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and integrate technology into the curriculum? It might seem challenging, but a WebQuest provides students the opportunity to explore a topic while honing these critical skills. And, it’s fun! Webquest is an effective way to incorporate inquiry learning through technology into the classroom.  In […]


Civil War: 1862

One hundred fifty years ago, the United States was embroiled in a bitter civil war. After the 1860 presidential election of Abraham Lincoln, eleven states seceded from the United States to form the Confederate States of America. In April 1861, hostilities began when Confederate forces attacked the Union controlled Fort Sumter in South Carolina. By […]

Read All About It: International Literacy Day

Imagine a life without reading: job and college applications, the comics or sports page, birthday cards, bus schedules, Facebook pages, prescription bottles. Your opportunities, recreation, and daily habits would all be different. For those who can read, it may seem automatic, like breathing. However, becoming literate is a lifelong process that begins when you are […]

Apps for Back to School

Remember the days when ‘back to school’ supplies consisted of pencils, folders, and a three-ring binder (remember ‘Trapper Keepers’?). Ahh…the good old (and less-expensive) days. Today’s supply lists include a few additional items; DVDs, CDs, thumb drives, graphing calculators, memory cards/sticks, digital cameras, e-readers, and even laptop computers and tablets! Considering that most students are […]

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