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The Online Diary of Anne Frank

This March—Women’s History Month—revisit one of the twentieth century’s most influential works authored by a female—The Diary of Anne Frank. Listed among the best books of the century by Goodreads.com, The New York Public Library, The Guardian, and The National Review, The Diary of Anne Frank is a complex and important text. It is at […]

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Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Resources

Energy is not a new invention. It dates all the way back to the Stone Age when it was used to provide light and heat. Today, energy is the driving force at the center of almost everything. Students arrive home each day and flip switches to satisfy whatever need or desire they hold dear at […]

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You Can Run a Science Fair – Online Tools and Resources

By upper elementary, most students have had the experience of working though a science fair project. Learning the basics of the scientific method and following a plan of research are essential skills that students must take from their science education experience. By the middle grades, many school science fairs take a turn for the more […]

Ringing in a New Gregorian Year

2012’s final hours arrive on Monday, December 31. People around the world will mark the end of the old year and celebrate the promise of a new year with parties and fireworks. They will revel in the possibilities for self-improvement and make resolutions to be more organized, healthy, well-read, or diligent. Despite the fun, calendars […]

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Don’t Ignore and Don’t Accept – Bullying

According to the 2011 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) “Nineteen percent of middle schools and 18 percent of high schools reported daily or weekly problems with cyberbullying, either at school or away from school.” According to a number of other anti-bullying organizations, such as i-SAFE and the Cyberbullying Research Center, the numbers are even […]

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Head in the Clouds – Digitally Speaking

Just like the rapid billowing clouds of a swift winter storm, recently, a new type of cloud seems to have swept through the digital world in a powerful way. The ‘cloud’ has become synonymous for the Internet. It is the latest metaphor to describe the World Wide Web. It is the newest and most efficient […]

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The Hobbit’s Journey to Your Classroom

Bilbo Baggins’ under-dog adventure has seduced readers and non-readers for years. In December, part 2 of The Hobbit’s trilogy opens in theaters – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On January 3, fans will remember author J.R. Tolkien’s and celebrate what would have been his 121st birthday. The Hobbit is a teacher’s dream: The Hobbit appeals to […]

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Our 16th President

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  ~ Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19,1863 Have you been to the movies recently? There is a new historical drama film being shown throughout the country about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The film covers the final four months […]

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Adventures on the Web

 The school schedule can be challenging; tight blocks are set aside for more activities than the day can fit. For topics that only need a class period to cover, the hectic scheduling is not too challenging. However consider science concepts that tend to require multiple class periods to sufficiently cover. If we try to implement […]

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