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Clover Search Game

March 1, 2011 Teachnet Staff 1

Ian McCall has designed two wonderful exercises that are great practice for younger children and fun for kids of all ages. We were quite taken with his Clover Patch Search game, where you browse among square photos to find the clovers, and maybe even a four-leaf clover!

Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2011 Teachnet Staff 0

This video, created by a US History student, showcases many excellent photos of Dr. Martin Luther King and includes voice over of King’s “We shall overcome” speech. Before heading out for the three day weekend, be sure your students know why Monday is observed as a national holiday.

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Science 911

December 5, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

So you really want to know – did dinosaurs really roam the earth in what is now Kansas? What the heck is a quark? Just […]

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Quick Newspaper Activities

November 28, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

To jump-start creativity, keep a supply of old newspapers on hand. For information processing and communication exercises, students can write new captions for photos, draw new pictures to go with articles, or write new headlines for articles.

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Weekly Parent Activity

November 12, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

Our school is installing a Parent-Teacher Hotline, a telephone system that allows teachers to record messages to their parents, and parents can call in, enter the classroom I.D. number, and hear the teacher’s message regarding homework, upcoming activities, permission slips that need to be returned, etc. We’ll be using ours to include a Home Activity for the Week, a simple learning activity designed to involve parents in the learning/teaching process.

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Self-Hardening Clay

November 11, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

Self-hardening clay is available in five pound boxes at hobby stores, dries on its own when left uncovered in about a week, and is paintable. This clay is great for a first-time art project if no kiln is available, and dividing the five pound cube into eight equal sections gives students a large enough piece to make a small coiled pot.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Sorting

November 11, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

A little real-world exercise for your kids: do you have one of those cans of bolts, nuts, screws and washers sitting around the house that you just keep intending to sort out so you won’t have to dig through it when you are looking for a bolt to replace the one that just fell out of the lawnmower but you never get them sorted because you spend all of your time grading papers? Bringing it to school and getting your kids to do it isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. A little time digging through those odds-and-ends can sharpen their visual acuity, teach them the difference between a metal screw and a lock washer, sharpen their sorting skills and help them see how a large task can be accomplished with persistence.