Video about the importance of using a microscope and what to know about a microscope

March 5, 2018

This video is a great introduction to using a microscope and explains the importance of using a microscope, such as in the medical field to discover diseases through the cells that are looked at. It is a 3 minute 44 second video that introduces the parts of a light microscope, while providing information on why one should use a microscope and how to use certain parts. It explains the significance of low resolution and high resolution, as well as the magnification. It shows the different lenses and provides a magnification formula for students to know the total magnification of the object. This video is good to show students after exploring the microscope on their own and then introducing how microscopes can be used in science to view cells that normally cannot be seen without magnification.


Climate Change in Social Studies

March 5, 2018

This website provides information about climate change and the importance of not only teaching climate change in science, but also incorporating this topic into social studies lessons. The framework for social studies standards is explored for K-12 grades and lists the skills that students should be attaining in each level. This website includes lesson plans, activities, and ideas about concepts to review within the overall topic of climate change. There is a blog that includes stories about climate change that are posted from individuals all around the world. There are also books that are recommended to read that discuss climate change, and these books can be read in classrooms to explore more about climate change in many different areas.

Women’s Right to Vote in New Jersey’s 1st Constitution

March 4, 2018

This article gives insight as to why the first New Jersey’s constitution allowed some women and black people to vote. This is unique to any other colony. There is debate because some think it was an oversight. However, women did vote. The reason why history doesn’t look at the autonomy  of New Jersey’s women is because once they lost the right to vote, they didn’t do anything about it. This can be an interesting source when teaching New Jersey History because it highlights and contrast the uniqueness of New Jersey compared to it’s neighbors.

Judith Apter Klinghoffer, author, and author Lois Elkis. “The Petticoat Electors”: Women’s Suffrage in New Jersey, 1776-1807.” Journal Of The Early Republic no. 2 (1992): 159. JSTOR Journals, EBSCOhost

Scholastic News

March 4, 2018

Scholastic News is a great website that allows children to observe current events. You do need to purchase a subscription for access. With that, you will have access to teacher guides, quizzes, worksheets, and articles. The website has read-alouds and articles for different reading levels.  The website is divided into grades from 1st to 5/6th. It can be used for current events, there most recent articles talked about olympians and other current topics. It also gives articles on historical topics like the Civil Rights movement. When utilized in the classroom you can have students read and give reports or summaries on the articles. It can also be used as a source for research papers/essays.

American Revolution Student Friendly resource

March 4, 2018

Ducksters is a great kid friendly resource for kids. This site is great for elementary kids, especially 4th and 5th grade. This link breaks down the American Revolution on a timeline. It has all the events that happened during and after the war. The wording is very kid friendly. When you open the link it also allows you to click on the specific events on the timeline if you would like to research them further. The students at Millstone River school use this when they need to do some research about a topic. The link for Ducksters is provided below.

Ducksters American Rev war

American Revolution

March 4, 2018

This is a great resource for 4th graders. It gives a blurb about the American Revolution and then it has all important things from it that you can click on to find more about what happened. The language is also easy enough fro 4th graders to understand. It explains how the war started as well as how it ended. It talks about how the American Revolution was a campaign by the American colonies to gain independence from Great Britain. It also goes into further detail and explains the difference between the Red Coats and Patriots. It explains the major events like the Boston massacre, Boston tea party, and the stamp act. This is a great resource for both the students as well as future educators. The link for the site is in the link below. DK find it is very kid friendly.

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Revolutionary Teaching Resources-Teacher’s Guide to the American Revolution

March 4, 2018

The National Park System not only offers teachers with resources to help with planning, but it offers additional links to other websites that also discuss the Revolutionary War,  as well as, an easy to follow timeline. In addition, it offers students with information on primary and secondary sources as well. This site is a great source for teachers to use while lesson planning, as it gives necessary background knowledge, additional links to sources, and activities that could be incorporated.