A smart person learns from his own mistakes, but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others -- Otto von Bismarck. Although Bismarck's words have been altered over the years the saying is none the less true. Watch these two "Jay walk" videos and you will quickly see why we need to diligently teach our children the love and importance of learning. "Little strokes fell great oaks." another truism.
- Making our big planet just a little bit smaller. Explore the world with facts, stats, and trends. This is a must spend time website for upper elementary students through high school.
- CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for upper elementary, middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year. After viewing CNN Student News, use the Daily Discussion to help students discuss and understand the stories covered in the program. The questions are designed to promote critical thinking and are written for middle and high school students, but they can easily be adapted for upper elementary school classes if you feel the topics addressed are appropriate.
- TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine that motivates kids to read! Issues cover a wide range of real-world topics kids love to learn about - and it's the best nonfiction text you'll find! Our Digital Editions are the perfect supplement to your TIME For Kids print subscription, and they deliver a host of exciting features to help bring TIME For Kids to life
- Visiting the National Geographic for kids, you will find games, videos, fun facts from other countries and cool information about animals and pets! There's even a Little Kids section for the smallest students who "Dare to Explore!".
- An indepth online geography textbook written for kids. Learn about the world around you. Geography is the study of the Earth as it exists today, focusing on the surface, the atmosphere, the oceans, as well as the distrubtion of plants, animals, and people.
Social Studies Videos
The videos below are a great way to reinforce what is taught in the classroom. All students, elementary to college, enjoy this type learning. We live in a digital age and need to utilize this important resource.
US History: This is a parody on King George and the American colonists. Well done and quite funny.
US History: The XYZ Affair was a political and diplomatic episode in 1797-1798, early in John Adams's Administration involving the Uni-ted States and France.
American History: A National Geographic clip on what the English explorer Henry Hudson might have seen while exploring New York. This video clip is very enlightening and helpful for kids to imagine what the U.S. would have looked like over 200 years ago.
US Government -- Relive your elementary school years with Schoolhouse Rock as you learn about how a bill becomes a law.
European History: Believe it or not the above video (The French Revolution) was performed by Amy Burvall, a history teacher, with one of her students who wrote the lyrics.