I was excited to find this list of the Best Gifted Resources and Curriculum at Exquisite Minds. And they are mostly free!
Minimus: “The Mouse That Made Latin Cool!” Click on “Teachers’ Resources” for lesson ideas and curriculum for gifted students.
TED: Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world: From the podcast publisher: “Each year, TED hosts 80 of the world’s most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. These podcasts (also available in audio format) capture the most extraordinary presentations delivered from the TED stage. Each week, we’ll release a new talk to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination. For best effect, plan to listen to at least three, start to finish. (They have a cumulative effect.) If you have a curious soul and an open mind, we think you’ll be hooked.”
Alcumus Art of Problem Solving: Alcumus offers students a customized learning experience, adjusting to student performance to deliver appropriate problems and lessons. Alcumus is specifically designed to provide gifted students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities.
NASA: Science and math lesson plans.
Math with the Rubik’s Cube: “Teaching Math With a Twist”
The Marshmallow Challenge: Fun creative team building exercise for students.
Myths and Legends: This is a really cool site where kids can create myths and legends, cartoon style. Good graphics and easy to use. Click on “start story creator 2″
Smithsonian Education: Lesson plans on various subjects including the arts.
The Museum of Modern Art, NYC: Free online activities
The Stock Market Game: Students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. Most of my gifted students really enjoyed this game and learned a lot.
National Geographic, Xpeditions: The lesson plans and curriculum on this site were written by educators and have been tested in the classroom.
Find the full list here – http://www.exquisite-minds.com/gifted-resources-lessons-and-curriculum/Educational Resources | Comment (0)
This is just one of the many powerful graphics about the state of our world today. Check out the others at http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/the-world-of-100Educational Resources, Service-Learning | Comment (0)
I love these magnetic dolls from Melissa and Doug . Girls love to be creative , dressing the girls in different outfits and taking them on adventures. I think you could also use them as a creative writing prompt, inviting girls to write stories based on the characters. I also think you could use it as a learning tool, where girls could read to their dolls, teach there doll science, or practice flashcards with their dolls. Melissa and Doug create such great products!Creative Literacy, Creative Play, Educational Resources | Comment (0)
If you’re looking for a sneaky way to practice reading and spelling, try word searches. You can even find apps with easy word searches, if you’re kids love to learn and play with technology.Creative Literacy, Educational Resources | Comments Off
“The brain of a child is a developing miracle. A child’s developing mind is nurtured by loving interactions, a secure and predictable environment and hands-on experiences that invite exploration and learning. Parents, as children’s first teachers, should unlock doors and open windows that allow children to learn and grow.”
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If you have ever tried to get the attention of a large group of children, you know the importance of having tips and tricks up your sleeves! This article has LOTS of ideas for getting student’s attention. Surely there is something in the list that will fit your style! We’d love to hear your tips too, so please share!Educational Resources, Practical Ideas | Comments Off
Did you know that you could change the color of a flower?
Teach your kids this magic trick and they can wow friends and family.
Then see what you can learn about the science behind the color change!Creative Play, Educational Resources, Science Fun | Comments Off
If your kids are studying the solar system, check out these fun ways to memorize the planets:Educational Resources, Science Fun | Comments Off
Get a jug of bubble solution and some items from around the house, and you’ll be ready for an hour of bubble fun.
Bubbles.org, suggests these items: String formed into a loop, the plastic which holds a six-pack of pop together, cookie sheets, aluminum oven pans, plastic bowls, empty milk containers, buckets, old pieces of hose, garbage can lids, even just your hands held in the right position
Check this link for tutorials with some of the items above.
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Little bit of water, little bit of building, little bit of competition, and you’re guaranteed to have fun!
Check out this fun science experiment – BOATS LESSON PLAN – Wesleyan Science OutreachCreative Play, Educational Resources, Science Fun | Comments Off
Looking for a way to brighten up math lessons and engage youth in teaching the lessons? Try Graffiti Math from Runde’s Room. I’m sure you could try this with science, social studies, character, and other lessons as well!
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