Videos

Virtual Tours on Google Earth (tutorial): A demonstration of one of the many tools on Google Earth that can help your lessons come alive.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity: “Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour news magazine-style show.  Each episode of the human story is a portrait building on the many layers of the human experience.  This is a record we are just beginning to uncover.  From that perspective, Strata delivers in-depth coverage of a wide variety of archaeological and cultural heritage topics all around the world.” This source includes audio and video sources with some articles providing good information but that are above the elementary reading level.

Applications

Quiver: This app allows students to bring drawings to life on their iPad. A number of coloring sheets are available to print through the app with some being education focused. Most educational pages are science and social studies related and all pages are appropriate for elementary and middle school students. This app is free with the option to purchase different coloring sheet collections. (iOS, Android, Kindle)

Tiny Tap: This app and website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data. (iOS, Android, Website)

BrainPOP: This app and website provides short, animated videos in all subject areas as well as educational games. Each video comes with comprehension questions students can try to test their knowledge. Separate BrainPOP apps are available for students in grades K-3 and for ESL students. (iOS, Android, Chrome, Website)

Brainfeed: This app provides a collection of videos in all subjects that can be used to enhance instruction. (iOS)

Websites

The Smithsonian: Articles, videos, and more focusing on different science and history topics. Most of the articles are above the reading level for elementary students, but the topics can inspire and inform classroom exploration and some of the videos are useful.

OpenEd: A collection of videos, games, assessments, lesson plans, and more that are aligned with Common Core Standards and the PARCC assessment. This site has an accompanying app called “Common Core Quest” available for free (iOS, Google Play ((Android)), and Chrome Web Store). This site covers curriculum for grades K-12.

Tiny Tap: This website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data.

BrainPOP: This app and website provides short, animated videos in all subject areas as well as educational games. Each video comes with comprehension questions students can try to test their knowledge. Separate BrainPOP sites are available for students in grades K-3 and for ESL students.

Literature

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees: “Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea.” (Goodreads)