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Ideas

Here are some cool ideas that we use in class.

 

Wonderopolis is a fantastic site, and a great starting point for any project! Just type an inquiry into the search bar and you'll get everything you need to know about the subject or anything related to it. Try it!

http://wonderopolis.org/

What do Edgar Allen Poe and Sponge Bob

have in common?

Read The Tell-Tale Heart (pdf version available in the READING section, under SHORT STORIES) then have your students watch this Sponge Bob video. Then have them watch this clip of The Simpsons episode.

Have a class discussion on the similarities. It is a great way to show how classic literature is accessible to teens and already present in their lives!

I discovered this great site for secondary 4 or 5 students looking for a little orientation for their career. There are video capsules describing just about any job that you can think of from SWAT Team Member to Handyman to Live In Nanny to Wedding Dress Consultant. Seriously... any job! There is also information on education requirements, salary, opportunities.

Your students will thank you for visiting: http://www.insidejobs.com/

At its core, the Slavery Footprint website allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery.

Try out the quiz to discover your impact:

http://slaveryfootprint.org/

 

Student Invention

INFOMERCIAL PROJECT

If you're working with QUEST in sec. 4, try having students make an informercial for their inventions in unit 4, Inventions of Today and Tomorrow.

You'll also want to look at this Huffington Post page:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/teen-inventors/

As well as this website of crazy patents!

http://totallyabsurd.com/absurd.htm

 

Check out this great writing project called This I Believe, aimed to get students to think, reflect and write a 300 to 500 word essay.

There are also many essays already submitted that you can listen to being read.

 Just follow this link: http://thisibelieve.org/

 

Music Timeline

This music timeline is brought to you by Google. It is an amazing starting point to any project that includes music. The timeline includes artisits, album covers and songs from the 1950s to today.

Oprah Winfrey’s Gratitude Journal project is something that she strongly believes in. At the end of each day, Oprah writes down a list of 5 things that she is grateful for. She says that by doing this, it makes her more aware of the good things that surround her every day.

Check out these links to introduce the project to your students:

Oprah talking about her own journal:

http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Oprah-on-the-Importance-of-Her-Gratitude-Journal-Video

Details on how to start your own journal:

http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Gratitude-Journal

Poetry in Voice is an annual recitation contest for Canadian high schools with a lot of money up for grabs to the winning school. On the contest website, you’ll find poems, submissions from other schools, a zone for students, and teachers. This site will teach kids how to perform their poetry and they’ll be able to submit their own video to the contest. Why not register your class this year?

http://www.poetryinvoice.com/

This is a cool project that I do every year with my secondary five students to consolidate the learning of verb tenses. They must create a video where they clearly demonstrate how each verb tense is used by giving three examples.

Click on the video to see a terrific example!

Students draw and color a monster. Then, they write an essay that acurately describes their monster. They upload their essays to the website, and students from around the world can read them. Those students try to replicate the monster based upon the descriiptive details in the essay. Then, those students can upload their monster picture for a comparison to the original.

Thanks to Hayley Meek for the suggestion!

Check it out here: http://www.monsterexchange.org/

Your students will love getting involved directly with the United Nations as they strive to erradicate hunger, promote peace, defend human rights, and overcome discrimination. Through various projects, your students can do their part to make the world a better place for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the Cyberschoolbus!

https://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/

Unique Teaching Resources has some pretty good ideas to spice up the presentation and make those boring book reports seem much more appealing. Try asking students to divide each part of the novel: setting, main character sketch, plot summary, favourite part, etc. into layers of a cheeseburger. The Cheeseburger Book Report is my favourite. Subscribe, or just use this site for inspiration!

Check it out here:

http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/book-reports.html

Cheeseburger Book Report

The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, we’re a Community of 750,000 changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. We invite you to watch and share our movies, participate in our study programs and join our campaigns. Come on, let’s go!

http://storyofstuff.org/

Looking for tools and resources to educate and inspire young people about animals and our shared environment? IFAW offers a wide variety of free thematic education packs including teaching guides, lessons, worksheets, videos, and interactive activities.

http://www.ifaw.org/canada/our-work/education/welcome-teachers

Students love to feel like they are making a difference in the world. Why not have them write letters to governments, create an awareness campaign or just read some of the human rights violations and sign an online petition to condone these acts?

Check out Amesty International website.

Here’s the link: http://www.amnesty.org/en

Greenpeace aims at making students aware that it is important to change our attitudes and protect the environment, as well as promote peace. Read some of the article and take action with your students.

Check it out here: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/

PETA is an organization that strives to protect animals and ensure their ethical treatment. There are many articles and causes to discuss in class and build a project around.

 

Check it out: http://www.peta.org/

 

Peace One Day is a project started by a charasmatic man named Jeremy Gilley who fought to decree one day of peace and ceasefire in the world. Begin by having your students watch the documentary on Jeremy's journey (the link is available in the documentaries section of this webpage), then have your students do their part to reduce violence and make peace. 

http://www.peaceoneday.org/

Earth Day is a great opportunity to have your students reflect on their impact on the environment. Check out different earth day websites such as: http://www.earthday.org/ or http://www.earthday.ca/ to get started.

Project 365 Grateful is a photo scrapbook project that involves students taking a picture of something that they are greatful for each day and recording it in a journal.

Check it out: http://365grateful.com/

 

 

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