Friday, August 06, 2004

Kindergarten - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kindergarten - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is an encyclopedia article on Kindergarten from Wikipedia.

From the site:

The German expression kindergarten usually refers to the first level of official education, according to the K-12 educational system. Kindergarten is usually administered in an elementary school.

The equivalent in England and Wales is reception. The Australian equivalent of this is the preparatory grade, which is the year before the first grade. In the state of New South Wales, however, it is called kindergarten.

The first kindergarten was opened in 1837 in Bad Blankenburg, Germany by Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel.

The first kindergarten in the United States was established by Margarethe (Margaretta) Meyer Schurz (wife of activist/statesman Carl Schurz), in Watertown, Dodge County, Wisconsin.

Youngsters, usually aged 4-6 attend kindergarten to learn the finer points of meeting friends (and enemies), professional authority (in the form of a teacher), playtime, naptime, drawing, music, sometimes the basics of reading and writing, and various other activities. For children who previously have spent most of their time at home, kindergarten often serves the purpose of training them to be apart from their parents without anxiety.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad A virtual journey on the Underground Railroad for students in grades 4 - 10. Using realtime data on the Web, students keep journals where they respond to problems that they encounter along the way. Students also have an opportunity to participate in contemporary ethical discussions on topics related to slavery.

From the site:

The year is 1850. The Fugitive Slave Law has just passed -- bad news for you and your small group of fellow runaways who have just managed a narrow escape from slavery in the South landing in Ripley, Ohio. Alas, you thought you would be free. Now, you're going to have to carefully navigate your way to freedom through Ohio to Canada with the help of the Underground Railroad.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Astronomy Lesson Plan

Astronomy Lesson Plan This is a good astronomy lesson plan for 5th and 6th Graders that I like.
From the site:

OVERVIEW: People have always been interested in space and the fascinating and mysterious factors that surround it. Our society and our everchanging modern technological world are proving just how important our solar system is to our future.

Scientists are trying to find out what lies beyond the solar system. They are also interested in finding out how far space extends. With astronomy, there are so many areas to consider and
so much of our universe to study.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this science classroom activity package is to provide space and solar system activities for fifth and/or sixth grade students to aid in their awareness of space education.

Students will learn the importance of our advancement in space technology and space education. The activities will demonstrate the science concepts in a more inviting and motivational manner.