So as part of my first post, I am sharing what I find to be my top 5 resources for teaching to the middle.
1. First up is a fabulous resource for math. Not only for middle grade students, but also for students kindergarten through high school. Illuminations is a website put out by the NCTM, and there is nothing that I've used that I didn't absolutely love!! The activities provide depth, teacher background knowledge, suggestions for assessments, enrichment, and internet resources.
3. The British Museum has a series of page that highlight many ancient civilizations and their culture. These pages are appropriate (and written for students aged 9-14.) They are each divided into different sections to include geography, religion, art, daily life, technologies, and other areas unique to the specific culture. Usually in each section there is an interactive activity for students to do. The best link, however is the "Staff Room" which provides great resources for the teacher. The Main site is here, set up by theme. Or, you can visit each of the civilizations individually:
4. The Exploratorium is a science museum in San Francisco, but their online resources and books for middle school science are an even better than the experience in the museum itself. For years my husband taught 8th grade science and pulled many of his labs for kids out of the Snackbook. I also have a copy, and have to say it's a little worn out from so much use. This link is for the science "snacks" online, and there are many, but there are even more in the book itself.
5. Learning to type is becoming more and more important for students in the upper elementary. Dance Mat Typing is the best free program I have found that teaches the fundamentals with a cute animal theme. There are four levels with 12 stages in all. It goes through the traditional practice rather than "hunt and peck games" teaching students to keep their hands on the home row. The best part is that this "game" is really appropriate for younger children as well.
There it is! My top 5!! Now there is definitely more out there that I will be sharing in the days to come.
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