Tuesday’s Tool: eThemes

eThemes is a collaboration of the eMINTS National Center and the University of Missouri which provides teachers with a “source for content-rich, kid-safe online resources that will help enhance [...] teaching and save [...] time.”

Some new eThemes are listed below, courtesy of weekly eThemes updates:

Author Study: Rick Riordan http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1869
These sites are about the author Rick Riordan and “The Percy Jackson” series. The “39 Clues” series and “The Kane Chronicles” series are also presented. Includes games, author interviews, and interactive maps with numerous links to search.

Chemistry: Chemical Reactions http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1870
These sites demonstrate the different types of chemical reactions. Students can see videos of more dangerous or complex reactions, and laboratory experiments are included. Also included are eThemes resources on Chemical Equations and Oxidation-Reduction Reactions.

Here are some old favorites that were recently updated eThemes:

Animals: Vertebrates and Invertebrates http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/664
These sites explain how vertebrates and invertebrates are classified in the animal kingdom. There is information about the five groups of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) and the seven phylum of invertebrates (sponges, coelenterates, echinoderms, worms, mollusks, and arthropods). Includes games that have students guess a type of animal based upon clues about its characteristics. For more information about specific animal species, browse our alphabetical listing of eThemes animal topics.

Author Study: Jan Brett http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1071
Find out about children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett. Read interviews and biographies to find out what books she has written and illustrated. Includes online activities, classroom activities, and lesson plans.

Colonial America http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1183
These websites are about life in colonial North America, particularly the English colonies. Learn how colonists lived, explore original documents, and find out who lived in these regions before the English settled there. There are interactives, games, quizzes, videos, and more. Included are eThemes resources on the thirteen colonies as well as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.

Literature: “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1775
Find summaries and reviews of the book “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan. Read the biography and an interview with the author. Learn about Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression, migrant workers, and labor camps. The following sites include photographs, maps, video files, a lesson plan, and a quiz.

Literature: “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1153
These sites are about “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. There are lesson plans, activity ideas, teacher guides, a webquest, and online quizzes specifically for the book “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” There are links to eThemes Resources on author Beverly Cleary, “Ralph S. Mouse”, and mice.

Missouri: Juvenile Justice System http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/103
These websites are about Missouri’s Juvenile Justice System. There is information about the history of the system, how Missouri’s system compares to other states, lesson plans, and information about real cases that went through the system.

Reading Skills: Inference for Middle School Students http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/848
These websites are about using inference while reading. Find out why inference skills are important and how to infer while reading. Includes lessons, activities, and graphic organizers. There is a link to an eTheme on inference skills for elementary school students.

World War II for Elementary Students http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/544
These websites are about World War II. Learn why the war started and what life was like for children during the war. Includes games, quizzes, videos, and audio interviews with World War II veterans. There are links to eThemes resources on the Holocaust and the 1930s.

Writing: Biographies http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/997
These sites offer tips for writing biographies. There are lesson plans, helpful handouts, rubrics, an online tutorial, and examples of biographies written by elementary students. Also include a video on writing process.

If you have not checked out eThemes, do so now. There are all kinds of great resources ready for your perusal. No need to waste precious time searching for just the right resources, appropriate for your students. The community of teachers and contributors at eThemes have done the work for you!

Zac Early is an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center. Besides heading up Networked Teaching & Learning, he occasionally blogs at Suppl_eMINTS.