HD Links: New at eThemes

We have shared eThemes before on this blog, but it is hard to ignore the vast number of resources available on the site. For those who are not familiar, this is what we said about eThemes in December”

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.”

As always, there are new and revised eThemes every week…

New eThemes for the week of March 21, 2011

These sites have interactive resources on emotions and feelings. Learn about different emotions and how facial expression as well as gestures convey different emotions. Includes games, lesson plans, video clips, and printouts. There is also a link to eThemes Resource on Physiological Impact of Positive Emotions.

Labor Unions in the Workforce<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1935>
These sites provide an overview of labor unions in the U.S. workforce. They look at the pros and cons of unions; how unions affect the employment rate; and a pay scale comparison between union and nonunion workers. Includes informative articles, a lesson plan, and videos.

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.

Safe Kids/Stranger Danger<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1257>
These sites focus on how children can learn to be safe and aware of potential dangerous situations. Learn how to be safe from strangers in various situations and how to protect yourself from strangers and other harmful situations. Includes safety rules and tips, lesson plans, interactive stories, and videos. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Internet Safety.

Teaching Tips: Constructivism<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1278>
These sites are about using constructivism in teaching. Teachers of kindergarten through high school will find information about constructivism on these sites. Included is an eThemes resource on inquiry based learning.

Teaching Tips: Service-Learning<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1216>
These sites provide resources for service-learning activities. Learn what service learning is and how to integrate service-learning into your curriculum. See exemplary service-learning projects in schools.Includes training guides, service-learning curriculum ideas, downloadable toolkits, and videos. There is a link to eThemes Resources: Writing: Letters: Friendly, Business, and Thank You.

Technology: Microsoft PowerPoint<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1159>
These sites contain resources on Microsoft PowerPoint software. Many tips and tutorials for PowerPoint presentations are provided. Students can learn PowerPoint skills such as changing backgrounds, transitions, entering text, hyperlinks, clip art, selecting colors and fonts, creating headers and footers, developing professional looking slides, and much more. Tutorials provided for Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2003 and 2000.

Updated eThemes for the week of March 21, 2011

Circus Acts and Animals<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1286>
These sites focus on circus animals, acts, and performers. There is historical information about circuses, plus photographs, audio files, and video clips.

Energy: Renewable and Non-Renewable: Graphic Approach<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1269>
These sites deal with energy in many forms, both renewable and non-renewable. Learn about hydropower, fossil fuels, nuclear, wave energy, fuel cells, solar, geothermal, wind, and biomass. Students can view many photographs on energy. Included are eThemes resources on windmills and energy.

Famous People: American Outlaws<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1270>
These sites highlight famous American outlaws and their gangs during Wild West. There are biographies, photos, robbery history, and interview transcripts. Includes a lesson plan and primary resources such as maps, newspapers, and wanted posters.

Figurative Language<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1254>
These sites are about figurative language in the context of reading. Includes idioms, jargon, slang, similes, metaphors, and personification. There are language definitions, lesson plans and activities, and interactive quizzes. Included are links to eThemes Resources on figurative language, similes, metaphors, and personification.

Grammar: Compound Sentences<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1271>
Here are resources for learning about compound sentences. There are interactive activities where students can combine simple sentences or identify conjunctions, printable worksheets, and ideas for hands-on lesson plans.

Math: Geometry: Composing and Decomposing Shapes<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1256>
These sites are about composing and decomposing shapes. Learn how to subdivide, combine, and transform shapes to form new polygons. There are interactive games, activities, and lesson plans. Included are three eThemes resources on shapes, transforming shapes, and pattern blocks and tangrams with related activities.

Math: Statistics<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1275>
These sites focus on basic statistics analysis including descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. There are information on data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation. Includes simulations, exercises, and lesson plans. There are links to eThemes resource on Statistics for Graphing and Probability.

Missouri Regions: Kansas City<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1258>
Learn all about Kansas City and its surrounding communities. Includes area history, geography, places, events, and people. Watch Missouri Heritage videos about Fort Osage, Kansas City, and Harry S. Truman.

Olympic Games: Bidding to Host Olympics 2012<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1282>
These Web sites are about the cities that are bidding to host the Olympics in 2012. Read about how a city is chosen to host the Olympics. Find out about London, New York, Madrid, Moscow, and Paris and the sports facilities they have available for the different competitions. Includes lesson plans that go along with the topic.

Olympic Games: Torch Relay<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1284>
These sites focus on the Olympics torch relay for the summer and winter games. Includes interactive maps, biographies of the torchbearers, videos, photographs, and answers to common questions about the torch. There are links to eThemes Resources on the summer and winter Olympics.

Solar System: Kuiper Belt Objects<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1277>
These sites are about Eris, Quaoar, and other bodies in the Kuiper belt. Included are eThemes on Pluto, Sedna, comets, and “What is a Planet?”

The Middle Ages<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/926>
Explore these sites and learn what it was like to live during the Middle Ages. Topics include serfs, kings, monasteries, and more. There are links to eThemes Resources on castles, knights, and children’s books that took place during the Middle Ages.

Thirteen Colonies: Founding History<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1259>
These sites are about the founding history of the first 13 colonies. Learn more about the history of each colony. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on colonial daily life.

Transportation: Grades 1-2<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1279>
These sites about transportation are for children in grades 1-2. Topics covered include automobiles, trains, boats, and aircraft. There are also images and interactive games about the history and different forms of transportation.

Water Cycle: Hands-On Experiments<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1440>
These sites have hands-on experiments and projects about the water cycle and water purification. Learn how to make it rain in your kitchen and how to build your own water cycle environment. There are many other activity ideas, including a script for a play. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on water cycle explanations and illustrations.

Writing: 6 + 1 Writing Traits<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1283>
The 6 + 1 Writing Traits Model gives students and teachers a common language for talking about writing. The following sites have definitions, descriptions, rubrics, and exercises to help students become familiar with the characteristics of good writing. There are many interactive features so students can practice their own writing and learn how to evaluate effectively. There are video clips, prompts, activates, and examples of writing at different levels of accomplishment, as well as eThemes Resources on grammar, narrative, and text structure.

Writing: Conclusions<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1280>
What makes a good conclusion? On these websites you will find resources that describe effective conclusions and offer tips and strategies for writing them well. Different typs of conclusions for different methods of writing are discussed. Included are three eThemes resources on writing essays, research papers, and paragraphs.