Monday Message: October 3, 2011

Happy October, everyone!

Missouri Host Teachers Needed for Peer Visits:  Missouri eMINTS teachers that have completed comprehensive eMINTS professional development or are currently in their second year of comprehensive eMINTS professional development are invited to participate in the Host Teacher process for peer visits. During year 1 and year 2 of comprehensive eMINTS professional development, teachers in Missouri are required to spend a full day observing an eMINTS teacher’s classroom. These visits are valuable for developing a deeper understanding of how concepts investigated during professional development sessions transfer into practice. We need eMINTS teachers that have completed two years of comprehensive eMINTS professional development in Missouri or are in their second year of comprehensive eMINTS professional development in Missouri to serve as host teachers (eMINTS4ALL veterans or participants are not eligible to serve as host teachers). eMINTS teachers that are selected to serve as a host teacher, will be eligible to receive one of the following “thank you” options:

To initiate the process of becoming a host teacher please complete a short survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5N5ZHPF. eMINTS teachers selected to serve as host teachers will receive a confirmation host teacher email with additional information regarding the process visiting teachers will follow to schedule a peer visit. Questions may be directed to Roxanne Kerwood, PD Materials Coordinator, by email at kerwoodr@emints.org<mailto:kerwoodr@emints.org<mailto:kerwoodr@emints.org%3cmailto:kerwoodr@emints.org>>

eMINTS Winter Conference 2012 Call for Presenters: The call for presenters for the 2012 eMINTS National Center Conference is open!  Yes, for a limited time you can log on to http://emints.org/events/conference2012/presenter.shtml and submit a proposal! (Deadline is Oct. 7)   Don’t miss out on the excitement and fun Feb. 22-24 at the cozy Stony Creek Inn in Columbia, MO. BONUS-One presenter per accepted presentation proposal receives free registration for the 2012 eMINTS conference.  Be part of the excitement, be part of the learning, be part of the fun!  Be part of the 2012 eMINTS National Center Conference!  See you there!

New eThemes for the week of October 3, 2011

Grammar: Punctuation: Quotations<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/312>

These sites focus on the use of quotations. The sites are primarily text-based. Other punctuation types are included. Reading levels vary.

Health: Metabolism<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/315>

These sites are about metabolism and the process of metabolism. Learn about metabolism, factors that affect metabolic rate, converting food intake into energy, and staying balanced. Includes lesson plans, interactive materials, and a physical activity calorie-use chart. There are also links to eThemes Resources on diet and nutrition, and obesity.

Literature Awards: Michael L. Printz 2005<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/61>

Find out which books won the 2005 Michael L. Printz award. The award is given by the American Library Association to books for young adults that exemplify literary excellence. Includes author information, activities, and excerpts from the books. There are links to eThemes on other book awards for young adult novels.

Literature Awards: Show Me Readers Award Nominees 2004-2005<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/42>

These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2004-2005. Find out which books were nominated and which books won. Read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.

Literature Awards: Show Me Readers Award Nominees 2005-2006<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/150>

These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2005-2006. Find out which books were nominated, and read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.

Literature: “The Best Halloween Ever” by Barbara Robinson<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/287>

These websites are about the book “The Best Halloween Ever,” author Barbara Robinson, and Halloween. There are reviews of the book, an excerpt from the book, and Halloween-themed math lesson plans. Includes links to eThemes on Halloween and other Robinson books.

Literature: “The House of Dies Drear” by Virginia Hamilton<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/276>

These websites are about the book “The House of Dies Drear” and author Virginia Hamilton. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, excerpts, and games. There are links to eThemes resources on writing mysteries and the Underground Railroad.

Literature: Realistic Fiction and Fantasy Genres for Children<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1962>

These sites provide definitions of realistic fiction and fantasy genres, book lists, and activities. Interactive activities for students to evaluate literature and create a genre bookmark are given. Watch the video interview with Beverly Cleary, author of the realistic fiction “Henry Huggins” series and the fantasy series of “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”. Included is eThemes resource about genres.

Masonry: Control Joints<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/64>

These sites are about control joints as part of a high school masonry class. Students can also explore information on masonry as a career.

Missouri: Regional Foods<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/63>

These sites feature some of the regional foods from different parts of Missouri. Includes traditional recipes, famous foods, and stories about the foods. An eThemes resource on Pioneer Life Food is included.

Model United Nations Preparation<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/174>

These sites feature tips and resources on Model United Nations Preparation. Information about UN roles in peacekeeping, peacekeeping operations and missions, rules of engagement, and UN charter are included.

Native Americans: Goshutes<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/163>

These websites are about the Goshute Indian tribe in Utah. Read about the people, their history, and their culture. Includes information about the temporary nuclear storage facility the Goshutes want to have on their reservation. There are links to eThemes resources on Native American culture and Utah history.

Nobel Prize<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/188>

Find out about the Nobel Prize and its creator, Alfred Nobel. Read the biographies of Nobel Prize winners and take quizzes about the prize. One website includes a video clip of an interview with two Nobel Prize winners. Includes a link to an eTheme on President Jimmy Carter who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Technology: Computer Troubleshooting and End-of-Year Maintenance<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/53>

The following web sites have tips and suggestions on how to properly use and maintain computers. Find out how to diagnose and troubleshoot various computer problems. Learn how to do end-of-year cleaning of hardware and software. Learn how to perform error check, disk scan, and defrag of hard drives. There is an eThemes resource on computer basics.

Technology: SMART AirLiner Wireless Slates<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/189>

These sites offer ideas for SMART AirLiner Wireless Slates usage ideas, resources, and classroom activities. Includes a white paper, basic guidelines, and a podcast about SMART AirLiners.

Technology: Windows Movie Maker<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/30>

These sites help readers learn how to use Windows Movie Maker. Videos, step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and tutorials are included.

Videoconferencing<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/168>

Find out the benefits of videoconferencing. Learn about different types of videoconferencing, equipment, participating companies, and classroom layouts. Learn how to prepare, plan, set up a room, start and end videoconferencing. Includes images and video files of examples of successful videoconferences, tips for teachers, and in-class projects and activities.

World War II: Guadalcanal<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/70>

These sites for older students explain about the Battle of Guadalcanal. Read first-hand accounts from American and Japanese soldiers. Learn about the naval and air defenses and read about the history of this battle. Includes maps, timelines, and photographs. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on World War II.

Updated eThemes for the week of October 3, 2011

Literature: Genres<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/850>

Learn about the genres of literature. These sites are about the many different genres: fantasy, historical, realistic, science fiction, biography, reference, reporting, folk tales, plays, and poetry. Some sites have recommended reading lists. Included are eThemes resources covering the various genres.

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.

Matter: Properties: Tools for Measuring and Observing<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/384>

These sites compile simple tools that are used for measuring and observing the properties of matter such as thermometers, rulers, and balances. Includes games and lesson plans. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Matter: Properties and Metric Measurement.

Natural Disasters: Tsunamis: Indian Ocean<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/385>

These sites have information about the devastating tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean in December of 2004. Animations, maps, photographs, and movies are found on several sites. Included is an eThemes resource on the general topic of tsunamis.