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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Symbolism and MLK Day

                                     Watch "I Have a Dream" 

Martin Luther King Day is a great time to teach about Civil rights, democracy, freedom, peace, and segregation. All are terms connected to the famous civil rights leader. 

Building background knowledge about Martin Luther King, Jr. begins with basic facts. An excellent way to get students to interact with Martin Luther King, Jr. basic facts is through a comic book:

Have students color, read, and re-tell the story of MLK's life. Then, use the blank comic book page templates to let students re-write the story of MLK's life. This helps students learn about and master background knowledge about the civil rights leader. 

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Get the answer sheet to the puzzle by clicking here. Of course, there are lots of free resources on MLK, but it's time consuming to explore all of these. Never fear--Educator Helper has found the best FREE resources available!

An awesome way to help students explore Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life is through the use of Teaching Tolerance materials. This diverse website has tons of free resources to help teachers make learning educational and fun. For example, order Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot , a free teaching kit that comes with a documentary, lesson plans, activities, map, and more. 

Discovery Education offers an amazing video called "More Than a Dream". Lesson plans and activities are split into lower and upper levels. Students can also play interviews by acquaintances and family members who speak about Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, a fourteen chapter resource guide is listed. And, this fabulous resource is free!

Last but not least, is the King Center official website. By clicking on "Events", you can live stream the MLK 50 Celebration. There is a digital archive for students to explore, and there is even a "Dream" section. Students can add their dreams that will be posted in the forum section.  

Choosing the right resources to build background knowledge is crucial to learning, so keep it simple and let students do all of the exploring!

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Beth, Educator Helper

FREE MLK comic book pages:

Re-tell then re-write the information:

For the complete comic book, click here!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

No Computer? No Problem!

If you've ever had computer issues, you know what frustration is! My computer crashed, and all files should have been backed up, but... This made me re-evaluate all those, "But, my computer crashed!" excuses given by students. The blue screen happens to all users at some time or another. 

Since the Cloud is everywhere, there is no excuse for not backing up files. Devices can even be set to automatically back up files so that no losses ever occur. This leaves me wondering if there will ever be a Cloud failure? It's a great idea to use more than one Cloud service to back up files. But, be sure to take time to go through and delete files that are not needed to keep storage at a maximum. It only takes a few keystrokes and several seconds to back up files!

Keeping the crashed computer in mind, here are some FREE lesson plans and activities that are fun and educational without the use of technology:

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Brand New Year

Happy 2017! It's a brand new year with new resolutions. Ever wondered what the top New Year's resolutions are? The Nielson poll lists these as: 

  • Getting fit/dieting
  • Losing weight
  • Enjoying life
  • Spending less and saving more
  • Spending more time with family/friends
Of course, many New Year's resolutions don't stick around long! To make sure your New Year's resolutions become realities, use the handouts below:

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Huge Thank You!

It's been an exhilarating year, and you made it all possible! Thank you to my followers for your patronage throughout the year. 

May you and your family enjoy the holiday season!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Happy New Year Free Coloring Sheets

Ringing in the new year is lots of fun! There's lots of excitement when it comes to staying up until midnight and watching the ball drop on New York City, or any city you may be celebrating in. The graffiti, singers, and crowds are just a small part of ringing in the new year. There's fireworks, food, and fun that goes along with ushering in 2017. How will you be celebrating the new year?

Click the link to add some new year fun to your celebration party with these FREE Happy New Year Coloring Sheets, and it updates yearly for FREE! 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Conspiracy Theory Readers Needed

It's that time of the year when my English composition students are posting their conspiracy theory essays, and we need readers! If you're willing to help us out, venture on over to:

Posting written work to a blogspot encourages students to produce better essays. They direct family and friends to the blog to view their works. Also, it works great as a portfolio for many of the students. It takes their writings to another level! Of course, some of the writings and oral presentations are better than others, but it's a learning process for all of us. 

New conspiracy theories are being loaded daily this week, so check back every evening for new essays and presentations.

If you find yourself in need of something to talk about during the holidays, then head over to our conspiracy theory blog

Enjoy the conspiracies!
Beth, Educator Helper

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