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This web page will no longer be updated as of June 30 at the end of the current school year.

This is a collection of web pages that were posted to assist instructors during the the current school year.
It is possible that some of these links are no longer in existence.
This page has been left on our website only for reference purposes.

DVD: Too Much Money

The following DVD is now available in the Lawrence Memorial Library for you to borrow and use in your classroom. Come to Room 109 if you are interested.


Can there really ever be Too Much Money? Yes! When governments keep printing money without backing, reducing the purchasing power of your money; when the price of almost everything goes up, it’s because government has inflated the money supply and that’s called inflation. At its most extreme, inflation can destroy economies, leaving money practically worthless. It happened in Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries, in 1777 during the American Revolution, in Germany after WW I, and in Bolivia in 1985. When and where might it happen next?

DVD: A World of Money

The following DVD is now available in the Lawrence Memorial Library for you to borrow and use in your classroom. Come to Room 109 if you are interested.


Throughout history, money has taken many forms — sea shells, sheep, silver, gold, and, believe it or not, salt! Today we use coins, paper and credit cards as money. A World of Money takes us around the world to document the history of money, from bartering with animals to coins in the Greek and Roman Empires, to the invention of paper money in China, and inflation caused by the excessive printing of paper money.

There is also a Teacher Guide with suggested discussion topics and activities for your classroom to supplement the video segments.

Earth Science Week 2012: Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences

Earth Science Week 2012: Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences
Engage young people and the public in learning about how geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets. Find materials and activities on the website.
Download Explore modules related to Earth science at:
Discover Earth (for use with ages 5-18): http://www.lpi.usra.edu/explore/discoverEarth
Ice on Earth (for use with ages 8-13): http://www.lpi.usra.edu/explore/ice/activities/iceOnEarth/)!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Get ready to help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, on October 12 also falls within this 30-day period. Learn more at http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

20+ Fun Free Apps that Promote Student Centered Learning & Literacy

The link above is a collection of free apps that are incredible for creating digital stories, reading stories, and interacting with stories. These apps are incredibly engaging and meet the needs of our diverse learners.

Below is a list of the apps listed:

• Woices.com Location Based Audioguides- students can create tours about various locations around the city. Have them research the history behind a place and tell the story behind that place for others to listen to when they visit.

• Animation Creator HD Lite For IPad- students can create their own animations for a story. They can use this app to create the characters for a story and even add audio. Have them create dialogues, flesh out characters, or create graphic novel type stories with the animations they create.

• IAnimation I App- instruct students to take a series of pictures for a story they will be creating. Students can use this app to animate these stories, then string these together for a digital story.

• Bubble And Pebble Story- kids will love helping these lovable characters undergo adventures. Kids can then create their own Bubble and Pebble drawings of a new adventure then share these stories and drawings with their peers.

• Toontastic - students can create stories based on cartoon characters.

• Journal Jar - students simply shake this app to get a writing prompt. Give them about 5 to 10 minutes to come up with stories based on this prompt.

• StoryKit App- students can create detailed books about their lives, what they imagine, or change the ending of a classic story. This app allows students to take old classic books like the 3 Little Pigs and edit the pages. Students can even tell the story from a different point-of-view.

• Fotobabble App- students take a picture and tell the story of that picture. Have students take a picture of their favorite place and talk about it or if you are reading a story, have your students take a picture that reminds them of a scene from the story and explain why they chose that picture.

• VoiceThread- students can post videos, drawings, images and more then have their classmates comment on what they upload.
Choose Your Path Free “ students finish this Choose Your Own adventure type of story.

• Videolicious- have students create video stories about themselves. They can try a 3,2,1 introduction where they list 3 places they would like to visit, 2 of their hobbies, and 1 embarrassing moment.

• Posterous- have students create poems or audio stories.

• Sock Puppets- great for collaborative stories in pairs.

• Puppet Pals

• Animoto Video Creation App

• Shmuppet “ students create a podcast or tell a short story with a puppet and send them to their friends via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

• Bunsella Bedtimes Story- students narrate a children’s story and send to a children’s class in the local elementary or a younger brother or sister or for children in another country. They children then can respond to these read stories.

• Audioboo- create a podcast of local news around the school

• Create A Comic Android App- students can create comics about any topic you choose

• App Store “ Narratavius Story Engine “

• Interactive Fiction And Text Adventures- a choose your own adventure story

• MindBlowing App For Idevices- students collect audio and video clips as well as images under any theme. This is a multimedia mindmap app.

• Talking Tom & Ben News Reporters- students create dialogues that reflect any news item worldwide and around the school. Kids will love when Tom and Ben report that news.