Historical Square? FourSquare for History…

Curiosity has just checked in on Mars and is soon to be the Mayor of Mars. Although I am sure Marvin would like to say something about that. “That makes me very, very angry, puny earthling…” Check out the article here: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2012/10/03/mars-curiosity-on-foursquare/
This made me think what would other historical check ins look like….

Seal Team Six checked in at Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout and ousted Osama as the Mayor.

Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln checked in at Ford’s Theater

Neal Armstrong checked in at The Sea of Tranquility on the Moon

This idea might make for an interesting history activity for students familiar with FourSquare. It could also be used by students studying a novel. Students could write FourSquare check ins for historical events or characters actions within a novel.

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Five for Friday- February 15, 2008

Welcome to Five for Friday for February 15, 2008

Here is a page that will help you in teaching the 6+1 Writing Traits Method. 6 Traits of Writing (http://languagearts.pppst.com/6traits.html) provides numerous PowerPoint presentations for staff and students. There are also links for free clipart, PowerPoint templates and an Interactive lesson for learning about the six traits. This interactive lesson is geared towards teachers.

Here are a couple of audio links of interest to teachers who teach United States History. Debra Jean Dean reads the Declaration of Independence and the constitution.
http://www.debrajeandean.com/constitution/Declaration.htm
http://www.debrajeandean.com/constitution/Declaration.htm

Are you looking for a way to make reviewing facts fun? Check out Quizlet (http://quizlet.com/)
This site allows you to enter a list of vocabulary words, terms or facts and it provides electronic flashcards, tests and an interactive learning mode. A teacher could enter their terms and the students could access the site as a center activity or older students could create their own set and practice online at home. There are also many sets that have been created by other people that you can use.

Here’s a site from New Zealand that will help students learn and review their basic math facts. Wicked (http://www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/maths/interactives.php) has six different Math games students can play. Matho is a bingo like game for practicing with friends simple arithmetic. Code Cracker also helps with basic facts by giving students a code they have to solve. Flitting with fractions is a game that focuses on simple fractions. Thanks to James Hollis from the Teachers Love SmartBoards Blog for sharing this link.

For older students, here’s an opportunity to read what it was like to be a soldier in World War I. WW1- Experience of an English Soldier (http://www.wwar1.blogspot.com/) This blog is posting the letters from Harry Lamin, an English soldier exactly 90 years after they were written. To get started check out the link First Posts and start reading from there.

Back in January, I started posting a link to the blog “Teaching in the 408” Here is the next post in that series about strategies to use during reading. http://roomd2.blogspot.com/2008/01/be-molotov-cocktail-ii-during.html#links