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Coming to America
Beyond Wild Justice
Circle of Life
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Statistics: A Curiosity
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We, the Children
Pi, The Golden Ratio
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If Stones Could Speak
Echoes: Brilliant Poets
Civil Rights Timeline
Java for the Teacher
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October - December 2002
a Nation's Spirit will
chronicle the Day of Remembrance being held at Florida State
University School in Tallahassee, Florida on Sept. 11, 2002. If your
school is providing commemorative activities, please share your events
with us. The results will be a gallery of honor to be visited in
the months to come.
Teacher-Editor, Cathy McQuone
Florida State University School, Tallahassee, FL
Neighbors: A Collaborative Project To Share Your Notable
Neighbors: Discover famous...and not-so-famous folks from every corner
of the state, providence, or county of participating schools. Students research their history and learn about the people
who contributed to their rich heritage and history. Includes rubrics, templates, and everything you need.
Participants are encouraged to start a “Notable” section
for where they live which will be added to this Notable Neighbors
Teacher-Editors: Glenn Gurley,
School of Technology, Gastonia, NC
Thorson, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Statesville, NC
Coming to America --
The struggle-filled journey Asian and European immigrants
experienced as they entered the United States around the turn of the
century is rich with history. Discover
the sacrifices and tribulations of the thousands who made it through
Angel and Ellis Islands as you surf this site.
The historical fiction created by the students points to the
economic, political and social factors at play during this time.
Are your students studying Ellis or Angel Islands?
Add their work to the “Coming to America” site by
e-mailing the project editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for historical and literary contributions to the
project. Please join us!
Teacher-Editor, Delia DeCourcy, Cary
Academy, Cary, NC
Beyond Wild Justice
“Revenge is a kind of wild justice." ~
Francis Bacon, "Essays, 4, Of Revenge"
Work: Watch this site Groooooooooooooooow!
Students across the country are invited to participate in a
project that probes the new approaches to justice that are underway in
our world, approaches that put in place legal practices that do things
with people, rather than to them or for them. The
activities and resources in “Beyond Wild Justice” will expose students
to the concept of restorative justice, a form of justice that seeks
healing for both the victim and the perpetrator and will push learners
to consider the power of forgiveness in the lives of those most
closely connected with the crime.
follow the 2002 ground breaking legal case in which middle school
bullies were charged in a case of a 14 year old student who committed
Instead of going
to jail, the bullies underwent a form of restorative justice called
“Justice Circles." Project participants will consider the
outcomes of that process, communicate with students across the globe
about the issues of justice via an online bulletin board, create a
Forgiveness Quilt, and engage in writing assignments that will help
them communicate their opinions about this unfamiliar form of justice.
Justice” will challenge each participants’ mental models concerning
justice and will bring students face to face with people who have had
the courage to take their pain beyond vengeance to healing.
Teacher Editor, Brenda Dyck, Master's
Academy, Calgary, Alberta
Circle of Life WebQuest, a joint effort by the Riverhead
Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and fourth graders at
Searingtown School in New York, includes four areas for exploration: Marine
Specialists, and Public
Awareness. These project-based lessons focus on the marine mammal
and sea turtle populations off Long Island, but are easily adaptable
to other coastal regions. Students use a variety of research skills to
locate, collect, and organize geographic and scientific data.
An evaluation rubric and standards are included. This WebQuest,
which was an Education World A+ Reviewed Site and a Blue
Web’n Pick of the Week, enhances information literacy and is
appropriate for grades 3-5; with modifications it could be targeted to
an older audience.
Teacher Editor: Karen Kliegman email@example.com
School, Albertson, New York