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Infographic — When Do You Quit Reading?

Why Do We Abandon Books?

All readers have their own opinion on when to give up on a book — if at all.  Goodreads surveyed their users recently to see when readers choose to abandon books and why.  Also included are the top titles that they have found marked “not finished” or “abandoned”.  I know I find it tough to stop reading once I’ve started…how about you? What is your rule of thumb for when close a book that’s just now working for you and move on to another?  [VIA]

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Daily Photo – Coming Attractions, 1931

Photo — “Coming Attractions, 1931”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

“Children read the coming attractions of the traveling Silvan Drew Circus in Bristolville, Ohio, published October 1931 (Jacob J. Gayer/National Geographic Society/Steven Kasher Gallery)”

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Infographic — The History of the Garage

HIstory of the Garage

It’s an integral part of most of our homes and something we take for granted.  Usually your garage is used to house your car, but oftentimes it’s another storage room, converted bedroom, or even rehearsal space for a band!  How did this space come to be, however?  Today’s infographic shows the evolution of the garage from converted free-standing horse carriage houses to an actual part of our homes. [VIA]

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Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon

Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon

The Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon (CAPL) is a great site to use in classes to help students find pictures that are both authentic and appropriate from other cultures and countries.  All the photographs held in the database were taken by natives of the culture and are organized by language and also by region.  You can either browse or search the CAPL to find great photos from around the world.

One of the great benefits of the CAPL in education is that it can be used by teachers outside of simply being another repository for photos.  Each picture is cataloged by language and region and contains both an English description and foreign language translation.  This is an excellent way to infuse your world language curriculum into searching and project creation.

Another way many educators use the CAPL is to have students use the photos as writing prompts in world history and cultures classes, to recreate the images in art classes, to identify plants and animals in science, or to address cultural differences in Social Studies classes.  The CAPL is a perfect accompaniment to a Project-Based Learning environment with endless cross-curricular possibilities.

Last, but not least, check out the Pictolang Tab on CAPL as well.  This will take you to a sister site where students can play four different games that use the CAPL’s photos:

  • Visual Word Trainer – Turns the photos into flash cards so students can practice or learn vocabulary
  • Picture Match Game – Given 8 images, students choose the photo that matches the word or phrase caption and are given immediate feedback.
  • Word Match Game – Students see one image and find the appropriate caption or vocabulary word from 8 choices, again with immediate feedback
  • Analyst Game – Students are given one image and then match the corresponding culture from 8 choices.

I highly recommend giving CAPL a try for both your world language classes, as well as social studies can history classes where you are looking for fun, exciting ways to incorporate real world images and examples for students that infuse and are steeped in modern culture.

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WideOpenSchool by Common Sense Media

WIDEOPENSCHOOL

If you are looking for some help to use with your students (in classes or at home!) then this site, just launched by Common Sense Media might be just what you are looking for.

From the launch page, you can select “I’m an educator” or “We’re a family” and then the grade levels you are interested in, either PreK-5 or 6-12.  This will open a very eye appealing table that breaks their resources down by subject and type.

You can take virtual field trips, learn about math and history, or science and the arts.  There’s even a spot to arrange a daily schedule, work on your emotional well being (don’t we all need that right now?), safely watch age appropriate live events, and even life skills and exercises to keep us healthy.

The best part, is knowing this is put together and managed by Common Sense Media, all the material will be age appropriate and safe to view for your students.

Add this one to your toolbox today, as it will be a wonderful resource as we all continue in our remote/online learning classrooms.

 

 

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Photo Prompt – Tube Inspector, 1942

Photo — “Tube Inspector”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

July 1942. “Ford bomber plant at Willow Run, Michigan. Inspection of more than a thousand separate tubing pieces composing the fuel, hydraulic, de-icing and other systems in a bomber is a highly important job. This young employee at the giant Willow Run plant uses her tiny flashlight to discover any internal defects in the tubing.” Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information.

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Photo Prompt – Boardwalk Strollers, 1905

Photo — “Boardwalk Strollers”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

ca 1905 Ocean Grove, NJ, USA boardwalk … Home. Hurricane Sandy took the boardwalk and the pier in 2012. The little refreshment stand made it through, though. The rebuilding continues today with a much more narrow walkway. Detroit Publishing Co.

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Photo Prompt – Be the Tree, 1910

Photo — “Be the Tree, 1910”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

New Zealand circa 1910. “Studio portrait, young woman in Christmas tree fancy dress and hat costume, with little presents and decorations hanging off her, Christchurch.” Half-plate glass negative by Adam Maclay.

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