Great article, Justin!
Google Earth is one of my favorites. I also like to use Brainpopjr (I teach the little kiddos). We just had a Skype session from Asia to learn more about Chinese New Year.
I love to run to the library and have books related to the topic scattered around the room. This week our Language Arts story was a non-fiction about the first man to discover a T-Rex fossil. I introduced the lesson with a real dinosaur bone (borrowed from a teacher friend; available in science stores) and a class discussion.
I go a little overboard. I tend to decorate the room based on what we are studying. This includes posters, artwork, artifacts, puppets, models, mobiles, etc.
This generates buzz as soon as the students enter the room. It keeps things fresh, for me as well as for the students!
That's awesome! I really like the Google Earth idea! I'm definitely going to use that.
I have no doubt that you keep things fresh! Your class sounds like it's a lot of fun!
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