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Fall is a wonderful time for harvest events and spooky celebrations at any grade level. This collection of reviewed resources offers ideas to incorporate seasonal activities in the regular curriculum. Whether you focus on a specific activity or simply share these for enrichment outside of class, your students will find "seasonal" learning opportunities.

 

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Me Make Monster! Custom - Me Make Monster

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K to 5
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Calling all Frankenstein scientists (and artists) to create a monster! Create your own creatures by choosing from faces, eyes, mouth, nose, hair, eyebrows, legs, arms, skin, clothes,...more
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Calling all Frankenstein scientists (and artists) to create a monster! Create your own creatures by choosing from faces, eyes, mouth, nose, hair, eyebrows, legs, arms, skin, clothes, and more! Give your monster a name, and you are done. Share using various social networks or email. You can also easily save your monster to your own computer.
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tag(s): creative writing (127), descriptive writing (26), halloween (39)

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Share how to use this engaging site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create and share their monster creature as an icebreaker activity. In language arts classes, use monsters as an avatar in introducing lesson concepts, reviewing, and questioning sessions. Create stories featuring the students' monsters! Monsters can give summary reviews of correct or incorrect information. Create multimedia stories describing the monsters using UTellStory (reviewed here). Have students present information using their creatures using a site such as Yodio (reviewed here). Create Halloween fun monsters galore! As a class incentive, earn monsters as a reward system for academic achievement or behavior. In science create monsters suited to different habitats, predators, jobs, or adaptations. Create monsters during the first week of school for students to introduce themselves, and post them on your class wiki along with their explanations.

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Skeleton Territory: Build a Skeleton - The Royal Institute of Great Britain

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2 to 6
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Drag and drop bones to build animal skeletons as quickly as you can! Bones click into place when positioned correctly. Want to learn the names of the bones? Drag them ...more
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Drag and drop bones to build animal skeletons as quickly as you can! Bones click into place when positioned correctly. Want to learn the names of the bones? Drag them into the "What Is It?" box to view the name. If you have trouble finding the correct location for bones, you can choose the "Where Is It?" box to view the completed skeleton.

tag(s): animals (222), body systems (55), halloween (39)

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This site is great fun for use during any animal unit or for Halloween. Share on your interactive whiteboard or let students explore on their own on classroom computers. Challenge students to draw completed skeletons and label individual bones using information from the interactive. Have students compare/contrast their skeleton discoveries as you study body systems and the role of a skeleton.
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Dry Bones - Mighty Book

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K to 3
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Join the dancing skeleton singing about "Dem bones"! This catchy site offers music while it introduces various body parts (bones of the body). Words are highlighted (in red) as the...more
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Join the dancing skeleton singing about "Dem bones"! This catchy site offers music while it introduces various body parts (bones of the body). Words are highlighted (in red) as the "bones" sing the words.

tag(s): halloween (39), holidays (129), human body (88), preK (225)

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Share this engaging (and fun) site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use during Halloween as a fun way to integrate science. Challenge younger students to read along with the song, perhaps turning the sound off. In older classes, have students use the correct anatomical names and change the song. Record the "new version" of the song using a site such as Yodio (reviewed here).
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Lesson This! - Lesson This!

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K to 6
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Find full length lesson plans for many subjects at Lesson This! Scroll through the latest posts or browse by learning objectives, tags, materials, or grade level using the boxes on...more
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Find full length lesson plans for many subjects at Lesson This! Scroll through the latest posts or browse by learning objectives, tags, materials, or grade level using the boxes on the right side of the home page. Each lesson states objectives, lists materials required (with links to print-ables if needed), and includes complete directions. Many also include pictures of the activity.
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tag(s): christmas (61), colors (69), counting (113), crafts (32), descriptive writing (26), drawing (69), halloween (39), holidays (129), nutrition (136), parts of speech (60), patterns (75), preK (225), recycling (49), symmetry (47), valentines day (11)

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Bookmark this site (or save in your favorites) to use as a resource for many lesson ideas throughout the year. Many lessons can be modified by changing materials or content of the lesson to fit your particular needs. Use the many seasonal "fun" ideas around Halloween, December holidays, and more.
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Duckie Deck Educational Games for your Kids! - Duckie Duck

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K to 2
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Find and play many interactives for preschoolers and younger elementary students at Duckie Deck. There is a dump truck to fill with dirt (if you can line up the crane ...more
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Find and play many interactives for preschoolers and younger elementary students at Duckie Deck. There is a dump truck to fill with dirt (if you can line up the crane correctly). Visit the coloring sites. Learn about health and hygiene, seriation skills, sharing, basic geometric figures, counting, and more. Explore the eery Halloween games (dress up a silly skeleton). Practice sorting, matching, memory games, and countless other topics. Scroll over the icons to view the name of each game, then click to play. Choose the i icon located within each game to view information about the game's content, playing directions, and to view similar games. Adults should make the games more meaningful with children be reading the information and talking together as they play. There is a lot here to explore! Hint: use the back arrow to return to the main page. The games do not open in a new window.

tag(s): animals (222), christmas (61), colors (69), counting (113), dental health (19), geometric shapes (117), halloween (39), matching (25), numbers (177), painting (59), preK (225), seasons (33), snow (20), social skills (15), sorting (11)

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There is SO much here to explore for primary students. Share specific activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Find useful activities to complete as a class such as counting, seriation, or basic geometric figures. Make sure you have students operate the whiteboard, manipulating the activities themselves. Set up a learning station using this website and let your students explore. Provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home. Be sure that parents use the "i" icon so they can make game play meaningful together with their child.
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Sleuthing and Snooping: Real and Imagined Mystery Read-alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This readaloud collection is part of the Help I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection...more
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This readaloud collection is part of the Help I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection of books and activities was created by an experienced elementary library/media specialist for fall read alouds and class discussions as Halloween and "mystery season" bring a chill to the air. The list of books to read aloud and accompanying activities include puzzles and stories that challenge their thinking. Of course we include Lexiles where available.

tag(s): halloween (39), reading lists (66)

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Use mysteries as an opportunity to learn some specialized vocabulary, a new story/text structure, to practice making inferences, and to synthesize information and make predictions. If your library does not have the books you want from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

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KidzVuz - Video Reviews by kids, for kids - Rebecca Levey and Nancy Freidman

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K to 7
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Finally, safe video sharing of "reviews" by kids age 7-12! Kids review items from books to Halloween costumes, movies, or restaurants. See all the categories across the menu bar. to...more
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Finally, safe video sharing of "reviews" by kids age 7-12! Kids review items from books to Halloween costumes, movies, or restaurants. See all the categories across the menu bar. to Upload your own videos then share on this site or view and comment on videos already posted. The videos themselves are "hosted" at YouTube, but they show here so you do not ever need to open YouTube! Search the site by using any keyword or by categories including: tech, food, toys and games, and more. Videos are all under 3 minutes in length. Upload using one of several methods: use the record button on the site and your webcam for the easiest method. Or record a video, save to your computer, then upload following the directions on the site. Every single video, comment and written review receives approval by a member of the KidzVuz team before being posted to the site. Sign up isn't required to view videos; however, it is necessary to post or comment. Parents must approve sign-up information. (If your school blocks YouTube, you may not be able to open this site at school. Test first.)

tag(s): social networking (101), video (170)

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Choose reviews from the site to watch together as a class before beginning a persuasive writing project or before students write about things that interest them. Share the video(s) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss effective and less effective word choices. Allow students to upload a video instead of completing a written assignment after pre-determining rubrics for assessment. (Be sure to get parental permission first, of course). Have students view videos and choose one that is opposite to their opinion. Write or upload their own thoughts on the same subject. This would be a fun way for students to complete and share short book reports, or have students view videos already on the site to help choose new books for personal reading. This site is also an effective way to teach netiquette and internet safety: how to comment politely, how to maintain a profile and activity as you want others to know you, etc.

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Spreaker - Spreaker Online Radio

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1 to 12
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Create a live Internet radio show -- free -- with Spreaker! This super easy online tool creates podcasts instantly for you to share with your own URL, on Facebook, Google ...more
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Create a live Internet radio show -- free -- with Spreaker! This super easy online tool creates podcasts instantly for you to share with your own URL, on Facebook, Google +, Soundcloud, Twitter, or add to the Spreaker website. Follow others, or invite others to follow your podcasts. With a click of a button you are creating a live podcast. To create a podcast you do not need Flash. However, there are several tutorials, and these tutorials require flash. There is a free version and a more deluxe premium version. This review is for the free version.
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tag(s): podcasts (40), radio (21)

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Enjoy a live radio show from your classroom! Publish written pieces of writing, science reports, social studies reports, and any other reports you would like to share. Create a New Book or Book Review podcast for the media center. Link to your podcast URL on your class website. Publish directions to projects, explanations for difficult concepts, or even a radio show of you reading your favorite books for your students. Have upper elementary students take turns reading aloud for a podcast aimed at little reading buddies in kindergarten. Allow students to podcast to "pen pals" in faraway places. Record your school choir, orchestra group, poetry club, or drama club doing their best work or dramatic readings of Shakespeare soliloquies. Take your school newspaper to a new level with recorded radio articles. Be sure to include interviews with students, teachers, principals, parents, authors, artists, and almost anyone. In younger grades, use to save an audio portfolio of reading fluency, expression, or to aid with running records or even include writing. Be sure do this regularly throughout the year to analyze growth. Have fun at Halloween with your Halloween station filled with favorite spooky stories! Welcome your students to a new school year by sending them your message. Create messages for classmates who move away. Bring your foreign language classes an extra resource of your pronunciations whenever they need more practice. ESL/ELL, special education classes can often benefit from the extra explanations, practice, and elaborated instructions given at their own pace. The possibilities are endless! The site itself is a "web 2.0," social networking style site, so some schools may have it blocked. Ask about unblocking just YOUR teacher account so you can have students access it while at school and under your supervision.

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Pumpkin Carving - ABCya

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K to 3
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Invite students to carve a spooky Halloween Pumpkin without worrying about sharp knives, candles or pumpkin seeds. ABCya's simple, interactive site lets students create virtual carved...more
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Invite students to carve a spooky Halloween Pumpkin without worrying about sharp knives, candles or pumpkin seeds. ABCya's simple, interactive site lets students create virtual carved pumpkins and then save them to the computer as a JPG. Carve out the pumpkin to your desire, click done, and see the pumpkin illuminate.
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tag(s): drawing (69), halloween (39)

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While students are engaged with creating fun Jack-O'-Lantern drawing, they will also learn how to draw shapes with the mouse. Save this site to use yearly with your students. Students will love creating Jack O' Lanterns as an engaging Halloween center. Use the saved JPG file as an illustration for a Halloween poem or story.
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Mummy - Oriental Institute/University of Chicago

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6 to 12
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Created by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this site allows you to virtually prepare and embalm a mummy. Begin with instructions for pulling the brain out of ...more
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Created by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this site allows you to virtually prepare and embalm a mummy. Begin with instructions for pulling the brain out of the nose, then you remove the body's organs, fill the body with salt, wrap it with linens, and prepare it for the afterlife. Potentially unfamiliar words are highlighted, and clicking on them provides an audio dictionary to teach the meaning. While it's not too graphic, it's just "gross" enough that students will love it.

tag(s): egypt (60), halloween (39)

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Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or allow students to do their own individual "embalming" on a classroom or home computer. Create a center using your interactive whiteboard and allow small groups to manipulate the whiteboard and the "life size" mummy. You'll need to provide the context for the activity; the site is simply a chance to virtually prepare a mummy. Share t during a unit on Ancient Egypt. This would be intriguing to do around the Halloween holiday.
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Independence Day Around the World - Chartsbin

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2 to 12
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see ...more
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see the date of its independence from that country. All countries that used to be part of Great Britain are the same color; color coding for other former empires indicates the empire's former holdings. Data comes from reliable government and other statistical sources. At the bottom of the page, related charts that may be of interest show: Father's Day around the World, Mother's Day around the World, Halloween Celebrations around the world and more.
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tag(s): colonial america (103), holidays (129), july 4th (8)

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Keep this site in mind as a reference source when students study world cultures or foreign languages. Challenge students to use this site to create research projects about individual (free) nations around the world. Have individual students or cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation using a tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of the country they researched (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Virtual Pumpkin Carving - Kevin Jarrett, NCS Tech blog

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K to 8
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This elementary computer teacher (and acclaimed teacher-leader in educational technology) has collected the very best of virtual pumpkin carving sites on his class blog. Scroll to the...more
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This elementary computer teacher (and acclaimed teacher-leader in educational technology) has collected the very best of virtual pumpkin carving sites on his class blog. Scroll to the wonderful Shockwave file version hosted right on this blog and to several other virtual pumpkin links below it. Go far beyond "mouse practice" to creative designs. You may be tempted to purchase several real pumpkins to try out the designs you work out here.

tag(s): fall (15), fall festival (4), halloween (39), holidays (129)

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Share these sites as part of pumpkin day at your school as you count and graph pumpkin seeds in math class, prepare pumpkin recipes in science, and write pumpkin stories. Save the mess and make a virtual pumpkin carving station on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of a Fall Festival. Take a screen shot of your "best" pumpkin to accompany student writing on your class blog. On Windows, press the PrntScrn key to COPY your screen, then PASTE it into a document. You will want to use the crop tool to eliminate stuff around the edges. On a Mac, it's shift+command+4 to get a tool you use to select the portion of your screen to "screenshot." Then use the image file saved on your desktop as your illustration. You might even want to make a class book of pumpkin designs and stories.
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Maine's Autumn Magic - Maine Department of Conservation

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4 to 8
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This site has a video presentation detailing the process of changing leaf colors. Although the video is specific to leaves found in Maine, it is suitable for students in any ...more
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This site has a video presentation detailing the process of changing leaf colors. Although the video is specific to leaves found in Maine, it is suitable for students in any area. The video is about 2 minutes long, making it suitable to use as a short introduction to fall changes. There is a link to a text version of information found in the video; however, the link didn't work at the time of the review. Text does appear in the FLASH version, though, for those who may not be able to hear the narration. Several other links to fall foliage information are also available on the site such as kids pages, photo galleries and foliage updates.

tag(s): fall (15), fall festival (4), halloween (39), seasons (33)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on fall foliage on a projector or interactive whiteboard. After viewing the video, take your class outdoors to view foliage in your community. Use this site when creating state reports to use as a comparison between Maine and your state in the fall. View the site early in the fall to introduce the unit, then take pictures of trees in your area each week to document changes throughout the season. Share the video presentation on your interactive whiteboard or projector as part of your fall festival festivities!
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Fall Colors Depend on Weather Changes - USA Today

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3 to 10
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This is a fabulous site filled with information and visuals to teach about the changing colors of fall leaves. Simply roll your mouse over the different leaves to find out ...more
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This is a fabulous site filled with information and visuals to teach about the changing colors of fall leaves. Simply roll your mouse over the different leaves to find out what they will look like in the fall. Choices are also available to view cross-sections of leaves in the summer, early fall, and fall to use as a comparison of the changes throughout the seasons. The attached article gives a scientific explanation of why and how leaves change that can be used with older students; however, younger students can still benefit from the graphics and descriptions at the beginning of the page.

tag(s): fall (15), fall festival (4), halloween (39), weather (174)

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Use this site to introduce and discuss how leaves change color each fall before taking your class outside to view what is happening in your area. Before going outside have students draw the different types of leaves shown on the site and try to find them outside. Take a digital camera to view leaves in your area and compare them to graphics shown on the site. Use this site as an introduction to fall changes and take pictures of trees in your area throughout the school year to arrange on a time line to show change throughout the year. Share this site as part of your fall festival!
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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - DIY Recipes - Safe Cosmetics Action Network

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6 to 12
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This site provides a number of recipes for cosmetics that are safe to make and missing all harmful chemicals. From lip gloss to deodorant to face paint, this site has ...more
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This site provides a number of recipes for cosmetics that are safe to make and missing all harmful chemicals. From lip gloss to deodorant to face paint, this site has it. Discover the natural approach with some science on the side.

tag(s): chemicals (30), experiments (65)

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Use in a personal hygiene or health course to teach good practices. This is a great addition to family and consumer science or chemistry class for students to see science in practice. This site may inspire some terrific science fair projects, as well. Make your Halloween makeup an all-natural option. Challenge students to create one of the products and share their creations on a video. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Death - The Last Taboo - Australian Museum

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8 to 12
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This interactive site shows how parts of an actual autopsy are done. The site does have a disclaimer that the content may be too graphic for some viewers. However, the ...more
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This interactive site shows how parts of an actual autopsy are done. The site does have a disclaimer that the content may be too graphic for some viewers. However, the "person" is a computer drawn, faceless character. You can click through the site, screen by screen, following the onscreen instructions to complete the autopsy. This includes removing the organs and weighing them. The site also includes a short video about an actual forensic scientist. Average metric weight of some human organs is also included in the site.

tag(s): forensics (26), halloween (39)

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This site could be used as an alternative to dissection, an enrichment activity, or as part of a unit that uses crime scene investigation as part of its delivery technique. Anatomy classes could use this practice and review for quizzes or tests on the human body organs and systems. Show the site using the interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to human anatomy or to dissection. If you teach high school biology, this would be a great site during Halloween season, as well: teach anatomy with a creepy feature!
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Goosebumps: The Science of Fear - California Science Center

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3 to 10
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Explore the science of fear with this fun and interesting site. Click on "Explore Fear Online." View "Fear and the Brain" to understand how the brain responds to fear. Learn ...more
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Explore the science of fear with this fun and interesting site. Click on "Explore Fear Online." View "Fear and the Brain" to understand how the brain responds to fear. Learn animal responses in "Fear in the Wild." Other links include "Fear and the Media," "The Fun Side of Fear," and "Dealing with Fear." Each link includes several more specific topics. There is also a Parent's Guide with some of the topics.

tag(s): brain (55), emotions (26), psychology (49), stress (13)

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Brainstorm situations that cause fear and identify how the brain processes this information. Explore the similarities of fear responses with the feelings when riding thrill rides. Identify as a class how people respond to fear and ways fear can help you. Creative writing students can explore different ways that people show fear so their writing can describe what fear LOOKS like instead of simply saying, "he was afraid." Why not include this site when studying Poe's tales of terror or as a curriculum-related activity during Halloween season? Check out the "Dealing with Fear" section to help students struggling with anxieties and worry. Emotional or autistic support teachers and school counselors may also find this site helpful in allowing students to understand their body's reactions to fear. Health and psychology classes can use this site to explore the physiology of fear.
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Fascinating Egyptian Mummies - Sun Life Financial

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4 to 12
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This well-designed and high tech site allows students and teachers to enter the world of the tombs of mummies. Featuring games and entrance to tombs and other exhibitions designed by...more
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This well-designed and high tech site allows students and teachers to enter the world of the tombs of mummies. Featuring games and entrance to tombs and other exhibitions designed by the Musee de la Civilization in Quebec, the site creates high interest. Take your students back in time to Ancient Egypt and learn about the process of mummification, the jars in which the mummies' parts reside, and get a rich background in ancient Egyptian beliefs.

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. What a creative addition to Halloween and fall festivities! Provide the link to the French department; it is also available in French. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects and research about Egypt. The activities would work as a class activity, individual research, or with cooperative learning groups. Have students create online posters or papers or do it together as a class using tools such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Make an online poster about Egypt with this site as a jumping off spot; try Padlet (reviewed here).
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Neil Gaiman's Mouse Circus - HarperCollins

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Not only did Neil Gaiman's book Coraline become a movie in 2009, but his book The Graveyard Book, won the Newbery Medal at the same time. Explore the world of ...more
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Not only did Neil Gaiman's book Coraline become a movie in 2009, but his book The Graveyard Book, won the Newbery Medal at the same time. Explore the world of Nobody Owens, the main character in The Graveyard Book. But, if you want to know more about Nobody's creator, definitely explore this site. Listen to Neil read from his award-winning book. Read interviews to learn more about this fascinating man. Print posters, enjoy wallpapers, and play games based upon Gaiman's work. Enjoy video and audio of his books by clicking on "Extras."

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If you are doing an author study, this site is loaded with information about this award-winning author. Compare the movie version of Coraline with the book using Venn Diagrams. Why not try online Venn Diagrams, using a site such as "Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagrams" (reviewed here). Compare and contrast this Newbery book with other recent Newbery books. Print posters of his books for an eerie Gaiman bulletin board at Halloween. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Halloween - Myvocabulary.com

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4 to 12
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Halloween. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Halloween vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Halloween. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Halloween vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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