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Minutes from ME

Margaret Ennis

Margaret Ennis, a part-time teacher and volunteer at The Franklin Institute Online, shares her ideas for making learning fun, particularly online.


How do young readers make meaning of web exploration? Margaret has thought a great deal about this subject and shares her ideas and experiences.

Young Readers & the World Wide Web - Part I. First Steps in Browsing

Young Readers & the World Wide Web - Part II. Build a "Links to Click" Webpage

Young Readers & the World Wide Web - Part III. Add Graphics to the Links Webpage

Young Readers & the World Wide Web - Part IV. Add a Java Word Search to the Links Webpage

Young Readers & the World Wide Web - Part V. Add a Questions Frame to a Linked Webpage


How can young children be engaged in computer classes? ME offers her special perspective on the subject with a series of lessons and demonstrations. Anyone interested in early childhood education should be delighted.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part I. Lines and Colors.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part II. Boxes, Lines and Colors.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part III. Ellipses and Colors.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part IV. Text, Shapes and Colors.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part V. Dragging and Dropping.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part VI. Copying and Pasting.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part VII. Flipping and Rotating.

A Pre-Reader's PC Primer - Part VIII. Stretching and Skewing.

PC Activities for Emergent Readers

New Readers' PC Activities


Latitude, Longitude and Vacations

Go cross-curricular and cross the equator with ME as she integrates geography with math and even mixes in some fun.


Group Graphing

Make math meaningful with ME's ideas for using your computer's graphing software to illustrate groups of numbers. Wrap it around sports and the fun really begins!


Play Ball!

Use your computer's drawing and spreadsheet programs to simulate a few innings of baseball. The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd are your first clue that this may be fun.


Women in Science

Celebrate Women's History Month with this thorough exploration of famous female scientists. Try the "Treasure Hunts" to search for more information.


Seeing

See clearly with these activities and exercises for your sense of sight. Learn about color-blindness and how the eye and brain work together to color your world.


Hearing

Do you need a hearing aid? These activities and exercises should help your hearing. Investigate the sense of hearing and learn how the human ear works.


Tasting

Stick out your tongue if you like to taste new flavors. Exercise your sense of taste by learning about how the tongue and brain work together to sample the flavors of life.


Smelling

Only the nose knows how to smell. Sometimes, the sense of smell makes our lives more pleasant. The only problem is that smells aren't always nice. Use these quick activities to exercise your sense of smell.


Touching

To begin your inquiry into the human senses, start at your fingertips. Have some hands-on fun as you investigate the sense of touch.


Coming to Our Senses

We often use our senses without even noticing. Strengthen your sensory muscles by investigating the sensory world.


Olympic Counting

Practice your math skills while you watch sporting events like the Olympics. Make math fun!


All About Air

It's everywhere, so why not have some fun with air? Try some hands-on ideas for investigating air.


Words to Value

Try some "alphanumberetical" activities as you integrate math and phonics. It's the "abc's" of your "123's."


The Power of Soap

So just how does soap work anyway? Have some good clean fun as you investigate the properties of soap.


Sinkin' Lincoln

Take a guess: How many drops of water will fit on the surface of a penny? How long will it take before the water spills over? Try it. You may be surprised.


In A Heartbeat

Young students can visualize the beating of their hearts with these creative ways to measure the human pulse.


On Reflection

A little math, a little mirror, a little magic. Use these cryptic messages to investigate the nature of reflection and symmetry.


Mungry Math

Integrate math with poetry and try a mathematical analysis of a popular poem by Shel Silverstein.


Maytime Measuring

Who needs rulers when we have sunlight and shadows? Practice measuring outdoor objects on a sunny day.


Shapes, Lines, Angles & Quilts

For math class, you'll need some fabric and thread. Quilting is a hands-on application for geometric principles.


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