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inQuiry Almanack

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August and September, 1998
volume four, issue seven

If you've been waiting to try some online activities in your classroom, this is the year! The 1998-1999 issues of "inQuiry Almanack" will be packed with resource materials for you to use. If you've used "inQuiry Almanack" in the past, you'll recognize some of the features, but you'll also notice some new columns.

You'll be amazed by what teachers can do on the web when you visit "Wired@School." Throughout the school year, you'll meet nine teachers who work in schools in the U.S. and Canada. Because of their innovative work, they've been invited to join the webteam here at The Franklin Institute Online. This month, you'll meet them and learn what to expect. Starting in October, their work will begin to appear online. You should find some great ideas!

In case you didn't know, The Franklin Institute is nearly 175 years old! Over the years, more than a few items have been collected. There are some fabulous objects that were used in pursuit of science knowledge. But, not every visitor can have access to these interesting artifacts. Now, thanks to the web, more people can! "inQuiry Attic" presents a monthly peek into the storehouse. Begin by examining the object and then explore the resources that relate to it. The objects will vary, but they'll have one thing in common: they all show the importance of scientific investigation.

Every month is filled with reasons to celebrate. "Great Dates" offers resources for each occasion. Also, you'll find a monthly calendar of collaborative online projects in which you can participate. Plus, of course, every date can be great with the almanac information that's available.

Our good friend, Margaret Ennis (ME), is back for another year of intriguing classroom activities. She's spending her "Minutes" this month on the idea of using computers with pre-readers. If you're interested in early childhood education, you'll surely be delighted with her activities.

Finally, the "Spotlighting" feature is back for another year of guided exploration of science themes. The September issue challenges you to consider "Our Changing Earth."


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