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  1. Government
  2. History
  1. Daily
  1. News sites
  2. Science News sites
  3. Today in History sites
  1. People
  2. Events
  3. The year you were born
  1. Weekly
  2. If you like lists
  1. How big is a billion?
  2. How much money do you owe?
  3. What is the most common crime committed in the U.S.?
  4. When a person dies at the hands of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger?
  5. How much is an education worth?
  6. What is the most common name in the U.S.?
  7. How much sugar does the average American consume in one year?
  8. What percent of the adult U.S. population is actually overweight?
  9. Your "Inflationary Dollar," how much is it worth today?
  10. What language has the largest number of native speakers?
  11. Which is more valuable, a pile of pennies equaling your weight or a stack of quarters equaling your height?
  12. Which is largest, Greenland, South America or Africa?
  13. What is the average age of those currently in the room?
  14. How long is a second?
  15. Links to external sites with more interesting numbers.
  1. How Safe Are Schools?
  2. School Safety Facts
  1. Books in which to find more Interesting Numbers.
  1. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732.
  2. Betsy Ross created the first U.S. flag.
  3. "Dorky" made its first recorded English appearance in 1983.
  4. Someone is likely to shoot at students in my school.
  5. The earliest humans lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
  6. Christmas Day always falls in winter.
  7. NASA faked the Moon landings.
  8. Every year since 1950, the number of children gunned down has doubled.
  9. The U.S. Constitution's 2nd amendment protects the rights of Americans to own firearms of any sort.
  10. Voltaire wrote, "I may disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
  11. William Shakespeare authored a play titled "King Lear".
  12. Evolution is both a theory and a fact.
  13. Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking as Global Warming proponents claim.
  14. Books in which to find common knowledge that may not be true
  15. "Facts" and their evaluation on the Web
  1. Here is a group activity that allows students to explore the social value of inventions that appeared during the Industrial Revolution

Challenge your students to identify and move beyond their assumptions.

See food in a new light.

  1. Hangman
  2. Anagrams
    1. A sample assignment built around anagrams
    2. The above assignment reversed
  3. Is that a word?
  1. Going, Going, Not Quite Gone
  2. Dictionary Wannabes
  3. Words That Were Born With You
  4. It's New to Me
  5. Them's Fightin' Words!
  1. Links to external sites with more interesting word games
  2. Books in which to find more word games
  1. student assignment sheet
  2. plausible translations
  3. lessons learned
  4. warming up - The Lord's Prayer in English
  5. instructions for conducting the activity

The story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke forms the basis of this activity. It not only provides a way to get your students up and moving about the classroom in a purposeful manner, but also illustrates a key activity that makes up the professional lives of research historians - taking what often seem to be random bits of information found during research, and organizing them into a coherent story. It also can be used to help students develop the skills necessary to function effectively in groups.

  1. Online Resources
  2. Books
  3. Propaganda Analysis sheet
  1. Sample analysis - Flagg's I Want You poster
  2. Sample analysis - an Anti-War Uncle Sam
  3. Sample analysis - Government tyranny
  4. Sample analysis - Next?
  1. Lesson Ideas
  1. What do your students already know?
  1. Media Use Poll
  1. The Kaiser Family Foundation results
  1. Advertising Effectiveness Quiz
  1. my answers to the quiz questions
  1. General Skills
  1. Questions to ask of a propagandistic message
  2. What's Wrong With This Picture?
  1. Analysis
  1. Do you hear what I hear?
  1. Face-off Over Guns
  1. Triggering Emotions
  2. Dueling Facts
  3. Longer Arguments
  1. Propaganda Goes to War
  1. At War with Iraq: the Propaganda Battles
  1. The Demon Saddam
  2. Osama Wants You
  3. Propaganda Works!
  1. Dueling Posters
  2. Faces of the Enemy
  1. Us
  2. Them
  3. Good versus Evil
  1. Numbers at War
  1. Advertising
  1. Why people smoke
  1. It is masculine.
  2. It is exciting.
  3. It attracts women.
  4. It is feminine.
  5. It is liberating and empowering.
  6. It is sophisticated.
  7. It is addictive.
  8. Suggested lesson
  1. Sex and Death Among the Ice Cubes
  1. The Soft-Core Hard-Sell
  2. The Cost to Produce an Ad
  3. The Ads Analyzed
  1. income quiz
  2. income quiz answers
  3. pay equity quiz
  4. pay equity quiz answers
  5. pay equity assignment
  6. pay equity assignment (less work)
  7. pay equity assignment (simpler work)
  8. pay equity assignment (simpler and less work)
  9. pay equity assignment answers
  10. women's work force quiz
  11. women's work force assignment
  12. women's work force assignment (less work)
  13. women's work force assignment answers
  14. pay equity test preparation sheet
  15. pay equity test
  16. 2000 data
  17. 2001 data
  18. 2002 data
  19. 2003 data
  1. The Story of Billy and Tom
  2. The Story of Billy and Tom - My Responses
  1. The Transplant Committee
  2. Jury Duty
  3. Clemency Board
  4. sample assignments and aids
  1. a vocabulary assignment for The Transplant Committee
  2. Transplant Committee problematic words linked to their dictionary definitions
  3. a set of three assignments based on the ideas of Rushworth M. Kidder as explored in his book How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living (Morrow, 1995)
  1. Spotting ethical situations
  2. Writing values statements
  3. Resolving ethical dilemmas
  1. Instructions for
  1. warming up
  2. conducting the main activity
  1. Student handouts
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  1. Sample W-2 (html format)
  2. Sample W-2 (PDF format)
  3. Sample filled in 1040EZ (PDF format)
  4. instructions to accompany the assignment
  5. the Internal Revenue Service's 1040EZ instruction booklet (960 kb PDF file)
  6. the Internal Revenue Service's blank 1040EZ (56 kb PDF file)
  1. how to calculate where dates will fall on the calendar
  1. Excel spreadsheets set up to do the calculations
  2. a Java calculator to do the calculations one at a time online
  1. calendars for distribution to students
  1. in Adobe Acrobat PDF format
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  2. in GIF format
  1. instructions for
  1. warming up
  2. conducting the main activity
  1. instructions for conducting the activity
  2. the student assignment sheet
  3. an alternate student assignment sheet
  1. Oxymora
  2. Multiple meanings
  3. Heteronyms
  4. Homonyms/Homophones
  5. Synonyms
  6. Test
  7. Test - Key
  1. Salary comparison table
  2. Straight Line Salary chart
  3. Exponential Salary chart (without scientific notation)
  4. Exponential Salary chart (with scientific notation)
  5. Graphing the Great Crash
  6. Charting the Dow's history
  7. Folding paper
  8. Student assignments
  1. Human population on the 50th Earth Day
  2. What drives human population growth?
  1. Puzzles for the homework assignment
  2. Homework puzzle solutions
  3. Logic puzzle test
  4. Ladies and Tigers - Puzzle #1

  5. Ladies and Tigers - Puzzle #2

  6. Silver Blaze

  7. Silver Blaze the story, part 1

  8. Silver Blaze the story, part 2

  9. Silver Blaze - less able readers assignment sheet

Here is a way to get students to understand world population statistics, and a bit of geography to boot.

  1. your students know how to create a crossword puzzle
  2. they do not
  1. the step by step guide to building a crossword puzzle
  2. the blank crossword grid
  1. Adobe Acrobat PDF files
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  1. the puzzle
  2. the answers
  1. GIF files
  1. the puzzle
  2. the answers
  1. click here to play the online Java version of the puzzle
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