Month: April 2020


Ken Burns in the Classroom- PBS Learning Media

Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students, and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources. 

You can search the resources available by Era or by Film. The target audience is for grades 4-12+.
Classroom support resources and National Standards are included with each topic.

There are links to share resources via Google classroom and other social media options.

Students and teachers can signup to the website to keep track of their learning using this resource.


UNUM Ken Burns: One Nation, Many Stories

Ken Burns and his team carefully curate topics for study from his media resources.

The topics are sorted by Themes, Events, People, AP US History Themes, Wars, and Time. You can signup to get new topics in your inbox.

The target audience is for grades 7-12+


Explore the The World War II Museum in New Orleans. The site has many things to offer teachers and students:


Complete the booklet below. Use the following sites, books, and atlases to research a country.
Research Booklet for Student Use (Google Slides)


National Geography for Kids

A great site to find primary level reading about for 68 countries to choose from. You will find information about their:

  • Geography
  • People & Culture
  • Nature
  • Flag
  • Government
  • History
  • A slide show is included for each country

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Factmonster Countries of the World

Each Country Profile provides information on: Geography · Maps · Flag · History · Current ruler · Area · Population · Capital · Largest cities · Languages · Ethnicity/race · Religion · Literacy rate · Economy · Government

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Duckster Geography- U.S. and by Continents

Click on a continent, then cursor down to select a country. Facts, maps, and flag can be found. (You might find too many advertisements on this site.)

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World Flag Database
Click on the country’s flag to read some fast facts and see the different flags of the country.

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Homeschool Helper Online

Teachers and parents, signup to download free research lapbooks to guide student learning. You will see lots of activity ideas. Look for the Country Lapbook to support your student’s research.

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Guggenheim Online Resources: Artists

Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks.

  • Artists
    You then can use the menu across the top of the page to select by:
  • Venues
  • Mediums
  • Special Collections
  • Dates
  • Movements
  • Take a Virtual Tour of the museum

Do you think that you could live in space? There are three short videos that show you how it is done. Watch the video to see how Astronaut Karen Nyberg washes her hair in space.

Then you will learn how Astronaut Chris Cassidy has a “close shave”.

I wonder how you would sleep in space? Astronaut Suni Williams shows you how it is done. Have you ever wondered how you go to the bathroom in space? Well, Suni tells you how that is done too!

❇️ Complete the viewing sheet as you watch the videos.

Astronaut Suni Williams takes you on a tour of the “bedroom” and the “bathroom” on a space station

Take a visit to China through the Nature Labs video: China’s Great Forests: What the Giant Panda and Earth’s Climate Share. Complete the Viewers Guide as you watch the video.


Students in a primary classroom (Gr. 2-3) can visit a farm without leaving their homes. Learn from a farming family how a dairy farm brings you milk from the barn to the store. Use the worksheet to guide your learning.


I am redesigning my edSelect site. It has been a long time coming. Blog posts will highlight topical teaching ideas and research links for elementary and secondary students. The blog links will be catalogued on subject specific pages by grade and topic for future access. The basis for the sorting will be based on the Ontario, Canada curriculum as this is that I know best. This however, does not limit my visitors to appropriate sites as education transcends boarders. This will be a work in process. I hope you like the new look. It has always been a passion of mine to support teachers with the delivery of timely topics and links with meaningful explanations and to support student learning with a few clicks to at level resources.

Please continue to check back to see the progress and to support the learners in your care.