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 Monthly Newsletter    Issue 24 


Civil War, American Revolution, Civil Rights Act, Math Education, Autism Awareness, Library Month, Earth Day, and Easter
APRIL 2011
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What's Happening
Teacher Resources
Parent Resources
Technology Tips
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  What's Happening This Month?
With April comes Spring and that means Earth Day, Easter, and a lot of history. The Civil War began and ended in the months of April. The American Revolution began. Paul Revere took his famous ride. And the name "America" was first used. It's also Autism Awareness Month, Math Education Month, Poetry Month, and School Library Month. So let's get started!



I4C has a section of resources dedicated to exceptional children. Included in that is Autism, which is broken down by teachers, parents, and general resources. The Autism Resources for Teachers section includes autism instruction methods, teaching tools, and  interaction strategies. Our Autism Parents section offers screening help, family life tools, social skill resources and tips for preparing an autistic child for school. The Autism General Resources site has information on preparing an autistic student for college, social skills resources, and more



Visit our Math Resources page to find a very large section of Math Resources that include lesson plans, math help, math worksheets, math interactive quizzes and Skill Builders by grade level. You can find Elementary Math Resources, Secondary (Middle/High) Math Resources, General Math, Money, and Special Topics like Numbers and Operations, Measurements, Geometry and Spacial Sense, and Data Analysis and Probability. Find Printable Math Worksheets on almost any math topic, including customizable worksheets as well.



Celebrate Language Arts with these resources on Stories, Elementary Writing, Middle and High School WritingElementary Language Arts, Middle and High School Language Arts, and General Language Arts. Find Poetry Resources, including Elementary poetry writing prompts, poetry lesson plans, and cinquains. Here are some links for Middle/High Poetry lessons.



Check out our Library Resources Page for physical library resources, virtual libraries, presidential libraries, museums, and Librarian resources

               1st grade - Visit the Library - lesson plans and resources 

               2nd grade - Visit the Library - lesson plans and resources 

               3rd grade - Visit the Library - lesson plans and resources 

               4th grade - Visiting and Using the Library 

               5th grade - Visiting and Using the Library 



Find 5th grade Social Studies Standards with the major features of the Civil Rights Act as well as Civil Rights Lesson Plans for grades 6-12.  Explore examples of how the United States confronted civil rights issues.


Look in our American History Standards, post WWII for Civil Rights resources. "Desegregation and Civil Rights" features Wisconsin's struggles while offering timelines and articles.  "The Civil Rights Era" details the African American Odyssey Exhibit illustrating  desegregation as well as sit-ins, freedom rides, and demonstrations. "Voices of Civil Rights" shares memories and oral histories from individuals who experienced the Civil Rights Movement. "The Civil Rights Act of 1964" features the background behind Equal Employment Opportunity.   


CIVIL WAR BEGAN (4-12-1861) AND ENDED (4-9-1865)

See the events unfold in these Civil War timelines under numbers 9 and 10. Explore number 12 for Mr. Nussbaum's Civil War site with an overview, timeline, maps, cause and effects, people, and more. Number 13 offers Civil War for Kids - a site from Mrs. Huber's class featuring maps, an interactive Civil War timeline, activities, and biographies. Numbers 43 and 44 feature medicine in the civil war and details of how they cared for the men. Find tons of archived statistics and interesting facts between both a northern and southern community and their experience through the Civil War in this project called The Valley of the Shadow (number 6).   Here's a Differentiated Instruction lesson plan in Word discussing the causes of the Civil War.  Using 5th grade Social Studies resources, recognize Civil War Leaders and interpret sectional differences between the north and south before the Civil War began.



Learn about his life with this biography on Thomas Jefferson. Read about the story surrounding Jefferson and The Declaration. See the final transcript of the Declaration of Independence. This site explains how the Revolutionary War ties into the committee nominated to create the the Declaration of Independence. Finally, check out the thousands of Thomas Jefferson Papers in I4C's presidential library.



What is the story behind Paul Revere's Famous Ride? Learn all about Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, including a virtual tour. Enjoy the original Longfellow poem, "Paul Revere's Ride."   You can also take advantage of this presentation titled "Why Was There a Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" which includes 5 lesson plans at the end.  



Explore everything about the American Revolution with our section in History resources. Find American Revolution timelines, biographies, overviews, the role of women, and more. In our 5th grade Social Studies you can find 15 lesson plans and activities on the American Revolution (number 4) as well as an extensive site on the battles of the Revolutionary War with first hand accounts, documents, and Revolutionary War lesson plans under the "teachers guide" label. Lastly play interactive games about the cause of the Revolution on our 8th grade Social Studies page.


EARTH DAY (4-22)

Have fun with these printable Earth Day bookmarks for kids. Check out our Elementary Science Resources page which includes topics like plants, earthweathergeneral science, space, electricity, and magnets. Find science fair project ideas. At the bottom are Science Standards Resources by grade from K - 7th, featuring links to Science skills on Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Embedded Technology and Engineering all organized by grade level.  



Celebrate Shakespeare's life with a comprehensive site containing the complete works of Shakespeare. On the complete works site is also a link to "Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet" which contains geneaology, timelines, and a biography quiz.


EASTER (4-24)

Find Easter crafts, songs, and recipes on I4C's Easter page.



Did you know Christopher Columbus did not give America its nameIt was actually named by an Italian man called Amerigo Vespucci. There are conflicting stories as to how Amerigo went about naming America, but the fact remains, he can claim the rights and it became the first printed map to depict a Western Hemisphere.  For other American History Resources visit our History page.



Visit our Wellness and Nutrition page to find resources on the food pyramid, nutrition, food allergies, understanding healthy meals, and more.


We have a correction for last month's March Newsletter. It was written in the What's Happening that the first paper money was issued 3-10-1862. Please note on March 10th it was the first paper money issued by the U.S.
  Focus On:  Teacher Resources
Internet4Classrooms offers a wide variety of informative online resources, tips, tools, and tutorials regarding your classroom needs. There is always something you can utilize with your students. Each month we'll feature a few links to useful topics.  

Take advantage of our Assessment Test Help section to find a comprehensive list of links by topics, like:
Find assessment resources on:  Fractions, Graphing, Sequencing, and Fact and Opinion.
Remember: One of our most clicked resources is the teacher tools page. You can access everything teachers need for the school year, including forms, planning, bulletin boards, and worksheets

Another popular section is our Grade Level Help. Click here for Pre-K - 8th grade level help and here for 7th - 12th grade resources. Find Skill Builders interactive sites for Language Arts and Math.  

Don't Forget: Free Online Practice for ACT Test and SAT Test Resources.  I4C now offers free SAT and ACT vocabulary quizzes. Become a free member and log in as much as you'd like. Students can take practice tests on 5000 vocabulary words. Log in to monitor your students' scores - including seeing which vocabulary words they missed. Interactive quizzes allow the test taker to retake and study as much as they want. 
  Focus On:  Parent Resources
In addition to our teachers, parents can take advantage of our online resources as well. 
Add more creativity to your Easter Egg hunts. Enjoy these Easter crafts and recipes.
Explore Parent resources section on Autism to learn about autism screening, early signs, family life, how to prepare your child and your child's school, and more.
Find ACT Test and SAT Test Resources to get your children ready for the ACT and SATs! I4C now offers free SAT and ACT vocabulary quizzes. Become a free member and log in as much as you'd like. Students can take practice tests on 5000 vocabulary words. As a parent, you can log in to monitor your children's scores - including seeing which words they missed. Interactive quizzes allow the test taker to retake and study as much as they want.
As always, if you don't see something of interest highlighted this month, we have the Parent Zone which is full of resources. You can find homework help, special needs resources, language tools, reading help, educational games and activities sorted by grade.
  Technology Tips

Tech Tip #1:  Send Something to the Trash on a Mac- Click once on the item, then click Command and Delete. For more Mac tutorials and help check out our Mac resources page.


Tech Tip #2:   Move Paragraphs Around in Word- You can actually move and switch whole paragraphs around in your Word document very easily.  Click anywhere inside the paragraph you want to move. Hold down SHIFT and ALT simultaneously, and then use your up and down arrows to move the paragraph wherever you need it. Go here for more Word tutorials.


Tech Tip #3:  Everything Excel - I4C has a large section on Excel from begginers to advanced. Navigate through basic skills, find shortcuts, learn how to create charts, puzzles and graphs, and watch tutorial videos as well as participate in interactive help. If you need Excel help, these are the links to click!

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 This Month's Blog

This month we're talking about Analyzing Your Classroom Effort. Do you strive to meet your students needs, even if it requires continuous technology and subject training? is a free educational portal for teachers, parents, homeschoolers and students. Visitors come from around the world to find Internet resources for their educational needs. One can find resources ranging from lesson plans to worksheets, individual grade level resources to templates, and even interactive learning games.  We were very honored when one teacher called the site a "Walmart for Teachers". If you cannot find what you need for instruction on any topic, please feel free to email us and we will help you find resources to fit your needs.

Susan Brooks