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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

BizKids - Business Videos and Lessons for Kids

BizKids is a series of thirty-nine videos and lessons designed to teach kids about business and personal finances. Each episode tackles a different topic ranging from "what is money?" to "understanding income and expenses" to "the green economy." Every episode is accompanied by detailed lesson plans for teachers to use in junction with a classroom viewing of the video. All of the lesson plans are published as pdf files.

In addition to the videos and lesson plans, BizKids has a section of assorted learning tools for kids to explore on their own. Some of these tools include a calculator for learning about the power of compound interest and for calculating how long it could take to save one million dollars.

Applications for Education
BizKids is a good series of videos and lesson plans for teaching students about personal and business finances. If you don't have the time to use all of the videos and lesson plans in the series you could pick and choose the ones that best fit your needs. BizKids has created a core curriculum of five videos and lesson plans that you can use if you don't want to search through all of the videos.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Investing in Plain English
Financial Glossary for Students

Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar Is In Your Snack?

Sugar Stacks is a good website for understanding how much sugar is in the food and beverages that we consume. Sugar Stacks lists popular food and beverage items in ten categories. Every item is pictured with a stack of sugar cubes. Each sugar cube represents four grams of sugar. This is a great way to see just how much sugar you really consume in your favorite snack or beverage.

Applications for Education
Sugar Stacks provides good effective visuals that health teachers could use to show students just how much sugar they consume. Teachers could also the concept of Sugar Stacks to have students create their own visuals with sugar cubes.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Learn To Be Healthy - Free Lesson Plans
Get the Glass Promotes Healthy Choices

American History Review Videos

When I go offline for 48 hours like I did this past weekend, I usually return to about 2000 new items in my RSS reader. Sorting through those feeds can be time-consuming and I'm sure that I don't see everything so for something to grab my attention it has to be good. American History in Seven Minutes posted on the US History Teachers Blog is one of the items that really grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, the video was removed from YouTube today for terms of use violations. Here are some other videos that could be used for reviewing US History.
A People's History of the United States
History of the United States in Two Minutes
1492-2009 in 8 Minutes


Applications for Education
Rather than just watching videos, a better review would be to have students create their own review videos. Students could do this using any number of tools. Two that come to mind right away are Animoto and Remix America.

Here are some related blog entries that may be of interest to you:
American History in Video
Remix America - Make Your Own US History Documentaries
We Didn't Start the Fire Montage

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