Kites Classroom Theme

Kites make a terrific classroom theme to wind up the year, or for summer school. Kites were used before written history in many places in the Pacific, from the Solomon Islands to New Zealand. Archaeological evidence and oral history suggest that kites were used for fishing and for ceremonial purposes… Continue reading

Fireworks in the Classroom

Developed in China and brought back to Italy by Marco Polo, fireworks are a sign of celebration all over the world. There is limited agreement about the origins of fireworks. Gunpowder, it is generally agreed, was discovered in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1280 AD) and was used as a… Continue reading

Cars Classroom Theme

A car theme works for any grade level, from the cutest cartoon car for little kids to examinations of physics and engineering for advanced science students. You can use the concept of a race, of revving up or tuning up skills, or of a road trip along the information superhighway.… Continue reading

Ancient Persia Lesson Plans

IN 2013, a grand total of 3,000 American college students studied Farsi, the Persian language. Social studies standards in many states are Eurocentric, presenting Ancient Persia only as an empire conquered by Greece. Yet our students hear about Iran — modern Persia — on the news with some frequency. Why… Continue reading