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Board: BusyBoard 01-06-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 69
Posted By miker
Recap - 1/6/15

I received 36 of my 50 postcards; two of them were waiting in my mailbox yesterday when I returned from vacation. Thanks to all who sent them!
Board: BusyBoard 11-18-2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 69
Posted By miker
Rec'd a Blank Postcard

I received a postcard yesterday from Lakeland, Florida - at least that was what was imprinted on the card. It was postmarked Tampa/St. Pete, and it was blank. It had no message at all; it did have...
Board: BusyBoard 10-07-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 69
Posted By miker
Mailing Today!

I am mailing my 50 postcards today to group #3. Please be on the lookout for them. My kids are looking forward to receiving your postcards!

If this helps anyone, I purchased my postcards at an...
Board: BusyBoard 09-01-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 69
Posted By miker
Some Suggestions

Having participated (and coordinated) postcard exchanges in the past, I'd like to share how I used them to extend learning and my students interest.

1. I scanned the front and back of the...
Board: Social Studies 09-03-2012, 07:20 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By miker
You Could Use "Schindler's List"

Not the entire movie for obvious reasons, but you could pick scenes from it. There is one section of the movie that shows the round up of the occupants form the ghetto. It is very graphic and very...
Board: Social Studies 08-25-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 30
Posted By miker
Try this site

It is a web site that people post pictures and a little story of every major confluence (mostly land) in the world. THey also have to post the GPS tracking device...
Board: Sixth Grade 08-02-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By miker
We Offer Options...

We use different binders for different subjects. The very large binders do seem to get abused and beat up about half way through the year. Try smaller binders (eg. 1") for different/major subjects or...
Board: Sixth Grade 07-29-2012, 04:57 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By miker
6th grade SS classes in NJ

Hi -

Would very much be interested in Skyping with classes throughout the year. I teach in American History to 5 different classes of 6th graders of about 24 students each. School for us starts...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 07-26-2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By miker
Try Some of These

Here are some examples of what we do.....

1. Play some fun games. Pictionary (Make up a strips of paper with words on them ahead of time - or bring in the actual game and use those cards.) Family...
Board: Social Studies 07-20-2012, 05:03 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By miker

The History Alive series came with a great teacher kit that included a workbook, a lesson by lesson CD, an audio CD, maps, etc. While I didn't use everything and didn't present the material the way...
Board: Social Studies 08-20-2011, 05:54 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By miker
Constitution Day

I have to concur with MrsB. above...I also do an entire unit on the Constitution later on in the year, so what I do on Constitution Day is a "sneak peak" on what we will do.

I usually do the...
Board: Social Studies 08-14-2011, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By miker
In our middle school in NJ...

...6th grade covers US Geography & map skills and American History from the just after the Revolutionary War through the Civil War & Reconstruction.

In 7th grade, the curriculum is world...
Board: Social Studies 08-13-2011, 04:41 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By miker
"New" States Needed!

Did not hear back from a few classes that had previously
been in this exchange and also had a some openings, so I am
still looking for the following states for for the 5th year
of this exchange.
Board: Social Studies 08-10-2011, 04:41 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By miker
CT now taken!

CT is now taken with a class taught by my future daughter-in-law!
Board: Social Studies 08-06-2011, 05:14 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By miker
2011 Postcard Exchange

Fifth year exchange still needs (at least)the following states. I may need more once I hear (or don't hear) back from previous year participants.

The states I currently need are:

Board: Social Studies 08-06-2011, 05:09 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By miker
Teacher's Kit

The CD's come with the teachers kit. Very useful and since I don't use the entire workbook, I just print out and copy the pages I use with my students (and save $ from not having to buy the workbooks...
Board: Social Studies 08-06-2011, 05:06 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By miker
Try this...

Try CNN Student News or Channel One - both are great news programs directed for students.

I would also try to distinguish between world, national, state, local stories and between "hard news,"...
Board: Social Studies 08-06-2011, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By miker
State of NJ Released a 9/11 Curriculum...

The Education Dept. of NJ released a new set of guidelines that added the 9/11 attacks to the state's K-12 curriculum - but it is not mandatory.

Here's the link if it will help.
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-19-2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By miker
Use Current Events Topics

The building of the Mosque near Ground Zero, BP Oil spill, use of terrorism on civilians, Internet safety, Facebook, security cameras on traffic lights & in subways (big brother?), are just some...
Board: Social Studies 08-17-2010, 01:43 PM
Replies: 20
Posted By miker
It's Great!

Just watched your prezi on Social Studies....I would love to use it, if I could. You must be/should be so proud of your hard work. What a great introduction!
Board: Educational Technology 08-17-2010, 04:43 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By miker
Sites for Information on Internet Safety
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-16-2010, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By miker
Some Ideas/Topics

If you have a computer hooked up to a projector, you could show some sites of interest of the following topics

Internet Safety (see and

Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-16-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By miker
Some Ideas

School Newspaper, Literary Magazine (works of art, short stories, poems, etc. collected from English classes?), drama/acting club, yearbook, community service at a local hospital or nursing home,...
Board: Educational Technology 08-16-2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By miker
Here's 2 things I did that worked well.....

1. I created a whole unit called "Moving Out". We first talked about what expenses are involved in living out on your own. They picked a salary from cards I made up (ranging from $25K to $75K - use...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-14-2010, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By miker
Last call....

Still looking for classes in the following states:


Email me directly if you're interested at - mryter(at)

Thanks -...

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