Learning With Lucie Archive 2006-2013

October 31, 2008

Friday Five – Photo’s You Can Use

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 6:16 pm

This week's Friday Five features Photo Collections

Did you now that Google and LIFE magazine have joined forces to make available millions of photographs from the Life photo archive collection (from 1750 to today). Check it out at


What a wonderful historical collection that you can use in your classroom or for personal enjoyment. Just make sure to follow fair use and respect copyright as you use these pictures in your curriculum.

For FREE pictures you and your students can use check out this week's Friday Five (plus 2 bonus sites)

(Photo collections you and your students can use more freely)

Please do not allow students to sign up for an account on these sites and use these sites only while supervising students. Most of these sites allow you to save low resolution copies of these for use in noncommercial projects such as school projects. Teach your students how to give photocredit for every photo they use.

Although our school does use a filter to reduce the chances of students stumbling across inappropriate images, filters are not foolproof and no substitute for supervision and educating students on how to respond when they come across pictures that make them uncomfortable. The world outside of school is “not” filtered and our students need us to prepare them to be digital citizen in a networked connected digital world.

    Flickr: Creative Commons  

    Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Creative Commons is an alternative to copyright that encourages the photos to be used for creative pursuits.

  • http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm

    FlickrStorm. A Cool Tool to search for Flickr Images  

    FlickrStorm is a better search for Flickr! Use the advanced search to find only Creative Commons Image; add them to a 'tray' and download them all at once as a photoset. You can even find related and more relevant images.

  • http://www.everystockphoto.com/

    everystockphoto – searching free photos  

    A search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos.

  • http://www.sxc.hu/

    stock.xchng – the leading free stock photography site  

    SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to those who need them free of charge.

  • http://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

    Dreamstime – Download Free Stock Images and Photos  

    Welcome to the free section of Dreamstime! Not all pictures on this site are free. Be careful to only draw from the free section if you want rights to use the images.

  • http://www.morguefile.com/

    morguefile.com Where photo reference lives.  

    The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.

  • http://www.stockvault.net/about_us.php


    For years Stockvault.net has catered it\'s visitors with free imagery, \"ready to use\" web layouts and logos and helped those who don\'t have the means to turn to the royalty free agencies.

October 24, 2008

Friday Five – Healthy Kids

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 6:12 pm

To all of you who work so hard at creating healthy kids in all

domains,  here is a list of sites with health related resources.

1. Taking Notes on Global Health

Students chart facts about global health.


2. LearntoBeHealthy.org

This online health science learning site is designed to help educators

communicate important health concepts to children K-6.


3. KidsHealth

Timely topics that relate directly to health and quality of life. The

section for each age group provides different, appropriate



4. PE Central: Health Lessons

A large number of Health lesson ideas for you to use in your Health

education program.


5. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages

Help kids make the connection between the environment and their health.


6. edHelper: Health Theme Units

Directory of Health lesson plans on topics including: Alcohol,

Circulatory System, Digestive System, Disabilities, Drugs, Hygiene,

Nutrition, The Five Senses, and more!


7. National Center for Health Education: Growing Healthy

Features planned, sequential curriculum and activities that provide a

sound framework for a comprehensive health education program.


8. McKinley Health Center – Handout By Topic

Browse and print out their collection of over 300 Health Information Handouts.


October 12, 2008

Friday Five – Truth or Fiction

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 6:37 pm

Sorry that I didn’t post these Friday,  I was at a meeting all day.  Catching up today on Internet related activities.

After listening to VPR On the Media  story today about the   “Who is Barak Obama?”

 and reading this article dissecting the false images of Sarah Palin’s high school grades posted online


I’m compiling today’s Friday Five around a theme both students and  adults should spend some time on —   checking the credibility of information, especially ‘dispelling Internet rumors’

1.  http://www.lite.iwarp.com/CoiroVT2008.html#reliability

Vermont Reads 2008 offered training on this topic during Julie Coiro’s workshop. Julie’s strategies include some excellent strategies and resources for teaching this very important literacy skill at:

2. http://snopes.com/

One of the most popular sites for checking out urban legends is:


3.   http://www.truthorfiction.com/

Another popular site for learning about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.

4.  http://factcheck.org/

– a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

5. http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/current_netlore.htm


And finally a section of About.com dedicated to educating the public about how to spot Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends

October 4, 2008

Friday Five – Choice Reading Online Activities

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 8:33 pm

Friday Five  is focused on promoting reading (off and online)Blockedbytes

In honor of the book fair which went on all week at our school and 
Banned Books Week
Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 27–October 4, 2008

or Blocked Bytes Week (a suggestion from Doug Johnson
who believes that we need the freedom to read more than just books)

Here is this weeks Friday Five
(perhaps you can use some of these as choice reading activities)

Reading On Line

1. http://storylineonline.net/

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation Reads Stories Aloud to Children. Include videos and related activities and downloadable activities guide.  Great listening centers.

2. http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/fiction-nonfiction/play.htm?f

A list of online fiction and nonfiction books with pictures for younger readers to read online.  Starfall is full of reading resources targeted for early readers.

3. http://www.roythezebra.com/

Roy the Zebra.com  includes guided reading stories,  whiteboard reading activity lessons  and more. The site is home to a package of interactive games, stories and resources that have been developed to help emerging readers learn to read It's one of the most comprehensive
interactive literacy resources on the net that is freely accessible…

4. http://www.biguniverse.com/

Big Universe(R) is a web community devoted to beautiful children's picture books. READ hundreds of offerings from today's best children's book publishers, CREATE e-books with the help of an easy-to-use Author Tool, and CONNECT with other Big Universe members to share your creations and to learn what books they have read, created, or recommend. Parents, teachers, kids, authors, and others can share and learn while they enjoy this educational and entertaining website.

5.  Books in the Public Domain (print and audio)

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. (i.e. Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes… and many many many more.) Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.

There are several sites that offer audio versions of these books:

Bonus: http://free-reading.net/
And open source reading curriculum (with resources for grades k-3)