An old one… but still relevant.
A nonprofit subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, JASON connects young students with great explorers and great events to inspire and motivate them to learn science. Its core curriculum units are designed for 5th – 8th grade classrooms but are flexible enough to be adapted for higher or lower grades.
The JASON Project was founded by Dr. Robert Ballard, the scientist and oceanographer who, in 1986, discovered the wreck of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Ballard’s breakthrough development of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) enabled scientists located far from a research site to remotely observe and record scientific phenomena otherwise inaccessible to them. Impressed by the many requests he received from students who wanted to learn more about his Titanic expedition, Dr. Ballard began to explore ways to bring the excitement of real scientific discovery into the classroom. In 1989, he established The JASON Project, a pioneering organization that uses multimedia tools and cutting-edge technology to engage students in scientific research and expeditions led by leading scientists.
You have to register to access all the materials. After registering, you can create a classroom and then assignments for students. Best of all, there are materials for download! And all for F-R-E-E!
Patty of Deep Space Sparkle says:
I believe art should be a part of every child’s day, especially young children, but school budgets don’t often support art programs. I want to share my best lessons with you, providing complete instructions, photographs of actual kid’s artwork and helpful tips. I hope this site inspires you to introduce, explore and teach ART to the children in your lives!
As an art teacher, I strive to introduce lessons that are easily adaptable for kids of all ages and abilities. My goal is to introduce as much variety in my subject matter as possible. Not every lesson can feature birds, flowers or butterflies (which are my personal favorites!) so I work hard developing lessons that feature different cultures, animals, architecture and geography.
Deep Space Sparkle promises out of this world art lessons and it delivers! I’m inspired already!
Mars (examining a zip-up boot) : I was wondering… how did people in the old days keep boots like these fastened. You know, before they had zips.
Me (quite horrified) : Heard of buttons? Hooks? SHOE LACES!?
Mars : Oh yeah! Haha!