In anticipation of the Olympics, CurrClick is offering 12 downloads for free right now. You do have to hunt for them across the CurrClick site (the kids will think it's fun!). The 12 freebies all focus on countries.
Have you ever heard of the Book of Virtues by former Secretary of Education, William Bennett? It was published in 1993, but is on its way to becoming a classic, probably because it is made up of classics. "A Treasury of Great Moral Stories," the Book of Virtues contains stories written centuries ago, from Biblical stories to political speeches and many stories from literature.
Today's free educational find isn't the Book of Virtues. You'll have to buy that one (click on the book above). Today's freebie is a 992 page (!) ebook on the Book of Virtues that contains a daily schedule and many worksheets. The Book of Virtues Project is for those who would like to learn from the book as a unit study or lapbook project. Here are a few screenshots from the book:
If you'd like to read more from the author of The Book of Virtues Project, you may visit her blog at Shiver Academy.
If you'd like to download the entire ebook directly, all 18.93 mb of it (992 pages!), go here (I downloaded my copy this way).
If you'd like to download the ebook in pieces, you may do so from the author's Shiver Academy blog. Look at the right sidebar, scroll down, and find a section that looks like this:
Old Book Art has become one of my favorite browsing websites. I can see its potential for an educator as vast. Peruse the files for antique maps, find an illustration to accompany a classic, have the children study an artist whose work was in an old book...
To provide & facilitate access to free illustrations: pictures, drawings,
maps and other images scanned from antiquarian, public-domain books and other
old documents. We have over 3,200 images in our gallery with more added
regularly, all at no cost and most available at very high resolution. Most of
these we have scanned and edited ourselves. We will also screen and provide
links to other high quality resources.
Here is a sampling of the book art I found on the Old Book Art site:
Did you know the United States government has a site full of coloring pages? But these aren't just any coloring pages, these pages are full of educational facts and provide a student an introduction into many different subjects.
Go to the coloring pages menu for a full listing of all that is offered. Below is just a sample:
Agriculture, U.S. Department (USDA): farming, George Washington Carver, wildflowers of America, and many other subjects
Commerce, U.S. Department : weather, sea turtles, and the Pacific coral reef are among the available subjects
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): endangered species and other environmental topics
Health and Human Services, Department of (HHS): health topics
Interior, Department of the (DOI) : salmon and Yellowstone are two of the available topics
Local/State governments : Ohio, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, North Carolina, Maine, Connecticut, and Louisiana are topics available
from Marine Resources : Mobile Bay, Salish Sea, Coastal North Carolina, and Chesapeake Bay
from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) : space topics, of course!
Get out the Crayons (yes, some for you, too...we are never too old to color!), and enjoy coloring education!
In the Hands of a Child offers a quarterly freebie at their site. Their freebies do require filling in an address/phone/email form (no credit card or payment info), so you'll have to decide if that small hassle is worth receiving the freebie (value $14).
Hands of a Child describes this downloadable ebook as:
In the 49-page Zebras Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child, you will find a 9-page Research Guide and 16 hands-on activities that explain the anatomy of a zebra, different types of zebras, range and habitat, diet, behavior, and much more. Is a zebra really just a horse with stripes? You will also find the answer to that question!
This Limited Time Offer expires September 15, 2008
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