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Halloween: Vids, Downloads, and Spooky Stuff
Category: Misc.
Tags: halloween halloween usa halloween stuff

Visit Listenwise to hear a public radio story on the History of Witches, and what led to the Salem Witch Trials.

Learn about the brain with a look at the neuroscience of zombies.

Check out these read-aloud ghost stories for kids.

Write your own Halloween tale with Scholastic's scary story starters

Use forensic science to help solve four lethal poisoning cases in 1920s New York City.

Read about one roadschooling family's unscheduled stop in the Twilight Zone.

Play some online Halloween games

Practice reading comprehension with some K-12 Halloween articles. 

Knowing Poe: Learn about “Poe the Person” through interactive features that allow you to tour his house, learn about his education, or solve the mystery of his death. Learn more about “Poe the Writer” with activities exploring his techniques. And in the “Poe Library,” along with a list of his works, you’ll find primary source documents, such as letters and original manuscripts; and the many and varying references to his works both here, and around the world.

Study Suspense in Poetry: Speaking of Poe, visit TeachersFirst’s The Raven to learn more about such literary devices as alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and simile, and personification.  Move the mouse over highlighted words to see what devices are being employed. There's also an interactive version of The Highwayman.

Design your own haunted house

Literature Study Guides Tags: progeny press book summaries book recommendations lesson plans

Free literature guides can be found at:

Glencoe Guides: Include background information on the novels and activity pages. 

Holt Guides: For middle and high school fiction, drama and poetry.

Shmoop: Offers complete analysis, including themes, plot, characters, etc. Has sections for questions, quizzes, and essay suggestions. Has a middle-school section.

The Best Notes: Analysis of literary elements; chapter summaries and notes; vocabulary, study questions, and essay and book report ideas.

Pink Monkey: Summaries and study guides.

Lit Lovers: Reading guides feature summaries, author bios, and review questions. There are also generic questions that can be used for any fiction or non-fiction books.

Generic Questions: For analyzing setting, plot, character, point of view, symbolism and theme.

Study Guides for Specific Books:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

The Giver

Holes

The Hobbit

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Scarlet Letter: Includes instructions for three activities: character log; discussion/debate; and final paper.  

The Lemonade War

Macbeth

Frankenstein

The Color Purple

Treasure Island

Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Category: Science
Tags: why do leaves change color fall foliage autumn foliage why leaves change color

From the crew at Untamed Science where you'll find lots of free science videos.Check this site's Science page for additional science resources including blog posts, free downloads, and links to free science courses and learning material. 

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