Monday, December 2, 2013

Interesting Things For The End Of The Term

Are you looking for things to fill your last class? Consider crafting a lesson out of these finds.

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
This is an interactive story in five parts titled Cotton, Machines, People, Boxes, and You. The story is told with both video and text. You could simply watch the video clips in your classroom, or you could ask students to do further reading of the text components during lab time. The story takes you to Bangladesh, Brooklyn, Colombia, Indonesia, Miami, Mississippi, and Wisconsin. It addresses the themes of agriculture, automation, entrepreneurship, gender inequality, genetic engineering, labor, manufacturing, shipping and logistics, urbanization, and workplace safety through the larger topics of the garment industry and globalization.

Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk
This is a lighthearted look at some of the dialect differences in the United States. There is an article and links for further exploration after a short video; perfect for independent work in a computer lab.