Discovery Education has an Interactive Map that provides thousands of videos to help students learn about different cultures, governments, history and the environment. Maybe you wanted students just to become familiar with the different continents - you could take them to the Interactive Map and ask them, "What continent is orange? What continent is green?" The answers are North America and Africa. Then you could allow your students to visit these continents and find out something new about their culture that is different from their own. As the students are studying geography they are interacting with the map and it's not just coloring the different continents but they are engaging with the different continents.
Third grade students in Virginia have to learn about Mali and wouldn't it be great to say to the class, "We're going on a field trip today!" You can see the Niger River, housing in Mali, and the economic progress while sitting in the classroom!
Is there a link to the Discovery Education Interactive Map that you can provide? Does a teacher need a paid account to Discovery Education to use this resource?
Thanks for your suggestion on how to use technology in the classroom. Also I appreciate your time in sharing additional information.
Yes, you need a paid account to access the Interactive Map. However, there are other free resources for teachers to access with Discovery Education without them having a paid account. For example, "Nature Works Everywhere" has lesson plans that teachers can print out and use in the classroom. "How Dirt Works" includes a lesson plan, teacher's guide, and a powerpoint for teachers, and you don't have to log in to access it. "Managing Salmon to Support Healthy Forests" also has all of the same free resources.
There are also worksheets, parent resources, and student resources that are available and don't require a paid account.
Thanks for the additional information. I also appreciate the names of specific lessons so teachers have direct links to good Discovery Education lessons. The Community is a wonderful place to share ideas and recommend resources.
I like the Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library that offers free lessons that teachers can locate using filters for grade levels and subject areas.
Thanks again for your prompt response.