This can be done on a regular basis for mini-inquiries that could lead towards a culminating activity
Technology: Public Library of Science– a free database that archives scientific papers and could be used for legitimate inquiry.
I like to showcase current events or culturally significant media to provide an alternate perspective to text based resources on a daily basis. The students are almost hypnotized by it, and it can really calm a hyperactive group.
Technology: Teacher Tube – a safe collection of video media that is targeted at educators
Frequent discussion is a quick and easy formative assessment on how students are progressing in their understanding. It also gives them a forum to discuss their opinions and solidify their responsibility as a learner.
Technology: WhatsApp – an online messaging platform that works with almost all operating systems
Texts that have a large character roster (i.e. Harry Potter) would be most effective and would give the students a reason to read the text and stay engaged. This strategy has been effective with some of the less enthusiastic readers I have met.
Technology: The Best Class by Dr. Chase Young – RT Scripts – This site provides instant access to a variety of scripts that can be used for readers theatre
This is typically best if done right away, this sets the tone and allows the teacher to interact with the students in a direct instruction manner. Discussion can be encouraged before, during and after the read aloud to encourage attentiveness.
Technology: Storytime Online: 100+ Free Video Read Alouds – I find video read-alouds helpful for engaging students who cannot see the book I am holding due to small size.
For geography, Map puzzles and globe use can stimulate tactile senses that may allow for better learning of geographic boundaries.
Technology: Map Puzzles – US and World (Free) – easy and fun for students of all ages and abilities, this website acquaints students with the shape and location of different states, countries and territories.
For an opinionated and potentially polarizing discussion that may arise, the Socratic method of questioning can help students with a variety of perspectives support their beliefs and potentially find strengths and weaknesses in their argument.
Technology: Education Technology With The Socratic Method – There are a few websites/apps that help support online discussion and this site summarizes them well.
Students can participate in a group story that is recorded by both them and the teacher.
Technology: 50 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling – again, not one site but an aggregate of a whole lot of storytelling apps and sites.
This activity is meditative, relaxing and self-directed and should be a part of the daily routine (for age groups that respect this activity).
Technology: Ibooks on the Ipad, or Amazon Kindle (if on PC)
Games could serve as a weekly reward for amiable behavior and can also be relevant to curricula
Technology – Seterra Online Geography Games – I have seen this in use in Intermediate classrooms and it is highly engaging as well as challenging. The game allows students to acquaint themselves with the shapes and locations of states and countries.