Pulse of the Planet

The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones.

Their Educator Resources page offers lesson plans, suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers, using Pulse of the Planet programs and sounds as a focus for learning activities on a variety of subjects, including microbes, forensics, conservation, sports science, energy, insects, and tooth & claw (bears, wolves, tigers and cats). Lots of great listening and interesting lessons here!

The site requires a free registration before accessing the lesson plan library.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!


World Map + Flags

We are all familiar with flag charts, usually arranged alphabetically, but this one is superimposed onto a world map so that students can see details that are not obvious from the usual charts. By placing the flags geographically we begin to see new patterns, like bunches of near-neighbour countries (eg in Africa, Scandinavia and around Australia) having very simiar colourings and shapes. This fascinating map is very high resoluction, and can be downloaded or blown up to view details and specific areas of the world.

CLICK HERE to view the map! Or to download, “right click” the link, then “save as” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click on the link and save to your mac.


Maps & Globes Lesson Plans

World Maps Online has a great collection of free lesson plans on how to read and use maps, for ages K-3, grades 4-5 and grade 6 and up. They offer their own classroom maps and globes for sale, and they are very good ones too — but honestly, you can probably use any detailed wall map of the US and world that you have handy for most of these step-by-step lessons, which can be read online or downloaded as PDF files. They are a great way to introduce geography to your students!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!