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Virginia Journal of Education

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Smithsonian Resources
Available Online

Language arts; history and culture; science and technology; art and design: it's all there on the Smithsonian Center for Education & Culture website-and Virginia educators can search for lesson plans and materials using the Standards of Learning. Searches can also be done by subject and grade.

On the site's section for educators, you can find a wide variety of resources for both students and teachers, including lesson plans, professional development ideas, field trip kits, student handouts and more. To check it out, visit .

Free Computer Game
Teaches Peace Skills

Teaching young students the importance of non-violence and conflict resolution is the aim of a computer game now being made available free to educators. Called "Cool School: Where Peace Rules," the game is designed for K-2 students and features animated characters involved in situations, such as others refusing to share or cutting in line, that call for the resolution of potential conflict.

"Cool School" was developed by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), together with child development programs at several universities, and has been tested at several school locations. The game is being made available through the Curriki website, a nonprofit site that offers free curriculum materials.

For more information, visit .

Classroom Uses for
Acclaimed Documentaries

For over 20 years, P.O.V. (Point of View) documentaries have been shown on PBS stations, focusing on issues of importance and produced by some of the best filmmakers in the world. To support the development of young people as they become increasingly engaged in society, P.O.V.'s Community Engagement and Education Department offers resources to educators to enrich curriculum offerings.

For secondary school teachers, lesson plans are available that have been designed to meet national standards, boost thinking skills, and address subjects including social studies, geography, math, science and language arts. Sample lesson plan activities include calculating a bona fide living wage in the local community and comparing current labor conditions to those at the turn of the 20th century. Other materials, such as discussion guides and resource lists, can be downloaded at the P.O.V. website. Information is also available on how to borrow the documentaries for classroom use.

For information on lesson plans and other resources, visit . To find out how to borrow the films, go to .









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