Front Load Links: All Content Areas

Before you teach a unit of study consider how "front loading" your topic with vocabulary and activation of schema may inspire learning. 

Below, choose 3 links/websites in a content area. Explore these before beginning the unit of study. Walking through the BIG book online, called the Internet, allows students to explore possible content that they will encounter, be stimulated by incidental content connected to the new area, and quick-view what is coming up so they each can make an incidental connection when working through a unit plan. 

Have students use jot notes or stickies to remark on possible areas of interest through this preview activity. Prepare them through preview. Encourage them to size up the topic before they begin.

Example I: Search the Annenberg Site by subject area and select three links to explore.

Example II: Search through the following site BBC Bitesize for "what would I need to know", intro videos, quizzes, and possible activities.





HUMAN ECOLOGY (Also click the Human Ecology tab on the Homepage)



  • Organizing Digital Content [SOURCE: //Education Week//] - Here’s a sample of some of the repositories of digital educational content available on the Web.
    The Orange Grove Florida’s digital-learning repository was the first such state-run resource of its kind, and offers content from the preschool to graduate levels.
    North Carolina Learning Object Repository The LOR, as frequent users call it, is the Tar Heel State’s digital-content repository. It is a collaboration by the state education department, state virtual school, community colleges, and state and private universities.
    USG Share Georgia’s repository is run through the University System of Georgia, and shares its content in a consortium with repositories from Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
    Kentucky Learning Depot While The Kentucky Learning Depot is a bit younger than some of its other consortium-mates, it is following its state’s early adoption of the common-core standards to become the first repository to align itself to them.
    Thinkfinity Thinkfinity, which is operated by the Verizon Foundation, the nonprofit community-outreach arm of Verizon Communications, offers free digital lesson plans and other content to teachers, as well as students and parents.
    Discovery Education Discovery offers free resources as well as a more complete for-pay service that links educators and students to digital content created by Discovery, the largest nonfiction media group in the world, as well as its partners.
    Sophia Sophia launched this spring and is an attempt to create a national repository based solely upon contributions of its users. Content is contributed in “packets,” and users are given ratings based on their interactions on the platform.PBS Teachers:
  • 100 Best Video Sites for Educators: tutorials, multimedia resources, and much more!

Possible Lesson Design

Foreign Language

Connecting Content Subjects to Real Life

Tables and Graphs
Online Textbooks
Speed Reading 
- Speed read in easy steps (software to measure your current speed)
- Five free lessons
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- Speed read and retain comprehension (53 minutes)

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