Name:Fact Monster Almanac
Brief Description of the Site:
This site is so cool that youâ€™ll wish you could stick it in your pocket. It is a cornucopia of information in eight major topics: World, US, People, Word Wise, Science, Math, Sports, and Cool Stuff. Each is further subdivided into subtopics, such as Women in Sports, Inventions, U.S. Geography, and each subtopic is further subdivided. This is a wonderful place for the lover of arcane information, for anyone seeking to expand his knowledge, and probably for anyone about to enter a trivia contest. Spend some time here and then impress your friends with the answers to questions such as â€œwhat is the difference between the dragon as seen in Western versus Eastern culture,â€ â€œwhy is there a Miranda Warning and what does it include,â€ and â€œwhen was the first all-female boxing match and what did the winner receive?â€
How to use the site:
Create a love of learning. Divide your class into teams of three to five and challenge each team to use this site to create a PowerPoint presentation entitled â€œ20 Amazing Things We Never Knew Before.â€ Each of the 20 must have originated at this site but must be enhanced by further research. Have the class create a rubric for judging presentations and then sit back and let the teams work. Set aside a few days for presentations and follow-up. Another possibility is to use the siteâ€™s many pages in various WebQuests. Or let students delve here to create original â€œTrivial Pursuitâ€-like contests.