Why not ride the wind?. One of the coolest ways to ride the wind is in a hot air balloon! When you see a beautiful hot-air balloon floating in the sky, have you ever wondered how it gets up there and how it will get down without crashing? Learn how in this awesome science experiment.
Pros: It's super customizable, which means you can assign kids the lessons they need to work on most.
Cons: Lacks an element of fun, which could make using the site feel like work for some kids.
Bottom Line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs.
Why are more people right-handed versus left-handed? This video explores the theory behind the way the brain works and processes language, and the genetics behind favoring one hand versus the other.
Collect and share class data, pictures, and videos
Pros: Kids can gather and share data around questions they develop together.
Cons: Tools are missing to measure and analyze quantitative data.
Bottom Line: Works within Google Classroom to help kids record and share observations of the world around them.
What better way to celebrate a circus coming to town than by visiting an antique children's book about the circus from 1883. This picture book of poems describes the crew, performers, and animals of the circus.
Compelling digital field journal site engages kids on multiple levels
Pros: High-quality visuals, an intuitive and functional interface, unusual expeditions, open-ended educational opportunities.
Cons: There's little help on the site, and teachers will need to decide on their own how to best fit Open Explorer into their curriculum.
Bottom Line: An eye-opening, fascinating way to explore the world from a personal perspective; students will learn about geography, culture, and science along the way.
What does it mean to be a good friend? How can you make new friends? What are some things a friend shouldn’t do? All these questions and more can be answered by clicking through this interactive site. Try it out on July 30th for the International Day of Friendship.
Popular after-school program shares its resources with teachers
Pros: Writing activities have creative age-appropriate topics that'll connect with students.
Cons: Some activities use web videos but don't include links, so teachers have to search online. There's not much on offer for primary grades.
Bottom Line: This is a worth-bookmarking resource thanks to relatable writing lessons and motivating examples of actual student writing.
Teaching a lesson on the five senses? In this resource, learn about depth perception and senses involved in the actual needle-threading activity.
Find and assign STEAM tasks with dynamic project-based learning hub
Pros: Lessons that are ready to use and easy to assign provide opportunities for teachers to differentiate and for students to think critically.
Cons: Many lessons require investment in a variety of partner technologies, and feedback capability is limited.
Bottom Line: Dynamic resource for finding, creating, and rating lessons that support STEAM and PBL.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.