Did you get fooled last week? Check out this site for a list of 13 words associated with deceit and trickery. Reinforce spellings, pronunciations, and meanings of these words to help you spot April Fools next year.
Check out how all that food you eat affects your brain. Through this animated TED Talk, students can see how various foods, such as spinach, can help your body and brain function in a healthy way.
Substantial all-in-one tool scaffolds the research and writing process
Pros: It's like a one-stop shop for research and writing, from gathering sources to organizing research and outlining a workable draft.
Cons: The automatically compiled bibliography could potentially encourage student passivity rather than inquiry into why citation is important.
Bottom Line: This smart, intuitive system supports students in every step of the writing process.
Spring is full of fragrances and a perfect way to teach kids about perfecting their sense of smell. This TED Ed site can assist. Kids can watch the video about how to train the sense of smell, followed by taking a short quiz. Click on “Dig Deeper” to find more links for teaching and learning about the sense of smell.
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Pros: A good cross-section of challenges means most kids will find something interesting to do.
Cons: Hands-on projects often require an adult's assistance -- and wallet.
Bottom Line: DIY motivates kids to tackle a wide range of problems with independent and scientific thinking.
On 3/14 math fans all around the world celebrate Pi Day. Join the celebration by learning all about 3.14. Calculate Pi yourself and learn a cool tip for remembering it to nine decimal places.
Engaging online community for relevant, hands-on science fieldwork
Pros: This is a real opportunity for students to gather and share information about biodiversity.
Cons: Additional extension activities would allow kids to do more with the collected data.
Bottom Line: Project Noah is a free and easy way to take part in biodiversity research with the support of a knowledgeable and global community.
Students will enjoy seeing authentic, historical footage of Mardi Gras parades, traditional desserts, and trinkets from Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout the years.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with primary sources from the Library of Congress. This site provides a brief overview about the history of Louisiana, followed by numerous in-depth articles about Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and the French influence on the parishes of New Orleans. Students will enjoy seeing authentic, historical footage of Mardi Gras parades, traditional desserts, and trinkets from Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout the years.
Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Pros: Provides unique collaborative opportunities for students and offers teachers high-interest lessons that fuse subject skills with global connections.
Cons: The limited availability of projects per subject/age group and restrictive match dates can make it tough to get students paired up with pals.
Bottom Line: A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that facilitates authentic, cross-cultural collaboration.
What better way to celebrate International Polar Bear Day on February 27 than to take a deep dive into learning about polar bears! Learn all about these amazing creatures through the lens of their evolutionary history. Discover everything from polar bear cubs and adaptations to status and threats. Content includes polar bear I.Q., hibernation facts, adaptations, myths, hunting capabilities, and more.
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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.