Sale! Sale! Sale! Lesson Plan
Why not do a lesson on consumer math and show students the relevance of what they are learning? This lesson does not require anything out of the ordinary—just some ads from the newspaper, and other supplies already in the classroom. The mathematical concepts needed are the knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percentages, as well as knowing how to multiply them. Help your students become informed consumers by teaching them how to compare similar products which are offered at different sale prices.
You can expect to take a bit more than 80 seconds to get around the world when you play this game. How well do you know the flags of different countries? Can you figure out the clues that are given? These clues come from several categories ranging from easy to hard. You'll find two levels of play in the game. You must answer the questions correctly so you can go on vacation with the little geography professor who keeps popping up. When you pick the correct flag you'll get a description of what its colors mean. Enjoy your vacation!
A Virtual Museum of Fossil FUN
Follow the history of life through time, by entering the paleontology portal to examine fossils of plants, animals, bacteria, and such found throughout North America. There are maps to show you important finds, charts of geologic time, and even a link that helps you understand how science really works. With ten virtual sites, your apt to find what your looking for when it comes to examining fossils.
Here’s a quick review of the basic facts of right-angle trigonometry complete with examples and definitions. Use the mnemonic, SOHCAHTOA, to remember how to compute the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle. The equations to find the trigonometric ratios of acute angles are also discussed. Review the trig functions of any angle, including special angles. This site references a much larger site, Trig without Tears, for more review and explanation. Don't go away feeling frustrated from you next class. There's lots of help out there for you!
Video: Atoms and Molecules
Watch a 9 minute video of Paul Andersen, science teacher at Bozeman High School, as he explains matter. He starts defining matter, and moves on to other relevant topics. You'll learn about elements and mixtures which combine to chemical formulas. Learn about the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Find out how the atoms behave, along with plasma, and Bose-Einstein condensate. He explains both of these lesser familiar states of matter for easy comprehension. See how to measure matter directly and indirectly.
Today is Martin Luther King Day which is always celebrated on the third Monday in January. Use the information you find on this website to further your knowledge on this historic holiday. The Seattle Times offers a site filled with photographs, speeches, newspaper articles, a timeline of King’s life, and a study guide as a companion to the web site. Find all the ways the words and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr., touched ordinary people as well as politicians, and even entire cities. Read about non-violence as the compelling force in King’s vision of the civil rights movement and through the series of photos in the photo galleries.
You be the Aviator: FPG-9
You be the aviator and try your hand at airplane flight. This online game lets you control the flight of the FPG-9 by moving the elevons and rudder. Practice a few times to see how the glider moves before you take further challenges. First check out the aerodynamics of the FPG-9 at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
When you've learned enough in flight school, take the flight challenges and fly the glider through targets. If that's too easy, earn your wings by going on flight missions. You can even learn how to make your own FPG-9.
The first flight by the Wright brothers took place on December 17, 1903, at Kittyhawk, North Carolina. It was s short flight, just 120 feet, but it was a groundbreaking! A few years ago a group of engineers met at Flabob Airport in California to analyze the characteristics of the first plane and its flight to see if they could make a replica that would fly. Watch a 12 minute movie that explains the process these men went through. Listen to interviews about how the Wright Flyer Project got started and what its successes have been.
Ludwig van Beethoven: ‘Eroica’
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony give students a chance to explore Beethoven’s life and the Eroica Symphony. Start with the interactive timeline that shows important events in the composer’s life. Besides learning about Symphony #3, the Eroica, you can hear bits and parts of Beethoven’s other symphonies. Read about the dedication of the Eroica, and explore the score of the symphony itself in great detail as you follow along with Maestro Thomas conducting the orchestra.
Check out the PBS American Photography companion site that lists seven categories in the Features section that tell about the use of photography in many different settings. Here you can also find photography as an art which includes photographs by famous photographers. Also included is enrichment which talks about many other famous artsts. The feature section about digital truth is especially interesting.
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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.