Have you ever used equity sticks (popsicle sticks with each student’s name written on them) to ensure that you are calling on all your students equally? Wouldn’t it be great if your sticks could do more? What if your they could help your students build higher order thinking skills? Or what if they could help your English language learners improve their English? With Stick Pick, you can!
This learning module, adapted from Interactive NOVA, helps students understand the path of energy as it is transferred through the food chain from one type of organism to another. A young worker begins her story by explaining how the sun releases energy into the solar system with a small portion of it reaching Earth. Some of the energy is absorbed into plants to keep them warm, but not all of it is used in the process of photosynthesis. The procedure continues as animals absorb the energy from plants, and we learn how 10 percent of the energy consumed is stored inside the animal to provide warmth, to power muscles and to sustain the animal’s life. Food consumed by humans provides the energy we need to help us think and grow.
Teachers and students of U.S. History, AP U.S. History or anyone interested in learning about the past, don’t miss this informative video by history teacher, Tom Richey. Mr. Richey discusses Native American history from the time of exploration in 1491 to the first permanent settlement of Jamestown in 1607. Shattering some of the most commonly held myths about Native American cultures, Mr. Richey explains that there was actually a great deal of diversity at the time worlds were colliding in the Americas, with more than 150 distinct ethnic groups, each possessing a unique culture and lifestyle. Key points are illustrated with maps, charts and photographs for visual appeal and organization, and the lecture is peppered with humor, making this video informative, worthwhile, intelligent and fun!
Need an easy way to explore three dimensional shapes? Use this interactive website to explore what defines a shape as three dimensional and what are polyhedras, prisms, and pyramids. Once you have explored what makes a shape 3D, explore polyhedras with a description alongside pictures that explain them. Then click prisms to get an up close look at different prisms as well as the nets that create those prisms. When finished with prisms, click pyramids to explore the different pyramids and their nets. You will also explore what a face, edge, and vertice of a shape is and how many of those each given shape contains.
Working at their own pace, students learn about forces with this customizable collection of resources set up in a learning module format. Students begin by reading informational text about forces, focusing on pushes and pulls. Then they have the opportunity to view video clips, answer multiple choice comprehension questions, and play interactive games to further investigate the topic. The variety of media will allow students with all types of learning needs learn the content, and students will come away with the understanding that pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions.
An interactive journey that begins over four million years ago, where we are introduced to our pre-Ice Age ancestor, Ardipithecus ramidus, living in the treetops of an Ethiopian forest. Travel along a timelineto see how humans evolved into bipedal form as Homo habilis, then Homo erectus, and finally Homo sapiens, surviving despite drastic climate changes and mass extinctions. The journey is rich with images, text, and videos, and a world map shows how the global climate is changing at each stage. Navigate by returning to the climate map and timeline, or by advancing through image buttons at the base of the page.
Telling time is a skill that many students struggle with. With the increased use of digital clocks, students have been losing the skill of reading analog clocks. On this site students practice telling time using both a digital and analog clock. There are four different levels they can practice. On each level the student selects either digital or analog clock and then sets the time on the clock to the time given in the problem.
With pictures of nature, objects, urban scenes, animals, and more, Pic-Lits provides dozens of pictures to inspire student writing. Students write their text directly on the picture by dragging and dropping words from a word bank or by choosing to type freestyle. Students can use this opportunity to type a few words, a sentence, or even an entire paragraph or poem onto the picture. If students are struggling to get started, ideas for keywords are provided. With a free Pic-Lits account, students have options to save, share, or email their writing.
A fascinating interactive for 21st century students to use their skills to learn about the human body and its functions. Choose a gender to begin looking through the organs, muscles, skeleton, and nervous system of each human body and then drag the organ onto the correct location within the human body. Each body part includes a fact file and an interesting tidbit of information for students to become more acquainted with how the body works. Piece together your organs in the 3D jigsaw puzzle, put the mystery muscles into the right places on the body, drag the joints and unusual bones into place, or wire up the nervous system and senses.
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library as they embark on their first exposure to Shakespearean works. Students can engage in a deeper understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet by spending a few days reading, re-reading, and dramatizing the prologue itself. Students will learn about the play's meaning, get to know the style and language of the text, and make inferences about the play's central questions. They will also` learn more about the concepts of tragedy, quatrain, sonnet, soliloquy, historical context. 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.