Interactive games are a great way to increase your primary students’ reading skills. This site covers two aspects of making sense of sentences. There are five games that ask the player to choose the sentence that makes sense. If the correct choice is made, the player adds a piece of a puzzle to the character’s dream. If the wrong choice is made, the character wakes up. But, there are chances to try again. The second game asks the player to rearrange words into a sentence that makes sense. Students need to have just rudimentary computer skills to move the mouse, or you can use the games on an interactive whiteboard.
World Population Statistics
This is a powerful site.
The producer of the poster and video reduces world population statistics to data that would reflect 100 people, a much easier number to get our minds around. Find statistics about education, religion, sanitation, nutrition, ethnology, income inequality, and disability. The poster is striking enough, but the short, 3 minute video is even more meaninl faces on the statistics. The statistics are current to 2010. Creating an understanding of the conditions of 100 people makes the presentation of worldwide problems so much easier to understand.
Home Decorating with Geometry
If you're planning on home decorating then you need to be a bit knowledgeable with geometry.This interactive site shows how geometry is used in different aspects of home decorating. If you need to figure out how much carpet you’ll need, it’s not daunting task if you understand a few basic formulas. Just multiply the length times the width of the area you want to cover. If your floor plan has some circular areas, it’s a little trickier. Use the information here to calculate how much floor covering to buy.
Learn About Whaling
Learn about whaling and its importance to the New England economy in the mid-1800s. This whale adventure from the National Park Service introduces you to a New England whaling town where you can find out about all the businesses that support the whaling industry. Use the magnifying glass to peer into the buildings to find out more about how whaling was done. A whaling ship will set off for an adventure of a lifetime. While hunting for whales you’ll visit many different islands and the Arctic before you head back home after being on board the ship for two and a half years.
Science Bob is a fantastic site for science teachers, self-contained classrooms, or online learners. If you haven't come across it yet, it's time to pay this all-in-one site a visit. There you'll find fun demonstrations and experiments with common objects to explain scientific concepts. I've used Science Bob frequently to pick out a super hands-on science lab. This one is a demonstration of Newton’s First Law of Physics. His instructions are clear, and the diagrams show exactly what to do to make a penny dive into a canister of water. He explains how it works with Newton’s law of physics. This one is a demonstration, but you'll find great experiments there, too!
History of Inventions Web Game
This interactive game will test your whits as you try to put inventions in the correct place along a time line. The first time line covers inventions from 1280 to 1891. Once you've mastered that time line, you'll move to the next level. Here you'll find inventions from 1903 to 1985. As soon as you place each invention in the right spot, information appears on the screen to tell you about the inventor and a little about the invention itself. You’ll be amazed at the ideas people had that inspired the actual product today.
Top 100 Novels to Read
Wondering what are the best reads before you get to college? Ever wonder what books out there make the top reading lists? TIME magazine has compiled a list of the 100 best English-language novels. The list was compiled by two book critics, who explained how they picked the novels included on the roster. There’s plenty of complaining about what was not included, but it’s a great place to start. Take a minute and bookmark this site so the next time you are looking for your next read, you'll know where to find a great novel.
How to Write a Mystery Story
Kids love mysteries and this lesson plan from ReadWriteThink gives you the step by step on how to write a great mystery story. The plan includes several printouts that help students write their own mysteries with outline templates. One defines the elements of mystery, another is a graphic organizer, and a third is a story template that guides students through the writing. The peer editing sheet gives the specifics to look for in the partner’s mystery, and the mystery writing rubric helps both student and teacher assess the strength of the writing. You can catch the whole Mystery theme including story prompts on this website.
Learn the art of glassblowing with this step-by-step cartoon demonstration. The guide, Sarah, shows you all the equipment necessary to perform the glassblowing feat. You'll get to choose a color and place that into the furnace on the color rod. You'll see how the blowpipe is used when your glass exits the furnace that heats the glass to its melting point of 2000 degrees. Sarah explains how to turn the glass so it doesn't fall off the pipe, and tells why you might have to reheat the glass. Glass can be shaped with breath or with other instruments. When your your glass globe is finished, it becomes part of a large glass sculpture.
Nutrition Fun with Smart Mouth
Here's a great resource stop when you open a unit on nutrition. This
great site from the Center for Science in the Public Interest is filled with facts about food and nutrition. You'll find hands-on recipes, games, and factoids about food and the food industry. Learn what types of food are good and bad choices. Try the recipe for Orange Cooler, and you’ll find a link to information about soft drinks. After you read that, you might pass up the “liquid candy” for good. Play Feed the Face to see what you know about healthy snacks, and see if you can trust Gus as he gives you information from the food industry.
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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.