Here's a cool game that allows you to collect and catalog artifacts just like an archaeologist would. In this interactive game, take a guided trip to a Mesopotamian dig site in Iraq. It allows you to follow the instructions of a guide archaeologist as she first introduces you to the the study of archaeology. This study includes ancient cities, artifacts, ancient writing, and burial sites. She explains what you will be doing on this interactive game as she gives you virtual field training on how to excavate and preserve evidence. The instructions are very clear, and you can get a good feel for what it’s like to dig into an ancient Mesopotamian village.
Discover the properties of matter using this entertaining and informative interactive game. Utilizing the theme of wrestling smack-down, you'll get four matches that pit eight materials head-to-head in a test of strength. But before you begin watching each match, you'll need to find out more on each opponent. After reading about the result of each match, there are experiments you can do, random information about the substances, and short videos from materials scientists giving explanations about the various materials.
What a great online subtraction game! Do you have a student who loves the thrill of a video game? Then he or she is going to love the excitement of this enrichment website. Count on Convict has an escaping convict, flashing search lights, and a police siren that sounds when you've answered the problem correctly. The game teaches children to find the difference when subtracting by using a number line. Figure out the distance the convict goes from his jail cell by answering the subtraction problem. In steps you move from the subtrahend, the number being subtracted, to the next 10 that you need to borrow from. Write your answer, check it, and catch the criminal. There is even a help button should you run into problems.
Spring has sprung and definitely time to step up your game on some interesting lessons. Annenberg Learner has a great website that follows the migration of many kinds of animals. One section, The American robin, gives students a chance to test hypotheses about why and when robins migrate into their regions. You can test the hypothesis that robins migrate when the average temperature is 36 º F. By adding your data, you can check out correlations and habitat changes just by making a simple prediction. Included is a link to a current map of average temperatures in the United States, a data sheet format, and a sample graph of how to report the average weekly temperatures. The robin is the quintessential harbinger of spring, so documenting its appearance gives hope for the end to this long winter.
Can you imagine how hard it was to carry around enough coinage to purchase a big-ticket item prior to 1862? The only legal tender backed by the United States up until that time was in the form of coins. In February, 1862, as a way to finance the Civil War, the Legal Tender Act was passed, and the first paper money, the “Greenback,” was issued on March 10, 1862. This site from NOVA explores how the Treasury Department and Secret Service strive to keep our paper money hi-tech enough to thwart counterfeiters. After you’ve reviewed how a 100 dollar bill is made, try your hand at spotting a bogus bill.
March is Nutrition Month. Get your student on this interactive games site to help increase knowledge of healthy snacks, exercise and diet, and how to read food labels. You'll see many activities, such as story time with Explorers in Solusville, a visit to the grocery store and farm, and a trip to the library and playground. The Talking Food Pyramid and Talking Plate shows kids how they can make healthy choices all day.
Having an issue understanding that last lesson on vectors? Here's a great little game that allows you to move a boat around the water by changing the boat’s speed or the water current’s speed. In the first game you steer a boat through the water to land on an island in the water. The second game is more difficult because you need to intercept a moving target, a school of fish. The third game contains
qualities of the first two. The instructions are clear and there are suggestions on how to change vectors to get different results. You'll be ready for that next test!
Gummy bears may be a number one favorite for some, but check out how dangerous they can be by finding out how much energy they contain. Click on the experiment shown on this six-minute video. The instructor compares the energy we get from a gummy bear when we eat it to what happens when the gummy bear is combusted in a test tube. Don’t try this at home. If you are a teacher, there are good notes provided that list the materials needed for the experiment, the safety procedures to be followed, and a detailed explanation of the procedure, and what occurs in the experiment. Do you hand these out afterwards as a treat? You decide.
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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.