The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.One of the fundamentals of science taught within the first few weeks of science class is the scientific method. This game helps reinforce the concept and terms of the scientific method to ensure students understand a critical topic.
Blended learning is a type of instruction that has become very popular over the recent years. Teachers create instruction that is a combination between small group learning and student-directed online learning. In order to do this, teachers often must find videos that students can watch to learn the material needed. Planet Nutshell offers animated video shorts that teach various mathematics topics. On this particular site students learn to convert rational numbers between fraction and decimal form.
Students will learn more about the elements of a story with this fun and interactive website. They'll start by listening to an animated version of Cinderella, and then break the story down to learn more about its elements. Information and activities on setting, characters, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution show how the elements work together to form a story. Use details from the story to answer interactive questions and demonstrate an understanding of each element. An online quiz over the story elements in Cinderella will help to assess learning.
Concluding a paper on how America Responds to 9/11? Need a bit for factual information? Flash back to the tragic events of that day by searching through this archived snapshot of PBS's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The site includes analysis and insight, background resources, thoughts and tributes, and resources for parents and educators. Students and teens were invited to share their thoughts and feelings about September 11 and you can read their stories here.
Need to write an essay comparing a common classical novel to a movie? Why not try Ad Lit's site? By comparing the classics to modern movies, you will study the themes connected to the ills of racism, the coming of age, strong women, and utopia vs. dystopia. Helping you connect associations to challenging texts via the comparison with movies will help you gain deeper comprehension. You will participate in discussions that will aid in helping you see the present-day applicability to the classics. A few of the thematic pairings included in the module are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and In the Heat of the Night; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini andSlumdog Millionaire; The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers and Gangs of New York; The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and the film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Got an upcoming project or paper coming up? Then check out this website for help evaluating sources for research projects with a step-by-step guide. In the initial appraisal, it tells how to focus on author’s credentials, date of publication, edition, publishers, and titles of periodicals. Then it moves to analyzing the content. Does it fit the intended audience? Is it real information or propaganda? Does it make sense and cite sources? It offers tips for analyzing both print and web sources, and provides signs of bad sources. Included is an exercise in which students list bad sources and explain what makes them bad.
Who Do You Think You Are?" written by Megan Smolenyak is chock full of ways to research family history. The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, provides several downloadable resources to support those climbing up the family tree. Encourage researchers to think outside of the computer to talk to living family members, pour over family documents, family Bibles, etc. Once the information is rolling in, the young genealogists will need methods for organizing all of the new data. With all of these terrific tips, teachers and students will have fun identifying all of the branches in their families.
Learn how to construct a well-written poem through this activity. Because poetry writing is meant to invoke the emotions and senses of its audience, begin the lesson by matching specific words to their correct senses. You are then prompted to consider other words and phrases that appeal to particular senses. The next module includes sensory descriptions in order for you to recognize how language is constructed to impact one of the five senses. The remaining portion of the lesson encourages you to play with words and phrases of your own that, in turn, lead to a meaningful and well-written poem.
All roads lead to Rome? Students will find out why when they use BBC’s Primary History site entitled "Romans." Primary History is designed specifically with K-8 students in mind. Animated and interactive features will engage even the most reluctant learners in the study of Roman history. The site is a comprehensive learning module through which students can navigate and learn on their own. Each of the 12 topics can be explored through multi-media, including photographs, videos, activities, games and “fun facts.” An interactive timeline allows children to manipulate the view or add events they would like to see, giving them a greater sense of historical order. Last but not least, teachers can find supplemental activities and worksheets along with links to further resources.
Who doesn't like to eat pizza? On this site, students explore fractions through three activities using pizza. The first activity is a small assessment that gives real world word problems using pizza for students to solve. Once students have answered all ten questions, they will move on to activity number two. The second activity shows students several pizzas and they are to match up the correct fraction to the picture. After students have answered all five questions, they go on to third activity. In the third activity, students are given three questions that have them order fractions from least to greatest. Too bad they can't end class with a pizza party!
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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.