Take time to ensure students learn how to train their brains correctly. This site offers amazing brain activities including lesson plans, experiments, activities, greeting cards, bookmarks, poster sets, and much more. Click on “Worksheets, Games, Coloring Book” to find links to hundreds of printable activities including the following: Word searches, crosswords, worksheets, mazes, coded messages, bookmarks, Sudoku puzzles, Neuroscience dominoes, coloring books and calendars, fill-in-the blank worksheets, games, PDF pages, lessons, and treasure hunts. These are all designed to train your brain. This is a treasure trove for students, teachers, and parents.
Planning to decorate for Halloween? How about integrating science and technology into your Halloween haunting escapades? Move beyond the cottony spider webs, dry ice in the punchbowl, and the motion-sensor-triggered loop of recorded screams. This engaging podcast illustrates some geeky pursuits that can be applied to the celebration of Halloween. From finding the appropriate costume to designing the perfectly scary haunted house, Science Friday hosts share how home haunters bring science and technology to your Halloween festivities.
Tardigrades, or waterbears, are tiny, ancient creatures that seem to be nearly indestructible. Put them in any extreme environment and they can survive. They have survived microgravity and cosmic radiation after being blasted into space. They have come back to life after decades of desiccation. A vacuum or extreme heat, cold, or pressure cannot kill them. These animals provide a fascinating subject for a study of animal adaptations.
A mysterious piece of American history is the infamous "Escape from Alcatraz." Alcatraz Island was discovered in 1775 by explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala. In the 1850's the United States built the fortress on the island beset with pelicans, to be used by the national military. On October 12, 1933, the military released the island and its fortress to Justice Department. Find out deep secrets contained within the walls of the prison through the provided videos. and uncover details about this famous national monument.
Explore the science behind the "extremes" in our world. Organized into sections on earth science, the animal kingdom, technology, and space science, this site opens your eyes to giant creatures, amazing technological advances, vast oceans, and great geological formations. See what makes science and our natural world so amazing. You'll also find a comprehensive collection of science and technology information and resources available on the Internet, including resources for students working on science fair projects and teachers needing content for science lessons. Choose your favorite subject and prepare to entertain your brain.
Reading and writing are essentially thinking. This site examines the aspects of critical thinking, including rationality, self-awareness, honesty, open-mindedness, discipline, and judgment. While teaching or learning how to think critically is a difficult task, understanding what the components of critical thinking are makes it more likely that we will recognize when we are NOT thinking critically. As students work to develop the skills described here, they will begin to read and write with more discernment, and will be more aware of the ways media, from ads to political rhetoric, seek to persuade them to buy products or positions.
With this interactive website you can explore shapes inside pictures. Choose shapes and create a new shape. Once the new shape is created, create more to begin constructing a picture. Need an idea? Check out the suggestions to inspire creativity. This will keep young minds busy for hours!
How did baseball rise to fame? Check out Major League baseball, offering this short article which illustrates why baseball grew in popularity after the very first World Series game in 1903. Complete with a mini interactive activity which describes the importance of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, this resource exemplifies how, on that day in 1903, the Boston Pilgrims' defeat over the Pittsburgh Pirates changed the way baseball was viewed, and left a lasting legacy to millions of future baseball fans across the United States.
This game is targeted at children with autism, but it is also excellent for young children in kindergarten and grade 1. The object of the game is to help children learn how to cope with changes in routines. It begins with a video of a typical school day for Rufus. At first, everything proceeds as normal but then things happen to upset the routines. Rufus learns that change, while upsetting at first, can be fun and interesting. After watching a video, students play a game where they help Rufus make conscious changes to his daily routines
Want to stop a revolution? This site will have students making decisions that can lead to either peace or riots. This learning game has students simulating the Orange Revolution that took place in Ukraine in 2004. Students try to avoid the revolution by making a series of decisions that lead to a peaceful presidential election. Students have to understand the state of affairs in the country at the time in order to keep peace.
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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.