Here's a great way to individualize instruction by providing students with videos that they can watch at their own pace. Mathantics provides video tutorials that are very clear and use great examples and illustrations. On this particular Mathantics video students learn how to add and subtract integers. Check this site out for numerous other videos to add to your library.
Read Edgar Alan Poe’s poem “The Raven” in a whole new way. Color-coded words aid in comprehension in several ways. Place the cursor on yellow words to see the definitions of these difficult vocabulary words. Words in red demonstrate internal rhyme; blue words show examples of alliteration, and words in purple are examples of assonance. Highlighting the literary devices relating to sound can bring readers to a new understanding of the complexity of one of Poe’s most famous works of art. Check out this site and interact with Edgar Alan Poe in a whole new way!
Get jumping for joy! A terrific, colorful tip sheet to get youth involved in fitness. This resource presents 25 five-, 10-, 15-, or 20-minute activities for students in grades K-6 to help them hop, skip, and jump their way to heart healthy bodies. Whether it's the Fox Run, Crab Crawl, Frozen Tag, or the Ghostly Giggle Tent Walk, these activities provide lots of indoor and outdoor classroom fun. The site also includes many heart-healthy eating tips. Recommended for educators and students alike."
Great baseball is part sport, part physics, part geometry, part biology, and part statistics. This entertaining site challenges students to see baseball as more than just a game. They will learn what happens in a batter's brain and body in the brief moment between the pitcher's release and the swing of the bat. They'll learn the physics of the "sweet spot." And they'll be able to compare some of the great players of old to the players of today. Did you know that if Honus Wagner played at the beginning of the 21st century instead of the beginning of the 20th, he would probably have hit about four times as many home runs in his career as he really did? Students can even learn about how the characteristics of different kinds of wood plays an important role in batting averages.
Ever wonder how your dog seems to know when you are feeling happy or sad? Scientists have recently discovered that dog brains, like human brains, have dedicated voice areas, which helps explain why your dog just knows. A team of scientist at the University of Glasgow conducted MRIs on dogs’ brainsto see how they process different types of sounds; the dogs listened to about 200 dog and human sounds, such as whines, cries, playful barks, and laughs. The scientists also scanned the brains of 22 humans who listened to the same set of sounds. The results showed that dog brains have voice areas and that they process voices in the same way that human brains do. While there are differences, scientists have confirmed that dogs are sensitive to tone of voice. That's part of why they have become such integral parts of our human existence. How about a quick read and a great journal entry today?
Learn about how the couplet is used in poetry—what it is used for and how to construct one of your own. There are many different forms of the couplet and even more variations based on the line length and meter. Types included in this site are the short, split, Heroic, Alexandrine and Qasida. Each form includes a description and an example in order for you to write one of your own. Learn how couplets work independently and within a poem. Although many couplets can be fused to create a unified work, each one should be a powerful and thought-provoking work on its own.
A perfect way to introduce a course in high school World History is to begin with this Crash Course video on The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology. Host John Green reminds students to think critically while studying and writing about history as he explains the concept of the Western World and how history can be viewed from the lens of multiple perspectives. Students will delight in this lively video of almost 12 minutes. Green’s style is humorous, engaging and highly entertaining. He uses his “me from the past” self caricature to poke gentle fun and takes an occasional swing at the politics of the day.
Climb aboard the space shuttle to take a trip through space. As the space shuttle zooms through space, make sure to stop by each planet. Once you have landed on a planet, learn more about it by reading the passage provided. Once you have explored that planet move on to the next. Each stop gives factual information about each planet so users will learn while having fun.
Experience all of Earth’s biomes in this complete learning module. The informational text, quick video clips, interactive puzzles, and review questions give secondary students the opportunity to explore how ecosystems are categorized into biomes, and to learn the defining characteristics of the twelve biomes of the world: tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest, deciduous forest, taiga, savanna, temperate grassland, chaparral, desert, tundra, mountain, freshwater, and marine biomes. In addition, the varied activities enable learners to explore the multitude of ways in which the actions of humans impact the above biomes.
This is an excellent guide for evaluating the usefulness and authority of web resources. It provides an infographic that could be converted into a poster or linked to a class website. The guide is broken down into steps, with each one supported by clear examples that demonstrate how to follow the instructions. The descriptions explain how the steps determine reliability and usefulness, and what clues indicate a resource may not be trustworthy. The guide could also be used as a tutorial for walking students through how to evaluate the web resources they use in their research.
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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.