Billions and billions of galaxies populate the universe. The Hubble Space Telescope has unmasked many of them in two of the clearest, most distant views ever obtained, called the Hubble Deep Fields. One view peers northward; the other southward. Scientists have used mathematics to unlock many galactic secrets hidden in these two views. In this activity, students use sample statistics based on actual HDF data to unravel some cosmic mysteries. Complete with interactive animations and data log sheets for eager learners and data collectors, this cosmic exercise will engage all types of learners
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library as they embark on their first exposure to Shakespearean works. Students can engage in a deeper understanding of Romeo and Juliet by spending a few days reading, re-reading, and dramatizing the prologue itself. Students will learn about the play's meaning, get to know the style and language of the text, and make inferences about the play's central questions. Watch your students transform into actors right before your eyes, and simultaneously, build adequate background knowledge to support their understanding of Romeo and Juliet.
In this game, students create the right conditions to grow a plant, gathering resources and providing protection from threats. The game challenges students to think critically as they balance their resources and assess their environment in order to maintain their plant's health.
Use this interactive website to explore what defines a shape as three dimensional and what polyhedras, prisms, and pyramids are. Once you have explored what makes a shape 3D, explore polyhedras with a description alongside pictures that explain them. Then click prisms to get an up close look at different prisms as well as the nets that create those prisms. When finished with prisms, click pyramids to explore the different pyramids and their nets. You will also explore what a face, edge, and vertice of a shape is and how many of those each given shape contains.
Climate Reanalyzer is a data exploration access site, developed by the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, which provides an intuitive platform for visualizing a variety of weather and climate datasets and models. Using interfaces for reanalysis and historical station data, the Climate Reanalyzer allows students to access real-time, meaningful climate data to perform many different types of data analysis functions as they investigate climate. The most visited page is the “Today’s Summary” which features several weather parameters, including temperature departure for the current day relative to a climate baseline.
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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.