Take this interactive tour of the eye to discover how it works. Begin by hovering over each part of the eye to learn its name and function. Next, investigate how changing the level of brightness affects the size of the pupil, and how the cornea bends the light rays as they enter the eye. Follow that by playing with a focus tool to see the lens adjust its shape, and the inverted image appear at the back of the eye. Finally, see how the image is transmitted as light impulses to the optic nerve and then to the brain, which converts them back into an image.
What were children doing during the mid-1800’s in England? Were their lives similar to children’s lives today? How can primary sources help us know? Help guide your students to answer these questions as they investigate several primary sources from the United Kingdom’s National Archives. Through six modules of primary sources, students will have the opportunity to learn different views of the use of child labor in some of United Kingdom’s coal mines back in 1842. Students will read newspaper clippings, observe illustrations, and read first-person accounts from children who worked inside of some of Great Britain’s coal mines. Death records, accident reports, and letters from workers and investigators are also part of the multi-tiered study. Teaches can use this site alone with students or as a way to find parallels to the overuse of child labor in early 1900’s America.
D-Day is commemorating the day in 1944 on which more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what became the final assault on Nazi Germany. This multimedia site includes General Dwight Eisenhower's invasion order, photographs of the landing, and the Continental Edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper from one month later, July 4, which shows how successful the invasion turned out to be. For students to whom World War II is ancient history, this site brings the realities of the combat into focus.
Limericks are a very old verse form, and they continue to be popular because of their simplicity and humor. Learn what a limerick is and then play a game by matching phrases to create a complete limerick. Learn more about the history of limerick and even write an original limerick.
Use this interactive site to learn to write myths, folktales, and fairy tales with famous authors, and publish them. The myths section provides the opportunity to write a myth with Jane Yolen, to read myths from countries around the world, and to use the Myth Brainstorming Machine to create your own myth. The folktales section includes folktale writing with Alma Flor Ada and Rafe Martin, learning about folklore, and writing your own folktale. For fairy tale and fable writing, join John Sciezka to learn about writing fractured fairy tales, and discover fairy tales from around the world. Then, learn the art of storytelling with Gerald Fierst
Link the art of argument to the Bill of Rights in this interactive card game sponsored by The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics. Students may play with another classmate or against the computer during a quest to attain the goal of freedom before the opposing person does. Each player will receive different scenarios of violations of their rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Students must match the correct amendment number of each personal right that was violated. For each correct answer, the student will earn a bonus card that features one of the country’s founders who will help with the gaining of freedom. Students can match the amendments to their own cards and to their opponents’ cards during each round, thus reinforcing the understanding of real-life assurances from the Bill of Rights. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by playing different levels of difficulty and with as many rights violation scenarios as possible.
This geography game requires knowledge and quick thinking. Drag and drop the signposts to their correct places on the spinning globe within 90 seconds. There are seven continents and five oceans. Try to collect all 7 gold medal certificate types!
Division is can be a hard concept for some students to grasp. However, using this interactive website to explore how to chunk division algorithms could be a solution that eases the process of dividing. When given a problem, students use the "power of ten" buttons to multiply the given dividend to get as close to that number without going over. Then they subtract and click the equal button to see what number is left. By continuing this process until they reach a number that can not be subtracted further, students will be able to see a relationship between division and subtraction, making the whole process more clear. Students will gain confidence using chunking to divide algorithms that normally seem overwhelming.
Genetics is a hot topic in the field of science. Scientists are constantly gathering new information about how genes work and function in organisms. Learn.Genetics is a comprehensive site that explores the basics of genetics, characteristics of inheritance, stem cells, chromosomes, genetic variation, epigenetics, genetic science, cloning, genetic disorders, and much more. Topics are presented interactively with videos, virtual labs, games, and learning exercises. Information on the Genetic Science Learning Center is regularly updated with each topic explored in great detail. A feature of the site is Pigeon Breeding where students look at variations in pigeons to study inherited characteristics are products of genes.
This geography game requires knowledge and quick thinking. Drag and drop the signposts to their correct places on the spinning globe within 90 seconds. There are seven continents and five oceans. Try to collect all seven gold medal certificate types!
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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.