Our apples, bananas, bread, and potatoes come from many parts of the world. Many of the foods we love do not grow near our town or even our country. Many of our ancestors traveled with certain foods, crossing oceans, and they introduced them to the places we live in today. Follow this presentation to discover the history of where our food comes from. Discover who provides our food, how certain foods are grown, how others are processed, and finally how the food gets to us.
High-stakes testing plays a greater and greater role in education, from state-mandated achievement tests to AP exams. From an early age, teachers and parents encourage students to do their best, on tests and other school-related assessments. But we seldom couple that encouragement with advice on how to control the stress related to perceived pressure to do well.
This site offers students an understanding of the stress they're feeling, how it has grown in their lives, and a number of concrete ways to diminish that stress, especially when they are facing high-stakes tests. Learning to "psych down" instead of "psyching up" for studying, tests, or performances can make a significant difference in a student's ability to succeed. And while the site specifically addresses students, teachers, who also live high-stress lives, of course, might find the same techniques helpful as well. -tech and learning
Learning how to cope can be a great advantage in an overwhelming world. Learn how the brain works and how it attempts to define coping skills in the pre-teen brain. On
this web site you'll find information which includes how teachers can help students develop brain-based coping skills— and why this topic belongs in the classroom.
If you need a virtual field trip to take you away momentarily then Explore Mammoth Cave. This site offers a multitude of pictures to make you feel as though you are trekking the landscape. With just a simple click, you'll be able to relive the history of Mammoth Cave from its first mention in historical records in 1797. Be sure to visit each section of the cave so you can get a good feel for its enormity. The cutaways show where visitors are able to go now, about 12 miles of the estimated 600 or so miles of passages. There is a great deal of geological information that will give you a great view of this incredible natural wonder.
Being at home online can get you into that couch potato mode. But,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a user-friendly site that shows a long list of physical activities. Click on an activity and find out from an expert about the gear you need, how to play, how to play safely, and fun facts about the activity. The usual school sports are included in the list, but you can also read about what is involved in snorkeling, surfing, jump rope, or martial
So what are you waiting for? Get off that computer and take a break!
What better way to get exercise than to grab two jump ropes with friends and begin double Dutch style? At PBS Kids, Dragonfly explores what you need to know about jumping Double Dutch. There you can read a brief history of Double Dutch and find out about the special moves used in competition. The three teenagers who speak in the video explain their thoughts as to why it is more important in jump rope performance—seeing the ropes or hearing the beat. They do a great job providing evidence and coming up with the importance of good healthy exercise. In addition to the experimentation with Double Dutch, there are suggestions for other investigations of the rope itself, and exploring a different kind of jump, the broad jump.
Do you have an online learner in the Volusia County area? Are you
looking for enrichment-based activities for your student? Is your child spending
more time at home and in need of some friends that share his/her interest? Or, maybe he/she just needs to be outdoors to feel great!
Academic Learning Coach will be opening its doors soon to the Eco-Explorers
division. ALC will offer morning labs from 10:00 am - Noon that will spawn
outdoor indigenous activities in our area. Let's get outdoors together and see what treasures we can find! We'll study our local lagoon and scan the beach while beach combing. With the Atlantic Ocean at our door and the Halifax river in our backyard, eco explorer activities will be offer different thematic units each month. Get out and see what treasures Florida's habitats have to offer. Above all, get out and have some fun with friends!
Check back on our Eco-Explorers tab and see what upcoming workshops will be offered soon.
With winter here, take time to ensure your little ones are protected from the icy effects of winter. I've logged onto a great site that offers precautionary information on preventing icy hazards. Kid's Health site offers more information on keeping your child's well-being in tip top shape. Log on today for other health related topics when you need them.
With the first day of winter coming tomorrow, it’s a good time to review
some precautions to keep kids safe when outdoors. Topics
covered include winter attire, frostbite, winter sports such as sledding or
ice-skating, first aid kits and what to do in case of emergency. - Courtesy of net Trekker
I know when my child was an online learner; one of the greatest concerns was maintaining optimal health with exercise. Staying at home can cause health concerns as students are not actively engaged in walking throughout the day to burn needed calories.
Powered by Discover Education, Energy Balance promotes ways to help young people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance. The curriculum allows parents to promote lesson plans, resources, and videos aligned to state standards for grades K-5. Each module includes background information and tips that help parents, as well as dynamic activities and engaging Discovery Education digital media. Family and community extension resources are also included to enrich existing curriculum.
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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.