Why not ride the wind?. One of the coolest ways to ride the wind is in a hot air balloon! When you see a beautiful hot-air balloon floating in the sky, have you ever wondered how it gets up there and how it will get down without crashing? Learn how in this awesome science experiment.
Why are more people right-handed versus left-handed? This video explores the theory behind the way the brain works and processes language, and the genetics behind favoring one hand versus the other.
Compelling digital field journal site engages kids on multiple levels
Pros: High-quality visuals, an intuitive and functional interface, unusual expeditions, open-ended educational opportunities.
Cons: There's little help on the site, and teachers will need to decide on their own how to best fit Open Explorer into their curriculum.
Bottom Line: An eye-opening, fascinating way to explore the world from a personal perspective; students will learn about geography, culture, and science along the way.
Teaching a lesson on the five senses? In this resource, learn about depth perception and senses involved in the actual needle-threading activity.
Want to learn a little more about messy mud? This investigation, through a series of nine steps, seeks to answer the question, When Is Mud Dangerous? The study looks at mudflows, also called debris flows or mudslides, which are mixtures of water-saturated debris flowing downhill under the force of gravity.
Customize science simulations to highlight phenomena
Pros: By adding pause points, notes, and quizzes to simulations, teachers can help build and assess student understanding.
Cons: Not all simulations are customizable yet, but there are plans to add more in the future.
Bottom Line: Science simulations become more effective with teacher-added edits and formative assessments.
This Earth Day (April 22) marked the 49th anniversary of the modern environmental movement. This browsable collection of questions posed by elementary- and middle-school students to the scientists of the American Museum of Natural History and their responses covers everything environment-related, from pollution to endangered species to climate change.
Celebrate the zoo by checking out the Smithsonian’s National Zoo website! Click on the “Animals” tab at the top to search for or select any animal you want to know more about; picture, physical description, habitat, size, eating habits, lifespan, and more. Watch lions, panda bears, elephants, and more as they walk about in their habitats, eat, play, and sleep.
Captivating catalog of biodiversity with great classroom resources
Pros: Resources are polished, engaging, and include the necessary support materials.
Cons: Some games lack baked-in learning, and resources could use more support for diverse learners.
Bottom Line: Powerful images and videos capture kids' attention and make them want to learn more.
Spring is full of fragrances and a perfect way to teach kids about perfecting their sense of smell. This TED Ed site can assist. Kids can watch the video about how to train the sense of smell, followed by taking a short quiz. Click on “Dig Deeper” to find more links for teaching and learning about the sense of smell.
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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.