Celebrate Earth Day on Glossopedia. People all over the world celebrate our efforts to protect plants and animals and to clean up the world we live in. Most people celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd each year. In some countries, it is celebrated a month earlier on the vernal equinox.
California Academy of Sciences
Expert research and diverse, rich lessons inspire future scientists
Pros: Students and teachers have access to extensive virtual specimens and labs, lesson plans, and rich materials to augment classroom learning.
Cons: The website's organization makes finding some of the best classroom resources a challenge.
Bottom Line: A perfect companion to (or substitute for) the Academy, this site delivers highly interactive resources and research with a lot of depth.
Celebrate National Weatherman's Day on the 5th by learning from Nick Walker, the weather dude, how meteorologists predict the weather. Sing along with his song, find out the different methods to forecast weather, and complete weather based activities.
Celebrate dragons in real life rather than on Game of Thrones on the 16th for Dragon Appreciation Day. Check out National Geographic's coverage of the formidable Komodo Dragon.
January is Houseplant Appreciation month. One plant that is amazing in our houses and in the wild is the orchid. Discover how orchids outwit insects to reproduce and how they have adapted to survive in their environment.
With the holidays coming up how much do you know about your tongue? Well, get on board by learning more about the tongue and sense of taste. Salty, sweet, sour - you couldn't taste any of that without a tongue. Check out the entertaining video, read more and do taste-y activities to explore these sweetest and sourest ideas.
Celebrate the achievements of women in STEM. These stories focus on increasing the awareness of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical field. This article discusses how research is showing an increase of women working in the science fields. Learn how women are bridging the gap but there is still room for improvement.
Summary: A weekly dose of curiosity for teachers and students alike
Pros: Intriguing and thoughtful podcasts, stories, and lessons help build curiosity.
Cons: There's a lack of support for struggling learners.
Bottom Line: For a weekly rejuvenation of scientific learning, Science Friday is a source of inspiration for both teachers and students.
Title: Defined STEM
Summary: Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
Pros: The performance tasks are extremely thorough, result in student products, and cover key concepts in science and math.
Cons: Individualized student progress tracking and remediation tools are lacking.
Bottom Line: Excellent, well-thought-out resources for developing problem-solving skills in the classroom.
Ever wonder how they develop new anti-cancer drugs? See how teams of doctors, biologists, and chemists work together to discover new drugs to fight cancer and show how they are effective in treating the disease. Students can be assigned careers and work in groups to analyze data obtained during the drug discovery process and determining the most effective inhibitors of cancer cell growth.
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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.