Did you know that not all sharks are dangerous? Aid your students with self-discovering the docile nature of the whale shark species. Through numerous videos, a slideshow, photo collections, and an immense collection of researched content, students will learn the true peaceful nature of the endangered whale sharks.
Take a trip on a virtual roller coaster while learning the science behind the highlight of major amusement parks. Students will learn about gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy through a virtual interactive roller coaster. Students will enjoy supplementary videos that will help students travel on on a virtual roller coaster as they experience centripetal force and other physical science topics. Investigate the importance of forces on their lives as while students enjoy this summer at the amusement park.
Time for a virtual trip! Tennessee conservationists, environmentalists, and lovers of elephants can visit the world accredited Elephant Sanctuary, which houses many Asian and African elephants. The Elephant Sanctuary replicates the natural habitats of these creatures, and allows them the opportunity to be kept in herds with other elephants. Since the numbers are dwindling of these animals, facilities like this make an impact on their survival. Check out all about elephants on their special day!
Looking for some extra fun to enhance your curriculum on Friday? Are you a geek? Do you like to cook? Check out this Science Friday radio program with guest Jeff Potter, a software engineer and author of Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food. Learn about food chemistry, what equipment can improve your cooking, and the impact of temperature on a variety of foods.
Best of all they have an archive! So you can pick old broadcasts to share.
If you've been at the beach all summer have you been lathering on your sunscreen? You already know that a trip to the beach can give you a nasty sunburn, but the nitty gritty of sun safety is actually much more complex. Wrinkle-causing UVA rays and burn-inducing UVB's can pose a serious risk to your health (and good looks).
Summary: Engage young scientists with the 5E model, kid-friendly lessons
Pros: Lesson plans are very detailed and incorporate a variety of worksheets, digital activities, videos, and hands-on classroom activities.
Cons: Assessment is limited to basic multiple-choice quizzes, and standards alignment could be stronger.
Bottom Line: Engaging, interactive lesson plans help students grasp elementary science concepts.
What is Kevlar and how is it used? See Richard Engel discuss an invention that has saved many soldiers' lives. He tells the story of lab work done in 1965 by DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek that unexpectedly produced Kevlar, a lightweight fiber five times stronger than steel used in bulletproof vests.
Title: Mystery Science
Summary: Big questions, kids' curiosity drive thoughtful science curriculum
Pros: Kids engage in inquiry as they puzzle through scientific phenomena.
Cons: Teachers may need to tweak the units to allow for more discussion and class participation.
Bottom Line: Powerful science units that capitalize on elementary students’ natural curiosity.
Ever wonder what happens when water interacts in space? We take gravity for granted. Watch Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield soak a wash cloth with water, and then wring it out in space. What happens here will amaze even the most scientific thinkers.
Title: Google CS First
Summary: Middle school CS platform offers stellar resources, organizing tools
Pros: Fantastic lesson plans, turnkey resources, and club-organization tools make it easy to build a great CS program with little work or prior experience.
Cons: Lessons still rely heavily on watching a video and replicating procedures rather than exploring, plus some tricky setup is required.
Bottom Line: If your middle school doesn't have a CS program, now you do! It's really that easy, and available content will only grow as time goes on.
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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.