On April 9, 1959, National Aeronautics and Space Administration introduced America's first seven astronauts. Learn about these men, all part of the Mercury Project, and the timeline the group followed from pilots to seasoned space travellers.
Readorium is a website offering a virtual science library with books and activities that focus on building students reading comprehension and science knowledge.
Science and reading come together in aging but effective platform
Pros: Varied activities and adaptive instruction help students comprehend scientific texts.
Cons: Parts of the platform are showing their age, and it can get repetitive; there's a big focus on earning (and spending) money and tokens.
Bottom Line: There's not much out there that focuses specifically on reading science texts, so if your students can get past the dated design this could be a handy tool to turn to.
Generation Genius is a comprehensive set of science videos and lessons made in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.
Vibrant videos and lessons get students thinking about science.
Pros: Each video is paired with high-quality lesson materials.
Cons: Some lessons miss opportunities to let students drive the investigation.
Bottom Line: NGSS-aligned science lessons include videos, experiments, and quizzes.
January 17, 1929: Edwin Hubble publishes the paper that first showed that the universe is expanding. The Hubble Space Telescope has helped formulate our knowledge of the universe. The telescope will soon be retired and replaced by a newer, more powerful telescope.
Discover the importance of time and the calendar, and how they each bring order to life. Understand the passage of time, how to keep time, time zones, and more.
Celebrate the Incredible Edible Egg Eggcyclopedia. Learn about egg candling, one of the tasks of the egg grader. This Eggcyclopedia is a searchable dictionary for all things having to do with eggs.
Peter Rabbit, Peter Cottontail, Bugs Bunny, and Thumper are all famous—but fictional—rabbits. Let’s study “real rabbits” with this in-depth resource about rabbits, their behavior, appearance, reproduction, and classification.
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.
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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.