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.
Engaging online community for relevant, hands-on science fieldwork
Pros: This is a real opportunity for students to gather and share information about biodiversity.
Cons: Additional extension activities would allow kids to do more with the collected data.
Bottom Line: Project Noah is a free and easy way to take part in biodiversity research with the support of a knowledgeable and global community.
What better way to celebrate International Polar Bear Day on February 27 than to take a deep dive into learning about polar bears! Learn all about these amazing creatures through the lens of their evolutionary history. Discover everything from polar bear cubs and adaptations to status and threats. Content includes polar bear I.Q., hibernation facts, adaptations, myths, hunting capabilities, and more.
Have you ever experienced digital learning? Digital Learning Day on February 23rd is the perfect time to try out a great digital learning resource. This interactive program will help you teach all about how forces work. Discover what they are, types, combining, and more through engaging online activities.
To honor the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Ferris, try this engineering lesson. Students will immerse themselves in a study of motion, lode, and construction of various wheels throughout history. Structural engineering and design investigations will also occur during their investigation of the "London Eye" to analyze wheel design challenges that Ferris and others who preceded him must have experienced.. Then the students will work in cooperative groups to build and problem solve as they will use pasta, glue, and tea bags to construct a big wheel.
February is Periodic Table Month, and this website is the perfect way to celebrate. The table can be color coded by orbitals, element types, electronegativity, melting points, boiling points, and percent of the Earth’s crust. You can also click on each element to learn even more.
Got a class full of inventors? Then you know it's important to understand HOW inventions are invented. Learn more about the process behind past inventions and how you can work your way to being a famous inventor too!
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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.