Why do we pay taxes? What do taxes pay for? Who is required to pay them? Tax day just passed. Why not investigate all about taxes in this Schoolhouse Rock video! Sing along with the song to learn about taxes, why we have them, and why we should pay them.
Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure
Pros: It's clean, colorful, and really appealing to young readers; all instruction is written in kid-friendly language.
Cons: There isn't much room for kids to write reviews in their own words.
Bottom Line: This safe, simple social network lets kids share their reading success with friends, creating healthy competition and confidence.
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.
Did you get fooled last week? Check out this site for a list of 13 words associated with deceit and trickery. Reinforce spellings, pronunciations, and meanings of these words to help you spot April Fools next year.
Check out how all that food you eat affects your brain. Through this animated TED Talk, students can see how various foods, such as spinach, can help your body and brain function in a healthy way.
Substantial all-in-one tool scaffolds the research and writing process
Pros: It's like a one-stop shop for research and writing, from gathering sources to organizing research and outlining a workable draft.
Cons: The automatically compiled bibliography could potentially encourage student passivity rather than inquiry into why citation is important.
Bottom Line: This smart, intuitive system supports students in every step of the writing process.
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.
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Pros: A good cross-section of challenges means most kids will find something interesting to do.
Cons: Hands-on projects often require an adult's assistance -- and wallet.
Bottom Line: DIY motivates kids to tackle a wide range of problems with independent and scientific thinking.
On 3/14 math fans all around the world celebrate Pi Day. Join the celebration by learning all about 3.14. Calculate Pi yourself and learn a cool tip for remembering it to nine decimal places.
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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.