Learn more about chance and probability with this interactive mathematics resource. The user moves their toad along the vines by exploring the outcomes resulting from tossing a coin, rolling a die, and using a spinner to perform single and double event probabilities.
Kid conservationist's paradise with great images, vids, animals galore
Pros: Bring Back the Wild lesson plans are well-written with tons of inquiry and exploration.
Cons: Although they're not a huge part of the site, games don't really prioritize learning.
Bottom Line: Great ecology lesson plans and videos are rich with engrossing animal goodies, but the accompanying games don't teach much science.
April 14, 1912, Newsflash! The Unsinkable Titanic Has Sunk! Read all about It! This website allows you to do just that. Check out a timeline from sailing to the raising of a section of the hull in 1998, statistics of passengers by class and lifeboats, and the astronomy that night. Read interesting facts about the ship including stories written years prior to the tragedy with very similar events, ticket prices, lifeboats, menus, and quotes from passengers and crew. Read personal memories from people from different classes, survivors, families of deceased, and lists of the dead. Check out the discovery of the sunken ship and newer information why it sank. Sign their guest book and check out the many links for more information.
Quiver Education - 3D
Coloring App Augmented reality app adds some interactivity and learning to coloring
Pros: One-time purchase price includes all sheets.
Cons: Only works with Quiver Education sheets, so students and teachers can't make their own custom AR sheets.
Bottom Line: This can make a great occasional lesson supplement, but ultimately the lack of customization and light learning hold it back.
Clear typing instruction with detailed statistics and fun encouragement
Pros: Students get effective, entertaining typing instruction with helpful performance data.
Cons: There's no way to assign custom lessons to students, and the ads are distracting.
Bottom Line: Typing.com is a great go-to for teachers with clear, extensive instruction and practice and easily trackable metrics -- all available for free on the Web.
Happy Big Wind Day! Let's celebrate the benefits of wind with this hands-on science experiment! In this science fair project, you'll blow on different kinds of pinwheels with a blow-dryer and see how far away you can get before they stop spinning. This will give you clues about how sensitive the pinwheels are to wind, and why. The next time you see a wind turbine you will have a better understanding of how wind creates energy.
A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning
Pros: Teachers can use mobile devices to document student learning and share information instantly with parents and students.
Cons: Lacks some tools for creation, like drawing tools and voice recording.
Bottom Line: Multimedia documentation tools help communicate learning and expand assessment, and the addition of a gradebook sets this tool apart; still, student experience could use some polish.
Simplify communication, collaboration, and document sharing
Pros: Easy-to-learn interface, integrates with lots of apps and websites, able to seamlessly collect and share G Suite documents.
Cons: Parent access is limited, there's no true gradebook, and document ownership can be confusing.
Bottom Line: Google Classroom is a great way to manage and organize learning, though teachers who need more features may need to look elsewhere
Let's have some fun with the Dewy Decimal System! The Dewey Decimal system is a way to categorize books, just like a grocery store categorizes food. Introduce your students to the Dewey Decimal system using this hands-on activity. Students will organize grocery store items into related groups. This process will then be compared to the organization of books using the Dewey Decimal System. Students will end the lesson by organizing a selection of books in a library media center according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Global Oneness Project
Dynamic multimedia resources explore life experiences around the world
Pros: Multimedia resources aligned to the CCSS include detailed lessons plans to engage students on global issues.
Cons: Lessons may require modification of content and instruction to increase accessibility for a wide range of abilities.
Bottom Line: Unique approach to incorporating global issues into the curriculum; monthly stories capture interdisciplinary topics.
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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.