Teachers are always looking for good quality problems. They spend hours searching the internet looking for a problem that will not only align to the Common Core standards, but will also challenge their students. Opus does just this. On this site teachers can select the Common Core standard they desire and that will bring up a long list of problems tied to that standard. Teachers can select the problems they want and add them to their cart. When done choosing problem, teachers simply create a worksheet with their problems along with an answer key to those problems.
Newspapers are supposed to present unbiased information, but the truth is, news articles are often subtly biased.
This site explores various techniques that cause bias within news stories, including: Word Choice, Omissions, Limiting Debate, Story Framing, and Sources. Students read information, examples, and comics to learn about each of these techniques. They can also learn about social concerns that influence bias within the news. Finally, they can see these techniques within news articles and practice their new skills with activities such as Word Choice Buffet, Head-Up Headlines, and Image Bias Activities. Students need to learn to recognize bias in the world around them, even in the news.
What is music? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? This site is all about learning about the science of music, offering online exhibits, films, and questions that explore the science of music. Features include clever activities that lead to writing, mixing, and experimenting with music, videos that explain tuning, stepping (or rhythmic movement), instrument building, and the changes music makes when played in different kinds of spaces, and with entertaining questions and answers that keep things light. Find out the different ways that music is in all of us.
Help your elementary readers love The Magic Treehouse series even more. How? Let them explore Random House Kids’ Fact Checker modules to help them answer their questions about nonfiction topics that are connected to the series. On this particular site, a video segment offers questions and answers related to Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras. Just like the characters Jack and Annie, your students will learn the answers to their questions: Can snakes really be charmed? What reptile has the deadliest venom? What do Komodo dragons eat? and How do you tell alligators and crocodiles apart? This site, along with other Random House Kids’ Fact Checker links, can help your students participate in further research via a multimedia approach that will push their understanding of topics that interest them.
Communication is important in everything we do, have your students try this fun, interactive site to learn about communicating via posters, newspapers, or comics. In the Poster section, they'll watch a movie trailer, learn the about the parts of a poster, and then create their own poster for the movie. In the Newspaper section, they'l watch a news broadcast, learn the parts of a newspaper, and create their own newspaper. In the Comics section, kids view three examples of comic strips, learn about the parts of a comic strip, and create their own comic strip. Projects can be previewed and printed when done.
This interesting website provides information regarding the brain’s relationship to music. The brain interprets the music we listen to, allowing us to decipher which and what kind of music we like and dislike. Damage to our brain, particularly the temporal lobe can greatly affect our ability to listen, perform and even translate what we hear within the music we listen to. Discover information about the Mozart Effect, or the school of thought that listening to certain types of music is a good way to improve memory and increase intelligence. The site includes links to various “brain songs” as well as to other experiments and activities.
The National World War II Museum offers an interactive opportunity for educators and learners to discover many fascinating details about the war. Select paths to explore different aspects of the collection. The Darkroom will take students to an area that provides thousands of artifacts from WWII. Sift through a timeline of events leading up to the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Activities, discussion prompts, and lesson plans are all part of this exhaustive resource. Through videoconferencing, schools can even participate in a 50 minute virtual field trip to help identify technological advancements rooted in WWII.
Are your students struggling with addition facts? This learning game is a great interactive way for students to practice such facts. Students are given a number and must select one or more numbers that add up to the given sum. Students play against a countdown timer to see how many facts they can get before the time runs out. Students remain engaged as they compete against the clock.
Learn computer coding through extensive practice with this exciting, specialized computer game. CodeCombat is a web- based fantasy game that teaches players the basics of computer science and computer programming. Players learn the important foundational skills of coding like formal syntax, conditional logic, and variables. The game is set in a fantasy realm in which the player must code to defeat the forces of the marauding ogre hordes. Learn to write a lot of code, and have a great time doing it!
This tool is useful for teaching weather concepts. Adjust the temperatures of tropical and polar air masses and the value of the relative humidity, and then choose which air mass is moving, to see what the effect is on the weather. Students can record their observations as they explore this tool, and try to replicate the weather using different values. Follow-up research can be done to learn why the weather patterns that they observe occur.
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.