TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 10, 2021
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GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study for the big test! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review. Explore the activities suggested.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomAlthough geared toward middle school students and educators, anyone who teaches weather will want to take the time to explore this site for student and teacher resources. From the top right menu find the Educators section for activities, science fair ideas, and content aligned to standards. Share a link to games and activities on classroom computers and your class website. Upon completing activities, have students create an online or printed comic about an element of weather, climate, meteorology, or any aspect of Earth science. Use a tool such as Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, for a nontech rough and final draft. If you're new to using technology with your students, or teach younger students enhance their learning and augment techology use with ToonyTool, reviewed here, for their final drafts. To to enhance learning and modify tech use in your class for more experienced, older students try Make Beliefs Comix, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): agriculture (43), american revolution (73), civil war (127), climate change (78), cold war (25), demographics (13), earthquakes (44), landforms (37), maps (210), minerals (15), oceans (133), population (47), rocks (36), volcanoes (52), weather (156), world war 1 (63)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lessons offered on GeoInquiries for use in your classroom. Divide students into groups to participate in different activities or use as enrichment for gifted students to complete independently. When finished with your inquiries, enhance srudent learning by challenging students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, demonstrating information learned.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomKeep your students minds wondering with the latest thoughts in science. Use this to create your own, science news events day. Use one of these videos as a center when students are studying a related topic. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomBookmark this site for use during any Earth Science unit. View PowerPoints on your interactive whiteboard with students. Use suggestions from the literacy strategies with any classroom subject and share with student teachers as a resource for lesson planning. Enhance learning and augment technology use in your classroom by having students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomEach resource provides lesson plan ideas including questions and all information needed. Use this resource to uncover trends found in data and look at the statements that can be made about these trends. Students can use their findings to compare and to present models of Earth systems. Students can also debate whether they support or reject present models and conclusions by scientists.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBuild student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Earth Science, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on Earth Science. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse your interactive whiteboard or projector to view videos and images from the site with your class. Use lesson plans provided as additional resources within Earth Science units. Augment technology use in your classroom and enhance learning by having cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Or, challenge students to narrate an image using a site such as Thinklink, reviewed here. Extend learning and transform the use of technology in your classroom by assigning students different portions of the site to review and prepare multimedia projects to share with the class with Sway, reviewed here, or give students a choice of projects to complete with Genial.ly, reviewed here. Both Sway and Genial.ly will allow your students to create multimedia projects.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomUse this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a Science unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the videos and/or karaoke with your students. Have students sing along and learn more about science. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Include a link on your classroom newsletter so that parents can use the site at home with their student. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. View the videos on your interactive whiteboard, print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse the resources on this site to supplement a unit about paleontology, fossils, or dinosaurs. In addition, the resources listed can be used for WebQuests, learning centers, lesson plans & the like! This is an excellent resource for Earth Science teachers.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBring Earth Science into your class no matter what subject you teach. Earth Science has broad applications in almost all sciences and many other subject areas as we are connected to the Earth. Use the information, videos, and pictures to create discussions and inquire about topics in your classroom. Many of the activities in "For Educators and Students" are great for demonstrations and generating interest in phenomenon. For example, use Sinkholes in a Cup to demonstrate how fast removal of groundwater in an area can cause sinkholes. Follow this demonstration with Google Earth, reviewed here, layers that show this phenomenon in various areas of the world or research of where these have occurred. Find videos, large-scale maps, and other resources to share via an interactive whiteboard, wiki, or blog.
Students can create public service announcements about earth science issues to raise awareness and provide learning opportunities to others.
Grades4 to 9
In the ClassroomUse this site to introduce Geology or Earth Science or as a review of concepts previously learned in class. Use the site as a springboard for additional activities such as mapping where most earthquakes occur. Follow up with ways to prepare for earthquakes, design buildings to withstand earthquakes or other important topics. Augment technology use in class by having students work in teams to share various aspects of earthquake knowledge for an audience of people living in an earthquake zone using Padlet, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): amphibians (17), biodiversity (25), brain (53), climate change (78), darwin (11), dinosaurs (37), diseases (69), diversity (33), fossils (38), light (47), mammals (24), natural disasters (15), oceans (133), paleontology (26), poisons (2), space (204), volcanoes (52)
In the ClassroomWhen starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website. Consider allowing students, individuals, pairs, or groups, to explore the Exibitions for areas of interest and enhance their learning by having them create a multimedia presentation for their peers using Gennially, reviewed here. With Gennially students can choose the format of their multimedia product.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): animals (264), biodiversity (25), climate change (78), dinosaurs (37), engineering (110), geology (63), life cycles (20), minerals (15), paleontology (26), plants (136), plate tectonics (20), reptiles (10), rocks (36), volcanoes (52)