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Planet Bee Foundation - Planet Bee Foundation Programs

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Planet Bee Foundation, a pollinator conservation and science education leader, invites educators and community members to join their "Bees in Science" program. As part of its commitment...more
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Planet Bee Foundation, a pollinator conservation and science education leader, invites educators and community members to join their "Bees in Science" program. As part of its commitment to citizen science, Planet Bee offers engaging community science projects that empower participants to contribute to pollinator conservation and agricultural innovations. Through initiatives like ZomBee Watch, Native Bee Community Science Project, and Pollinator Safari, participants can become citizen scientists, track pollinator health, and support local bee populations. Educators can register their classes for these projects, providing students with hands-on learning experiences that foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and environmental stewardship.

tag(s): citizen science (24), insects (69)

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To engage your students, consider using platforms like Flip, reviewed here or Padlet,reviewed here to create interactive discussions where students can share their observations and findings from citizen science projects like ZomBee Watch or the Native Bee Community Science Project. You can then integrate virtual learning experiences and take students on virtual pollinator safaris, allowing them to explore different ecosystems and observe pollinators in their natural habitats. Many Zoos and other organizations have virtual tours you can use. To extend learning beyond the classroom, collaborate with local environmental organizations and/or collect data on your own and identify pollinators in your area.

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The Rainforest Concern - Rainforestconcern.org

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K to 12
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Transport yourself to the rainforest, the richest and most important environment on the planet! Use the links to find out why the rainforest is important. Become acquainted with the...more
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Transport yourself to the rainforest, the richest and most important environment on the planet! Use the links to find out why the rainforest is important. Become acquainted with the plants and animals that call the rainforest their home. Learn ways that everyone can help the rainforest in the For Children section. In addition, find out how much rainforest is being depleted. Solve the Rainforest Riddle and take a Quiz about the rainforest.

tag(s): animals (280), ecology (100), ecosystems (72), environment (240), medicine (55), natural resources (37), plants (144), rainforests (18), resources (88)

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The Rainforest Concern will make a colorful overview introduction to the rainforest. Learn about its features as a class using an interactive whiteboard or projector. As you read about the various animals or plants, discuss what the animals would sound like or what the plants would hear around them. You could use Listen to nature sounds, fall in Love with the Earth, reviewed here. Create a travel brochure about the rainforest with the information that you find on this site. Expand your research to find more information than found on this site. For example, assign a project to find other rainforest plants with the potential for medicinal use. Find other items from the rainforest that are useful to others (and whose harvest does not destroy the rainforest). Create a pledge campaign, informing others and joining in to reduce the purchase of items that destroy the rainforest. Become a plant or animal from the rainforest and write a short story from that organism's point of view including the interaction with other organisms it would encounter. Use one of the many Digital Storytelling tools, reviewed here. Publish the class stories as "Stories from the Rainforest."

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Citizen Sort - Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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6 to 12
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Participate in science activities through gameplay with Citizen Sort. Play Happy Match to help scientists classify photos while earning points, and Living Links, an AI-generated activity...more
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Participate in science activities through gameplay with Citizen Sort. Play Happy Match to help scientists classify photos while earning points, and Living Links, an AI-generated activity in which participants identify twenty species of animals in Serengeti National Park. Registration isn't required; creating an account allows users to save their game progress. Citizen Sort also offers a third game, Forgotten Island, but it requires Flash, which is no longer supported by current web browsers.

tag(s): animals (280), classification (22), insects (69), plants (144)

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Citizen Sort is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the appropriate science unit on classification. Play together and discuss options for identifying and classifying living things. Use Citizen Sort as a science center on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to the site on your class website or blog for use at home. Have students create an online or printed comic demonstrating lessons learned using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Biomimicry and Packaging Innovation Toolkit - Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

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This free downloadable toolkit uses biomimicry as the foundation to gamify the innovation process by teams and individuals to generate innovative ideas inspired by nature. The toolkit...more
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This free downloadable toolkit uses biomimicry as the foundation to gamify the innovation process by teams and individuals to generate innovative ideas inspired by nature. The toolkit includes a PDF of a brainstorming-in-a-box card deck, concept worksheet, introductory video, and facilitator instructions. Begin with the download button and submit a short form with your name and email address to receive the toolkit materials in zip format. Learn more about the concept of biomimicry by visiting the links to popular articles provided on this site.

tag(s): brainstorming (16), design (83), engineering (119), gifted (65), natural resources (37), problem solving (226), STEM (260)

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Use this resource and the provided materials to learn more about Biomimicry and how this approach has solved technological problems. Share the stories from the brainstorming-in-a-box card deck with your students as informational (and inspirational) reading in the sciences. For example, schools of fish swim through a water vortex that pulls them along with the others. This understanding is being used to design better wind turbines. Look through the Biomimicry Fundamentals ideas to see where you should start with your students. Challenge your students to explore the site for articles they believe are connected to something they have learned this year in your class. Create a wall of pictures and ideas in the classroom of patterns and processes learned in class that ca design inspirationdesign later. Use Flip, reviewed here to add students' video discussions of their ideas to the pictures using QR codes and AR. Learn more about Flip's AR features by searching their blog.

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National Farm to School Network - Tides Center National Farm to School Network

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The Farm to School Network is a resource connecting school communities with local food producers. Visit the link to "learn" to find resources by topic, setting, or type, such as ...more
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The Farm to School Network is a resource connecting school communities with local food producers. Visit the link to "learn" to find resources by topic, setting, or type, such as documents, videos, and webinars. Get involved by visiting the "act" link that shares ways to advocate, celebrate, and network with others. The "connect" link lets users search by state to find programs and resources and state farm-to-school websites.

tag(s): nutrition (134), plants (144)

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Visit this site for information about nutritious foods, local produce, and in-school gardening projects. The Farm to School Network resource center includes several lesson plans that offer opportunities for students to learn about growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Learn more about the many diverse ways to design and support school gardens by visiting School Garden Resources, reviewed here.
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Nova Education - PBS

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Nova Education provides STEM activities and lessons based on the popular PBS series Nova. Information on the site includes articles, videos, and links to external websites. Scroll down...more
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Nova Education provides STEM activities and lessons based on the popular PBS series Nova. Information on the site includes articles, videos, and links to external websites. Scroll down to find filters to sort the content by media types, categories, and newer or older additions. The media types category allows users to find lesson plans, collections, teacher guides, and more. Each lesson plan includes detailed instructions, student handouts, and correlation to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): archeology (25), engineering (119), environment (240), forensics (13), paleontology (28), space (213)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Share the included articles and videos with students to supplement your STEM curriculum. If articles are too difficult for students, use a text leveler tool like the one available at Brisk, reviewed here to match student reading abilities.
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Citizen Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Citizen science is a quickly growing way for regular people to participate in scientific research. Citizen scientists help move science forward by gathering and sharing data, making...more
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Citizen science is a quickly growing way for regular people to participate in scientific research. Citizen scientists help move science forward by gathering and sharing data, making observations, and teaming up with professional scientists. It also opens the scientific process to more people and helps everyone better understand and appreciate scientific discovery. Citizen science offers students many opportunities to participate in hands-on, real-world science projects. Students can observe wildlife, track weather patterns, and identify celestial bodies. Students learn that science is for everyone, not just scientists, as the students develop critical thinking and observation skills. Skim this collection of resources to learn how students can meaningfully contribute to community citizen science projects and activities.

tag(s): citizen science (24), environment (240)

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Share these resources with your students to learn about many citizen science opportunities. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons to encourage students to get involved in citizen science activities.

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Crowdsourcing Science Using Citizen Science in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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What is Citizen Science, and what are some ideas for incorporating it into the classroom? This article from TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series, reviewed...more
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What is Citizen Science, and what are some ideas for incorporating it into the classroom? This article from TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series, reviewed here provides background knowledge and ideas for using citizen science projects to enhance your science curriculum while supporting the greater science community. The activities include learning how to understand the basics of citizen science, suggesting projects that feature counting a bat population, supporting local birds, reporting sea turtle sightings, and more. Additional extension activities provide ideas and essential information on creating a citizen science project.

tag(s): citizen science (24), data (146), inquiry (24), STEM (260)

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Increase student engagement by encouraging students to find and select citizen science projects that help their community and appeal to their interests by voting on a project to participate in. Create a simple survey using Poll Maker, reviewed here for students to vote on a project to become part of. Extend learning by asking students to document learning using science journals. Find many different templates for journals at Slidesmania, reviewed here to download and use with PowerPoint and Google Slides.

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Overheard at National Geographic - National Geographic Partners, LLC

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Overheard at National Geographic shares weekly podcast episodes from 2019-2023 featuring a range of topics related to the world around us. Episodes feature conversations with National...more
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Overheard at National Geographic shares weekly podcast episodes from 2019-2023 featuring a range of topics related to the world around us. Episodes feature conversations with National Geographic photographers, explorers, and scientists with hosts Peter Gwyn and Amy Briggs. Podcasts run from approximately thirty to forty-five minutes and are available on most podcast-hosting platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

tag(s): africa (137), animals (280), anne frank (10), china (62), explorers (64), native americans (91), oceans (146), photography (131), podcasts (72)

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Incorporate relevant podcasts into classroom lessons to enhance learning and engage student interest. For example, have students listen to the podcast of how Anne Frank's Diary survived when reading the Diary of Anne Frank or learning about the holocaust or include A Skeptic's Guide to Loving Bats during your studies of animals. Visit the archive of OK2Ask: Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in the Classroom, reviewed here to learn more about using podcasts to improve students' listening comprehension, build academic vocabulary, and strengthen literacy skills.

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Upschool - Richard Mills and Gavin McCormack

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K to 12
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Upschool provides many free learning opportunities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core of Upschool's content includes a selection of 10-week and short courses...more
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Upschool provides many free learning opportunities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core of Upschool's content includes a selection of 10-week and short courses with topics such as The Solar System and Beyond and The Importance of Mountains. Additional learning opportunities include Social Scenarios, Comprehension Corner, SDG Challenges, and Teacher Training. Upschool also has a library of over one hundred books submitted by authors with a special message to share. Read the books online or download them as a PDF for free. Many of the books also include teaching resources such as task cards.

tag(s): animals (280), antarctica (28), careers (139), climate (80), earth (185), explorers (64), food chains (17), gifted (65), glaciers (17), journalism (72), mountains (10), oceans (146), Online Learning (39), photography (131), planets (111), plants (144), rainforests (18), social and emotional learning (81), solar system (108), sustainability (44), weather (163), writing (315)

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Share Upschools 10-week and short courses with students to complete as individualized learning projects. Encourage gifted students to select courses that meet their interests and develop a personal learning plan based on the content. Each course includes accompanying materials for parents and teachers to support student learning. Use Whiteboard.chat, reviewed here as a collaboration tool for students while taking courses provided on the site. Create a board for each "cohort" to share ideas, ask questions, and add resources. After completing courses, ask students to share their learning through a method of their choosing. Examples might include podcasts shared using Spotify for Podcasters, reviewed here or videos created with Typito, reviewed here.
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CK-12 Plix - CK-12

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Plix (Play, Learn, Interact, and eXplore) shares over 1,000 interactives, providing practice and exploring math and science concepts. Math topics range from adding whole numbers to...more
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Plix (Play, Learn, Interact, and eXplore) shares over 1,000 interactives, providing practice and exploring math and science concepts. Math topics range from adding whole numbers to calculus concepts; science content includes biology, physics, earth, and life science, among others. Follow the directions found in each interactive to move the slider to show changes in each story problem or question. Plix integrates with several learning management systems, including Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas. Share Plix activities by creating a new class on the Plix site or assigning it to your learning management system.

tag(s): angles (51), area (52), atoms (42), charts and graphs (168), data (146), decimals (84), earth (185), earthquakes (44), equations (119), fractions (159), geometric shapes (136), integers (22), latitude (10), magnetism (36), molecules (40), oceans (146), planets (111), plate tectonics (20), prime numbers (26), probability (96), rock cycle (12), rocks (36), scientific method (47), seasons (36), simulations (8), solar system (108), statistics (114), STEM (260), Teacher Utilities (146), volume (34), water (101)

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Use Plix interactives as warm-up activities when teaching new concepts, as a computer center activity, or as an exploration activity for homework. If you are not using a learning management system, use the three dots located on the top bar to find different share options and embed code to use on websites. After providing exploration time, ask students to share their understanding of content in interactives using Flip, reviewed here. Create a topic for students to add a video response that might include a demonstration of their computer screen as they discuss how the interactive works and share their understanding of the concept they explored.

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Class Companion - Class Companion

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9 to 12
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Class Companion offers the power of AI (artificial intelligence) to provide assignments and feedback for written tasks. Import assignments using any of three methods - import a project...more
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Class Companion offers the power of AI (artificial intelligence) to provide assignments and feedback for written tasks. Import assignments using any of three methods - import a project from your device's documents using copy and paste, create a task from scratch, or use an assignment from Class Companion's library. Choose from the essay or short response format. Class Companion analyzes the text and allows teachers to customize options before assigning them to students; options include a selection of rubrics, questions about the piece, and the number of attempts students have to submit a correct response. Students access Class Companion by the provided link shared from your account. As students complete the activities, Class Companion provides feedback on their responses.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (99), assessment (147), differentiation (84), feedback (8), writing (315)

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Take advantage of the tutorials provided by Class Companion to learn how to customize lessons and feedback to engage and motivate students. As you become familiar with using the tools found in this resource, learn how to enhance student learning by providing them with options to dispute the AI feedback, which encourages critical thinking skills. Use Class Companion's built-in feedback tools for AP classes to provide low-stakes and unlimited practice for upcoming exams. Use the reporting tools available on the site to share feedback on student growth with individual students to encourage reflective learning practices.

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Science World - Science World

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Science World takes students on an adventure worldwide to learn science concepts by grade level. The map defaults to lessons for first grade; use the options on the left side ...more
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Science World takes students on an adventure worldwide to learn science concepts by grade level. The map defaults to lessons for first grade; use the options on the left side of the main page or in the title section of the map near the starting point to change to other grade levels, beginning with kindergarten through sixth grade. Each lesson includes animated videos that explain science concepts and interactive activities for students that allow students to collect stars. To find lessons on specific science concepts, use the Open list view on the main page to see all available lessons for each grade level, including themes for each lesson and the location on the map where the activity occurs. Lessons are available in English and Spanish.

tag(s): adaptations (14), animals (280), bacteria (21), cells (80), circuits (20), colors (65), earth (185), electricity (60), energy (130), environment (240), forces (37), habitats (87), human body (93), light (52), magnetism (36), matter (47), moon (70), motion (49), nutrition (134), oceans (146), plants (144), rocks (36), senses (20), solar system (108), stars (65), sun (69), volcanoes (55), water (101), water cycle (22), weather (163)

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Share a link on classroom computers to include Science World in a computer science center activity. As a class, use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create a virtual tour of locations visited during your Science World lessons and activities. Find additional information to share on your maps, including pictures and articles with other information. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here to create links to Science World and other science activities for students to access all resources through one location. Add your chosen activities to Curipod, reviewed here and create an interactive lesson that includes videos, articles, quizzes, and more.

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Superheroes of Science - Purdue University College of Science

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Discover the wonders of science from the experts at Purdue University by tuning in to their podcasts and watching their educational video lessons on YouTube. Visit the podcast channel...more
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Discover the wonders of science from the experts at Purdue University by tuning in to their podcasts and watching their educational video lessons on YouTube. Visit the podcast channel for episodes covering various science topics, including agriculture, space, weather, and more. Superheroes of Science's YouTube Channel includes close to eight hundred videos (with new episodes added weekly) available in several different categories. Visit the channel for science demos and information about the Kids STEM degree program reviewed here, STEM careers, science for kids, and many other topics. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): agriculture (49), engineering (119), friction (9), gravity (42), oceans (146), podcasts (72), rivers (13), solar system (108), sound (74), STEM (260), sun (69), water (101)

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Bookmark and save this site to find engaging science videos and podcasts for virtually any topic. Use the search features found in the Superheroes of Science YouTube channel and podcast page to search for episodes related to your current topic. Share a link to episodes with students to introduce a new topic, as a computer station activity, or as part of a flipped learning lesson. Include videos in lessons created with NearPod, reviewed here and add questions to the videos to enhance student understanding; include short questions in your slide presentation as a formative assessment and a quick option for creating differentiated learning activities. After watching videos and conducting your experiments and lab activities, ask students to create learning videos and podcasts to share with peers demonstrating the science content learned. Buzzsprout, reviewed here is an easy-to-use tool for creating and sharing podcasts, while moovly, reviewed here offers many free resources for creating and sharing engaging videos.

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Propello - NE USA

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6 to 8
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Propello offers a standards-based middle school science curriculum based upon Next Generation Science Standards that includes tools that make it easy to personalize content through...more
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Propello offers a standards-based middle school science curriculum based upon Next Generation Science Standards that includes tools that make it easy to personalize content through engaging tools and materials. Begin by creating a course by choosing from the library of materials that include activities, projects, assessments, and more. Use the drag-and-drop features to customize content to add to a learning path. Share lessons with students easily via Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or with a shared link. Use Propello's formative, summative, and project-based assessments to guide lessons and adjust content as needed. Propello materials include support for all learners, such as translation to over 100 languages using Immersive Reader, leveled readings, text-to-speech features, and visuals. Registration is required using an educator's email address.

tag(s): adaptations (14), animals (280), biodiversity (30), cells (80), chemicals (39), climate (80), climate change (87), conservation (82), differentiation (84), earth (185), ecosystems (72), energy (130), evolution (85), forces (37), genetics (76), light (52), mass (19), matter (47), moon (70), motion (49), natural resources (37), oceans (146), organisms (16), solar system (108), space (213), stars (65), sun (69), Teacher Utilities (146), temperature (35), water cycle (22), weather (163)

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Use Propello's library of materials to supplement your current science curriculum by creating customized learning paths for students. Differentiate content based on student's abilities and interests. Propello's built-in assessments provide real-time feedback on student understanding and use that data to adapt instruction as needed. In addition to sharing activities on this site, engage students in science instruction using interactive simulations such as those found at phET, reviewed here. Instead of administering a paper and pencil test at the end of your teaching unit, enhance student learning by asking them to demonstrate learning by creating videos using Animoto, reviewed here or interactive presentations made with Genially, reviewed here.

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Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens - The Smithsonian Institution

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K to 12
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Find an abundance of games and learning activities for kids and teens at this engaging site from the experts that The Smithsonian Institution provides. Scroll through the homepage to...more
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Find an abundance of games and learning activities for kids and teens at this engaging site from the experts that The Smithsonian Institution provides. Scroll through the homepage to find activities divided into several categories, including Art, History, and Culture activities and collections, Science and Nature, Art, History activities and collections, and an Art Meets Science collection. Activities include webcams, interactive ebooks, and simulations. Many of the included materials are in Spanish; some activities require downloading from the AppStore from Google Play.

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Add Fun Stuff for Kids and Teams to your science and art bookmarks to use across many different content areas. For example, one activity is called Journey Through an Exploded Star; share a link to this interactive with students to explore before introducing lessons on stars and supernovas. Ask students to share their learning and add questions using IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. Create an IdeaBoard with two columns (or more if desired), then share the link with students to share information and questions with peers. Encourage student engagement in animal-related learning by introducing them to the Art Meets Science Collections. Afterward, ask students to create multimedia projects incorporating animals as art to showcase scientific concepts like habitats, conservation, and human interactions. Find many different templates and presentation ideas at Genially, reviewed here.

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The Wonder of Science - Paul Andersen

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Built to support the next generation of science leaders, The Wonder of Science shares many excellent free resources for science teachers of all grades. Information includes linked lessons...more
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Built to support the next generation of science leaders, The Wonder of Science shares many excellent free resources for science teachers of all grades. Information includes linked lessons offered by grade level, standards, and type of activity. Select the resources link to find printable activities, mini-lessons, assessments, planning, implementation, etc. From the home page, select videos to find videos linked by Next Generation Science Standards. A helpful video walkthrough of the site is available on the home page, and it provides a quick look at what is included and how to find resources. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

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This site is a must-have for all science teachers to use to find high-quality lessons and teaching materials. Be sure to visit the Phenomena section to find the Master List of Phenomenon Google Document sharing suggestions for observable science events or find phenomena by grade level. Engage students in learning by sharing videos on this site, then use Edpuzzle, reviewed here to add questions and focus comments to the videos to support student learning. Use the ideas and resources on this site to create flipped and blended learning lessons or to create playlists to encourage student choice of learning activities. Learn more about playlists by viewing the archive of OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning, reviewed here and learn about choice boards at the OK2Ask archive: Choice Boards for Differentiation Part 1, reviewed here.
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K20 Games - University of Oklahoma K20 Center

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K20 Games offers over a dozen games encouraging critical thinking skills through game-based learning. Games place students in the role of decision-makers in real-world situations. Examples...more
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K20 Games offers over a dozen games encouraging critical thinking skills through game-based learning. Games place students in the role of decision-makers in real-world situations. Examples of games include Aware, which puts the student as an emergency manager in a region plagued with emergency disasters, and Paper Trail. This game asks students to consider how to behave in a morally corrupt business community. To access the games as an educator, select the Request Games link and complete the required information to receive an invitation code. Receipt of the code typically takes 24-48 hours. After receiving the code, follow the directions in your email response to create an account. Create a class, then select games to assign to your students. Each selected game includes teaching materials and a sample lesson plan. Share the provided invitation key with students to access and play games.

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Learn more about how to use the K20 game portal by viewing instructional videos provided on the K20 playlist found here. Include financial literacy games in your classroom to engage students in discussing finances, statistics, and decision-making using real-life scenarios. Ask students to compare and contrast their decisions as they play the games, share discussions on Flip, reviewed here, and encourage students to provide feedback to peers on the consequences and benefits of their game decisions. Ask your tech-savvy students to create tutorials for each game using a screen recording tool such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, then share the recordings on your class website for students to use at home and school.

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There is No Planet B- Climate Change and its Impact on the Earth - TeachersFirst

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There is No Planet B - Climate Change and its Impact on the Earth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed...more
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There is No Planet B - Climate Change and its Impact on the Earth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here. This article includes Background Information on discussions and research about climate change that began in the 1800s and continues through current times. The activities include a list of books related to climate change and suggested classroom activities. Also included are suggestions for extension activities, such as using gamification activities to learn about climate change. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): book lists (159), climate (80), climate change (87), earth (185), earth day (60), environment (240), planets (111), STEM (260)

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Use the suggested book list to find ideas for books to share with students in your classroom library. Engage students in learning about climate change by including additional activities at Ted-Ed's Earth School reviewed here. For example, search Earth School for lessons on wildlife adaptations to climate change, how food waste contributes to climate change, and many other engaging lessons. Extend student learning by asking them to research climate change's before and after effects for specific locations, then use Juxtapose reviewed here to create a single image to compare and contrast the two images using a slider bar.
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Purdue University Kids STEM Degree - Purdue University

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Purdue University offers STEM "degrees" for kindergarten through middle school students available for completion individually or as a class. Select a grade level band from the six options...more
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Purdue University offers STEM "degrees" for kindergarten through middle school students available for completion individually or as a class. Select a grade level band from the six options to access the ten videos required. After watching the short videos, complete the accompanying quiz to receive a code. Collect all ten codes and complete the form to request your certificate of completion. Videos cover various STEM topics, such as seasons, fossils, and the environment. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

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Use this site to offer your students STEM "degrees" in several ways. As a class, complete an activity weekly as an introduction and review of science content by including the video as part of a computer center activity. Work together to complete the quiz for each video, then request a certificate to recognize your class's accomplishment. Another option is for students to work toward achieving certifications on their own. Share this site on your class newsletter for students to complete over the summer as an exciting way to engage in science activities and earn a STEM degree. One benefit of having the option to choose from different grade levels is the ability to differentiate learning by offering various courses to students based on their interests and abilities. Some students may choose to earn several degrees in different grade levels. Support and encourage students to pursue STEM degrees by taking pictures of completed degrees and adding them to your class website. Extend learning by asking students to research one of the topics, then share a presentation with peers using Canva Edu, reviewed here. Canva Edu offers many options for creating and personalizing presentations including slides, infographics, and flyers.

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