1 ) The Why Files: The Science Behind the News
- This website features different stories each week that explore the science behind
everyday news stories. In addition to these feature stories, the website also houses
archives of science interactives and "cool science images" that are the perfect
accompaniment to science lessons.
- I found that the best thing about this website is its ease of navigation. The archive
is divided up by subject area and theme so if you would like an article on a specific
subject it is right there at your fingertips. There is also a Classroom Activities Page
that includes some interesting resources from a broad range of topics.
2 ) Harvey's Home Page: SMART Board Lessons
- Harvey's webpage features many great SMART Board lesson templates for
teaching math and includes everything from numeracy and estimation to algebra
and statistics. All of these lesson plans are free to download onto your computer
and are really easy to use!
- There are also lots of fun and useful things to use under the "Utilities" heading
including SMART Board calendars, game spinners, trivia games, character
graphics, time clocks and more!
- This is a great website to explore if you want some more ideas or have just
installed a SMART Board and want to see what you can create.
3 ) Ancient Egypt Review
- If you ever teach about Ancient Civilizations, this website is a good
resource and you don't HAVE to use it as a review! It takes students
through a list of questions that are more than just the basic recall questions
that you often find on many webquests. In addition to questions, there is
also a mapping activity and video clips from National Geographic.
* The website asks students to use "their textbook" as one of their resources
but doesn't specifiy what textbook they used so you would have to read over
the questions beforehand and make sure they are appropriate for the resources
you have been using.
4 ) Crash Course!
- If you haven't already subscribed to the Crash Course! YouTube Channel
you should go do so right now! John and Hank Green have created short
(14 minutes or less, approximately) videos to teach about World History
(John's specialty) and Biology (Hank's specialty). So far there are 81 videos!
- These videos give a breakdown of all of the important information on a topic
through easy-to-understand lecture, videos, images, maps, neat graphics, etc.
I like the fact that these videos explain the how and why and not just "this is
how it is" explanation that you often find on the internet.
- These videos are definitely something that I am going to use in my class as a
review tool or even as an activating strategy!
Happy Monday everyone!