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Some Great Science Sites just Discovered to Utilize in the Classroom or at Home

Science News for Kids

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

Explore: Atoms and Forces, Earth and Sky, Humans and Health, Life, Tech and Math

On this site, they also provide great problem-solving tips too under the “extra” button.

Science for Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

Science topics: Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Space and Weather

This site also lists many fun science experiment ideas.

ACS Chemistry for Life

Science for Kids…Explore student activity books and science teaching guides for grades K–8

USDA Agricultural Research Service~SCI4Kids

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/

Offers news about plants, animals, and other life science issues. Also includes pop quizzes, and pictures. Site is available in Spanish.

 

As teachers, administrators, students and parents are all working on finding the 2012-13 school year groove, we would love to hear about some great sites you have discovered.

When we all come together for the common good, amazing things can happen!

May we all continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Science, Social Studies and Brain Building Sites to Enhance Classroom Instruction

The sites below were given by a 3rd grade teacher at St. Regis Catholic School, when asked what were some sites she utilized in the classroom to enhance instruction.  These sites are user-friendly, age appropriate for a variety of ages and can be used at home too!  Please enjoy and if you have a favorite site that you use within your classroom or at home, please share…together we can make a difference!
Science Links
EARTH SCIENCE
Interactive Weather Maker
Earth’s Physical Features Games
Water Cycle Animation
EPA: Water Cycle Interactive Learning Experience
EPA: Tour a Drinking Water Treatment Plant
LIFE SCIENCE
Kid’s Health: How the Body Works Videos and More!
Ed Heads: Simple Machine Interactive Learning Experience
SPACE / TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE
As the Earth Turns: Causes of Day and Night: Interactive Learning Experience
Earth in Motion: Causes of Seasons: Interactive Learning Experience
Earth’s Revolution Around the Sun and Seasons Interactive Animation
NASA Kids’ Club
Night Sky Observer: Moon Page
Moon Phases Interactive Learning Experience
Star Hopping Guide with Animations: Finding Constellations
Kid Astronomy: Facts about Planets, Moons, and other Objects in Space
Current News and Information on Viewing the Night Sky
Social Studies Links
Information on Michigan’s Native American Tribes
Jamestown Interactive Online Adventure
National Geographic for Kids: On the Trail of Captain John Smith Online Adventure
Information on the Civil War
Interactive Civil War Battle Map
Economics: Lemonade Stand Game
Economics: Coffee Shop Game
Brain Builder Links
Logic Puzzles to Play Online or Print Out!
Educational Videos, Lessons, and Games: Covering all Subject Areas: Grades K-12
Kids Konnect: A Safe Internet Gateway for Kids
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Cool Games for Kids: Searchable by Grade K-8
Games covering a Wide Variety of Subject Areas
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,
Denise

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Making Science Fun with Science Competitions that Promote “Out-of-the-Box” Thinking

Science is FUN!

It is almost January, and educators and parents start the “Science Fair” discussion with children and students.  This year, there are some cool science contests out there and Google Science tops my list.

Regardless if Science was your thing or not, if asked, we all could probably pull forward one science fair memory from the recesses of our minds. Volcano eruptions, eye ball blinks, inertia, plant growth with various musical tunes you name it, science fair time can be an exciting time of discovery or a mad dash to finish a deadline imposed by the ominous science teacher.

The Important Role of the Science Teacher
Given the teacher and they way material is presented, science can be fun! The world of science can open many doors for children. Doors to worlds that can increase awareness of saving our planet, living a healthy life, or even saving a life one day, by creating a cancer-saving cure…imagine. Many children in this country have limitations on travel and are limited to specific environments and economic resources. However, science is that one area where it is “cool” to recycle, utilize imagination and create! Memories of utilizing paper towel and toilet roll holders to demonstrate magnetic pull, keeps bubbling up to remind me that in science, the sky is the limit on creativity and ingenuity.

Science Fair Contests

*Google Science Fair 2012

  1. Children must be 13-18 years old
  2. Individual or groups allowed; groups can consist of two or three teams only
  3. Children “Scientists” must create a Google account and submit a Sign-Up form online
  4. Once confirmation is given, plan, execute and cite results, remembering to follow directions given and complete all sections outlined on the Google Section Submission Site
  5. A two minute video or 20 page slide presentation giving an overview of project are required to enter contest…entries are due by April 4th with submission form

This is a great contest that can allow educators to collaborate from various schools to come together with “Science Teams”, churches and or youth groups to utilize science as a way to spark the imagination of our children and enhancing team building while instilling (hopefully) a love of science.

*International Online Science Contest

The International Online Science Contest website has a wealth of resources for teachers and parents. This site offers a variety of science contest that run all year. Students can visit this site to view other science projects and read judging tips to get an overall appreciation for the “Science Fair” process. Parents can visit site to read and download a Parent Guide that provides step-by-step instructions, parent testimonials and defines the roles of parents throughout the “Science Fair” process. This is a one-stop shop for learning all about Science Fairs and a great resource for classroom teachers as well.

Science Buddies

Science Buddies website is an all encompassing site that provides its reader with a list of various science competitions. Competitions are broken down by grade levels, format, eligibility and if teams are allowed. This is a great site for young people who might be interested at ages eight or nine in science and can watch some “advanced” science fair project videos on various projects to plant a seed for the future. For schools who do not have a “gifted” or advanced science program, this might be the site for you.

“Out of the Box” Teaching

A school, with a very creative, “out of the box” science teacher, could utilize the contest found here or at any of the mentioned websites, and take students who demonstrate an aptitude for science to the next level. Teachers who are looking to collaborate or parents who want to take more of an active role in this process can find science community blogs as well at http://www.sciencebuddies.org to glean insight and support throughout the Science Fair process or to even supplement or increase the love of science in the life of a child.

Science Fair Project Ideas

Happy creating and for additional science fair project ideas, check out the following sites to ignite the imagination:

Imagine if we could ignite the imagination, plant a love of learning for science via writing, creating, utilizing music, labs, nature and utilize all the other multiple intelligences, there is nothing we could not accomplish or overcome.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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From Basic Facts to Fractions…Great Online Learning Math Games for All Learning Styles

BASIC FACTS
A+Math

Online flashcards and games for math practice.

Cool Math Games
Fun math games.

Funbrain.com-Math Baseball

Fun game teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and elementary algebra.

Math Fact Cafe-Flashcards

Online flashcards for the elementary grades.  *** I really like this one!

Math Magician Games

More online flashcards, but in a timed setting and a progress report can be printed when finished.

Factor Game

Play this online version of the “Factor Captor” game in 5th Grade Everyday Mathematics.

F-R-A-C-T-I-O-N-S

AAA Math 

Covers all fraction topics.  NOTE:  I think this is a fabulous site for scaffolding the learning process for all things fractions!

FUNBRAIN-Fresh Baked Fractions

A game for simplifying fractions.

Learning Planet.com-Fraction Frenzy

Use a game to practice matching equivalent fractions.

Visual Fractions

Practice identifying fractions and operating with fractions.  **This is my learning style 🙂

These are some great math sites I found while conducting research this morning.  The fractions sites are SO good, that I had to share.  I hope these sight help make the learning process fun for your math learner!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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Check Out Two Great Sites for Creating Free Apps

We love sharing the good in education, together we can make a difference!

“Like” Unlock the Teacher on Facebook and while your visiting our new page, check out two new sites we found for creating FREE apps.  When we travel into middle and high schools to teach our “How To ePublish for Teens” Workshop, when we talk about Angry Birds and the successful business plan behind it, one of the main questions asked is where can one develop free apps online.  There is a plethora of sites.  We posted two sites on our Facebook page, that provide a detailed step-by-step process. 

For all of the students who read our blog, we thank you and appreciate all your input.  However, please do not utilize any of the free app, free publish websites alone if under 18 years of age.  Have some fun and create with a parent or parent’s approval…be smart and safe!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team 🙂

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