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Published: Sat, 20 May 2017 08:04:17 -0700


Improve Your Student's Critical Reading Skills

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:57:53 GMT

Title: ThinkCERCASummary: Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structurePros: High-interest texts can spark classroom discussions, and the critical-reading framework has the potential to foster deep, Common Core-aligned learning.Cons: Further tools for collaboration and differentiation -- such as variable reading levels for each text -- would empower as well as create more opportunities for meaningful learning.Bottom Line: A solid resource for CCSS-aligned [...]

What Were the Duties of a Civil War Nurse?

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:43:40 GMT

Ever wonder what it was like to be a Civil War nurse?  Take a moment and check this site out to look back at experiences of a Civil War nurse. This site is an interactive exhibition that shows personal letters and diaries that document what nurses went through during the war. Explore the differences and similarities between a nurse’s job back then and now through this exhibition. [...]

Mystery Science: Free Science Lessons

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:53:37 GMT

Title: Mystery ScienceSummary: Big questions, kids' curiosity drive thoughtful science curriculumPros: Kids engage in inquiry as they puzzle through scientific phenomena.Cons: Teachers may need to tweak the units to allow for more discussion and class participation.Bottom Line: Powerful science units that capitalize on elementary students’ natural curiosity. [...]

Water in Space Video

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:38:11 GMT

Ever wonder what happens when water interacts in space? We take gravity for granted. Watch Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield soak a wash cloth with water, and then wring it out in space. What happens here will amaze even the most scientific thinkers. [...]

Teaching and Learning U.S. History

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:35:41 GMT

Title: Teachinghistory.orgSummary: Stellar collection of U.S. history content, lesson plans, best practicesPros: Explore tons of topics and a wealth of killer teacher-created content; lessons address tons of critical skills and offer helpful teacher tips.Cons: The amount of resources available could be overwhelming; revisions may be necessary to make the lessons meaningful for specific student groups.Bottom Line: A gold mine for any U.S. history teacher, appropriate for every grad [...]

Google CS First Science

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:25:14 GMT

Title: Google CS FirstSummary: Middle school CS platform offers stellar resources, organizing toolsPros: Fantastic lesson plans, turnkey resources, and club-organization tools make it easy to build a great CS program with little work or prior experience.Cons: Lessons still rely heavily on watching a video and replicating procedures rather than exploring, plus some tricky setup is required.Bottom Line: If your middle school doesn't have a CS program, now you do! It's really that ea [...]

Scrabble Word Finder

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:55:19 GMT

Are you an avid Scrabble fan? Then play a game of Scrabble today with a bit of magic in your pocket! This site offers help with those tricky words by suggesting the best 3 letter words, words ending in ING, crazy consonant words, vowel only words, words with uncommon letters and more. You can even input your tiles from your hand and it will give you the best possible word. Enjoy increasing your vocabulary and beating your classmates in Scrabble! [...]

How Save are Football Helmets?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:44:51 GMT

How save are football helmets? Take a look this week! It's a great chance to study the critical equipment, of football helmets, that protect athletes from injury. Take a look at everything that goes into a football helmet and how chemistry helps keep players safe. [...]

GENIUS: annotate songs, literature, news

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:10:10 GMT

Title: GeniusSummary: Collaborative tool lets kids annotate songs, literature, newsPros: Educator's tools make this sprawling site more approachable; the wide range of offerings expose kids to an array of perspectives.Cons: This self-moderated, mostly user-generated site is bound to have some iffy content outside the teacher-created sections.Bottom Line:Students can collaboratively engage in the process of annotation and analysis with various texts. [...]

What Happens During a Heart Transplant?

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:52:04 GMT

Enter the virtual NOVA operating theatre, where you will be given a scalpel and perform a heart transplant of your own. Yes, the version of the operation has been greatly simplified. Nevertheless, all of the basic steps are outlined in this feature, and by the end of the operation, you will have a pretty good idea of what's involved in taking the heart of one human and making it work in another.  [...]