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Cosmo Learning - CosmoLearning.com

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6 to 12
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Cosmo Learning aggregates an extensive library of subjects (42 total), courses (thousands to browse), video lectures, documentaries, images, books and other multimedia in dozens of...more
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Cosmo Learning aggregates an extensive library of subjects (42 total), courses (thousands to browse), video lectures, documentaries, images, books and other multimedia in dozens of subjects, all from sources all over the world. Their goal is to be a free online school. Subjects range from Anthropology to Entrepreneurship to Political Studies to Veterinarian Medicine. Find specific content using the search feature. You can also search using links to academic subjects or type of materials such as courses, documentaries, videos, or images. Registration isn't required, but allows you to save and rate features on the site. Be warned: there is a LOT to explore at this site! If your district blocks YouTube, videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): anthropology (11), archeology (32), architecture (83), business (58), engineering (125), environment (317), geology (81), german (64), marine biology (33), medicine (67), paleontology (41), politics (99), psychology (64), religions (61), sociology (22)

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Use materials from Cosmo Learning as part of any unit or lesson plan. Use materials on the site for flipped lessons or share with gifted learners as an enhancement to current course content. Using the flipped classroom format is helpful if YouTube is blocked at your school. Share lessons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Teachers of gifted can share this with their students whose interests fall outside typical school curriculum to encourage independent study or projects. Provide the link to this site on your class wiki or website for students (and families) to access anytime.
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Frontiers for Young Minds - Frontiersin.org

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2 to 10
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This tool is a neuroscience journal that includes articles reviewed by kids! Approved student scientists, ages 8-16, review the articles, and neuroscientists serve as their mentors....more
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This tool is a neuroscience journal that includes articles reviewed by kids! Approved student scientists, ages 8-16, review the articles, and neuroscientists serve as their mentors. The scientific process is followed with young scientists writing their submission specifically for the Frontiers Journal. The article is then peer reviewed. Students and scientists serve as peer reviewers. The process shows how articles are reviewed in major publications and show the scientific process.

tag(s): brain (72), child development (25), human body (120), senses (28)

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Use these articles in Biology or Health class to learn about the brain and factors that affect it. Students will find many articles of interest to them. Articles focus not only on learning, but games, media, emotions, and other activities. Have a bright students looking for a challenge? Encourge him/her to follow the directions to apply as a Young Mind reviewer. Challenge cooperative learning groups to read an article and create an infographic sharing the highlights of what they discovered. Use a tool such as Venngage reviewed here. If you teach gifted science students or would like to offer an advanced option to a gifted student in your regular science class while studying the brain or human body, this journal offers an outstanding opportunity for real world collaboration with scientists and very bright students in other places. Differentiate by going outside school walls! Have your student write an article and/or apply to join the team of young scientists.

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The HistoryMakers - The HistoryMakers

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6 to 12
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The HistoryMakers offers an incredibly rich and deep collection of biographies and oral histories of 2000 African Americans who have made history in their respective fields. The database...more
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The HistoryMakers offers an incredibly rich and deep collection of biographies and oral histories of 2000 African Americans who have made history in their respective fields. The database allows you to search across 15 fields, for example, for "Artmakers," "Educationmakers," or "Sciencemakers." Special Collections curate additional groups of HistoryMakers such as Negro Baseball Players. The Advanced Search tool allows a search by birthplace, occupation, and even something like favorite food. Each entry includes a photograph, a brief biography, some fun facts about the person; some entries also include a video clip of the oral history interview collected as a part of this project. The collection goes far beyond the usual luminaries. There are musicians, scientists, politicians, athletes, artists, doctors, scientists, and more, many of whom are little known and whose lives can seem more accessible than those who are famous. The HistoryMakers deserves to be a resource for biographies of people from all walks of life whose accomplishments can inspire and inform. Access to the full video archives requires a membership fee, but there is plenty of content here at no cost.

tag(s): african american (113), artists (75), biographies (86), black history (59), business (58), heroes (24), medicine (67), politics (99), scientists (68), sports (96)

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Of course The HistoryMakers is ideal as a resource for projects for Black History Month, but this collection goes far beyond the usual luminaries who are often featured during February. Use the Advanced Search feature to compile a list of HistoryMakers from your home state or who attended a nearby school or college. Who among these 2000 has the same favorite color as you do? Who also loves ice cream? Students will find ways to relate directly to many of these HistoryMakers. Include this resource when investigating famous scientists, musicians, etc. in classes other than social studies and at times OTHER than Black History Month! Create an infographic about a HistoryMaker using a tool such as Venngage reviewed here.
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Know Your Body - Brent Barson

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2 to 7
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This simple interactive shows the major organs and functions in the human body systems. Click on a system to see it appear on the human body. Hover over each part ...more
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This simple interactive shows the major organs and functions in the human body systems. Click on a system to see it appear on the human body. Hover over each part of the system to read about its function.

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (120)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Though it is very basic, the information on this site is useful for learning about the human body. Partner weaker readers with someone who can help them with the written explanations. As students look at the various systems of the body, collect questions they generate. Use these questions as starters for research or ideas for further lessons. Encourage students to find interesting facts about the human body to share. Have students create a simple infographic using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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Human Research Program - NASA

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6 to 12
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How does space affect a human body? Use this very specific interactive to answer that question. Learn about the affects (and effects) on Bone, Sensory Motor, Muscle, Cardiovascular,...more
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How does space affect a human body? Use this very specific interactive to answer that question. Learn about the affects (and effects) on Bone, Sensory Motor, Muscle, Cardiovascular, Radiation, Exercise, Sleep Cycle, Food and Nutrition, and Medical Care. Click on each area to read a brief summary. Click on "Background and Evidence" for more information.

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (120), solar system (119), space (205)

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Use this resource when discussing human body systems in a Biology or Health class. Include this site in a resource list for students to find how extreme environments specifically affect human systems. Use this in a Gifted class to connect the material learned in content classes. Have these students explain the scientific principles in relation to the human body during space travel. Challenge students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Texas Law Related Games - Law Focused Education, Inc

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2 to 8
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Texas Law Related Games provides many civics-related games, and many are not specific to Texas laws. Topics include American Symbols, branches of government, Constitution, Bill of Rights,...more
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Texas Law Related Games provides many civics-related games, and many are not specific to Texas laws. Topics include American Symbols, branches of government, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and others. There is a pledge of allegiance that is TEXAS ONLY and one that is U.S. so be sure you click the one you want. There is also an interactive Safety game available in both Spanish and English. Click any game to begin play; most include short instructions. If using an iPad, be sure to choose the link to access game versions that work with iPads. There is a link for teachers to access Lesson Plans and Curriculum in the footer of the page.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), branches of government (48), declaration of independence (13), presidents (130), safety (92), symbols (19)

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Several games require significant reading, so partner weaker and stronger readers if students work independently. Create a link to specific games on classroom computers as a center to use on President's Day, Constitution Day, or any class day studying U.S. Government. If studying your state's laws, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast differences between your state and Texas.
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Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest - Evergreen Packaging

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K to 12
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Enter the Made By Milk Contest (a design and building challenge) for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school or simply to learn. Offered each spring and ...more
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Enter the Made By Milk Contest (a design and building challenge) for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school or simply to learn. Offered each spring and fall, this contest is sure to inspire creativity in all participants. Simple rules make it easy to participate. Create a design using 100 or more milk cartons. Take pictures of the completed project, and include a short essay explaining why your school should win. Be sure to check out the Past Winners page for ideas on what it takes to create a winning entry. (Hint: earn extra points if reward money is to be used for green projects.) Even if you do not want to join in the contest, the challenges offer wonderful STEM projects to try within your school or at home.

tag(s): architecture (83), counting (120), grants (19), STEM (134), structures (24)

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This project is perfect for individual classroom participation, Art Clubs, or after school clubs. Incorporate this project into your math class and have students count the number of cartons used, estimate how many cartons needed, or calculate how long it will take to gather the number of needed cartons. Join in the challenge in conjunction with a science unit on structures or a physics unit at much higher levels. Include as part of your nutrition unit to help students understand the importance of dairy in a healthy diet. Share this information with your PTO/PTA as a possible "makers movement" idea for an evening of fun and learning, even if you never enter the official contest. Let your gifted students (or a school service club) organize and plan a mini-version of the contest within your school, perhaps using the smaller milk cartons from the cafeteria. Make re-using milk cartons a creative event for Earth Day.

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Grow For It - North Carolina 4H

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2 to 12
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Grow For It offers lessons and resources for exploring agriculture, natural resources, and insects! Download several different lessons correlated to Common Core and/or North...more
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Grow For It offers lessons and resources for exploring agriculture, natural resources, and insects! Download several different lessons correlated to Common Core and/or North Carolina Standards. Find teaching materials about gardening, insects, and soil erosion. Some lessons offer additional materials not included as part of teacher training, provided by 4H services. However, free materials include detailed lessons and activities worth exploring. Be sure to explore other links for grant opportunities, weekend projects, and a "Plant Geek Pledge."

tag(s): agriculture (54), ecosystems (88), erosion (17), insects (69), natural resources (59), plants (144), soil (17)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans included on the Grow For It site as part of a plant or nutrition unit. Share ideas from the site with parents interested in helping set up a school or classroom garden. Once you have started your garden, have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Ask a local 4H leader or Coop Extension Agent to come to your classroom to discuss local plants and gardening ideas.

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

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K to 12
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The Farm to School Network is a resource connecting schools and local farms. The goal is to serve healthy school meals and offer food-related lessons and experiences. While not all...more
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The Farm to School Network is a resource connecting schools and local farms. The goal is to serve healthy school meals and offer food-related lessons and experiences. While not all schools have a local farm resource, the network offers short, 20 minute webinars available for free viewing at any time. Choose from archived resources such as School Composting Made Easy with FoodCorps and an Edible Schoolyard Project. Many webinars include slides to download to accompany the presentation. Be sure to sign up for the free newsletter to receive updates with new additions to the site.

tag(s): nutrition (154), plants (144)

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View webinars and share with other teachers or PTO/PTA as a resource for setting up and maintaining a school garden. Present the garden information to your school's Parent Teacher Organization as a possible after-school or supplemental activity. Make a school garden to put science into your students' hands.
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Kids Gardening - National Gardening Association

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3 to 8
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Get involved with gardening throughout the community using ideas from Kids Gardening! Explore news articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and new ideas...more
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Get involved with gardening throughout the community using ideas from Kids Gardening! Explore news articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and new ideas for successful gardening. Choose from the Family Gardening or School Gardening sections for how-to guides, lessons, projects. Learn how to make the most of "gardening moments." Be sure to take some time to explore this site for many useful ideas for indoor and outdoor gardening projects.
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tag(s): grants (19), nutrition (154), plants (144)

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If you aren't lucky enough to have outdoor gardening space, take advantage of ideas offered for indoor gardens such as terrariums and container gardening. Be sure to check out the extensive lesson library to search by theme, standards, season, and more. Use the Growing Poems ideas from the site as part of your poetry or plant unit. After starting your garden project, have students create an annotated image of their plants including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Photocat, reviewed here. Be sure to check out the Grants & Fundraising link for information on raising money for your classroom or school garden!

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CYKE - CYKE

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K to 12
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Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health....more
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Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health. Discover techniques to manage outbursts and emotional meltdowns. Learn about signs that might warn you to seek further help. There is also in-depth information on a range of medical topics. Many conditions are included (ADHD, Bipolar, eating disorders, OCD, substance abuse, Tourette's, and more). Other specific topics include Bullying, Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Grief, Chronic Illness, and more. Also, find interactive stories and games for younger children to explore, at The Land of Cyke. Find videos, a newsletter to subscribe to, a forum for discussion, and more to help support you as your learn how to better help the students in your life.

tag(s): adhd (28), adolescence (11), behavior (46), bullying (52), emotions (35), preK (279)

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Be sure to post this on your website for parents to consult at home. Bookmark this site on your personal computer to use as reference for many emotional health topics, issues, and treatments. There are interactive games for you to use for quiet time activities or rewards (The Land of Cyke) in your Pre-K through 2nd grade classes. Use some of these activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector during class meeting while you are discussing some of these topics in your classroom (such as bullying). Share the site with parents and your school counselor.
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The Florence Nightingale Museum - The Florence Nightingale Museum

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6 to 12
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The Lady With the Lamp, Florence Nightingale, is best known as the inspiration for the International Red Cross. Find out more about her life, and see some of the things ...more
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The Lady With the Lamp, Florence Nightingale, is best known as the inspiration for the International Red Cross. Find out more about her life, and see some of the things she wore. View things that she used in her career as a nurse during the 19th century. There is a searchable collection and a comprehensive biography.

tag(s): biographies (86), heroes (24), medicine (67)

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Florence Nightingale is a favorite subject for biographies, particularly during Women's History Month. The biography and digital artifacts from her life will be useful to students who are researching the impact she made on modern medicine and nursing. Use this research information to create a simple infographic about Nightingale, using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.

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Calorie Gallery - Conjecture Corporation

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6 to 12
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View visual representations of 200 calorie portion sizes of many foods at Calorie Gallery. Click on any image to view nutrition facts about each item along with other interesting information....more
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View visual representations of 200 calorie portion sizes of many foods at Calorie Gallery. Click on any image to view nutrition facts about each item along with other interesting information. Learn calorie density, carb-protein-fat ratio, and various ways to burn off the calories. Add items to the "My Pantry" portion of the site to make side-by-side comparisons of different items. Use the permalink button to share your pantry via email. Note: There is no log-in required. The pantry page explains, "And don't worry, your pantry will be saved for you when you come back!" The pantry collections you make on this site appear to be saved by placing "cookies" (the technical kind, NOT the edible kind!) on the local computer where you make them. This means that the person who opens the site next on that computer will have all your selections showing. Try clearing your web browser's "cache" if you do not want this to happen.

tag(s): calories (9), nutrition (154), obesity (19)

In the Classroom

Use the Calorie Gallery as an excellent addition to any health or nutrition unit. Have students use the site to gather information on all items they eat over the course of a day. Look for healthier options to high calorie foods. Use the meal planner option to create and compare various options for meals. Share this link on your class website for students (and families) to access at home. If your students use the Pantry for an assignment, have them send you the url for their pantry before they quit, and have them clear the cache so the next student cannot "copy their answers."

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Vision - e-learningforkids.org

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3 to 12
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Follow along during a visit to the optometrist to learn why your eyes are the most amazing part of your body. Click on the different parts of the eye to ...more
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Follow along during a visit to the optometrist to learn why your eyes are the most amazing part of your body. Click on the different parts of the eye to learn the function. Choose from options at the bottom of the page such as Yucky Bits or Eye Tests. Shine a torch into the eye to view how light is seen and processed.

tag(s): eyes (6), human body (120), senses (28)

In the Classroom

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during your unit on the five senses, body systems, or light. Have students explore on their own using laptops or other devices (not iOS because this uses Flash). Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here) to create flashcards for the different parts of the eye.
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Engineer a Crop - PBS

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7 to 12
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Concerned about the risks and benefits associated with GMO's (genetically modified organisms)? The use of GMO's is in the news right now: Do we have a right to know what ...more
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Concerned about the risks and benefits associated with GMO's (genetically modified organisms)? The use of GMO's is in the news right now: Do we have a right to know what is in our food? Is it really bad for us? Use this interactive to experiment with developing the best corn plants through selective breeding. Then, use bioengineering manipulation to develop a tomato plant resistant to certain insects. Learn how each method works, compare your success, and end by reading viewpoints about GMOs. Both Flash and html versions of the interactive are available.
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tag(s): evolution (100), genetics (90)

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Be sure to include this interactive when discussing DNA, Genetics, and Genetic Engineering methods. As students question whether GMO's are a good idea, many questions can be answered using the interactive. Be sure to also include links on effects to the environment and address many of the other points discussed in the viewpoints. Create an in class or online debate within your classes in the use of GMO's. Use many of the points used in the interactive, backing up viewpoints with additional research and material learned in class.
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Breakaway - Emergent Media Center

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3 to 10
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Breakaway is an online learning game designed for students ages 8-15 to learn how to deal with real life situations (peer pressure, bullying, and negative stereotypes). Included is...more
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Breakaway is an online learning game designed for students ages 8-15 to learn how to deal with real life situations (peer pressure, bullying, and negative stereotypes). Included is a facilitator's guide which includes learning goals, teaching options, and supplemental activities. Activities provide opportunities for collaboration and group decision making discussions. Learn more at the "About the Game" link. Create a username (email required) to get started with the game.

tag(s): bullying (52), school violence (12)

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Create a link on classroom computers and use as a classroom center. Use the facilitator's guide to choose portions of the game or lessons as applicable in your classroom situation. Choose portions relating to bullying, for example, if that is a problem in your class. Demonstrate how to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this site during your weekly class meeting.
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ParrMr - Mr. Parr

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4 to 9
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Explore this rich collection of clever YouTube videos of songs with on-screen lyrics to learn important science concepts! Be sure to check out some pretty clever songs including The...more
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Explore this rich collection of clever YouTube videos of songs with on-screen lyrics to learn important science concepts! Be sure to check out some pretty clever songs including The Rock Cycle, Chemical Compounds in Cells, and the DNA song. The lyrics to the song are shown below the video on each YouTube page to easily copy and paste for students to follow along. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube. Even if your students roll their eyes at the videos/songs, the concepts (and tunes) will definitely stick in their minds!

tag(s): animals (276), atoms (55), cells (102), climate (92), dna (69), energy (197), human body (120), matter (56), molecules (43), moon (72), motion (58), rock cycle (9), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Play songs on an Interactive Whiteboard or Projector for the entire class. Embed videos on your teacher page for review by students. Use these songs as an introduction to units. After viewing a video, brainstorm to identify words students know or are not familiar with. Copy the lyrics into a document and, as you discuss the material in class, encourage students to annotate the lyrics with notes about the content. Be sure to play the video often throughout the unit to reconnect with material. Challenge your more musical students to team up with a class poet to write your own songs-- for extra credit and extra fun!
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Your Brain Map: 84 Strategies for Accelerated Learning - Open Colleges

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Explore the different portions of the brain and find strategies for improving brain function with this enlightening interactive. Click on any portion of the brain to view its description...more
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Explore the different portions of the brain and find strategies for improving brain function with this enlightening interactive. Click on any portion of the brain to view its description and function. Choose links on the right side of the page to view the limbic system and neuron information. The neuron section includes information about studies and strategies to improve function.

tag(s): body systems (57), brain (72), human body (120)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector. View together to explore and learn about different portions of the brain. Discuss various strategies that are shared at this site. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.

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Howcast - The best how-to videos on the web - Howcast Media

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Howcast is an aggregator of the "best" how-to videos across the Internet. These short, easy to follow videos cover a wide range of topics, including pop-culture. They are created by...more
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Howcast is an aggregator of the "best" how-to videos across the Internet. These short, easy to follow videos cover a wide range of topics, including pop-culture. They are created by HowCast "experts." One very handy feature is the text transcript included with each video (scroll down to see it). Browse through the categories or type a search term into the search box to view available videos. Categories include Fitness, Home, Food, Health, Arts, Tech, and more. Click "Share" on each video page to share via social networking sites or copy the embed code to share the video on a website or blog. The HowCast videos are not simply YouTube searches, so they have different offerings from what you might find there. Not all content at this site is appropriate for the classroom. Please be sure to preview before you share with your students. This is not one that you want students to explore on their own.
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tag(s): business (58), careers (132), computers (94), financial literacy (80), money (193), politics (99), sports (96), video (253)

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The brief video clips on this site make it ideal for use when introducing or researching information. View together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Cue up and pause your video at a point AFTER the opening ad to save class time! Embed onto your class website or blog for students to view at home. Use the transcripts as examples of how-to speeches and have students both read and watch to analyze the details of how to organize such a speech before making their own videos or giving live informational speeches. Bookmark and save for use as How To questions arise throughout the year. For example, if you have a question about using Microsoft Excel, search Howcast to find about 30 videos explaining different tools and tricks within the program. Preview any search results before sharing with the class. Use Howcast videos as examples in any subject area and challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Science of NFL Football - NBC

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5 to 12
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Explore ten videos, each of which focuses on a certain aspect of science used in professional football. From the Pythagorean theorem to vectors to hydration and health, each video selects...more
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Explore ten videos, each of which focuses on a certain aspect of science used in professional football. From the Pythagorean theorem to vectors to hydration and health, each video selects an important aspect of science or math that contributes to successfully playing football. The practical application of these puzzling science and math concepts will surely make this site appeal to students! Don't miss the lesson plans and transcripts available with each video. While this activity is FREE, there are other parts of the NBC Learn site that are not.

tag(s): motion (58), newton (25), nutrition (154), pythagorean theorem (35), sports (96)

In the Classroom

Have students create online posters showing applications of the science or math described using their favorite teams as subjects. Create posters together as a class. Use a site such as Project Poster (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here.
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