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Longwood Central School District SMART Board Lessons - Longwood Central School District

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K to 12
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr....more
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr. High, or High School to find the many (MANY) resources). The topics vary greatly and the quantity is impressive. You must have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open these files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Use these if you need a lesson but don't have time to create one from scratch. View the lessons and use them to help you create your own lesson. Click the different tabs to view the different grade levels. Please note that all of these activities require SMART Notebook software (which comes with SMART brand IWBs). Don't have SMART brand IWB's? Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.) If you use a lesson, go to the staff directory under District Information -> Email Directory and send the creator a thank you. Think how great it would be to receive an email from a teacher "out there" thanking YOU for sharing?

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Science Facts - Science Facts, Part of the Cool Facts Network

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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could ...more
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could be spent exploring this easy to navigate site. Most questions found here are about science, but there are some interesting and thought provoking math questions too!

One caution: the comment area is not censored, and there are some comments that are not nice. You may want to use this site as a resource where you as the adult control the amount of information that is shared and seen with the students. Also, this site can be a bit slow to open and does include unobtrusive advertisements in the sidebar.

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Use this site to offer a question related to the day's topic at the beginning of class. Post the question on the interactive whiteboard or projector either in a document or a slide creation tool, and have students think and brainstorm ideas. Challenge students to create and share a concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here). Have students partner with two other students and share ideas and concept maps. Then, have the groups share their ideas with the class. Once ample time has been given for this, teach the lesson on the topic. Some of the questions found here could make great essential questions to focus an entire unit. The nice part is there is a direct answer that you can share with your students at the conclusion of the unit. Have them create their own Q/A for units using this format on a class wiki.

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Motivator - Big Huge Labs

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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as...more
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as well as the type of text to be used. Enter your text and preview the result. Once complete, save to Flickr, your computer, or print. Remember you can use a saved image in PowerPoint shows and on a class wiki, as well as blogs and other sites.
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tag(s): collages (17), images (265), photography (160), posters (36)

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Make sure students are aware of copyright laws. Use this site to encourage proper use of photographs that students have the authorization to use. Model including appropriate photo credits on the posters. Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

Younger students can use this tool together as a whole-class activity or simply enjoy the posters their teacher creates. Have students create a picture about a unit topic with a caption using new terms learned. For example, create posters about predators and prey or classifications of animals. Students can create a poster of a study skill or learning activity that helps them learn. Create a caption that explains how the student learns the best. Every subject area can use this resource to create interesting presentation posters for display or as springboards to talk about what was learned. For example, in Biology, students could create a poster about a cell part with a clever caption about the importance of the job. In Literature or History, students can create posters about the perspectives of others in the story or at that time of history. Rather than a traditional research project, have cooperative learning groups use this site to show their knowledge in any subject area. Ask students to apply concepts such as constitutional rights by illustrating them in poster images with captions. Teachers can create bulletin board images, as well. Have a classroom motivation poster competition to start off the school year! Share the winners on your class wiki or in a PowerPoint presentation at back to school night/open house. As special occasions approach, have students bring in or take a digital picture they can make into a poster as a family gift with their own inspirational saying. Create a portfolio of 6 word stories, utilizing a powerful picture and 6 words to demonstrate the concept that was learned. Assign students the task of placing their project on a blog with a larger explanation of their understanding of the concept used in the picture.

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Explore the Cosmos - The Planetary Society

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6 to 12
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Become part of space exploration via The Planetary Society's activities, the place to go for space enthusiasts. The society's mission is "To inspire the people of Earth to explore...more
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Become part of space exploration via The Planetary Society's activities, the place to go for space enthusiasts. The society's mission is "To inspire the people of Earth to explore other worlds, understand our own, and seek life elsewhere." Although the site is text-heavy, the society offers many ways to engage with the latest space news, images, and experiences related to space and space exploration. The Kids section (see link at the left) explains ways kids can observe and participate in various space activities. The various projects range from working with space images (using free Gimp software) to following blogs and news of various space projects. The content is quite up to date and covers projects rarely reported in mainstream media. Learn about technologies designed specifically for space experiments (see "Innovative technologies"), such as Mars microphones. Of course, there is the usual information about planets, but it goes into greater depth than a typical "About Space" site designed for schools. There is even a Weekly Planetary Radio Trivia Contest. If Carl Sagan is one of the founders, you know the society is serious!

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101), nasa (39), planets (123), space (205)

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Make this site a link on your class web page during a unit on space or all year round. Gifted students and those with a passion for space will find endless discoveries. Include this site as a research source when assigning projects about space or the planets. If you have more able students in upper elementary of middle school, use this site as a differentiated alternative for them to research at a higher level. Inspire students to read in content areas by sharing space-related "current events" articles from this site. These selections would work well on interactive whiteboards for practice using highlighters to find main idea, context clues, and other comprehension skills. If you assign portions of the site to the entire class, you may need to assign "reading buddies" for weaker readers. Challenge students to narrate space image galleries (search for the blog entry on the "New Flickr collection of historical NASA photos") or design and explain their own devices for space exploration on Thinglink, reviewed here.

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Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film - New York Times

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6 to 12
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This slide show with audio commentary chronicles attempts by photographers between 1945 and 1962 to capture atomic explosions on film. While the issue of nuclear proliferation is often...more
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This slide show with audio commentary chronicles attempts by photographers between 1945 and 1962 to capture atomic explosions on film. While the issue of nuclear proliferation is often in the news, tests of atomic bombs are no longer regularly conducted, and students may have little concept of what such an explosion looks like or what impact it has.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), cold war (29), energy (197), world war 2 (142)

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Share this presentation on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students explore on their own (with headsets). Create a class wiki to share their thoughts and reflections on what they saw. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. The 23 photographs in this slideshow are very powerful. Ranging from those that capture the scope and power of the blast itself to a series that show the impact of the blast, students who have not really considered what it means to detonate a nuclear device will find these images sobering. Use the slide show to introduce a lesson on the Cold War, on the end of World War II or on the issue of atomic energy.
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Surfing Scientist - ABC Science

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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file...more
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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Use many of these resources for brain teasers, mind stretchers, or anticipatory sets to initiate class. Encourage students to brainstorm, explain, and even blog their reactions to these resources. Provide time for students to work out the science behind the demonstrations. Consider creating little podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), with students demonstrating end explaining the science to show true understanding.
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2 car collision simulator - mrmont.com

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9 to 12
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Crash two cars safely in this simulation. Change parameters such as mass, velocity, and bumper material. Click "Go" to see the result. View the current velocity after the collision....more
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Crash two cars safely in this simulation. Change parameters such as mass, velocity, and bumper material. Click "Go" to see the result. View the current velocity after the collision.

tag(s): motion (58)

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Use this simple site to investigate velocity, mass, and bumper material on collisions of cars. Use screenshots to make "measurements" of the movement of the cars. Follow with a discussion of forces and laws of motion. Use in conjunction with other lab activities. Research various materials used for bumpers and car parts as well as other safety issues.
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SETI Institute - SETI

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8 to 12
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Looking to excite your students about space and its possibilities for life? Want to push them to think beyond their own imaginations? Try having them listen to a radio program ...more
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Looking to excite your students about space and its possibilities for life? Want to push them to think beyond their own imaginations? Try having them listen to a radio program from SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). For the skeptics, the site is partially sponsored by NASA's Astrobiology division. However, this is not about teaching students that there is life or "aliens" out there, but rather to open their minds to some possibility thinking. Don't miss the "Archives" link where you find mind countless topics of interest.

tag(s): brain (72), cells (102), geology (81)

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Try adding a this link to your website or wiki. Assign students to listen to it on their own time and start an online discussion of extraterrestial life and what it could look like, etc. Create a class wiki for students to share their online discussions. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a topic at this site and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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Explore the Night Sky Simulator - Physic.org

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5 to 12
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Struggling to find a way to teach astronomy during the day in the classroom? This night sky simulator is a great option to assigning star gazing as homework. This way ...more
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Struggling to find a way to teach astronomy during the day in the classroom? This night sky simulator is a great option to assigning star gazing as homework. This way you can ensure that your students are viewing accurate representations of the night sky. The best way to run this in class is to leave the lights off and make the room as dark as possible. The simulation is easy to interact with as it has onscreen instructions. The sky is a simulation of the sky over different parts of the United Kingdom. Of course you will want to ask your students on other continents how it may differ from the sky they see! Note: This site may take more than a few second to load. Be patient.

tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119), space (205)

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Have students use this simulation to discuss points such as light pollution and constellations. Try having students compare three different locations, taking screen shots of each location. Then, have them put the pictures into a single document or slide and have them make comparisons. Have students use an online tool to compare the locations such as the Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Students can hypothesis as to the causes of differences by investigating the geography, climate, and populations of the area that they are observing.
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Homemade Thermometers - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 10
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many ...more
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many time we just expect that they understand these things, just like using a calculator, there is a process to understanding how a thermometer works. This activity has students create their own thermometer with everyday, reusable materials.

tag(s): temperature (29)

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Assemble the materials for this activity. Print basic instructions. Talk to students about liquid expansion and contraction using everyday situations such as water freezing in the sidewalk and creating cracks. Discuss how water is different from most liquids in that most expand as they are heated.

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Adverputt - dampgnat.com

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7 to 12
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Looking for a way to actively engage your students in learning physics? Adverputt is a challenging game website, however with a solid constructive approach, you can turn this activity...more
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Looking for a way to actively engage your students in learning physics? Adverputt is a challenging game website, however with a solid constructive approach, you can turn this activity into an extremely fun and challenging learning experience. One recommendation if you choose to let students use this in class on their own, have them mute the sound or use their ear buds. This site can hold hours of challenging thinking!

tag(s): motion (58), newton (25)

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To use this site constructively and to have students learn through exploration, try introducing the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students look at the course and discuss if and why miniature golf is an application of Newton's laws. Review Newton's laws. Show students how to make different angled shots and different strength of shots. Then, have students discuss how many strokes each hole should take according to Newton's Laws. Have students discuss how they could use the laws to play the best possible game of miniature golf. Once you allow the students to work on this on their own computer, have them take screen shots with jing (reviewed here), and have them type their reasoning for why the shot worked or did not work. Once students have had the chance to work with the program, an independent assignment could be created where students use Google sketchup explained hereor another online drawing program to create holes of their own. With this, have students create three holes one for each law or have them create holes that are impossible according to Newton's laws. Also have students discuss real miniature golf and why the action and reaction situations may be different in real life.
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Wind Power Interactive - Harness the Power of Wind - National Geographic

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6 to 10
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"Harness the Power of Wind" (created by National Geographic) is an interactive tool that allows you to create your own wind farm. This application goes beyond a basic interactive by...more
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"Harness the Power of Wind" (created by National Geographic) is an interactive tool that allows you to create your own wind farm. This application goes beyond a basic interactive by explaining in text the different parts of a wind turbine, the different variables that affect the usefulness of a wind turbine, and it shows diagrams of how those variables affect a turbine. The interactive can be adjusted as it is running so that you can see what small adjustments can make to overall power production. There is also a related National Geographic feature on wind power linked on the bottom of the page. This would make for great pre-reading or follow up materials to using this interactive. This site does include some minor advertisements by National Geographic.

tag(s): energy (197), environment (317)

In the Classroom

This interactive could be used in beginning level physics courses as a homework assignment posted to the class website (or blog) to reinforce the concepts of power and wind energy. Better perhaps, this could be used in environmental science classes about alternative sources of energy. Have students work with the interactive on their own computers, give them time to "play" with the interactive for about 5 minutes. Then, challenge them to create the most power with the least speed of wind or the most power with the smallest turbine radius. Ask students questions such as "Does making the radius of the turbine smaller have a positive or negative affect on power production? Why? How does wind speed affect power production? Is it logical to always have winds at fifty miles per hour? How does altitude affect wind power production? What is an ideal altitude for wind power production?" After discussing these question, have student pose some "why" questions of their own. They can then use a search engine such as Wolfram or even Google to find their own answers to share with the class. Have students share their questions, research, and findings on a class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Sixty symbols - The University of Nottingham

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9 to 12
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Find excellent videos about a variety of physics and astronomy topics with this great site. Choose a symbol and view the video that explains and depicts the meaning of the ...more
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Find excellent videos about a variety of physics and astronomy topics with this great site. Choose a symbol and view the video that explains and depicts the meaning of the symbol. View a variety from total solar eclipse to pressure and vacuums to magnetic susceptibility. Videos are hosted on You Tube. Schools that have this resource blocked will need to ask for it to be unblocked to use in class. Click on planets to view great videos of each of those in our solar system. View information on scientists and the sixty symbols project by clicking on the tabs across the top.

Caution: Be sure to preview the videos before sharing them with your students. Our editors found one that included alcohol in the experiment, all others appeared appropriate.

tag(s): magnetism (35), motion (58)

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The videos are hosted on You Tube. If your district blocks You Tube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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.

Use on a whiteboard or projector for the entire class to see if You Tube is blocked for student but not for teachers. Assign the viewing of a specific video as a homework assignment. Have students take notes on the topic for further discussion in class or to apply the information to laboratory activities or demonstrations in class. Encourage students to follow these clever videos to develop their own videos for teaching concepts to other students in and out of their school. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Chromoscope - Cardiff University

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Use chromoscope to identify what types of materials (stars, etc) are visible at various wavelengths. View the universe through a range of wavelengths from gamma rays to radio waves....more
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Use chromoscope to identify what types of materials (stars, etc) are visible at various wavelengths. View the universe through a range of wavelengths from gamma rays to radio waves. Move the slider in the upper right to change between the different wavelengths. Use the help feature in the lower part of the screen or the quick video tour before you start. Double click on an area of space to zoom in further. Move around the map by using the mouse. Use the "L" key to turn labels on and off. Turning on labels in the Visible spectrum causes a labeling of constellations. View what is visible at each wavelength. Chromoscope uses public domain data sets to create the interface. Chromoscope can be downloaded to your computer and run without being connected to the Internet.

tag(s): light (46), space (205), waves (21)

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Use chromoscope to help students understand more about the science of space and light. Have students determine what they know about the different types of wavelengths presented. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students explore independently. Brainstorm this information and create a mind map (using diagrammr reviewed here) of the information and how they are related to one another. Identify the level of energy and length of the wavelength through these discussions. Many students have some knowledge of each of these wavelengths and can really learn more when they see it pulled together.

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- Lessonopoly: Science of NFL Football - NBC Learn and National Science Foundation

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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on ...more
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on Lessonopoly to hosting on Gooru. Open the folder to view lesson materials and videos. Choose various science topics such as "Vectors," "Nutrition, Hydration, and Health," and "Projectile Motion and Parabolas" to name a few. View a short video of the concept and click the links to other resources that can be used to learn more about that particular topic. Choose to view and print the lesson plans using a printer friendly option or download as a pdf. Find practice worksheets, teacher keys, quizzes, and other activities. Note that NBC Learn's own video site is usually a fee-based, but this particular collection, hosted on Gooru, is free.

tag(s): sports (96), vectors (25)

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Bring science to life with these great resources. Use the video to pique student interest in the topic and use the lesson plans to really understand the concept to apply to other areas. Use the vectors to understand how science and quarterback throws are related. Follow the lesson plan using the video and the activities. Follow up with actual football throws in the school yard. Measure distances and angles to create data to analyze as groups or a class. Consider creating your own video or slidecast of explanations using students as the stars of the show explaining the concept. Invite Math classes to use your data for their understanding of Vectors as well. Brainstorm other sports where this science concept is also used.
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Mindcipher

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3 to 12
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Mindcipher provides riddles and mind puzzles in various subject areas including math, logic, physics, computer science, and lateral thinking. Puzzles are categorized based on easy,...more
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Mindcipher provides riddles and mind puzzles in various subject areas including math, logic, physics, computer science, and lateral thinking. Puzzles are categorized based on easy, hard, most liked, and most commented on. Advertisements can be distracting. May work better as a resource for elementary teachers.

tag(s): problem solving (272), puzzles (208), riddles (15)

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Allow older students to sift through puzzles and identify one they want to solve. Have students present their problem solving strategies to the class by creating an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here that showcases their thinking. Identify puzzles that younger students have the knowledge to solve, and then have them solve the puzzles with a partner. They can then showcase strategies in a glog.

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60-second Science - Scientific American

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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts ...more
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts directly on the site by clicking the play button. Download a single podcast by clicking the "Download" button. Be sure to scroll down the page and look for the section on Podcasts near the lower right. Click the links to view other 60 second podcasts such as "60-second Earth." There are too many topics to mention here. Check it out!

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In the Classroom

Use the 60 second podcasts as an opener in science or any other class. Share the podcasts on your interactive whiteboard or projector with speakers turned up or share them at a listening center using mp3 players. Use to introduce concepts or ideas, how understanding the concepts in the chapter help to understand a bigger problem, or to identify scientific processes. Allow students to choose individual podcasts to listen, research, understand, and present to the class. Consider creating this type of format in your classroom. Students create podcasts of various materials, lab activities, or items of interest which can be shared on a wiki, blog, or other site. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Create a student review system of podcasts (easy when using a blog.) Assess students on their ability to explain through the podcast as well as answer questions about the underlying science afterwards.
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Learn 4 Good - Bridge Building Simulation - Learn 4 Good Networks

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This interactive, bridge building simulation is a hands-on way to learn about not only physics but also cost effective design. There are clear, on screen instructions that students...more
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This interactive, bridge building simulation is a hands-on way to learn about not only physics but also cost effective design. There are clear, on screen instructions that students can easily read and follow. Even better, if they do not read the instructions, they may learn even more by trial and error. It all depends on the instructor's level of comfort and time constraints for purposeful play. There are 8 levels of bridge building and the goal of the simulation is to build a sound bridge that little creatures can safely pass over a large chasm. The little creatures remind one of a little purple cartooned lemmings. The only frustration is that once you click a spot on the screen you are stuck with that decision. If you make the decision and you do not look at it, you have to start all over again to fix it. This takes a plain bridge building lab to the next level by adding technology and allowing for multiple attempts without wasting materials. Another neat feature of this simulation is that you can embed it on your own website.Be aware: there are some advertisements at this site.

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In the Classroom

Use this simulation to reinforce physics concepts. Try it as a virtual lab in science class. Or have students design the blue print in class. Then have them print the screen and use the blue print to build an actual model bridge in class. Embed the simulation on your own website. This takes away the distraction of advertisements. It also directs students to one site rather than following a trail of links (avoiding temptations to click on other "arcade" games).
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Newton's Laws of Motion - School For Champions

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8 to 12
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This site designed by School for Champions is a great introduction to the basics of Physics. One of the neatest features of this site, beyond its straightforward scientific information,...more
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This site designed by School for Champions is a great introduction to the basics of Physics. One of the neatest features of this site, beyond its straightforward scientific information, is that the information can be read to the students. The function is embedded in the site! This would be very helpful for learning support students and other vision impaired students.

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In the Classroom

Use this as an alternative to the textbook. Post the site to the class wiki and have students read or listen as part of homework and answer questions about the information. Even better, have students take the mini quiz at the end of the lessons and post their answers to the wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Green Revolution - National Science Foundation

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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of...more
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of this review topics included: wind, solar, green roofs, microbes, city car, smart grid, and biomass. You are also able to embed videos into a wiki, site, or blog. Click "Print Educator Info" to download a PDF for use with classes. In the future, transcripts will also be available.

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In the Classroom

Use these videos as a great introduction to green energy and replacements to fossil fuels. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After showing a video, have students research the use of the various green energies around the country and the world. Research energy use and especially the difference between residential and commercial demand. Have cooperative learning groups view one of the videos and complete some basic research on the topic. Have the groups create a multimedia presentation to share their findings. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Be sure your students check out the City Car. Research the various types of green designs on cars to find the advantages and disadvantages of each. Great discussions, projects, and research are all possible through use of these videos.
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