Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomImmerse your students in your studies with a close-up, in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find the means to motivate your most reluctant learners. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use as a starting point for additional research. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global! For other virtual tours, try Listly Virtual Field Trips, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use throughout the year with lessons on climate change, oceans, explorers, and much more. As an end of the year project, allow students to choose their area of interest from this showcase. Then, have students watch videos, and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. In language arts, during a study of heroes, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of Heroes of Google Earth against cartoon heroes.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomShare information from this blog with students as part of any plant or animal unit, or as you explore the sun as part of our solar system. Have students dig deeper into the sun's influence on animals, then have them create their own simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home. Include STEM career information with any career exploration unit. After completing STEM activities, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, to share their results and learning process.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomScience in the Classroom is a must-add to any high school classroom. View articles together on your interactive whiteboard as you add highlighted annotations to focus on the content. Alternatively, print a copy of the article and have students add highlights to compare to the site's highlighted portions. Be sure to help weaker readers and ESL/ELL students by sharing the vocabulary words before reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard or screen and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Flip learning by having students read an article before coming to class, ask them to prepare questions they have for when they return to class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review important vocabulary or content from any article.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geographic features on a projector or interactive whiteboard. After sharing, allow students to explore on their own. Share the locations using Google Earth, reviewed here, and have students add placeholders and information about each site.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomUse Brains On! for your students to listen to in classroom centers. Use for curious students to explore subjects you do not always teach, such as biology, chemistry, or even all about hair! Watch together on your interactive whiteboard (don't forget to share the extras!). Use the podcasts as a model when studying other subjects, giving students structure and ideas for making their own podcasts. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of any concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
tag(s): agriculture (57), arctic (47), birds (52), dinosaurs (51), environment (320), fish (25), fossils (44), human body (133), insects (76), mammals (33), minerals (17), paleontology (38), plants (178), rocks (52), solar system (125), space (235), volcanoes (65)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many free resources on this site to use in your classroom. Watch webcasts together on an interactive whiteboard, or have students view at home and bring their questions and comments to class. Use this site for enrichment for gifted learners to dig deeper into science concepts. Redefine learning by challenging cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos using a tool like moovly, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Or achieve the same learning goals by having students make a multimedia presentation demonstrating science concepts using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, web links, and more.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): advanced placement (24), animals (327), atoms (55), body systems (60), chemicals (52), ecosystems (90), elements (39), energy (213), evolution (106), human body (133), OER (31), planets (139), plants (178), plate tectonics (22), pollution (67), population (64), rock cycle (14), solar energy (40), solar system (125), stars (71), weather (210)
In the ClassroomBe sure to take advantage of this extensive collection of videos in any upper-level science classroom. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Embed a video onto your website to use for flipped lessons - have students watch the video before coming to class to participate in additional learning activities. View the Educational video portion of the site to find teaching ideas for your classroom. Use this site as a model, then ask students to create video explanations using a tool such as moovly, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomEncourage students to explore this tool with a focus on a specific area or country. Have them create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Have students create commercials with their ideas for saving the forests using a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomEven if you don't teach science, you and your students will love this magazine because of the beautiful images shared! Use bioGraphic for informational reading in your Language Arts classroom. Include a link on classroom computers for students to read on their own. In science class share bioGraphic articles as a starting point for any unit on animals, for social studies, use bioGraphic to learn more about places around the world and the people that live there. Have cooperative learning groups create online books about information learned on this site using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Don't forget to subscribe to bioGraphic to receive updates as new articles are added to the magazine.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): agriculture (57), architecture (83), commoncore (94), density (25), energy (213), forces (48), friction (13), gravity (52), heart (41), human body (133), magnetism (41), matter (65), motion (70), plants (178), simple machines (32), sound (106)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many free lesson plans offered at Design Challenge Learning to teach science concepts. Create a class wiki with additional resources for experimenting with science. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here, and then post them on the wiki or on your class web page.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans and interactives. This site is excellent for enrichment; consider using the lessons with gifted students for independent learning or as project ideas for math and science fairs. Enhance classroom technology use and challenge students to make a multimedia presentation demonstrating ideas from this site using Sway, reviewed here. Sway creates unique multimedia projects using text, images, and media. Change the look of your Sway using the Mood and Remix tools to change the color palette, layout, and fonts. Challenge students to find photos or diagrams about what they learned (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate and annotate the photo with essential information. Use a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. With Thinglink, students can also add videos and links to help explain what certain parts of the image are about. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): animal homes (68), animals (327), architecture (83), bridges (12), circuits (20), counting (109), electricity (92), engineering (131), erosion (19), geometric shapes (173), habitats (115), insects (76), makerspace (32), pyramids (28), simple machines (32), solar energy (40), STEM (218), water (141)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many free lesson plans and activities to incorporate STEM activities and Maker projects into your classroom. Ask a parent volunteer, local contractor, or naturalist to come in and help with activities. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce the class to the most current hurricanes forming with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge students to find similar hurricanes from the past and ask them to make a prediction about the current one. Have them prove their predictions using a tool like the interactive Venn Diagram Three Circle,reviewed here, or the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans available on Emoji Science. Enjoy exploring the site with students on an interactive whiteboard or allow them to explore on their own. Use this site to introduce science concepts in an entertaining way. At the end of your unit, have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Have students create a multimedia presentation of science topics using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomFlip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit, (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as View Pure, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the View Pure page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.
GradesK to 7
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