Friday, August 30, 2019

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 8/30/19

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Math and Sorcery – free iOS app; “Count Mathula has stolen the mighty book of Math and Sorcery and now it's up to you to bring it back. Train and improve your math skills with Math and Sorcery!Battle enemies and various bosses with math in this turn based math puzzler with RPG elements! With addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, solve the four basic math operations as fast as you can to increase your attack multiplier and cause maximum damage. Attack one or multiple enemies at once, it's up to you how hard the calculations become.”  (L:E;SA:M)

The Civil War – “Animations of key battles of the American Civil War” (L:M,H;SA:SS)

DIY Lake Science – free iPad app; “DIY Lake Science, funded by NSF, allows families and educators to investigate and learn about lakes and other freshwater ecosystems at home, at school, or anywhere you go!” (L:E,M;SA:S)

Why Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall? – “Autumn means leaves are turning different shades of red, orange, and yellow and falling to the ground. But why? Jessi takes you deep inside a leaf to explain! (L:E,M;SA:S)

Why Do Leaves Change Colors? – “This week Reactions is checking out some seasonal science. Why do leaves change color? Spoiler: chemistry. It’s the first day of autumn and the telltale signs are here: Crisp weather, pumpkin spice lattes and most importantly, the leaves are changing colors. Ever wonder why some leaves turn red, others yellow and some just turn brown? It's all down to chlorophyll (more like bore-ophyll!) and the glucose stored inside trees that help reveal the reds, yellows and, less excitingly, browns of fall foliage.” (L:E,M;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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