This project is part of a triptych that collaborates with a classroom unit on animals. The first was another diagram, that one to teach animal characteristics.
This one is a great project that mixes the visual with the written. Students loved collaborating to come up with the animal adaptations. Allow them to take ample time surveying the plethora of amazing animal pictures that represent the adaptations they selected. Overall a popular project that teaches a lot. Easily completed in 30 minutes. (more…)
Schools and kids love field trips, but they take a lot of time, money and extra adult supervision that may or may not be available. Thanks to the internet, there are now alternatives that are only as far away as your technology lab.
Here are some of the best available across the wild web of the internet:
- Smithsonian Museum
- Forest Life
- The Moon via Google Earth
- Mars via Google Earth
- Planet in Action via Google Earth
- Ellis Island
- Eternal Egypt
- A Collection of Virtual Field Trips
- science museums
- Blackwell’s Best Virtual Field Trips
- strife-torn countries
Want a quick tour right now, via YouTube. This is Mars, complements of Google Earth:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjcCF6cIlPw&hl=en&fs=1&]
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
This list covers all sorts of science from nature to geology. Like with the math websites, for my students, occasionally I put a list on the internet start page and let students go there during sponge time (click the link and see what’s up this month, so close to the end of the school year): BTW: Links go bad. Click here for an updated list.
If your third grader has to write a report about landforms, try these websites:
- About Rivers www.42explore.com/rivers.htm
- Biomes/Habitats http://www.allaboutnature.com/biomes/
- Deserts http://www.42explore.com/deserts.htm
- Explore the Colorado http://www.desertusa.com/colorado/explorriver/du_explorrv.html
- Geography Activities—for teachers www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/
- Geography Quiz Game www.quia.com/pop/114591.html
- GeoNet Game www.eduplace.com/geonet/
Every elementary school student learns about landforms–deserts, mountains, oceans–what they are, how they’re different. Here’s a great table to put some of those details onto one page for your students. The best part is they explore Google Images, finding some of the most amazing pictures of landforms you’ve ever seen.
Use MS Word to organize an animal group (reptiles, mammals, amphibians, etc.) and their traits. This project is a favorite with my students, mostly because of the stunning animal picture they get to embed into the background. (more…)