Study Jams

studyjams

Study Jams, by Scholastic, is a great site that has a collection of videos and lessons that address math and science content through rich media.  Students will enjoy viewing the clear and colourful animations such as the one below:

 

 

Study Jams is a great site that I will definitely be using in the classrooms I visit.  Depending on where you live, you may just need to check the videos/lessons to make sure that they are relevant to your location.  For example, I was looking through one of the fractions lessons and it was discussing distances in miles rather than kilometres.  Overall though, there are still many valuable resources that will support your curriculum and that your students should enjoy!  :)

 

Earthquake & Tsunami Resources

As with many events in our world, our students watch the news and sometimes struggle to understand how such an event could occur.  The recent Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan has students curious about these natural disasters, and what causes them.  The resources below are a collection of resources to view and use with those students who are eager to find out more: 

Japanese Tsunami Videos

General Earthquakes Resources

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Information

Games and Interactives

Monster Sciences

 

Introducing Monster Sciences! 

 

Whilst wandering around the internet looking for some fun and effective ways to introduce scientific concepts to my class, I found the Monster Sciences website.  For someone like me (who is interested in science, but quite cautious when it comes to scientific experiments – in case I set the room on fire by accident!!), this site gives clear and easy to understand experiments that are then backed up with knowledge in the teacher’s notes.

Everything you find at Monster Sciences was written for teachers by a teacher who understands the challenges of teaching in today’s classroom.  All the experiments are printable, designed to be effective, fun, hands on and are FULLY EXPLAINED in complete Teacher’s Notes.  They use simple, every day items that can easily be brought from home – no fancy expensive equipment required!

 

From the creator of the site:

I’m a teacher and a scientist and I have a passion for teaching science to kids, even really young kids.  Science investigations are a fabulous way for kids to get their brains working – they need to use lots of thinking skills, including observation, logic, reasoning and comparison.  Hands on activities allow them to see the results for themselves, enabling them to construct their own understanding of the way the world works. All that and they are fun too!

There are many fantastic experiments to choose from:

This will definitely be a site I revisit regularly …. I am hoping it will bring out my inner scientist! :)

OLogy – Science Resources

OLogy is a fantastic section of the American Museum of Natural History website that has some great interactive resources and activities to use in your classroom. 

 

Once you choose your “ology” on the left, you will need to scroll down to see what exhibit features are available.  Most include video clips and interactive games along with images and text.  Below is an example of what is available in the Marine biology section:

Enjoy exploring the site! :)

The Periodic Table of Videos

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century – but this modern version, ‘The Periodic Table of Videos‘ from The University of Nottingham, has a short video about each one.

Below is an example of the type of videos that are available.  This video is about the helium element:

 

Students will love exploring this fun and interesting periodic table.  The videos are all hosted on You Tube, so if your school has blocked the site, you may experience some difficulties.  The team at Nottingham University have foreseen that this problem may occur in some education sectors, and have provided the following information to assist you in getting the site working in your school http://www.periodicvideos.com/schools.htm 

 

 

CSI Experience – Forensic Science

Analyze forensic data and test your skills in this online CSI: The Experience game. This educational experience was carefully designed by experts at Rice University to maximize student learning.

Rice University’s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning developed this CSI online web adventure. The Center engages in research, development and consulting on innovative applications of advanced technology for teaching and learning in a variety of settings. The CSI Web Adventure allows the user to experience the science behind the investigations.

Older students (and their teachers) should get a kick out of this interactive site that allows them to explore and take part in the actual science that goes on behind the scenes in a forensics lab.  It is image rich, and easy to navigate.  There are 3 levels to work through, that will test how you apply the knowledge you have learnt along the way.  Overall, it’s a great site that is well worth the visit!

Stop Disasters – Great game with science links

Stop Disasters is a great game from the ISDR.  ISDR stands for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. The Strategy brings many organisations, universities, institutions together for a common objective: reducing the number of dead and injured by disasters triggered by natural hazards.

This is a single player game, but groups of children in a classroom environment can play collaboratively and discuss the best course of action to take. Additional learning material for students and teachers is available in the ‘Information’ section of this web site.

Each scenario takes between 10 and 20 minutes to play, depending on the disaster you are trying to prevent and your skill level. There are five scenarios to play, and each can be played on easy, medium or hard difficulty levels.

The game would be a great link to the Primary Connections Stage 3 | Earth and Beyond | Earthquake explorers Unit.

Major earthquakes cause dramatic changes to the Earth’s surface. Strong earthquakes can affect millions of lives by causing buildings to collapse, destroying roadways and bridges and affecting basic necessities such as electricity and water supply. Fortunately, the majority of earthquakes are barely noticed. It is still not possible to accurately predict where and when an earthquake will happen. However, greater understanding of their causes helps scientists estimate the locations and likelihood of future damaging earthquakes. The Earthquake explorers unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. This unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the causes of earthquakes and how they change the Earth’s surface. Through investigations, students explore earthquake magnitude data from Australia and neighbouring countries, drawing conclusions about patterns in the data.

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