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Educational Games and Resources | Fuel the Brain Problem Solving and the New Curriculum What's the point of doing maths? I wonder what answers your class would give to this question. In a research project a few years ago I asked children of all ages what they thought maths was all about, and why they learned it at school. The answers were, in my view, depressing, and I would be prepared to hazard a guess that they would be much the same ten years on. If you ask mathematicians what maths is, they will usually answer something along the lines of ‘the study of patterns’. Ask most children what they think maths is and they will say it’s all about rules which they need to learn, or facts they have to remember. What children should be doing is solving problems, their own as well as those posed by others. So how does problem solving figure in the new National Curriculum which we'll be implementing in autumn 2014? Reading further: 'The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils.....become fluent......reason mathematically..... and can solve problems.' Noah

Exploratorium: the museum of science Top 22 Ways To Use Technology in the Classroom If your state adopted the Common Core State Standards, 75% of you will administer yearly assessments online. If students haven't used online tools or software for classwork, this can be a daunting task. Having computer devices as optional education tools is much different from requiring students to use those devices for graded assessments. This can be intimidating for both students and teachers. The good news: It doesn't take as much time and practice as you might think to prepare for these tests by utilizing technology in the classroom. There are ways to use technology in the classroom that won't take much out of your already-packed day (these were covered in this article, and include ideas like practicing keyboarding and basic tech skills, building up student stamina by using tech academically, and honing tech problem-solving skills). Here, I'll focus on “practicing basic tech skills.” Learning isn’t as one-way as we tend to think. Use it to differentiate teaching. Democratizing App Building Teaching resources for 7-11 year olds Nature's Lights Students will learn how light is essential in order to see things, and how and why animals that live in the dark produce light via bioluminescence so that they can find food and communicate with others. Guess the Pollinator Students will learn that certain animals have preferences for a flower type, colour, shape or smell. Design a Flower Students will learn about what pollination is and how it happens. Brazil and the Amazon - Wildlife Film Script Students will be introduced to the topics of Brazil and the Amazon before using fact sheets to research and write a script for their own wildlife film about an endangered species from the Amazon. Design an Invasive Species Students will learn about invasive non-native species and the negative impacts they can have, looking at examples from the UK. Handling Data: African Animal Maths Students will explore measurement data for a range of species found in the African savannah. Web of Wildlife Turtle Life Cycle Endangered Animal Easter Eggs | Så här tänker vi. Hur tänker du? Your Free Stuff: Handouts, Worksheets, and Coloring Sheets | Science With Me! Get it Now! Your Free Stuff: Handouts, Worksheets, and Coloring Sheets Dear Parent, Thank you so much for your interest in our free handouts and worksheets. You should know that this is just the tip of the iceberg – if you like what you see here, then you’re going to absolutely love our Activities Bundle! Anyway, without further ado, here’s the material. (Bookmark this page, so that you can come back whenever you need!) Printable PDF/JPEG Cartoons All About Air Air is Matter.Air Expands When Heated & Contracts When Cooled.Air Weighs Something.Air Pushes in All Directions.Air Moves.Air Has Volume.Fire Needs Air To Burn.Air Has Pressure – Card,Water & GlassAir Has Pressure – Fountain BottleAir Has Pressure – Hovercraft Science Experiments For Kids How do plants drink? Learn About Laboratory Apparatus Learn About Laboratory Apparatus – Download the Worksheets Learn about the Butterfly Learn About Electricity Learn About the Human Skeleton Learn About The Skeleton – Download the Worksheets inShare0

Keyboarding Sites for Kids While there is a plethora of great keyboarding software out there to buy, there are times when you’d just like to go online for some quick and easy practice. Below are some great sites that will get your fingers flying across the home-row in no time. → Dance Mat Typing Dance Mat Typing, from the BBC, is a great program for beginning typers. There are different levels that focus on specific keys and after each successful level, students are rewarded with a song and dance. → Keybr Quick, basic, and easy to use. → Power Typing PowerTyping is a free online typing tutor for Qwerty – US standard 101 keyboard and Dvorak keyboard. → E-Learning for Kids E-Learning for Kids has a space theme that makes it fun for kids to practice their keyboarding skills. → TyperShark Great graphics, a map, killer sharks attacking you. → Learning Games for Kids 12 different keyboarding games can be found at Learning Games for Kids that are all high-interest and get kids motivated about becoming better typists. → UpBeat

Creating Instagram Video “Book Trailers” With English Language Learners I’ve written a lot in the past, and shared student work, about using Instagram and Vine videos with English Language Learners to learn academic vocabulary. Last week, I shared how I was going to try to do a similar project with my English Language Learners — this time, having them create fifteen second video “book trailers” — in other words, mini-book reviews. In that same post, I shared a number of resources about this idea of “book trailers.” We tried it out today, and it went very well. In fact, our class is teaching other classes how to create them on Friday. I showed my model video (the one at the bottom of this post), and asked students to create a storyboard with five components: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You can see them all at our class blog. Related The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – So Far Another day, another “The Best…” list….. June 17, 2014 In "best of the year" The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps "Vine" & Instagram

Lesson Plans Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans We have hundreds of standards-based lesson plans written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices. Find the perfect one for your classroom. Standard Lessons See All Standard Lessons These lessons are designed to offer three to five classroom sessions with step-by-step instructions. Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change. Standards Every lesson plan on ReadWriteThink has been aligned not only to the IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts but to individual state standards as well.

Mallad matematik – Ibland kan det vara bra att läsa en uppgift högt. Så vem vill läsa den här? En handfull elever lyfter varsin hand. När en pojke läst fortsätter Ewa Spiers att gå igenom de åtta punkter som står tydligt skrivna strax ovanför uppgiften. Mallens fjärde punkt handlar om att plocka ut de tal och begrepp i texten som behövs för att lösa uppgiften. – Genom att låta dem skriva ett svar tidigt måste de ta reda på vad det frågas efter i uppgiften, säger Ewa Spiers. Med hjälp av mallen kan eleverna strukturera problemet och på köpet få en hållbar metod som kan användas till olika uppgifter, förklarar hon. Malligt. I Husby, nordväst om Stockholm, bor nästan 12 000 personer. Hon har jobbat här sedan slutet av 1980-talet och konstaterar att eleverna inte haft några större problem med rena siffertal genom åren. För några år sedan fick Ewa Spiers, som en av två lärare på Husbygårdsskolan, ett erbjudande från Stockholms stad om att gå en fortbildningskurs i genrepedagogik. Avskalning låter obehagligt.

11 Resources for Teaching and Learning About the Forces of Nature After last weekend's visit from Hurricane Irene I have forces of nature on my brain. I guess there is something about seeing a giant tree across your neighbor's yard will do that to you. Therefore, today I assembled a list of some of my favorite resources for teaching and learning about forces of nature. This one is a couple of years old but it is still good. Forces of Nature is a film produced by National Geographic designed to educate students about volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. If you can't acquire the Forces of Nature film (available on Amazon $17.99), you may want to consider a similar film from National Geographic titled Violent Earth. The USGS in partnership with the University of Utah produces the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Shape It Up is one of many good educational games and activities on Kinetic City. Stop Disasters is a game designed for students to learn about natural disasters, disaster prevention, and city design.

Curriculum Integration Toolkit | iEARN USA All projects within iEARN are designed and facilitated by participants to fit their particular curriculum and classroom needs and schedules. There is no single model for iEARN project involvement. Included below are a set of iEARN Project Integration Plans and Success Stories in which iEARN educators and facilitators share their experiences, and provide their tips and suggestions for how to integrate global online project work into in and out-of-school activities. To join these or any other iEARN projects, please visit the iEARN Collaboration Centre. See how iEARN projects align to the Common Core State Standards in the Curriculum Integration Toolkit. Kindred (Family Histories) Project. Finding Solutions to Hunger Project. Connecting Math to Our Lives Project. Good Deeds Project. Solar Cooker Project. Listen to the Walls Talking Project - Oaxacan Street Art. Integration Plans Success Stories A series of examples demonstrating how iEARN projects have impacted teaching and learning.