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Rolling Eggs This fun activity kept my children occupied for hours, we simply timed eggs rolling down our slide, then wrapped them in different materials to see if that affected their speed. Younger children... Fun Easter Science Experiments We’ve just broken up for the Easter holidays and I have big plans for lots of fun Easter Science Experiments while everyone is off school. Here are some old favourites, new ideas from us and...

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Science Writer - Help with Lab Reports Welcome to CAST Science Writer, the tool that supports students in writing lab and class reports. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students. Check out the supports and help available in Science Writer described below. Or click the "Take a Tour" button above to see how Science Writer works. How children’s brains memorize math facts (study) This is fascinating stuff, but warning, don’t jump to conclusions to fast. But, man, watching how brains evolve while you learn math? New brain-imaging research gives the first evidence drawn from a longitudinal study to explain how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn math facts.

Teaching Science with TOYS / Science Literature Integration Lesson List Balancing the Day Away in Grade 2Blast OffBuoyANT BehaviorCan A Mouse Lift An Elephant?Centripetal ForceChalk FizzChemiluminescenceChemistry Day with Glitter WandsColors, Colors EverywhereCommotion about MotionDo Touch! Collection Of Very Rare Optical Illusion To Hypnotize You Home » Odd Stuff » Collection Of Very Rare Optical Illusion To Hypnotize You Illusions are always mind freaking. An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, colour, size, position, tilt, movement), and cognitive illusions, the result of unconscious inferences. Today we have collected very rare and outstanding examples of optical illusion.

Understanding NGSS — Stem Consortium This MOOC was held in April & May of 2013. However, the modules can be used in a self-paced manner to deepen your understanding of NGSS. A MOOC is an open online "course-like" professional development experience. Secret Worlds: The Universe Within - Interactive Java Tutorial Secret Worlds: The Universe Within View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons. Once the tutorial has completely downloaded, a set of the arrows will appear that allow the user to increase or decrease the view magnitude in Manual mode. Click on the Auto button to return to the Automatic mode.

ABCya's 100 Number Chart Offers a Fun Math Activity for Kids From time to time I like to feature offerings from the sponsors of Free Technology for Teachers. is the longest running sponsor of this blog. ABCya's 100 Number Chart offers a simple online activity for elementary school students. Curriculum - Science / Science & Engineering Practices District Home d Sign In Register Two-fer: Align Existing Assessments to Learn NGSS - CORElaborate Several CORElaborate posts have addressed aspects of the dimensional nature of the Next Generation Science Standards: “OK, I GET IT,” you say. “The NGSS are unique in having three dimensions…But, now what? I’m not sure if those dimensions are supposed to work together or separately. Maybe I don’t really need to do anything different if they’re already happening in my curriculum.” The 2-fer: 3D Understanding + Identifying Adjustments

Science Matters Yah, I know some of us are winding down from schooling for the summer months, but I can’t help but stay on the lookout for resources I know I’m going to be needing again all too soon. I’ve come across some interesting science things of late that I want to check out – perhaps you, too, can find something useful. For your perusal: TenMarks Adds New Free Features for Teachers TenMarks is a service that offers an online mathematics program designed to supplement your in-classroom mathematics instruction. The service allows you to choose from a selection of more than 20,000 practice problems to assign to your students through your TenMarks online classroom. TenMarks has added some new free features for the 2014-2015 school year. The TenMarks teacher dashboard has been updated to provide easier access to your students' performance data.

Resources for K-12 Education Search for a specific keyword or choose a subject to filter by : Science Charles Darwin Links Celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday with these educational web sites, classroom activities and lesson plans. ClassicScienceLife Mr.Q's LabNotes is a free monthly newsletter which provides lessons and insights as to new developments in Mr.Q's world. Free is good. Free is our friend! Check out the Blog of Mr.Q for new ways to supplement the Classic Science curriculum at home! Courses are taught year-round for teachers and homeschool families.

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