Lesson 5: Teaching Directions, Maps, and Coordinates Download Lesson 5 (68KB) Teach your students some basic and more complex directional skills so they can navigate nature and the greater biosphere. This lesson starts with teaching basic directions and mapping techniques, then moves on to taking latitude and longitude coordinates and using global-positioning-system (GPS) units. Lesson Objectives and Materials Objectives Students will understand cardinal directions. practice using maps. learn how to use a compass. use a GPS unit and understand latitude and longitude coordinates. Materials NM data-collection form Field guides or animal fact sheets Compass Compass wheel Different maps Field journals (bound scientific notebooks) A 4-foot-square piece of colored paper Transparent tape Note cards Globe GPS unit Directions and Maps In two parts, teach your students about the cardinal directions and how to use a compass and maps. Follow these steps: Part 1: Directions 1. Where's the Sun? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Part 2: Maps 1. 2. 3. Practical and Assessment
Games for Science Learning and Scientific Discovery Even though more people are recognizing the potential for teaching and learning through video games, there are still plenty of skeptics -- those who see video games as a mindless distraction, as entertainment and not education. But the work of a research center at the University of Washington may be at the forefront of challenging that notion. And this isn't just about how students can benefit from educational gaming either; it's about how scientific discovery can benefit from gamers. That latter element has found UW's Center for Game Science in the news a lot lately, as one of the games it developed has helped lead to a breakthrough in AIDS research. Creative Research Outsourcing The game in question is called Fold.it, an online protein-folding game. Since the game's release, some 100,000 people have played Foldit, most of whom have little or no background in biochemistry. "We wanted to see if human intuition could succeed where automated methods had failed," Dr. A Peek Under the Hood
NatureMapping Activities - Using Maps: Where Are You? Home | About Us | How to Participate | Biodiversity Modules | Projects | Maps | News | Resources 8. Using Maps: Where Are You? Purpose: Students will learn how to locate the Township, Range, and Section, latitude and longitude or UTM of their homes and school. Materials needed: Teacher’s Guide: Explain to students there are three ways of learning how to find a geographic location. NatureMapping requirements are to report Township/Range and Section for a location. A. Find the latitude and longitude of your school by either using a GPS unit or search online for a website. B. UTM is measured by Northings and Eastings calculated in meters. Using your 1:100,000 map find the numbers along the right lower corner that look like this example: 5210000mN = This is the UTM line that is 5,210 kilometers or 5,210,000 meters N (north of the equator). 560000mE = 560,000 meters E of the UTM grid line for Zone 10 in this example. Student Guide » Definitions lat/long - Latitude/Longitude
untitled Lesson Plan& Links We started using GPS and GIS with our 5th-8th grade students during the 2005-2006 school year. I will post new lessons and activities as they are developed. If you have any ideas to share, please e-mail them to me. Need training in GPS & GIS technology? GPS Hide & Seek Students use GPS receivers to mark hiding spots for "treasures" and challenge other teams to find them. Mapping the Refuge During this activity, students use GPS receivers to mark an observation spot at our local wildlife refuge and record data and observations to compare the seasonal changes in our area. GPS Artists During this activity, students use GPS receivers to "write" their initials or draw a simple diagram. GPS Logic Challenge During this activity, students work in groups and use GPS receivers to locate various waypoints in our schoolyard. Mystery Bug Challenge I use this activity at the end of our insect unit. Earth Quest My parter and I developed this activity for our Science Club kids to celebrate Earth Day.
untitled 30 Best Science Websites for Kids (Chosen by Teachers) So many classes are moving to distance learning and science may be one of the harder subjects to master. It’s not easy to tackle biology and chemistry lab experiments from home! These websites will help supplement material in all middle and high school science subjects. Jump to your field of study: Best Science Websites for Teaching Biology HHMI Biointeractive You may be familiar with HHMI’s free movies and posters, they also offer films that are available to stream from the site. Biology Junction If you need a template for lab reports, ideas for your biology club, pacing guides or lessons for biology, Pre-AP Biology, or AP Biology, this is a good place to start. Biology Corner Developed by a high school teacher, Biology Corner includes curated resources from around the web paired with extra practice and presentations and as well as ready-to-use investigations. Virtual Urchin NOVA Labs Best Science Websites for Teaching Chemistry Ward’s Science featuring Ward’s World ChemCollective Bozeman Science
Piczle Lines Blending with Playlists In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. Before getting into the specifics of this post, it is important to flesh out each concept to ensure the efficacy of these shifts in pedagogy. When it comes to personalized learning, the “personal” should be emphasized. Putting all kids in front of a device and having them engaged in an adaptive learning tool all at the same time is not personalized. Here is my take on the strategy: Personalized learning represents a movement from the “what” to the “who” as a means to facilitate student ownership of the learning process. The lofty outcomes listed above can be accomplished using a variety of innovative strategies. See the difference? So what is a playlist exactly? A playlist, an individualized digital assignment chart that students work through at their own pace. First-grade teacher Anna Fisher has also implemented playlists in her classroom along with many of her colleagues.
Why is the Arctic and Antarctica cold? An experiment for kids. - The Hands-On Homeschooler This month, we are doing a unit study of the Antarctica and the Arctic with The Usual Mayhem, No Doubt Learning, Journey 2 Excellence, and Childhood Beckons. This week, we decided to look at why the Arctic and Antarctica are cold. Our inspiration comes from Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Branley. (As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE these “Let’s Read and Find Out Science books”!) The book does a wonderful job of explaining that the earth’s rotation around the sun determines which season we are in. To create your orange “earth”, you pierce an orange with a pencil, draw a line for the equator, and place a thumbtack at your approx. location on the earth. We went into a dark room, and then shined the flashlight on the orange “earth.” Afterwards, the author recommends that you tilt your orange so that the axis was at an angle, and then pictorially demonstrated how the earth’s tilt is the reason we have seasons. Finally, we started to explore the 2 poles – the North Pole and the South Pole.
Outdoor Review Activities and Games - Teaching with Jennifer Findley Reviewing concepts and facts can get tedious in the classroom, but not when you take the activity outside for some fun, friendly competition and sunshine. This post has five fun and active games for outdoor review that get your class moving while reviewing the information they need to know. These activities can be used as competitions to gain points for a class reward, or they can simply be used to have some fun competition while reviewing. Outside Review Activity 1 – Four Square Stand There The materials you will need: Several pieces of sidewalk chalk How to prepare for the activity: Draw four large squares on the ground and label with A, B, C, and D. How your class does this activity:Group your students into 4-6 groups. To make the game more interesting (and to hold the students accountable for not just running to the same square), have the students repeat back the correct answer to gain their point. Outside Review Activity 2 – Chalk Drawing Competition
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Chapter 2—The Themes of Social Studies Standards Main Page Executive Summary Preface Introduction Thematic Strands Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity. Human beings create, learn, share, and adapt to culture. Cultures are dynamic and change over time. Through experience, observation, and reflection, students will identify elements of culture as well as similarities and differences among cultural groups across time and place. In schools, this theme typically appears in units and courses dealing with geography, history, sociology, and anthropology, as well as multicultural topics across the curriculum. Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the past and its legacy. Studying the past makes it possible for us to understand the human story across time. Knowing how to read, reconstruct and interpret the past allows us to answer questions such as: How do we learn about the past?
5 Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem As summer reflections on the past school year turn into aspirations for the next year, it's important to keep in mind the big picture of change in education. Five shifts in how we think about schools and education in general will help to regenerate the learning ecosystem, and will provoke our imagination about new possibilities for teaching and learning. 1. Democratized entrepreneurship will spread an entrepreneurial mindset among learners, educators and communities, accelerating a groundswell of grassroots innovation. Entrepreneurship is no longer reserved for those few with the resources to buffer risk and the social capital to access expertise and guidance. To take advantage of this trend: Begin to cultivate an edupreneurial mindset of experimentation, risk-taking, learning from failure, creative problem-solving, and market awareness in your classroom, and expand it to your school and district. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Atlantis Remixed Transformational play involves the use of virtual worlds to help people learn and grow in a context where they can fail safely. Theory At its core, transformational play is a learning and empowerment philosophy that is grounded in the belief that each one of us is capable of, wants to, and deserves to achieve, great things. Unlike any other form of curriculum, these games offer entire worlds in which learners are central, important participants; a place where the actions of a ten-year old can have significant impact on the world; and a place in which what you know is directly related to what you are able to do and, ultimately, who you become. The theory highlights relations among the three interconnected elements of person with intentionality, content with legitimacy, and context with consequentiality. This stands in sharp contrast to the more traditional positioning of content as facts to be memorized, not as meaningful tools that are necessary for transforming a problematic situation.