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Science Writer

Science Writer
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. A Report Structure All parts of a science or lab report are broken into small steps so the author can concentrate on one part of the report at a time. A Process for Writing Science Writer helps you through the process of draft, revise, and edit when writing a science report. Sentence Starters The "Help Me Get Started" button has two functions (1) it divides the writing into smaller sections and (2) provides sentence starters when on the draft screens in the writing process. Checklists Checklists are available when you revise and edit your science report. Journal This is a place in Science Writer where you may write notes, reflect, make comments or questions, or keep track of data. Text to Speech Animated Helpers Related:  Science

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

Insight Maker | Free Simulation and Modeling in Your Browser 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

PhysicsJS" by Well Caffeinated Visit Mobile Site Chrome Experiments Celebrating creative code for the web. Hey! Okay, I'll download Google Chrome I'm willing to risk it Back to All PhysicsJS November 29, 2013 Launch Experiment Or visit on your phone or tablet using Google Chrome. Author: Well Caffeinated Toronto Rate Experiment (26 ratings): From the Author: A set of demos of real-time 2D physics in the browser. Technology: html, css, javascript canvas requireJS (AMD modules) Tags: Not WebGL Gravity Comments By TJ Horner on December 26, 2013 Never thought a physics engine would be possible with JavaScript. Reply to this comment By sethaporn on December 08, 2013 good By Ahmad on November 29, 2013 amazing...................!!! thank uuu for js Add a comment All fields are required to prevent spam.

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.

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

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.

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

Roly-Poly Bugs: Appreciated But Misunderstood - Forest Preserve District of Will County (Photo via Shutterstock) Who hasn't seen a roly-poly bug in the dirt and given it a quick touch to see it form itself into a little ball? That process that has entertained kids — and adults — for generations is a defense mechanism for the bugs, and it has a special name: conglobation, which is a big, fancy word that means "to form into a ball." And while this ability to conglobate may be the most entertaining thing about these tiny critters – and where the term roly-poly comes from – there's much more to them than that. They go by many names Roly-poly is a common nickname for these creatures, but it's certainly not the only name they go by. The official name for these creatures is pillbug. They're not bugs at all That's right, pillbugs aren't insects. They breathe through gills like other crustaceans, but their gills must remain moist even on land. They don't urinate Roly-polies don't urinate because, quite simply, they don't need to. This isn't their only unusual bodily function.

Combine first and last names - Microsoft Support Let's say you want to create a single Full Name column by combining two other columns, First Name and Last Name. To combine first and last names, use the CONCATENATE function or the ampersand (&) operator. Important: In Excel 2016, Excel Mobile, and Excel for the web, this function has been replaced with the CONCAT function. Although the CONCATENATE function is still available for backward compatibility, you should consider using CONCAT from now on. Example Copy the following example to a blank worksheet. Note: To replace the formula with the results, select the cells, and on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy , click Paste , and then click Paste Values. Need more help? You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community or get support in the Answers community.