Cloudart on the App Store Opinion: We're living '1984' today Lewis Beale: We live in age where authorities, companies collect information about usHe says after Snowden spying revelations, sales of George Orwell's "1984" spikedHe says elements like "doublethink" and "endless war" have parallels todayBeale: In a modern surveillance state, we're all suspects Editor's note: Lewis Beale writes about culture and film for the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other publications. (CNN) -- It appears that the police now have a device that can read license plates and check if a car is unregistered, uninsured or stolen. We already know that the National Security Agency can dip into your Facebook page and Google searches. So when Edward Snowden -- now cooling his heels in Russia -- revealed the extent to which the NSA is spying on Americans, collecting data on phone calls we make, it's not as if we should have been surprised. Lewis Beale Doublethink -- Orwell's novel defines this as the act of accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct. Bush vs.
Writing in Science S: Study the problem. ("S" the problem.) The first step is to highlight the question. SOLVE problem for 6th grade lesson on density. All Good Slides Are Slippery by Lemony Snicket The poems contained in this children’s poetry portfolio are not made for children. Poetry is like a curvy slide in a playground — an odd object, available to the public — and, as I keep explaining to my local police force, everyone should be able to use it, not just those of a certain age. In general I am suspicious of anything written specifically for children. It is, of course, acceptable to write something to a specific child — “Dear Elizabeth, I have reason to believe this cake is poison, so please leave it alone and I’ll take care of it later” — but things written by someone who is thinking only of children far too often have an unfortunate tone. If you have ever seen an adult hunch over and begin talking to a child in the high-pitched voice of an irritating simpleton, then you know the tone I mean. It is a tone that takes the fun out of everything, even everything fun. Speaking of fun, some time ago I found myself locked in the basement of the Poetry Foundation building.
Trading Card Creator The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject. The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. back to top
Math Book Lists TBA Math in Children's Literature 206K+Save New Update! Dec. 28, 2016My goal is to gradually update this list with new links. You can see which sections have been updated by looking for New! New! Latest Update: March 8, 2014 I try to update the following list of Math Books for Kids on a regular basis. Why Do I Keep Up This List? Linking Children's Literature to Math A few important notes about this list: 1. 2. 3. Addition/Subtraction 12 Ways to Get 11, Eve Merriam *The 329th Friend , Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (lesson)The Action of Subtraction , Brian Cleary Centipede's 100 Shoes , Tony RossEach Orange Had 8 Slices , Paul Giganti (also multiplication)Elevator Magic , Stuart Murphy (subtracting) The Grapes of Math , Greg TangThe King's Commissioners , Aileen Friedman (addition, skip counting) Math Appeal , Greg Tang Math Fables , Greg TangMath For All Seasons , Greg TangMath-terpieces , Greg Tang Monster Math , Anne Miranda (counting)Monster Musical Chairs, Stuart Murphy My Little Sister Ate One Hare , Dr.
Comprehending science text I’m incorporating several strategies this year to help my life science students understand written information. I provide study guides with questions to answer, graphic organizers, and quizzes on the information, but they still don’t seem to comprehend what they read. Do you have any other suggestions? For many of our students, reading science text (a traditional textbook, a print article, or an online source) with its specialized vocabulary can seem like reading another language. Unlike what students might see in their history classes, the topics in science resources are not usually written in a chronological sequence. With all due respect, it seems like you’re doing a lot of the work for them by designing study guides, selecting graphic organizers, and grading quizzes. In my collaborations with a middle level reading specialist, we had students put questions in the margin (or attach on a sticky note) as they read the material. Reading the lines.
Math Games Practice addition and subtraction skills in this fun puzzle game. Select from adding, subtracting or both and choose between a range of 10, 20 or 100. Find the matching cards. Count up the Easter Eggs shown and find the card that shows the same number. Count up the blocks shown in each square. Practice counting skills in this fun online game. Find the matching cards. Practice addition skills with sums up to 100 in this fun puzzle game. It's color by number! Complete the pattern. Look at each picture math equation. Match the analog clocks with the correct time to make an Easter picture. Practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication in this math version of Pacman. Practice addition skills by matching the correct answer to each question. Look at each picture math equation. Practice multiplication skills with factors up to 12 in this fun puzzle game. Connect the dots in order to make a Winter picture. Drag the shapes from the bottom to the picture to make it complete again. Count the pictures.
BioBlog » Mini-posters–>authentic peer review in the classroom Miniposter--Jai Hoyer Background and Rationale: Almost 20 years ago, I was fortunate to be invited to my first Bioquest Workshop at Beloit College. Maura Flannery covered the Bioquest experience in several her columns in the American Biology Teacher. These workshops challenge and inspire you as you work with a number of like-minded biology educators working on the edge of new developments. Making Mini-posters: Putting the miniposter together Over the years, mini-posters have evolved into the following. Implementing Mini-posters: Defending the miniposter For the first mini-poster experience, I give my students as much as a class period to work up a poster after completing an original research investigation. The images are from our UKanTeach Research Methods course first assignment—a weekend research investigation. Here’s a file that illustrates what a miniposter might look like constructed in MS Word. Links to websites for advice on making scientific posters:
Writing Expository Essays Introduction: Upon coming into class, the students would realize that for their morning work they would be required to write at least 5 sentences about their favorite season of the year. These sentences would be written in the students’ writing journals. After completing their morning work, everyone would meet on the carpet to share their sentences aloud with the class. After doing so, I would share some of the sentences that I wrote, which would be about my home being a special place to live in. Group Size: Whole class Learning Objectives: *1) The students will be able to write an expository piece. *2) The students will write an expository essay about their favorite season of the year. Benefits of Diversification: Visual/Spatial: This particular lesson picks up on Visual/Spatial intelligence by having the children view a sample of an expository 4 square graphic organizer in addition to an actual expository essay, to get them familiarized with its’ format. *Applies to all students. Materials:
Ways to Improve Science Literacy in Your Classroom Using Technology Shuana Jordan eLearning Product Manager To help improve the science literacy of your students, enhance your instruction by integrating technology into your classroom. Here are some suggestions you can use to improve science literacy and address some of the key issues you may face in your classroom. Using these techniques could help meet the diverse needs of your students, further student inquiry, and improve student understanding of difficult science topics. Improve science vocabulary To improve science literacy, help students develop their science vocabulary. Use either Web-based flashcard tools or mobile apps for creating flashcards. Build content knowledge Another issue may be improving the students’ ability to build content knowledge by reading informational text. Provide to students the transcripts from science videos. Sharpen communication skills Lastly, students may struggle to demonstrate their understanding of complex science concepts through effective communication. Conclusion
How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists Note: An unabridged version of this article was originally posted on Violent Metaphors, the blog of Dr. Jennifer Raff. This summary has been posted here with permission, but you can view the original here. To form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field. And to be able to distinguish between good and bad interpretations of research, you have to be willing and able to read the primary research literature for yourself. Reading and understanding research papers is a skill that every single doctor and scientist has had to learn during graduate school. Reading a scientific paper is a completely different process from reading an article about science in a blog or newspaper. The type of scientific paper I'm discussing here is referred to as a primary research article. Before you begin reading, take note of the authors and their institutional affiliations. Also take note of the journal in which it's published. 1. 2. 3.