Thursday, March 30, 2006

Science Windows to the Universe WOW There's a huge hightlights section which changes as new a better things are introduced to the site. "Stuff to do" has journals, games, tours, and news. Other major links include our planet, our solar system and astronomy & the universe. Then there is a Teacher Resource section HOLY CRAP This is awesome, miles of information, activities, units, lessons, games etc. on everything. Magnetometer is where students can build their own magnetic field to learn about polarity(N. & S. poles) and how magnetic are induced into materials WAY COOL. Create a Tornado HOLY CRAP loads of fun. Takes some prep work and only 20 min. Space weather, missions, myths, history, books, films etc. and if all of this wasn't enough at the bottom of the pages are another ton of enrichment activities. HOLY CRAP what a great site. I know I'll be using this site when I'm teaching. Grade 3 science is my focus, but this could work great for tons of grades and tons of levels of kids. Have fun with this one.

Health This site explores the human body and specifcally the respiratory system. Going over the main topics of air polution, lung health and tobacco. This site is easy to navigate through and involves a small amount of reading. Which might work great in a jigsaw puzzle teaching style. The games are fun, but not downloadable at school unless your an administrator. The site also hits on some common problems and products in most of our homes, and has prevention and safety techniques to help. Should work seemlessly with Grade 3 Health A Healthy Body Unit.

Health The yuckiest site on the internet is an awesome site for kids. When you can talk about barfing belching and blackheads all in the same sentence kids will love it. The resources are huge....tons of crafts, different recipes, cool up to date experiments and more and more activities. X-Terminate is a cool warm up game for kids to have some fun. Gross and cool body goes over the how and why everything happens in your body. Including snot, zits, hiccups, gurgling stomach and lots more. I know I keep sounding like an advertisement for these sites but when there this much fun it won't be hard for the kids to learn and there are a mountain full of enrichment activities. Works great with Sask Ed. Evergreen Curriculum in Grade 3 Health the unit on a healthy body.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

arts and social studies This site relates to the evergreen curriculum through arts education which is understandable without description and through social studies in the grade three heritage unit in "Communities then and now" and "reflected culture". It's an neat site because you can build your own Picasso. Each new one you build you could present the kids with different emotions to show in the picture and then reveiw each of them with the entire class. Showing how some decided how to make their picture look happy or sad or whatever. Cool, fun and can be completed in groups or individually which should work into any bodies lesson plans. Mr. Picasso Head rocks!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

science Very cool webquest. Works in with grade three core unit in science of "the solar system". Some preliminary work to be completed, there are different roles and direct links right off the main page which makes it easy for the kids. Also easy to do, easy to evaluate. And like the other webquest by J Byers she places enrichment actitvities at the bottom of the site. Awesome.

Language arts and science Excellent webquest This site fits in the science curriculum areas specifically the grade three core unit of animals. In this core unit the students consider food chains and webs, both those involving humans and those which exist in natural ecosystems. The conditionss which cause pressures on the animal populations in those ecosystems, and adaptations which help animals survive are indentified. Beauty site and lots of fun with different roles for the students.

Social Studies Great Information on this site with direct references to the evergreen curriculum grade three social studies main themes. Now once again this is a site from the U.S. so some themes may be avoided. For example of the differences our curriculum says social studies main focuses should be social identity, heritage, interdependence, and decision making. There standards are under the headings of cultural, economic, geography, governance, history, and interactions. Slighty different but easy to get around. This site is not going to be as fun as some of my other blogs but there is a boat load of information. And even though the kids may not like it they have to learn something every once and a while. Try "food pyramids" and some of the follow up activities. Try "little bull the producer" and look at "ecosystems" which has once again tons of info. Happy blogging!

Science This site is based on grade three science units, although our curriculum breaks it down as animals, earth, properties of matter and the solar system. This site is based in the states and breaks it down as life sciences, earth sciences and physical sciences, which still covers everything we cover with even some of the optional units involved as well. These links in different subjects are directly teachable units with specific goals in mind. Some could be done as a class with one computer screen projector, for example the "mixed up cells" is a game where you have to figure out if the images are cells from a animal or from a plant, and "virtual photosynthesis experiments" shows how photosynthesis works through set up pages. Just click and go which is awesome. Others can work with small groups or individual students such as "connect to the stars" which is a NASA spacestation site (need I say any more other than COOL) and "cloud types" which lets students study clouds in a variety of different ways and for enrichment there are links at the bottom of this page to tons of cool sites. Including links to games info. on history, space, people and much much more. I know this is starting to sound like an advertisement AND IF U CALL RIGHT NOW U GET A FREE TOASTER!!!!. Just kidding. Anyway you could spend all day here and still not see it all, so take a look.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Language Arts Following the grade three evergreen curriculum by developing and expanding skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The games are easy to follow and don't need constant supervision and there are so many of them that the kids will never get bored. Each has specific skill builders in mind and have a central link page so you can always get back from where you are. Some take a few minutes to load so if your on an older machine be prepared to wait. Anyway try Book Online and Story Pyramid and see what you think.

Mathematics WOW! What a deadly site. This site works directly with the grade three curriculum in math, namely dada management, numbers and operations, geometry, measurement, and problem solving. The site has countless links to games and practices sites in the full range of mathematical topics listed above. Awesome fun and most have varied levels from easy to expert. You could choose a new link each week and still not come close to using them all in a year. Tons of resources and could be used by parents for extra practice from home. Excellent fun

Monday, March 13, 2006

Science Blog A awesome site for kids. It is easy, and free. It works directly with the grade three science unit on Earth. Soils, Soil formation, develpoment, topography and geography are all covered on this site. This goes way beyond cool when you look down at the earth from a satelite of anything and anywhere(I think i'm more excited about this site than the kids will be). The site can give you many different angles and show everything from global positioning, to where to have dinner when your in a different city. So when the kids are on vacation maybe the children could pick where they go for dinner and provide Dad with a map so he doesn't get lost. I think this is cool mainly because my wife is horrible at navigaton and map reading. hahaha I hope she never reads this or I'll be in trouble. Anyway, awesome site, easy to down load, and once again it's free so give it a try and see what you think.