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Science360: Profiles of Scientists and Engineers: Virtual Reality Scientist

mar-16-15

This video is one from a collection on science and engineering careers that are sure to inspire students about possibilities for their futures. The videos profile the careers of young people who are working on amazing projects that can potentially change the world or dramatically improve people’s lives. This particular video looks at a virtual reality scientist who works on creating large 3-D virtual models of nanoscale-size proteins and x-ray images, and on brain research studying a person’s navigational abilities. View source: http://science360.gov/obj/video/e9093c40-852e-4454-876f-12e61ae930c7/profiles-scientists-engineers-virtual-reality-scientist  

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute: The Virtual Neurophysiology Lab

mar-13-15

Looking to enhance your curriculum with a dissection but you don’t have the resources or the time to do a full dissection? This interactive online dissection of a leech allows students to explore the electrical activity of nerve cells. The website contains background information, a scientific notebook, atlas, glossary, and equipment list. Students can begin their lab by learning more about the leech and their nervous system as well as the electrical equipment used to explore nerve cells. The virtual dissection contains two parts with step-by-step directions for the students to follow. In the first part, students will simulate a …

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Scholastic: StudyJams! Math: Multiplication: Distributive Property

mar-12-15

This interactive resource teaches students about the distributive property of multiplication. Students can watch a tutorial, read about common mistake to watch out for, and then attempt practice problems to master the skill. Once they have mastered the distributive property, they can go on to other related StudyJams that will foster their understanding of many aspects of multiplication. View source: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/multiplication-division/distrib-property.htm  

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National Gallery of Art for Kids: The Art Zone

mar-10-15

Are there potential artists in your classroom, just waiting and hoping for inspirations and opportunities to express themselves? The National Gallery of Art has created this impressive gateway to make its vast collections accessible to children. Colorful, fun, and interactive, it has links to an “Art Zone,” where kids can make art online, to downloadable guides for families planning trips to the museum, and to closeup looks at some of the museum’s treasured holdings. View source: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/kids.html  

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International Children’s Digital Library

mar-9-15

Featuring a variety of books from around the globe, International Children’s Digital Library makes children’s classics accessible in many different languages. If you are looking for a way to introduce global themes, this site is your answer! This example features the story of Little Red Riding Hood in English but it can be translated into Italian, Spanish, Farsi, and Persian. When you finish reading “Little Red Ridding[sic] Hood,” click on the Home button to explore hundreds of other choice children’s books from around the world. View source: http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/BookPage?bookid=huslitt_00970004&pnum1=1&twoPage=true&route=text&size=0&fullscreen=false&lang=English&ilang=English  

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Scholastic: Making Connections with Transitional Words

mar-6-15

How does a writer move smoothly from one idea to the next? Transitions! Read through six different sentences to gain a better understanding of how transitions work. Students choose the best transition to connect the ideas and then move it into the correct place in the sentence. After practicing here, students will be ready to try it on their own. Learning to make logical transitions will improve their argumentative writing, as well as any other writing genres they might use. View source: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/writing/persuasiveflash/transitionalwords.htm  

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Wessels Living History Farm: Bank Failures

mar-5-15

We tend to think that the big farming states in the Midwest were harmed most during the Great Depression by the drought that created the Dust Bowl. While that had a major impact on farmers and their economic health, the banking crisis that affected the rest of the country caused as many hardships in states like Nebraska. The bank runs and bank failures of the 1930s are described here, supported by personal interviews with people who experienced the Great Depression.After listening to the interviews about the bank failures, check out some of the other interview to get a real sense …

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Music Theory: Online Lessons, Exercises, and Tools

mar-4-15

Musictheory.net is a terrific reference for music students and teachers! The online lessons begin with an explanation of the music staff, clefs, and ledger lines so students get a solid foundation. By the time the lessons are finished, students will understand and be able to build Neapolitan Chords. Every step of the way, students get a verbal explanation, a pictorial demonstration, and, when appropriate, an auditory example. You might want to use parts of this site to demonstrate elements of music theory in class, or perhaps assign a section to students for review as a study guide. Once you open …

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Sheppard Software: Matching Fractions

mar-3-15

  Match visual pictures of fractions with the given equivalent fractions. This interactive game allows students to play in a relaxed mode or challenge their learning against a timer. Students are sure to have fun all while developing an understanding of equivalent fractions. View source: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/memory_fractions2.swf  

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