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Science360: Science of the Summer Olympics: The Biomechanics of Usain Bolt

I’ve worked hard over the years, I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it. Usain Bolt celebrates his birthday today. This video goes in depth what a biomechanical phenomenon the Olympic gold medalist is on the track. Engineers study Bolt’s body: stride, strength, and size in an effort to understand and innovate methods to treat, train, and rehabilitate others to maximize the muscles in the body. Usain Bolt is both a World and Olympic record holder who  has an appreciation for the strength and ability he has been able to develop, “As long as I’m …

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Shakespeare Online: Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

08-20-15

This site provides a detailed analysis of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. It begins with a side-by-side overview of the text, one side in the original language, the other providing a paraphrase of each line. The next section provides more a exhaustive explanation of each portion of the poem, focusing on the various literary devices, particularly allusion, parody, symbolism and comparison. The final section includes a possible explanation to the meaning of the sonnet, including why and how it was written. Because this particular sonnet differs from the traditional Petrarchan sonnet, both its differences and similarities are expounded upon here. A …

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NASA: Signs

08-19-15

Are your students struggling with typing? With technology at the forefront of education, it is important that students know how to type with all their fingers, not just their thumbs. This interactive website allows students to review science vocabulary as well as practice typing. The goal is that students type the word before it leaves the conveyor belt. There are three levels of difficulty that students can choose from so that, as their typing skills increase, they can continue to challenge themselves. View Source:http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sign-here/en/#/review/sign-here/preloader.swf?path=/review/sign-here/signs  

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ReadWriteThink: Timeline Creator Interactive Tool

08-17-15

This super-simple interactive timeline creator from ReadWriteThink allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Depending on the assignment, students can choose to organize their timelines by time of day, date, or event. The tool offers learners the option to add descriptive text labels in addition to images throughout the project. Created with classroom use in mind, this resource allows students to create their own profile to store their work, making project sharing simple and intuitive. View Source: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/  

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National Geographic: Interdependence

08-17-15

The global economy is more interdependent than many people realize. Simple items have materials originating from many sources, affecting workers and the environment in other countries. Have students create their own interdependence map by entering information about their clothes into this interactive, and comparing it to others’ information. They then learn about an MP3 player or a pair of jeans through videos, making decisions about how they are produced and earning badges for their company. At the end, they decide if they approve of what their company represents. A code is available if one must stop the activity early. View …

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History.com: VJ day: Victory over Japan Day

08-14-15

70 years ago on August 14th, 1945 an important event happened in US History. Do you know what it is? It is the date that the Japanese army accepted defeat in World War II. Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) was proclaimed to be on August 15th with President Truman confirming that the Japanese surrendered. To learn more about this special day in history visit this site to find a comprehensive discussion of V-J Day. Learn details and facts about this day in history with information about the war in Pacific, the surrender, related photo and speeches, battle maps, and …

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Opus: Add Rational Numbers

08-13-15

Teachers are always looking for good quality problems.  They spend hours searching the internet looking for a problem that will not only align to the common core standards, but will also challenge their students.  Opus does just this.  On this site teachers can select the common core standard they desire and that will bring up a long list of problems tied to that standard.  Teachers can select the problems they want and add them to their cart.  When done choosing problem, teachers simply create a worksheet with their problems along with an answer key to those problems. View Sources: http://www.opusmath.com/common-core-standards/7.ns.1b-understand-p–q-as-the-number-located-a-distance-q-from-p-in-the …

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News Bias Explored: The Art of Reading the News

08-12-15

Newspapers are supposed to present unbiased information, but the truth is, news articles are often subtly biased. This site explores various techniques that cause bias within news stories, including: Word Choice, Omissions, Limiting Debate, Story Framing, and Sources. Students read information, examples, and comics to learn about each of these techniques. They can also learn about social concerns that influence bias within the news. Finally, they can see these techniqes within news articles and practice their new skills with activities such as Word Choice Buffet, Head-Up Headlines, and Image Bias Activities. Students need to learn to recognize bias in the …

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Science of Music: Accidental Scientist

08-11-15

What is music? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? This site is all about learning about the science of music. Brings music to your ears with online exhibits, films, and questions that explore the science of music. Features include clever activities that lead to writing, mixing, and experimenting with music, videos that explain tuning, stepping (or rhythmic movement), instrument building, and the changes music makes when played in different kinds of spaces, and with entertaining questions and answers that keep things light. Find out the different ways that music is in all of us. View Source: …

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Fact Tracker: Snakes and Other Reptiles

08-10-15

Help your elementary readers love The Magic Treehouse series even more. How? Let them explore Random House Kids’ Fact Checker modules to help them answer their questions about nonfiction topics that are connected to the series. On this particular site, a video segment offers questions and answers related to Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras. Just like the characters Jack and Annie, your students will learn the answers to their questions: Can snakes really be charmed? What reptile has the deadliest venom? What do Komodo dragons eat? and How do you tell alligators and crocodiles apart? This …

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