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Writing Bug: Going for the Goal

Jan. 2

Here’s a very short writing lesson from Education World to get your students to think about what they would like to accomplish in the new year.  The writing prompt is clear, and there are some suggestions of what students can consider while composing their essays.  Print out the Writing Bug worksheet to give your students some physical parameters for their writing. An amusing little bug at the top of the page encourages the writer. View source: http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/writing_bug/writingbug109.shtml

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BetterLesson: Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolution?

Dec. 31

Kindergartners have trouble thinking about the end of the day, much less what they might do for the whole year, but this lesson plan might help them think long range.  By using the picture book, Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution, have students think about what it means to make resolutions and why they might be important. The lesson plan is well laid out and very detailed.  Included is writing paper your students can use to write their own resolutions. The lesson could be adapted for use with older students too.  This site requires registration, but it is free. View source: http://betterlesson.com/lesson/563238/have-you-made-your-new-year-s-resolution …

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UNC School of Education: Sale! Sale! Sale!

Doing a lesson on consumer math is a great way to show students the relevancy of what they are learning.  This lesson does not require anything out of the ordinary—just some ads from the newspaper, and other supplies already in the classroom.  The mathematical concepts that are used are knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percentages, as well as knowing how to multiply them.  Help your students become informed consumers by teaching them how to compare prices of similar products which are offered for sale at different places. View source: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3924?ref=search

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Brainteasers and Puzzles: Around the World in 80 Seconds

Dec. 29

It might take you more than 80 seconds to get around the world when you play this game.  It depends on how well you know the flags of different countries, or can figure out the clues that are given.  The clues come in several categories ranging from easy to hard.  It also has two levels of play.  The goal is to answer the questions correctly so you can go on vacation with the little geography professor who is running the game.  When you pick the correct flag, there is a little description of it and what its colors mean.  Hope …

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University of California Museum of Paleontology: Online Exhibits

Dec. 26

Take a tour of the exhibits from the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Enter each exhibit to find so many links that it will take you hours to explore each one.  This is a site to peruse on your winter vacation when you can spend the time necessary to delve into and enjoy every part of it.  Follow the history of life through time, enter the paleontology portal to examine fossils of plants, animals, bacteria, and more found throughout North America.  There are maps to show you important finds, charts of geologic time, and even a …

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Mathematics Articles: 10-Minute Trig

Dec. 24

Here’s a quick review of the basic facts of right-angle trigonometry complete with examples and definitions.  Use the mnemonic, SOHCAHTOA, to remember how to compute the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle.  The equations to find the trigonometric ratios of acute angles are presented.  Review the trig functions of any angle, including special angles.  This site references a much larger site, Trig without Tears, for more review and explanation should you need it. View source: http://www.oakroadsystems.com/math/trig10.htm

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Geology for Kids: Identify Rocks Game

Dec. 23

Here’s a game for all you budding geologists.  You don’t need to have a lot of prior information about rocks to play this game.  Read the clues and select from several types of rocks to see if you can match the clues to the rock.  If you are correct, hurray.  If you are incorrect, the game will tell you, but will also give you the correct answer.  The pointing finger shows you where you are in the game.  After ten rocks, the game ends, but since there are samples of fifteen rocks, just play again. View source: http://www.kidsgeo.com/geology-games/rocks-game.php

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Bozeman Science: Matter: Atoms and Molecules

Dec. 22

Watch a 9 minute video of Paul Andersen, science teacher at Bozeman High School, as he explains matter. He begins with an explanation of matter, and moves on from there.  He talks about elements and mixtures which he explains with chemical formulas.  Learn about the three well-known states of matter, solid, liquid, and gas and how the atoms behave, along with plasma, and Bose-Einstein condensate.  He explains both of these lesser familiar states of matter in a very understandable way.  See how to measure matter directly and indirectly. View source: http://www.bozemanscience.com/matter

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EarthSky: EverythingYou Need to Know: December Solstice 2014

Dec. 19

I guess the first thing you need to know about the December solstice is when it occurs.  This year it will occur on December 21.  Actually it occurs at the same time for every place on earth.  There is a chart that you can use to find out what the exact time is where you live.  See a diagram of the tilt of the earth on the winter solstice and watch the earth rotate showing sunlight on the earth on that day.  This site has many questions that you might wonder about along with the answers, so you won’t have …

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Imperial War Museums: The Christmas Truce

Dec. 18

2014 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  This was a savage, terrible war right from the start.  The troops fighting the war sometimes had different ideas than their commanders, as evidenced by the iconic Christmas truce that occurred all along the Western Front.  On Christmas Eve there was a general cessation of all fighting when the Germans, French, and British soldiers came out of their trenches to greet each other and exchange Christmas greetings.  Listen to this podcast from the Imperial War Museums where veterans of the war talked about the miracle of the truce …

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