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Science of Everyday Life

URL: http://scienceofeverydaylife.com/ this site is within http://www.discoveryeducation.com

 

What is Science of Everyday life?

This website is packed fun of fun and interactive ways to learn about science. There are sections for teachers, parents and students! Parents can find exciting science experiments to create with the children at home. Students can also access this site and play games and locate science experiments.

 

Educational Uses:

There are a variety of lesson plans and educational videos that you could use to bring science to life in your classroom. The lesson plans are categorized by grade level and include topics such as: oil spill clean up, in the mix, and light and shadow. There are also educational videos that you can use to enhance your lesson so the students obtain a better understanding of specific concepts: soil erosion, and seasons. There are also interactive virtual labs but specific software is required: Internet Explorer 9, Foxfire 6, Chrome 14 or Safari 5.

 

Content Standards:

Standard will vary depending on what you are teaching, and the videos and experiments you are using.

Kindergarten: Yearly weather changes (seasons) are observable patterns in the daily weather changes.

First: This topic focuses on the changes in properties that occur in objects and materials. Changes of position of an object are a result of pushing or pulling.

Second: This topic focuses on air and water as they relate to weather and weather changes that can be observed and measured.

Third: This topic focuses on Earth’s resources. While resources can be living and nonliving, within this strand, the emphasis is on Earth’s nonliving resources, such as water, air, rock, soil and the energy resources they represent.

Science Standards: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Academic-Content-Standards/Science

 

Assessment Tools:

Your assessments will also vary depending on the standard you are using. If you choose to use the lessons within this site then there are assessments listed at the end of each experiment. If you created a different experiment then there are a variety of assessments that you can use to assess the student’s understanding: anecdotal notes or an observation sheet. You could also creat a predictions and observations sheet for the students to fill out during the experiment. This will show you their thinking before and after specific steps within an experiment.

 

The value of Science of Everyday life:

Teachers, parents and students can use this website to find information about experiments to further learn about different concepts and ideas. There are resources for parents to complete science experiments at home and ways to incorporate science into the activities they already do (e.g., visit the park-discover the science around you). This website if free to use and it is very easy to navigate!

 

Resources:

(N.A). (2012). “Science of Everyday Life Logo”. [Image]. Science of Everyday Life. <http://scienceofeverydaylife.com/ >. Retrieved February 25, 2014.

Jeopardy

URL: https://jeopardylabs.com/

 

What is JeopardyLabs?

Jeopardy Labs is an online website that allows you to create jeopardy games for your classroom. There are five different categories that you can create within a specific topic. Within each category you can create five questions that pertain to the category to ask your students.

 

Educational Uses:

 This game can be played who class, within small groups, or individually. The students will be able to read the question, provide and answer, and see the correct answer. You can generate questions that are related to the material that you would like your students to review. You can also adapt the questions to address the developmental level(s) and needs of your students. Since you can create your own jeopardy game you can use information for the content area of your choice! Within this site there are a few Jeopardy games that are available for you to use but they would be suitable for middle school (Energy, History, Physical Geography, and more).

 

Content Standards:

The content standards will vary depending on the information you include in your jeopardy game.

For Example: I want to use this standard to assess the second grader’s understanding of addition and subtraction using numbers 0-50 at the middle of the year:

1.Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

I could create a jeopardy game to include the exact addition and subtraction facts that I want to assess.

Math standards: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Academic-Content-Standards/Mathematics

 

Assessment Tools:

To assess the students understanding during a jeopardy review game I would use anecdotal notes. I would keep track of which students are answering the questions within their group. I would record what facts the students were able to answer and which facts that are not quite secure in understanding just yet.

 

The value of Jeopardy Labs:

It is very easy to create a Jeopardy game on this website. You can create a review game that has all of the content material that the students have previously learned or need to review. You could even use this game as a pre-assessment to a new topic to assess the student’s prior knowledge! You can make the questions authentic for your students and support their developmental needs.

 

Resources:

Johnson, M. (n.d). “Jeopardy Labs Logo”. [Image]. Jeopardy Labs. <https://jeopardylabs.com/>. Retrieved February 25, 2014.

Johnson, M. (n.d). “Jeopardy Board”. [Image]. Jeopardy Labs.  <https://jeopardylabs.com/edit/>. Retrieved February 25, 2014.

Johnson, M. (n.d). “Jeopardy Math Example”. [Image]. Jeopardy Labs.  <https://jeopardylabs.com/edit/>. Retrieved February 25, 2014.

Interactive Sites

URL: http://interactivesites.weebly.com/

 

What is Interactive Sites?

Interactive sites is full of interactive games that students can use to practice skills in certain subject areas. The games are categorized by content area and within each category there are subcategories so you can easily locate what you want to study. The website is very user friendly so the students can navigate the site with ease. All of the games are free and there are not any ads within the site! The games are not categorized by grade level but I would say the games are appropriate for students in k-3 and some games may be suitable to 4-5 graders as well. Within some of the games the students have the option to choose their grade level.