21st century skills

Tag Galaxy Weather Studies

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Tag Galaxy Weather Studies

At this time of year, weather is the perfect multidisciplinary study. Weather is on everyone’s minds, whether you’re facing winter storms or signs of spring. There are perfect literature options like mythology about weather gods or parables and poems about the wind, plenty of science topics connect with weather and each one brings in math, and weather phenomena have inspired music, too. Here’s a lesson that makes a great introduction to any unit on weather. Visit Tag Galaxy to begin. You’ll have a place to type in your first word: weather. Soon you’ll see a...

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Holiday Tech Lessons

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Holiday Tech Lessons

  Bring some holiday spirit to your classroom with these fun tech lessons! Google’s Santa Tracker Google’s Santa Tracker has a game for every day till Christmas. Students can choose the clothing colors for Santa’s elves, share a texting conversation between Santa and his reindeer, prepare and send a phone message from Santa to a friend, play games of skill, and explore Santa’s village. On Christmas Eve, Santa will unveil the dashboard of Santa’s sleigh. This is a super fun center for your classroom computer, and it gives practice with basic keyboard and...

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Fractals and Snowflakes

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Fractals and Snowflakes

  Fractals are fun — and they team up perfectly with a study of snow. To do this activity with your students, you first need to explain what a fractal is: A fractal is a a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. – From Oxford Dictionaries You can explain this...

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Cherokee Language Lesson Plan

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Cherokee Language Lesson Plan

  Cherokee is one of the few Native American languages with its own writing system. Perhaps in part because of this, Cherokee is also one of the few Native American languages which has a growing — not a shrinking — number of speakers. Studying about the Cherokee writing system can not only help students understand an important part of American history, but also encourage them to think about language more deeply. Understanding Written Cherokee English uses an alphabet, with letters representing sounds. Cherokee is written using symbols to represent syllables. For instance, the...

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Nutrition and Eye Health Classroom Activities

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Nutrition and Eye Health Classroom Activities

Healthy eyes are part of overall health, so eating right, exercising, and getting enough rest are important for healthy eyes. Recent research confirms, however, that certain foods and nutrients are especially good for the eyes; in fact, people who eat these foods throughout their lives have less age-related vision loss as they age. Help your students develop good eating habits that will protect their eyes from now on — and get some math and social studies practice at the same time. The foods that make the difference: leafy green vegetables citrus fruits carrots oily fish like sardines...

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Pilgrims Versus Puritans

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Pilgrims Versus Puritans

  Are your students clear about the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans? Understanding the differences between the two is important because they form the foundations of New England—without the differences between Pilgrims and Puritans, today’s northeastern states wouldn’t look the way they do. In fact, county lines in Massachusetts are drawn from the original border between territories of Pilgrims and Puritans. Understanding the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans also help us understand other historical events. For instance, there’s the famous Puritan...

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